What the tearaway sailors are doing...heritage blues...GPS threat...an
Laura Dekker - a huge achievement and now back to school, but not to the Netherlands .. .
A smorgasbord of news from the world's oceans again this week... tales from the adventurers, both admirable and reprehensible. While outrageous Norwegian Jarle Andhoey finishes his illegal voyage to Antarctic and takes his stowaway towards South America, diminutive Dutch teen Laura Dekker is merely going back to school after becoming the youngest ever circumnavigator - but not in her home country.
Most people who love 'messing about in boats' also want their boating heritage preserved. Over in Egypt they are to restore a 4,500-year-old boat with a helping grant from Japan, but it's not always as easy as this. The British and the Australians are squabbling about who is to get the privilege of restoring and 'owning' the world's oldest clipper.
The polemic about the LightSquared application for a cross-America broadband telephone network is getting interesting, with very real doubts being raised about the technical accuracy of some of the lobby arguments.
On a more practical plane, Caroline Ajootian gives us some warnings about the traps of buying a boat at a distance, some quick tips to check you have a couple of simple pieces of 'jack-gear' to make the cruising life easier and safer, and a Coast Guard veteran gives some reminders about those all-important briefings for guests (and occasional crew) on your boat.
Much more news too, so run you eye down the headlines to find what interests you, and...
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