floating containers sink two yachts...solar-powered catamaran enters the pirate zone...DAME design award nominations...five fall safety tips...tidal chronoscope make tides easy...ships captain describes dangerous rescue...and much more...
Tropical storms and spilled containers, windfarms and sailing ships
Container floating higher than usual, discovered by Greenpeace .. .
Two USA-to-the-Caribbean rallies have been disturbed now by Tropical Storm Sean, tipped to become a hurricane. The developing storm has already sunk a yacht in one rally and delayed the start of another.
Just when the rumour was gaining credibility that containers spilled from container ships no longer float for very long before sinking, a second yacht sinking in two weeks from a collision with a suspected container has dashed these hopes. No matter which ocean in the world you sail, the fear of containers seems an ever present concern (see photo).
As the world shifts ever-so-slowly to a non-oil based future it is changing the status quo in the way that sailing is incorporated into our daily lives, as described in some of this week's articles.
In Britain, to the outcries of many whinging bloggers who still believe that sailing is an elite sport, sailors are complaining that the proposed windfarms on the south coast will impinge on their sailing space.
In the meantime another arm of government is encouraging the introduction of sails on British ships. It is not unforeseeable that one day the two strands may collide.
Along with all the breaking news for leisure sailors around the world, this week there are some great practical articles to enrich your sailing life. Five fall safety tips will act as a check-list for sailing in the northern hemisphere as the weather gets colder; there's a great article on the best use of Dyneema for lifelines; some secrets on keeping your engine cool; and the tidal chronoscope will give you the tide where you are right now with a touch of a button.
Much more too, so, as usual, browse down the headlines to find the stories that interest you!
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