New anchors, new yachts, superyachts sinking - and the sale of Oyster

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 23 Feb 2012

New anchors, new yachts, superyachts sinking - and the sale of Oyster

This week we feature the yacht that won the European yacht of the Year for 2012 in the category of performance cruising, the French built Pogo 12.5. It's actually the cruising version of a racing yacht, the Pogo 40S2, and what a different boat it is. With a lifting rotating keel, hard chined hull, raked spreaders and no back stay, it will go very fast as well as being a very comfortable cruising boat. Certainly deserves a look...

If you're still using your old CQR or similar, you'll be wanting to change to a new generation anchor when the time is appropriate – or upgrade when technology produces even more ways to avoid dragging when at anchor.

This week we publish anchor manufacturer Manson's newest release – the Manson Boss, and it's well worth a read.

How are visiting sailors viewed where you live? They can bring great benefits to a community. This week we tell how Somali pirates have frightened away the visiting yacht fraternity from India even though the Indians have been encouraging cruising sailors by upgrading their facilities. Over in Bermuda they are making it easier for cruising sailors to visit the archipelago of islands while both Italy and Greece seem to want to chase visitors away by upping fees and slapping on new taxes.

Lots of other news too: see this week's dramaticsuperyacht sinking off Greece; hear about British sailors who are forbidden from sailing across the Channel with their red diesel; read how one of the world's great names in luxury boat building Oyster has been sold – again! - and a well deserved bravery award for the volunteer who saved seven people in Force 11 conditions from a boat that should never have been where it was during a well-forecast storm..

That's just the beginning. Scroll down the headlines to find what interests you, and....

Sweet sailing

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Experienced sailor's body never found after MOB incident in Thailand
Des Ryan,
They lived a sailing life, even owned and operated a sailing business, then sailed off from Australia's Whitsundays inside the Great Barrier Reef to live and sail in the waters off Malaysia. So how did experienced sailor Carmel Brookes, from Brisbane in Queensland, come to fall off her boat in comparatively calm and pleasant waters and be lost to the sea, her body never found?... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year, Performance Cruiser: Pogo 12.5
Sail-World Cruising,
The Pogo 12.5 was voted as the European Yacht of the Year in the 'Performance Cruiser' category. It is manufactured by French company Pogo Structures. It is no ordinary cruising sailing boat, having a carbon mast, a pivoting keel if you want it, no backstay and a roached main.... [more]
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Can you beat this? 36 years spent long range cruising
Renate Johns,
Can you beat this? They have travelled four times around the world on boats they built themselves, spent an amazing 36 years long range cruising, and now in their eighties, have decided to call it a day and go back to live in their home town of Rochester - not in a house but a houseboat.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Quick-release line guides for continuous furlers
Colligo Marine/Sail-World,
Continuous furlers are a wonderful invention, but what if you don't want the sail on the boat all the time? Colligo Marine has introduced a new quick release line guide for continuous drive lines on roller furlers which is a time saving bonanza.... [more]
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Bravery Award for volunteer who rescued seven
RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
A British volunteer is to be awarded a Silver Medal for Gallantry, one of the highest honours of the Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) for his bravery in rescuing the crew of a yacht, the sail-training owner of which has since had its accreditation removed by the Royal Yachting Association.... [more]
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Oyster sold to two Dutchmen
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Oyster goes Double Dutch. For the second time in four years, British luxury boat builder Oyster Marine, probably the most respected name in boat building in Britain, has been sold - this time to two Dutchmen. This is the first time the famed UK company has been out of British hands.... [more]
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UK sailors: Use red diesel, but cross the Channel at your peril
Des Ryan,
The British Government has issued new rules for the use of red diesel on private boats. From 1st April there must be a guarantee that the fuel will only be used within UK waters.... [more]
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Greece and Italy tough on yachts but Bermuda makes it easier
Renate Johns,
While Greece and Italy are putting up barriers to visiting yachts by charging berthing taxes and other fees Bermuda is making it easier for visiting yachts by streamlining their visa process, allowing it happen while the yacht is still enroute. This comes after last year's lengthening of the maximum period of time that yachts can visit.... [more]
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Cowes Boat and Leisure Festival to celebrate Queen's Diamond Jubilee
Peta Stuart-Hunt,
A free to attend Boat and Leisure Festival, organised by the British Leisure Show, is being held in Cowes, Isle of Wight on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June 2012 to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. The Festival will feature live music, hospitality and a great display of British boats and outdoor leisure activities.... [more]
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Iridium Pilot raises the bar for affordable broadband
Des Ryan,
Iridium Communications Inc. announces the launch of its second-generation maritime broadband platform, Iridium Pilot™. Iridium Pilot will utilize the Iridium OpenPort® service -- the world's first when it comes to fully global maritime broadband.... [more]
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BarzOptics worldwide vision for 2012
Jeni Bone,
2012 is another busy year for Barz Optics, this week a proud sponsor the World Etchell Titles, held off Manly Sydney 20-25 February.... [more]
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Top anchor producer Manson releases the Manson Boss - and more
Manson Anchors,
One of the world's leading anchor producers of new generation anchors, Manson, here brings you their latest news on everything to do with anchoring mechanisms, including the newly-released Manson Boss Anchor, the Bowmaster patented underwater Turning Mechanism, the Manson Submarine Anchor launch, completed projects in 2011 and updates for 2012, their Boat Show round up and - the Manson Olympics!... [more]
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De Caribbean Regatta by the Manhattan Sailing Club
Manhattan Sailing Club,
The sailing lifestyle, known and loved by so many cruising sailors, knows no national boundaries. What such sailors enjoy and talk about in the Med is pretty much the same as in Langkawi, Florida or Sydney. Here we share with you the particular fun and skill building of the Manhattan Sailing Club members who joined the recent 'De Caribbean Regatta'.... [more]
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Somali piracy and its forgotten victims
Lee Mylchreest,
While would-be circumnavigators and other would-be Indian Ocean sailors have had their sailing options curtailed by the scourge of Somali piracy, spare a thought for the other victims, from the economic victim, the Port of Kochi to the tragic death of some Indian fishermen this week at the hands of the crew of an Italian cargo ship who thought they were pirates.... [more]
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'Most Innovative' yacht in mystery sinking
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Its oversized windows, glass skylights, main deck pool area and beach club, which won it accolades last year for its innovative features were not enough to keep it afloat. Yogi, the 60m superyacht which won the 'Most Innovative Yacht of the Year of 2011' has sunk off the island of Skyros in Greece.... [more]
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US Agency revokes approval for GPS-interfering phone system
Sail-World Cruising,
In a media advisory received today, the Boat Owners Association of the United States claims recreational boaters who rely on global positioning devices can breathe a sigh of relief since the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans on Tuesday, February 14 to revoke conditional approval of a proposed cellular telephone network that could interfere with GPS signals.... [more]
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