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 12 Apr 2012

Again - the top cruising news from around the world

Traditional sandeqs  .. .
I first saw the romantic looking sandeq sailing vessels while crossing the Indian Ocean and arriving at Ashmore Reef. They were like sweet green butterflies on the horizon and they had come south 150 nautical miles from Indonesia without navigational aids to fish the shallow water around the atolls. Now these same vessels are to be highly honoured in France, at the Brest 2012 International Maritime Festival of the Sea. Their long history is riveting – read the story.

Two stories – the one on the Titanic and the rescue of the French sailor in the Atlantic - focus on Digital Selective Calling, and the fact that so many sailors have DSC-enabled VHF radios but they don't go the extra step and make sure they are connected to their GPS system. Rescue authorities are constantly harping, but so far the statistics haven't changed much.

Two stories this week about the Russian yacht Scorpius in the Antarctic. She was reported missing for a couple of days but was found safe, battling heavy ice. She has now failed to make her target of the Russian Antarctic Bellingshausen station. The crew have reported they are heading for 'a refuelling stop in southern Argentina'.

British sailors are up in arms about the largest wind farm in the world to be erected right across their most popular sailing grounds. Speaking of Britain, the River Thames is the place to be on June 3rd if you're 'British-based and boat-minded' – read why...

In practical news, the product of the week is a wind-up LED torch, there's a book review of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston's 'Knox-Johnston on Sailing', and John Jamieson offers seven excellent tips for using your GPS's alarm system to reduce the adrenaline flow when cruising.

Much more too, so browse the headlines, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

The sinking of the Titanic - what has it taught today's sailors?
Boat US/Sail-World Cruising,
One of the most infamous ocean tragedies of all time is being remembered this week, the sinking of the Titanic, just 100 years ago, on April 15, 1912. America's Boat US Foundation asks - what have ocean travelers of today learned from the Titanic tragedy?... [more]
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Book Review: Knox-Johnston on Sailing
Lee Mylchreest,
British sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston was first man to circumnavigate the globe non-stop and single-handed in 1969 in one of the most famous race sagas of all time. Sir Robin went on to a life of high achieving sailing, now probably the world's most revered living sailor.The collection of his best writing, Knox-Johnston On Sailing, was published last year and was a Christmas bestseller in the UK.... [more]
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Seven GPS Sailing Tips for Safer Sailing Navigation!
John Jamieson,
If you're anything like me, easy and fast sailing navigation tips and techniques are the way to go. This becomes more vital for short- or single-handed sailing. John Jamieson (Captain John) of Skippertips shows you seven little-known ways to use your GPS alarm function for safer sailing navigation.... [more]
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Missing sailing yacht makes contact in the Antarctic
Sail-World Cruising,
The missing yacht Scorpius has finally made contact, putting to rest the worst fears of the crew's land-based teams. They made contact yesterday (Saturday) as they battled through Antarctic ice with fuel running low. The 29-metre (97 foot) yacht was cut off from communication for several days after water damaged its satellite antennae during a storm on the way to Deception Island.... [more]
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Indonesian sandeq sets sail for France
Jakarta Globe,
Between 7 meters and 11 meters long, the sandeq is the traditional fishing vessel of the Mandar people, although variations of the boat's design can be found in several tribes. The word 'sandeq' means pointed, referring to the sharp, sweeping bow of the boat, which enables it to slice through heavy seas and places it among the fastest traditional vessels in the world.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Friendliest-ever sailor's torch
Des Ryan,
Outside of essential safety gear, there's nothing more useful to have close-to-hand on a yacht than a torch, and THIS torch, just introduced by Sea-Things, must be the most yacht-friendly torch so far devised. It's called SeaLED, and is an eco-friendly self-charging flashlight, which needs no batteries and is charged by hand cranking the built-in dynamo.... [more]
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Royal Yacht Squadron leads the armada against windfarm plan
Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,
Britain's most prestigious sailing club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, is orchestrating a campaign against the largest wind farm ever planned in the world, off the south coast of England. It fears the Navitus Bay wind farm could impact on the main sailing route from the Isle of Wight to the south west, including the Fastnet Race, which starts in Cowes and finishes in Plymouth.... [more]
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Seeing - truly is believing with FLIR (forward looking infra-red)
John Curnow,
Going back not all that far in time, the beam from the Police helicopter's spotlight as it flew overhead at night, used to make you think there was a lunar eclipse going on right there in your backyard. A breakthrough came when infrared technology was applied and relatively small, gimballed units could be mounted to the fuselage.... [more]
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DSC-connected VHF aids speedy rescue after dismasting
Joanne Groenenberg/Sail-World Cruising,
French sailor Louis Segre who was sailing a 6.5 Mini Transat yacht in gale force weather has been speedily rescued 26 miles south of the Isles of Scilly off the south western tip of England because of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) technology. His sailing boat Betelgeuse had been dismasted in the five metre seas.... [more]
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Liberty/Galaxy - notable for more than just her price
Nancy Knudsen,
Most yachts featured in Sail-World Cruising are cruising yachts that many readers could envisage owning. You need to have a spare million or 30 before you could envisage owning Galaxy, once known as Liberty, but she is notable for more than just her price.... [more]
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River Thames to come to life with 1000-boat pageant
Sail-World Cruising,
Whether your boat is powered by sail, oars, steam or petrol, if you're British-based and boat-minded, on 3rd June, 2012, the River Thames is the place to be. You'll be joining 999 other boats taking their places in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the great river, and it will be led by the Queen's barge... [more]
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Amundsen's North West Passage - not just a difficult sail
Ned Rozell/Sail-World Cruising,
With the sea ice receding at a rapid rate more and more adventurous cruising sailors are heading for the North West Passage to take their chances. But at least they have GPS. First explorer Roald Amundsen's team did not only have to find a way without such technology or charts, they were also pretty mean scientists. Science writer Ned Rozell explains.... [more]
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Where the whales are
Nicholas Woods,
There are patches in the ocean where right whales congregate to feed. Nobody knows how these patches form. But understanding why they do would certainly help design policies to conserve marine animals - and perhaps help cruising sailors to avoid contact. Nicholas Woods, in this Oceans Watch Essay, here describes an expedition into an Atlantic Ocean patch, located in the 'Great South Channel':... [more]
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Russian/Ukrainian sailing yacht missing in the Antarctic
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Recently the Russian Ukrainian crew on board the 29m steel-hulled sloop Scorpius were jubilant, claiming they had sailed as far south as anyone had ever sailed (see Sail-World story) - now they are missing.... [more]
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Wild weather causes sailing chaos in Tasmanian holiday break
Lee Mylchreest,
Tasmania is one of those places where it's magic to sail - in summer. But when the Easter holiday break this year coincided with rough conditions lashing the far-south Australian island, it was a recipe for disaster.... [more]
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