Jeanne Socrates triumph...Steve Irwin tricks Somali pirates...Rally fever in Australia...swell warning for navigation app for iPhone...and much more...

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 12 May 2011

What is this nonsense - 'cruising class'?

Jeanne Socrates triumphs! - oldest female solo circumnavigator  .
I found it interesting that in an announcement by the organisers of the North Sea Regatta they imply that it is now a race for professionals and observe that 'recreational' sailors have been dropping out.

This is accompanied by the announcement of a new 'cruising class'. This is a common, but gross misrepresentation of the meaning of cruising and does disservice to all the fine cruising sailors in the world.

Cruising, if it needs to be said, is not second-class racing. Cruising is non-competitive sailing, over short or long distances, often into remote areas. In its best examples, it is typified by a sense of independence, freedom and adventure, innovativeness in the face of challenge and a love of the natural world of the ocean and its sealife.

Another great range of stories from the world's oceans this week, and some great deals on offer. Musto is having a warehouse sale that is worth a visit if you are anywhere within reach, and well known boating holiday travel company Mariner Boating Holidays has a really fantastic offer for Tonga.

In world news the youngest would-be sailor Laura Dekker is whiling away some time in the Galapagos in the middle of her second ocean crossing, while the oldest female circumnavigator, Jeanne Socrates, the 68-year-old who just wouldn't give in, has just crossed her outbound path on her way into Cape Town. That won't mean she stops sailing, as she's not home yet.

In practical news there's a new app for iPhones and iPads – a navigation application that is worth a try, and news that a core block by Melbourne company Ronstan has won a very very prestigious 'Red Dot' award. Nice to see a mere sailing product, Australian to boot, up there with the best in the world! Sail-World and sister publications Marinebusiness-world and Powerboat-World will be figuring large at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, so watch out for us!

There's news of three coming rallies in Australian waters, sailing tales, heroic and unheroic incidents and, as usual, updates on our ocean environment.

The book of the week is – well, it's mine. Shooting Stars and Flying Fish is published by Allen & Unwin and is a tale of two racing sailors who meant only to go cruising but returned home transformed people – the ocean can do that to you...

Much more too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest!

Sweet sailing.

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Jeanne Socrates becomes world's oldest female solo circumnavigator
Nancy Knudsen,
She's done it! British solo sailor Jeanne Socrates, 68 years and the female answer to the world's oldest male circumnavigator, Japan's Minoru Saito, has crossed her outbound path in the waters to the south west of Cape Town, to make her the oldest solo circumnavigator.... [more]
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Fly free to Tonga in August 2011 with Mariner Boating Holidays
Maggie Joyce,
Escape the winter to Tonga and ‘cruise in company' in August 2011. Swim with the whales in warm tropical waters. From $2,595.00 per person.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Alert - Large Swells off NSW Coast until Sunday
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has again issued an urgent alert to boat skippers and rock fishermen with more treacherous swells expected to impact much of the coast from today until Sunday.... [more]
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Sailing product Core Block wins Red Dot award
Ken Quant/Sail-World Cruising,
The Red Dot design award is a large and coveted international product design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany, and a sailing product has won one of their design awards this year.... [more]
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Three coming rallies: To and from Vanuatu, and the Louisiades Rally
Lee Mylchreest,
Rallies between Australia and Pacific Islands are becoming more and more popular, and here are three you can join this year. Time is fast approaching for the fifth Annual Brisbane to Vanuatu Yacht Rally, there's the Louisiades Rally in September and the annual Port2Port (Port Vila in Vanuatu to Port Bundaberg in Australia) is promoting well in advance of their October departure:... [more]
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MUSTO- Massive warehouse sale
Musto Media,
Don't miss this super special -end of season warehouse clearance sale of Musto technical and lifestyle clothing. Up to 80% off all stock... [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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Sailing instructor suspended after sail training venture goes wrong
Sail-World Cruising,
A red-faced sailing instructor said he 'totally understood' being suspended after leading four very experienced laser dinghy sailors close to some of the most treacherous waters off the southern coastline of England, the Portland Tidal Race, which can run at eight knots during spring tides.... [more]
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Camouflage gets Steve Irwin through pirate alley
Sea Shepherd/Sail-World Cruising,
It wouldn't work for a sailing boat, but conservationist ship Steve Irwin successfully used camouflage and a large '77' emblazoned on its hull to deter pirates while transiting the Gulf of Aden. What the pirates thought is anyone's guess, but no doubt confused by the piracy symbol of the skull and crossbones. Here is the account of the incident by the owner, the Sea Shepherd organisation:... [more]
Share this story Pavilion at Sanctuary Cove 2011
Jeni Bone,
At 50 metres wide x 100 metres deep, and housing 109 exhibitors over four days, the Pavilion will be a sight to behold.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Rally - Battered but epic voyage complete
Bernie Kaaks,
A battered Marco Polo made its way into Benoa Harbour with crew still smiling after completing an epic voyage from Fremantle in the early hours of the morning as part of the Fremantle Bali Rally.... [more]
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Overboard and unconscious, but sailor's quick thinking saves a life
Northwich Guardian/Sail-World Cruising,
You do the training, but you hope you'll never have to use it. The twin incidents which are in most cases likely to cause the death of a sailor - a knock by the boom which renders you unconscious and at the same time sends you overboard, were experienced in real life this week, but another sailor's quick thinking and life-saving training saved the life of the victim.... [more]
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Bandanyah's feisty crossing of the Great Australian Bight
Jack Binder,
Jack and Jude Binder are circumnavigating Australia on their yacht Banyandah, and they have just completed a crossing from Albany across the Great Australian Bight to Portland in Victoria: Oow, my head still hurts like it's going to shatter. Aye, from too much celebrating.... [more]
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Gidget Designs for style onboard and waterside living
Jeni Bone,
Ideal for the boating lifestyle, marinas and at home indoors or for al fresco living, the versatile collections from Gidget Designs are as hardy as they are beautiful.... [more]
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DeckHardware poised for several launches at Sanctuary Cove
Melissa Yeomans,
DeckHardware has a range of new brands to be introduced at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, where the team will be positioned at stand 166.... [more]
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ARC Europe 2011 international fleet starts Atlantic adventure
World Cruising Club,
Seventy-seven sailors on 19 yachts flying the flags of 12 countries are sailing to Bermuda, then cruising the Azores archipelago before heading for Lagos in Portugal in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), an annual rally for cruising yachts that has been crossing the Atlantic since 1986... [more]
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Europe to PAY fishermen to collect plastic from the ocean
Sail-World Cruising,
While independent lobby groups lead the way, there are some sporadic moves by governments around the world to save our oceans and ocean life (and our food chain) from plastic. In India new rules include 'no free plastic bag' legislation, in the UAE they vow to be 100% plastic-free by 2013 and now in the EU the authorities are to pay fishermen to retrieve plastic bags from the ocean.... [more]
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Sea Shepherd welcomes Laura Dekker in Galapagos
Sea Shepherd/Sail-World Cruising,
Laura Dekker, 15-year-old cruising sailor on her way across her second ocean, has connected with the Sea Shepherd Organisation, a breakaway group from Greenpeace, during her stopover in the Galapagos... [more]
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BarzOptics ramps up marketing in the US and sponsorships
Jeni Bone,
In the lead up to Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Barz Optics is looking forward to the launch of two products, and planning for an all out US assault in the second half of 2011.... [more]
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Around Australia World Sailing Record start date announced
Mainsheet Media,
Save Our Seas Ocean Racing will be setting off on Wednesday 11th May 2011 from Sydney on board the iconic Australian maxi-yacht Brindabella to break the World Sailing Speed Record for the fastest monohull Around Australia.... [more]
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New navigation application for iPhones and iPads - Transas iSailor
Lidia Selivanova,
Transas iSailor is a brand-new, free navigation application for iPhones and iPads. Intended for use on small craft and yachts, iSailor has been specifically designed for those who want good electronic assistance in their sea adventures.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Show promotes easy transport options
Kate Duryea,
Visitors to the 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will have an additional easy transport option this year when the event opens in less than two weeks on Thursday, May 19.... [more]
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World's largest solar boat-a rocky ride but almost across the Pacific
Sail-World Cruising,
├╗ranor PlanetSolar, the largest solar powered boat in the world is on its way to set a round-the-world record that will promote the use of sustainable energy. PlanetSolar started on a journey around the world last September, departing from Monaco, and are now in the South Pacific. Here skipper Patrick Marchesseau tells the story of their recent journeying, including a near disastrous incident... [more]
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Hong Kong marina berths - full to bursting, and SO expensive
CNBC/Sail-World Cruising,
If you think your marina berth is too expensive, spare a thought for yacht owners in Hong Kong. Berths are now so few and so expensive that yacht brokers are complaining that they are actually losing out on sales. Why is this happening? Read on...... [more]
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Top 10 Boat Names in the US
What's in boat name? It's hard to deny taking a guess at the meaning of a name painted across a boat's transom - it can reveal much about the personality of a boat owner. But like the wave tops constantly in motion, the fluid nature of boat names is also often a sign of boater's changing lives.... [more]
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Sperry new season looks
Jeni Bone,
All sailors and boaties know the name Sperry, which is synonymous within the yachting industry for its high quality products. The Top-Sider slip on is these days joined by an array of casual/dress style shoes for men and women, as well as directional and trendy lines you'd see in any fashion magazine, with raffia, ribbon, sequins and other detailing.... [more]
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Stefan's super cat takes to the water, before heading to Hamilton
Jeni Bone,
A radical 25m catamaran has just been competed on Queensland's Gold Coast, and is destined to be one of the first entries for the new superyacht power classification at this year's Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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