Hurricane season warning...second yacht attack in three months...Club Yachting Life Rally...the millionaire footballer who lost his yacht and helicopter and ended up swimming...last chance to win a Predict Wind subscription...

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 10 Jun 2010

The hot news, the comic, the tragic and the zany...

Adrenalin: lifestyle and income all in one. All you need to do is cancel your current life  .
Sail-World doesn't read like a newspaper.

You won't find the biggest stories of the week in the largest headlines, and the frivolous news on the back page.

Mostly stories are listed chronologically, with the comic sitting beside the practical, and the tragedies reported in the same list as the great achievements.

But there's one thing you can be sure of, that here in this Sail-World Cruising news e-magazine, you can count on all the world's non-competitive sailing news to reach you in one tidy bundle – every week!

So browse down the headlines below and see what interests you:

This week there's everything from a sad but historic video of one of America's Loran-C navigation towers coming down in a controlled explosion, to the zany story of the very wet Scottish millionaire ex-footballer who couldn't win a trick. Read how he lost both his yacht and his helicopter in a couple of unfortunate hours and ended up having to swim for home.

While Australia's Jessica Watson is still the VIP of the month in her home country, and Holland's Laura Dekker is waiting until next week to find out if the Children's Court will allow her to go global sailing, California's Abby Sunderland is having a tough time out there in the Indian Ocean. The gales passing have winds gusting to 50 and 60 knots, but she's overcoming everything thrown at her.

There's the glitzy tale of the up-scale cruising rally being held in the Mediterranean, and the sad news of the inaugural Around Australia Rally that has had to be delayed – better to do it now than closer to departure time.

Four gutsy adventurers in a replica of Captain Bligh's Bounty Boat are on their last leg of a seven week journey from Vanuatu in the South Pacific to Kupang in Indonesia. It's not been so easy, for some familiar reasons...

Finally, read about the yacht, the income and the lifestyle ready for you in some of the most idyllic cruising water in the world – all you need to do is be prepared to cancel your current life, and accept the adventure.

There's much more too, so read on, enjoy, and...

...Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Beware the 2010 Hurricane Season

As if the Gulf of Mexico and Haiti weren't experiencing disasters enough, the 2010 hurricane season is shaping up to be a monster. Beside the havoc that hurricanes could have on these two disasters, telling sailors to be especially careful seems of slight moment. The Colorado State University forecasting team says there could be 10 hurricanes, five of them major, increasing a previous estimate.... [more]
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Second yacht attack in three months in Colombia's Five Bays
Nancy Knudsen,
French cruising sailor Brice Lequertier, sailing on yacht Piolan has reported an attack in Bahia Guayraca, the third of five bays in the Five Bay area of the Caribbean coast of Colombia.... [more]
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The sad story of the footballer, the yacht and the helicopter
Nancy Knudsen,
Sometimes it's just one of those days.... Imagine this: It's early morning and you slip out of bed to peer out the window of your treasured holiday house, which looks over the splendid Loch Long in Argyll in Scotland, and over your lovely yacht, moored at the bottom of the garden. ...but this morning something doesn't look quite right. The yacht is gone!... [more]
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See the demolition video of a North American Loran-C, replaced by GPS
Sail-World Cruising,
With the end of the Long Range Aids to Navigation (Loran-C) system, which has been replaced by the GPS system across North America, some of the towers are this year being demolished. Here we bring you one of the demolitions, of the Port Clarence Tower. As the sad farewell to a system that had served well since 1957, it was also goodbye to Alaska's tallest structure, at 1,350 feet.... [more]
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Indian Ocean - testing times for Abby Sunderland
Nancy Knudsen,
Californian Abby Sunderland is showing her stoic nature as the Indian Ocean proves challenging for the sixteen-year-old sailor who is out to become the youngest circumnavigator ever, sailing on her Open 40 Wild Eyes.... [more]
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Jessica Watson sails into her home port
Lisa Mylchreest,
She may have already crossed her outward route and thereby completed her circumnavigation, but until teen sailor Jessica Watson sailed into her home town of Mooloolaba on Sunday, she hadn't really completed her journey.... [more]
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Dutch child protection authorities move against young sailor
Nancy Knudsen,
Fourteen-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker may remain remain a ward of court and so unable to set out on her planned two-year solo sailing trip around the world. The Dutch child protection authorities have asked the court to extend the girl's status, which was set to end on 1 July, shortly after which Laura wanted to begin her attempt.... [more]
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Six Boating Safety Tips from BoatUS
Boat Owners Association of The United States,
Right across the northern hemisphere, the boating season is beginning, and sailors are out there on all sorts of craft. To help sailor brush up on their boating safety, the BoatUS Foundation, part of the Boat Owners Association of the USA, has these six tips.... [more]
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Bounty Boat on the last leg to Kupang
Nancy Knudsen,
The Talisker Bounty Boat, skippered by Australian adventurer Don McIntyre, is on the last big leg of their adventure to recreate the voyage in an open boat of Captain William Bligh and 18 men after his crew mutinied in Tonga.... [more]
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First exploration of sub-glacial Antarctic lake is a major step closer
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists have located the ideal drill site for the first ever exploration of an Antarctic sub-glacial lake, a development that it likely to facilitate a revolution in climate-change research and which may lead to the discovery of life-forms cut off from the main line of evolution for millions of years.... [more]
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Jeni Bone,
The Sail-World network of sailing news sites worldwide continues to strengthen with the appointment of Seattle based, Sail-World USA Editor, David Schmidt.... [more]
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Marine threat from abandoned Dutch yacht in South Pacific
Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors in waters off New Zealand will need to be aware of a floating dismasted yacht after two Dutch sailors were winched off their boat this week. There is an emergency beacon attached to the yacht and New Zealand authorities were tracking it. Seas were wild when the couple, who were on their way to Vanuatu, called a Pan pan after their yacht lost power and steering after being dismasted... [more]
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Adrenalin Rush and a sailing lifestyle you could have
Sail-World Cruising,
You never know what will happen when you throw of the docklines and go sailing. For Keith Logan, taking a year off turned into a magic lifestyle and a business to keep him doing what he loved permanently, and which he can now pass on to others.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Sweden's Arcona 34
Nancy Knudsen,
You want a comfortable cruising boat, but you don't want a dog. Swedish company Arcona's new product, the Arcona 340 perfectly fits that category and was nominated for 'European Yacht of the Year 2009/2010', in the class of 'performance cruiser.'... [more]
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Sail-World talks to Meridien Marinas Berth Winner,
We have been talking to the still shaking long time Sail-World Cruising reader from South East Queensland who has just been announced the winner of the Meridien Marinas Free Berthing for the next 25 years competition. A prize conservatively valued at AUD$300,000, obviously the biggest prize we've ever had on Here is the story.... [more]
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2010 Club Yachting Life Rally in Palma de Mallorca
Merijn de Waard, Super Yacht Times,
Not all yacht rallies of cruising sailors are concentrated on the popular 35-50ft cruising boat, and here Merijn de Waard tells of her experience joining a rally of splendid Jongert sailing boats, up to 100 metres in length - the 2010 Club Yachting Life Rally in Palma de Mallorca.... [more]
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Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally- Out of Time for 2011
Bob Williams,
The Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally event has received unprecedented interest from local and international yacht owners, crew and supporters, along with a ground swell of enthusiasm from potential event hosts around Australia – including yacht clubs, local councils, port authorities, tourism and development authorities and governments.... [more]
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Big ferry brings home the Little Ship that made it back to Dunkirk
Andrew Rosthorn,
The 30ft motor boat Anne, one of the smallest 'little ships' to make it back to France for the 70th anniversary return of the surviving boats of from the battle of Dunkirk, has come home to England on a lorry.... [more]
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Last Chance to win 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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World Oceans Day, June 08 - never was it more vital
Lisa Mylchreest,
June 8th is World Oceans Day, and never were our oceans more in need of a friend. With discarded plastic bags killing thousands of precious sea animals, with the world's fish stocks at record lows and the oil well damage on the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, Canada's Pacific coastline and now the Gulf of Mexico, the world that the sailor loves to inhabit is under threat like never before.... [more]
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