The billionaire's yacht enrages Venice...World Oceans Day pledge...rallies rallies rallies...Cornish luggers gather...Sisters under Sail award...Beneteau's great docking innovation...and much more...

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 09 Jun 2011

World Oceans Day - come and gone

World Oceans Day  .. .
Yesterday was World Oceans Day. Did you celebrate? Did you remember? Did you even know? Well, don't worry - There's still plenty of time to do your bit over the next two years (that's the pledge) to make a difference to the declining health of the world's oceans by adopting the Seven C's – read the article on how.

If you have a sailing journey planned any time soon there's a great opportunity to take one or more of the famed weather guru Chris Parker's coming live webinars. It doesn't matter where in the world you are, just go to the Seven Seas U to find the times and details.

This week's account of a cruising rally must be one of the remotest on earth – a summer rally round the island of Tasmania to the south of the Australian mainland. Catamarans are in the news too, with a cat rally in the Caribbean to dream about, and some great tips from Grant Headifen on how sailing a cat is sooo different from sailing a keel boat.

This week's edition sports some amusing incidents – read why the beautiful city of Venice is enraged by a Russian billionaire's yacht, how one schooner Captain ended up seriously embarrassed in front of his crew of students, and the sad end to a vintage yacht's journey to a Festival, dumping her crew into the cold waters of the Solent.

Much more too, so scroll down the page to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Russian billionaire's yacht enrages Venice
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It's not even his biggest boat, but the citizens of Venice are up in arms about Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his girlfriend Dasha Zhukova, who have cast a shadow over St Mark's Square in Venice during the Biennale, one of the peak events of the year in Venice.... [more]
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Chartering a catamaran - some great tips
Grant Headifen, Nauticed,
In this article Grant Headifen, Principal of Nauticed online sail training school, talks about bareboat chartering of a catamaran on a sailing vacation, and gives some great tips: Of the dozens of flotilla trips I've lead to the Mediterranean, Pacific and the Caribbean, I'd say it was about 50/50 between monohull charter and catamaran charter.... [more]
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Caribbean Canter Yacht Rally: 19 February - 05 March 2012
Maggie Joyce,
Caribbean Canter: 19 February - 05 March 2012. Mariner Boating Holidays have announced a new rally in the Caribbean timed to combine a cruise through the Leeward Islands from Antigua to St. Martin with the Heineken St. Marteen Regatta famous for the parties on the shore as for the sailing.... [more]
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Beneteau's 'Dock & Go' - taking docking to a new level
Des Ryan,
Beneteau's new Dock & Go system really is both innovative and revolutionary, taking the process of docking to a new level. Taking the uncertainty out of the manoeuvring to bring your yacht into a dock, it provides the solution that will let you handle your boat in close quarters with ease, with just one hand.... [more]
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'Sisters Under Sail' Founder given Leadership in Women's Sailing Award
Dawn Santamaria, founder of the organisation that operates the only all-female crewed tall ship in the world, the 110-Foot, square topsail, gaff-rigged schooner STV Unicorn, has been awarded the 2011 Leadership in Women's Sailing Award at the USA's 10th Women's Sailing Conference. The award is sponsored by BoatUS and the National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA).... [more]
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Van Diemen's Land Circumnavation Cruise
Brian Golland,
The bi-annual 'Van Diemen's Land Circumnavigation Cruise' of Tasmania, arguably the most southerly rally in the world, has been a regular summer event since 1990. When the rally took place this year in February, Brian Golland was there on the yacht Tradition, and here is his account, the first in a multiple-part series:... [more]
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A ducking in the Solent
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
She was an vintage yacht, but solid, and her owners were on their way to the 'Old Gaffers Festival' at Yarmouth in the UK, when The Duma suddenly broached, and, in spite of frantic attempts to correct the problem, the little yacht sank quickly, dumping her owners into the cold water of the Solent, off Castle Point, East Cowes.... [more]
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Chris Parker to present five marine weather webinars at Seven Seas U
Thomas Theisen,
Chris Parker, Chief Forecaster for the USA's Marine Weather Center, has a passion for weather and boating and he shares his extensive knowledge through his vessel-specific weather forecasts and routing advice by radio and via live, interactive marine weather webinars at Seven Seas U. Chris will present five marine weather webinars. They're on the net so you can be anywhere in the world to benefit... [more]
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The embarrassing day of the Adventuress
Jeremy Schwartz, Northern Light/Sail-World,
The schooner Adventuress was in an embarrassing fix. Here she was with nineteen students on board, who were due to cross the border between the USA and Canada to attend a festival. However, border customs officials informed the schooner's Captain that she did not have the necessary permission to ferry the students, eighth-graders from Portland Waldorf School in Oregon, across the border.... [more]
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World Oceans Day
Nancy Knudsen,
World Oceans Day is almost here, and the world's oceans need your help. As sailors many of us see the degradation of the ocean at first hand - we are the canaries come back from the coalmine. Hundreds of sailors from countries around the world continually report the many symptoms of the declining health of our oceans - oceans without fish, oceans clogged with floating rubbish, oceans in trouble.... [more]
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Sailing with Eye Candy: Sicily to mainland Italy
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne are sailing the Mediterranean in their yacht Eye Candy, and are about to leave Sicily for the Italian coastline: In Siracusa we were moored with several boats that we knew from Malta or Tunisia - sundowners and good company is never far away when you are cruising... [more]
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Cornish luggers gather for historic regatta
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
There's nothing more splendid than seeing classic boats lovingly restored, back on the water, and the Cornish lugger is one of the favourite icons of Britain's sailing/fishing past. So once again this year Looe Bay in Cornwall will be filled with classic sailing/fishing boats. It's happening over this weekend, with most boats having already arrived today(Friday 3 June).... [more]
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Study reveals most biologically rich island in Southern Ocean
Oliver Hogg and Dave Barnes,
The first comprehensive study of sea creatures around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia reveals a region that is richer in biodiversity than even many tropical sites, such as the Galapagos Islands. The study provides an important benchmark to monitor how these species will respond to future environmental change... [more]
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Japan earthquake looks to increase quake risk elsewhere in the country
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Japan's recent magnitude 9.0 earthquake, which triggered a devastating tsunami, relieved stress along part of the quake fault but also has contributed to the build up of stress in other areas, putting some of the country at risk for up to years of sizeable aftershocks and perhaps new main shocks, scientists say... [more]
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The Aegean Rally 18 May - 02 June 2012
Maggie Joyce,
The Unique combination of the Greek islands between Samos and Kos and the Mediterranean coast of Turkey between Bodrum and Marmaris provide the backdrop for this amazing sailing experience.... [more]
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Lewmar EVO Winch limited period Special offer
Lewmar are offering a free award-winning OneTouch winch handle with every EVO winch purchased at participating retailers. The EVO winch is easily converted to electric operation. And Lewmar is so confident with the reliability of the EVO Range, that it has a 7-year warranty.... [more]
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