Tearaway Norwegian sailor - do you believe the stowaway story?

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 02 Feb 2012

Tearaway Norwegian sailor - do you believe the stowaway story?

Jarle Andhoey and crew member 19-year-old Samuel Massie - now they've taken an "accidental" stowaway to Antarctica  .
There's no doubt about tearaway Norwegian adventure sailor and television personality Jarle Andhoey. He really does things properly. He's now angered both the New Zealand government and his own Norwegian government with his adventuring caprices to Antarctica, which last year ended in the death of three of his crew. This time his escape from authorities has eclipsed last year's start – he's taken a stowaway!

They claimed it was accidental, but I have to ask, even on a fifty-two foot boat there's not much room below. How could you POSSIBLY miss a workman who was still on board when you let off the lines? Read the stories below and see what you think...

GPS technology has been blamed for many an incident where the crew used it without checking their position by other means – now there's been another one. I can guarantee from personal experience that the first time you look outside and realise that the GPS (or rather the chart) is wrong and you are not where you thought you were, the shock is so great you'll never totally depend on the electronic chart again. Those whose shock isn't accompanied by the sound of a hull crashing into rocks are the lucky ones. Read the story.

So much other news... read about the LightSquared alleged threat in the USA for GPS users, the annual Blue Water Medal has gone to some amazing German sailors and there's a feature on the Beneteau Oceanis 45 which is the European Yacht of the Year in the Family Cruiser category.

In practical news don't miss the article about the innovative 'perfect MOB product' combining AIS and GPS technology (the next 'must have' for crew members), the AnchorSaver is our Product of the Week. Talking of anchoring, regular contributor John Jamieson has some excellent advice for making sure your anchor doesn't drag.

Flick through the headlines to find what interests you, and...

Sweet Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

GPS navigation blamed for midnight collision
Sail-World Cruising,
Once again the potential for inaccuracy by GPS equipment has been illustrated. Three sailors who were using GPS for night navigation were forced to abandon their boat when it hit rocks not far from Nelson on the South Island of New Zealand this week. They 'thought they were in the middle of the bay by the GPS' but weren't and hit the rocks.... [more]
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Skill-building seminars for New Zealand cruising sailors
John Martin/Sail-World,
Preparation is the key to successful offshore passage making. By the time you're thinking of heading offshore the average yachtie knows how to sail. This, however, is only a small part of the whole for a successful and enjoyable ocean passage. Island Cruising Association directors John and Lyn Martin offer a two day weekend seminar to share their knowledge after 37 passages to the Pacific Islands.... [more]
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Andhoey has stowaway but no EPIRB in trip to Antarctic
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Tearaway Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhoey has told a Norwegian broadcasting company he was told by New Zealand officials to leave New Zealand but didn't know there was still a workman on board. After they left port in a hurry they realised the man was present. He then became an inadvertent stowaway because Andhoey was actually headed for Antarctica with no intention of returning to New Zealand.... [more]
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Blue Water Medal for 2011 awarded by Cruising Club of America
Last week the Cruising Club of America (CCA) awarded its much sought-after 2011 Blue Water Medal to German cruising sailors Thies Matzen and Kicki Ericson for a commendable 24 years and 135,000 miles of sailing the oceans of the world with a focus in the high latitudes of the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Alarm and anger grow as LightSquared threatens USA GPS system
Nancy Knudsen,
GPS-enabled devices could be compromised if a plan to expand the United States' broadband system goes forward, yet the company that proposes to build a broadband cell-phone communications network it calls LightSquared, 4G-LTE wireless broadband, seems to be as yet completely undaunted by marine industry concern that the vital GPS system is under threat... [more]
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SafeLink R10 MOB system wins Innovation Award
Des Ryan,
It's just won a prestigious Innovation award as the 'perfect MOB product' and is being quoted as the next 'must have' for crew safety, is on the market and selling world-wide, but won't be available in America until authorised by the Federal Communications Commission..... [more]
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New Jersey tall ship opportunities
There's nothing like tall ship experience for the budding sailor - 'new' techniques, sea miles, the feeling of a great sailing ship moving beneath you, and the tall ship 'industry' is thriving, thanks to volunteers. Enthusiastic sailors living anywhere near Delaware Bay in New Jersey in the USA have the opportunity to train on New Jersey's official tall ship, the schooner A.J. Meerwald..... [more]
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Royal Yachting Association Club of the Year 2012 finalists announced
On Saturday 03 March the overall winner of Britain's prestigious RYA Club of the Year Award 2012 will be announced at the RYA Volvo Dinghy Show 2012.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Anchor Saver
Des Ryan,
There must be nothing worse than getting an anchor - your best anchor - stuck under an obstruction, particularly if you are in a remote anchorage. No matter how many supplementary anchors you carry the loss of an anchor is inconvenient and expensive. You can eliminate this worry with an ingenious Anchor Saver.... [more]
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Singapore Yacht Show gears up for 2012 Edition
Informa Group,
The inaugural edition of the Singapore Yacht Show was deemed a great success by the industry and now, almost a year down the track, all the stakeholders, sponsors, exhibitors and organisers alike, are eagerly looking forward to the next show at the end of April 2012.... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year: Beneteau Oceanis 45
Nancy Knudsen,
They've done it again. Beneteau, possibly the best known cruising brand in the world and always an ideal choice for coastal cruising, has just won another accolade as the European Yacht of the Year for 2012, in the Family Cruiser category. The Oceanis 45 has won this coveted title.... [more]
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New 177ft barque launched by India, to sail South East Asia
Mailonline/Sail-World Cruising,
The Indians are doing it in style - there's a new very glamorous tall ship just launched by the Indian Navy, and she's scheduled to carry out a 'Friendship Mission' by sailing through South East Asia later this year.... [more]
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Use anchor drag bearings for worry-free anchoring
John Jamieson/Sail-World Cruising,
Anchoring, when you are close to shore, rocks or coral, has often been said by wise cruising sailors to be more dangerous than a stormy ocean. You lower your boat anchor, set it deep into the seabed, and neaten up the deck. But have you checked to make sure your anchor will not drag when the wind shifts? Better put these five sailing tips into play to make sure your hook--stays put!... [more]
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Sea Dog and owner rescued by bulk ore carrier off Cape York Australia
Torres News/Sail-World Cruising,
A hardened sea-dog called Missy and her cruising sailor owner have lost their uninsured boat home near Australia's Cape York when their yacht Empress III started taking water in a trip from Port Moresby in New Guinea to Cairns. Unable to stop the flow they were finally forced to abandon it. They had lived on the boat for six years which for Missy was her whole life.... [more]
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Andhoey escapes New Zealand Customs, heads for Antarctica
Lee Mylchreest,
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhoey has escaped out of New Zealand waters and is headed to Antarctica. Customs officials found the yacht skippered by the sailor illegally making his way to Antarctica, but his yacht, Nilaya, was already in international waters at the time of the sighting.... [more]
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Queen Bee 'ejects' crew and crosses the Atlantic in three year miracle
Last week an American-registered 26-foot pleasure boat was located 20 nautical miles off the northern coast of Spain and towed to shore. It was with amazement that authorities discovered that it was the hull of the yacht Queen Bee, a North Carolina-built Regulator, which had 'ejected' its crew one stormy day three and a half years earlier off the coast of Nantucket, Massachusetts.... [more]
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