Pirates, E15, 4G Radar, carbon fibre, the Hunter e33, small miracles
One small miracle - Florence Arthaud's rescue .
Here's all the buzz from the last week on our oceans. Some stories will make you laugh, some might make you angry, many will put you ahead of the game in the world of sailing.
Pirates are in the news again, with released Danish hostage Jan Quist Johansen reflecting on his regrets, the families of South African sailors still in the hands of pirates go public with their agony, and the UK has announced in an historic break with tradition that British merchant ships will from now on carry arms.
In the USA E15 gets the thumbs down from authorities, Radar has entered a new era with the introduction of 4G – it's a little way off for smaller boats but it can be expected to trickle down in both size and cost. There's also an interesting article on why, after 50 years in production, carbon fibre has NOT 'trickled down' in cost.
Our featured yacht this week is the Hunter e33, and Greenpeace's new sailing ship Rainbow Warrior III has launched, paid for by tiny donations from around the world, and is off for new cutting edge adventures.
Also a couple of small miracles on the water this week. Read of the abandoned 49ft yacht that kept on sailing to the destination after her crew were rescued, and how one of the world's most experienced solo sailors fell off her boat without an EPIRB, but phoned her mum back in France because she just happened to have her cell phone in her hand. You are left to draw your own conclusions from both of these stories - or maybe use them as lessons for one's own future sailing.
Much more too, to entertain and inform, so browse down the headlines – you're sure to find something to interest you.
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