Russian adventure sailor's yacht in pirate attack...Malta Yacht Club Commodore turns rescuer...15-year-old mania, she's hardly started but the book's out already...and much more

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 14 Oct 2010

New rallies, Green projects, young solo sailors and more...

Riau Archipelago - within easy reach of Singapore  .
It seems that there's always a new rally or regatta being born somewhere in the world, and now there's a very imaginative one out of Singapore.

With sailing growing in popularity throughout Asia, and the facilities improving all the time, there are great opportunities for new events.

Read how Singapore yachties have designed an imaginative one from Batam near Singapore for February next year through the beautiful untouched Riau Archipelago, with a most unusual farthest mark.

It's gratifying to see that the number of Green projects just keeps on expanding. This week charter company The Moorings is sponsoring another.

In young solo sailor news, round world record holder Jesse Martin is off sailing again, and before 15-year-old Laura Dekker has even left the Canary Islands, the first book, written by her grandmother, is published.

Lots of other news from different parts of the world's oceans this week, and if you, or a boat you know, is heading from Miami to the Bahamas any time soon, the Seven Seas Cruising Association needs your help.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing (if it's warm enough)!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Cruising Singapore to the Equator - the Neptune Regatta 2011
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Singapore based yachties are planning an event next February that should be exciting for both cruising yachts and the racing fraternity. The Neptune Regatta, to start from Nongsa Point Marine, Batam, over the Singapore Strait from Singapore, on 01 February next year, will head south to the equator and back. For serious racers, it will be a race, but the cruising rally will take it more easily.... [more]
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Sailing boat Skipper lost in freak accident
KGW/Sail-World Cruising,
Who is the most important member of the crew to wear a life jacket or be harnessed on? The weakest member? The youngest? Those who can't swim? No, it's the Skipper! - the one whose most important in getting the sailing boat back to shore. This was underlined by a tragic incident this week where all the crew, the skipper's own children, had life jackets on, but not their father.... [more]
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Product of the Week: The Ecowind varying pitch propeller
Kevin Woody,
A propeller that will adapt to changing situations by automatically varying its pitch under differing load conditions. It sounds like a good deal, particularly for long range cruising sailors, and that's just what the manufacturer claims.... [more]
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Royal Malta Yacht Club Commodore to the rescue
Times of Malta/Sail-World Cruising,
So often it's the yacht that needs rescuing, so it's nice to see the tables turned. A boy who spent three hours in the sea at night before he was rescued by a patrol boat off the coast of Malta said he was helped by a yacht, but in his desperate state might have been 'imagining' it.... [more]
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Weather Webcasts for the Caribbean
Eddie Tuttle, Cruisers Newwork Online,
In the Caribbean or thinking of sailing there? Here's some great news on how you can get the scoop on what's going on for sailors right across the popular cruising ground. Chris Parker (the almost legendary weather adviser for the area) and his SSB nets can now be monitored through a webcast facility on the internet.... [more]
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Marine mammal conservation project sponsored by The Moorings
Alex Blake,
There is no group of people more concerned about the preservation of the oceans and the threatened life in them than cruising sailors. So it's pleasing news for sailors that The Moorings, probably the world's premiere yacht charter company, is sponsoring Expedition Biosphere Fakarava, a marine mammal research and conservation initiative in the South Pacific.... [more]
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Solicitors' two tonne charity boat push raises over £7,300
Katie Doerr,
Royal National Lifeboat Institution - On a crisp October morning nine courageous volunteers rose to the challenge of pushing a two tonne lifeboat nine miles through the streets of London to help raise funds for a new lifeboat on the Thames for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).... [more]
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Jesse Martin to set off to sea in a Contessa 26
Des Ryan,
Australian sailor Jesse Martin, who remains the youngest solo non-stop unassisted sailor to cross opposite points of the globe in a single round the world voyage, and the young sailor that inspired fellow Australian sailor Jessica Watson in her solo voyage, is to set to sea again.... [more]
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Rescuers save two sailors' lives from treacherous Ledge
Sail-World Cruising,
After the 36ft Hunter Legend Summer Song lost its steering when passing close to the treacherous Peveril Point in the south east of Dorset, UK, this week, it ended up very quickly on Peveril Ledge. If it hadn't been for the super swift action of the Royal National Lifesaving Institiution (RNLI), the story could have had a very different ending.... [more]
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15-year-old has just started circumnavigating, but the book is out now
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson's book wasn't published until her return from her amazing voyage, but the family of Laura Dekker are getting in early. Riek Dekker had already started writing her book about the tribulations of her 14-year-old granddaughter Laura when she was prevented by the Dutch courts from embarking on a solo circumnavigation. The difference, she says now, is that the story has a happy ending... [more]
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The Census of Marine Life reveals thousands of new species
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The Census of Marine Life, a ten-year project to catalog all life in the sea, discovered more than 6,000 new species during its 'decade of discovery,' scientists reported as they unveiled its results at a finale event in London Oct. 4-6. The collaboration combined the efforts of scientists from research organizations in more than 80 nations, including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.... [more]
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Seven Seas Cruising wants help with book delivery to Bahamas
Seven Seas Cruising Association,
Calling for yachts geographically placed to assist the Seven Seas Cruising Association in the transportation of some small boxes, which can easily be transported to your yacht in a dinghy, to the Bahamas. The cruising sailors' Association has collected twelve huge pallets of retired Math and Science Books, Workbooks, Dictionaries, etc. from Charlotte County Public Schools in Florida... [more]
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Famed Russian sailor's schooner attacked by pirates
Nadezhda Podolskaya/Sail-World,
The 22 metre schooner St Victoria, owned by famed Russian sailor, adventurer and writer Fyodor Konyukhov, has been attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Russian marines aboard the yacht successfully repelled the attack... [more]
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Barz Optics returns to the Annapolis Sail Show
Jeni Bone,
After an absence of five years Barz Optics, 'The Australian Sunglass Co', will again be exhibiting their new highly developed polarized sunglass range at the Annapolis Sail Show, Maryland October 7-11.... [more]
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