Gipsy Moth Trust ensures Chichester's yacht secure for the future...BoatUS speaks out "Quit picking on the little guy!"...stability of the Kiwi 35...undocking your sailing boat...and much more

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 28 Jul 2011

So would you go to sea in this boat?

Wingnuts - tragic capsize  .. .
Yes I am biassed. After you've been long-range cruising in remote regions for a while you always have your own survival built into every idea about the next leg of your journey, even in a very well found boat. What's the worst that can happen? Do I have enough redundancy? What's Plan B and then C and then D?

So the idea of going anywhere in a sailing boat that will not self-right, that will not do a 360 degree turn and end up, maybe without mast true, but floating and upright, is like asking me to jump off the back of a moving sailing boat in the middle of an ocean. I just wouldn't risk it.

All our sympathies go to the grieving families of the two sailors who died in the Mackinac incident (see story below), but I confess I would be a jittering mess if asked to sail any distance in such a yacht.

In happier news there's the heart-warming story of how sailors turned rescuers at the end of a Pacific crossing, and a 'There-we-were-in-towering-seas' story of a trimaran meant for fast coastal sailing who survived a significant storm in the Tasman Sea.

There are always cruising rallies happening somewhere in the world. This week we tell of two – one in million-dollar-plus yachts by the New York Yacht Club in Connecticut, and the other by a wild variety of long-range cruising boats, between Darwin in Australia and Ambon in Indonesia. No matter how different the venue or the boats, the atmosphere is always the same - lots of camaraderie and the freedom of leaving the cares of daily life behind for a while.

BoatUS's publisher Nancy Michelmas this week has some stern words on behalf of the boating community in the USA, whom she feels are bearing the brunt of regulatory force, while 'bigger fish' get off scot free. It's well worth a read, even if you're not USA-based, because it's a common complaint among sailors.

So many other stories and articles too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Darwin to Ambon Rally kicks off from Darwin
Sail-World Cruising,
The annual Darwin to Ambon Yacht Rally has kicked off again to a great start last weekend and many of the yachts have already arrived in Ambon in Indonesia.... [more]
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Quit picking on the Little Guy - Boating publisher speaks out
Nancy S Michelmas/Sail-World,
Like many sailing and boating grounds in the world, the sailors in the waterways of the USA are feeling an increasing load of regulations and less and less 'freedom of the sea.' This has led Nancy Michelmas, publisher of BoatU.S, to write of the subject and what can be done about it in the United States. Readers from other countries might sympathise!... [more]
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New York Yacht Club's Annual Cruise - this weekend
Sail-World Cruising,
If you come down to the Thames this weekend you'll be in for a big surprise. But it's the Thames in Connecticut not England, it's New London, not old London town. The surprise is that after an absence of 60 years, you'll be seeing some of the sleekest yachts that America has to sport as the 155th New York Yacht Club's Annual Cruise has its starting place in New London.... [more]
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When sailors turn rescuers - a 'second chance' for kayaker
Kimball Livingston,
The yacht was called 'Second Chance' but it was a second chance at life they gave to the drifting kayaker last week. Guy Wilding has been out for a paddle in his 18-foot kayak every day for months, since moving to Honolulu from Sydney, Australia. Today seemed like any other day under the blue skies of the tradewinds until, as luck would have it, his paddle broke.... [more]
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Wiley Nautical appeals to sailors online
Sail-World Cruising,
Well known marine publisher Wiley Nautical, who publish books for all levels covering navigation, rigging, knots, crewing and much more, is going all out to increase its appeal to sailors online, with many different offers... [more]
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Simple tip to assist the rescuers: Mark your boat and gear
Gail Rice Sail-World,
You may be safely at home tucked up in bed, but the often-volunteer rescuers are out at night searching for you because they have found your dinghy, or maybe your life jacket, or even your boat. So the message is: Mark your name and contact number on anything that floats.... [more]
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60ft trimaran meant for racing encounters '60 year storm'
Auckland Now/Sail-World Cruising,
The difficulties that can be encountered when a yacht meant primarily for speed racing is faced with a significant storm was underlined in the reports of a racing trimaran caught in a storm in the Tasman Sea this week. The Auckland trimaran, headed for Sydney to participate in races and regattas along the eastern coastline, encountered fifty knot winds which they described as 'harrowing'.... [more]
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Knockabout sailboats - how the heritage lives on
John Hanson, Village Soup/Sail-World,
Maine's Penobscot Bay in the USA has always had a big heart for sailing, and here John Hanson, as he writes of the coming 2011 Maine Boats, Homes and Harbors Show on August 12-14, examines some of the great beauties that have been replicated in designs one can still see sailing today:... [more]
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Climate Change will damage reefs at different rates
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
Climate change and acidifying ocean water are likely to have a highly variable impact on the world's coral reefs. 'New research confirms that coral reefs.... are indeed threatened by climate change, but that some current projections of global-scale collapse of reefs within the next few decades probably overestimate the rapidity and uniformity of the decline,' the researchers say.... [more]
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Fatal Kiwi 35's probably as stable upside down as right side up
Eric Sharp, Detroit Free Press,
It happened during a race, and would not normally be covered by Sail-World Cruising. Two sailors died last week in the Chicago-to-Mackinac race, after the Kiwi 35 Wingnuts turned turtle without losing its keel. However, the safety issues involved in boat construction, are always a subject critical to the cruising sailor, and we therefore print an analytical article here... [more]
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The Gipsy Moth Trust - ensuring the future of Chichester's boat
Jessica Padley,
It was not just British sailors and the British public who took Sir Francis Chichester to their hearts when he successfully sailed his boat Gipsy Moth IV around the world in 1966-7. He has been forever pinned on the world's honour board of those who led the world in adventure cruising. Now, the current owners of Gipsy Moth IV announce the launch of their new charity The Gipsy Moth Trust... [more]
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How to Undock Your Sailboat with Natural Forces
Captain John Jamieson,
Want to learn the fast, easy way to undock your cruising sailboat when short-handed? Here is some excellent advice from Captain John Jamieson, using those magic aids - spring lines.... [more]
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