Sail-World Cruising's Top Ten Heroes for 2009... Famous Five solo sailing over the New Year...saving your boat with a bilge alarm...boating safety for New Year holidays...and much more...

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A News Edition to welcome 2010

The joy of solo sailing - a Famous Five spend the New Year sailing solo  .
Of all the news stories that Sail-World Cruising brought to you in 2009, there are some people, organisations and even a dog, who stand out as inspiring cruising sailors, and so below we bring you our Top Ten Sailing Heroes for 2009.

Tonight will be a great evening on Sydney Harbour as usual – remember the exclusions zones. One young Aussie sailor won't be there – our own Jessica Watson is experiencing her first big storms of the Southern Ocean, and they are sure to get bigger. But she has company down there – none other than another solo circumnavigator, Dilip Donde.

However, as we approach the second decade of the the 21st Century, many challenges await, many of them concerning the oceans that we sail in. This week read about the Oceans Day at Copenhagen and what it demonstrated; also how some giant clams in New Guinea are helping prove to climate sceptics that El Nino years are now more frequent; but the most alarming news of all this week comes from a new venture by ocean scientists into the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (the island of garbage the size of France or Texas which is caught in the North Pacific Gyre).

Again there are a broad collection of stories to appeal to a wide range of sailing interests – among them are Larry Janke's Part 5 of his vital series on Knowing your Batteries, this week talking about monitoring and maintenance, Tom Lochhaas's salient advice about the value of bilge alarms, and at the other end of the spectrum, the World's Ten Best Sailors' Bars have been declared by Scuttlebutt Europe – with some surprises!

When you are welcoming in 2010 in whichever way you choose to celebrate, do spare a thought for the many solo sailors who, by choice, are out there on the ocean. We profile five of the most famous as a prelude to a new year of sailing.

Many other stories too, so browse through to see what interests you...

From all at Sail-World Cruising we wish you a Happy New Year, and may all your sailing dreams for 2010 be fulfilled!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Sail-World Cruising's Top Ten Heroes for 2009
Nancy Knudsen,
The ocean has long demanded heroic actions by some of those who venture to sail on her. However, heroism is a funny thing - one person's hero is another person's lunatic. From all the news Sail-World brought you in 2009, here are the Top Ten Heroes for 2009:... [more]
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Solo at sea for New Year's Eve - Who's Who
Nancy Knudsen,
Along with the hundreds of cruising sailors who will spend New Year's Eve on their sailing boats, and welcome in 2010 either at anchor or making passage, there are a number of solo sailors, far from land, doing their thing the way they know best.... [more]
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Boating safety for NYE celebrations around NSW
NSW Government Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay has urged skippers to put safety first as they prepare to take to waterways around NSW to celebrate New Year's Eve.... [more]
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Marine Profile: Port Stephens
Fiona Harper,
The expansive body of water known as Port Stephens penetrates far inland, creating a popular cruising destination north of Sydney, with all weather refuge for mariners.... [more]
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Knowing your batteries - Part 5, Monitoring and Maintenance
Larry Janke,
This is Part 5 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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Ancient giant clams issue El Niño warning
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
A 35-year window into the climate of one of the longest interglacial periods of the last million years has sounded a warning that El Niño events were half as frequent then as they are today.... [more]
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Saving your boat with a boat alarm
Tom Lochhaas/Sail-World Cruising,
Tom Lochhaas, from sailing.about, has sailed everything from a 14-foot Sunfish to a 50-foot ocean cruiser in his three decades of sailing. His comments on reading the story of the sinking of yacht Kerstie while her owners sailed the boat on, unaware that it was filling with water, drew his very down-to-earth advice. Sail-World Cruising is happy to repeat it here.... [more]
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Special exclusion zones for New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour
NSW Government Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul Mcleay has called on boaters to show extra care and patience and observe special exclusion zones as they prepare to take to Sydney Harbour to celebrate New Year's Eve... [more]
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Jessica Watson finds 'company' as she heads for the Horn
Des Ryan,
16-year-old solo sailor and would-be youngest circumnavigator Jessica Watson, now heading south east towards the Southern Ocean and the southern tip of South America, has been keeping company with another sailor in the last few days. 'Keeping company' may be a misnomer, but when you are sailing thousands of miles from home even talking on the radio feels like 'keeping company'.... [more]
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A simple solo sail - a near death experience
Des Ryan,
Tony Lister went for a simple solo sail and had to be rescued. It could have been different, but Tony survived, and his story is interesting for the reasons that he survived. Lister was sailing opposite the river mouth of his home port when he stepped on deck to rig a spinnaker. The choppy seas beneath him shunted the boat, bucking him off the deck and into the water.... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a $1,000 PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! This Professional Package includes access to a unique set of tools allowing the user to predict weather conditions for use in club racing, major series or peace of mind while cruising... [more]
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Captured sailors' ship prison is free - but not the sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
If captured cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler had only been able to remain on board the ship they were kept on by Somali pirates in their first weeks of captivity, they would now be free.... [more]
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Oceans Day at Copenhagen UNFCCC COP-15
Oceans Day at Copenhagen UNFCCC COP-15 (December 14, 2009), the first-ever Oceans Day at a UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, brought together 320 leaders from governments, UN agencies, NGOs, science, and industry from 40 countries to focus on the central role of the oceans in climate change and the fact that close to 50% of the world's population living in coastal areas will suffer disproportionat... [more]
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Pacific 'garbage patch' on the increase
Jeni Bone,
US scientists have returned from an expedition to the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' - estimated to be 'the size of Texas'- with samples of plastic debris they pulled out of the ocean — soda bottles, cracked patio chairs, Styrofoam chunks, old toys, discarded fishing floats and tangled nets.... [more]
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Never-say-die Minaru Saito is off again to complete circumnavigation
Sail-World Cruising,
Minoru Saito, the 75-year-old seven times circumnavigator from Japan, on his eighth circumnavigation, is almost ready to take to the water again from Punta Arenas in Chile..... [more]
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The World's Best Sailors Bar - It's official!
Sail-World Cruising,
Everyone knows that finding the bar at the end of a sail is the next most important thing to getting there in one piece, and Scuttlebutt Europe has recently conducted a 'Best Sailors' Bar' in the world competition. The voters came up with some amazing bars around the world, but the winner is in no other than the Portuguese Archipelago of the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean.... [more]
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Photos from the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart start,
Victoria Melbourne yachting photographer Teri Dodds flew up to Sydney to see how the other half live today. As she shook the water off her SLAM RGYC jacket in the media centre after photographing the 2009 Rolex Sydney Hobart start, she was quick to point out, that it was sunny in Melbourne today. Here are some of Teri's images from today.... [more]
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Ketch Karaka's piracy experience in the Caribbean
Tom Blancart,
Karaka is a 48 ft steel ketch skippered by French sailor Tom Blancart, travelling with his first mate, Australian Kim, and crew members Tara, Jude and Kway, through the western Caribbean. In the middle of December this year they were boarded by pirates - this is their experience:... [more]
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NSW Maritime says Hobart start on Sydney Harbour went well
NSW Maritime,
The traditional Boxing Day start in the harbour to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race went well, according to NSW Maritime.... [more]
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ROV images the discovery of the deepest explosive Sea Eruption
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Oceanographers using the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason discovered and recorded the first video and still images of a deep-sea volcano actively erupting molten lava on the seafloor.... [more]
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