Laura Dekker on her Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch Guppy has just reached the Marquesas in French Polynesia .
It's a rich minestrone of news this week from the world's oceans - from the political to the personal, from the practical to the fanciful.
If you want to drool about what others are doing or dream about your own next adventure there's a new sailing tale in the Med from Eye Candy and there are some stunning rallies you can join this year and in 2012. Now is the time to start planning!
Fifteen-year-old Laura Dekker has just arrived today in the Marquesas after her longest passage so far. As the Marquesas loom above her, like the good sailor that she is, Laura recognises in her blog that the most dangerous thing in the ocean is – land.
There are changes in the way that British coastlines are to be monitored, and the sailing community doesn't like it at all. Read about what they may like better - the 'active marina programme' being run by the Royal Yachting Association to increase participation and skills.
The fifteen arrested pirates who tragically killed four American sailors in Somali waters are gradually pleading guilty to escape the death sentence – eight so far...
Lots of practical news this week too. You need to at least look at the new weather routing and receiving systems from PredictWind; the product of the week is the Autotether, great product with one obvious weakness – how to get too-casual sailors to weather the sensor; and why not check yourself out against the 'Ten Golden Watchkeeping Rules' to see how you measure up?
These are just some of the hightlights, so browse down the stories to see what catches your interest.
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