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.
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