Somali pirates and why they started preying on yachts...Bruce Arms starts Oz circumnavigation...Darwin-Dili Rally...rescuer 'thought his time was up'...volunteer frustration with sailors...making your yacht visible...and much more...
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Another adventurer is off to a running start. Bruce Arms started from Mooloolaba this week in an attempt to circumnavigate Australia in 35 days. That's harder than crossing an ocean, with all the navigational hazards that abound in our coastal waters. Sail-World wishes you a safe and fast voyage Bruce.
It always saddens me when volunteers, who often risk their lives for the safety of others, show their ongoing frustration with the irresponsibility of boat skippers who are careless of the protocol of the sea. Incidents where they have long chats on Channel 16, don't register their EPIRBs or don't log on when undertaking a voyage, or worse, don't carry the necessary safety equipment for a sea voyage.
This week there were two incidents, at opposite ends of the planet - one here off the Tweed Coast (admittedly it was a powerboat), and one in the UK, which frustrated volunteers to the point that they complained to the media. It's ironic that this happens in the same week of another dramatic rescue story where a rescuer admits he 'thought his time was up'.
The Darwin to Dili Rally was started with a bang this week too, and the lucky yachts are off for a 400 mile crossing followed by some serious partying. Good luck all of you!
The moral of the another news item could be 'be careful buying your yacht from an Italian', but I guess that would be unfair to the many fine Italian yacht brokers. Nevertheless the amazing tale of the Italian fraudster who sold the same yachts multiple times and has since escaped into the murky world of post-revolt Libya makes fascinating reading.
Another avalanche of varied news this week from the world's oceans – an expert's opinion on why Somali pirates started targeting yachts, new and better tide information, idyllic sailing tales, and lots of practical news and articles as well.
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