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 22 Dec 2011

Season's Greetings to all Sail-World Cruising's subscribers - YOU!

News has come in from around the world about what others are doing – heading to tropical climes, meeting up with other cruising sailors, or exulting at the end of a long sail, like the 217 yachts which have just finished crossing the Atlantic.

There's some holiday advice too, about how to save some funds while messing about on your boat, and many other articles and stories, but most of all we at Sail-World Cruising wish you the very best of holiday seasons and hope that 2012 will be everything that you desire!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

RYA protests over eBorders for sailors
Louise Nicholls,
Every year, more than 200m passengers cross the UK border. The UK Border Agency use an electronic system, e-Borders, to carry out checks on travellers before they begin their journey. Now it is planned that this system be extended to cover recreational sailors. However, the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is protesting at the change, as Louise Nicholls, RYA Communications Manager, writes:... [more]
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A Caribbean sailing holiday is waiting for you - now!
Lee Mylchreest,
When winter gales set in or the cyclone season arrives the dream of a sailing holiday means you have to think of somewhere like the Caribbean. But how much skill is needed, where to go and how to do it? Can you crew on someone else's boat or do you have to charter your own? Once chartered, will you be on your own or can you sail with others? In the Caribbean all these options are possible.... [more]
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Kiwi Yachting acquires intelligent Auto Anchor
Tristan Campbell,
Kiwi Yachting Consultants announces a major extension to their product range by acquiring Auto Anchor from RMSD Ltd. Auto Anchor manufactures electronic windlass controls and rode counters that make anchoring safe and easy. The Auto Anchor system has been nominated for the prestigious 'DAME' award for its intelligent monitoring system of chain and rope released from the windlass.... [more]
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Boat maintenance tips for the frugal sailor
Nancy Knudsen,
The holidays are coming and at the marinas and on the anchorages there'll be many a sailor 'messing about' on a boat. Working on your own boat saves money and is a great way to spend a day if the weather's right. But the equipment can be expensive, so whether frugal because you don't have the cash or frugal because you have other priorities, here are some great tips to keep your boat budget down... [more]
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Vintage Atlantic Rally for Cruisers draws to a close
Rachel Hibberd,
The 26th ARC finished in fine style on Saturday 17 December with a spectacular prize giving ceremony at the Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. 2011 was a vintage ARC, with most boats experiencing fast crossing times - the ARC crossing record almost tumbled after standing unchallenged since 2006.... [more]
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Superyachts weekend of fun in Phuket
Phuket News/Sail-World Cruising,
There may have been more motor yachts than sailing boats there, sadly, but the sailing boats still made a spectacular sight in Phuket last weekend. Superyacht spotters were in for treat as some of the finest luxury yachts in Asia sailed Phuket's west coast as part of the annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous.... [more]
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Can you pass the ICE test? Advice for cold weather sailors
US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
With colder weather forthcoming, and the accompanying formation of ice in the more northerly regions of our top hemisphere, the Coast Guard reminds people to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on cold water and frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes, and to make a serious investment and commitment to ice safety, since varying levels of ice thickness can catch the unwary.... [more]
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Topsail Schooner Appledore heads south for warmer climes
Shlomit Auciello, Village Soup/Sail-World Cruising,
Summer in Penobscot Bay in Maine is ideal for sailing, but come winter, most of the schooners who ply the coastline off Camden go into hibernation until the weather improves, but not the topsail schooner Appledore. As Village Soup correspondent Shlomit Auciello tells, she sets sail south for warmer climes - sometimes with '13ft seas and blowing 40':... [more]
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Yachtmaster at 22, now round the world as skipper
Lee Mylchreest,
At the age of 22, British sailor Lauren Harris has just passed her yachtmaster exam at the first attempt. But, while that's pretty amazing, that's one of the least amazing things about the University of Chichester student.... [more]
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Manhattan Sailing Club sails the Caribbean
Sail-World Cruising,
Every winter, New York's Manhattan Sailing Club and Manhattan Sailing School organize an incredible sailing vacation known as 'De Caribbean Regatta.', and this is what they say about it:... [more]
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Somali pirate leader gets Life for murder of cruising sailors
Des Ryan,
The leader of the thirteen pirates who were captured and pleaded guilty to the murder of four American cruising sailors has, along with one other pirate, been found guilty and sentenced in US federal court to life in prison.... [more]
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Ten Top Essentials for Your Personal Emergency 'Grab Bag'!
John Jamieson,
It started as a balmy summer day in August several years ago. I was volunteer crew aboard a small sailboat being delivered south for sale. We had anchored for the night in a quiet spot just inside the harbor breakwater. And the next morning, out of nowhere...... [more]
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Laura Dekker, 16-year-old super solo sailor, on her final leg
Nancy Knudsen,
Laura Dekker, Dutch/New Zealander 16-year-old solo sailor, who is circumnavigating the globe in her 38ft Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch, Guppy, has left Cape Town on the last long leg across the Atlantic which, all going well, will complete her circumnavigation.... [more]
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Urgent Plea - Bed sheets and pillowcases needed for whale rescue
Kimberly Muncaster,
Peak whale stranding season is already underway and whale rescue charity Project Jonah is desperate for essential supplies to stock emergency response kits across the country. Whale rescue teams need light-coloured bed sheets, pillowcases, garden trowels and spades – all of which are vital for emergency callouts throughout the summer.... [more]
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