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