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
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