Is record seeking getting ridiculous?...kidnapped sailors reclaim boat and reach Malaysia...French yachtie feared for his life...the danger in fresh water marinas...sea safety survival - have you done the course?... ad much more...

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Is record-seeking getting ridiculous?

Tom McNally and his 3ft 10ins boat - the keel is bigger than the yacht  .
Maybe there should be a quest to find the strangest sailing record in the world. The latest two must be up there as contenders – and self limiting in the end.

Jessica Watson set off from Sydney Harbour to try to become the youngest non-stop unassissted circumnavigating sailor in the world.

At the other end of the world, in Britain, one Tom McNally plans to cross the Atlantic in a 3ft 10inch sailing boat as soon as the hurricane season is over.

One has to ask how much younger can a circumnavigator get and how much smaller can a yacht get before it becomes ridiculous? ....or is it ridiculous already?

Top prize for determination, courage and persistence this week must go to the two kidnapped German sailors who returned to Somaliland, found and repaired their boat in the most difficult conditions, and have now safely sailed to their destination of Malaysia. What a story!

A French sailor has been rescued after drifting for days in the Timor Sea... there's a story about how some determined teen sailors do it without sponsorship and PR companies... and highly experienced sailor Bob Williams admits how much he learned in a Safety and Survival at Sea course.

The quirkiest tale of the week is the RNLI lifesavers (they're still smiling) who had to be hospitalised for dog bites after saving a panicked and violent pet dog that had become disoriented in tidal waters.

The most important story of the week, for those who don't know it already, is of the dangers of fresh water marinas. Read the tragic story of the safety conscious family, who did everything right but still lost their son in a completely avoidable incident.

Much more too, so browse through the stories below to see what interests you.

I wish you sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

She's off! Jessica Watson departs Australia - but for what record?
Nancy Knudsen,
After attracting world wide publicity for hitting a cargo ship on her first night at sea, Australian 16-year-old Jessica Watson set out this morning from Sydney on her quest to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted. She is leaving just two days before the preliminary report on her skirmish with the bulk carrier, and without the WSSRC to record her journey.... [more]
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Tom McNally prepares for trans Atlantic in world's smallest yacht
Sharp Communication,
It's taken a long time to get ready for this epic voyage, but finally, Tom McNally (affectionately dubbed the ‘Crazy Sailor') and who is sailing for the Sail 4 Cancer charity, is almost ready to set off on his epic voyage in the world's most diminutive trans-Atlantic sailing boat – the amazing 3-foot 10-inch ‘Big C'.... [more]
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Kidnapped German sailors reach Malaysia in reclaimed yacht
Sail-World Cruising,
Just sixteen months after they were kidnapped by Somali pirates and held to ransom for 52 days, Juergen Kantner and his wife Sabine Merz have reached Malaysia in their yacht, SY Rockall. After being repatriated to Germany, with incredible determination they returned to Berbera in Somaliland to claim and repair their yacht and continue their voyage... [more]
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Dock tragedy shows danger of fresh-water marinas
Kevin Ritz,
The danger of fatal electric shock in fresh water was all but unknown when Lucas Ritz, just 10, was electrocuted while swimming in their local fresh water marina. Read Kevin Ritz's riveting story of his family who did everything right from a safety perspective, yet lost their son in a tragic incident. He also tells the positive outcomes from his relentless efforts following Lucas's death.... [more]
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Rescued French yachtsman feared for his life
Rebekah Cavanagh, Territory News/Sail-World,
A FRENCH yachtsman has told of how he feared he would never see his wife and baby again after the boom broke on his yacht and he was left drifting for two days off the remote coastline of Australia's Northern Territory.... [more]
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Rio Dulce - getting safer for cruising sailors
Capt. Pat Rains, The Log/Sail-World Cruising,
In an unprecedented move, the Guatemalan government last month joined marina owners along the Rio Dulce waterway to build a floating security network to protect cruising sailors. The Rio Dulce has long been a popular place for cruising sailors to leave their boats during the hurricane season, but recently has been marred by robbery and violence.... [more]
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No thanks for Saving Tess
Matthew Stanton, Yellowad/Sail-World,
Every sailor in the UK knows that the Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) lifeboat crews are trained for all sorts of rescues, but getting bitten by a disoriented dog is probably not part of the training package.... [more]
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New Product of the Week: Solar battery maintainer
BW Media,
This product is a simple-to-connect way of maintaining the battery on a small boat when you are not present. The new ICP Global Technology solar battery maintainer costs only around $40, is green, effective and mounts almost anywhere.... [more]
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Sea Safety Survival Course - an awakening...
Bob Williams,
As a regular sailor, have YOU completed one of the excellent 'Safety Sea Survival' courses available in most sailing countries of the world? Here is the story of a very experienced sailor's conversion during a recent course:... [more]
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The story is out: Jessica Watson's collision report
Nancy Knudsen,
As Jessica's Pink Lady heads for the tip of New Zealand, the just released ATSB preliminary report into the collision that turned her overnight into a world media sensation has cleared some mysteries surrounding the now-famous incident.. One of the mysteries was how Jessica, heading southeast from the coast towards a ship travelling north could possibly have damaged her starboard hull.... [more]
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Cruisers' Winter Workshop - Annapolis
Capt. John Martino,
The Annapolis School of Seamanship today announced the launch of a new Cruiser's Winter Workshop to be held Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, 2010... [more]
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Teen sailors without sponsors - doing it the hard way
Blackwattle Studios,
While some ambitious teenagers and their families wait for sponsors' funds to buy their boats, launch their websites and pay for their expensive electronics, there are other kids around the world who, like Zac Sunderland when he started out, save their money doing odd jobs and buy their own boat the hard way... [more]
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The ultimate pirate weapon for yachts- the laser beam
Sail-World Cruising,
If you can afford it, there is a new anti-piracy measure out which will temporarily blind a troupe of pirates so badly it will render them helpless. It is military grade, and the latest security technology available to wealthy yacht owners afraid of pirate attacks.... [more]
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Albatross camera reveals feeding interaction with killer whale
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists from British Antarctic Survey, National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR), Tokyo, and Hokkaido University, Japan, have recorded the first observations of how albatrosses feed alongside marine mammals at sea.... [more]
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Harken Radial Winches break through to the next level in winch design
Sailing-World and Harken,
Prestigious US sailing magazine 'Sailing World' rated the new Harken winch design as the most innovative product launched at the Annapolis US Sail Boat Show: 'Hands down, the most exciting new gear to debut in Annapolis is Harken's Radial winch. In addition to unveiling a range of hydraulic equipment, an electric furler, and some new apparel and accessories, the company introduced a completely new... [more]
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New Zealand honours her dedicated sailors
Sail-World Cruising,
Those with talent in any sport can excel to become stars, and so it is with sailing. However, it is the character and devotion of sailors who give their time and dedication to the sport that keeps the sport alive and makes it possible for young talents to be developed. An Honour Award must be earned over years of hard work. Yachting New Zealand will present 17 Honour Awards this year.... [more]
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