Halberg Rassy signals trouble...Sydney Clubs announce events...iPhone for rope info...seven hour swim after MOB...cargo ships with sails, coming soon...sailors missing enroute to WA...copycat piracy in West Africa... and much more...
Happy survival, tragic loss - the recurring stories of the ocean
... when an icebox had to serve for a life-jacket and save a life .. .
As a cruising sailor writing of the world's sea incidents I rejoice with every amazing survival and mourn for every tragic end, even though I rarely know the sailors involved and many are in far-away countries.
Two stories this week at opposite ends of the scale. As hope gives way to grief for the two very experienced British sailors disappeared on a trip from South Africa to Australia, one can't help rejoicing at the unlikely survival of a skipper in Florida, who spent seven hours swimming home from his yacht after falling overboard.
However in his case the rush of joy is slashed with regret that he caused not only his own incident by neglect but could have caused harm to his inexperienced crew - read why.
Sydney Clubs are in the news this week, the Alfreds (Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club) announcing their big Sail Expo weekend for 2012 and the CYC (Cruising Yacht Club of Australia) with another of their really brilliant 'Medical Management for Mariners' courses. If you're going to embark on serious cruising and can get to Sydney, this course is great, but you must have a First Aid Certificate first.
In another article, it's a great tribute to British sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler's sturdy character that they are preparing to go sailing again after having spent more than a year in captivity of Somali pirates. This time, they have told the British press, they won't return to pirate waters.
On the business front the depth of the Western World's recession is indicated by one of the most respected boatbuilders of cruising boats having signalled that they may have to put off staff – for the second time within the year. We also talk about two new cruising sailboats to be introduced to the market – a monohull and a cat.
Romance was ever the domain of the cruising sailor and this week New Zealand cruisers Amanda Church and Mark Farrell cruising Europe in Balvenie tell us of exotic experiences along the coastline of Spain; some breathtaking windjammers get together to celebrate in Maine in the USA; and it's good to read how even bulk carriers sailing to China may look elegant in the future with the solar sails that Australian renewable energy company Solar Sailor is planning.
At a practical level, a well-known rope manufacturer has brought out a free App for your iPhone; and many tips about how to keep your sailing boat's diesel engine in tip top condition.
Much more too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.
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