Provisioning for a long voyage...Somalis face court in the Netherlands...Jeanne Socrates now for the Horn...RYA Onboard stunning success...and much more...

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 09 Dec 2010

Sailing Adventures, Pirate attacks, Dreamy holidays, Practical advice

Geoff Holt 2010  Todd Van Sickle
Out on the oceans of the world there are always cruising sailors making the news somehow: Most of the news is good, even inspirational, but there's always some that's tragic. This week is no different.

It was great to see quad sailor Geoff Holt getting so much recognition in his home country of Britain after sailing the Atlantic earlier in the year. Then there's that never-say-die solo sailing grandmother Jeanne Socrates, right now headed for Cape Horn, who at the age of 67 is having her third try at a circumnavigation, this time non-stop and unassisted.

Velella is providing our cruising tale this week, with her story of sailing down the western American coastline, making us wish we were all there doing it with her.

On a more sober note, Honduras is the latest destination to have a pirate attack, resulting the death of a cruising sailor when he resisted their invasion. The final sinking of Raw Faith, a home-built three-masted schooner that his owner/skipper was to have run sailing holidays for wheel-chair-bound sailors, comes after several other catastrophes. Nice goal, but no seamanship skills...

Even though there's been no word of the latest cruising sailors to be kidnapped by Somali pirates, read how some of their captors are facing the courts in the Netherlands.

In practical news, there's a FREE Ebook that your keen junior sailors will love to use to learn to sail, and some excellent advice from Carolyn Shearlock on how to provision a boat and not forget a thing.

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Home-built schooner Raw Faith founders, crew rescued again
Des Ryan.,
Two sailors have been rescued from the three-masted schooner Raw Faith, a 118-foot, home-built yacht, which foundered approximately 100 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. The vessel had been disabled and was reportedly taking on water.... [more]
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RYA OnBoard gets over a quarter of a million kids sailing and windsurf
Royal Yachting Assoc,
Over the last five years well over a quarter of a million youngsters have been enjoying sailing and windsurfing thanks to a pioneering scheme from the RYA called OnBoard. 'When we launched the programme back in 2005 we set ourselves the target of introducing 500,000 youngsters to sailing over a 10 year period. Now we are half way through it's fantastic to see how many youngsters are getting o... [more]
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Jeanne Socrates, British solo grandmother, sails for the Horn
Lee Mylchreest,
British solo sailor Jeanne Socrates is this week over the equator and heading for Cape Horn. Timing her voyage so that she will round the much dreaded Cape Horn in the most favourable conditions, the gutsy grandmother, who didn't learn to sail until she was 51, is hoping that this time she'll make it round the world non-stop and unassisted.... [more]
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Somalis to face kidnapping charges in the Netherlands
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
There's no word of the South African cruising sailors kidnapped over a month ago while sailing off Tanzania, but some of their alleged abductors have been flown to the Netherlands to face charges of kidnapping.... [more]
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Book of the Week:Classic:The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand
Rob Tickner,
Classic boats are treasured the world over, but this book concentrates on the classic boats of just one country - New Zealand, the country that probably sports more sailing-mad enthusiasts per square kilometre than any other country in the world. It's called: Classic: The Revival of Classic Boating in New Zealand... [more]
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Cruising sailor killed on yacht in Honduras by unknown assailants
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
A yachting vacation turned into a nightmare when assailants boarded the yacht of a Canadian cruising sailor and his daughter and murdered him. Milan Egrmajer, 58, was killed Thursday after a gang of men swarmed his small yacht, named the Adena, off the northern coast of Honduras.... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella: Cabo San Lucas
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
Continuing 'Voyaging with Velella' by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, her partner Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics: We celebrated Thanksgiving this year with a swim and snorkel in the 75 degree 'pool' off the boat, with fresh guacamole and bright yellow cans of Pacifico Clara. We're in the sweeping blue bay at Cabo San Lucas.... [more]
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Alex Learns to Sail: Free Ebook gift for the junior sailor
Sail-World Cruising,
'A sailboat!' yelped Alex with glee as he uncovered his eyes and gazed upon a shiny dinghy sailboat sitting proud on a trailer in the garage. Alex's dad was happily standing next to him with his arm over his shoulder. 'Happy Birthday, Son,' he said, 'he's all yours now.'... [more]
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Somali pirate waters safer if you're French?
David Jones, HM Forces/Sail-World,
In a world exclusive deal with Britain's Daily Mail, Paul and Rachel Chandler are giving a 'blow by blow' description of their 13 month ordeal as captives of Somali pirates, in episodic form. In one episode, something of the workings of the mind of a Somali pirate is divulged, and a reason why these days it may be safer for French sailors in Somali waters than any other nationality... [more]
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Changing guidelines for transiting Somali pirate waters
Nancy Knudsen,
The season for transiting the pirate infested Gulf of Aden for sailing boats is fast approaching, a route that saves the longer route to the Mediterranean via Africa. But how does a yacht crew decide between the shorter journey, the longer route or simply, but expensively, having your boat transported by ship? Last year, 200 small cruising yachts made the journey. None were attacked.... [more]
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How to provision for a long voyage and not forget ANYTHING
Lee Mylchreest,
You're on your first long range sail, you need to provision. That can be a challenge, specially if you're headed somewhere where supplies are hard to get. For my money, there's no better person to ask than Carolyn Shearlock, who here offers a way of checking that you don't forget anything And that's not all Carolyn does - in fact she could just be the the galley slave's first best friend!... [more]
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Quad sailor Geoff Holt - Sailor of the Year Nomination and an MBE
Geoff Holt, British quadriplegic who sailed across the Atlantic this year, is getting plenty of deserved recognition, with a nomination as Britain's Yachting Journalist's Association (YJA) 2010 Yachtsman of the Year and also an MBE, recently awarded by the Queen.... [more]
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Dutch teen sailor to cross the Atlantic today
Nancy Knudsen,
Today's the day that Dutch/New Zealander Laura Dekker sets off for her crossing of the Atlantic, surely a momentous day even for this gutsy and experienced fifteen-year-old. For the last couple of weeks she's been anchored in the Cape Verde Islands on the island of Tarrafal, and, like any 'normal' 15-year-old, has had a girlfriend sleeping over.... [more]
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