An avalanche of interesting news, tales and quirky anecdotes
An avalanche of interesting news, tales and quirky anecdotes from our our coastlines and the world's oceans this week.
We sailors depend on, and appreciate, the services of Marine Rescue volunteers so much that it was excellent to see three Marine Rescue volunteers receiving awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Talking of rescues, there were several around our coastlines during the week. One sailor in the Northern Territory is still missing, but four sailors were rescued off the east coast in two separate incidents.
Jessica Watson .. .
Everyone's favourite solo adventure sailor Jessica Watson is inspiring sailors with her 'can do' philosophy in an interview with Sail-World. Out in the Pacific a British cruising family have found their own inspiration and joined a group of volunteers in OceansWatch to assist islanders affected by climate change and the over-fishing in the Pacific. (Numbers are scary. They vary between 70% and 90% on estimates of disappeared fish stocks)
Read how the brave, undeterred Chandlers, Paul and Rachel, British sailors who spent more than a year in the hands of Somali pirates before being rescued by the payment of a ransom, have announced they are off sailing again, in their newly renovated boat, Lynn Rival.
Belzebub's crew - heading for a never-achieved-before route through the Northwest Passage .. .
A couple of sailing adventurers (above) talk about the new route they are attempting through the North West Passage; Greece is feeling the pinch from sailors who are staying away in droves, but the World ARC Rally has reported a stunning start in registrations for their 2013 rally - and the best news is that it's commencing in Australia as well as the Caribbean.
The Yacht of the Week is Bavaria's Vision 46, there's a great article by Jeremy Wyatt from the World Cruising Club on how popular catamarans are becoming in their rallies, and John Jamieson is back with more tricks on how to make your sailing easier and safer.
That's just the tip of an iceberg of stories, but, for anyone within reach of Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club, a final reminder that there's a new Medical Management for Mariners taking place in July - scroll down to find the details!
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