Those who ate plum pudding and those who missed out...
Peter Brown launching drone 'Nicole Montecalvo' From the Steve Irwin to overfly the Japanese whaling fleet .. .
While many sailors were finding some way of eating plum pudding on 25th December, whether in a cockpit somewhere or at home with family, there were some adventure sailors who had anything but comfort:
In the south Atlantic Ocean 16-year-old solo sailor Laura Dekker's boat Guppy was being rocked by a three-metre beam sea so severely she couldn't eat the five-course dinner she had planned; down in the Antarctic Sea Shepherd activist Peter Brown was too busy launching drones at Japanese whaling ships to think much about Christmas pudding; and up in the Gulf of Oman the crew of the world's largest solar yacht were breathing collective sighs of relief after surviving the first leg of the pirate zone by reaching Qatar.
Even though the Turanor PlanetSolar has a very high deck profile, making it difficult to capture, and they sensibly stayed as close as practical to the coastline, the desperation of Somali pirates and the drama of such a prize haul could not rule out a pirate attack 100%.
Jimmy Cornell's just-produced Ocean Atlas, his latest (and fourteenth) offering to the world, is bound to become a must for any sailor who leaves Australian shores for a longer cruise. Jimmy told me a few months ago, when he was still in the throes of its production, that he had found 'so many inaccuracies' in currently existing pilots that he was driven to create a reliable tool. The Atlas will not only be useful to cruising sailors, but may very well replace pilots for the shipping world. Jimmy is hoping to make a visit to Australia in 2012, so watch out for news of where he is appearing - it could be at your local yacht club.
Lots of other articles and stories as well. Of interest to those Aussies headed for sailing in Europe is a first report on what European inspectors are searching for when they inspect foreign yachts.
How good are your safety routines when there are kids on your boat? There's an article which will enable you to to check yourself out.
Several great products for cruising sailors are featured – specially the driPhone and the DV1 video camera, safe to five metres: good for holidays, good for all the time you're sailing.
Whether you're lucky enough to be out on the water somewhere as the New Year is heralded, or at home watching the world light up to welcome 2012, we at Sail-World Cruising wish you that 2012 will turn out just the way you dream it!
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