Abby not round the Horn yet...miracle dog survives after master falls overboard...Summer Sailstice coming...classic Herreschoff sails again...the Hanse 430 profiled... and much more...

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Waiting for Abby...

Abby - about to round the Horn. photo William Bennett ASC and Ted Caloroso  .
The Stop-Press news is that teen sailor Abby Sunderland still hasn't passed south of Cape Horn due to very light winds – she was due to round the great Horn two days ago, then the wind died...

There's good news for those running rallies this week. Sail-World, the largest online sailing news source in the world, is waiting for your rally or similar event to be listed. Soon every reader will be able to source, at the touch of a button, every rally in any part of the world. Want to list YOUR rally or other event? Just click on 'Submit News/Pics' in the top right hand corner of the website, and you'll find an 'Event' option.

... and do you have some sailing news? We are waiting for your story, and, to help you, Richard Gladwell has written a comprehensive guideline for contributors. It's our mission at Sail-World to go on sourcing the very best in news, information and tales from the world of the cruising sailor.

A wide spectrum of news again this week – from the tragic yet touching story of the Juanita, the dog who survived for 16 days on their yacht after her master fell overboard, to the most practical of stories – information about new iPhone applications for sailors, and this week's profile of the Hanse 430.

Read how piracy is down in numbers but spreading geographically, how the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers goes from strength to strength, and how YOU can be involved this year in Summer Sailstice.

Much more too so read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell,,
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers... [more]
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Sail Timer now for iPhone, iPod or iPad AND with a waterproof bag
Sail-World Cruising,
The SailTimer app - a quick and simple way to get your Tacking Time to Destination - from iTunes can now be used on the new iPad tablets, in addition to iPhone and iPod, and currently comes at a marked-down price of US$3.99. Ordinary GPS units do not account for the fact that sailboats zig-zag, when calculating ETA. The SailTimer app does, and can also show you the optimal tacking angles.... [more]
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Summer Sailstice - on again for its tenth anniversary
Ken Quant,
Once a year, the world's largest sailing celebration takes place across the northern hemisphere. Join the world for the 10th Summer Sailstice, an annual global celebration of sailing on the longest sailing weekend of the year. This year it will be celebated on June 19/20.... [more]
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Dog survives 16 days on yacht after solo sailor falls overboard
Sail-World Cruising/,
Juanita was sailing with her master Paul van Rensburg when the yacht they were sailing on disappeared during what was meant to be a two night sail along the New Zealand coastline. Sixteen days later the yacht has been located, without Mr van Rensburg on board, but Juanita safe and sound. Distraught friends have vowed they will continue the search for their mate.... [more]
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Seychelles fights back - daring raid releases fishermen from Somalis
Sail-World Cruising/AFP,
While the stories emanating from the Somali pirate region are peppered with accounts of Somali pirates being captured and then released again, the tiny nation of Seychelles has decided that enough is enough. A Seychelles coastguard vessel opened fire on Somali pirates holding six of its nationals and 21 Iranians during a daring high-seas military raid in the Indian Ocean Monday... [more]
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Teen sailor Abby Sunderland to round Cape Horn Tuesday
Nancy Knudsen,
16-year-old Californian sailor Abby Sunderland, attempting to be the youngest non-stop circumnavigator, is only a couple of days away from sailing around her first big milestone, Cape Horn. Her father has flown to the most southerly city in the world, Ushuaia, on Argentina's island of Tierra del Fuego to try to make contact with Abby as she passes the infamous Horn.... [more]
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Growing Somali piracy zone - east to India, south to Madagascar
Dick Moore, ISAF,
The forces now patrolling the Gulf of Aden have been unquestionably effective, as evidenced in the decrease in the ships held for ransom. However, the wide ranging Somali piracy has recently dramatically increased in range(east to India, south to Madagascar) and force, causing the International Sailing Federation to issue a new statement and Guidelines for the benefit of cruising sailors:... [more]
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Classic Herreshoff yacht sails again - and she's for sale
Sail-World Cruising/Luxist,
One of the most elegant racing yachts of all time has been rebuilt and relaunched in all her original splendour, and is now for sale in the south of France. It's Elena, and she's a Herreshoff!.... [more]
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Riggtech – Build it -Rig it -Sail it
John Curnow,
It's impossible to talk about Riggtech without first looking at its founder, Phill Bate. As Phill, himself explains, 'I've been at it since I was a kid. Dad and I built boats, rigged them and then sailed them. I was always sailing, but it was at this time that I got very interested in the rigging. It was a great grounding for understanding loads....... [more]
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'Protect your yacht club!' leading sailor advice
Charles Zusman,,
One of the world's leading sailors has sounded a warning about protecting yacht clubs against issues of today that threaten - economic difficulties, environmental concerns, insurance hikes, litigation, shorelines eaten away by development. He offers a five point plan to protect your own yacht club.... [more]
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25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 'almost at capacity'
Jeremy Wyatt,
The 25th ARC is set to be the most popular rally yet as World Cruising Club signed up the 200th entry by the beginning of March, almost three months ahead of previous years. Interest in the 25th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has been 'astonishing' say the event organisers, Cowes based World Cruising Club.... [more]
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Innovative product of the week: A spinnaker image
Nancy Knudsen,
Imagine sailing your local waterway with a spinnaker distinguished by a huge image - one that makes a bold statement, cheeky, innovative, or the picture of a loved one. Imagine the first time you set that spinnaker as a surprise for the person in the picture!... [more]
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Optical system promises to revolutionize undersea communications
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists and engineers have devised an undersea optical communications system that—complemented by acoustics—enables a virtual revolution in high-speed undersea data collection and transmission.... [more]
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Hanse 430 - Performance and function by design
Canadian Yachting,
Thinking of a new boat? Here's a positive review of the Hanse 430 from Canadian Yachting: What we like about Hanse is – first, performance – and second, price. The Hanse 430, like its siblings, tends to have a large sail area to weight ratio and a sense of simplicity few have been able to even consider. But I sense that it's the performance moniker that drives the Hanse team every day.... [more]
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Sailing with the Treleavens: USA 'Welcome' after sailing from Cuba
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Australian sailors Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their sailing tales of the Caribbean. Our last stories from them detailed their many and varied experiences sailing the coastlines of Cuba. Now read what happened when they arrived in the good USA:... [more]
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Adult Educational Sail aboard the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship
South Carolina Maritime Foundation,
The South Carolina Maritime Foundation's is hosting an educational program focusing on marine science and maritime history for up to 40 adults aboard the Spirit of South Carolina tall ship.... [more]
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Mahurangi Memories - The Ngatira Story
Bud Nalder, North Sails Classic,
The largest collection of classic yachts in New Zealand gather each year in late January at Mahurangi for their annual regatta. It is a marvellous spectacle and those that have not attended this coming together of NZ's yachting heritage, should ear mark it for next year. This year saw frantic efforts to rig the newly restored 1904 Bailey designed gaff cutter Ngatira in time for the regatta.... [more]
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Maritime NZ defends decision to call off search early,
Maritime New Zealand has defended its decision to call off the search for missing yachtie Paul Van Rensburg after three days. Van Rensburg had not been seen since March 12 when he left Tauranga on his yacht, Tafadzwa. His yacht was finally found by a Royal New Zealand Air Force Orion on a training flight, about 110km west of the Chatham Islands, shortly before 2.00pm on Sunday... [more]
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Training flight finds missing yacht Tafadzwa, drifting and damaged
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The missing yacht Tafadzwa, for whom the New Zealand search authorities called off a search almost two weeks ago, has been found. A New Zealand Air Force P3 Orion aircraft found the yacht drifting 60 nautical miles west of the Chatham Islands, located about 400 nm east of New Zealand's South Island.... [more]
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