Around Americas non-stop..piracy report..world's largest yacht..more..
solo and non-stop around the Americas in a very ancient donated Albin Vega boat, so small he couldn't stand up in it, was the stuff of impractical dreamers.
Well, he did it, through the icy North West Passage, down the vast Pacific and around the dreaded Cape Horn. Both the boat and he were a little the worse for wear when he turned up in Annapolis, but it's not only an achievement it's heart-warming story of real grit and seamanship.
Talking of difficult sea routes, if you have a yen to explore where few have been before, Des Ryan tells us of three possible sailing routes opening up through the Arctic in the near future thanks to Global Warming.
The annual piracy report is out and makes interesting reading – it's also worth sparing a thought for the non-leisure sailors caught up in Somali piracy net. This is highlighted in a story this week of some Yemeni sailors on a traditional dhow who have just been released to the Yemeni coastguard thanks to EU naval forces patrolling the area.
Read about the largest sailing yacht in the world, Dream Symphony just being constructed in Turkey, made of wood! - and how the oldest sailing junk still in existence it finally going home to China.
Dream Symphony - artist's impression .. .
John Jamieson has some Winch Wisdom to spread around, there's a new fuel purifier (not a filter) on the market, and a world-first personal device with AIS is a big technological step up in MOB rescue. Of course, I have add there's no safety measure to beat just making sure you stay on the boat.
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