The Abby Saga...Ian Thomson solo round Australia in 42 days...Captain Bligh voyage's fastest yacht launched...the whales are to stop rounding up without slowing down...and more...

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 17 Jun 2010

Everyone loves a winner, but give me a good sea drama...

It must be a trick of the camera - Yachts crossing ahead of a ship in the recent RYA Rally  .
Sailing news this week was dominated by the dismasting of Abby Sunderland's yacht Wild Eyes, her rescue, and the mainstream media frenzy that followed. It significantly surpassed their reaction to Jessica Watson's successful completion of her less dramatic, if short, circumnavigation.

Being wise after the event is a familiar human characteristic, and we have had an avalanche of letters explaining why her mission was doomed to fail. Broadly, they centred around the choice of boat, her tendency to carry too much sail, her persistence with the route though she was obviously too late in the season, and her failure to cut away the mast after the dismasting.

Everyone loves a winner, but a story of danger, possible loss of life and a dramatic rescue must be even better. Her forthcoming book will probably sell better than Jessica's.

You'll find all the 'Abby' stories at the end of the news magazine.

Britain's Royal Yachting Association this week tell of their rally for those just beginning to go ocean sailing - but the photo was what intrigued us...

Ian Thomson, the solo sailor who has just circumnavigated Australia solo in 42 days, breaking the previous record by 26 days, is trying to tell us to STOP USING PLASTIC BAGS. Sail-World interviewed him, just before her arrived at his home port of Airlie Beach.

In other news, four sailors, led by adventurer Don McIntyre in an open sailing boat, have arrived Kupang after re-enacting the amazing voyage of Captain William Bligh and a few of his men after the crew mutinied and forced them into an open boat at sea, near Tonga. They sailed 3,700 miles, with little food and water, and these four sailors have done the same – what an adventure, what an achievement! - but it wasn't without its challenges. Read the story.

In practical news, there's an excellent article on the internet options for your boat, and Grant Headifen takes us through the theory of what causes rounding up, and how to prevent it without slowing down your boat.

The annual whale migration is underway - watch out for whales if you are going off the coast!

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor - Contributors Guidelines,
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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Ian Thomson - New Solo Round Australia record, spoke to Australian Solo sailor Ian Thomson, just a few hours before he arrived back in Airlie Beach after his circumnavigation aboard his Welbourn 40 SOS Ocean Racing. SOS Ocean Racing stands for Save Our Seas and Ian's entire campaign is about raising awareness for the damage plastic bags are doing to our environment, in particular the marine environment where they are killing in... [more]
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Watch out on the water - its Whale season
With the first sightings of migrating whales for 2010 off Queensland's east coast, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) is reminding vessel operators to take care, watch out for whales and know the approach distances.... [more]
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Captain William Bligh did it - and so did they!
Des Ryan,
A four-man attempt to recreate Captain William Bligh's epic 3,700-mile open boat voyage succeeded today as the replica Bounty Boat arrived into Kupang from Tonga after a seven week voyage.... [more]
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OAM to Richard Nossiter, first Aussie Circumnavigator
Sail-World Cruising,
In 1935 a father and his two sons set off from Sydney harbour in ‘Sirius', on a two year odyssey to sail around the world. They were the first Australians to venture from our shores and circumnavigate the globe in a yacht. This historic voyage is recognised by the awarding of The Medal of The Order of Australia (OAM) in the general division to the only surviving member of the crew.... [more]
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Royal Yachting Association goes rally cruising
Barry Pickthall,
There are many reasons for the exploding popularity of rallies world-wide, and for experienced rally participants, the 'safety in numbers' reason is relatively minor - but it can be major if it's your first venture on the high seas! Here the Royal Yachting Association tells of their successful rally for those just entering the world of the long range cruising sailor:... [more]
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Just ONE day left to win a PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Just ONE day left for Sail-World readers to enter for a chance to win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 each. This is your last chance - ENTER NOW!! 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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Flares responsible for quick rescue - Tasmania
Sail-World Cruising,
Flares were responsible for the quick rescue of three people on a yacht which foundered in Tasmania, say police. Three people were rescued from Waterhouse Island near Bridport in north-east Tasmania yesterday evening, after their boat ran aground in rough seas.... [more]
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Strong support for Marine Rescue Levy from those who know
Ken McManus,
It's often not until a boater needs some help that they realize how important the Marine Rescue volunteers are. Here's what some who have been on the receiving end have to say about the proposed levy.... [more]
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Survey for support of Marine Rescue Levy closes Friday
Ken McManus,
It was another relatively fine, winter long weekend in most areas of the NSW coast – with a few windy exceptions, and the volunteers from Marine Rescue NSW had a typical three days on duty.... [more]
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The Jessica- Abby factor: Children complete 4 day ocean sailing voyage
Sail-World Cruising,
Britain's Tall Ships Youth Trust, in a move that appears to be capitalising on the high publicity given to sailors like Jessica Watson and Abby Sunderland, is 'opening up opportunities for people as young as 14 years old to sail on an ocean-going yacht and gain a qualification.'... [more]
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Captain Bligh's Bounty Boat adventure ends today in Kupang
Des Ryan,
All going well on their last day, Talisker Bounty Boat crew members (leader)Don McIntyre, Dave Pryce, David Wilkinson and Chris Wilde will arrive in Kupang this afternoon (Tuesday), completing their recreation of Captain Bligh's epic journey after his crew mutinied and set him adrift with some of his men.... [more]
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Comforts of home, with Internet onboard
Canadian Yachting,
It used to be that “all the comforts of home” meant an easychair, a pipe and the newspaper. Today, the easy chair is an office chair and the pipe is gone, no matter what we could have put in it. The poor old ‘paper' newspaper has been replaced with an electronic version that carries pretty much all the same stories - and you can download charts at sea!... [more]
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World's fastest yacht launched - Esimit Europa 2
Des Ryan,
Esimit Europa 2, the world's fastest 30 metre super Maxi yacht with maximum speed 35 knots was launched and christened this week in Cannes. It was a big event, with Europe's business leaders and the media there in strength.... [more]
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Sailing Tip of the Week: How to stop rounding up
Grant Headifen,
Rounding up is caused by many factors. Our SailTrim clinic discusses this topic and so what we wanted to do was test it out for sure. So last weekend we took out a friend's Beneteau 373 to test out an anti-round up theory. Read on to find out the results of our experiment.... [more]
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Four British cruising sailors rescued after yacht sinks
Lisa Mylchreest,
Four British sailors had an unexpected ride to Spain when the Moody 376 they were sailing back to Britain after a 12 year cruising sojourn in the Caribbean lost steering and began to sink in the Atlantic Ocean.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland, her critics and the pressures of sponsorship
Nancy Knudsen,
Abby Sunderland, dismasted, her round world attempt foiled and her boat abandoned, is now headed for the French-owned Kerguelan Islands on a fishing boat that went out of their way to rescue her... But even before she has touched dry land, the inevitable controversy about her voyage – and future voyages by teenagers – has begun..... [more]
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Abby and her winter rescue - why?
Nancy Knudsen,
How and why Abby Sunderland ended up in the South Indian Ocean in winter, when the passing systems combine with warm tropical air moving south to make monster storms, is now being asked by experienced sailors round the world. However, especially after Jessica Watson's successful conclusion, skeptics who voiced their concerns up until now were few and far between, and slammed as pessimists... [more]
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Abby Sunderland on board rescue vessel
Sail-World and AMSA Media,
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed the safe rescue of Abby Sunderland from her Open 40 yacht, Wild Eyes. It is presumed that the yacht has been abandoned in the Southern Ocean, as there is no mention of her in the media release. It is clear that the Australian rescue authority wishes to get the teenage sailor onto terra firma with as little disruption to commercial shipping... [more]
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Rescue imminent for Abby Sunderland - latest updates
Australian Maritime Safety Authority,
In preparation for the arrival on scene of the fishing vessel Ile De La Reunion anticipated for late this afternoon, RCC Australia has tasked a Global Express aircraft to the scene. This aircraft is planned to arrive at the known position of Wild Eyes at approximately 4.30pm AEST. The aircraft will attempt to regain radio contact with Wild Eyes ahead of the planned rescue.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland rescue at hand, but questions remain unanswered
Pete Thomas,,
Help is due to reach embattled sailor Abby Sunderland, in the form of a French fishing boat named Ile De La Reunion, at about midnight (PDT) tonight. The 16-year-old adventurer, who had not been heard from for 20 hours after activating her emergency satellite beacons, but was found to be safe late Thursday night aboard her de-masted vessel, is not out of danger yet.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland's father says her quest is now over,
Crew on a Qantas plane have made contact with a solo sailor who is in trouble in the southern Indian Ocean. 'Probably the best news we at home base could have wished for. We are ecstatic.' Mr Sunderland says his daughter's quest to sail around the world in her Wild Eyes yacht is over.... [more]
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NEWS FLASH Abby Sunderland - dismasted but safe
Nancy Knudsen,
Abby Sunderland has been found - her yacht is dismasted but she is safe!... [more]
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Three countries in Search and Rescue for Abby Sunderland
Nancy Knudsen,
Three countries are searching for ways to assist Abby Sunderland who was trying to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world. Her manual EPIRB and personal locator beacons have gone off in the Southern Ocean. The American, French and Australian Search and Rescue authorities are cooperating to find the closest ships to Abby's last known location.... [more]
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Teenage sailor, Abby Sunderland, feared lost in Southern Ocean
ABC News,
Crew receives repeated distress signals, loses contact with 16-year-old attempting circumnavigation. The brother of Abby Sunderland, 16, feared lost at sea in her attempt to become the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate the globe, said Thursday afternoon that Abby's boat was 'most likely not completely submerged.'... [more]
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