Cyclone passes...Alex Whitworth honoured in America...$10 million ransom for SA sailors...Wooden Boat Festival...Stonepaper for sailors... and much more...

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 03 Feb 2011

Cyclone passes...Alex Whitworth honoured...ransom demand for sailors

Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz - pirates have finally made their demand for ransom  .
Apart from the horrendous carnage to housing and infrastructure, it's too early to tell the damage that may have been done to the sailing world of North Queensland, but let's hope that as many as possible sailing boats were safe in mangrove mud berths. Suffice to say that all those out of the region are hoping for the best for all those affected.

It was inevitable that a ransom demand would be made for the two South African cruising sailors who are in the hands of Somali pirates, and, with the Somali scene growing uglier every week, it has finally happened.

Australia's achieving sailors are in the news again, but not in Australia! The Australian mainstream press, which has taken Jessica Watson to its heart so that almost every day you can read about her newest exploits, has almost ignored Alex Whitworth, that self-styled 'old-geezer' who has enraptured many of us with his exploits across the globe. Alex, however, has been recognised by the prestigious Cruising Club of America, who have awarded him the Blue Water Medal for 2010.

Setting off from Brest, French solo sailor Thomas Coville is bent on circumnavigating the world in less than 57 days, and it's his second try at this elusive record.

The ugliest superyacht ever dreamed of is out on display, making those terribly ostentatious superyachts owned by Russian oligarchs look positively conservative. At the other end of the scale, read the profile on the 'Family Cruiser' winner of the European Yacht of the Year, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 409, not to be ignored if you're buying a new boat any time soon.

There's another new book written by the San Francisco Skipper of Julia about his circumnavigation. Another sailing book you ask? This really is a good read by an inspiring author, a candidly-told tale of the first openly gay couple to circumnavigate the world.

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

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Blue Water Medal 2010 for Alex Whitworth - Cruising Club of America
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) will award its prestigious 2010 Blue Water Medal to Australian Alex Whitworth for a circumnavigation of the world via the Northwest Passage West to East. The Blue Water Medal is given 'for a most meritorious example of seamanship, the recipient to be selected from among the amateurs of all the nations.' The award will be presented on March 4... [more]
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$10 million ransom demand for South African cruising sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
According to previously reliable sources, Somali pirates holding two South African cruising have demanded a $10 million ransom from the South African government.... [more]
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Wooden Boat Festival - Vanity returns to Hobart in her 100th year
Peter Campbell,
The Tasmanian One Design yacht Vanity, built in Hobart in 1911, has returned to sail on the River Derwent in her centenary year and be one of the major attractions at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival.... [more]
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New Book of the Week: The Boy Behind the Gate
Nancy Knudsen,
We first came into contact with Larry and Ken when we were anchored in Mykonos and noticed what good sailors they were arriving into the bay on their yacht Julia - but we didn't meet. Half a world away we ran into them again, in Bonaire, and enjoyed sailing and playing together until the Pacific. I just knew his book would be a good one, because Larry never does anything by halves...... [more]
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New superyacht look for 2011? It's The Streets of Monaco
Lee Mylchreest,
The latest superyacht design does meet a number of challenges – it successfully spends more of the owner's money than ever before - $1.1 billion. If ever built (and I sincerely hope not) it will be the most garish design ever dreamed of (or was it a nightmare?), and make the most ostentatious of modern day superyachts look positively classic, and what an achievement that would be!... [more]
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Club Yachting Life Cruising Rally - for yachts over 24 metres
Sail-World Cruising,
Once again, for the 24th time, Herbert Dahm is to organise a 'Club Yachting Life' sailing event in cooperation with the Marina Ibiza in the clear waters and beautiful landscapes of the Balearic Islands of Ibiza and Formentera..... [more]
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Runaway catamaran in shipping lane melodrama
Lee Mylchreest,
A runaway catamaran has led coastguard a pretty chase when it threw its owner overboard and took to the shipping lanes. It had just come from France to the Isle of Wight, and obviously didn't like the thought of British cuisine being served in her saloon.... [more]
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Stone paper - the paper that Australian 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 Stone-Paper.... [more]
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Unintentional heroes win Canadian rescue award
Jeff Bolichowski, Windsor Star/Sail-World,
Whenever you step onto a yacht to go sailing, there's a possibility that you will face a life threatening situation, if not yours, then someone else's. How will you fare? The recipients of the Canadian Safe Boating Council's 2010 Rescue of the Year were tested and not found wanting.... [more]
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Sailors advice: 'Take all possible steps' before Cyclone Yasi hits
Sail-World Cruising,
With Cyclone Yasi promising to be the 'worst ever' according to weather forecasters, and Premier Anna Bligh describing it as a 'potentially very deadly event', boat owners should take all steps possible to secure or move vessels ahead of its arrival... [more]
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Final crew announced for around Australia record attempt
Mainsheet Media,
Save Our Seas founder Ian Thomson has today announced the final crew for the Fastest Monohull Around Australia Record Attempt.... [more]
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French solo sailor to attempt round the world speed record

More than a month after his target departure date of 20th December, French solo sailor Thomas Coville has set off from the port of Brest in his 105 ft trimaran Sodeb'O in a bid to break the around-the-world solo sailing record. To achieve this, he will have to round the globe in less than 57 days, 13 hours and 34 minutes and 6 seconds..... [more]
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UK lifesavers analyse their rescues in 2010
Sail-World Cruising,
In the UK last year, just under 20% of all Royal National Lifeboat Insititution (RNLI) lifeboat launches were to sailing vessels. Another 33% were to motor boats and manual boats, and the rest, a whopping 47% of the rescues, did not involve a boat of any sort. Analysing these numbers, the RNLI is calling on boaters and watersports enthusiasts to stay safe and wear a lifejacket in 2011.... [more]
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UK's lifesaving services look back at the rescues in 2010
RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
The UK's Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is the charity that saves lives at sea, and there's many a sailor, not all of them British, who owe their lives to the brave, skilled and fast work of the organisation's rescuers. They have put together a video of some of the real rescues and action footage that the support in the form of donations made possible in 2010, and here it is:... [more]
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Product of the Week: Clean, safe, dehumidifier
Sail-World Cruising,
Whether you leave your boat unattended in the berth of a marina for lengthy periods of time or not, it's difficult to keep the dampness of the sea air from causing mildew, mould and corrosion, particularly in closed areas. Yet some dehumidifiers have been proved to be dangerous in that they can cause fire (see story). There is a simple solution, called Air-Dryr, our Product of the Week:... [more]
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Marine Parks Authority new zoning for Jervis Bay and Solitary Islands
Penny Robins,
Marine Parks Authority today announced new and improved zoning plans for Jervis Bay Marine Park and Solitary Islands Marine Park to begin on 1 March.... [more]
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Australia Day Honours for two Marine Rescue NSW volunteers
Ken McManus,
Both Bill Carter and Bruce Mitchell serve the community of New South Wales with distinction. William Peter (Bill) Carter of Marine Rescue Shoalhaven and Bruce Leslie Mitchell of Marine Rescue Port Kembla were each awarded the Emergency Services Medal in the 2011 Australia Day Honours... [more]
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Yacht shipment hijacked by pirates, crew killed
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Cruising sailors wanting to pass between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean have always had a fail-safe option, that of having your yacht shipped through the dangerous pirate zone. However, with the hijacking of the German freighter the Beluga Nomination, which was carrying a shipment of yachts, that option now seems less than secure also.... [more]
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