Laanta Lanta Festival in pictures...Piracy hotspot in 2009...opportunity for adventurous sailors in the South Pacific...Chandler update...innovation awards for sailing products...and much more...

18 Feb 2010                              If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE                To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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No America's Cup news here...

Laanta Lanta festival -  Graeme Belshaw
I was right the first time – the America's Cup was overwhelmingly a legal challenge – years in the courts and only two days on the water. Warning: There are NO articles about the America's Cup in this news magazine.

The sailors who have donated their old sails and lines for the chartered vessel the Sea Flower to take to Haiti have done an amazing job, and they are still anxious for more. Our correspondent Lynn Fitzgeral is now in Haiti and reporting from there.

The agonising trauma of the kidnapped Chandlers continues, with Rachel's story of her attempted rape and ill treatment...

In better news, three excellent new products for sailors have won innovation awards at the Miami Boat Show and are featured, and there are some other interesting innovate gadgets you may want to know about – a new propeller, and the ultimate drink holder for thirsty sailors.

A wild variety of other articles as well – wonderful cruising story about the Laanta Lanta Festival in Thailand, a superb heritage superyacht on the market, how satellites are improving safety at sea, and an opportunity for adventurous sailors for an amazing experience in the South Pacific.

Browse through to find the articles that interest you, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Unspoiled Cruising and the Laanta Lanta Festival, Ko Lanta, Thailand
Graeme Belshaw,
In a world where culture and religious differences often divide communities and countries, Ko Lanta in Thailand and its Laanta Lanta Festival, provides idyllic proof that people of diverse and varied ethnic groups can live together in peace and harmony for hundreds of years, welcoming foreign visitors with their arms open. It also has great allure for sailors... [more]
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My kind of superyacht - the Madiz is for sale
Lisa Mylchreest,
Now that's my kind of superyacht and she is for sale. If I were to give up sailing and take up motor-yachting, that's the boat I'd buy - if only I had the 10.5 million dollars. .... [more]
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IMB's Piracy Hotspots from 2009
IMB/Nancy Knudsen,
Last month the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB)'s annual piracy report was out, and there's no doubt that safety on the high seas is deteriorating - but what does it mean for the cruising sailor? How safe are the seas where you sail? - and what routes can you take to sail off into the sunset without worrying about pirates?... [more]
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Drifting rope aborts World ARC yacht's ocean crossing
Jeremy Wyatt,
It was a drifting rope. A piece of flotsam thrown overboard by a fisherman or the like. But in the heavy swells of the Pacific crossing between Panama and Galapagos in the dark early hours of morning, it spelled disaster for the World ARC yacht Bristol Rose. She eventually called a Pan Pan.... [more]
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The Improving Rescue - how satellites are making the oceans safer
Sail-World Cruising,
While you wouldn't want to go to sea envisaging having to be rescued, satellite AIS data is becoming more and more crucial in the safety of yachts at sea, as it is used to source additional potential rescuers. In a recent report the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) highlighted the use of satellite AIS data by Australia's Rescue Coordination Centre for a recent search and rescue... [more]
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Yacht Charter water sampling a hit with customers
Wicked Local/Sail-World Cruising,
A company that arranges yachting vacations is finding their water sampling vs. carbon offset project - an attempt to 'do their bit' in the battle against climate change - is a hit with their customers. They, and the researchers they sponsor, are hoping that other companies will follow suit.... [more]
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A South Pacific chance for the adventurous sailor to make a difference
Sail-World Cruising,
OceansWatch, the international organisation of sailors devoted to working divers and scientists to help coastal communities conserve their marine environments and develop livelihoods sustainable into the future, is looking for yachts for projects in Vanuatu for the coming season, and volunteers to assist in exciting projects in the South Pacific.... [more]
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A sailor arrives in Haiti, and writes...
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
Sailing journalist Lynn Fitzpatrick has been writing for Sail-World of the vital need for sails, old lines and other goods for the survivors of Haiti's earthquake, before the monsoon season arrives. Sailors pulled together to send a chartered cargo ship, the Sea Flower, to those villages which UN aid had hardly reached. Now she writes of her experiences on arrival in Haiti... [more]
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Innovation Awards for sailing products: Four winners for 2010
Sail-World Cruising.,
Innovative products are one of the most exciting tangible results of human imagination let loose, and every year at the Miami International Boat Show manufacturers are recognised in a potential of ten categories for the best innovation of the year. This year Sail-World Cruising is recognizing four of these innovations as being relevant to leisure sailors.... [more]
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Kiwiprops - an innovative new propeller for sailing yachts
Kiwiprop media,
The Kiwiprop™ is a unique cost effective feathering propeller that eliminates gears, aligns the blades with the streamlines, not the shaft; minimises corrosion potential from the lightweight composite blades and offers users easy variable pitch adjustment... [more]
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Chandlers: Rachel tells of attempted rape, Pirate threaten starvation
David Jones, Daily Mail/Sail-World Cruising,
Britain's Daily Mail has claimed that kidnapped cruising sailor Rachel Chandler narrowly escaped rape by one of her guards because other guards arrived just in time, entering her tent and preventing the attack from proceeding.... [more]
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Gadget of the Week: the one-size-fits-all drink holder
Sail-World Cruising,
Everyone knows that the single most important accessory that every boat needs, no matter its size, is arguably the drink holder. Aware of this vital aspect of a sailing life, innovative company Tallon Systems brings you, hot of the block, a stylish and strong 'multi-holder' that, apart from all its other great features, will fit any size bottle, can, glass or coffee mug... [more]
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Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2010: 'just one more...' (picture)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
After our recent trip around Phang Nga Bay there were a good deal more than 12 images to show off - so here are a few more picture postcards from Fiddler's Green...... [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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Sails for Haiti: One shipload not enough, says President
Lynn Fitzpatrick,
At an emergency summit meeting in Ecuador on Tuesday, Haitian President Réné Préval, addressed the attendees, “ I have to return to one million homeless people in the streets. Who has tents?” Haiti's first downpour of the season is approaching and tents, tarps, used sails and all your salty old abraded line are needed to make temporary housing.... [more]
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Should we Inject Carbon Dioxide into the Deep Ocean?
Kate Madin,
Should we Inject Carbon Dioxide into the Deep Ocean? Study finds that some seafloor life may be harmed by high CO2 levels.... [more]
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Phang Nga Bay Regatta 2010 – a sight for sore eyes
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
There have been a number of tags assigned to this event over the years – 'a series of parties with some sailing in between', 'a party on the move', 'the most scenic regatta on the Asian racing calendar', 'the FUN regatta'. You'd better enjoy the scenery as there's plenty of it to appreciate, and you're going to see a great deal of it as you pass (slowly) by. Look at the pictures...... [more]
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