Sailor hostages released by Somali pirates...the North West Passage transited - see the pics...amazing new Arabian 100 Trimaran...Jessica and Laura, famous, but no achievement yet... and much more...

17 Sep 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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A PR company's dream...

If there was anyone in the sailing world unaware of Jessica Watson's bid to be the youngest person to sail round the world, her collision with a ship on her first night at sea corrected that.

Her PR company's job was reduced to managing, rather than encouraging, the media – a dream run for them.

Similarly the Dutch Court, which ruled 13-year-old Laura Dekker be taken into custody for two months to determine whether she was old enough to cross oceans, delivered a PR coup into the young sailor's hands. Last I heard Laura had not yet employed a PR company, but maybe her telephone is ringing now.

Whether either girl will actually go on to achieve anything of note is yet to be seen – at the moment they are famous for merely Wanting To.

The best news of the week is our story of the final release of three cruising sailors kidnapped on 9th March by Somali pirates. We hope to bring you their personal stories when they recover.

Lots of other news – sailing tales and images from the North West Passage, bad news about the increasing numbers of rescues, an excellent article on which boat suds to use on your boat, and the virtues of a Lazy Combo to handle your mainsail. ......AND read what a lawless lot the Canadians turned out to be!

Sweet sailing to you all!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Sailor hostages released from Somali pirates
Agence France-Presse/Sail-World,
Three sailors from SV Serenity, held as hostages since 9th March, who were freed by Somali pirates and arrested again by the authorities of Puntland, have been released and landed safely in Kenya, on their way home to the Seychelles.... [more]
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8 million Canadians defy new boating licence law
Sail-World Cruising,
Canadians have always been thought of as pretty law abiding people, but they are refusing to get a boating licence. This week the new Canadian boating licence - called a 'Pleasure Craft Operator Card' - became law, and Canadian authorities estimate that 8 million out of a total of 10 million boaters in Canada have failed to take the test and get a licence.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - collision mystery
Nancy Knudsen,
Sadly, 16-year-old Jessica Watson's collision with a ship at sea in a shipping lane is just ordinary inexperience and miscalculation. Her AIS would have made her aware of it in good time. She therefore had the capacity to turn away, and, at a speed of probably 5 knots, get the hell out of there! Why didn't she do it?... [more]
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'Green, what a colour!' - after the North West Passage
Blackwattle Studios,
Last May, the expedition sailing yacht from Sailors for the Sea set out from Seattle to circumnavigation the Americas. Four months later, they have made it through the fabled North West Passage and have arrived at St Johns in Newfoundland, and their joy is palpable.... [more]
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Incident No. 11 - A cheap but priceless early warning
MAIB/Sail-World Cruising,
The best mistakes to learn by are other people's. This is especially so with sailing. In this anecdote, the eleventh in the series, we present a real sailing situation which was investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and SIX lessons deduced. Can you identify the lessons? (Find answers at the end of the story)... [more]
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WHOI will lead Coastal and Global Observatories effort
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
A Cooperative Agreement signed on September 2nd by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (OL) gives Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and its partners approval to begin construction on ocean observing infrastructure at coastal sites. The coastal and global arrays are part of the larger Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI).... [more]
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Counting the numbers - why are rescues increasing?
Sail-World Cruising,
The Coast Guard in Northern New England in the USA have noted a significant increase in the number of search and rescue cases compared to the past few years. This year between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there were 420 search and rescue cases, a 25 percent increase from 2008.... [more]
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Not all boat suds are created equal - but how to tell?
Most yacht owners are desirous to keep the water they sail in clean, and a quick scan of boat cleaning product labels at your local boating store reveals a daunting array of words, including non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally smart, and phosphate-free. But do so-called 'environmentally-friendly' boat cleaners get the job done or are boaters simply getting 'greenwashed'?... [more]
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Queen makes award to Derbyshire rescuer
BW Media,
Across the world every week there are sailors who, because of inexperience, carelessness or merely a long string of bad luck, get into trouble on the high seas, and it's the rescue personnel who often put their own lives in danger to effect a rescue.... [more]
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The Amazing New Arabian 100 Trimaran
Blackwattle Studios,
Collecting all the parts to make Oman Sail's new Arabian 100 come together was like convening an international summit, and is a long way from most leisure sailors' experience. The three hulls and connecting beams were made in Australia, the spars came from New Zealand, the Harken deck gear and winches came from Italy and the North Sails came from France. But finally, she's out there sailing!&nlid=<:nlid:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'>more]
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'Turn to port, port, port, port...oh no...'
Royal Gazette/Sail-World Cruising,
The Spirit of Bermuda started the Schooner Festival in Massachusetts in fine spirit yesterday with a collision, with a schooner half its size. Spirit's 16 foot bow sprit punched through Perception's main boom and ripped into her lifelines about one third forward of her stern.... [more]
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Lazy Combo - mainsail handling with the greatest of ease
Nancy Knudsen,
When choosing a mainsail handling system for our recent circumnavigation, we rejected both boom and inmast furling for the Lazy Combo. The biggest reason we rejected the first two, cost aside, was for the danger of not being able to solve mainsail problems in remote areas. The Lazy Combo was simple, cheap and seemed to have everything going for it. For our journey, this proved correct.... [more]
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Jessica's collision - Australia has 'no jurisdiction'
BW Media roundup,
Investigations carried out by Australia's State and Commonwealth authorities after teen sailor Jessica Watson's collision with a merchant ship last week have come to nothing, as the yacht and the merchant ship were in international waters at the time, 15 nautical miles off the coast.... [more]
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Solo teen sailor 'tried repeatedly to radio the ship.'
BW Roundup,
Local Australian news media have been full of solo sailor Jessica Watson's collision with the 63,000 tonne Japanese cargo vessel Silver Yang on her first night at sea. The 34-foot Pink Lady, the boat in which Jessica hopes to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted, is now back in Southport on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Canadian boat operators need a Pleasure Craft Operator Card NOW! &,
After a 10 year federal law phase in period, the deadline will arrive tonight at midnight for all Canadian boaters to have their Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly referred to as a boating license, or they risk expensive fines. Effective tomorrow, September 15th 2009 anyone operating a powered watercraft recreationally in the country must have the Card.... [more]
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