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

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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

A Caribbean sailing holiday is waiting for you - now!
Lee Mylchreest,
Now the cyclone season is here it limits your options for a sailing holiday. What about the Caribbean? But it's a long way and the rules may be different. How much skill is needed, where to go and how to do it? Can you crew on another 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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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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New Technical Crew Shorts just in time for Christmas
Colin Burgess,
Part of Burke Marine's technical apparel range, the new Crew Shorts utilizes advanced fabric technologies for enhanced comfort and performance.... [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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See the world by sea, communication is key!
Jeni Bone,
Via Find a Crew, sailors of all skill levels and boat captains and owners have been getting in contact and bringing to fruition their dreams in common of exploring the world by sea and savouring its sights. But look before you leap. The more questions you ask potential shipmates, the better.... [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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New all purpose Aquatic footwear from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine has released its latest offering in marine footwear, the D-MESH Aquatic Sneaker.... [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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Fish can cope when temperatures rise
Jennifer Donelson/ARC,
Discovery has been made by Australian scientists that some tropical fish have a higher capacity to cope with rising sea temperatures than previously thought by adjusting over several generations. The discovery, by researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University and CSIRO sheds a ray of hope amid the rising concern over the future of coral reefs... [more]
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Jesse Martin on draft plan: Coral Sea reefs still 90% unprotected
Jeni Bone/Sail-World Cruising,
Most cruising sailors care for their sailing waters and the greatest cruising grounds only remain so if they are protected. 'Protect Our Coral Sea' has called the federal government's draft plan a good start, but said it falls short of fully protecting the area's fragile coral reefs. Jesse Martin, made famous for his around-the-world sail while still in his teens, is more blunt.... [more]
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Parrot fishes, the gardeners of the world's imperilled coral reefs
Professor David Bellwood,
Greater consideration is being urged by Australian scientists for the vibrantly colored parrot fishes that tend to renew the world's imperiled coral reefs. 'Parrot fishes are the constant gardeners of the reef. They play a crucial role in keeping it healthy, suppressing weed, removing sediment and helping the corals to regrow after a setback,' explains Professor David Bellwood... [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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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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The Tavern is back at Sanctuary Cove!
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Exhibitors and visitors to the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May, will have a new social hub boasting good old fashioned pub-grub, with the opening of The Cove Tavern.... [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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NSW Maritime - Safe and responsible boating
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime - The summer sailing season is about to get into full swing and it is important sailors appreciate the rules of safe and responsible boating. Maritime Boating Safety Officer Drew Jones offers some advice to sailors racing on our busy waterways this season.... [more]
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Ensign Yachts Beneteau QLD, first pictures of new Beneteau Sense 55
Florian Coroller,
The Sense concept marks a new era in lifestyle at sea. The opening up of the interior and exterior spaces, the new access to the sea, the overall organisation of the boat into subtly linked but independent living areas - that is the Sense 55....... [more]
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Catalina Yachts Lake Macquarie Rendezvous 2012
Rod Mackay,
The Catalina Yachts Lake Macquarie Rendezvous ( 7) will be held from January 6-8, 2012 at Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto, NSW.... [more]
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