Ship rescuing yacht crew - dramatic pictures captured...Fiona's tale of the North West Passage...kidnapped sailors plea for Christmas...a marina recovers...sailors help South Pacific clean-up...and much more...

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Adventure tales, night time rescues, pleas from Somalia

How often have YOU used an iceberg as a mooring buoy?  .
Sailors have been busy on the world's oceans this week – some, sadly, busy being rescued, some helping to clean-up the world, others telling their adventure tales on arrival home, and of course, there's the Chandlers, languishing in Somalia, pleading with the British Government to get them out of pirates' hands and home by Christmas.

There's also an inspiring group of hardy sailors working to rebuild their marina destroyed by a storm, and Phoenicia, that replica 600BCE sailing boat has just sailed 3000 nautical miles from Salalah in Oman to reach Mayotte in the Comoron Islands off East Africa – why so far? To avoid the pirate region of course!

Geoff Holt deserves a special mention too. He's the quadriplegic who is part-way to completing a crossing of the Atlantic, sailing solo – impossible? Read the story.

Larry Janke continues with his exhaustive mult-part article on knowing your batteries, and we flag the production of a new catamaran that is 100% green.

Watch out next week for a comprehensive update on teen sailors Australian Jessica Watson, 3000 miles from the Horn and going strong, and Californian Abby Sunderland, who is just about to depart from California headed for the same unfriendly waters in a much faster boat.

Whether you are in the northern hemisphere snugged up for winter, or one of the lucky ones enjoying glorious sailing in perfect sunny conditions,...'ll want to know what's going on in the world of the cruising sailors, so browse down the stories to catch what interests you....

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Rescue of French sailor - dramatic images
George Crocker, Eye Witness News/Sail-World.,
Can you imagine yourself ever in this situation? These dramatic images were captured by the crew of a HC-130J Hercules from Elizabeth City in North Carolina, USA. The rescue - and the images - are a result of the cooperative effort that accompanies so many modern rescues..... [more]
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You, me and Tiger Woods, we all find the same solution...
Des Ryan,
Where do you go to get away from it all? Why sailing of course? Get the wind in your hair, leave the computer at home, turn the cell phone off and forget the newspapers. So Tiger Woods, too, is solving his problems by going sailing, on a yacht called, whaddya know, Privacy. Of course he hasn't had much time to learn to sail, what with the golf and all, so his yacht sports an iron mainsail.... [more]
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OceansWatch sailors help clean-up Tonga
Sail-World Cruising,
OceansWatch members on the Ha'apai group of islands in Tonga contributed to the success of an enormous cleanup event in October organized by the New Zealand charity Sustainable Coastlines. In this major effort to clean their coastlines, Ha'apai Islands have provided a blue print for other like communities around the World.... [more]
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'Their number wasn't up' - 2 North Carolina sailors beat the odds
Lisa Mylchreest,
A friend who reported them missing, the ability to swim strongly, a fire on a local island - Two North Carolina sailors were lucky to be alive this week when they did everything wrong on a sailing trip.... [more]
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Through the North West Passage with Fiona
Log Fiona/Sail-World Cruising,
Among the 23 vessels that transited the North West Passage this year were two cruise ships, several power boats, some rowers, ice catamarans, and about seven hardy sailing boats. Among the sailors was veteran long range cruising sailor Eric Forsyth, on his yacht Fiona, a Westerly 42, who completed the journey from East to West. Here we bring you story highlights and photos.... [more]
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CO2 rich environment causes ocean dwellers increase shell production
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
In a striking finding that raises new questions about carbon dioxide's (CO2) impact on marine life, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists report that some shell-building creatures—such as crabs, shrimp and lobsters—unexpectedly build more shell when exposed to ocean acidification caused by elevated levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).... [more]
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Fossil fuel free catamaran launched this week
Sail-World Cruising,
Dutch company African Cats headed by Gideon Goudsmit and Suzan Groeneveld, based in Amstelveen near Amsterdam, is happy to announce that the first fossil fuel free sailing catamaran with retractable propulsion/generation system has been launched in Durban South Africa.... [more]
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New radio plea from captured sailor: 'Get us home by Christmas'
Medeshi/Sail-World Cruising,
Paul Chandler, the British cruising sailor kidnapped by Somali pirates, has pleaded with the British Government in a new radio broadcast from their pirate hideout. Mr Chandler and his wife Rachel were captured more than seven weeks ago as they attempted to sail from the Seychelles to Tanzania in a location where two yachts had been kidnapped already this year.... [more]
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Knowing your batteries - Part 4, Some battery charging guidelines
Larry Janke,
This is Part 4 of a multipart series by Larry Janke from Southeast Marine Services, and essential reading if you want to be able to maintain your batteries yourself while cruising. This week he offers some battery charging guidelines... [more]
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Phoenicia - the long way to Africa to avoid pirates
Des Ryan,
It was a longer, slower voyage than originally expected, but they've arrived! Phoenicia, a replica sailing ship from 600BCE has successfully avoided the pirate zone around Somalia, and reached Mayotte in the Comoros Islands of East Africa.... [more]
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The Yacht Club that won't say die - Algoa.
Weekend Post/Sail-World,
It wasn't enough that the yacht club was destroyed by fire three years ago causing millions in damage. Barely recovered from that disaster, yacht club members had to watch their yacht club destroyed again on October 26th by devastating winds and rain. But the members of the Algoa Yacht Club in Port Elizabeth, South Africa are made of sterner stuff... [more]
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BoatU.S. Questions the need for Marine Automatic Identification System
BoatU.S. Media,
Airplane transponders allow air traffic controllers to 'see' who is in the sky. Yesterday, in speaking before the U.S. House of Representatives Coast Guard Subcommittee, BoatU.S. testified that any potential requirement for this type of technology on boats is not practical, nor would it reduce the threat of a waterborne attack.... [more]
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Geoff Holt sets sail on bid to cross the Atlantic
Harriet Courage,
Geoff Holt has set out to become the first quadriplegic yachtsman to cross the Atlantic. Geoff hopes that his voyage will inspire others and show that anything is possible.... [more]
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Denial of Service ‘Pirates' attacks slowed
TetraMedia's IT Team,
A bit of a seaway out there!! For the last 48 hours Sail-World, Powerboat-World and MarineBusiness-World and another 50 or so sites, hosted on the TetraMedia servers in Sydney have been bombarded with hacker 'pirate'attacks.... [more]
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