'Unsinkable' Abby Sunderland tells......Save me save my dog...'missing' sailor causes rescue havoc...Charly Bravo mooring springs...European yacht transport comes of age...and much more...

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 28 Apr 2011

From curious to irresponsible, from adventurous to heroic

Just embarked on her second solo ocean - the Pacific  .
So many tales from the seven seas this week - from the curious to the irresponsible, from the adventurous to the heroic.

I loved the story of the sailor who refused to be rescued without his dog and defiantly jumped into the sea clutching him for the lift into a helicopter.

Another incident was a stark reminder of the dangers - two sailors had to jump for their lives from their burning yacht, luckily not far from shore.

Then there is the British sailor, his radio and mobile turned off, who caused a multi-station scramble as they searched for him, happily moored in a remote bay, but NOT where he said he was headed.

On a more serious note, one of the cruising sailors who were caught in the Maldives wanting to reach Europe tells a gripping tale of how they solved problems of disintegrating rallies and confusing information to finally cross through Somali pirate waters successfully.

Two books featured this week: Ted Danson's book 'Oceana' on the state of the Oceans, and sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland's ghosted book on her rescue from the south Indian Ocean. Talking of teen sailors, read how Laura Dekker has embarked quietly on her second great ocean, the Pacific.

This week's product of the week is a mooring spring that will let you sleep well at night no matter how bad the weather, and if you want to be envious, read the blissful tale of 'Eye Candy', who have just started their summer cruising from Tunisia, heading for the Italian coastline.

Much more too, so browse the stories to find your interest.

Sweet Sailing!

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IMO pleads with ISAF to keep cruising sailors away from Somali waters
Sail-World Cruising,
In spite of the fact that ISAF, the IMO and the various navies who are patrolling the region have been strongly advising leisure yachts to avoid the piracy zone of the Indian Ocean, the recent tragedy of four American cruising sailors killed by pirates and the kidnapping of a Danish family including three children has prompted more action by the IMO... [more]
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'Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas
Zeke Barlow, VCStar/Sail-World Cruising,
While 15-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker is still amble-sailing her way around the world, 16-year-old American sailor Abby Sunderland, who had to be rescued from the South Indian Ocean in her non-stop attempt has written a book about her attempt at the 'youngest' record. Just released, it's called 'Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas.'... [more]
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Product of the Week: Charly Bravo-mooring so you can sleep at night
Sail-World Cruising,
Berthing your boat so that you can leave it and sleep at night knowing that no matter how hard the winds blow it will not come to grief is every sailor's dream. So finding mooring lines that can do the job well is vital. Hence this Product of the Week, Charly Bravo.... [more]
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'Missing' sailor with radio turned off causes wide search
Sail-World Cruising,
A yacht that went 'missing' and alarmed his colleague sailors and caused much unnecessary searching by UK coastguard personnel has caused authorities to plead with leisure sailors to register their yachts and communicate with coastguards. While the incident happened in the UK this time, the plea is valid worldwide.... [more]
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Crew rescued just in time from burning boat
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
In a nightmare scenario that all sailors dread, two crew have been rescued this week from a yacht, Toucan Tango, which caught fire and sank.... [more]
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Laura Dekker, 15-year-old solo sailor, takes on the Pacific
Nancy Knudsen,
Laura Dekker, 15-year-old Dutch solo sailor on her way round the world, is out to conquer a new ocean. Having sailed the Atlantic without incident, then transited the Panama Canal more than a week ago, Laura has prepared and provisioned for her long passage to Galapagos, and departed Las Perlas Islands.... [more]
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Ted Danson acts for Oceans with his book 'Oceana'
Jeni Bone,
Ted Danson, the actor who played bar-tender and former athlete, Sam Malone in 'Cheers', is now performing another role, one that he is just as passionate about and which has inspired him to write a book - 'Oceana', compiling 25 years of environmental activism into its pages.... [more]
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Cruising sailor tells: How we survived the Somali pirate zone
Graeme Mulcahy, SY Kathleen Love/Sail-World,
As the range and ferocity of Indian Ocean piracy rapidly increased this year, scores of cruising sailors became trapped in the Maldives and India. Their plans of how to transit the danger zone, derived from successful transits of convoys from earlier years, had to be scrapped. What was meant to be the adventure of a lifetime had become a nightmare. Graeme Mulcahy tells their tale.... [more]
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American and Singaporean sailors rescued in South China Sea
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A Singaporean and an American on a voyage in the South China Sea have been rescued by the Philippine Navy after their yacht was disabled by high seas and then grounded. The navy said the yacht, Fly Ruben Fly, was sailing from Kudat in Borneo to the western Philippine island of Palawan. When found, the yacht had run aground and was half submerged, the navy statement said.... [more]
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Indian children go for sailing in a big way
Deccan Chronicle/Sail-World,
The world of sailing grows larger every day, and, like many other areas of India, children in the Tamil Nadir capital city of Chennai (ex-Madras, on India's south eastern coast) have taken up sailing in a big way. The Tamil Nadu Sailing Association (TNSA) is overwhelmed by the kind of response it has received for its seven-day summer camp, which begins today.... [more]
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Sailing with Eye Candy: Monastir to Malta
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne, after a break for the winter, are back on their sailing yacht Eye Candy in the Mediterranean, which has been berthed in Tunisia over the cold months. What will they find after the instability of the past months in this normally peaceful country?... [more]
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European yacht transport comes of age
Sail-World Cruising,
Dockwise and similar companies offer trans-ocean transport for yachts, but if you need your boat transported only in the Europe area, there's a yacht transportation service that might just be more suitable... [more]
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'Save me save my dog': but rescued yachtsman calls it a day
Lee Mylchreest,
Keen British sailor Mark Hughes was attempting to sail to the Australia with pet dog Sheila when the vessel lost its mast and the engine failed near the Canary Islands. After an SOS call he was picked up by Spain's air-sea rescue service 'They only sent down one rope,' he said, 'but I refused to leave Sheila because she is the love of my life.'... [more]
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Lewmar Safety Notice
Lewmar Marine,
On 5 March 2011, an accident occurred aboard a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua while carrying out the lifting operation of a crew member using a self-tailing winch. Currently, an investigation is underway.... [more]
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