New yachts, old adventurers, quirky happenings and good advice

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 24 Aug 2012

New yachts, old adventurers, quirky happenings and good advice

Need to be rescued? See the amazing sequence of shots of the type of boat that I would like to come to the rescue if I were sinking in a stormy sea...

If you love seeing beautiful yachts, Saint Petersburg in Russia was the place to see them this week, as dozens gathered for the annual classic yacht week. America is looking for innovation, so if you are a aft-deck inventor, now's your chance.

Mirabella V ran into trouble with its new renovation, but the boat builder had an easy fix – blowing a hole in the shed wall. Panama is working hard to attract long-term cruisers with permanent residency instantly as long as you have a little cash, and British Pete Goss, the guy who made himself a life-long hero for his rescue of a fellow sailor (French) in the Southern Ocean, is selling his boat – but it's not just an ordinary boat, read the story.

In much sadder news, a nine-year-old has been killed by a lightning strike on a yacht, and the story ends with a list of the safety measures you can take to save your life, if not your equipment, if you are caught in a lightning storm.

inflatable PFD - can you trust yours?  .. .

Finally, as inflatable PFD's become more and more popular, there's some information on how to make sure you can trust yours to inflate when you hit the water.

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

And just for something completely different this week, here are some cruising division boats in some recent major sailing events.

Sweet sailing!

Cruising Class - Holy Cow -
Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012  Teri Dodds ©

Cruising yachts - Hamilton Island Race Week  Photo Ciaran Handy /Hamilton Island

Cruising Division under spinnaker heading home - Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012  Teri Dodds ©

Cruising Fleet - Condor Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012
  Teri Dodds ©

Cruiser start - British Airways Round Jersey Race 2012.JPG  William Harris

Vic Maui Yacht Race 2012 - Cruiser Division start  Andrew Madding

Vic Maui Yacht Race 2012 - Cruiser Division start  Andrew Madding

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Ocean life faces greater risk of large-scale extinctions
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Ocean life faces much greater change and risk of large-scale extinctions than at any other time in human history, a team of the world's leading marine scientists has warned. The researchers from Australia, the US, Canada, Germany, Panama, Norway and the UK have compared events which drove massive extinctions of sea life in the past to what is taking place in the seas and oceans globally today.... [more]
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Sailing knots you need to know - Tie the five-second stopper knot
John Jamieson,
If you are anything like me, you want a solid, secure sailing knot in the end of your headsail sheets to keep them from running back through your sailboat blocks. The figure eight has been used as an end stopper on a headsail sheet for many years. Stoppers are used on the bitter end to prevent the headsail sheet from running back out through the sheet lead blocks. But there's just one problem...... [more]
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Interceptor 38 in action - amazing photos
Des Ryan,
If you ever have to be rescued from a sinking sailing boat in a stormy sea, here's the kind of boat that you would like to be doing it: The amazing pictures are of Seahaven Marine's Interceptor 38 in action off the coast of Ireland in Force 9 winds (41-47knots) and 10m waves.... [more]
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A little piece of history - Spirit of Mystery for sale
Stuart Elford,
Sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE, most famous for his heroic rescue of a fellow sailor in the Southern Ocean, is selling Spirit of Mystery. This is the little wooden boat that took him and three family members to Australia in a re-creation of the voyage made by seven Cornishman in the smallest migrant vessel ever to make it ‘down under' over a century and a half ago.... [more]
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Australia's Seawind Catamarans in voluntary administration
The Australian arm of Seawind Catamarans, including Seawind Group Holdings Pty Ltd was placed into voluntary administration as of the 17th of August, 2012.... [more]
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USA's 'Old Ironsides' sails again
ABC/Sail-World Cruising,
It put up only four sails, but it was the symbolism that counted. The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship sailed under its own power for just the second time in more than a century Sunday to commemorate the battle that won it the nickname 'Old Ironsides'... [more]
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Panama attracts long-term cruising sailors with permanent residency
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
If you would love to spend the rest of your life sailing in idyllic waters and are a citizen of Australia, the US, UK or Canada and a limited list of other countries, Panama could be your destination. Many cruising sailors have reached the San Blas, decided they are already in heaven, and stayed as long as they could. Now that decision has just become easier.... [more]
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Nine-year-old killed by lightning strike on sailing boat - 10 Tips
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A nine-year-old boy has been killed by a lightning strike on a 26ft sailing boat during a pleasure sail, while seven others were injured. The tragic incident occurred on Lake Superior in the USA when a storm forced them to take refuge in a bay on the Lake, near the end of Minnesota Point.... [more]
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Too big for the repair yard - Mirabella V
Des Ryan,
What happens when you own a boat that is too big to fit into the repair yards? The 75m Mirabella V may not be the longest yacht in the world now, but when the yacht with an 89m tall mast wanted British boat builder Pendennis to refit her, it was too big to fit their boatshed. This didn't faze Pendennis, used to pleasing clients - they simply blew a section out of the workshed wall... [more]
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PFD - How do you KNOW that it will inflate when you hit the water?
Sail-World Cruising/US Sailing,
Inflatable personal flotation devices (PFD) - they're comfortable to wear, so comfortable that you're happy to put it on every time you go sailing - but how do you KNOW it will inflate when you hit the water? If you haven't already, it's time to think about the maintenance and becoming a survivor not a statistic by checking your own safety gear.... [more]
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Mystery in paradise - what's on board the superyacht Phocea?
Lee Mylchreest,
Mystery surrounds the strange case of the superyacht that arrived in the idyllic sailing paradise of Vanuatu several weeks ago, with the recent dramatic arrest of thirteen members of the crew. It's quite a remarkable story - a giant super yacht, allegations about drugs and money smuggling and politicians coming aboard the yacht and policemen being suspended.... [more]
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Swan 80S expands Nautor's Swan Maxi Range
Kate Holmes,
Nautor's Swan has an established and successful history of producing impressive ocean-going yachts from their yard in Pietarsaari, Finland. The latest in this line is the new Swan 80S launched this summer.... [more]
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The most beautiful yachts in the most beautiful city- Saint Petersburg
Kate Holmes/Sail-World Cruising,
Every sailor loves the sight of a graceful classic yacht, but it's a winning combination when you bring together some of the world's most beautiful classic yachts to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. That's the Classic Yacht Week at the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club, happening right now in Saint Petersburg! Here's the report:... [more]
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Sailor celebrates Northwest Passage transit, offers advice
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
While a disparate group of sailing boats head for the most difficult parts of the Northwest Passage, hoping for a break in the ice, and that forecast ice-free water will allow them passage, one Canadian sailor is able to celebrate his passage, having just sailed from Arctic waters down the Pacific to Vancouver Island after his transit - and offer some advice.... [more]
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America celebrates Innovation - last call for entries
The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) today announced that the deadline for 2012 Innovation Award entries is Aug. 28, and named the panel of judges for the annual awards.... [more]
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