New yachts galore, pirated sailors set sail again, life jacket safety
The New Zealanders are crowing about Bavaria's Vision 42, being premiered at the Festival de la Plaisance in Cannes in the coming week; Italian designers have produced a boat for a circumnavigation – the AY480 – and, of course for smaller journeys; and for those who want to combine cruising and racing there's Island Packet's new brand, the first of which is the Blue Jacket 40.
At the Southampton Boat Show, just about to open, there are no less than 20 boats being launched, among them the Allures 45 Lift Keel, the Discovery 57, Fisher Yarmouth 22, Hallberg-Rassy 412 and the J70 Sportsboat. What a smorgasbord!
Cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler are in the news again this week, this time for a happy reason. Showing the grit that kept them going for over a year while captives of Somali pirates, they are restarting the circumnavigation attempt that was thwarted by their abduction. The hot news is they are staying away from the northwestern Indian Ocean this time.
Chandlers - Rachel waves as they set off - photo by www.theviewfromthedartmouthoffice.co.uk .. .
How do you know your inflatable life jacket will actually inflate when you hit the water? Watch the RNLI's video in our story this week.
Grass roots rallies like the Salty Dawg to the Caribbean and the Port2Port from Vanuatu are exhilarating affairs and now there's a new one run by the Shag Island Yacht Club. Where's that? Read the story.
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