E15 damning report...yacht hits 'metal object' in the Atlantic...Ten Top Sailing Tips...Smart phone app 'out of this world'...new Rainbow Warrior launched... and much more...

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 27 Oct 2011

E15 and the damning report

Artist's impression of the new marine development in China - eat your heart out Dubai...  .
It's never dull in the world of the cruising sailor – while the US Department of Energy has just published a damning appraisal of E15 fuel, down in New Zealand they're battling to contain the disaster of the latest major oil spill in the Bay of Plenty.

Fort Lauderdale is just about to open the world's largest in-the-water boat show, and China is really getting into the action with an amazing Dubai-style project designed to get the Chinese sailing (see photo left).

Paul and Rachel Chandler, retrieved pirate hostages, are in the news again as they claim that the British Police, not the Foreign Office should have been called when they were kidnapped.

Greenpeace is set to go sailing again, with the launch of a new Rainbow Warrior, and the bad news of the week for cruising sailors is the collision with a 'metal object' by a mini Transat boat in the Atlantic. What could it be if not a container? We thought they were perforated to sink these days.

There is a great rally announced for circumnavigating sailors heading for Downunder – a rally cruise to the idyllic island of Tasmania during the summer season. John Jamieson is there with some great sailing tips again, and Balvenie has another dreamy sailing tale in Morocco.

Much more too, newsy, educational, quirky, or just plain amusing, so make sure to browse down the headlines to find your particular interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

US Body issues damning verdict on E15
Lauren Dunn,
This week the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy released the results of two studies on the effects of using fuel that is 15 percent ethanol in volume (E15) in marine engines. The studies were conducted on engines provided by two marine engine manufactures; Both are members of National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA).... [more]
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Fort Lauderdale celebrates 53 years of all things boating
Media Services,
The world's largest in-the-water boat show, the 52nd Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), will run 27 October to 31 October and is a magnet for superyacht owners, buyers and charterers, with an impressive variety of yachts for sale and charter as well as a stunning display of brand new yachts from the world's top shipyards.... [more]
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Hobart 2013 - Rendezvous Cruise - time to start planning
Nancy Knudsen,
Long range cruisers headed for the South Pacific and planning the next southern summer (2012/3) should know about the Third Annual Rendezvous Rally Cruise from Australian east coast ports to Tasmania. This is a great opportunity to join Australian and other international boats to enjoy Tasmania in the summer season.... [more]
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A smartphone App that's 'out of this world'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
This week we feature a smartphone App that can stop your relatives or friends driving AMSA crazy when you're not where you said you'd be the next time you go sailing, and enable you to sound the alarm when there really is a problem. It's out of this world, literally, because it depends on satellite communication.... [more]
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Safety rail snag saves yacht after collision
Round-up from New Zealand,
It was a sorry look for both yacht and motorised catamaran this week in New Zealand as a barge tries to retrieve the situation after a collision between the two. Only a small section of the yacht's sail and the tip of the mast were visible above water. The two boats were snagged with the yacht's mast caught on a safety rail at the front of the catamaran. The yacht was successfully retrieved... [more]
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Maritime NZ - Rena Disaster - 26 October: Claims about breakup denied
Maritime NZ,
Maritime NZ, on Wednesday 26 October October: Last night, TVNZ ran an alert on their 10pm news, and a comment on Twitter, saying the Rena was breaking up. This was an error at TVNZ's end – they accidentally ran some pre-prepared material. They have since corrected the error. This is incorrect – Rena's condition has not changed since the last substantial change reported by us around 12 October,... [more]
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Somali hostages claim Police, not Foreign Office, appropriate
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Kidnapped cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler have put a new spin on the business of assisting cruising sailors after they have been kidnapped by pirates. They have made the point that, as they were kidnapped on the high seas, and lawless Somalia has no diplomats to contact anyway, the police should have been the ones to handle the case of their abduction, not the British Foreign Office.... [more]
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Mud-foiled sailors airlifted to hospital
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It was what you call a 'bad hair day' for a couple of British sailors. All they wanted was a day out in the yacht, but the two sailors ran into trouble when their yacht ran aground in the muddy Blackwater Estuary near Maldon on the Essex coast during low tide. Of course, it didn't seem such a problem at the time.... [more]
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French sailor in Transat race hits 'metal object', sinks
Veronique Largeau/Sail-World Cruising,
Was it a whale? The skipper didn't think so. A runaway container? We all thought they had perforations that allowed them to sink these days. An abandoned vessel? The bad news for cruising sailors is that we shall probably never know, but there ARE still hard objects in deep oceans. A French sailor in the Transat race has had to abandon his yacht mid-Atlantic when he hit a 'metal object'.... [more]
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Malta, sailing paradise, island of contrasts
Marina Kienitz Wyss/Sail-World Cruising,
The stunning Republic of Malta really is a place unlike any other,yet oddly like many sailing-mad places one may have seen before. And why would they not be sailing-mad? Surrounded by the Mediterranean, it's not surprise that it plays host,from 22-29 October, to one of the Mediterranean's premiere offshore sailing events – the Rolex Middle Sea Race. but it's not all about racing... [more]
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Rena Oil Spill - Despite the Official Line, the same questions remain
Richard Gladwell,
Eighteen days ago the Liberian registered MV Rena, struck the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga. From the outset questions were asked, when little appeared to be done in the initial period of fine weather that ran for a four day period. Now that oil is being successfully retrieved the lights have dimmed on this issue a little but the questions remain.... [more]
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Vale to Petrel, 70ft 1938 wooden yawl- 'there's got to be another way'
MV Times/Sail-World Cruising,
Many cruising sailors can tell you that yacht that you sail in for years becomes a part of you, holding a cache of precious memories, probably both idyllic and traumatic. So there was much sadness around this week when Petrel, a 1938 70ft wooden yawl was ripped apart with heavy equipment in Vineyard Haven in Massachusetts in the US, and hauled away in dumpster loads.... [more]
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Coming to China - yachting for all budgets
China Daily/Sail-World Cruising,
Many Chinese regard yachting as a sport for the rich, but Australian entrepreneur Les Glover wants to make it a recreation everyone can enjoy, with the help of an amazing new project. 'Boating is a pastime everyone can enjoy at their own level and budget in Australia,' says Glover, chairman of Success Group International.... [more]
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Ten Top Sailing Tips for Safer Sailing
John Jamieson,
What ten top sailing tips top the list? Collected from cruising sailors around the world, John Jamieson (Captain John) recommends you add a handful of these to your 'best of' list of sailing skills, techniques, and tips for safer sailing worldwide.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie: Fascinating ancient Fés - Morocco
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Balvenie is a 47foot fractional rigged, centre cockpit sloop ,being sailed by Amanda Church and Mark Farrell, who have so far sailed her 26,263 miles. Currently they are in Morocco........ [more]
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Greenpeace launches a new Rainbow Warrior
Alessandra Suardi,
At a ceremony in Berne-Motzen, Germany, Greenpeace launched the third version of its protest vessel the Rainbow Warrior. The construction of the Rainbow Warrior was paid for by over 100,000 individual donations. Donors were able to sponsor specific parts of the vessel and items of equipment.... [more]
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Sailing Club's 17-year-old RIB drivers 'inexperienced' after collision
Peter Barker, Maritime Journal/Sail-World,
When investigations are carried out after sailing incidents it can be a 'heads-up' for all, whether they are in the involved sailing club or not, or even in the same country. In this case the incident concerned the collision of two RIBs after a sailing club event.... [more]
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Tiny company with world reach wins 'Best of the Best' Excellence Award
Nancy Knudsen,
A world-wide specialist marine electronics company with only ten employees and based in West Sussex in the UK has won multiple awards including 'Best of the Best' at British Engineering Excellence Awards 2011, proving again that you don't have to be big to be excellent.... [more]
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Effects of bacterial communication on the earth's climate
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists have discovered that bacterial communication could have a significant impact on the planet's climate. In the ocean, bacteria coalesce on tiny particles of carbon-rich detritus sinking through the depths. WHOI marine biogeochemists Laura Hmelo, Benjamin Van Mooy, and Tracy Mincer found that these bacteria send out chemical signals... [more]
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IYRS and RIMTA four part 'green education' lecture series
Cynthia Goss,
Rhode Island's IYRS Restoration Hall will transform into a place of green education when a four part series of evening lectures on ‘Environmental Issues Facing Sailors and the Marine World' gets underway on November 1st. The series is set to run through the middle of December.... [more]
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Incredible opportunity to land exceptional Cumberland 44
Kim McKee,
Multihull Solutions has just announced one of the most exciting brokerage listings of the year with a superb 2007 Cumberland 44 power catamaran in ‘as new' condition and comprehensively outfitted. The Cumberland 44, Valelevu is arguably one of the finest pre-owned Cumberland 44's currently for sale. All offers are now being invited to purchase the catamaran at well below her original value.... [more]
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