More teen adventurers get going...Japanese sailing to Venus...two fatal needless sailing incidents...Northwest Passage Jeanneau finalist in awards...and much more practical news......

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 12 Aug 2010

New Inventions, new adventures, new cruising tales...

Ikaros filmed in space heading towards Venus  .
The world of sailing is never still. This edition is again an appealing mix of new inventions, new adventures, new tales of fascinating destinations, and always always always, new things to ponder or learn for even the most ancient of mariners.

Two tragic night sailing incidents this week, and three lives lost for the most frivolous of reasons. In America, four went for a swim and the boat drifted away; in Europe, one merely stretched to recover a cockpit cushion and toppled into dark waters, never to be recovered.

Teenager sailing adventure seem to be in vogue. Read how nine teenagers from Cork are circumnavigating Ireland; and fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker is on her way to Portugal, passing Cape Finnisterre, for the start of her solo circumnavigation. She has received so much hate mail they have turned off the system.

The Japanese are sailing in space, Jeanneau's new Sun Odyssey is a finalist in European Yacht of the Year, and your GPS system seems safe for a while after an announcement by Iridium.

In practical matters, there's another view on permanently installed preventers, important news for some about the difference between a tow and salvage (not as different as you would think, and expensive if you get it wrong), and the argument for copper fouling by science educator Bob Jenner.

Much more too, so browse down the stories to check what's of interest to you, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Dutch teen solo sailor, 14, begins her voyage
Nancy Knudsen,
Laura Dekker, 14, finally allowed by a Dutch court to sail solo around the world, has only one regret - she will miss her dog, Spot. Yesterday she set off with her father on a test and delivery sail to Portugal, from where she will begin her great adventure. Laura was born during a circumnavigation, had her first boat at six, and began sailing solo aged 10.... [more]
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Reaching for cockpit cushion spells night death for Lake sailor.
Sail-World Cruising,
Reaching for a cushion blown overboard from his yacht has spelled death for a Swiss eco-businessman this week it has been confirmed, after his body was found in Lake Constance in Switzerland. Beda Murer, 49, CEO of the eco-friendly technology company Napac Schweiz, had sailed across Lake Constance with his girlfriend to a restaurant for a romantic dinner.... [more]
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Jeanneau's Sun Odyssey 409, finalist, European Yacht of the Year
Sail-World Cruising,
The Sun Odyssey 409, Jeanneau's newest model, is one of the finalists in the European Yacht of the Year 2011, in the Family Cruiser category. These are the accolades that all yacht designers and shipyards can be proud to be awarded.... [more]
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Canadians warn sailors about Northwest Passage
Sail-World Cruising/National Post,
Freshly navigable after confounding sailors for centuries, the Northwest Passage has suddenly become a draw for the inexperienced, creating a dangerous and expensive burden for the Canadian Coast Guard, according to a spokesman for the organisation.... [more]
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Japan in first public presentation on sailing in space
Kieran Carroll, Space Review/Sail-World,
Sailing boats may have been around for thousands of years, and it might have been Brittannia who ruled the waves, but it is the Japanese who have successfully started sailing in space, the sails on their craft pushed by solar wind... [more]
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Help to get home - tow or salvage and what's the difference?
PRWeb News,
It pays to know, first the law that covers the area where you sail, and then, when you need assistance on the water, what's the deal? Is this a tow, or is this salvage? An American Marine Insurance Advisor warns that what you think of as a simple tow, could produce a salvage claim.... [more]
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Nine sailing teenagers to circumnavigate Ireland
Sail-World Cruising,
Are these teenagers inspired by earlier teen feats and failures, or is it just a coincidence that another crop of teenagers have announced a sailing challenge? A group of nine teenagers from the Kinsale area of southern Ireland is setting off on a Round Ireland Challenge this Thursday (12 August) in aid of the world's largest charity hospital ship... [more]
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3.8 million GBP for River Thames upgrade
Sail-World Cruising,
British sailors are in for some improvements in the Thames River. New lock gates, improved non-powered boat access and better mooring facilities are just some of the benefits river users will see from a £3.8 million upgrade for the River Thames later this year, to be performed during the winter months.... [more]
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Sailing with Ketoro - Cruising Thailand
Rolf and Irene Fricke,
Irene and Rolfe Fricke, cruising in their catamaran Ketoro, bring us another tale about their life out of the fast lane, this time sailing in Thailand. Siam. A Kingdom. Romantic words conjuring exotic images. Warm and caring people with an intriguing language and script, fascinating and exotic architectural influences and temples. All of these thoughts come to mind on approaching Thailand... [more]
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Good news for sailors: Iridium Boeing courtship ends in wedding bells
Sail-World Cruising,
It was a ten year courtship that ended in marriage. The world-wide satellite communications network so important to today's sailors is ensured with the extension and redefinition of the relationship between Iridium and Boeing. The move makes Boeing an exclusive and long term partner of Iridium, whose early history had some checkered patches before the company was purchased by a new consortium in... [more]
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Ellen MacArthur Trust first longer cruising week a success
Nicky Moore,
Ellen MacArthur Trust had youngsters from all over the UK join in for their first ever longer cruising week. This is a huge achievement for the young people, who have all previously sailed with The Trust whilst in recovery from cancer or other serious illness.... [more]
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Permanently installed preventer: Another view
Sail-World Cruising/Brian and Jill Golland,
Sail-World received an extraordinary quantity of mail after a recent article about permanently installed preventers, so it is obviously a subject of great interest to many sailors. At Sail-World we are a news outlet rather than a forum, but we here offer a system that works for a couple of our readers, Brian and Jill Golland... [more]
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Revolutionary communications system's new Untethered Undersea vehicles
Woods Hole Oceanographic Istitution,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) engineers and scientists are employing a combination of new undersea technologies to re-define how we think of tethered, remotely operated vehicles.... [more]
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Sailors swim five hours after boat drifts away - two lost.
Lee Mylchreest,
It was a pleasant night on Lake Michigan, around 2.00am. The water was warm and alluring and the four sailors decided, fatally, to go for a swim. They all jumped into the water together, the engine was left running, the sails were furled. The boat drifted away. Trying to swim for it, the four became separated.... [more]
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AFTER a long-range cruising adventure - the hard part...
Sail-World Cruising/ Herb McCormick,
Around the Americas was a 25,000 mile sailing circumnavigation of the American continents, to inspire us all to to protect our fragile oceans. 64 ft steel cutter Ocean Watch departed Seattle on May 31st last year, completing the journey recently. However, we at Sail-World found the words of one of the crew, journalist Herb McCormick, particularly moving, on how difficult it is to return:... [more]
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Plastic in our Oceans, and what any sailor can do
Sailor for the Sea,
Imagine the massive breadth and spread of the country of France - or the state of Texas in the USA. Now imagine every milli-inch of that piled high with trash: bottle caps, cigarettes, cigarette lighters, tampon applicators, plastic nets, discarded flip flops, Frisbees, soda bottles, milk jugs, diapers, six-pack rings, busted tennis rackets, empty pens, shampoo bottles, you name it.... [more]
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The argument for copper antifouling
Bob Jenner,
Bob Jenner, long time sailor, yacht owner and independent scientist, uses copper antifouling on his own yacht. Here he gives us the argument for copper-based antifouling: Much hot air is produced around the subject of us ‘boaties' polluting the oceans with our antifoulings and it is probably a good idea to put some facts in the way of the good story:... [more]
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Day Skipper & Boatmaster Unit Standards increase in Value
Coastguard Boating Education .,
For those considering a career in the marine industry, be it a boat builder, ship's captain or crewing on a super yacht, the recently revised increase in unit standards for Coastguard Boating Educations Day Skipper & Boatmaster courses will provide a tangible pathway towards their goal. Units can also contribute towards NCEA.... [more]
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RYA boating books now available on the CBES website
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Coastguard Boating Education (CBES) is now selling RYA (Royal Yachting Association) books and DVDs through the CBES website, It is a convenient and secure way to purchase your favourite book for yourself, or as a gift.... [more]
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