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 12 Jul 2012

Join the buzz in the world of the cruising sailor

This week is no different. From the tearful survivor who tells what it was like to lose his yacht, to the serious sailors heading for the Northwest Passage, from the article about a new low-emission dinghy to the restoration of a hundred-year-old yacht, among all the stories there's sure to be some that you can't go past.

There's the tale of the young man who has almost completed a circumnavigation of Britain when he lost his rudder, and the sombre news of an terror attack in Panama on cruising sailors. You might get a bit of a laugh at the training sailing boat that took a wrong turn and provided lots of photo opportunities while it sat on a rock high and dry, or an even bigger laugh at the two motor boats that couldn't get out of each others' way.

Last sight of the 60m yacht Yogi, which sank in Greek waters in February  .. .

Or you might rather read the second part of John Curnow's interview with an Oceanis Beneteau 45 owner, or how the 'perfect storm' of weak skill and strong desire sank a yacht in the Mediterranean, or you might even like to learn how to build your own boat from some of the best teachers in the world.

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

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Ludo Bennett-Jones UK circumnavigation- rudder snapped but almost home
Nancy Knudsen,
THE RNLI Inshore Lifeboat in Hastings came to the rescue of a young man stranded two miles out at sea while trying to complete a record-breaking charity sail around the UK. Ludo Bennett-Jones, 21, was almost back to his starting point of Portsmouth, after more than 70 days, when the incident happened.... [more]
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The Northwest Passage - Issuma's tale
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As the 2012 flotilla of yachts headed for the Northwest Passage prepare their boats, last years flotilla of yachts have reached the other side long ago, and slowly their stories come in - stories of icebergs and gales, sometimes together and sometimes fiercely on the bow, sometimes nothing. One of these is Issuma, who started in 2011, but over-wintered in Sitka, and finished in June.... [more]
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Terror attack on cruising sailors in Panama
Don Winner,,
It's normally known for its white sand beaches, lush rain forest, breathtakingly beautiful reefs and is a Mecca for sailing boats. However, terror came to Bocas del Toro in Panama this week when two cruising sailors were attacked on board their sailing boat, as Don Winner reports:... [more]
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Classic Luftwaffe yacht in embarrassing grounding
Sail-World Cruising,
Oops! A 41ft classic yacht being sailed by a non-profit British club as a sail training vessel had some embarrassing moments this week when she went aground, firmly, on the Isle of Wight. The 1936 Bermudan-rigged Sea Scamp was circumnavigating the Isle when she hit Quarry Ledge, just east of Thorness Bay.... [more]
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What does it feel like to lose your boat? Tearful skipper tells
What does it feel like to lose your sailing boat to the sea? To escape only with your life? Most of us hope we shall never find out. The skipper of a stricken yacht last week described the devastating moment he was forced to ‘abandon ship' recently in the middle of the Atlantic.... [more]
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The restoration of Dorothy - over a century old
Dorothy Stern, Nanaimo Bulletin/Sail-World,
The love for restoring an old boat is a many faceted thing - to keep her history alive, to see her shine again. Canada's Maritime Museum of British Colombia is funding the restoration of Dorothy, a 9.1m gaff cutter-rigged sloop, at over a century old considered the oldest sailing boat in the Pacific Northwest. But, as Rachel Stern writes, Dorothy is rotten.... [more]
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Perfect storm of strong desire, weak skill may have sunk Yogi
Gordon Reid,
In February this year a yacht which had just won accolades as 'The Most Innovative Yacht for 2011', the motoryacht Yogi, sank in Greek waters. Here Gordon Reid, professional yacht consultant and delivery captain, talks about how poor seamanship may have been responsible for the sinking of the 60m yacht:... [more]
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Product of the Week: New dinghy with a low emission alternative
Sail-World Cruising,
Our Product of the Week is a quiet, low-emission alternative for your dinghy's engine, which won the 2012 National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Awards Ecological prize. Brand new from a company named Lehr, the 2.5 and 5 hp models are powered not by gas but by propane.... [more]
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Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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The flotilla heads for the North West Passage
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The flotilla of yachts which will attempt this year's North West Passage is heralded to be in for some clement weather as the forecast is for early melting. But there are no guarantees and it's still one of yachting's prime adventures.... [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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Ambition to be a serious boat builder? Here's your chance
Sail-World Cruising,
Love sailing, love your boat, love to be a serious boat builder? Here's your opportunity find out more about one of the world's finest boat building schools, located in Rhode Island (no it doesn't matter if you're not an American citizen.) If you are interested in learning more about the IYRS's full-time Certificate and Continuing Education programs, go for a tour of the facility.... [more]
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What happened to the 360 degree check?
Renate Brown,
What happened to the 360 degree horizon check? Who is at the wheel? Is anyone on watch? Well they are not sailors, are they?... [more]
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