Abby Sunderland to set out Saturday...Sir Robin Knox-Johnston controversy...the most magical of rallies...Jessica Watson celebrates at Cape Horn...the value of keeping a wiring diagram...and much more...

21 Jan 2010                              If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE                To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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A 70-year-old and two 16-year-olds, solo sailors top of the news...

Abby just before departure  .
Sailors most in the news this week are solo sailors at the opposite ends of the age spectrum – two sixteen-year-olds, and a seventy-year-old.

This Saturday, Californian Abby Sunderland will depart in her Open 40 to join Australian Jessica Watson in what will be interpreted by the watching sailing world as a watery duel (even though the girls may not) to see who will take the record as the youngest solo non-stop unassisted circumnavigator. Jessica is more than half way round the world, so Abby's challenge will be interesting to watch.

Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who has been in the world's headlines off and on since 1968 when he won – and was the only one to finish – the first solo round the world sailing race, is much in the news again this week.

First, because, forty years after that original race, there's a new book about it, second, because the prestigious Cruising Club of America has selected him to receive one of their 'Blue Water medals without date' (one of only seven in their history).

The final piece of news is not so happy. One of his clippers competing his Clipper Round the World Yacht Race hit rocks in Indonesia and all the crew were saved but the yacht abandoned. At Sail-World we are primarily a news organisation, not a forum. However, when journalist Des Ryan wrote an article criticising Sir Robin's blythe statement that the 'boat would be left on the reef and lost to the sea', leaving the local Indonesians to cope with the debris instead of taking responsibility for removing the wreckage , the number of letters we received in agreement were almost unprecendented. There ARE quite a few Green sailors out there!

There are many other articles – maybe the remotest rally in the world- to the Louisiades, news from India's first solo sailor Dilip Donde, and tales from Bagan, fresh from the North West Passage.

In practical articles, there's a story on Amazon's Kindle and its value to the cruising sailor, and reminders about the value of up-to-date wiring diagrams and the importance a correctly tuned propeller.

Browse down and choose the news that interests you, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

US teen sets date for solo round-world attempt: Saturday
Nancy Knudsen,
A second 16-year-old is set to sail for Cape Horn. Californian sailor Abby Sunderland, younger sister of Zac Sunderland who sailed a solo cruising route round the world for two years to become the youngest sailor to do that in history, is now only waiting for the weather. She plans to set off Saturday morning on her Open 40 Wild Eyes to 'better' her brother's record.... [more]
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Cruising Club of America to present medal to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
Dana Paxton,
The Cruising Club of America has selected Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to receive its prestigious Blue Water Medal without date. In the 85-year history of the CCA's Blue Water Medal only seven Medals have been awarded without date. The medal will be presented to Sir Robin Knox-Johnston on March 5, 2010 by CCA Commodore Sheila McCurdy (Middletown, R.I.) during the club's annual Awards Dinner at the New... [more]
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Sailing Schizophrenia - Clipper yacht abandoned as 'not economic'
Des Ryan,
While organisations such as Sailors for the Sea and Oceans Watch work for sustainability and the preservation of our ocean environment, the sailing world has just shown further evidence of its schizophrenia.... [more]
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Prince William takes the helm of an America's Cup yacht
Lisa Mylchreest,
If you fancy the idea of yourself at the helm of an America's Cup yacht, then it helps if your name is Prince William. The young prince is visiting New Zealand at the moment, representing his mother Queen Elizabeth II and having a sail at the same time... [more]
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A Race Too Far - new story of the 1968 solo race,
In 1968, when Britain's Sunday Times put out a challenge to the world's would-be adventurers to 'sail round the world, alone and without stopping' it was an almost unimaginable feat, and spawned a collection of amazing stories which, until now, had been captured best in the famed book 'A Voyage for Madmen' - now there's a new book....... [more]
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Jessica Watson celebrates at Cape Horn
Nancy Knudsen,
'Against the grey sky and with albatrosses flying in the foreground, it was just as I'd imagined for so long. Mythical and striking pretty much sums it up! The poor visibility didn't exactly make it the best sightseeing weather, but if we'd drifted comfortably by on a nice sunny day, it wouldn't have been half as special! In between taking pictures and phone calls,it was an extremely proud moment!... [more]
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Your Propeller - the unsung hero of boating
Canadian Yachting,
Doesn't a propeller look simple? Visually, the size and shape makes it obvious that a propeller kind of 'screws' its way through the water and to a casual observer, it looks to be one of the simplest parts on the whole boat. Well, it's exactly the opposite..... [more]
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Wiring Diagram - Don't leave port without it!
Lisa Mylchreest,
He loped onto the deck, a big bony angled man, with arms and legs that seemed to work independently of each other. A face too long, with too many angles. ‘Every time I connect to shore power' says the Skipper, ‘everything blows.'... [more]
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Seawind 1250 world debut at Docklands
Shoemark & King,
Seawind Catamarans will launch its new Seawind 1250 flagship at the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival next month.... [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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The Most Magical of Rallies - to the Louisiades
Sail-World Cruising,
In a mostly forgotten corner of the Pacific Ocean, in its third year, is one of the most isolated, yet magical rallies in the world for cruising sailors. In 2008, Guy Chester organised a rally with a few yachts from Cairns in North Queensland to an isolated archipelago located at the trailing tail of New Guinea - the Louisiades Rally... and there began a tale... [more]
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Indian solo sailor in the Falklands and past the halfway
Des Ryan,
Following in the inspirational footsteps of India's famous solo sailor Gulshan Rai, Commander Dilip Donde, with the sponsorship of the Indian Navy and the support of many thousands of sailing enthusiasts from India, has reached the Falklands on his quest to become the first solo sailor from India to complete a circumnavigation.... [more]
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Take your books cruising? - or 'Go Kindle'?
Nancy Knudsen,
When we left for our recent three year circumnavigation that took five years I, being a great reader and anticipating many long days at sea, took just over 400 books with me, arranged nicely in the book shelves around the walls of our cabin. As the books were loaded and the boat sank deeper and deeper, crew harmony among our crew of two became somewhat fragile....... [more]
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The North West Passage - Bagan's 2009 transit
Scott Bowlen, Ketchikan Daily/Sail-World,
Of the 23 vessels, including a couple of ships and nine yachts, that successfully transited the North West Passage high over Canada this year, one was operated by an adventure film maker, Sprague Theobald, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. Theobald used MV Bagan as a floating editing facility, and during the passage produced his latest film called, believe it or not, 'The North West Passage'.... [more]
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