Belzebub II's Arctic breakthrough, youngest circumnavigator arrives NZ

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 06 Sep 2012

Belzebub II's Arctic breakthrough, youngest circumnavigator arrives NZ

Two adventure sailing expeditions in the news this week. Up in the Arctic a Hallberg Rassy fibreglass yacht has been the first sailing boat to negotiate the 'high route' of the Northwest Passage – 'something we should NOT have been able to do,' observed the skipper, Canadian sailor Nicholas Peissel.

He directly attributes Belzebub II's success to global warming and the fresh-water ice that is dumping in ever increasing loads into the salt-waters of the world's oceans.

The other adventure sailor in the news, still-sixteen-year-old Laura Dekker, arrived in her 'home port' finally, after becoming (by many months) the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world solo when she finished that voyage in January last year in the Caribbean.

Laura Dekker talking to reporters on arrival in New Zealand  .. .

She is to make her home in New Zealand, where she was born on her parents's boat, traumatised by the Dutch government's attempt to stop her solo journey.

What a difference from the arrival home of Australian teen sailor Jessica Watson. Many thousands lined the shores of Sydney Harbour to welcome Jessica on her arrival in May 2010, three days before her 17th birthday. The arrival was televised nation-wide. Her welcome speech was by no less than Australia's Prime Minister.

By contrast Laura Dekker's name is hardly known outside the cruising sailor community and she was greeted by just a few dedicated journalists. But then, while the Dutch government was doing its best to prevent her attempt to complete a circumnavigation and making her a state ward for a time, Jessica's family had hired a PR company which followed her every move most competently so that Jessica was already a sailing star before she was half way round the world.

Laura, who, remember, completed her journey in January, will turn seventeen quietly on 20th September.

What else is news? A couple of this week's articles might give pause to some cruising sailors – the dangers of carbon monoxide on a sailing boat is outlined by RYA's Stuart Carruthers and the value of carrying an EPIRB is the message in another rescue story.

Read how world-wide rescue response is about to get even faster, more sailing knot secrets from John Jamieson, and test your judgment in a sailing boat collision case outlined by BoatUS's Chuck Fort.

That's just the tip of the (melting) iceberg of news and articles, so browse the headlines, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Belzebub II breaks record in the Northwest Passage
Nancy Knudsen,
They've done it! The crew of Belzebub II, a 1976 Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31, have made it through the most northerly route possible in the Northwest Passage and while they still have challenges ahead, have reached the other end of the most dangerous strait successfully.... [more]
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Jimmy Cornell's latest: World Voyage Planner
Nancy Knudsen,
Jimmy Cornell, sailing guru for generations of cruising sailors, founder of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers and author of upwards of 14 books on sailing already, just keeps writing. His reputation for accuracy, as well as the appropriateness of the books that he writes makes each one walk off the shelves. His latest is the World Voyage Planner.... [more]
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Interview with Laura Dekker on arrival in New Zealand
Sail-World Cruising,
As reported earlier this week, Laura Dekker, tearaway Dutch solo circumnavigator, who is still to reach her 17th birthday, arrived in New Zealand intending to take up residence. Here is the interview with reporters that was recorded on her arrival into Marsdon Cove in Whangarei.... [more]
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Sail Montenegro, 'Black Mountain' - one of the Med's most popular
Lee Mylchreest,
With Greece in turmoil and Italians deserting their shores in droves because of new taxes, it's no wonder that one of the most popular sailing destinations in the Mediterranean at the moment is Montenegro, meaning 'Black Mountain'. While it's true that it's a haunt for billionaires like Nat Rothschild who has just celebrated his 40th birthday there, the cruising grounds make plenty of space for... [more]
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In a Pickle - Gibraltar to get her own tall ship
Sail-World Cruising,
If you're passing by Gibraltar any time soon, there's a sailing ship you shouldn't miss. HMS Pickle will take her place from mid September among the glamorous new superyachts at one of Gibraltar's marinas, the Ocean Village.... [more]
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Fire at El Campbello Marina - dramatic images
Paul Todd/Sail-World Cruising,
Yet another reason not to own a power boat. Volvo Ocean Race photographer, Paul Todd, shot these images as a power boat catches fire and explodes in the El Campello marina on Sunday the second of September in front of hundreds of people on the Costa Blanca near Alicante, Spain.... [more]
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Sailing Knot secrets - Tie the mighty 'King of Joinery'
Captain John Jamieson,
Imagine that you find you need a twenty foot spring line to dock your boat in a stiff wind. And you have just a collection of shorter lengths of line left aboard. What is the solution? John Jamieson (Captain John) here offers an answer:... [more]
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Tall ships celebrations - San Diego and Liverpool
Sail-World Cruising,
Show me a sailor who doesn't love the sight of a tall ship sailing with full sails and I'll show you a dead one. This week was a celebration of our sailing heritage in both Liverpool in Britain and San Diego in California, with an amazing 31 tall ships gracing the two ports.... [more]
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Rescue response - a step up in future
Lee Mylchreest,
If you think rescue response across the world's oceans is already very good, you haven't seen anything yet. With the innovative thinking of a Surrey-based engineering firm, they are set to get a whole lot better.... [more]
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GPS navigation on iPhone/iPad just got easier for sailing America
Nancy Birnbaum/Sail-World Cruising,
With the updating of the boating app 'Simple Charts', navigation that is easy-to-use and affordable has never been so available for America's Boaters, or for sailors just visiting.... [more]
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Youngest ever solo circumavigator sails into new home New Zealand
Nancy Knudsen,
With a shredded but replaced main and the wind gusting 30 knots, Dutch sailor Laura Dekker, the world's youngest ever solo circumnavigator, sailed into New Zealand today, with the intention of starting a new life in the country she was born in, but hardly remembers.... [more]
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Carbon Monoxide - the silent killer
RYA Cruising Manager Stuart Carruthers/Sail-World,
Once, on a long leg crossing the Pacific, our engine failed and during an almost windless, sunless few days we resorted to the use of a mobile diesel generator for power generation. We thought placing it under the dodger so that it couldn't get wet when it rained was a great idea until we realised that it was pumping carbon monoxide straight into the saloon! .... [more]
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Dismasted yacht with no EPIRB waits 10 hours for rescue
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
If you don't have an EPIRB on board you might wait a long time for a rescue. It was in the early hours of the morning when a home-built Belgian yacht, Taunea, collided with a vessel around 30nm off the coast of Devon in the UK. The collision dismasted the yacht and left the solo sailor adrift with no rigging, engine or communications.... [more]
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Anatomy of a sailing boat collision - test your judgement
Chuck Fort, Boat US/Sail-World,
Here's a chance to test your knowledge of the COLREGS (International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea) with this real example of a collision between two sailing boats, bow to bow:... [more]
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Hurricane Season - Useful information
US Sailing,
With Hurricane Isaac impacting the gulf coast states this week, and nine more weeks of the 2012 Hurricane Season remaining, Gowrie Group invites you to visit the Gowrie Storm Center... [more]
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