Loss of solo-watch sailor overboard off Sydney offers lessons...two solo sailors in big challenges...Life Rally in Ibiza...tragic death of young sailor waits inquiry...new diesel additive...adventure waits for YOU...and much more
Again, this week tragically, it was demonstrated that the only really effective training for MOB situation is how not to go overboard in the first place - particularly for short-handed cruising sailors.
It was the classic nightmare scenario. The weather was calm and sunny off the Sydney coastline when the sailor, without life jacket or tether, presumably thought unnecessary in such ideal conditions, went overboard at an unknown time while his wife was asleep below. It will never be known whether he tripped, reached too far or miscalculated in some other way, but the search was called off after 24 hours.
"Why I love my Passport" - Royal Passport 49 under sail .. .
Passports are a very popular cruising boat, with a long reputation for quality build and great design. This week two cruising couples talk about why they like their own Passport – and what they wish was different.
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia(CYCA) has published their own report on another tragic incident from 2009, the much publicised loss of experienced sailors Andrew Short and Sally Gordon at Flinders Islet, and the Coroner Carmel Forbes was 'unable to make any recommendations'. The CYCA are making their own inquiry public in order to give the widest dissemination to all leisure sailors.
In happier news, there are two new adventuring sailors to encourage on their way this week – one, incredibly, attempting a circumnavigation of the Americas solo and non-stop in a 27ft sailing boat, and the other, a recovered leukaemia patient, sailing for his life around Britain.
They both demonstrate what many a quiet cruising sailor has learned: that if you can throw of the reins of your mortgages and jobs and all the other lesions that keep you attached to life as you've learned to expect it, another Life is out there waiting for you - and attempting anything is possible. Bon voyage to both!
Down in the Antarctic roving scientists are busy with research, and this week there are two articles, one on the magic discovery of the contours of the lost underwater continent, and the other on the rather confronting prospect of Pine Island Glacier, now released from a ridge which was holding it, slipping faster than ever into the sea.
In rally news Maggie Joyce keeps us entertained with her stories from a rally in Croatia and we tell of a very luxurious rally in Ibiza. There's a book review of yet another fascinating sailing story: a sailor who used a sailing boat to escape with his family from a South Africa he didn't want to live in any more.
This week's edition is bursting with other news as well, so browse through the stories to find your interest, and...
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