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 22 Mar 2012

New adventures, innovations, technology updates, safety warnings, more

Every week the news from the multifaceted world of non-competitive sailing is right here!

There are the challenges, the amazing feats, hedonistic opportunities and technological advances. Sail-World cruising brings you information about everything of interest to the cruising sailor - innovations in yachts and gear, hints on aspects of sailing, serious safety warnings or just quirky stories about what's happening on our oceans.

Inflatable life jackets - dispelling the myths  .. .
This week there are serious concerns that, in spite of all the warnings, there are still cruising sailors prepared to put their lives at risk by sailing the pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean; there's also concern that visitors, including expedition yachts and their paying crews, are taking invasive alien species into the fragile ecosystem of the Antarctic; and there's timely advice from the BoatUS Foundation, dispelling some of the myths that convince people they don't need an inflatable life jacket.

Hallberg-Rassy 372 cockpit view  .. .
In practical news, there's a great piece on how to dock in a tight space – it's a knack and has to be practised, but the theory comes first. On the technology side PredictWind have a new App this week and Navionics have announced a 'Freshest Data' program update. The featured yacht is the aft-cockpit Hallberg-Rassy 372; and what about an opportunity to sail in Scotland with a rally (yes you can charter a boat there for the purpose).

An example of the helicopter's perspective  .. .
Read the sweet-sad story of some cruising sailors making a special voyage to pay last respects to wrecked yacht Chinook Wind, with whom they had sailed happily during the season.

One can't help appreciating the constant bravery necessary in helicopter crewmen in their rescues of yacht crews, particularly when you hear the story from their side.

Scotch Bonnet as discovered - photo by Scott Fletcher  .. .
Finally, don't you love it when faithful yachts just won't give in after being abandoned by their crews? There's another one this week, Scotch Bonnet, which drifted safely across the Tasman Sea through all weathers to land on a beach in Australia.

This is just the beginning, so browse down the headlines to find the stories that interest you, and

Sweet sailing everyone!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Sailing with Balvenie: Caribbean farewell to Chinook Wind
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
In February cruising sailors Dick and Ann Oliver lived every cruising sailor's nightmare. They tragically lost their 37ft Tayana Chinook Wind on a reef off the coast of Venezuela. Now fellow cruisers Amanda Church and Mark Farrell, on Balvenie, a 47foot fractional-rigged, centre cockpit sloop, also cruising in the Caribbean right now, have visited Chinook Wind to pay homage. Here is their story:... [more]
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Five Inflatable-Life-Jacket myths dispelled
BoatUS Foundation,
Inflatable Life Jackets - which automatically or manually inflate with the tug of a pull cord - have been around over 25 years, but there are still quite a few misperceptions about these life saving devices and how they work. The BoatUS Foundation set out to debunk some of the myths:... [more]
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Anatomy of a rescue - from the helicopter
Mark Cannell,,
New Zealand helicopter crewman Mark Cannell has put fingers to keyboard to tell the story, from the helicopter crews' viewpoint, of a rescue on 3rd March. He wrote it to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, and it provides a graphic insight into the lives of those that cruising sailors depend on in the hopefully unlikely event of needing to be rescued:... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Hallberg-Rassy 372 with aft cockpit
Des Ryan,
Hallberg-Rassy is one of those brands that are legendary for cruising sailors - strong enough to do the job of crossing oceans, well-built enough not to leave you with a difficult repair in a remote location, and fast enough to get you out of harms way much of the time when bad weather is coming. The Hallberg-Rassy 372 is all of those things in an aft cockpit boat.... [more]
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Plucky little yacht Scotch Bonnet - made it alone
Lee Mylchreest,
A sound yacht's ability to stay afloat regardless of the actions of a crew is never better demonstrated than when a vessel floats its way across vast stretches of ocean alone. Yet another yacht has made a solo journey safely from half way across the Tasman Sea to arrive in Australia and wash up on a beach.... [more]
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PredictWind launch new wind forecast App for iPhone and Android
Zoe Hawkins,
PredictWind have launched a new wind forecast application for iPhone and Android that offers accurate and detailed wind forecasts, enabling convenient planning for anyone on the water in any location around the world. The marine wind forecast tool is the most advanced available on an App and allows users to set up and receive forecasts for specific locations and check the latest wind observations... [more]
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This week's practical hint: Docking in a tight space
John Jamieson,
Two multi-million dollar sport fishermen are docked flush against the fuel pier. The dockmaster has told you to lie alongside in the narrow space between them. You will have about a foot on each side once you dock. Where do you aim on your approach and how can you bring your boat alongside under complete control? Let the pros guide you with these easy steps...... [more]
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Sailing ketch Irene - goodbye billionaires, hello cargo!
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Last month the British sailing ship Irene, a 1907 West Country trading ketch bought and restored by owner Dr Leslie Morrish in 1965 and restored again after a fire in 2003, set off from Plymouth on what may turn out to be an historic attempt to set the model for the return of sail power for cargo transport.... [more]
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Notice update on piracy in the Indian Ocean for cruising sailors
Nancy Knudsen,
Every year there used to be around 250 yachts who used the Gulf of Aden to reach the Mediterranean during a circumnavigation, but no more. A Working Party from the Royal Yachting Association, the Cruising Association; the Royal Yacht Squadron; the Ocean Cruising Club; the Royal Cruising Club and the World Cruising Club offer the following update on piracy in the Indian Ocean:... [more]
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Americans are getting their butts out of the water
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
Americans are keeping their butts out of the water - and we're not talking about the kind in swim trunks. In just the past three years, the BoatUS Foundation has helped 117 marinas around the country tackle the problem of cigarette litter, and it is now looking for more marinas to join its 2012 Cigarette Litter Prevention Program.... [more]
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Pacific sail part of 25 adventure expeditions for charity
Lee Mylchreest,
Yesterday British adventurer Dave Cornthwaite set off under sail across the Pacific from Cabo in Mexico to Hawaii. This is journey No. 5 of Expedition1000's planned 25 adventures all via non-motorized transport.... [more]
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Scotland's Malts Cruise - Highland and island adventure
World Cruising Club/Sail-World,
Cruising Scotland at the height of summer - what an idyllic thought! - but it could be real if you take the opportunity. World Cruising Club's Malts Cruise 2012 will start from Oban on 7 July and finish in Tobermory on 20 July. If you need to charter a boat for your Malts Cruise, there are several good charter companies in the west of Scotland. Bareboat and skippered options are available.... [more]
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Navionics announces ‘Freshest Data' program update
Jihan Hill,
Navionics, the leader in electronic charting and navigation data, announced today that its revolutionary Freshest Data program now includes its award-winning User Generated Content (UGC). Delivered in real time to mobile devices, and now available daily through the Navionics World Application to Navionics chart cards for compatible chartplotters... [more]
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GreenBlue wants a report card
Emma Slater/Sail-World,
The UK division of GreenBlue wants a report card from the British sailing fraternity. Emma Slater writes:Take part in The Green Blue Survey 2012 and tell us what you think about the work of The Green Blue and you could be in with a chance of winning two fabulous directors chairs from Reefer Sails... [more]
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Imminent hosepipe ban on leisure boating in the UK
Louise Nicholls,
A hosepipe ban in the UK is to take place from 5th April 2012, after two very dry winters have left reservoirs, aquifers and rivers below normal levels. The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is consulting with a number of water companies, as well as the Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency on the possible implications.... [more]
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Government recognises RYA objection to amended red diesel declaration
Government has confirmed today that they have no intentions of making it unlawful for red diesel bought in the UK to be used outside UK territorial waters. The RYA had objected in the strongest terms to Government's original amendments published on 20 February 2012 and made it clear that restricting the use of marked ‘red' diesel to UK waters would not be acceptable.... [more]
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San Francisco's Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show all set
Shelbi Okumura,
The 2012 Strictly Sail Pacific Boat Show will sail into Jack London Square in Oakland San Francisco on April 12th and run through the 15th. There will be hundreds of new sailboats, the latest sailing gear, free sailboat rides, 2013 America's Cup preview and more.... [more]
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Are Antarctic visitors introducing invasive alien plant species?
British Antarctic Survey,
Seeds attached to visitors' (including sailors') clothing and bags may introduce invasive alien plant species that could damage the Antarctic continent's ecosystems, according to information published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) this week.... [more]
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