Socrates does it again...and again

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 02 Aug 2012

Socrates does it again...and again

Jeanne Socrates, nowhere near London and doing her own thing. Just as she is about to arrive Canada and claim more sailing records, she is already planning her next record attempt, this time a non-stop circumnavigation.

While Jeanne is creating new records now, there seems to be a resurgence going on in the world for preserving our sailing past. Over in Rhode Island the annual Classic Yacht Parade will honour their sailing heritage at the beginning of September, down in New Zealand this month an intrepid group of sailors will recreate past achievements by sailing from New Zealand to Easter Island in traditional craft, and in the UK a group of incognito individuals are recreating one of Britain's iconic sailing boats, the Britannia, which was scuttled in 1936 – Read why...

Easter Island ahoy  .. .

Rallies are in the news: Trevor Joyce talks of his French Riviera Rally and a grass roots rally with no joining fee is gaining popularity rapidly – the charismatically titled 'Salty Dawg Rally' between the Caribbean and America's eastern states. But you don't need to own a boat to go on sailing holidays with like-minded people – read our article about flotilla sailing.

The greatest solar vessel in the world might just have finished its circumnavigation, but another group is trying to demonstrate that you don't have to spend a lot of money to go boating without fossil fuels. Ra, totally powered by solar, is currently embarked on sailing the USA's 'Great Loop.'

In practical news, John Jamieson talks about preserving the life of your lines on your deck and we've featured the Super Rope Cinch as a very simple 'must have' for your boat.

Much more too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Dream shattered by pirates.
Just one typical story that tells it all about today's situation for the long range cruising sailor. Scott Hufford had a dream of sailing the world. He has braved many adversities since he left California many years ago, spending time in many countries along the way. Now he has had to stop, and it's not because of ill-health or maintenance problems. It's because of Somali pirates.... [more]
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Mystery deepens over missing sailor
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
More information has come to light about the disappearance of long range cruising sailor Sean Terry, but the mystery as to what could have happened to him merely deepens. Meanwhile, Austrian scuba diving instructor Stefan Pokorny is being held by Seychelles police, who have so far not charged him with any crime.... [more]
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70-year-old woman about to complete solo 'Five Cape' circumnavigation
Nancy Knudsen,
There's nothing can stop her now! 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates is due to create multiple world records when she reaches Victoria, British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada this week. She will be the oldest woman(by far) to have sailed a solo circumnavigation of the world by sailing south of the Five Great Capes of the Southern Ocean. But as it was not non-stop it's not good enough for her.... [more]
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'Mine's Bigger' - The Eclipse to be eclipsed
Des Ryan,
In the 'Mine's bigger' stakes, it won't be long before Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich's yacht called Eclipse, presumably because when it was built it eclipsed every other yacht in the world, will itself be eclipsed. Well, it had to happen, didn't it?... [more]
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the King's sailing yacht, Britannia, to sail again
Kate Holmes,
When King George V, died in 1936, his will requested that his yacht, the Britannia, be scuttled. So her hull was towed out to St. Catherine's Deep near the Isle of Wight, scuttled and sent to rest beneath the waves with a garland of flowers placed on her stem head, thus denying future generations of a heritage. But the story didn't end there...... [more]
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Another Solar Odyssey - around the USA's 'Great Loop'
Des Ryan,
Just as Swiss/German inspired spectacular-looking Turanor PlanetSolar has completed the world's first ever circumnavigation on a craft powered by solar alone, a new venture now traversing the entire 'Great Loop' of the United States in a very different-looking solar craft, called Ra. Just now, it has had to put into the dock after hitting an underwater crab cage... [more]
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Super Rope Cinch: a hundred applications on a boat
Sail-World Cruising,
When clever individuals invent a new product, that's when the hard work starts. Tim and Dorothy Bourke invented one of the cleverest things you might ever see on a boat, with a hundred applications - the Super Rope Cinch - but that was back in 2009 and they've only just now received a patent.... [more]
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5,000-year-old boat discovered in Egypt
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
French archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old wooden boat used by pharaohs in an expedition in Egypt. The boat is reported to be the oldest and best-preserved vessel from antiquity and has been identified as the world's oldest intact ship. The previous oldest boat, also discovered in Egypt, was around 4,500 years old.... [more]
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5,400nm by Stars Moon and Sun - New Zealand to Easter Island
Samantha Allan/Sail-World Cruising,
In under three weeks a group of intrepid New Zealanders will soon undertake an amazing (and some say, perilous) journey across the Pacific Ocean in traditional waka hourua (double-hulled sailing canoes), using only the stars, moon, sun, ocean currents, birds and marine life to guide them.... [more]
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Inaugural French Rivera Yacht Rally
Trevor Joyce,
'You will never find berthing for a fleet of boats in the ports of the French Riviera' was the popular wisdom before the recent start of the inaugural Mariner Boating French Rivera Yacht Rally. The start point was Toulon with disembarkation planned for Monaco two weeks later; Porquerolles, Cavalaire sur Maire and St. Tropez being the stops during the first week.... [more]
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Runaway sailing boat caught by the Gafirs
Sail-World Cruising,
A runaway yacht with its autopilot set led rescuers a merry chase in the Solent this week. The lone sailor on the yacht, who was not tethered, was thrown overboard by the wash from a passing vessel, leaving his yacht still sailing.... [more]
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Sailing Tips Secrets - How to Add Life to Your Costly Sailing Line
John Jamieson,
Sailing rope costs are going up like most everything else. And you will want to extend the life of your expensive halyard, outhaul, reefing, and other running rigging lines as long as possible. Follow this easy sailing tip to success!.... [more]
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Salty Dawg Rally - from grass roots and growing
Lee Mylchreest,
The Salty Dawg Rally, a new cruising rally, kicked off its 2012 season with more boats, more sponsors, new web domains, and a joyful pre-departure barbecue party in Nanny Cay, Tortola that drew accolades from the Government of the Virgin Islands.... [more]
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50 Classic Yachts line up for Classic Yacht Parade
Des Ryan,
If you love classic yachts and are anywhere within reach of Rhode Island in the USA at the beginning of September, there's an event your won't want to miss. The Classic Yacht Parade is one of the most appealing and exciting events on the very busy harbor in Newport, RI. and is part of the Classic Yacht Regatta which runs on first-2nd September again this year.... [more]
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Rift valley discovered beneath West Antarctica gives new insight
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists have discovered a one mile deep rift valley concealed beneath the ice in West Antarctica, which they believe is contributing to ice loss from this part of the continent. Experts from the University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream, a region visited only once previously, over fifty years ago, in 1961.... [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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