Northwest Passage, sailor disappears, 11 hours treading water, more..

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 26 Jul 2012

Northwest Passage, sailor disappears, 11 hours treading water, more..

Northwest Passage again, forecast to be even more free of ice than ever before, and we feature two of them, some Australians who started last year in an unlikely junk-rigged sailing boat, and are resuming their voyage this year.

The Tall Ships in the Tall Ships Challenge are almost finished their voyage along the east coast of the USA. Their latest stop is Halifax and there are thousands of people taking advantage of the opportunity to see, touch and maybe sail a heritage tall ship.

One man got himself into trouble when a rogue wave washed him overboard and he spent an amazing 11 hours treading water, watching the searching helicopters not able to find him. Next time, he says, he'll be wearing a life-jacket. We're glad about his miraculous – and gutsy – survival, but I could also suggest he wears a tether next time and saves the nation some costly searching.

Lots of varying tales of happenings on the water. A South African sailor has disappeared in mysterious circumstances in the Indian Ocean and police are investigating. In Florida there are many happy sailors as they up their skills with a 'Sailing Week' holiday - what a good idea!. Up in Scotland there were some embarrassed grins this week as a rescue boat was washed onto rocks and the rescue boat sent to rescue them ended up on neighbouring rocks.

Rescue boats high and dry  .. .

On a more practical note, as well as a very useful discussion on jacklines or jackstays, there are two products featured – one, a radar reflector for your grab bag and the other an automatically closing drain plug that will stop your dinghy sinking to the bottom when you forget to replace the bung.

More too, so browse down the headlines, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Survival: 11 hours overboard without a life jacket
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A man who survived nearly 11 hours in cold water without a life jacket says he'll wear one from now on. Joseph Gross said he could see the Coast Guard searchlights as he treaded water... [more]
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Australian adventure sailors play it safe in the North West Passage
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Last year two Australians, Australians Chris Bray, 28, and Jess Taunton, 24, began an adventurous sail through the Northwest Passage, and, like many other adventurers lured to one of the last great passage sails, are attempting to finish their journey this year.... [more]
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Mystery over missing South African yachtsman
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A South African family has flown to the Seychelles in a desperate bid for news on missing yachtsman Sean Terry, formerly of Cape Town, who disappeared in mysterious circumstances while completing what was to be the final leg of his circumnavigation of the globe on his yacht Finnegan.... [more]
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Flotilla Sailing Holiday increases the sailing skills
ASA/Sail-World Cruising,
Wanting to have a holiday and build your sailing skills as well? There's nothing like a flotilla sailing holiday to fill the bill, or, for more intensive instruction, a Sailing Week in a single port.... [more]
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Product of the Week: A radar reflector for your grab bag
Lee Mylchreest,
What about a radar reflector for your grab bag? We all go to sea preparing a grab bag in the hope the we will never have to use it, but if the worst ever happens you might be glad that a radar reflector will locate your position to passing vessels, especially at night or in bad weather. This tiny but effective radar reflector is amazingly light because it is inflatable.... [more]
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Jackstays and Jacklines: The options for the cruising sailor
Sail-World Cruising,
How should Jackstays or Jacklines be used on a yacht most effectively? Should they be taut and act as a ‘third leg' to steady a person moving along deck while holding their tether tightly in hand? Or should the Jackline and tether be there to catch a person should they fall? What should they be made of?... [more]
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Small boats and used boats lead US recovery
Metstrade 2012/Sail-World Cruising,
If you're wanting to sell your boat in the USA, don't despair, things are getting better. Dealers in the US are upbeat following a markedly better six months, the recovery being led by small boat sales and used boats rather than new vessels and megayachts.... [more]
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Boat Docking Classic event attracts the champions
Sail-World Cruising,
How are your boat docking skills? Whether you have a sailing or power boat, getting safely into the dock is a serious undertaking. A mistake that you make on the ocean is rarely witnessed by anyone, but coming into the dock can sometimes be the most nerveous event of the day, potentially boat-damaging, and made more nerve-racking if there are crowds watching on.... [more]
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Atlantic Tall Ships Challenge almost over
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Tall Ships Challenge, the annual event organized by the American Sail Training Association and alternating in a three year cycle between the Great Lakes, the Pacific and the Atlantic coasts of North America, this year on the Atlantic Coast, is nearing the end.... [more]
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Whoops! Rescue boats high and dry
Des Ryan,
As if one rescue boat, meant to be coming to the aid of other vessels, running aground and calling for rescue wasn't embarrassing enough, the crew sent to its aid in another fast rescue boat ended up on the rocks too. The incident happened in Aberdeen Bay, on the coast of Scotland this week.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Eliminate 'that sinking feeling' in your dinghy
Kan Quant,
There's nothing worse than that sinking feeling when you get into the dinghy. You'll never be caught forgetting to replace the drain plug again with this week's Product of the Week. The brand new Safe-T-Drain Plug automatically seals itself to prevent accidental flooding even if the plug cap is not in place.... [more]
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International Yacht Restoration School awards six scholarships
Cynthia Goss,
The International Yacht Restoration School (IYRS) in Newport Rhode Island, has awarded six scholarships to students entering the school's full-time programs this fall.... [more]
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Point and Click with Mauri Pro Sailing – Part I
John Curnow,
With Mauri Pro you're talking ten years in operation now and they have become quite the dominant force in the online marine binary world. Indeed with some brands, Mauri Pro is the biggest on the planet. Finally then, there are the manufacturers' warranties, which are no different to any other purchasing method.... [more]
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