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 17 May 2012

New stories, new techniques, new yachts and amazing people

Want to know the mind of an amazing long distance sailor? This week I exclusively interviewed Matt Rutherford, that sailing hero who has just circumnavigated the Americas in an ancient 27ft boat.

Matt arriving at the end of his ten month voyage  .. .

The technical world of sailing is forever changing. We tell of several advancement this week – Neil Langford tells of Rogue Wave (but it's not the one you don't want to see approaching); Raymarine has produced a new App to turn your iPad into a multi-function display unit; and for sheer future promise the new mast technology from Safran is well worth a read!

Our yacht of the week is the award-winning Antares III; there's a book you must get if you're interested in the coming Olympics, 'Sailing Gold'; John Jamieson has his own sailing gold to offer in down-to-earth advice, and the ever-present but insidious danger of dinghies is shown again this week when a simple transfer went horribly, and tragically, wrong.

Antares III Aft  .. .

Much more too – if you just want to get the vicarious hedonistic feel of sailing the Caribbean without actually going there, read our 'Cruising St Martin' tale, and we begin an episodic tale of what it was like to be a lighthouse keeper before automation and the GPS drove them into other employment.

Browse down the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Fresh hopes for cruising sailors as EU attacks pirate lairs
CP24/Sail-World Cruising,
New hopes have been raised for cruising sailors wanting to cross the Indian Ocean with the very first proactive attack by European Union naval forces into Somalia this week, after promising to take more positive action. The EU Naval Force had announced in March that it would expand its mission to include Somalia's coast and waterways inside the country for the first time.... [more]
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Matt Rutherford solo around the Americas: Exclusive interview
Nancy Knudsen,
Last month 31-year-old Matt Rutherford arrived back into Annapolis in Maryland to become the first solo sailor to circumnavigate North and South America. He did it an ancient 27-foot Albin Vega called the St. Brendan that many would have believed would never make it around. I interviewed Matt this week on his incredible voyage... [more]
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Kidnapped South African cruising sailors confirmed alive
Tamlyn Canham, Newswatch/Sail-World Cruising,
It has been a long agonising wait, not over yet, but the family of a South African man who was taken hostage by Somali pirates 19 months ago is relieved to have received confirmation that he and his partner are alive. Durban couple, Bruno Pelizzari, 52, and Debbie Calitz, 49, were kidnapped by Somali pirates in October 2010 and have been in captivity ever since.... [more]
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Rogue Wave - IT technology that will have sailors surfing
Neil Langford,
Neil Langford, AV & IT Consultant and practising cruising sailor, has been long-range cruising with his wife Ley for over ten years. On their yacht Crystal Blues, they are currently in Malaysia. Here Neil gives his bird's eye view - a qualified one - on a new internet connection product ideal for cruising sailors, Rogue Wave:... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Antares III Best Sailing Yacht Award
Lee Mylchreest,
Our Yacht of the Week is Antares III, the 30m yacht built by New Zealand-based Yachting Developments, a composite pilothouse sloop, was adjudged the ‘Best Sailing Yacht 30-40m' in the The World Superyacht Awards 2012.... [more]
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Sail Indonesia - a rally into Asia
Nancy Knudsen,
Every year hundreds of cruising sailors finish their cruising in the Pacific, their visits to New Zealand and Australia and are ready for their next great adventure - Asia. Sail Indonesia is one of the rallies which traditionally depart just at the right time to start cruising the thousands of friendly islands that make up Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.... [more]
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Dinghy danger: Crewman dies, no life jacket
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The crew of the 47ft Musketeer of Stutton had enjoyed an evening ashore and began the normal dinghy tender shuttle back to the boat. It was just before midnight, the seas were rough and the winds were high, but it was a normal transfer. When the dinghy didn't arrive, crew on the beach thought that the outboard engine may have failed. They couldn't have guessed that their crew mate had drowned.... [more]
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Plastic Oceans (Plastic in our playground!) Part 1 - Plastic bags
Ian Thomson,
The ocean is our playground. We sail on it, we swim in it, we fish from it and without it we don't have 60-80% of the world's oxygen........So why do we abuse it? The reason we abuse it is because most of us don't even realise we are. Covering 70% of the planet, our oceans seem to cope with everything we throw at it, right? Well think again.... [more]
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My lovely Lighthouse: A lighthouse keeper tells
Carl Hyland/Peter Abbott/Sail-World,
Older cruising sailors in our midst regret the gradual decommissioning of the world's lighthouses, the sudden regular twinkling of which brought a smile to the faces of lonely night sailors. But what of those who manned lighthouses before automation? In this first episode, Peter Abbott tells of his time on one of the world's most southerly lighthouses, to be continued in the weeks to come...... [more]
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Revolutionary mast has 3D woven carbon mast track
Soazig Guého/Sail-World Cruising,
Safran, high tech international group and leading equipment provider in the Aerospace, Defense and Security fields, is also a great sponsor of racing yachts where they are able to test new technology. Their latest experimental mast with a 3D woven carbon mast track will make their eponymous yacht sturdier yet faster. We can't wait for this to trickle down to the world of the cruising sailor.... [more]
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New App turns your tablet into a Multi-function Display unit
Sail-World Cruising,
Raymarine has been working away in the back room to bring you their latest App, which can convert your tablet into a full function Raymarine Multi-function Display unit (MFD)! You will not be able to commission or decommission your autopilot, but RayControl will allow you to remotely control and view electronic charting, sonar, radar, and even thermal night vision, right from your tablet... [more]
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Book of the Week: Sailing Gold
Mark Chisnell,
With the Olympics approaching in Britain, maybe this is the time to indulge your interest - or that of a loved one - in the place of sailing in the Olympics over time. It's a gorgeous photographic coffee table book reflecting the entire history of Olympic sailing, with spectacular photographs celebrating heroes... [more]
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Cruising St Martin: an American Sailing Association Flotilla
American Sailing Association,
This is how you arrive in St. Martin:the 737 screams in over tin rooftops and a strip of yellow beach, then desperately brakes on the world's shortest commercial runway; the taxi rides the perilous curves of the road, cut into the mountainside above sapphire seas and distant islands; and you are thrust, groggy and confused, into the bright mid-day sun at Oyster Pond Marina,where your vessel awaits... [more]
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Seven Golden Rules for Fuel Dock Safety
John Jamieson,
Dock your boat at a fuel dock and you will engage in one of boating's more dangerous, but necessary activities. Fuel fires and galley fires continue to top the 'most dangerous' list of emergencies. After all, if a fire breaks out when fueling, your boat and all other boats in the marina could be exposed to a literal 'lethal weapon'. Follow these seven steps each and every time you fuel your boat.... [more]
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Henri Lloyds Womens Collection 2012
Colin Burgess,
Henri Lloyd was one of the first technical clothing manufacturers to design and produce a women's technical waterproof sailing jacket, that was in 1986 and the jacket was called – The Voyager. The jacket was constructed from Bri-Nylon and incorporated the Henri Lloyd characteristics of taped seams, storm flap zip and a foldaway hood... [more]
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New Zealanders: Download your Hutchwilco Boat Show Guide
If you are anywhere within reach of Auckland in New Zealand the Hutchwilco Boat Show starts on Thursday 17th May so plan your visit by downloading the show guide before arriving. You can find the products and services you need to see then check out the rest of the show at your leisure.... [more]
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