Tsunami warning for the Pacific...world's largest sailing cat...book review Shooting Stars and Flying Fish...five secrets to preserve your running rigging...'Active Captain' reviewed...and much more...

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 07 Jul 2011

From Bermuda to Spain, from Cowes to Tasmania - the cruising news

From every ocean of the world this week comes a varied smorgasbord of news to fascinate those interested in cruising.

They're partying in Waterford - the Tall Ships Festival  .. .
In Bermuda members of the Cruising Club of America tell how they discovered a Bermuda they didn't know existed – and they'll be back!

In Cowes on the Isle of Wight there's tell of one of the biggest celebrations of the year for all yachting enthusiasts, Cowes Week Regatta, coming soon; and talking of parties, the biggest Tall Ship gathering and party of the year is about to happen in Waterford, Ireland, better known for its crystal.

Crossing the Atlantic right now sailor James Burwick, better known for his exhausting solo adventures, is attempting another speed record - but this time with his entire family on board, the youngest being nine months.

Brian Golland goes on with his tale of circumnavigating Tasmania with a flotilla of like-minded cruising sailors, and then there's yacht Balvenie with their reports of sailing the Spanish coastline.

There's also a range of practical articles – John Jamieson writes on how to add life to your costly running rigging, Grant Headifen examines the value of using a jockey pole, Des Ryan reports on the improving technology in in-boom furling, and Tom Lochhaas reviews the wonderful technological world of 'Active Captain.' - This is a 'must read'!

Much more too, so browse the stories to choose your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

San Diego to Australia, but yacht lost on reef when almost there
Des Ryan,
At the end of a long but successful voyage across the Pacific two long range cruising sailors had to be airlifted to safety by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue (Rescue 300) after their yacht ran aground Llewellyn Reef early Sunday morning of this week, just short of the Australian coastline.... [more]
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Tsunami warning after 7.8 quake 800km north of New Zealand
The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) says there is the potential for a tsunami to hit New Zealand after a powerful 7.6 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands, 800km north of New Zealand.... [more]
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'Active Captain' - a Review by Tom Lochhaas
Sail-World Cruising,
Tom Lochhaas of about.com.sailing here writes a review of 'Active Captain' a website that covers a range of valuable information that your electronic charting system does not provide: Of all the websites and apps providing cruising sailors and boaters with information about marinas, anchorages, and local features, ActiveCaptain is the best.... [more]
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In-mast and in-boom furling - improving all the time
Des Ryan,
The allure of in-mast furling has always been the speed and lack of effort to get the sail up and down quickly. The problem, as expressed by many cruising sailors, is 'What if the mechanism gets stuck?' This has prevented many a sailor who can afford the expensive option to hang back. But the designers have been aware of this, and the technology is improving all the time.... [more]
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Book Review – Shooting Stars and Flying Fish written by Nancy Knudsen
Allen & Unwin,
Book Review – Shooting Stars and Flying Fish. A light-hearted but inspirational memoir about a remarkable couple who left behind the corporate rat-race to follow their dream of sailing around the world - a story that demonstrates the rewards of taking risks to follow one's star.... [more]
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Biggest Tall Ship party for 2011 - in Waterford, Ireland
Lee Mylchreest,
Whenever Tall Ships congregate it make for a spectacular sight and it's always time to think about partying. The Irish feel the same. This weekend they will welcome over 50 majestic Tall Ships from 12 countries, some 1,400 sail trainees and an anticipated 500,000 maritime, music and festival fans to the quays of Waterford City, better known for its crystal, for the biggest party of 2011.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie: Departing from Cartagena in Spain
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
New Zealander cruising couple Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue to cruise in their yacht Balvenie, a 47foot fractional rigged, centre cockpit, sailing sloop built in 1991. After making a winter home for Balvenie in Cartagena in Southern Spain, they are back for the sailing season, and it's time to leave... [more]
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Van Diemen's Land Circumnavigation Cruise - Episode 2
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 the second episode of his account, presented on Sail-World as a multiple-part series... [more]
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Cruising Club of America embarks on Bermuda voyage
Talbot Wilson,
The CCA has some 1,200 members globally who are carefully selected as sailors who have had leadership roles in ocean passages and have a keen interest in cruising to and within new and exotic locations. There are just over 30 local CCA members who form what is called the Bermuda Station of the CCA.... [more]
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Anasazi Girl - family in Atlantic Open 40 record attempt
Nancy Knudsen,
James Burwick is a professional sailor with a long history of sailing exhausting solo adventures. He also spent 32 years as a professional mountain guide. But that doesn't explain why James is attempting a new Open 40 record across the Atlantic with whole family on board, his partner Somira Sao, daughter Tormentina (3) and Raivo (9 months.)... [more]
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World's largest sailing catamaran, coming soon...
Superyacht Times,
Superyacht Times reports that Hemisphere, the yachting world's most eagerly awaited sailing catamaran, has commenced sea trials in the UK. Delivery from Pendennis Shipyard is set for late July. With a length overall of 44.2m (145ft) and a gross tonnage of just under 500, Hemisphere will scoop the record as the world's largest luxury sailing catamaran.... [more]
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Cowes Week Regatta 2011 - a place for all yachting enthusiasts
Sail-World Cruising,
>If you're going to be anywhere near southern England at the beginning of August, as a sailor there's one place you'll want to be, and you'll be joining 100,000 like-minded souls to share the festivities surrounding one of the oldest regattas in the world.... [more]
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Five secrets to add life to your costly running rigging
Captain John Jamieson,
Your expensive sailing rope has a tough time against its five deadliest enemies--sunlight, dirt, salt, chafe, and shock! Captain John Jamieson of skippertips.com shows you five simple ways to extend the life of your costly halyards, sheets, traveler lines, mainsheets, and any other rope used for sailing, anchoring, or docking.... [more]
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Using a jocky pole
Grant Headifen, Nauticed/Sail-World,
There are many reasons why a cruising boat would want to go faster than usual - to beat a storm at sea or to get somewhere before dark. How well does your boat do on a beam or a broad reach? If the answer is 'not very well', then there's a way of using spinnaker to make your boat perform better - using it like a gennaker. But that's where the problem can arise, solved by the jockey pole.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Understanding a Nautical Chart'
Rob Tickner/Sail-World Cruising,
Book of the Week, 'Understanding a Nautical Chart', is a handy guide to making sense of a nautical chart. Whether they are paper or electronic, charts are the most fundamental navigational tool.... [more]
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