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 07 Apr 2011

Hooray for the Poles!

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.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Polish yacht - North West Passage and Cape Horn in a single journey
Nancy Knudsen,
Last year the steel expedition yacht Ocean Watch completed a circumnavigation of the Americas, clockwise, and at the time it was thought they were the first yacht to achieve such a challenge. Now a Polish yacht is on its way to achieving the same challenge, anti-clockwise, and has just rounded Cape Horn... [more]
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Sodebo crosses the finish line
Corine Renié-Péretié,
Thomas Coville on Sodebo crossed the finish line off Ushant today, Thursday 31 March 2011 at 12h15 (GMT) after 61 days, seven minutes and 32 seconds at sea after setting out on Saturday 29 January at 11h07'28' (GMT) on the solo round the world record attempt.... [more]
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Convoy of cruising yachts successfully transit Somali pirate zone
Nancy Knudsen,
The Thailand to Turkey Convoy (TTT), led by Rene Tiemessen, rejected for escort by the combined navies, has safely transited the pirate zone around Somalia, which has now spread so wide that vast stretches of the Indian Ocean have been deemed dangerous for cruising sailors.... [more]
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World ARC circumnavigation rally an annual event
World Cruising Club,
World ARC is currently a biennial event, starting in January and finishing 15 months later. The current event started in January 2010 and the next will start in January 2012. World Cruising Club are delighted to announce that from 2014 the World ARC round-the-world sailing rally will become an annual event; starting every January from Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia.... [more]
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Teen sailor Laura Dekker lashes out against media
Pete Thomas Outdoors,
Pete Thomas, author of the online eMagazine, 'Outdoors', writes about the 15-year-old Dutch/New Zealander solo sailor who has sailed from Europe across the Atlantic as part of her planned circumnavigation:... [more]
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Mediterranean inspection warning this season: yachts are included
Stuart Biesel, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising,
There is quite a stir in the air these days about the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and vessels being detained in the Mediterranean. There are Flag State circulars, various management company memos, e-mails and media articles all with warnings. Let's have a look at the who, what, where and why of the Paris MoU and how this may impact yachts in the Mediterranean this summer.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Saffier Se 23, European Yacht of the Year
Nancy Knudsen,
On 22nd January this year, the Saffier Se 23 beat the Corsair 750 DASH, the J 95, the Knierim P33 and the M 34 as the European Yacht of the Year in the 'special yacht' class. Dennis and Dean Hennevanger received the prize on behalf of the company. So what made 10 journalists from European magazines, choose the Saffier 23 for this prestigious prize?... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education: ICC now available to NZ Citizens
Coastguard Boating Education,
The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (known as an ICC) is now available to New Zealand citizens (before March 1st 2011 ICCs were only available to UK citizens or residents). ICCs are awarded following a short practical and knowledge assessment through an RYA Training Centre.... [more]
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How Albatrosses fly such vast distances - tacking upwind
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The answer, says Philip L. Richardson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), lies in a concept called dynamic soaring, in which the large bird utilizes the power of above-ocean wind shear while tacking like an airborne sailboat.... [more]
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UK's RYA responds to proposed modernisation of Coastguard service
Emma Slater,
In its response to Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency's (MCA)consultation paper regarding the modernisation of the Coastguard service the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) has made it absolutely clear that its principle concern is to ensure that all Coastguard services currently delivered continue at the same level and indeed are improved.... [more]
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McConaghy's MC2 is redefining speed and luxury
McConaghy News,
McConaghy has teamed up with racing multihull specialist Banuls Design to launch a new range of semi-custom high-performance catamarans.... [more]
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Highly awarded Californian hero sailors now win New Zealand award
Otago Daily Times/Sail-World Cruising,
They have already won an International Marine Organisation (IMO) award for bravery, a Cruising Club of America Award, and Sail-World made them one of the To Ten Heroes of the Year and now the Californian couple have been honoured for their courage and superb seamanship in rescuing three people, including a New Zealand woman, off a stricken yacht south of Fiji.... [more]
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Book of the Week: Batavia, gripping, horrifying, the best read!
Rob Tickner/Sail-World Cruising,
The story of the Batavia must be one of the most fascinating, if horrifying sailing shipwreck stories of all time. It combines a tale of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, love, lust, criminality, a reign of terror, murders most foul, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue, first contact with native peoples with the unlikely tale of the birth of the world's first corporation... [more]
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Boater's Spring commissioning tips for saving fuel
Boat US/Sail-World Cruising,
With fuel prices forecast to remain higher than last summer, BoatUS, the USA's leading advocate for recreational sailors, has six tips on spring commissioning that can be done now to save you money on fuel all summer long. They're writing for the USA sailors, but no matter where you are in the northern hemisphere, they are useful tips:... [more]
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The PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) that saved their lives
Des Ryan,
It fitted in his pocket, but it saved his and his three crew mates' lives when they had a problem in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a McMurdo PLB that saved the lives of the four yachtsmen, who were successfully rescued this week when they activated the beacon following a problem onboard their sailing yacht... [more]
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Inmarsat satellite tracker led to yacht's rescue
Geo Express/Sail-World Cruising,
A stranded Cape Town yacht and its young crew were successfully located and rescued, not because they had set off a distress beacon, but because of a tracking device which had been placed on the yacht when it entered a Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Race last month. Xtra-Link supplied the Royal Cape Town Yacht club with 20 tracking units - enabling them to fit every yacht participating in the event.... [more]
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Product of the Week: New 'tight-space' automatic bilge pump
Home Port/Sail-World Cruising,
It's not the most romantic aspect of a sailor's life, but you don't want to find out that your boat is sinking by putting your feet out of the bunk into water in the morning. Here's a new product by an Irish company that will fit into the most confined of spaces and give you peace of mind about your engine room.... [more]
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Sailing South - the First Timer's Guide to the ICW
Wally Moran,
Sailing south to the islands, the dream of every sailor. But how to do it, that's the question. What difficulties lie between the challenging waters of the Great Lakes and those idyllic tropical islands? That's a question that cruiser and boating writer Wally Moran has answered for thousands of boaters who have attended his seminars over the past several years.... [more]
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Study sheds light on how heat is transported to Greenland glaciers
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Warmer air is only part of the story when it comes to Greenland's rapidly melting ice sheet. New research by scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) highlights the role ocean circulation plays in transporting heat to glaciers.... [more]
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Mine's bigger - the world's largest line.
Ken Quant/Sail-World Cruising,
The phrase 'Mine's bigger' was never truer. A US company has recently produced the world's largest rope, designed to make your heaviest mainsheet look like a piece of sewing cotton.... [more]
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USA boat owners need to speak out on EPA Requirements
Calling all USA-based yacht owners: Do you recall the Clean Boating Act of 2008? The bi-partisan federal legislation stopped recreational boats from falling under Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) permit requirements originally targeting 'normal operating discharges' from commercial ships.... [more]
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