Gladstone sailor rows for his life...pirates: sailor regrets...E15 thumbs down in USA...4G Radar revolution...carbon fibre why still so expensive...the Hunter e33...small miracles on the ocean...and much more...

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 03 Nov 2011

Salty hero, pirates, 4G Radar,carbon fibre, 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.

Sister publication MarineBusiness-World is itself in the news for winning a BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION award. Congratulations to editor Jeni Bone!

Gladstone's Steven Richmond takes the prize for cool seamanship, as he rowed away from his sunken yacht off Mackay this week, heading for Lady Percy Island - read the story.

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.

Sweet sailing.

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Why don't cruising yachts use much carbon fibre? Why so expensive?
Gizmodo/Sail-World Cruising,
There's no question that carbon fibre is one of the greatest materials to have been introduced into sailing. It's light, it's stronger than steel, and it's been around for over fifty years. So why hasn't it become cheaper and cheaper and invaded the mainstream sailing world? Why is it still in the domain of expensive racing boats, and why don't many cruising sailors use carbon fibre?... [more]
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Miraculous rescue after top sailor falls overboard with phone
Lee Mylchreest,
She is one of the world's top sailors, with several crossings of the Atlantic under her belt and a varied and incident-prone life. But little could compare with the miraculous survival French sailor Florence Arthaud has just had taking a pee off the deck of the boat while sailing solo off the north-east corner of Corsica in the Mediterranean. She fell off.... [more]
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British merchant ships to carry arms: PM
Lee Mylchreest,
Signifying, for the cruising sailor, just how seriously the UK takes the pirate dangers of the western Indian Ocean, in an historic break with a long held tradition, Britain will now allow armaments on British ships.... [more]
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Quantum Leap - the abandoned yacht that just wouldn't give up
Nancy Knudsen,
All they had to do was stay on board and they would have reached their destination in three weeks. But their skipper, badly injured when a freak wave hit the boat, was suspected to be suffering from severe internal bleeding. They called for help, were rescued and abandoned the boat 700 nautical miles from Hawaii. Here follows the strange story of the yacht that just wouldn't give up.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show - Interview with Harry Davis
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show - Harry Davis has a 23 year history with the Boat Show. He is such a ubiquitous presence at the event that he blends in with the scenery and perhaps, many have come to take him for granted.... [more]
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Heavy Metal contamination in Tasmania's River Derwent still an issue
Carl Hyland,
The Director of Public Health in Tasmania who advises that anglers should not consume shellfish from the Derwent estuary and limit their consumption of scalefish wherever possible, here is some more info............... [more]
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Gladstone sailor rows for his life
Andrea Davy, Daily Mercury/Sail-World,
What do you do after you've just watched your prized sailing boat and only home sink to the ocean floor? You start rowing. That was Steven Richmond's only choice after his 11-metre catamaran, Felix, hit a submerged object and began to take on water near the Percy Island Group about 10am on Saturday... [more]
Share this story wins BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION award
Brendan Maxwell,, Sail-World Cruising's sister publication, has won BEST ONLINE PUBLICATION at the 2011 Gold Coast Media Awards, announced last night at Bond University on Queensland's Gold Coast, against a field of mainstream media with high profile consumer sites.... [more]
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Families anguish for kidnapped South African cruising sailors
BBC/Sail-World Cruising,
With the release of the Danish family last month, only one crew from a sailing boat now remains in the hands of Somali pirates. In a first telephone call to a family member, the couple have 'demanded' their release, claiming the had 'sold everything' to be able to go sailing.... [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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Rainbow Warrior sails - in search of new dreams
Brian Fitzgerald, Greenpeace/Sail-World,
Rainbow Warrior III, just launched in Bremen, Germany, has already set sail for Greenpeace with a group of inspired volunteers on board, heading for far-off ports and more challenges in their efforts to save the planet from the worst ravages of Western civilisation. Brian Fitzgerald here talks of battles won, heroes celebrated and dreams yet to be realised:... [more]
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Yacht Feature: The Hunter e33
Lee Mylchreest,
With a 38 year heritage in boat building, Hunter Marine is not a novice to the industry. Priding themselves on design innovation, rugged construction, and dedication to customer value, this year they have introduced no less than six new models. One of the latest is the new Hunter e33, featured here by the company... [more]
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The cutting edge in radar - 4G, coming soon
Des Ryan,
It won't fit on a 25ft boat but the technology for larger yachts is amazing. From the same family as the award-winning BR24 and the pioneering Broadband 3G, Navico's new Broadband 4G™ Radar is set to forever change marine navigation.... [more]
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Gybing, an art form in heavy weather
Nancy Knudsen,
Gybing, an easy task in a light breeze, can be the manoeuvre in heavier weather that makes a short handed crew the most jittery, and for good reason. Most sailors have shared stories of out-of-control gybes that rounded up the boat, damaged the rig, or, worst of all, ended with one of the crew in hospital. So what are the key elements to handling a gybe safely in heavy weather?... [more]
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Released hostage sailors' regrets - first interview
Nancy Knudsen,
A Danish family that was held hostage by Somali pirates for more than six months said in an interview published Thursday that it decided to sail alone through the dangerous waters off the Horn of Africa, hoping to sneak through safely, and 'it was the decision of my life that I regret the most.'... [more]
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Beneteau Lagoon Regatta - Its our 20th
Vicsail Sydney,
This year marks Vicsail Sydney's 20th Anniversary of the Beneteau Lagoon regatta, held yearly at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Download an entry form today and enter this year's exciting event - [more]
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Sail-World on Facebook -Check us out!!
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
Jeraldine Kennedy, Sail-World UK and European Editor explained 'Sail-World's Facebook wall has key selections from the nine Sail-World sites world-wide posted as well as providing the opportunity for Fans to get to know the Editors. 'We have already posted feature stories from many of our editors world-wide for the last six months, going forward we will be adding key feature stories each day.... [more]
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How dolphins handle 'the bends'
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Scientist are aware that the blood and tissue of some deceased beaked whales stranded in the vicinity of naval sonar exercises are riddled with bubbles. It is also well-known that human divers can suffer from bubble induced decompression sickness, more often referred to as the bends.... [more]
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Shellfish warning issued for Peel-Harvey Estuary
Department of Health,
On the 27th October, the Department of Health issued the following statement regarding a shellfish warning for the Peel-Harvey Estuary: With the start of the long weekend the Department of Health is reminding people not to eat shellfish collected from the wild.... [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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