Of heroes, speed-stars, freshwater sailing and plucky old men
Cheval de Mer - turbulent seas, no engine, sails shredded, they closed on the coast then held on for days until the weather allowed a tow .
I was gratified by the almost electric response to my article last week about the tendency of sailors to abandon their sound, floating boats when life on board gets tough. While Sail-World is not a forum, it was great to know that there are many fellow-traveller sailors out there who believe that you should step UP when abandoning a boat.
So, heroes of this week were three New Zealand sailors who didn't abandon their still floating boat in favour of an offered helicopter lift to safety when many others would have, but stayed with her for days until the weather allowed a tow. Well done, sailors!
There has been plenty happening on the world's oceans this week. With ever advancing technology and more and more professional sailors, speed records are always under threat. French trimaran Banque Populaire V is celebrating after circling the earth in just over 45 days. Jules Verne would have been proud.
Then there's our own Paul Larsen, self-styled country boy turned professional sailor, who is back showing plenty of fighting spirit after disappointments last year, saying his quest to sail faster than 60 knots is his 'lifetime passion'. Read their plans for 2012.
Over in the Caribbean the World ARC Rally has set off on its 26,000 mile jaunt around the world and is coming this way - you can still join when it gets to Australia; down in Gulwa in South Australia the rains have brought good news for sailors as well as farmers - they're sailing again; a plucky 83-year-old American has had to be rescued when his yacht was dismasted trying to round Cape Horn; and up on the Gold Coast Grant Headifen tells what it's like sailing with Canadian friends through the tricky inland waterways between Moreton Bay and the Gold Coast, where the red and green buoys just don't do the right thing!
In practical news our Product of the Week is the mobile boat shelter, John Jamieson talks good sense about the keeping of a log book while sailing, and the Book of the Week is 'Sail Away' by Nicola Rodriguez – not a fantasy, and full of practical ideas.
Much more too, so browse the headlines to see what catches your interest, and...
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