First Indian circumnavigator makes it home...Round Oz sailor Ian Thomson into the Southern Ocean...Telstra NextG goes marine...horror incident after freak gybe in the Pacific...the Dockwise experience...and much more...

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 27 May 2010

Dilip Donde's circumnavigation makes him India's latest hero

Dilip Donde arriving Mumbai at the end of his circumnavigation  .
In sailing adventure news this week, Dilip Donde, an Indian naval officer, has just sailed into Mumbai at the end of the first complete world circumnavigation by an Indian national.

There's no doubt that the country, with its fast improving standard of living, is becoming more yachting conscious, and the purchase of yachts by the newly affluent is growing. Kochi has just opened India's first full-service marina and there are more planned. With a long luscious coastline and fascinating culture on land, it could soon be a very attractive cruising ground for wandering Australian yachts - after all, it's just a short sail from Darwin.

One of the best arts of seamanship is anticipation and preparation, and this week's thoroughly grim story of the flying gybe that caused the freak injuries to a sailor 1400 miles out from Mexico in the Pacific is worth reading for the lessons we can all use.

Ian Thomson in his bid to be the fastest solo circumnavigator of Australia has passed into the Southern Ocean, and there's a mere 3,000 miles to go! If you want to read the whole story, we're publishing earlier updates at the bottom of the news stories.

With dozens of cruising sailors now negotiating the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, ISAF is taking seriously its efforts to let all sailors thinking of making the passage the dangers and recommended protocol. We publish another guideline this week.

If you've ever considered getting your boat to a dreamy cruising destination without having to sail there, read Ian and Andrea Treleaven's experiences with Dockwise – it's all good.

In practical news our Product of the Week is a GPS boat tracking system that's now affordable, and there's a new book out from Wiley on 'The Rules of the Road' – something more attractively presented than your normal COLREGS publication. Telstra has launched some marine maps for NextG, and we'd love some feedback if you're out there using a NextG dongle for your communications.

Much much more too, so browse down the stories to see what interests you.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Dilip Donde completes first solo circumnavigation for India
Nancy Knudsen,
If you think Australia was excited about sixteen-year-old Jessica Watson's voyage, India has proved ecstatic about their own sailor this week, as a naval officer completed the first-ever solo circumnavigation of the globe by sailing boat by an Indian national... [more]
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Ian Thomson's Oz circumnavigation - Only 3,000nm to go!
SOS Media,
As Ian Thomson's yacht SOS Ocean Racing passes under Albany, Western Australia, there is just 3,000nm to go in his world record attempt to circumnavigate Australia Solo. Having had a few slow days Ian is now flying along in the Southern Ocean with a nice 183nm 24hour run. With winds blowing at 20-25 knots from the North West and expected to hold out for at least another day.... [more]
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Learn the Nautical Rules of The Road - new book from Wiley
Sail-World Cruising,
If you are studying for a commercial mariner's qualification, Yachtmaster or Coastal Skipper - or even if you're not - this publication, Learn the Nautical Rules of The Road, is a straightforward way to study the COLREGS that ever sailor needs to know.... [more]
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Research improves understanding of threats to Antarctic wildlife
Office of The Hon Peter Garrett MP,
Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, launched the book ‘Health of Antarctic Wildlife: A challenge for Science and Policy' at Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney on May 20th. Edited by Australian Antarctic Division scientists Dr Martin Riddle and Dr Knowles Kerry, the book represents over a decade of work by 28 contributors, and provides a broad assessment of disease and other threats to the heal... [more]
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Iridium announces 'Test your Satellite Phone Week', May23-29
Sail-World Cruising,
Iridium Communications Inc., has announced the launch of its fourth annual “Test Your Satellite Phone” (TYSP) Week initiative, reminding users to make sure their satellite phones are ready to deploy at a moment's notice by dialling a toll-free number during the week May 23-29.... [more]
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Sail Melbourne in December - don't miss it
Pesel & Carr,
If you want to witness some great boats on the water and enjoy some top dockside events, the first leg of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Cup will once again set sail in Melbourne. With increased action on and off the water, an even bigger Sail Melbourne will be held at the state-of-the-art Sandringham Yacht Club 12-18 December 2010... [more]
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Teen circumnavigators - one on the water again, one preparing
Nancy Knudsen,
With Australia's Jessica Watson on land again safely, there's only one well-publicized teenager out there sailing the oceans solo at the moment, Californian teen Abby Sunderland, but she'll soon be joined by her even younger Dutch counterpart, Laura Dekker.... [more]
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Remote Pacific rescue after freak gybe - read the story
Nancy Knudsen,
Sailor Mike Kalahar was rescued from a Beneteau 36S7 about 1,400 miles southwest of La Paz, Mexico, when he sustained head and larynx injuries after an accidental gybe. The gripping story might keep you awake at night, would be good material for a lesson on the number of things that can go wrong in an emergency at sea, and will make any sailor pay more attention in their next First Aid course:.... [more]
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Good start for 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Kate Duryea,
Bright sunshine and a gentle breeze for the first morning of the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show which opened this morning. Visitors can view boats and marine displays from 424 exhibitors. It is the third highest exhibitor tally in the Show's 22-year history. The four-day event, from today through to Sunday, May 23, is staged at Sanctuary Cove in the northern area of Queensland's... [more]
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Telstra launches new online marine maps for Next G™
Sail-World Cruising,
Seafaring Telstra Next G™ customers planning offshore trips can now check the mobile network's coverage out to sea with the launch of new online maps. The network claims that Next G™ network coverage can typically extend 20 to 70 kilometres out to sea from mobile base stations located near the coast.... [more]
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ORCV Melbourne to Vanuatu - We have a vision...
John Curnow,
ORCV Melbourne to Vanuatu - We have a vision...... a world vision to be precise. You see, World Vision Australia is our latest donator to the Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid project and boy have they lobbed in with an absolute swag of goodies. Pallet loads, actually...... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club &, is proud to announce that in conjunction with Steven Bond's OziOpti - you can now Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club!!... [more]
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The Dockwise experience
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Thinking of shipping your yacht somewhere instead of sailing the long passage? Andrea and Ian Treleaven, who have entertained us for years with their tales of both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, have just shipped their yacht Cape Finisterre across the Atlantic with Dockwise. Here they tell their experience:... [more]
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Sailing safety - the good old fashioned way...
Canadian Yachting,
MOST OF US who are beyond our teens or early twenties, will pick up a cell phone and marvel at its capability to do what we saw as futuristic science-fiction only a few of decades ago. This incredible technology can easily transfer to the boat and along with all those other “doohickeys”, but, do we ever wonder what happened to the “basics” on board our boats?... [more]
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Product of the Week: GPS Boat Tracking System
Des Ryan,
If you are concerned about your yacht's security while your boat is unattended, a comparatively low-cost system can give you some peace of mind and also maybe reduce the cost of your yacht insurance. You can even have update notifications sent to you via your Blackberry.... [more]
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Raymarine previews glass bridge monitors at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Combining the latest advanced technology in an ultra-stylish, edge-to-edge black glass screen, Raymarine's new glass bridge systems are aimed at meeting the highly demanding operational and interior design requirements for vessels over 40 feet.... [more]
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Around Australia - Southern Ocean here we come!!
SOS Media,
Day 18 into Ian Thomson's solo sailing Around Australia record attempt and not only have things got interesting but also intense. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing departed Airlie Beach on the fifth of May at 10:30:20 in an effort to break the world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia. Ian's mission is about raising awareness of what the damage plastic bags do to our environment.... [more]
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HMS Bounty and Gypsy Moth IV, both for sale
Sail-World Cruising,
One is a tall ship and one is a ketch, but this month two vessels with some of the most famous names in modern sailing history have a lot more than you would think in common. HMS Bounty, square-rigged replica of the original Bounty of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' fame, and Gypsy Moth IV, Sir Francis Chichester's yacht that took him around the world and into the history books in 1966, are both for sale... [more]
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ARC Europe Rally - now for the Atlantic crossing
Jeremy Wyatt,
It was smiles and waves of farewell and thanks from the ARC Europe crews this week as the transatlantic cruising rally to Europe set sail for the longest leg of the journey - the 1800nm passage from Bermuda to the Azores. Gentle weather conditions meant that a start could be held inside St.George's Harbour, providing a spectacle for crews, visitors and local well wishers as the fleet headed th... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a 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!! COMPETITION CLOSES SOON!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more]
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ISAF repeats anti-piracy recommendations
Military Authorities have issued further warnings of piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the Northern Indian Ocean region. As a result the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has re-issued advice on guidelines.... [more]
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Ian Thomson entering the Southern Ocean- but his Mainsail is Cactus
SOS Media,
SOS Ocean Racing has left it's pitstop and is very close to rounding Cape Leeuwin and hence entering the Southern Ocean this morning. Ian Thomson fixed what he could of the mainsail whilst in Bunbury and got his engine going again. Ian stated 'It was great to have a stop to rest, 13 hours sleep, but the mainsail is cactus.... [more]
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Leopard 38 wins Asia Multihull Award
Sail-World Cruising,
Leopard Catamarans' new Leopard 38 won the prestigious Asia Boating Award for Best Production Multihull at the 2010 Asian Boating Awards dinner. Asia Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines presented the award during the Gold Coast Hong Kong Boat Show.... [more]
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Search for Missing sailor continues - Found him!!,
Police resumed the search this morning for a sailor who has vanished on a solo trip between Port Stephens and Newcastle. A giant air and sea search yesterday failed to find any trace of the sailor and despite hundreds of moorings being checked at Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie and a search along the Hunter River, there remained no sign of the man last night.... [more]
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Ian Thomson – Half Way Round Australia – A Pitstop,
Ian Thomson's solo sailing Around Australia WSSRC record attempt has reached the half way stage. And the Airlie Beach sailor has pit-stopped on the south west Australian coast line to make repairs before heading into the Southern Ocean. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing departed Airlie Beach 20 days ago aiming to break the record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia.... [more]
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