Sailrocket 2 readies for a's 15 most expensive boating skills simulator...every sailor's nightmare...Westerley Owners Association speaks up on coastguard changes...and much more...

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 05 May 2011

All the news from the world's oceans and coastlines

Vestas SailRocket 2 takes to the water  Vestas Sailrocket - copyright
What an interesting world is that of the cruising sailor, and this week the tales from the world's oceans and sailing countries are no different.

Read how, over in Namibia, Sailrocket 2 is preparing for another attempt on the outright world speed sailing record, and how the popular sailing island of St Martin in the Caribbean is looking up after the arrest of some apparently serial thugs who had been terrorising the community for years.

There's an outcry in Britain about the proposed changes to the way the Coastguard operates and this week the Westerly Owners Association joins the fray.

It seems as though powerboat owners are finally seeing the light, perhaps pushed along by the rising cost of fuel, hopefully by a growing sense of the importance of our environment. A recent study has shown that sailing boat sales have almost doubled in the last year.

There are some great practical articles too. There's a cautionary article about boatyards and the ins and outs of their liability while they have charge of your boat. Boat US has an excellent free boating simulator just out which you can download free. It's their gift to the sailing world - you don't have to be a member and you don't have to live in the USA! Then there are two new products featured: a natty extension arm for your wheel for comfortable cruising and a new wind meter with a wind vane.

Meghan Cleary writes delightfully about the many reasons why cruising sailors go long-range cruising, and our Book of the Week is 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish' by - yours truly!

Many more stories too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Sailrocket 2 on the way to an outright world speed sailing record?
Paul Larsen,
In 2008, Paul Larson and his Vestas Sailrocket was on the way to an outright speed sailing record when his craft crashed in a spectacular fashion, damaging it badly. It has been a long road back, but Vestas Sailrocket 2 has arrived in Namibia for their next challenge. The aim of the team is to beat the outright world sailing speed record.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish'
Des Ryan,
When Nancy Knudsen and her architect husband Ted Nobbs decide to escape their high-pressure corporate lives and follow a dream of sailing around the world together, little do they guess where their journey will lead them and the strange events which are to turn their lives upside-down.... [more]
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Ranking: The world's 15 most expensive marinas
Sail-World Cruising,
You think your marina berth is too expensive, or you wish they weren't so expensive so you could afford one? Read this article and you'll realise just how cheap your local marina berths are! The first surprising piece of news is that the three most expensive marinas in the world do not include the most famed of all luxury yachting destinations, Monaco-Monte Carlo. They are all located in Italy.... [more]
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Every sailor's nightmare - no wind, engine fails, on the rocks Cruising,
It's every sailor's worst nightmare - no engine, drifting onto rocks without wind. A couple, said to be competent sailors, were dramatically plucked to safety from their yacht this week after it ran aground off the coast of North Devon in the UK. Hundreds of people gathered as the drama unfolded yards off shore on Torquay seafront, and various onlookers captured these dramatic images.... [more]
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Boating skills simulator - and all free
BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World,
Simulators are a great way of skill building before the real thing, and BoatUS Foundation's new Boating simulator can give you hours of fun while you are learning skills without pain. The best thing is, it's all free, you don't have to be a member of BoatUS, and you don't have to even be in the USA! Granted there's no sailing, but the skills you'll practice are all highly valuable to any skipper.... [more]
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Musto ventures into e-tailing
Tracey Porter,
Australian-based marine, equestrian and lifestyle apparel brand Musto has launched a fully integrated e-commerce offering as it continues to innovate, this time taking to the online sphere to take its designs directly to consumers.... [more]
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Sint Maarten arrests bode well for the island's future

There has been a collective sigh of relief by all in the yacht industry in Sint Maarten (St Martin), one of the great sailing venues of the Caribbean, after the arrest of three Domincan men for the grisley murder of 37-year-old French causcasian cook from the mega yacht Cheetah Moon, Ludivic Guillevin, in February.... [more]
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Sail power beating horse power in popularity
YPI/Sail-World Cruising,
The economic slowdown in the Western World may have produced an unexpected environmental benefit for the planet. According to leading yacht brokers YPI Group, 2010 saw sailing yacht sales almost double 2009's figures, and the trend is continuing.... [more]
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Westerly Owners Association speaks up on UK coastguard changes
Lee Mylchreest,
UK's strongly supported Westerly Owners' Association (WOA) has come out swinging against the government's plans to change the way that the coastguard operates on the coastlines of Britain.... [more]
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Featured product: New quick-release extension arm for steering wheels
Sail-World Cruising,
There are many easy times when cruising, when a finger on the wheel is all you need - if your finger could only reach! There are also times when your visibility is better from the rail than from behind the wheel. Forespar's new quick-release Steering Control Arm extends your functional range when behind the wheel, whether for better visibility or greater comfort.... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella: 'Re-entering' the world
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
Continuing the Voyaging with Velella series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, Prescott and their cat Nessie are concluding an extended cruise along the coast of Mexico: We are anchored amongst a thicket of sailboats in La Paz. The sunsets here are look like a forest of masts on fire, trailing red smoking clouds across the evening sky. We've returned to the flock.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Windmeter with a wind vane
Sail-World Cruising,
There may be many times when you are sailing - or even standing on the shore - when you would like to know the wind speed, but just don't have the instruments within eyesight. That's where the first windmeter with a wind vane comes in. WeatherHawk's WM-200 incorporates a (USA-made) fluxgate compass for digital direction. It can calculate crosswind and head/tail wind readings.... [more]
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Boatyards and their liability - can they contract it away?
Des Ryan,
If you sign a work order with a shipyard that absolves the shipyard from liability, what are the ramifications? Could this void the boat's insurance policy? Can the shipyard really be absolved from negligence? Des Ryan here discusses some of the issues in a cautionary and awareness-raising article for all yacht owners:... [more]
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The little space sailing vessel that just won't sink. Cruising,
They were sailing vessels that first explored the oceans of the world without falling off the edge, and it seems sailing vessels could very well lead the way into space. There's a small sailing vessel that has been sailing in low orbiting space since its launch in November 2010 and was meant to sink from orbit and burn up round about now. But the little sailing vessel just won't give up... [more]
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Eddies found to be deep, powerful modes of ocean transport
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have discovered that massive, swirling ocean eddies - known to be up to 500 kilometers across at the surface--can reach all the way to the ocean bottom at mid-ocean ridges, some 2,500 meters deep, transporting tiny sea creatures, chemicals, and heat from hydrothermal vents over large distances.... [more]
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