The sailing stories that I love best are those I can learn from. Years ago when preparing for my first long range sailing experience, one of the books I loved best was a book called ' Total Loss', a collection of 45 first-hand accounts of yacht losses at sea.
'How depressing!' said one friend. 'You must be mad to read that when you're just about to cross an ocean,' said another.
Maybe I was mad but I didn't find it depressing. I still think that the best mistakes to learn from are other people's. In this week's edition of cruising news below, there are three accounts of lost yachts where the crew was saved. I still find these true tales interesting, and the question is always: What could they(or I) have done better? What are the lessons they (and I) can take away from the experiences?
Rallies are always in the news, and in the eastern Med, the annual Eastern Med Rally is departing Turkey for Cyprus, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt, but omitting Syria. With the turbulence in the region they'll no doubt have a more than usually interesting voyage this year. Down in the South Pacific rallies are starting from New Zealand and Queensland for Noumea, and there are many Mediterranean rallies on offer from the Antipodean Mariner Boating Holidays.
Much other news as well... honeymooning in the Seychelles Prince William and his Kate did not choose a sailing yacht, but then, I guess they need the speed to avoid potential paparazzi attacks. Space engineers are using sails in their planned sail on Titan, Jupiter's largest moon.
Christine Kling interviews long time author and sailor Lin Pardey; Meghan Cleary describes her encounter with US Customs in pretty unfavourable terms; and that perennial winner, the Swan 80, has won a prestigious award in the Asian Boating Awards.
In practical news John Jamieson tells how to cope when your engine fails just as you are about to dock, those who live in tsunami-prone areas will be interested in the new website www.tsunami-warn.com, and the product of the week is a favourite of mine, the Windscoop.
Much more too, so browse down the headlines to see what tempts you.
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