Rallies to join...miracle rescue...Laura Dekker out of cash...'101 Dollar Saving Tips'...life jacket safety warning...drowned British sailor commended for bravery... and much more...

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 30 Dec 2010

Happy New Year from Sail-World Cruising!

All smiles now - Daryl Hewer and Jinney Neale after their rescue off Fjordland NZ - photo by Stuart Burnby  .
She clung to rocks above a boiling ocean all night, while her partner huddled on the beach in company with a rescue officer in a sleeping bag dropped by helicopter.

They didn't know if she would survive the night but they couldn't get to her.

The yacht was lost to the sea.

It's a story straight from fiction, but it's true and it happened on the south coast of New Zealand, down on the edge of the Southern Ocean.

While the northern hemisphere freezes the Caribbean has the weather that every sailor yearns for. 15-year-old Laura Dekker is there, so strapped for cash that her family can't visit here – and her father is making an appeal; and Meghan Cleary on syVelella is also in warm weather, sailing down the west coast of Mexico. This week she has some salient advice for beginners who are wondering about night sailing.

Featured yacht this week is the SY Christopher, Ron Holland's latest design, and the product of the week is the simple wristband for seasickness – drug free and effective!

Long range cruising sailor Vincent Bossley has written a valuable yet inexpensive E-Book called '101 Dollar Saving Tips for Sailors', and commendations are due to the Barcelona World Race for holding the 'First International Congress of Ocean Sailing and the Environment', just before the departure of the race.

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Whether you're huddling over the fire or sailing in a warm climate, enjoy the read! ...and as for those suffering extreme weather right now, here's wishing you that 2011 and summer will bring much good sailing weather

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Miracle rescue for ship-wrecked sailors off south coast of New Zealand
Ellie Constantine, Otago Daily Times,
As Jinney Neale clung barefoot to rocks with a 5m swell lashing around her, Te Anau search and rescue member Stewart Burnby feared she would die. Ms Neale and her partner, Daryl Hewer, had been attempting to sail from Dunedin on the east coast of the south island of New Zealand to Jackson Bay on the west this week but abandoned their boat in rough weather off Fiordland on the southern coast... [more]
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Coast Guard - the often unacknowledged force behind every sailor
Des Ryan,
The unseen force operating behind almost every yacht that goes to sea is the Coast Guard. You may never sight coast guard officers, but you know they're simply a radio call away. So it's great to hear them being acknowledged, their heroic acts, money raising activities for volunteers, or, as the California Yacht Club has done, when they are invited to speak and talk about the services... [more]
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First International Congress of Ocean Sailing and the Environment
Nancy Knudsen,
This week one of the the world's great races has taken a big step in leadership and for the environment. The Barcelona World Race (departure 31st December) is holding the first International Congress of Ocean Sailing and the Environment in the last few days leading up to the departure, 28-30 December.... [more]
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E-book: '101 Dollar Saving Tips for Sailors'
Lee Mylchreest,
Cruising sailors who spend years at sea accumulate a lot of knowledge - not so much of sailing skills, but that higher knowledge of seamanship and a myriad of clever ways to save dollars as they travel. They are always willing to pass on this knowledge, but not many of them compile it into simple to absorb practical tips which are easily accessible - and this is just what Vincent Bossley has done... [more]
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Product of the week: The simple wristband for seasickness
Sail-World Cruising,
There's nothing like seasickness to turn a good crew member into a comatose liability, and in the worst cases it can be life threatening. So what do you keep on board your boat or carry in your duffel bag against this perennial challenge for some of those who go to sea? One great non-drug solution is the wristband.... [more]
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Round-world teen sailor's father appeals for cash
Nancy Knudsen,
The 15-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker who has embarked on a round world sailing journey is in need of cash and looking for new financial sponsors.... [more]
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Drowned sailor commended for bravery by coroner
EDP24/Sail-World Cruising,
A long range sailor, 64, who insisted his fellow sailor, 43, go first when they were being rescued in the Atlantic Ocean, has been commended by a British coroner for his selfless act of bravery that enabled the younger man to survive.... [more]
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Round-world rally starts St Lucia January 2012 - or join in Australia
Des Ryan,
World ARC 2012, run by the World Cruising Club, doesn't start until more than a year from now, but already there are 24 boats who have either confirmed or paid their deposits. While 30 yachts are expected to join at the starting point in St Lucia in the Caribbean and complete the whole journey, other yachts will be joining or departing in Australia.... [more]
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Featured yacht: 46m SY Christopher, Ron Holland's latest
Sail-World Cruising,
Launched in December and due to be finished in January, this week's featured yacht is the 46m (150ft) ketch the SY Christopher, Ron Holland's latest design. She was launched in the UK's Falmouth waters in early December by ship builders Pendennis, who partnered with Ron Holland Design and Palm Beach Yachts International to build the new yacht. .... [more]
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Life Jacket marine safety warning
Sail-World Cruising,
A Marine Safety Alert has been issued warning about a number of Type I (Offshore) PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices) manufactured by Kent, which are often preferred by off-shore cruisers. They have been assembled in a way that could prevent donning the PFD in the event of an emergency.... [more]
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Search for 'no EPIRB' yacht on voyage to Bermuda is suspended
Lee Mylchreest,
The search by US Coast Guard for a 31ft yacht described as 'in poor condition' and missing on a voyage from the Dominican Republic to Bermuda has been suspended pending further information.... [more]
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Sail-World Christmas 2010
The Sail-World Team,
We would like to wish you, our readers a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and great New Year. We will be working through - so if you have a story or report, or comment - please drop us a line.... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella: On night sailing
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
One of the most frequent questions asked by non-sailors or day-sailors about long range cruising is how one copes with the night. A reader has asked American Sailing Association writer-at-large Meghan Cleary just such a question, and Meghan here answers. (Meghan is on a nine-month cruise in the tropics on sv Velella.)... [more]
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Atlantic Circuit Forum 2011 - Learn from the Experts
World Cruising Club,
Learn from the Cruising Experts at our Atlantic Circuit Forum. Saturday 08 January 2011 from 1000-1200 in London, UK. As leaders in the offshore cruising world, representatives from World Cruising Club and Yachting World magazine will be joined by a panel of experienced cruisers to bring you a broad range of cruising knowledge and expertise.... [more]
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Rally Portugal - Sail south and explore ashore!
World Cruising Club,
Entries are now open for Rally Portugal, with early payment benefits available until 19 January. Between 15 and 20 boats typically join us to cross Biscay and cruise down the coast of Portugal, visiting six destinations before finishing on the Algarve. At each rally destination we take time to get to know the area, visiting places of interest and enjoying local hospitality.... [more]
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World ARC 2012 - the fleet is growing!
World Cruising Club,
Reservations and entries are coming through strongly for World ARC 2012 and we expect at least 30 boats to be joining us in Saint Lucia in January 2012 for the first leg of this round-the-world adventure.... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race - Safety at Sea Symposium
Liz Stott,
The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race is a biennial event held in odd-numbered years, from Marion, Massachusetts to the island of Bermuda, a distance of 645 nautical miles. The Safety at Sea Symposium for the event is scheduled for March 19, 2011, and will be held at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is truly of interest and consequence to all sailors - not just those participating.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011- preparing the way for the Race to the Equator
Guy Nowell, Neptune Regatta Media,
Neptune Regatta 2011 - they've called it a race, but it looks more like a magnificent cruising-holiday-in-company, suitable for anyone within striking distance of Singapore. It reminded Sail-World's Asia Editor, Guy Nowell, of a 'Swallow and Amazons' adventure:... [more]
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