Our own revered Jessica Watson has had an excellent PR team to keep her in the limelight and leverage her fame for commercial success – everything from tourism promotion to advertising cherries. She might have lost her (unofficial) world title now as the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world (a little short but we won't go into that) but she will still always be recognised here as an iconic young heroine, as shown yet again in the New Year's Honours. It's hard to see that happening any time soon for Laura in the Netherlands.
Jarle Andhoey is the other sailor in the news at the moment – the Norwegian tearaway TV celebrity who sailed last year to the Antarctic without the relevant permissions. He hit world headlines when his boat and three crew were lost while he was riding a quad bike to the South Pole. Now he's taking a second illegal voyage down there and the authorities are out to catch him.
There's a buzz out there on the world's oceans with so much going on. This week we tell of two Greek sailors who sailed the Aegean in a Tornado; then how another fatality in a dinghy gives heavy relevance to John Jamieson's article on three ways to approach your yacht by dinghy; and the European Yachts of the Year for 2012 have been announced.
John Rozema's article on 'why cruisers should race' is very worth a read; see about how much berthing tax you will now pay the Italian government if you want to sail Italy from now on, and Jack Binder in Tasmania tells about a very different kind of cruisers' adventure.
This is just the beginning, so skip down the headlines to find what catches your interest, and...
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