European Yachts of the Year announced...Socrates third circumnavigation aborted...Japanese star runs and sails the globe...Americans lost and found chided for no EPIRB/HF...and much more

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 27 Jan 2011

The higher skill of seamanship

The Pineapple, found safe after search - chided for no HF/EPIRB  .
Living with the production of our Sail-World articles each week, tales of adventure and misadventure from the world's oceans, I think how much I keep learning in that higher skill than sailing – the skill of good seamanship.

This week I am reminded again. There were the two brave sailing instructors who have won the Hanson Rescue Medal for rescuing two dumbells who went sailing after it had been cancelled through foul weather. No matter the consequences, never go with a bad forecast.

There was the student sailor who climbed the mast only to fall to her death, causing a mutiny among the student sailors. It reminded me of the two safety lines that I must use for climbing a mast.

Unbelievably, there are still yacht crews who should know better crossing oceans without EPIRBs or HF radios, causing rescuers vast wasted resources in time and money – Read about the American crew on The Pineapple this week, sailing from Guam to the Philippines.

Then there's the vital seminar with the horrifying title – 'Suddenly Alone'. So many things can cause a sailor to go overboard at sea – even on a fine day. I am reminded of our safety rules, tethers, EPIRBs, life-jackets, and the other crew keeping watch. How easy it is to become complaisant.

All these stories and others are here for the reading.

On a really bright note, if you're thinking of purchasing a new yacht any time soon, you'd be crazy not to consider the yachts which have just won 'European Yacht of the Year' in four categories. The announcement and a short profile is there for each yacht, but in the coming weeks we'll be looking at them in more detail.

Much more too, so browse through the headlines to see what interests you.

Sweet sailing!

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Solo Jeanne 'unlikely to continue' circumnavigation after knockdown
Sail-World Cruising,
Solo sailing grandmother Jeanne Socrates has confirmed to the media this week that it is unlikely that she will continue her round-world attempt, which was aborted in a 'turn turtle' knock-down just as she was to round Cape Horn in early January.... [more]
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European Yachts of the Year announced for 2011
Nancy Knudsen,
European Yachts of the Year have been chosen again at the Dusseldorf Boat Show. At a glittering function the results were announced in four categories: Performance Cruiser, won by the Elan 350, Family Cruiser, won by Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409, the Luxury Cruiser, won by X-Yachts Xc 38, and finally, the star of them all, in the category of Special Yachts, the Saffier 23 with its electric motor.... [more]
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Lost and found American sailors chided for no EPIRBs or HF
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Five Americans including a member of the U.S. Air Force on the catamaran The Pineapple have been reprimanded by the U.S. Coast Guard for not having sufficient communications gear to stop an unnecessary full scale search between the Philippines and Guam. They also had not filed a float plan, and had no EPIRBs on board.... [more]
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A marriage made in heaven? US Sailing and Sailors for the Sea
US Sailing/Sail-World Cruising,
In a move that could see dedication to preservation of the maritime environment cemented into the culture of sailing in America, US Sailing, the USA's National Governing Body of the sport, has proudly announced a new partnership with Sailors for the Sea, an ocean conservation nonprofit organization focused on the sailing and boating community.... [more]
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CSIRO finds CO2-chomping microbes battling for ocean iron
CSIRO Australian, Belgian and New Zealand scientists have expanded our understanding of the way phyoplankton take up scarce iron in the ocean – a process that regulates ocean food chains from the bottom up and helps remove up to 40 per cent of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere.... [more]
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Rockstock - the paper that sailors will love to use?
Alan Good,
Waterproof charts made from stone? You must be kidding! But the environmentally conscious world is forever searching for sustainable ways to produce the products we need. Here is another example of how to 'save the trees' and produce an amazing new, seawater resistant paper ideal for many uses for the leisure sailor. It's called Rockstock.... [more]
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How Australians show they love their sailors...
Sail-World Cruising,
You can never say that Australians don't love their sailors. Both new 'Australian of the Year' and 'Young Australian of the Year' are extraordinary sailors. Jessica Watson made world headlines when she sailed solo around the world in the Southern Ocean in her S&S 34, and she has now won Young Australian of the Year, and Simon McKeon, Australian of the Year, is a world-record breaking yachtsman.... [more]
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German tall ship mutiny after cadet's death fall
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Life on a tall ship is meant to be an adventure, but after a female recruit called Sarah Schmidt, 25, was killed when she fell 100 feet from the foremast, the rest of the cadets had had enough, and they mutinied against the captain. It happened in Brazil in November, on Germany's most famous sailing ship, the Gorch Fock, and has caused serious embarrassment to military chiefs in Germany. .... [more]
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Update: Five crew on catamaran found in the Pacific
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
A catamaran with five American sailors on board overdue on a voyage between Guam and Cebu in the central Philippines has been found. The Philippine coast guard launched a search Friday for the sailing boat The Pineapple which left the Marianas Yacht Club in the Pacific island of Guam 15 days ago heading for the central Philippines.... [more]
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The learning curve: Novice sailor, his life jacket and his rescue
Ken Baer,
Ken Baer was a lifetime boater and a keen new sailor, with a passion to learn the sport well. Here he tells candidly of his first, abortive, attempt to sail from his home to his holiday playground, the unusual life jacket without which things may have turned out differently, and the lessons he learned on the way.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Boatnuts loose in the Caribbean'
Lee Mylchreest,
Do you love reading other people's sailing stories? Here's another, 'Boatnuts loose in the Caribbean', a circumnavigation of the Caribbean by Bob and Norma Morris in their 1992 Island Packet 44, called Happy Ours. Their circumnavigation of the Caribbean took eight happy years, so as you can tell, they weren't racing! You can buy it online.... [more]
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Suddenly Alone: A vital seminar for YOUR sailing club
Nancy Knudsen,
As a sailing writer I am constantly saddened by the too-frequent tragic outcomes when couples set out on a sailing journey without both people knowing the basics of how to handle the boat. Almost every month somewhere in the world I learn of a man overboard situation where the crew member left on board, most often female, does not know how to turn the boat or contact authorities... [more]
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Hanson Rescue Medal for two
US Sailing/Sail-World Cruising,
US Sailing's Safety at Sea Committee has awarded an Arthur B. Hanson Rescue Medal to two Chicago Yacht Club sailing instructors for rescuing a pair of sailors on Lake Michigan on October 2, 2010.... [more]
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Japanese comedian sails and runs a circumnavigation
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
A Japanese comedian and distance runner has completed what he called his 'Earth Marathon' by sailing across the oceans and running across the continents in an adventure which has taken him over two years.... [more]
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ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous
Kate Holmes,
Club Swan Caribbean Rendezvous 2011 - Crystal clear waters, fresh trade winds, white sand beaches and beaming sunshine are guarantees at the ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous... [more]
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Ocean changes unsettling to solo sailor
Max Paris,
A Canadian sailing in a solo around-the-world race says he is disturbed by the 'horrendous' conditions he has encountered in the southern oceans — including the near absence of large sea life. Derek Hatfield has rounded the planet alone twice before but this trip through the southern ocean has been a relentless stream of extreme storms and deepest calms.... [more]
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Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race 'Safety at Sea' Symposium
Marion Bermuda Yacht Race,
Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race 2011 - The 2011 Marion Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race 'Safety at Sea' Symposium, as sanctioned by US Sailing, will be taking place on Saturday, March 19th, at the very comfortable Kresge Auditorium at MIT in Cambridge, MA.... [more]
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Are sharks colour blind? Why NOT to wear black swim gear
Springer Science+Business Media/Sail-World,
Are sharks colour blind? - Sharks are unable to distinguish colors, according to new research by Dr. Nathan Scott Hart and colleagues from the University of Western Australia and the University of Queensland in Australia. And this leads to the question - when you dive off your sailing boat to cool off or go snorkelling, should you be wearing pale blue swimmers and wetsuits?... [more]
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