How pirates researched their murdered victims online...oldest solo woman record in sight for Socrates...Sea Monster kitten tale...using your springs to greatest effect...making a genny last longer...and much more...
Oldest solo woman heading for Cape Town and a record
Jeanne Socrates - going for a record .
The most heart-warming cruising tale of the week, though a bit scary, is of 68-year-old Jeanne Socrates on Nereida in the southern Atlantic.
She's currently trailing a drogue in high seas, mending her engine and waiting for another low pressure to arrive, heading for Cape Town where she expects to arrive in early May, becoming the oldest woman to circumnavigate solo – by accident. By accident? Read why.
Another yacht has a feisty tale to tell of crossing the Great Australian Bight. It's Jack and Jude Binden on Banyandah. They've already written one book of their travels, maybe there's another to come.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, as cruising tales go, Meghan Cleary, luxuriating in the tropics on Velella, tells what it's like to go cruising with her cat, Nessie.
On the practical side, I have heard even long experienced ocean sailors confess their ongoing nervousness with positioning their precious boat in closed waters – there's an excellent piece this week with some great pointers about the use of springs for close manoeuvring. UK-Halsey Sailmakers also give some good advice on making a cruising genoa last longer, and how they've achieved it in their sailmaking.
There's nothing like declaring a 'Day' to promote an idea, and this week there are two to watch out for – 'Ready Set Inflate Day' – when sailors across the world will simultaneously inflate their life jackets, and 'World Ocean Day', drawing attention to the vital part the ocean plays in all our lives, not just sailors'.
Many more stories too – from tales of tall ships to the latest from pirate waters. So browse down the headlines to see what interests you.
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