Sailing adventures, help for kidnapped sailors, Esse 750 and more...
Esse 750 - now that's my kinda boat! .. .
Just as British Somalis kick-started the flagging efforts to free British cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler, so is the South African Somali community coming together to help the plight of South African cruising sailors Bruno Pelizzari and Deborah Calitz who have been captives now for an agonising six years. Let's hope their help will comprise more than the much appreciated money they have raised.
Jeanne Socrates never ceases to amaze me. She has spent more time on the sea than on land over the last few years and last year became the oldest female solo circumnavigator (no-one can compare with Japanese sailor Minaru Saito). Now she's off again, and I can only wish that, at the age of 68-going-on-69, she will this time achieve her ambition to complete a non-stop circumnavigation.
Also in the news is PlanetSolar, world's largest and longest travelled solar yacht has finally broken her radios silence. With plenty of funding for security guards and high slippery sides, she has negotiated the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden successfully.
If you are into small boat day sailing you will just love (whether to drool or seriously consider) the Esse 750, the ultimate in a 7.5 metre boat and completely made of carbon fiber, which won the 'European Yacht of the Year' this year in the Special Yacht category.
Personally I love reading about long range sailing achievements, so the Cruising Club of America awards have me wanting to throw away the dock lines again and keep sailing on to new adventures.
Many other stories of particular interest depending on where you live and what you sail - Italy's berthing tax for foreign yachts is off, as is the move to make Red Diesel for British sailors illegal if they leave Britain – browse down the headlines and...
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