Solanus achievement - sailors celebrate their rounding of the Horn .. .
The bulk of cruising boats sailing the world come from a narrow range of countries – France, Britain, Norway, North America, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and a few others.
So it's excellent to be able to congratulate the Polish crew on the yacht Solanus who have just negotiated both the North West Passage and rounded the Horn on their way to a circumnavigation of the Americas - and what a nice crusty old bunch of seasoned mariners they look too!
There are two news stories in this week's edition on how technology led to the rescue of sailors, both incidents occurring in the Atlantic, south and north. One crew's inmarsat tracker told their shore team that the yacht was behaving strangely and the other crew set off of a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) carried by one crew member. Both yachts were sadly abandoned.
It's good to notice that rescue authorities spend much time recently reminding leisure sailors of the importance of carrying automatic distress beacons. However I hope that this never has the effect of lowering cruising sailors' standards of good seamanship in preparing meticulously for a voyage, or encouraging those without the necessary skills to venture across oceans.
If your yacht is to be located in the Mediterranean during the coming season, you need to read the article on the new regimen for inspections after the Paris Memorandum. No-one knows quite yet how targeted yachts will be.
Laura Dekker, the Dutch 15-year-old embarked on a circumnavigation, has been subjected to some flak this week for irritation she confesses having with the media. We ask what you think.
It seems the demise of the Blue Water Rally, for whom the killing of four crew who had been part of their rally on the yacht Quest by pirates seems to have been the last straw, has thrown the baton to the World Cruising Club. They have just announced that their World ARC will be annual instead of biennial.
With Spring in the air, BoatUS offers some timely tips on how to save fuel when you recommission your boat – and you don't have to be USA-based to benefit by the advice. The Book of the Week, Batavia, is one of the most horrifying and gripping of tales, and the Product of the Week is the unromantic, but vital, bilge-pump. Our yacht feature is the fabulous daysailer the Saffier Se 23, one of the European Yachts of the Year, and there's a cute story about the largest line in the world!
Much more too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.
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