'Spanish for Cruisers' online webinar...man's foot sliced off by outboard...Malts Cruise of Scotland...Laura Dekker in Tahiti...two 'pirate-trapped' rallies safe in Europe now...trouble in sailing paradise...and much more...
Summer Sailstice - now there's a way to celebrate... .
A wildly varied peppering of news from the world's oceans this week, from the unusual to the zany, from the useful to the ridiculous.
This coming weekend is the nearest weekend to the summer solstice for the northern hemisphere, and this means the Summer Sailstice will be also celebrated across the sailing world. Are YOU sailing and celebrating this weekend? If so, you'll have more sunlight and longer sailing than any other weekend of the year - that is unless you are languishing in southerly climes.
Cruising sailors often need to be conscious of the political situation of their cruising destinations, but having to stay away from a remote atoll in the South Pacific must take the prize for ridiculousness. Tonga and Fiji both claim the atoll, and Tonga has just aided and abetted an escaping soldier from Fiji, so Fiji is looking for ways of reprisal. The story is of amusingly Lilliputian proportions, but sailors are advised to stay away anyway.
Participants from a wide range of countries in both rallies who were caught this year on the wrong side of the Somali pirate zone trying to reach the safe waters of the Red Sea have now reached Mediterranean waters. However it was not without trauma on all sides, and sadly the pressure caused acrimony between organisers and participants in both rallies.
Fifteen-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker is getting closer and closer to crossing her second and largest ocean – she's in Tahiti now, and still going strong.
Some stories to learn by in this edition too – when all goes wrong on your boat if you have a smart phone you may still be able to find your position with a new App; and it was a stark reminder this week about just how dangerous that outboard motor on your dinghy can be when a man had his foot sliced off. Then there is an article from John Jamieson who has good advice about preparing your yacht for a storm.
Much else too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.
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