European Yacht of the Year for 2010 announced...Jessica Watson - half way home and writing a book...hostage sailors emaciated and pleading... Noonsite launches weather forum...and much more...

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A deluge of cruising news again this week, not only from Australia but also from the world's oceans and coastlines, and it's all in the stories below.

Without doubt the most agonising story of the week is that of Paul and Rachel Chandler, the cruising sailors who have now been in the hands of Somali pirates for over three months, and whose health is deteriorating fast, as you will see in the images below taken recently.

Read how Australia's 16-year-old solo sailor Jessica Watson powers on across the Atlantic, more than half way home, and at the moment she's heading slightly north in the Atlantic to avoid some nasty weather. What's amazing is that she's writing a book while she sails!

In the meantime her American competitor Abby Sunderland has decided to head for shore because her power generation combo was not up to the task of powering her electronic gear. She'll be starting again as soon as possible from Mexico.

The much awaited 'European Yacht of the Year' for 2010 has been announced, and the family cruiser winner - the Dufour 42 - is featured.

The sailing Treleavens, who spend part of their year in Sydney and the other part sailing in idyllic locations, are back with their tales of the Caribbean.

Good weather knowledge is vital for all sailors. This week we tell how COGOW, excellent for weather routing, has just been upgraded, and how Noonsite, that great information site for cruising sailors, has also introduced a new weather forum.

VHF contact is also vital for all sailors, and in this edition there's an excellent analysis of how often, if at all, you need to replace your VHF aerial.

Valentine's Day is almost here and there's still time to romance your love with a sailing holiday in the Whitsundays - and Sunsail has just the answer!

Much more too, so browse down to find the stories that interest you, and...

...Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Announced! -European Yachts of the Year for 2010
Nancy Knudsen,
After months of waiting by the finalists, the European Yacht of the Year has been announced at Boot, Dusseldorf's annual Boatshow, in five categories. The one that is likely to have the most impact with the greatest number of non-competitive sailors is the Dufour 405 Grandlarge, which has won the family cruiser section, and has been recently featured by Sail-World as the most likely to win.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - Half way there and the book deal is done
Nancy Knudsen,
French-owned Hachette Publishers have announced that they will publish the story of Jessica Watson's solo sail around the world 'as soon as possible after her return'. ...and onboard Ella's Pink Lady, Jessica is already writing it, in spite of a recent admission by her mother that Jessica has severe dyslexia, which circuitously resulted in Jessica's desire to sail around the world... [more]
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Hostage sailors - new footage, new pleas from Somalia
Sail-World Cruising/SavetheChandlers,
New footage has now been received of cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler, who have been held captive by Somali pirates for over three months now.... [more]
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Noonsite launches new weather forum
Sail-World Cruising,
The world's very popular informational website for cruising sailors, Noonsite, has just launched a new service for long-range cruisers wanting global weather and routing advice.... [more]
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Bavaria Cruiser 32 Open Day - 20 February 2010
Jamie Millar,
The new Bavaria Cruiser 32 will be launched in Australia on 20 February 2010 at The Quays Marina, Pittwater, NSW... [more]
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The VHF Antenna - the weak link?
Canadian Yachting,
While at sea your contact by VHF radio is vital, and, while you may keep a hand-held VHF as a back up, it won't have the same range. When your VHF fails, where do you look first? The antenna of course, but is it really the weak point? and why? And if so should they be replaced as a matter of course? - and then, how often? We decided to ask around of people who should know...... [more]
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Sailing with the Treleavens- West Caribbean: Guatemala, Belize, Mexico
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Long time cruising couple Andrea and Ian Treleaven have returned to Guatemala where they left their boat at a marina in the Rio Dulce during the cyclone season. After spending time completing their new book about their cruising adventures, they have now returned to start cruising again.... [more]
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Valentine's Day - there's still time to go sailing!
Sail-World Cruising,
There is still time to go sailing for St Valentine's Day - What about a romantic sailing escape in the Whitsundays? It would be REALLY showing your Valentine you really care if you went for a romantic sailing trip.... and Sunsail has just the answer...... [more]
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COGOW for passage planning - it's just been upgraded
Lee Bruce,
When passage planning, one needs all the help one can get to choose the right time to go, and the right winds to depart in. The good news is that the excellent Climatology of Global Ocean Winds (COGOW) website, which is of crucial assistance when planning a passage, has just been updated. Here Bruce Lee of Ocean Met, explains... [more]
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The new Dufour 405 - family yacht for long distance sailing
Nancy Knudsen,
The French-made Dufour 405 Grandlarge has to be one of the most promising finalists in the European Yacht of the Year, in the 'Family Cruiser' category. It is competing with such others as the Bavaria 32, the Delphia 47, the Ovni 445 and the Sunbeam 30.1, and the winner is just about to be announced. It's a family yacht for long distance sailing with a a great deal of comfort and security.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland journey aborted
Nancy Knudsen,
'But don't start worrying - I am still north of the equator so I won't have to give up the non-stop attempt.' These were the brave words of 16-year-old would-be solo circumnavigator Abby Sunderland as she heads for Cabo san Lucas on the Mexican coastline, just a week after she departed.... [more]
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Green at heart? Click on to Ecoyachts website
Sail-World Cruisiing,
'What can I do to help anyway? - I am just one sailor.' A shrug of the shoulders and a turning away is the all-too-often response of well meaning leisure sailors who may be Green at heart. Now two veteran sailors have launched a website to rally the good intentions of sailors and marine organisations world wide to make a real difference to the environment, together.... [more]
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Ocean Cruising Club - Awards of Merit for solo sailors

Teenage solo circumnavigator Mike Perham and Dee Caffari MBE, the first woman to sail solo around the world both ways, are recipients of this year's Ocean Cruising Club's prestigious Awards of Merit.... [more]
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Phoenicia - they've reached South Africa
Des Ryan,
Leg by leg, they're getting there. Recreating the first circumnavigation of Africa in a 600BCE replica boat was never going to be easy. But this week Phoenicia was greeted with a very warm welcome at Richards Bay in South Africa, a little north of Durban. A convoy of 21 yachts came out to meet Phoenicia and back at the Zululand Yacht Club a party of journalists, television cameras,... [more]
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Stuart Fahey retires - leaving big shoes to fill at Harken Australia
Greg Butchart,
After 38 years in the marine industry Stuart Fahey decided it was time to retire and enjoy some well earned leisure time. As a result of Stuart's retirement Harken is looking for a suitable candidate to fill the role as a sales representative. The position requires an energetic, self-motivated person ....... [more]
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Enter the online competition now
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer.... [more]
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Sail-World's America's Cup coverage - we're taking you to Valencia!
Sail-World Media,
Sail-World will again be producing a special newsletter for the 33rd America's Cup. The world's largest email newsletter will provide over 85,000 subscribers, worldwide with the latest information from the regatta venue, Valencia. New Zealand and US Editor, Richard Gladwell leaves for Valencia on Friday evening, and will remain until the end of the regatta or around the 13th February.... [more]
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Eight Bells - David Linacre
Craig Heydon,
David Linacre, a long-time member of, and contributor to, the Australian yachting community passed away last week. David's involvement in the sport of sailing spanned more than 70 years and reached all levels of the sport from his club, the Royal Brighton Yacht Club, right through to the Olympic Games.... [more]
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Largest Marine online news network does major site upgrades
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Sites offline today - All the and sites were offline for 30 minutes for a major upgrade... [more]
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