Pirates threaten to torture cruisers...floating doctors, great humanitarian adventure...16-year-old Abby gets her round-world yacht...scientifice discovery - new ocean will...Caribbean 1500...VHF radio that floats...and much more... split Ethiopa

12 Nov 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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A gripping week full of contrasts...

It now seems certain that sailing will be the way we conquer space  .
What a gripping week full of contrasts on our oceans.

It's a tense watch for the sailing world as the kidnapped British sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler seem to be more and more involved in warring between the pirates, and a pawn for leverage of the Western world by the Somalis. News reports are confused and conflicting...

The first boats to cross oceans did it with sails. Now it seems more and more sure that Sailing will be the first way we transit space – and it's just come a big step closer to reality.

As you read this, 58 boats are heading for Tortola in the British Virgin Islands – some might be heading in to Nanny Cay right now. It's the annual Caribbean 1500, and better than ever with a mix of American and international yachts.

Then there are the Floating Doctors – read what a little determination can do to provide needed health care and a great Pacific adventure for some imaginative sailing doctors.

On the teen scene, read how Californian Abby Sunderland finally has her boat and will set out in December; there are tales from another hardy yacht who has just arrived Seattle fresh from a North West Passage transit; and believe it or not there's a new ocean forming – yes, that's what I said – scientists have discovered a new ocean in the making!

On a practical note, there's a look at the recent MOB situation on clipper yacht Hull and Humber and what it might mean for the short-handed cruising sailor; a floating hand-held VHF radio is profiled; and for those who sail when winter is approaching, read our Seven Rules.

...and that's just the beginning. Scroll down the stories to see what interests YOU!

Sweet sailing

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Somali pirates threaten 'torture' of British sailors
Blackwattle Studios roundup,
Mainstream UK media are reporting that Somali pirates are stepping up their pressure by threatening to torture Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were kidnapped from their yacht Lynn Rival on October 23 when they disregarded advice by Seychelles authorities and fellow cruisers not to travel from Seychelles towards Africa.... [more]
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Floating Doctors - US Sailing's interview with Dr. Benjamin La Brot
Jake Fish,
La Brot is head of a nonprofit group called the Floating Doctors will set sail this week for a year-long medical mission aboard a 76-foot sailboat that carries 15 crew members and 20,000 pounds of medical supplies.... [more]
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Caribbean 1500 Rally attracts an international fleet
Des Ryan,
58 yachts which departed on Monday in the 20th Annual Caribbean 1500 fleet are making good time and will arrive Nanny Cay in the next few days. This year the rally sports an international flair. In addition, to the usual contingents from the US and Canada, sailors from Germany, Japan, the UK, and Ireland have joined the fleet. .... [more]
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Way to the stars: Space sailing by sunlight not solar wind
Sail-World Cruising,
Sailing through space - the possibility of space travel by sailing pushed along, not by solar wind, but by sunlight - is coming closer with not one, but two experimental flights scheduled to take place in the next year by both Japan, with the Ikaros mission, and the USA, with the Lightsail-1 mission.... [more]
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Sixteen Year Old Abby gets her Round the World boat, goes for sponsors
Nancy Knudsen,
The search has been long and the window of time to round Cape Horn this summer is closing, but sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland has finally found her boat and is now looking for more sponsors to help her repair it. The teen has a long way to go before she starts her attempt on being the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted.... [more]
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MOB! - the Hull and Humber incident
Nancy Knudsen,
The process used by the crew on the Hull and Humber Clipper to successfully retrieve their crew member lost overboard in the Southern Ocean recently cannot be used by a short handed cruising crew, but it's worth following the process, and taking note of some elements, especially those that could assist in a short handed retrieval.... [more]
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Bagan, another North West Passage survivor, arrives Seattle

Bagan has arrived Seattle! Along with the several sailing boats that made the journey through the North West Passage this year, there were several powered boats, one of which was Bagan, sailed by filmmaker Sprague Theobald and a crew.... [more]
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Round the World Jessica Watson in the doldrums
Nancy Knudsen,
It was bound to happen, and it's going to happen again. Australian 16-year-old Jessica Watson, setting off to be the youngest circumnavigator non-stop and unassisted, is in the doldrums. As most ocean-going sailors know, the doldrums - or, as it is nattily known these days, the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) - is an area of confused wind conditions on each side of the equator.... [more]
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The VHF radio that floats
BW Media,
There's only one thing worse than dropping your car keys overboard, and that's dropping you hand-held VHF overboard - until now! Cobra Marine, a division of Cobra Electronics, who won 'Gear of the Year' for an earlier VHF radio, has introduced its Floating Line of VHF handheld radios, charismatically named the MR HH330 FLT EU.... [more]
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Regional News from Sail-World on Twitter
Brendan Maxwell,
Sail-World.com, the largest online marine news network in the world is now delivering regional news on Twitter. Publisher Rob Kothe said today ‘Now sailors can get an exciting mix of Sail-World local news and major international news via local Twitter feeds, rather than getting more sailing news than they can possible handle via a one size fits all world news channel.'... [more]
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New Ocean to split Ethiopa
Ecoterra/Sail-World Cruising,
If you feel the world's oceans don't provide enough water for your sailing ambitions, you'll be pleased to know that scientists have now confirmed that they have witnessed the birth of a new ocean - in Ethiopia.... [more]
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Late-season sailing - the Seven Rules
Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
In more northerly climes, sunny skies and warmer than normal air temperatures often lure sailors onto the water quite late in the season. This is a gorgeous time to sail, to enjoy the freshness of the air before the winter sets in seriously. However, some dangers lurk at this time of year, the most important of which is the water temperature.... [more]
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Antarctica glacier retreat creates new carbon dioxide store
British Antarctic Survey,
Large blooms of tiny marine plants called phytoplankton are flourishing in areas of open water left exposed by the recent and rapid melting of ice shelves and glaciers around the Antarctic Peninsula. Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) estimate that this new natural 'sink' is taking an estimated 3.5 million tonnes* of carbon from the ocean and atmosphere each year.... [more]
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Christmas Gift for the Sailor who has everything
Lisa Mylchreest,
Christmas is coming, and some gifts take time to prepare...Does the favourite sailor in you life have a special place - a bay, gulf, anchorage or port, the memory of which he or she will treasure forever? Yes? Then we just may have the most extravagantly suitable gift you ever could never have thought of...a three-dimensional chart.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie - a kick from Italy's boot
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing their 47ft yacht Balvenie through the Mediterranean, and in this episode they tell of malignant weather and difficult anchorages at the boot of Italy: Eventually the high winds eased in Brindisi and we couldn't think of any more excuses to stay. We had enjoyed our stay there, but there always somewhere else over the horizon.... [more]
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Green Blue's Annual Conference heralded as a great success
Susie Nation-Grainger,
The Green Blue, a joint RYA and BMF initiative, hosted the conference entitled ‘Success and Sustainability for the UK Recreational Marine Sector' which looked at ways to use sustainability to drive performance and cut costs.... [more]
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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition at Coastguard Boating Education
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules.Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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