Sailing adventures, help for kidnapped sailors, Esse 750 and more...
Esse 750 - now that's my kinda boat! .. .
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.
There's plenty going on in the Australian sailing world, so check the headlines for where you live - Pittwater has a Multihull Rendezvous soon, there is a Sydney Harbour Regatta this weekend guess where, Brisbane has word of a new Boat Show on the river and there's a Wooden Boat Festival in Geelong this weekend - and that's just some of the hightlights.
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 sixteen months. Let's hope their help will comprise more than the much appreciated money they have raised.
Also in the news is PlanetSolar, world's largest and longest travelled solar yacht has finally broken her radio 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. Check it out!
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 - they all seem to be Americans who won this time, but frequently this prestigious Club recognizes a variety of other nationalities, including our own Alex Whitworth in 2010.
Many other stories of particular interest depending on where you intend to sail - Italy's berthing tax for foreign yachts is off, as is the move to make Red Diesel illegal for sailors who buy it in Britain and then visit Europe – browse down the headlines and...
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