Tsunami report from cruising sailors in Samoa...fishermen save cruising yachtie from boat fire at sea...all about rope Part II...sailing with Balvenie, Jessica Watson news...good news for sailors in Venezuela...and much more

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Samoan tsunami drowns visiting cruising sailor

Samoa waterfront after the tsunami  .
Another edition bursting with news from all the world's oceans this week.

Leading the news is the first-hand account from cruising sailors in Samoa of their experiences of the tsunami.

At least one visiting sailor has been drowned in the tragedy.

While the mainstream media glory in the polarised opinions about Australian teenager Jessica Watson's proposed round-world voyage after her first-night collision with a bulk carrier off the East Australian coastline, the authorities, the ATSB(Australian Traffic Safety Bureau) and MSB(Maritime Safety Queensland) are still to complete their official reports.

While ATSB are promising a preliminary report on 9th October, a spokesman for MSQ, part of whose report was leaked to local media, said they cannot promise any date for the release of their final report.

Of most interest is the AIS record of the position and movement of the Silver Yang just prior to the incident? Did the bulk carrier change course, inadvertantly heading in Jessica's direction?

Teen adventure sailors are on the increase – read what a new British teenager is about to do...

So much more too in this edition - browse through to see what interests you. There are tales to make you envious to go sailing, heart warming stories of fishermen who saved the yachtie from his burning yacht, good news for sailors wanting to cruise Venezuela, some inside tips on storm preparation, and Mark Cherrington offers his second instalment of good advice about the cordage on your boat.

Read on, enjoy, and....

Sweet sailing to you all

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Cruising sailor swept off dock: Tsunami news
Ernie Kelley, SV Lauren Grace,
The 8.3 earthquake centred about 140 miles southwest of Western Samoa also caught some cruising sailors there unawares with one visiting cruising sailor swept off the dock and drowned in Pago Pago. Ernie and Charlene Kelley of SV Lauren Grace, who were berthed at a marina in Western Samoa sends this report... [more]
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Major search called while yacht 'happily at anchor'
Sail-World Cruising,
A major search was instigated this week for a sailor who was happily at anchor, because the skipper's friend stopped receiving position reports from the yacht's personal tracker. The moral of the story is 'teach your friends how the tracking system works, or let them know when you intend to stop sending position reports.'... [more]
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The bug spreads - 14-year-old to sail English Channel
Katy Thorpe/Sail-World Cruising,
Now a young British sailor wants to become the youngest British national to sail single-handed across the English Channel. Oliver Hancox, from Devon, is just 14 but a keen sailing enthusiast. After losing his father to cancer last year, Oliver wanted to undertake a challenge which would raise both money and awareness for Cancer Research, but also make his father proud.... [more]
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Inside tips on storm preparation
Sail-World Cruising,
A new online publication aimed at marinas and yacht clubs outlines proven techniques that could greatly reduce damage to boats and boating facilities whenever a hurricane strikes. The 24-page 'What Works. A Guide to Preparing Marinas, Yacht Clubs, and Boats for Hurricanes,' shares success stories as well as failures of dozens of marinas and clubs that have experienced a hurricane... [more]
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Saling with Balvenie - Split and Hvar, Croatia
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in the Mediterranean on their 47 ft yacht Balvenie - this week they are exploring Croatia: As we started our journey south back down the coast of Croatia we were still experiencing a period of very settled weather, clear sunny days with temperatures in the high 20's with low 20's at night, light winds and flat seas and only s... [more]
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Jessica Watson blames instruments for bulk carrier collision
Nancy Knudsen,
Australian 16 year old Jessica Watson, who is aiming for the Round the World youngest sailor record has responded strongly to the Maritime Safety Queensland's damning assessment of the incident where her yacht was involved with a collision with a bulk carrier off the Queensland coast recently.... [more]
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Marine Safety Queensland reports Jessica was probably asleep
Bw Media Roundup,
It was always a mystery. On September 09, 16 year old Jessica Watson, keen to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world in her her first night at sea on her yacht, Ella's Pink Lady, collided with a 63,000 tonne Chinese coal carrier, Silver Yang off the southern Queensland coastline at about 2.10am. The questions were many, and now it seems they have been answered.... [more]
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All about rope - Part II, Cordage care
Mark Cherrington,
Mark Cherrington continues his article on rope - this week he talks about caring for your lines to make them last longer: The good news is that today's high-tech ropes are extremely tough and long-lasting, and will stand up to a reasonable amount of abuse.... [more]
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Power gives way to sail? - Not with a fishing boat
Marilyn Miller/Sail-World Cruising,
In a case that cruising sailors will want to take note of, a sailing boat was recently found to be in the wrong when they filed a complaint about a fishing boat. The investigation found that, in open water, 'a sailing vessel shall keep out of the way of a vessel engaged in fishing.'... [more]
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What would we do without the volunteer rescuers? - Latest news
Chris Carson, Bridport News/Sail-World Cruising,
They are doing it every week in most popular sailing grounds of the world, but the rescue of lone sailor John Orme-Dawson whose boat hit rocks in thick fog off Golden Cap on the Dorset coast in the UK was probably the most hazardous carried out by local rescuers this summer, say officials.... [more]
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Lasers from space show thinning of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets
British Antarctic Survey Press Office,
The most comprehensive picture of the rapidly thinning glaciers along the coastline of both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has been created using satellite lasers.... [more]
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Fishermen save cruising sailor from yacht fire
Fiji Times/Sail-World,
Normally a fishing boat is one of those nuisances you see in the ocean who drag long fishing nets behind them, making it difficult to negotiate around them, or, after sitting quietly for some time, take off at speed in any direction. But the retired doctor sailing in Fijian waters last week may owe his life to four good hearted Fijian fishermen.... [more]
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Gear of the Year - Cobra's compact hand-held VHF radio
BW Media,
Cobra Marine's amazingly named 'MR HH325 V EU', a compact submersible hand-held radio, has been awarded 'Gear of the Year for 2009' by Practical Sailor... [more]
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Australian marine electronics company GME celebrates 50 years
Tracey Johnstone,
Australian electronics company GME celebrates this year a significant milestone; 50 years of designing and supplying world-class radio communications equipment to the marine industry. Founded in 1959 by avid sailor Ted Dunn, Greenwich Marine Electronics, more commonly known as GME, originally started out as a small, two-way communications company, servicing the land communications market.... [more]
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Venezuela steps up surveillance, but no boat tax for visiting yachts
Glen Tuttle/Sail-World Cruising,
There have been rumours around for weeks, but situation for yachts wanting to cruise in Venezuelan waters now seems to be clarifying. Causing the concern among these yachts already in Venezuelan waters and those intending to cruise there was the new boat tax of 1% of the boat's value to be charged to allow the boat to remain in Venezuela for a six month period.... [more]
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Collision at sea, the unthinkable - Part 2
Nancy Knudsen,
It's the worst conditions so far of our 12-month journey. We're in the narrow Gulf of Suez, dark, with about 30kts gusting 40 on the nose – the engine is helping us through the rocky waves. Ahead and all round are oilrigs, grotesque silhouettes blaring white light into the night. To starboard is a two way shipping lane crowded with monster ships going both ways. We wonder - will they see us?... [more]
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