Why you may want to be a 'desperate sailor'...Sydney's Vincent Bossley tells... busy traffic at Cape Horn this summer... fibreglass secrets... sail training rescue in 60 knots...2011's floating yachts abandoned... and much more...
In this New Year Week's news two solo sailor adventurers rocket towards Cape Horn intending to round the fearsome cape in the height of summer – one Polish sailor doing a solo world circle and one American circumnavigating the Americas in a 27ft boat.
They might find it's not so lonely these days. Several commercial expedition sailing boats will be there with paying crew and more than a few cruise ships, sating their comfortable passengers' desire for adventure. Even a group of ten aircraft will be overflying the Horn this summer, come all the way from Europe, and the Volvo Ocean Race boats will be on the approach.
This might make it comforting on the radio at times, but it doesn't make the voyage any easier. Matthew Rutherford in his 27ft boat will be an interesting one to follow.
Talking of adventurers, Jean Socrates, almost-seventy and dubbed the world's favourite 'sailing grandmother', has announced she is setting out next October for a third try at a non-stop circumnavigation. Our own Sydney-based Vincent Bossley, author and roving sailor, also tells of a breath-stopping entry into a South Pacific atoll.
Many other stories of more immediate interest too – check your technique of sailing into a tricky entrance – are you being as safe as you can? If you're working on your fibreglass any time soon you'll love the advice about how to make it glow and preserve it against the elements, and if you'd love to have a sailing holiday somewhere warm but don't know how to arrange it, you'll want to know about the 'by the berth' holidays that are available. Are you a desperate sailor? You might want to be when you read the story...
Much more too, so browse down the stories here to choose your interest.
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