Catch up on the news from around the world for cruising sailors

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 05 Jul 2012

Catch up on the news from around the world for cruising sailors

Welcome to another edition of the Sail-World Cruising news magazine, where we bring you the top news about what's happening in the world of the non-competing sailor.

Mehitable rescue - the sailors are brought on board a bulk carrier  .. .
You have to feel sympathy for our good friends in need, the rescuers, sometimes.

They have to overcome many privations and frustrations in order to keep up with the amazing tally of sea rescues existing today.

Two such stories this week, one on unprepared sailors, the other about hoax calls.

If the coast guard is responding to an unnecessary or hoax call, apart from being dispiriting for the would-be rescuers, it could be keeping them from responding to a real need – and is potentially putting their lives at risk each time.

Plenty of other news – read about how the North Sea Passage could be ice-free very early for intrepid sailing adventurers; there are two yacht features – one on the newest X yacht, a fast and ingenious cruising boat, and John Curnow talks to an owner about how successful is his Beneteau Oceanis 45; there's a sobering message about pirate zones, and some great practical articles: 'occasional' solar power may solve the power problem on your boat; check out your essential knot tying skills; and John Jamieson has some excellent advice about filing a float plan with your friends or family before you leave home.

That's the tip of the iceberg – browse down the headlines to find your interest

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Coast Guard slams unprepared sailors
Fred Caygill, MCA/Sail-World Cruising,
They are finally talking about it openly. In the UK, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and no doubt other sailing countries, rescuers for years have lamented privately that they are often asked to rescue sailors who are either ignorant, over-confident or unprepared. This report, just in, is undeniably a change of pace.... [more]
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Another Asian Boat Show - in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Lee Mylchreest,
With the spectacular growth of boating in Asia, Taiwan has decided to add yet another boat show to the growing list of international boat shows in the region. The first event, planned for April 2014, is to be held in the important southern city of Kaohsiung.... [more]
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How's Your Float Plan? Does It Include These Seven?
John Jamieson,
All prudent sailors will leave a clear, concise float plan with a friend, relative, or neighbor, (and/or depending where you sail, an abbreviated one with rescue authorities direct). That way, in case you fail to show up when you say you will, they can contact the authorities with solid information. Rescue teams need this to lay out search routes and to coordinate rescue teams.... [more]
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Beneteau Oceanis 45 - It's a big wrap! (Part II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we got to look at some of the details about the European Sailboat of the Year, the new Beneteau Oceanis 45. Now, in Part II, we get to meet her owner and find out how this new vessel was the perfect match for his family's requirements.... [more]
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The Human Cost - why cruising sailors should avoid pirate zones
Sail-World Cruising,
Last week the last cruising sailors in the hands of Somali pirates were released. Italian/South African Bruno Pelizzari and South African Deborah Calitz had been in the hands of pirates for 20 months, and their haggard looks on release gave clue to the difficult conditions that they survived. Not all Somali hostage do, and the recently published statistical report paints a harrowing picture.... [more]
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Five knots you can't leave home without!
American Sailing Association/Sail-World,
Since time immemorial, sailors looking to crew were asked two simple questions: 'Can you tie a bowline, and where's your knife?' A few basic sailing knots are essential for every trip, whether it's just a jaunt around the lake or an ocean passage. If you don't know these knots, print them out an practise them!... [more]
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Product of the Week: Occasional solar power
Des Ryan,
Each of the ways of power generation on a boat has disadvantages - wind generators are nothing without wind, trailing generators don't generate if you're at anchor, solar power doesn't work in the dark. Often there's a need to boost your power, and this new and innovative Sun Bar rail can be installed easily, is light, rigid and thin, and doesn't cost the earth.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Expert Sailing Skills'
Des Ryan,
Looking for a present for your keen sailor? 'Expert Sailing Skills' is meant for those who can already sail, but caters for all those missing pieces of wisdom that the sailing school doesn't teach.... [more]
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North-East Passage expected to be free of ice early again this summer
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar & Marine Res,
North-East Passage soon free from ice again? Winter measurements show thin sea ice in the Laptev Sea, pointing to early and large scale summer melt.... [more]
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US Hoaxes point to the general problem of hoax distress calls
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Two recent hoax distress calls in the USA, in New Jersey and Tampa, costing major disruption and hundreds of thousands of dollars, have drawn attention to the issue that is real and ongoing for rescue services, no matter in what country. Lt Commander Mia Dutcher, who supervises search and rescue missions in Tampa, maintains that, in the Tampa Bay area alone, they field 600-700 hoax calls a year.... [more]
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Looking after the timber on your sailing boat
Lisa Mylchreest,
Whether you are rejuvenating an old boat, or installing new wood, how you care for the timber on your boat will make all the difference to its appearance. Doing it yourself will add the joy of spending the weekend 'messing about' in the sunshine.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: The Xp 50 from X Yachts
Des Ryan,
The first Xp 50 took to the water in late April this year, when it had its first test sail. It is the third member of the Xperformance range, after the introduction of the Xp 44 and the Xp 38 earlier, both of which have been award winning boats.... [more]
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Long Distance Sailing Seminar, 18th August, London
Cruising Association,
If you are thinking of undertaking a long distance voyage any time soon and are within reach of London by 18th August, this is a seminar you won't want to miss. The Cruising Associations (CA) Blue Water Section, is organising a Long Distance Sailing Seminar to be held at the CA headquarters in London's Limehouse Basin on 18 August 2012... [more]
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Beneteau affirms its 'good resilience' and turns to Asia
Their boat sales may be down 13% for the first nine months of this year, but Groupe Beneteau, probably the world's leading boat builder, is still positive about its future, has described the results as 'good resilience', and has confirmed plans for a growing presence in Asia.... [more]
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Coral reef fish coping with rising CO2
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Researchers maintain that some coral reef fish may be better prepared to cope with rising CO2 in the world's oceans – thanks to their parents. Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS) today reported in the journal Nature Climate Change, encouraging new findings that some fish may be less vulnerable to high CO2 and an acidifying ocean than previously feared.... [more]
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