To Russia with sails, hand-held laser flare, scary things in San Blas

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 31 May 2012

To Russia with sails, hand-held laser flare, scary things in San Blas

...and now, you may be able to sail Russia on your own yacht! For many a cruising sailor in, or headed for, Europe, this will be an adventure too enticing to ignore, and they really do mean yachts and superyachts, as it is limited to 'no more than 18 people on board.' The Russian President (still Dmitry Medvedev) signed the new Russian Inland Water Transport Code last Thursday.

There is still a hitch, though, and only time will tell when and how this will pan out. The statement by RIA Novosti said that the vessels would be subject to 'compulsory pilotage' unless 'otherwise stipulated by international treaties'. Sounds a little expensive. Maybe that means some lobbying will be in order by our national yachting organisations to bring about such treaties...

Some of the other highlights of this weeks edition are: A hand-held laser flare which could replace the old-fashioned dangerous type as long as lasers are permitted where you sail; a cruising sailor tells of his difficulty finding where the sharks and crocodiles in the paradisical waters of the San Blas off the coast of Panama; US Sailing has published their preliminary findings on the recent Farallon yachting tragedy; stories of adventures completed and those still in the planning, including the re-enactment of Shackleton's epic survival sail in the Antarctic.

Low Speed Chase lies marooned on rocks at Farallon Islands after five crew lost their lives  .. .

Much more too, so let your fingers do the browsing to find your particular interest among the headlines.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Sail Russia - yes it's now becoming possible
Nancy Knudsen,
A favourite activity of many cruising sailors in the Mediterranean is to lay the mast along the deck and embark on an adventure through the waterways of Europe. Now this may be possible in Russia, following amendments to the Russian Inland Water Transport Code signed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and posted on the Kremlin website on Thursday... [more]
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NX Compass – an easy addition for digital heading information
Tristan Campbell,
Nexus Marine has added the advantages of digital compass heading information to their successful NX line. The new transducer and display open up navigational features such as True Wind Direction and compatibility with auto pilots in the entry-level range known for its 'Easy System Expansion'.... [more]
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When Man's best friend goes overboard...
Media Services,
A Chicago family's dog Tank, a yellow Pomeranian, had fallen off their boat and disappeared. After a desperate search by coastguard and police, and, wearing a life-jacket, she was found on the bank 24 hours later. When an Australian family's much-loved dog, Sophie Tucker, was washed overboard last year, she was missing for months.... [more]
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Summer Sailstice is on again - June 23
Sail-World Cruising,
Every year thousands of people sign up to go sailing on the weekend nearest the solstice for a global celebration of sailing called Summer Sailstice. Don't be left out this year!... [more]
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Saving heritage: The gundalows sail again
Lee Mylchreest,
It is all too easy to forget that before the oil, steam and gas revolution of the 20th Century, sailing skills were used for much more than merely leisure activities. Last weekend, a replica of a historic barge-style boat that sailed the tidal waters of New England in the USA since the late 1600s set sail for demonstration cruises.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Hand-held laser flare, prize-winning Odeo
Sail-World Cruising,
Seawork International, commercial marine and workboat event now in its 15th year in Southampton, UK, annually attracts over 450 exhibitors and 7200 visitors from all over the world. This years Seawork International 'Spirit of Innovation' Award was won by our product of the week, Index Marine's Odeo Flare.... [more]
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San Blas, sailing paradise, but are there sharks and crocodiles?
Christopher Lozinski, Cruisers Network Online,
The San Blas archipelago is a cruising sailor's Paradise, comprising 400 islands spread along the Caribbean coastline of Panama. The vast majority are covered with coconut trees and surrounded by white sand beaches, but only 49 are inhabited. Like many remote places, sometimes information is hard to find, particularly if you are talking about sharks and crocodiles, as Christopher Lozinski tells.... [more]
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Every life jacket rescue a cause for hope
US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
Is the safety campaign on life jackets working? One will only know when enough time has passed and the statistics show the results, but every rescue where the sailors were wearing life jackets is cause for hope. This week the US Coast Guard rescued two in Lake Ontario from a sinking boat - and as both were wearing life jackets there were no casualties.... [more]
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Tall Ships from around the world celebrate in New York
Des Ryan,
The world's fascination with tall ships persists. A flotilla of tall ships from around the world sailed this week into New York Harbor, kicking off annual Fleet Week celebrations and marking the bicentennial of the Anglo-American War from 1812 to 1815 which ended Britain's control of the US.... [more]
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Planning to be sailing in Turkey? Check out this event
Michalis Pateniotis,
Cruising sailors - whether chartering or sailing your own boat - who are to be in Turkish cruising waters at the end of the cruising season this year may be interested in joining some fun events out of Marmaris. The Marmaris International Race Week (MIRW) 23rd edition is being held in the beautiful gulf of Marmaris from 27th October to 2nd November 2012.... [more]
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US Sailing preliminary report on fatal yacht incident
Sail-World Cruising,
The ocean, the world of the cruising sailor, has been often called 'the last freedom'. But this freedom brings the responsibility of good seamanship, so anything that enhances safety is like gold. We look at the results below of the US Sailing review of the tragic sea incident which took the lives of five sailors. The report highlights the necessity for keeping a safe distance off a lee shore.... [more]
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Seven navigation 'Rules of thumb' for safer sailing
John Jamieson,
If you are anything like me, it's rare that you look forward to another mathematical calculation 'rule of thumb'. Here are seven simple rules that will enhance your sailing navigation safety--without a whole lot of math! Follow these sailing tips to keep your sailing crew or partner safe and sound wherever you choose to cruise!... [more]
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Shackleton's legendary open boat voyage: the re-enactment
Sail-World Cruising,
Almost a hundred years ago Ernest Shackleton, leader of a 1916 sailing expedition to Antarctica, whose sailing vessel was crushed by the ice and the crew had made their way to Elephant Island, made one of the most inspirational journeys by sailing boat in the history of the world to rescue his crew. Now it is to be re-enacted.... [more]
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Against the odds: Chichocki completes circumnavigation
Sail-World Cruising,
On the 30th June 2011, 56-year-old Polish sailor Tomasz Chichocki departed on a solo sail around the world on his Delphia 40.3 yacht Polish Copper (Polska Miedz). It had taken eight years preparation, the journey took nearly a year, he was reported missing during his voyage up the South American coastline after rounding Cape Horn, but now he is back, triumphant.... [more]
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Boat in a box - Seawind opens market with new catamaran cruiser +Video
Sarah Ruggiero,
Seawind Catamarans revealed a revolutionary strategy for tackling the international market with the launch of their latest catamaran during the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Thursday. Marketed as a ‘boat in a box', the Seawind 950 Catamaran is intentionally designed to ship anywhere in the world in two 40ft containers.... [more]
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