two-way satellite emergency response - on its way...tales from the North West to avoid collisions at sea...all about Rope...the girl sailors and their problems...and much more...

24 Sep 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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The two-way EPIRB? - they're working on it...

Wonderful images from the North West Passage - photo by Dr Tobias Neuberger  .
The forming of the ProTECTS Alliance must be the biggest news of the week.

Today, when one sets off an EPIRB, it's one way only communication. If that technology can be changed from one-way to two-way, so that it will more resemble current emergency communications by radio, it will be a great boon to the sailing fraternity. Read Liz DeCastro's summation of the project.

Much is going on out there on the world's oceans – vivid tales from another yacht that has just transited the North West Passage, and at the other end of the scale, Michael Matthews had me falling off my chair with his description of his first – and last – ocean crossing.

'The Girls' – that is, the would-be circumnavigating teens - are in the news again, with Jessica Watson just about to re-start her adventure, and Abby Sunderland still looking for money for hers.

Speaking about collisions, we start a four-part series this week on the issues for yachties when meeting a large vessel at sea, and how to give yourself the best chance of avoiding getting anywhere near a ship – and the AIS is NOT the answer.

There's a great article on Ropes by Mark Cherrington, and some wonderful tales – and pictures – of life cruising Vanuatu in the South Pacific.

...much more too, so browse down the articles to see what interests YOU.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Two-way Emergency Satellite Communication - Coming your way
Liz DeCastro,
Iridium Satellite LLC (Iridium) is joining with mobile satellite industry companies and the emergency response community to form the ProTECTS (Promotion of Two-way Emergency Communication and Tracking Systems) Alliance. The primary goal of the alliance is to foster the rapid and orderly adoption of portable, two-way satellite-based location, tracking and messaging technologies.... [more]
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Sublime to the Ridiculous? - Abramovich's Eclipse
Sail-World Cruising/Gizmag,
You may want to call it from the sublime to the ridiculous, but what a contrast Roman Abramovich's yacht Eclipse is to Prince Albert's Tuiga (see previous story). When his private gigayacht the Eclipse is handed over in time for Christmas this year, it will be the largest (at a staggering 560ft) and the most expensive (at US$1.2 billion) private yacht the world has ever seen... [more]
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Tribute to a 100-year-old Lady - Tuiga
Blackwattle Studios,
It was the ninth's Monaco Classic Week that Prince Albert of Monaco chose to celebrate the hundredth birthday of the flagship classic yacht of the Monaco Yacht Club, Tuiga. Tuiga's story begins in 1909, when she was built by William Fife, at the request of the Duke of Medinaceli, a close friend of the King of Spain, Alfonso XIII.... [more]
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Tale of another North West Passage crossing
BW Media,
The skipper of another yacht, of the few who made the famed North West Passage crossing this season, here tells their unique tale. It is the story of Silent Sound, whose skipper and crew set out to use the written word, video and photos to tell the story of how climate change is affecting Arctic communities.... [more]
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Collision at sea, the unthinkable – Part 1
Nancy Knudsen,
In spite of GPS, EPIRB, AIS and a host of other lesser potentially life saving equipment, sailors are still vanishing at sea. The question posed is: What help, if any, you can expect to receive from a ship on a collision, or near-collision course, to avoid that collision?... [more]
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Sailing - not quite euphoric
Michael Matthews,
Those of us who live and breathe sailing fondly imagine that blissful euphoria must be just outside all the harbours in the world, waiting for anyone who ventures out there on a sailing boat. Not so, as Michael Matthews, who is more accustomed to going to windward in a 747, explains..... [more]
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All about rope - Part I
Mark Cherrington,
Cordage (rope, lines, sheets, whatever you happen to call it) is an essential part of any sailing boat. Mark Cherrington here examines the latest high-tech lines available, what they should be used for, what their limitations are.... [more]
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Incident No. 12 - Double Tragedy
MAIB/Sail-World Cruising,
The best mistakes to learn by are other people's. This is especially so with sailing. In this anecdote, the twelfth in the series, we present a real sailing situation which was investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and SEVEN lessons deduced. Can you identify the lessons? (Find answers at the end of the story)... [more]
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OceanObs'09 - September 21-25 in Venice, Italy
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission,
After a decade of work on integrating Earth - and satellite-based observing networks, thereby establishing new observation methods that have made a tremendous impact on the way climate change and physical oceanic variability is measured.... [more]
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The Lighthouse - to decommission or to honour?
USPS/Sail-World Cruising,
Lighthouses have long been the sailor's safety beacon. When the electronics have all crashed and you're sailing by paper charts and the stars, it's the sight of a lighthouse that gives confidence in the worst of conditions. While some countries are eliminating lighthouses, in the United States this year they are being honoured.... [more]
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Cruising with yacht Courtesan - Cannibal opens mouth for dentist
Heather and David, cruising on Courtesan,
Heather and David on yacht Courtesan are cruising Vanuatu and assisting the local Ni-Van with their dentistry requirements We timed our circuit of Malekula Island to coincide with the Big Namba Namaki Ceremony at Leviamp on the north west coast of Vanuatu. This ceremony is every 15 to 30 years when a paramount chief passes his title to the next generation. It's like a coronation... [more]
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The strange case of the stranded royal yacht
Des Ryan,
King George V, never one for controversy, could well have been restless in his grave for the last three years. If so he can finally rest easy. The replica of his royal yacht Britannia has now reached Norway from the Russian port of Arkhangel'sk, finally on its way to Cowes after a three-year-long saga which included threatened bankruptcy, death threats and untold legal battles.... [more]
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Jessica Watson to set sail- but the real danger might be the motorbike
Bob Wonders,
Repairs to Jessica Watson's 'Ella's Pink Lady' nearing completion, after the vessel's unfortunate collision with a container ship off Stradbroke Island nearly two weeks ago. Her father Roger is worried but is more worried about what might happen after her round the world attempt .'I may have to draw the line somewhere, though, she's spoken about getting a motorcycle when she returns'... [more]
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Abby Sunderland - An Imperiled Dream
Matt Tolnick,
Having grown up in, on, and around sailboats, Abby Sunderland made a resolution on her thirteenth birthday: become the youngest person (man or woman) to sail around the world without assistance. At this moment, Abby's dream is in serious danger.... [more]
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Just between the girls- for solo circumnavigations
Nancy Knudsen,
Now it's just between the girls. While Australian Jessica Watson waits for her boat to be repaired after hitting a ship on her first night at sea, Californian Abby Sunderland, who will turn 16 in October, now has a major sponsor who will enable her to purchase her yacht. She is planning a mid to late November start.... [more]
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