Rogue sailor amazing woman...Rescue 21...Swan rallies

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 05 Apr 2012

Rogue sailor amazing woman...Rescue 21...Swan rallies

One amazing woman who just arrived Hobart - photo by Leigh Winburn, The Mercury  .
For sheer sailing dramatics, Norwegian Jarle Andhoey must take all the prizes this week, especially for how to get free publicity for his television documentaries. 'No publicity is bad publicity' must be his motto, with the tearaway Antarctic adventure sailor now in detention in Chile.

Beside Jarle, Jeanne Socrates' story might seem pale. Tipping 70 and having become the oldest female circumnavigator, she merely has to cross one more ocean in order to start her third solo circumnavigation, this time it will be non-stop. One amazing woman!

Back into the 'real' world (well, the one I inhabit anyway) it's been a busy week on the world's oceans. Not one but two Swan Rallies in the news, one in the British Virgins, and another (their first) in Australia.

There have been a couple of noteworthy rescues – one lauding the efforts of some yacht club members who dropped everything and helicoptered to the rescue of a yacht whose skipper was injured and whose wife obviously couldn't sail. Coincidentally, there's a check list for you and your sailing partner – what happens when YOUR skipper is injured?

The other rescue signals a problem the scope of which is unknown. Desperate asylum seekers are populating the seas and oceans of the world trying to reach safety. This week's yacht of suspected asylum seekers trying to reach Canada DID have an EPIRB... but how many don't?

In more practical matters, we take a look at the way that USA's Rescue 21, the updated search and rescue system is being rolled out; John Jamieson talks about a tactic which is all-important to short-handed cruising sailors, when to reef; and the new RYA Book on Commercial Regulations for Small Vessels may be of high interest for cruising sailors as well as those to whom it is aimed.

...and that's just the beginning, so browse down the headlines to catch your interest

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

'Wild Viking' Jarle Andhøy detained by Chilean Navy
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
After a much publicised illegal voyage from New Zealand to Antarctica with a 'stowaway' on board and then across the Southern Ocean to South America, the 'Wild Viking' Jarle Andhøy and his crew on their yacht Nilaya have been detained by an armed Chilean Navy vessel, in Chilean waters.... [more]
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British Virgins - perfect backdrop for Swan gathering
Sail-World Cruising/Kate Holmes,
For those owners who like to enjoy their Swan yacht in a cruising environment, ClubSwan organises a series of annual cruising rendezvous in some of the most magical locations in the world. The British Virgin Islands are blessed with aquamarine waters, calm anchorages and deserted coves which have beguiled sailors for centuries and a Swan Rendezvous was held there this month. Kate Holmes reports:... [more]
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USA's 'Rescue 21' almost rolled out
Sail-World Cruising,
This week the US Coast Guard is to celebrate the acceptance of the new Rescue 21 Communications System at Sector Northern New England in South Portland, Maine. With 40,625 miles of USA coastline now covered by Rescue 21, only a few outposts like Alaska, Hawaii and some inland areas are still waiting. So what is Rescue 21, how does it operate and why is it better?... [more]
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Book Review: RYA Commercial Regulations for small vessels
Lee Mylchreest,
Anyone who ventures afloat while operating commercially needs to be aware of their responsibilities to the vessel, those around them and the environment, but the information contained in this excellent publication might also be extremely useful for those operating in a non-commercial environment.... [more]
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And the most southerly-sailing boat ever is...
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week in Sail-World we told how Ukrainian-Russian crew aboard 30m sailing yacht Scorpius had claimed a new world record in sailing farther south into Antarctica than any other boat had gone, reaching 77 degrees. But we were wrong - well, in a way; because in 1965, Lt. Commander Steve Cockley, based in Mc Murdo Sound, had sailed a Moth, an 11ft (3.4m) dinghy, at 77.5 degrees S.... [more]
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Jeanne Socrates announces next solo circumnavigation - non stop
Nancy Knudsen,
55 days across the South Indian Ocean, but she's just 'going home'. Jeanne Socrates, sailing maths whiz and the oldest female circumnavigator on the planet, has announced in Hobart she is definitely planning her next attempt at a non-stop solo circumnavigation, but she's going to sail the Pacific first, 'home' to Canada to prepare.... [more]
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Volunteer sailors winched down to rescue sailing boat
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Usually Sail-World Cruising's rescue stories involve cruising sailors being lifted off boats and flown to shore and safety. But this week some volunteer sailors were flown to a sailing boat to replace the injured skipper and his non-sailing wife and sail the yacht back to harbour.... [more]
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Eight skills for non-sailing partners
Des Ryan,
It is remarkable how often Sail-World reports how a Coast Guard is called when a skipper is incapacitated because the partner cannot handle the boat. With much cruising carried out by couples, it is vital that the non-sailing partner knows enough to get the sailing boat back to shore in case of an emergency. How does your boat rate on the following vital skills that a partner needs?... [more]
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Effects of Ethanol E10 on the outboard - the real story
Ever since E10 gasoline (gas containing 10% ethanol) became widely available several years ago, the USA's largest recreational boat owners group, BoatUS, has received hundreds of calls and emails complaining about boat engine problems. The majority of complaints concern older outboard motors, those made before about 1990.... [more]
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New Rigid Seat Bosuns Chair from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine has released a new Rigid Seat Bosun Chair. This high-spec bosun chair incorporates a new, super-strong lifting-strap reinforced with not just one but two layers of 48mm polyester webbing looping around the entire structure.... [more]
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Gold for Nautor's Swan Australia Rally
John Curnow/Sail-World Cruising,
Swan Rendezvous on Sydney's sparkling Harbour on Sunday saw 10 yachts gather to make a spectacular sight as they sped their graceful way around the harbour islands. There is both an unofficial and real club that goes along with ownership. Part of that is a camaraderie and sense of joie de vivre.... [more]
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Do You Know These Five 'Time-to-Reef' Signals?
John Jamieson,
You may have heard the sailing term 'Reef when you first think of it'. But you might be surprised how many sailors forget to follow through with this simple rule of sailing safety. With today's push-button and pull-a-string technology for winching or rolling up a sail, it's almost too easy to become complacent.... [more]
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Yacht tragedy - were they cruising sailors or asylum seekers?
Lee Mylchreest,
Were they cruising sailors or asylum seekers? One sailor is dead and three are missing and presumed dead after a yacht with nine persons on board issued a distress call off the coast of Nova Scotia in what is being investigated as a case of human smuggling.... [more]
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RYA Sailability fundraiser welcomes HRH The Princess Royal
Susie Nation-Grainger,
RYA Sailability held a fundraiser, in conjunction with Coutts bank and law firm Farrer and Co, on Thursday 29 March welcoming HRH The Princess Royal and Skandia Team GBR's Alex Rickman and Niki Birrell as the guests of honour.... [more]
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