Records, rallies, teen sailors, expanding piracy web, inventions, more

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 29 Mar 2012

Records, rallies, teen sailors, expanding piracy web, inventions, more

Dolphins need protection and you can help  .. .
Having spent many a year glorying in the hedonism of being able to dive overboard into coral and dolphin-filled tropical waters, it has always escaped me entirely why anyone would want to sail in below-freezing temperatures.

This week we tell of some sailors who have sailed further south into the Antarctic than any boat before– truly admirable, but it made me put an extra sweater on just thinking about it. These sailors have even bigger plans – read the story!

Another avalanche of non-competitive sailing news from around the world – news of the Swan Rally just completed in the Caribbean and the ARC Rally across the Atlantic - fully booked, amazingly, eight months in advance.

The most unpublicised achieving teen sailor in the world must be Laura Dekker, who this year became the youngest solo circumnavigating sailor ever, but was lauded almost nowhere in the mainstream press. She has, however, been drawing good crowds at boat shows in Europe.

It's sad news that even the Maldives now seems unsafe for cruising sailors - the piracy web spreads further and further...

The ongoing bloody slaughter of dolphins is the focus of one young sailor about to cross the Pacific - and you can help!

Much more too, new inventions, new facilities, new studies, new cruising tales - from all the oceans and many seas.

Browse down the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Piracy reaches the Maldives
Lee Mylchreest,
The hijack of a ship by Somali pirates in the waters of the Maldives may keep away cruising yachts in future. Up until now, the Maldives has been a popular stopping place on the way across the Indian Ocean, whether the yachts are headed for the Red Sea or for Africa. With the Red Sea out, the Maldives has still been a good rest point for yachts on their way around Africa - but maybe no more.... [more]
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Engineer invents new buoyancy aid for dinghies/classic boats
Sail-World Cruising,
Small boat sailors, classic boat enthusiasts and dinghy sailors will be interested in the invention of a new type of buoyancy aid invented by British sailor and classic boat builder Steve Beresford.... [more]
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McConaghy boats - The fastest and now the deepest
Blue Robinson,
McConaghy boats are renowned for building the some of the fastest yachts afloat. Now McConaghy construction skills have been used by film maker/explorer James Cameron - who has just entered the history books and became the first person to make a solo dive to the ocean's deepest point.... [more]
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New marina for Panama City may be good news for cruising sailors
Lee Mylchreest,
Cruising sailors who transit the Panama Canal have always had poor options for anchoring and berthing on the Pacific side of the canal. However a major new project could relieve the situation slightly as it is expected to offer more than 100 berths for yachts of all sizes, including superyachts.... [more]
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Marinas: good for everyone, not just those who berth their boats
Research by an American university of marinas in Australia has revealed that marinas in general are good for the whole community and not just the boat owners who pay to have their yachts berthed there. The research goes a good way to dispelling the myth that marinas are exclusive and not of benefit to the community at large.... [more]
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2012 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers full - eight months ahead
Sail-World Cruising,
The growing popularity of sailing rallies around the world was never more underlined by the spectacular - and still growing - popularity of World Cruising Club's ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers). A full eight months before the departure of the ARC from the Canary Islands on 25th November, the ARC is full, with 260 yachts registered and a waitlist started.... [more]
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Anatomy of a rescue - from the Ship Captain
Tony Munoz/Sail-World Cruising,
Last week on Sail-World we published the story entitled 'Anatomy of a Rescue - from the helicopter' (see story). This week we present another rescue anatomy article, this time from the perspective of the Ship's Captain. Tony Munoz of Maritime Executive spoke with Captain James Kelleher, responsible for saving the lives of three cruising sailors.... [more]
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Sailing the Pacific to save the Dolphins
Nancy Knudsen,
The Dolphin Project is an attempt to stop dolphin slaughter and exploitation around the world. Campaigns for dolphin protection are happening in a variety of locations around the globe, including the Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Egypt, and Singapore. But right now one young sailor is about to embark on a crossing of the Pacific to draw attention to the cruel plight of many of the world's dolphins.... [more]
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Newport Boat Show: Nautical quiz
Newport Boat Show/Sail-World,
The Newport Boat Show, to be held April 19-22 in Newport Beach has been using an original way of promoting itself - a yachting quiz. How will you rate?... [more]
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Honduras eviction for all cruising sailors
Cruisers Network Online/Sail-World,
All cruising sailors must leave West End in Honduras, by the end of March. The decision by local authorities is causing consternation, not only by the cruising sailors that have been sailing snorkeling and diving in the idyllic waters of Honduras for many seasons, but also the local business people who will be adversely affected by the decision.... [more]
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Captains Calamity - the dilemma
Des Ryan,
Why is it that would-be adventurers without knowledge of seamanship think they can go to sea with a sailing boat under their command and not run the risk of perishing? Apart from gross ignorance, the answer may lie in the proliferation of rescue authorities around the world meant to be called upon by those who suffer from genuine misfortune, but sadly also by those who are simply careless.... [more]
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Ukrainian yacht crew in Antarctic record - and more to come
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard sailing yacht Scorpius has claimed to set a new world record in sailing farther south into the Ross Sea, west Antarctica, than any other boat has gone. The 30 meters (98 ft) Scorpius has become the first yacht to reach 77 degrees south latitude, according to Ukraine News Agency UNIAN.... [more]
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Swan Caribbean Rendezvous Round-up
Nautor's Swan,
The ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous, 12th – 17th March 2012 in the British Virgin Islands, organised by Nautor's Swan, had nearly twenty yachts participating, ranging from Swan 44, South Wind to Swan 62's, Uxorious and Glisse. The energetic fleet enjoyed the steady easterly trade winds and Caribbean sunshine for a week of outstanding sailing.... [more]
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Youngest-ever circumnavigator does the European Boat Shows
Nancy Knudsen,
Laura Dekker, youngest ever solo circumnavigator, hasn't had as much mainstream publicity for her feat as American teen Abi Sunderland, who never made it and had to be rescued from the Southern Ocean. That might say a lot about the world's media and about employing a PR company, but it's good to know that European sailors are now flocking to hear Laura talk at boat shows.... [more]
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Blue Eco Range from Henri Lloyd
Colin Burgess,
Henri Lloyd have built upon its expertise and produced a wider choice of performance sailing wear using the same ‘infinite loop' system including the Blue Eco Bomber Jacket, Fleece Jacket, Fleece Hat, Fleece Scarf, Neck Gaiter and Fleece Gloves.... [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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