East coast US boaters warned: Irene is coming...Dinghy danger - again...solo teen gets critical of New Zealand...poor Russian billionaire can't dock yacht...sell your boat for the best outcome...Somalis get life for slain sailors...and much more...

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 25 Aug 2011

O to sail the Med, or New Zealand, or anywhere but East USA

Huricane Irene 2011 - projection August 24-29  .
A large swathe of the USA's east coast is not the place to be this weekend for sailors, as Hurricane Irene barrels past the Bahamas and heads for the mainland. All boaters have been advised to make urgent provision for the safety of their vessels, and there have been some evacuations.

O to be in the Med, where the seas are reasonably calm, the sun is shining and the wind is fresh.

Boat Insurance: Talking of potential yacht disasters, BoatUS has five hard questions for you to ask your marine insurance agent this week, no matter where your boat is domiciled,. If your insurance policy is not due for renewal, print them out and keep them handy. If they can answer all these questions positively, you'll know you have a good company.

Pirates punished: One can only hope that the life sentence meted out to two pirates who were on board when four American cruising sailors were shot to death in February this year will begin to make Somalis think twice before being lured into the lucrative world of piracy on the high seas... and spare a thought for the nine other cruising sailors still in captivity in Somalia waiting for ransoms which may never come, including three Danish teenagers. It's not for nothing that even the fast-paced racing yachts of the Volvo World Race have decided not to sail the danger zone of the Indian Ocean, opting for some secretive transport methods and routes.

Lots of other articles too. That amazing solar vessel Turanor PlanetSolar has reached Hong Kong in its round-world odyssey, and Sail-World's Guy Nowell gets an up-close-and-personal experience on its vast decks; Laura Dekker, the long-range cruising 15-year-old, has acquired a manager, and he's making waves about the lack of support from New Zealand, her 'home' country; see the seven step reminder about how to get the best outcome when selling your boat; and there's a coy story about the poor Russian billionaire whose yacht has been rejected by the port of Antibes because someone richer has his 'spot'!

Browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest, and...

Sweet sailing.

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Tûranor PlanetSolar: Quiet Achiever
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Tûranor PlanetSolar looks very much like one of those educational toys you might buy for a brainy nephew. And with good reason. This boat is a classic example of form-follows-function. A flat top to provide maximum area for the array of solar cells; carbon fibre construction to keep weight to a minimum, an 11-ton array of lithium ion batteries; ultra-slippery wave piercing catamaran hulls... [more]
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Somali pirates get life for American cruising sailors deaths
Des Ryan,
Two Somali pirates were sentenced to life in prison this week for their roles in the hijacking of a yacht that left all four American cruising sailors on board their yacht dead. The four had been participating in the Blue Water round world Rally, since disbanded, with about twenty other yachts when the shooting occurred.... [more]
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Poor Russian billionaire - world's largest yacht 'out in the cold'
Lee Mylchreest,
Poor Roman Abravomich has nowhere to berth his yacht. The Russian billionaire, whose yacht Eclipse is the largest in the world, cannot fit his yacht into Europe's biggest yachting harbour of Antibes in the French Riviera - because a richer man has taken the only spot big enough.... [more]
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US Boaters urged to prepare for Hurricane Irene
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
After several years of hurricane inactivity(the last was Hurricane Ike in 2008) Hurricane Irene is being closely watched as it approaches the coastline of the USA. As of today (Wednesday) it has temporarily contracted into a Category 1 hurricane, but it is expected to strengthen.... [more]
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Sailing book of the week: Sea Dreams in the Adriatic
Keith Earngey,
This luscious book follows on from the author's previous work, Sea Dreams Sailing the Western Mediterranean, published in 2010. I loved the Western Med, but I have to admit I have been bowled over again by the Adriatic.... [more]
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To make dreams come true - a totally wheelchair-accessible yacht
Nancy Knudsen,
It is not very often - almost never - that Sail-World Cruising offers a boat for sale, but this amazing wheelchair-accessible yacht is such a unique item that we want to see it find a good home.... [more]
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Five questions to ask your boat's insurance agent
Boat US/Sail-World Cruising,
BoatUS has five hard questions you need to ask your boat's insurance agent before you renew your boating policy. Their answers could let you know how worthwhile or worthless your current policy is:... [more]
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Cruising sailors take note: Volvo Ocean Race will avoid pirate zone
Des Ryan,
Gung-ho cruising sailors embarked on trans-ocean or circumnavigations should take note of the decision of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 to redraw the second and third leg of the round-world race to avoid waters frequented by Somali pirates.... [more]
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Selling your boat for the best outcome - Seven steps
Des Ryan,
So you want to sell your boat, and you want the best price possible. Of course, but with the current international economic turmoil and a struggling marine industry, how can you tell the best way to go about it? Here are seven steps to getting the best return.... [more]
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WHOI Study - Microbes consumed oil in Gulf slick at unexpected rates
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
More than a year after the largest oil spill in history, perhaps the dominant lingering question about the Deepwater Horizon spill is, 'What happened to the oil?' Now, in the first published study to explain the role of microbes in breaking down the oil slick on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers have come up with answers that represent... [more]
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Simpson Marine expands presence in SE Asia
Simpson Marine,
Simpson Marine, Asia's largest yacht brokerage company, is pleased to announce its expansion into Indonesia with a head office in Jakarta and a branch office in Bali. The Indonesian offices will join the existing nine sales offices across Asia and will be managed by Xavier Fabre who formerly served as the Managing Director for First Yacht in Dubai... [more]
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Born a New Zealander, but solo teen sailor 'gets no support'
Des Ryan,
The manager of teenager Laura Dekker, the youngest solo-sailor to attempt to circumnavigate the world and more than half way through her journey, has accused New Zealand of failing to support her, according to Radio Netherlands.... [more]
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Sailing tragedy in Croatia- motor yacht kills visiting Italian sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Two Italian sailors on a sailing holiday in Croatia were this week thrown into the water and killed when their 13 metre sailing boat was hit by a 12 metre motor yacht near the islet of Maslinovik, two nautical miles off Primosten on the central Dalmation coast of Croatia. The two sailors, a man and a woman, both 60-year-olds from Padua, have not yet been named.... [more]
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Introducing: The Skate Sail
Lee Mylchreest,
It had to happen. Just when you thought that everything that could be invented had been invented, along comes David Guillot with a breath of fresh air for the sailing scene - the Skate Sail.... [more]
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Solo sailor sets new record for circumnavigating Australia
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Bruce Arms, a boat builder from Mooloolaba in Queensland, has just set a new record for a solo circumnavigation of Australia in his 14.14m Chamberlin-designed catamaran, Big Wave Rider, travelling 6698 nautical miles non-stop to complete his journey in just under 39 days.... [more]
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Dinghy danger again: Two fourteen-year-olds swept out to sea
Eleri Davies, RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
The latest evidence of the extreme potential danger of dinghies has been underlined again this week with the rescue of two fourteen-year-olds being swept to sea in an inflatable dinghy in Wales.... [more]
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