Australian Yachting Awards waiting for non-competitive sailor nominations...15-year-old solo sailor conquers second ocean...New Zealand sailor fined for not giving way to ferry...Paul and RachelChandler tell their story...and much more...
Yachting Awards, stoicism, hurricanes and just plain fun
IDEC, which capsized in the Atlantic, and Francis Joyon. "non, merci, I am not leaving!" he said - but this shot was taken after he arrived back in port .
When is there going to be a good representation of cruising sailors among the nominations for the Australian Yachting Awards? Reading the lists of nominations over the years you could swear that unless you are a racing sailor it's not worth being on the water at all, and there are no feats worth mentioning that weren't as the result of a race (except for Jessica). Come on cruising sailors - nominate your other heroes!
You've got to admire their stoicism. While would-be Atlantic solo record-holder Francis Joyon showed an admirable spunk when he refused to be rescued from his upturned trimaran in the Atlantic, waiting on board for 36 hours to see it towed home carefully, a couple of oceans away 15-year-old Laura Dekker showed her own quiet brand of spunk by arriving in Darwin after crossing two oceans solo with a minimum of fuss.
The book that always had to be written is out now – the story of Paul and Rachel Chandler's experiences with Somali pirates, and we've made it the Book of the Week.
Sailors on the east coast of the USA are picking up the pieces – some of them literally picking up pieces of their boats – after one of the most damaging hurricanes ever to hit the Americas, Hurricane Irene. But some good always comes from crises. Boat US is able to show figures from Hurricane Irene that prove that hauling out your boat and securing it on land for the duration of a cyclone threat is definitely the way to go! Not everyone can find a mudberth.
Many other stories too – American sailor Matt Rutherford is almost through the North West Passage on his planned solo circumnavigation of the Americas; a New Zealand skipper has been fined big time for not giving way to a ferry; and it is fitting that the star of the film about the largest ever ship the Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio, should be having fun sailing here in Australia on the largest ever yacht made in the southern hemisphere – that is if you are not superstitious...Nice yacht anyway, – see the pictures.
John Jamieson offers you seven steps to check whether your anchor and ground tackle are secure, before you go sailing, and there's yet another reminder that clipping your tether short may save your life in some conditions.
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