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 03 May 2012

New yachts, new adventures, new rallies, new info

Lebanon is in the news with yachting growing in popularity, women sailors are getting together in Massachusetts , and there's an interesting article on cruising sailors who love their dinghies – not tenders, but going long distances in sailing dinghies.

After two tragic (racing) incidents on the west coast of North America we ask 'Are there any lessons to be learned for cruising sailors?' While inquiries and investigations are not yet complete, there are some easy general conclusions that can be reached and we discuss them this week.

Low Speed Chase on the rocks after the fatal incident  .. .

CAptains Mate is a new app put out by Britain's Cruising Association – you have to join the association to get it, but there are great advantages to that too. Just for starters you'll have instant connections with more than 4,000 sailors world-wide.

John Jamieson is back with a clear argument about why more scope is better, the yacht of the week is the Salina 48 Evolution, and, finally, don't forget we are always looking for good contributions. We've published our Contributors' Guidelines again.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Solo sailor Jeanne Socrates on a new quest
Nancy Knudsen,
Jeanne Socrates, already the oldest ever female solo circumnavigator after finishing her last circumnavigation in Cape Town, has just left Hobart in Tasmania to cross the Pacific in order to get ready for a new record-breaking bid to circumnavigate the globe later this year.... [more]
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Use this simple secret for anchor holding power!
John Jamieson,
The other day, a reader sent in a query as to why I recommend a 7: 1 scope on anchor rode as opposed to 3:1. After all, less rode means less hassle with having all that line messed up by gooey mud, slimy bottom crud, and other unknowns beneath the sea.... [more]
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CAptain's Mate: Access great info with this useful app
Louisa Nightingale/Sail-World Cruising,
The Britain-based but world-wide Cruising Association (CA) has announced the launch of its very first App, the ‘CAptain's Mate', increasing accessibility of its worldwide cruising info for iPhone and iPad users. You'll need to be a member to get it though, which can cost anywhere between £20-126 depending on your status. .... [more]
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The thrive and thrive of dinghy cruising
Nancy Knudsen,
Just like sailors on keel boats and catamarans, there are some dinghy sailors who just don't want the competition and culture associated with racing sailing. So while there are stirrings and mumblings that 'dinghy sailing is in decline', the cruising side of dinghy sailing is thriving.... [more]
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Two fatal yachting incidents - what are the lessons?
Nancy Knudsen,
One of the safer things about racing as opposed to cruising is the overarching care of race organisers, who plot routes and decide to call off a race if the weather dictates. But with two tragically fatal racing incidents off the coast of California in the past few weeks, is there anything that the cruising sailors can learn from these?... [more]
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Marine bites and Stings
Carl Hyland,
Like most marine creatures, stingrays, venomous fish such as bullrout, Scorpionfish and Guernard, all inject venom with barbs. The quickest method for dealing with a sting is to flush the area with warm to hot water. Do not use boiling water. This gives immediate pain relief. If the pain continues, seek urgent medical aid.... [more]
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Attention women sailors: Annual USA Women's Sailing Conference
You have just a month to get there - the 11th Year of the USA's National Women's Sailing Association (NWSA) conference will be held at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA, on June 04 - and you DON'T have to be a member to attend.... [more]
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Change in salinity detected in the world's oceans
In a paper published in the journal Science, Australian scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, California, reported varying patterns of salinity in the global ocean during the past fifty years, marking a clear fingerprint of climate change.... [more]
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The Waterfront Challenge - calling all sailors
Home Port Marketing/Sail-World,
The Waterfront Cleanup Project Awards, sponsored by Interlux in the USA is a program that many other countries, who don't yet have such a program, could emulate. The USA-based 2012 Interlux Waterfront Challenge is underway and community organizations should apply now.... [more]
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Lebanon - sailing takes the heat out of neighbour Syria's problems
Daily Star/Sail-World Cruising,
So you thought that the refugees fleeing Syria, the bombings and the desperate plight of those left behind would be mind-gripping for the nearby countries? Who could even dream about something as hedonistic as sailing? Apparently Lebanon can, and is.... [more]
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RHKYC wins 'Yacht Club of the Year' award
RHKYC Media,
At the third running of the Asian Marine & Boating Awards, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club has won the 'Yacht Club of the Year' award for the second time.... [more]
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Cruise in company across the English Channel
Sail-World Cruising,
Sometimes it's not where you go, but with whom you go, that makes the difference. But when the company is bound to be good and the destination is alluring, who can resist? A division of Britain's Cruising Association's, Northern France and the Channel Islands (NF&CI), is running an eight-day Cruise in Company to the Channel Islands from 14 - 21 July 2012.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: Salina 48 Evolution
Kate Elkington/Sail-World Cruising,
Catamarans have come a long way. Sailing catamarans are defying all the sour comments of traditional keel-boat sailors and going from strength to strength year after year, and Fountaine Pajot's are no different. More than that, Fountaine Pajot have been continual leaders in the field, and their new Salina 48 Evolution just shows that they are not going to be left behind.... [more]
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Bottom paint matters - San Diego waterways get a thumbs-up
Taylor Hill, The Log/Sail-World,
If you ever feel irritated by the fact that your anti-fouling doesn't work like it used to, be reassured by how much you are helping sealife to survive. In San Diego, California, new studies have found that using non-toxic bottom paint is actually having a marked effect - more than anticipated - on the sealife of the area.... [more]
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Events Clothing opens first European office and showroom
Kate Gordon-Smith,
Events Clothing, the superyacht crew uniform and marine apparel specialists, will open their first European showroom in Palma de Mallorca, Spain in May this year. Events Clothing director Owen Rutter says he's formed a new strategic alliance with Evolution Yacht Agents, which sees the two businesses operate side-by-side from the same premises close to Palma's busy superyacht marina district.... [more]
Share this story - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell,,
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers... [more]
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