Cadet sailor in fatal fall from mast...Jessica Watson, adventure almost over...US sailors taxed if they linger longer...Overboard:Nightmare sail to Bermuda...Atlantic hurricane forecast...and much more

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 06 May 2010

Jessica almost home, Abby in Cape Town

Jessica Watson - soon she'll be here again, just 209 days after she departed on her round the world voyage - and she'll still be 16  .
Now that Australians are beginning to accept what their sailing navigators always knew, that their favourite long range sailor Jessica Watson won't be setting any records when she sails into Sydney Harbour on 15th May, they will be free to give the courageous young teenager the adulation she deserves, and records won't count at all.

Teen sailing circumnavigators British Mike Perham and round world record holder Jesse Martin will be there with thousands of Australians who have followed her voyage through some of the worst conditions that the infamous Southern Ocean could turn on.

In the meantime Californian teen sailor Abby Sunderland has arrived into Cape Town to mend her autopilot before continuing her own round world adventure. Plastiki, that yacht made of 20,000 plastic bottles has arrived in Kiribati from San Francisco on its way across the Pacific, and in another environment-inspired journey Ian Thomson is setting out to be the fastest yacht to circumnavigate Australia, drawing attention to the damage that plastic bags do to our environment.

There's a great variety of other news. After another sailor's death, cruisers are warned about the extreme danger from pirates when sailing near the Paria Peninsula in Venezuela, and do check out how Somali pirates are using the world's media to further their own aims. There's the tragedy of a lost life when a British sea cadet fell to his death, a bleak forecast about the number of hurricanes expected in the Atlantic in the coming season, and long range US sailors need to be aware of potential heavy tax bills if they linger in one place too long.

Grant Headifen has a new valuable sailing tip for those who take rookies on their boats for the day, and there's an amusing story about a sailor who tried to sail around Britain using a road map.

Can you separate a modern lawyer from his Blackberry? Maybe, if you take him sailing in the British Virgins...

Browse down the stories below and click more to read those that interest you, or the F to share them with your friends on Facebook...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Cruising boaters could find tax bills under the welcome mat
Staying too long in one place can ruin a good thing. At least that's the case with boaters making lengthy journeys, who are finding themselves targets of cash-hungry U.S.A. states looking to balance their budgets.... [more]
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Jessica Watson: Keeping the Record Straight
Nancy Knudsen.,
As a publication for sailors, not the general public, it behoves us to be accurate about 'round the world' records. When Jessica sails into Sydney Harbour in May, she may have survived her voyage with bravery and skill, and be on her way to fame and fortune, but she will not have taken Jesse Martin's round-world record from him.... [more]
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Good sunglasses for sailing - more important than you think
Canadian Yachting,
It goes with the territory. Whether we go on a day sail or set out to cross an ocean, there are some things we don't forget. We usually think of the sunscreen with the best SPF money can buy, and perhaps a long as it doesn't cramp our style, and sunglasses...again something stylish. But little thought goes into why these are necessary.... [more]
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Forgetting the Blackberry - sailing in the British Virgins
Jule Guaglardi,JustLuxe/Sail-World Cruising,
He arrived looking ready for island life however underneath his wrinkle-free surf trunks and faded Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirt was the presence of a man who had not a minute to spare, a man whose Blackberry and briefcase were as much an appendage as his arm or leg. It was his first vacation in six years.... [more]
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Régates Royales - Trophée Panerai - Jürg Kaufmann exhibits in Cannes
Soazig Gueho,
For the past three years, the official poster of the Régates Royales – Trophée Panerai has been chosen through a competitive selection process. Painters and photographers from all over the world have submitted their pieces to a jury.... [more]
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British Sea Cadet falls from Tallship Rigging,
Around 8:30pm on Sunday night, Britain's Solent Coastguard received a ‘Mayday' call from the Training Ship (TS) ‘Royalist' stating a member of their crew had fallen over the side of the ship at Stokes Bay, whilst they were at anchor.... [more]
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Overboard - nightmare sail to Bermuda, a book review

Two days after Captain Tom Tighe, first mate Lochlin Reidy and three crewmembers on the Almeisan set sail from Connecticut to Bermuda, they pass by another sailboat heading in the opposite direction. The captain aboard that boat warns them they're heading straight into a developing low-pressure system. Tighe, 65, who has made the voyage more than 48 times, says, “We'll take the good with the bad.”... [more]
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Solo sailor out to break round-Australia record
SOS Media,
Ian Thomson depart Airlie Beach yesterday for his attempt to break the record for the fastest non-stop solo circumnavigation of Australia. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing is out to break the record and is being ratified by the World Sailing Speed Record Counci. Part of the requirements is that a tracking unit gives a position every 15 minutes.... [more]
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Upgraded pirate warning for Paria Peninsula Venezuela
Sail-World Cruising,
An upgraded pirate warning has been issued by the Caribbean Safety and Security Net after more facts have been released about the recent death by pirates of a cruising sailor and the rescue of his wife from a life raft: The north coast of Venezuela, the Paria Peninsula in particular, continues to be the single most dangerous cruising grounds in the Caribbean...,... [more]
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Moored sailor sparks massive Coastguard search
Maritime Coastguard Agency/Sail-World,
In a call that echoes the sentiments of Coastguards round the world, an officer of the Thames Coastguard has pleaded with all sailors to set out with a working VHF, navigation equipment, up-to-date charts, flares and life saving equipment... [more]
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Land Ho! Plastiki Makes 1st Landfall!
The Plastiki has reached its first stop off after 39 days at sea! Having travelled from San Francisco, covering 3600 nautical miles, the crew are overjoyed to reach dry land, not to mention excited for the chance to sleep in a real bed that doesn't rock and roll all night!... [more]
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Yacht pirates and how they hoodwink the media
Nancy Knudsen,
'The fate of some cruising sailors has been exacerbated by the world's mass media - they play into the pirates' hands by printing anything they are told, thus making their rescue more difficult.' These are the words of a source close to the family of some cruisers who have been in pirates hands for many months.... [more]
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Extended range hurricane forecast bodes ill for 2010
Sail-World Cruising,
As if the Gulf of Mexico didn't have enough problems right now, atmosphere scientists from the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University have issued an extended range forecast which heralds an above average activity for the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season.... [more]
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El Salvador Rally dismayed by new taxes for visiting sailors
Pat Rains, The Log/Sail-World Cruising,
West coast Canadians and Americans sailing to or from the Caribbean are a big market for the coastal countries on the way. So when the Central American country of El Salvador announced two new tariffs, the newly announced El Salvador Cruisers Rally sailors were dismayed and local suppliers went into fight mode.... [more]
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Sailing Tip of the Week - short, but a lifesaver
Grant Headifen,
Grant Headifen from Nauticed brings you another Tip of the Week: Some tips are long and some are short – this one is short, but it's a potential life saver! - the smart way to avoid potentially life-threatening head injuries from a swinging boom.... [more]
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A novice sailor? Boy, they got that right
Bob Wonders,
His name has not been made public, but his chances of winning a role as a navigator are down to two – incredibly slim and none!... [more]
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