Rob's Passage Planner, Heaven Can Wait, Louisiades Rally - and more
As usual our coastlines and oceans are full of activity as this edition of Sail-World Cruising's weekly newsmagazine flies into the ether.
One of the handiest aids you could think of for sailors planning a sail anywhere along the east coast of Australia has just been released. It's 'Rob's Passage Planner'. No, it's not a pilot, it's a companion to the pilots, and it will make your passage planning seem like a perfect following breeze.
There are two events you might consider joining, both in September, so plenty of time to plan and get there. One is a fun regatta for a good cause in Lake Macquarie, the 'Heaven Can Wait Charity Regatta' and the other is the very adventurous 'Louisiades Rally'.
A young sailor has just become the youngest and the fastest to sail around Britain to raise money for a great cause, but read how Ludo Bennett-Jones almost didn't make it.
The last two cruising sailors in captivity with Somali pirates are now telling their tale, and a sobering one it is too. Hopefully it will deter any more sailors from trying to sail the Indian Ocean's pirate waters.
There might be thousands of yachts sailing in the Med but they're few and far between in Greece and Italy. Following our report a few weeks ago about yachts deserting Greece in droves, now we report how yachts are deserting Italy and, as usual, it's the government's fault!
If there's any silver lining to tragedies at sea then it has to be the safety system upgrades that follow. Following Chicago's tragedy in the Mackinac Race last year, boat clubs have been inspired to increase their safety systems. Read one club's story about how they did it, and ask the hard questions about your own.
Really useful information this week too, all in tens and twenties: Ten actions to take if you're the one overboard, and at the other end of the scale, ten decadent extras to take on a sailing holiday. Then there are twenty things to write to your non-sailing guests to get them ready for the experience on your boat.
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