New Round Britain/Ireland sailing record, under five teen sailor starts solo circumnavigation...RNLI heroes recognised...Yarmouth sailors to get away from the dock when the wind is screaming... and much more...

Home Directories  
 If you are having difficulty reading this email - view in your browser.    To respond to this email CLICK HERE
 26 Aug 2010

The youngest, the oldest, what's next?

Laura Dekker - heading for the Canary Islands  .
Laura Dekker, 14-year-old Dutch sailor off on her quest to be the youngest ever circumnavigator, brings to mind the promise made earlier this year by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and British sailing journalist Bob Fisher.

They told North American Scuttlebutt they would set off on a circumnavigation to make the oldest combined age to circumnavigate.

'We're fed up with all these 12-year-olds getting all the publicity – we want some of it,' said Knox-Johnston; but Fisher reckoned one of their major problems, when they woke up in the morning, could be 'remembering where we are and why.' Their major sponsor was announced as Vestas Beef Curries to aid their light air performance. We're still waiting...

Nice to see the RNLI volunteers, who so often risk their lives in difficult sea conditions to save others, recognised for heroism. This week's was interesting in that it involves a male sailor going overboard, tethered on, and not being able to get back on board even with his female sailor's assistance. This will resonate with all couples who sail together, and it's a reminder to us all to keep that tether at half-length whenever possible.

Along with the nine teens who are circumnavigating Ireland, Frenchman Sidney Gavignet has just sailed round Britain and Ireland in under five days. An amazing record, but one is forced to ask - how much faster technology can take us?

Rich and varied news from the world's oceans and coastlines this week – two sailing tales, one from the Med and one from the newly named Salish Sea – Where's that? Read the story...

The Australian invented Seascoopa is making news; there's a superyacht on a three-year world voyage to solve some of our biggest ocean mysteries; over in Yarmouth in the UK boaters are telling the world in no uncertain terms that they don't want their harbour ruined by commercial marinas; and Grant Headifen brings us a sailing tip about a foolproof way of getting off the dock when the wind is screaming.

Browse down the stories to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

New solo Round Britain and Ireland record set at under five days
Sail-World Cruising,
Frenchman Sidney Gavignet has set a new single-handed Round Britain and Ireland record on the 100 foot trimaran Oman Air Majan, and also took the record for the fully-crewed Round Britain record.... [more]
Share this story

Teen solo sailors team up for a holiday in the sun
Lee Mylchreest,
They both became famous for sailing around the world alone. However now Britain's Mike Perham and Australia's Jessica Watson, whose romance started on a satellite phone and progressed when Mike flew to Australia to greet Jessica on her arrival back after her solo round world journey, have become crewmates for their first holiday together.... [more]
Share this story

No marina for us! - Yarmouth protests
Sail-World Cruising,
Marinas breed like rabbits in all the sailing nations of the world, and they all look much the same, but some boat owners love their charismatic waterways and don't want them changed. In Yarmouth on the UK's Isle of Wight, more than 50 boaters gathered last weekend for a floating protest against proposed changes to their unique harbour... [more]
Share this story

Weekend Sailing the Great Lakes and Straits of Mackinac - a tale
Daily Tribune/Sail-World Cruising,
Bob Ortlieb's invitation to sail the Great Lakes on his fabulous teak-trimmed Morgan was also extended to Jared Berousek, 30, and Matt Howell, 47., both of Royal Oak, a little north of Detroit in Michigan. They were to sail through Lake Huron before reaching the mighty Mackinac Bridge to pass into Lake Michigan... [more]
Share this story

RNLI volunteer heroes receive two awards for dangerous rescue
Richard Smith, RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
The heroes of the sea are usually portrayed as the adventure sailors who sail how and where most wouldn't. So it's always good to see those other, less honoured heroes receive the recognition they deserve. In the UK, in Kent, a lifeboat crew will receive a second award for an outstanding rescue of two sailors after one of them fell overboard and was trailing by his tether.... [more]
Share this story

Sail Nelson - NZ RYA School of the Year Award 2010
Coastguard Boating Education .,
Sail Nelson is the deserving recipient of the NZ RYA School of the Year Award, presented at the RYA Forum 2010, held at the Richmond Yacht Club in Auckland last month. The award was presented by James Steven (RYA UK Training Manager & Chief Examiner) to the Nelson based training centre, in recognition of their dedication and delivery of internationally recognised RYA courses.... [more]
Share this story

Dutch Teen starts her circumnavigation
Nancy Knudsen,
Fourteen-year-old Laura Dekker departed the port of Portimao in Portugal Saturday 21st August to commence her two year solo circumnavigation on her Jeanneau Gin Fizz ketch called Guppy. She had been relishing the sunnier and warmer weather in Portugal while preparing her boat in company with her father for her sail south... [more]
Share this story

Seascoopa: the MOB retrieval system
Sail-World Cruising,
If one innovative Australian sailor has his way, soon rescue boats round the world will have a piece of equipment, nattily called the Seascoopa, which will make their job of rescuing overboard sailors much, much easier and safer. Here's why:... [more]
Share this story

Super yacht set to solve key ocean mysteries
Des Ryan,
A 36metre superyacht is set to change the way we view the world's oceans. The French-flagged Tara, a 120 ton aluminium hulled schooner, is embarked on a three year scientific voyage, that wants to find the answers to some key questions about our oceans, with concentration on ocean plankton.... [more]
Share this story

Sailing Holiday of the Week: The Salish Sea
Sail-World Cruising,
Love sailing but don't want to bare boat charter? Want to combine a sailing holiday with a magnificent nature experience that ISN'T the norm? Think about sailing the remote areas of Salish Sea on the west coast of North America on the splendid 92ft schooner, the Maple Leaf. .... [more]
Share this story

Sailing the Med in Eye Candy - the Island of Elba
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne, cruising the Mediterranean in their yacht Eye Candy, have reached Portoferraio, in the province of Livorno, on the edge of the Elba Harbour of the island of Elba, where Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled for a time.... [more]
Share this story

Sidney Gavignet to go for solo Round Britain and Ireland record
Sail-World Cruising,
Circumnavigations are popular, at the moment, particularly to break a record. Ian Thomson recently broke a record for a round Australia solo circumnavigation, nine teenagers are attempting to circumnavigate Ireland, 14-year-old Laura Dekker is setting off to solo circumnavigate the world, and Sidney Gavignet, started on Thursday to solo circumnavigate Ireland and Britain - and break the record... [more]
Share this story

Sailing Tip of the Week: Getting away from the dock in a tricky wind
Grant Headifen,
There are lots of tricks for getting a boat away from a wharf in an onshore wind. The situation can be exacerbated by a bad wave motion, or limited space either end of the boat, or by both. When adverse conditions apply, it's important to have a fool proof method for getting away from the dock. The following is shown for a catamaran, but a similar technique, adjusted, would apply to a monohull... [more]
Share this story

Boat names forever
Sail-World Cruising,
There's always some wag who can come up with a name to set you chuckling - have you seen these on the water?...... [more]
Share this story

If you liked this newsletter, do nothing, we will send you another ..
Naa, please don't send me another.
Click here and we won't 

Follow Sail-World on Twitter

Customised news feeds

Marine Industry companies, Clubs and Associations have asked can they received their own customised
version of our Sail-World news feed. The answer is yes; customised in content, news category, for example or region of the world and appearance.

CLICK HERE  to view examples and get free news tickers for your site.

Too much sailing news? Not enough?

Change the frequency of newsletters, from once a week to a monthly newsletter. Change from html (graphics & pictures) newsletters to text only newsletter, (best for slow connections, mobile phones and PDA's etc. Change from Sail-World New Zealand Newsletters to Sail-World Cruising International Newsletters etc. Temporarily inactivate your subscription for a period, when you will be on holidays etc. or change to text for the same period. Or even (gasp) unsubscribe.
Change your newsletter subscription profile here or take off list

If you are having difficulty with the above link, please copy and paste the link below into your browser<:id:>&pwd=<:password:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&tmpid=<:templateID:>

To subscribe to this newsletter click here