New yachts galore, pirated sailors set sail again, life jacket safety

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 13 Sep 2012

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  .. .

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.

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

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Scorpius breaks free of Arctic ice, heading for another record
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
While Belzebub II, a fibreglass Hallberg Rassy, has just sailed through the McClure Strait, a first for a sailing boat in the Northwest Passage, there are more records being broken in the Arctic as the great melt continues. On Tuesday the 30 m/98' steel Russian yacht Scorpius, with a Russian-Ukrainian crew, which had been stuck in heavy ice flows in the East Siberian Sea broke free from the ice... [more]
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Couple kidnapped by pirates triumph by setting sail again
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Paul and Rachel Chandler, kidnapped by Somali pirates and held for over a year in appalling conditions while the pirates negotiated for a ransom, have set sail again. An additional triumph for them is that, as their yacht was retrieved by the British Navy after their kidnapping and returned to Britain, they have even set sail aboard the same boat.... [more]
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New yachts galore for Southampton Boat Show
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Things are either looking up or desperate in the yacht manufacturing business. One of the world's great boat shows is just about to open, and it's featuring over 20 brand new yachts models... [more]
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RNLI conducts inflating life jacket tests
Des Ryan,
How well do you maintain your inflating life jacket? How do you KNOW that it will inflate when you hit the water? The UK's Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) has recently conducted some testing of eleven different brands of inflating life jacket, sponsored by Motor Boat and Yachting. Watch the video:... [more]
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Book Review: 'Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat'
Rob Tickner,
When starting from scratch to buy and outfit a boat, you just can't get too much advice, and here's some more, concentrating on preparing a boat for offshore cruising by going for a second hand boat... [more]
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Boat Cuisine: The all weather cook book
Lee Mylchreest,
June Raper has been at sea long enough to be suspicious of recipes describing 'how to make jam at sea' or 'take four pints of water and a lobster'. The recipes in this book are practical - she has tried them all out on her boat, and guarantees they will work.... [more]
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Amundsen's schooner finally to sail home
Des Ryan,
The Maud, schooner sailed by legendary Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen, the first to reach the South Pole and who made famous forays sailing into the Northwest Passage, is finally to sail home. Currently she is 'resting', partially submerged, in Nunavut's Cambridge Bay in Canada but a group in Norway has set plans to retrieve the vessel from where she has rested since she sank in 1930.... [more]
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How far from shore to be safe? An incident tells
Des Ryan,
How far do you keep from the shore while sailing? The best test, according to old salts, is to continue to ask, 'What would happen NOW if my engine/rudder failed?' You need to calculate just how long it would take you to reorganise a method of propulsion. On the basis that the best kind of experience to learn from is 'other people's', a recent incident is a case in point:... [more]
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Island Packet Yachts announces new brand: Blue Jacket
Bill Bolin/Sail-World Cruising,
Island Packet Yachts is proud to announce the launch of a new line of performance cruising sailboats to be called Blue Jacket Yachts. The Blue Jacket 40 is the first in a series and has been designed by Tim Jackett (ex-President and Chief Designer at Tartan and C&C) in collaboration with Bob Johnson (CEO and Chief Designer at Island Packet).... [more]
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Sailing boat crew turn rescuers of kayaker
Times Beacon Record/Sail-World,
'It was definitely not a normal day at work, that's for sure,' she said. With all rescue stories mainly focused on rescues of sailing boats and their crews, it is good to congratulate a sailing boat crew who rescued a drowning kayaker who had lost his kayak in New York recently.... [more]
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Save your keys with one-use-only Key Buoy
Lee Mylchreest,
If you are anything like me this product might be worth its weight in the proverbial gold. You can go sailing without the fear of dropped keys in the ocean, between dinghy and yacht or off the marina. The compact Key Buoy inflates automatically as soon as it hits the water to prevent keys from sinking.... [more]
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Yacht feature: AY480 - a yacht for sailing around the world
Des Ryan,
One of the most attractive looking all-round cruising boats to come from Italian designers for a while, the AY480 is a boat built to sail around the world. It is a nice meeting of those things that many cruisers enjoy - traditional, comfortable, secure, but it is also fast, with straightforward maintenance and management.... [more]
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Momentus SICYC 2012 Rendezvous - Five hundred yachties gather
Maggie Joyce,
The founder of the SICYC (Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club) Ken Thakeray was once denied entry to a yacht club because he was not a flag officer of an existing club so he created the SICYC and made everyone a vice commodore. Problem solved. Four years later membership is approaching 2,000 and nearly 500 of them on 130 yachts turned up for this year's rendezvous.... [more]
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Disused oil rigs to living reefs - Photo feature
Sarah Blackman,
In the Gulf of Mexico disused oil rigs have become home to millions of ocean creatures, but hundreds of habitats could soon be wiped out under US rules. In this breath-taking photo feature we chart the death of an oil rig and the birth of vibrant new reefs, which environmental campaigners are fighting to save.... [more]
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Busfield Marine Brokers presents second Bavaria Vision by Farr
Following the successful premiere of the Vision 46, Bavaria presents the latest addition to the new Vision line. The new Vision 42, will be premiered at the Festival de la Plaisance de Cannes which takes place next week. Busfield Marine is now pleased to be able to release technical details and price information for this stunning 42-foot yacht.... [more]
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Within reach of Auckland? - plan your visit to the On Water Boat Show
Sail-World .,
If you're anywhere within reach of Auckland by the 27th September, here's some early information about the Auckland on Water Boat Show. You can start their visit before arriving, with all exhibitor locations labeled on this downloadable site map... [more]
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