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.
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