New Zealander and Norwegian missing in the Atlantic... youngest solo circumnavigator turns 16...Sabang International Regatta...murdered Americans 'took the risk' say colleagues...Polynesians sail the Pacific by sailing canoes...and much more...

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 22 Sep 2011

Sailing the Pacific in seven canoes

Pacific Voyage Some of the Vaka on their way, photo by Magnus Danbolt  .. .
What a vibrant sphere is the world of sailing - with adventurers, inventions, innovations, discoveries, tales of idyllic cruising and amazing heroism all competing for attention.

This week we feature 16 Polynesian adventurers who are in the middle of a double crossing of the Pacific in their traditional sailing canoes, vakas.

A couple of Australians are midway through their transit of the once-dreaded North West Passage, we tell of advances in technology for wave-powered boats, another rally is happening as I write in South East Asia, and Oceans Watch tell sailing tales of how they are helping Pacific Islanders to live sustainably and protect their heritage.

On the practical side we deliver some great techniques for sailing when there's no visibility, and there's an App for your iPhone which will allow you to tell what the tide is as easily as tell the time.

Many more stories too, so, as usual, you need to browse through the headlines to find your own interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

New Zealander and Norwegian missing in the Atlantic
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Another yacht has gone missing, this time a Norwegian yacht in the Atlantic. A wide-spread search is underway, co-ordinated by the Irish Coast Guard off the south-west coast for a yacht with two crew on board, a New Zealander and a Norwegian. They are missing on a voyage from Bermuda to Crookhaven in the County of Cork in Ireland.... [more]
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Oceans Watch and Cat Knapp at work in the Pacific
Oceans Watch/Sail-World Cruising,
Cat Knapp, the sailing boat being used by Oceans Watch to assist in their goal of achieving Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Island Communities in the Pacific, has had a busy couple of months.... [more]
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Possible future sea-level changes hinted by new coral dating methods
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
New evidence of sea-level oscillations during a warm period that started about 125,000 years ago raises the possibility of a similar scenario if the planet continues its more recent warming trend, says a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).... [more]
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Inaugural Sabang International Regatta 2011
Des Ryan,
Asia is gearing up as a great place to go rallying for the cruising sailor. On right now is the latest rally, the Inaugural Sabang International Ragatta being held between the 15th and 25th September.... [more]
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Youngest world solo sailor Laura Dekker turns 16
Lyall Mercer,
After a year at sea, solo-sailor Laura Dekker celebrates her 16th birthday in Australia this week on Tuesday Sept 20. The New Zealand born and Dutch raised teenager left Gibraltar just short of her 15th birthday. She has already crossed two oceans and expects to finish the journey by May 2012, three months younger than Australia's non-stop Southern Ocean circumnavigator, Jessica Watson.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Know the Tides as easily as the Time
Marine News Wire,
The Tidal Chronoscope has climbed quickly to hit Number One for 'New' Navigation Apps. A Miami Beach-based company is the developer behind the ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope application for iPhone, one of the fastest growing paid iPhone applications.... [more]
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Polynesians sail the Pacific to save their ocean
Sail-world Cruising round-up,
A group of Pacific Islanders are in the midst of one of the most imaginative cruising sailing adventures ever. They have been sailing eastwards across the Pacific in seven Vaka, traditional Polynesian sailing canoes. The goal of the voyage is to 'strengthen their ties with the sea', remind the world of the importance of the ocean environment, and 'honour their ancestors.'... [more]
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Discovery of English shipwreck at the mouth of the Thames
Sail-World Cruising,
A mystery sunken sailing ship lying in 110 metres of water at the entrance to the Thames River is tipped to be a ship of the English Royal Africa Company, according to items retrieved from the vessel. This is the conclusion of the discoverer of the items, Odyssey Marine Exploration, a world leader in deep-ocean shipwreck exploration.... [more]
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Seven low visibility sailing tips for safety
John Jamieson,
Not many things cause as much tension underway as low visibility. You need to make sure that you are ready to deal with pea-soup fog or a blinding rain squall. Captain John Jamieson (Captain John) shows short-handed crews the seven top sailing tips they need to know to meet this weather challenge with confidence--and peace-of-mind.... [more]
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Australian adventure sailors challenge the North West Passage
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Two young Australian cruising sailors have begun a voyage through the North West Passage - that alluring passage that has so fascinated sailor for centuries and led explorer, sometimes to their deaths, for 160 years until it was finally conquered by Roald Amundsen in 1906.... [more]
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US Sailing recognises best sailing centers in USA
Jake Fish,
US SAILING, the National Governing Body of the sport in America, has recognized nine community sailing centers that provide exemplary training and educational programs consistent with the curriculum standards of the US SAILING Training Department.... [more]
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Zero emissions and can travel forever - the wave-powered boat.
Des Ryan,
If you have plenty of time there's a potential boat which is simpler than a sailing boat, quieter than a sailing boat and can sail forever. Impossible? It's the wave-powered boat. At the moment wave-powered boats are robotic and used for ocean monitoring, but Liquid Robotics has a big imagination, and to make their dreams come true, they have hired a one-time astronaut, Ed Lu.... [more]
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Antigua Sailing Week announces Sunsail as Gold Sponsor for 2012
Antigua Sailing Week,
Antigua Sailing Week is delighted to announce Sunsail as Gold Sponsor for its 2012 event. With its continuing focus on and commitment to supporting sailing at every level and with the recent launch of the new Sunsail Racing product range, Sunsail is a perfect fit with Antigua Sailing Week.... [more]
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Murdered American cruising sailors 'took a short cut'
Lee Mylchreest,
Two British sailors who have just completed a circumnavigation have spoken out about the four American cruising sailors who were murdered by Somali pirates in February this year. They believe that the four, Phyllis Macay, Robert Riggle and Jean and Scott Adam on their yacht Quest had 'taken a short cut and sailed further out into the Indian ocean where it was boarded and the tragedy took place.'... [more]
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Auckland Int Boat Show: Prime Minister opens Show and Skippers Forum
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, was on hand last night to open the Auckland International Boat Show and welcome delegates to the Superyacht Captains Forum. The show is underway at Auckland's Viaduct Basin and is the first major event into the new Events Centre. The show's footprint extents from the bars in the downtown Auckland to the bars and cafes in the new North Wharf, and is a mix... [more]
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