New challenges met, new records set, new innovations introduced

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 20 Sep 2012

New challenges met, new records set, new innovations introduced

The yacht feature of the week is of the Morris 48GT; and Wiley Nautical has some advice about some common mistakes when flying an asymmetric sail.

Gennaker wrap  Colin Preston

In China the crew of a yacht are celebrating becoming the first modern Chinese yacht to circumnavigate the world.

In Italy a coveted design award has been won by in the marine category by a sailing catamaran – that intruder into the world of blue-water single-keel boats which is sailing away with the popularity.

In America there's a warning out for cruising sailors who overstay their welcome in a state which is not their own.

In Singapore the Sailing Federation has introduced Sailing (not Sex) in the City to popularise the sport.

... and that's just a little to whet your appetite, so browse the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

TopTenz's largest sailing yachts in the world
TopTenz/Sail-World Cruising,
Sail-World didn't do the counting, but 'TopTenz' did. It's time to recognise sailing yachts on the 'mine's bigger' scale, the longest ten yachts ever built. Not all of them are new, not all of them are fast. There are four schooners, three ketches, two sloops and, of course, the Maltese Falcon, which fits into none of those categories with its freestanding full rig.... [more]
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Innovative sensors - a future use for cruising sailors?
Photonics/Sail-World Cruising,
Wouldn't you like to know when your mast or your boom has reached its structural limits? Know BEFORE there are any tell-tale signs visible? BEFORE it falls on top of you? A new technology is in the pipeline that could provide that information in the future, according to a new experiments by Wolfgang Schade and his team in Munich.... [more]
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Pirate victims tell: What really happened
Tazeen Ahmad/Sail-World Cruising,
British piracy victims Paul and Rachel Chandler have slipped the mooring lines once again and, almost three years after their capture, are again more concerned about weather systems and anchors holding than they are about world news. But before they left they finally gave a comprehensive interview about the circumstances of their captivity for 388 days in Somaliland.... [more]
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Sail Indonesia Rally - hundreds of yachts spread across Indonesia
Sail-World Cruising,
The Sail Indonesia Rally, which left Darwin on July 28 is one of the three annual rallies now leaving Darwin and is in its thirteenth year. The fleet, consisting of hundreds of yachts from dozens of countries, is spread out all over Indonesia with some yachts in Morotai while others are in Lombok and Bali.... [more]
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A Eureka moment for Harness and lifejacket design
TeamO/Sail-World Cruising,
A new patented British design radically transforms harness design, promising a fundamental rethink of the way that harnesses work for the safety of the leisure sailor. The new product is called the TeamO lifejacket and harness. The Eureka moment came after a tragic loss of life by a British sailor after he had fallen overboard while still attached to his harness.... [more]
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Major technology upgrade gives PredictWind faster forecast updates
Zoe Hawkins,
Popular wind forecast site PredictWind has achieved dramatic speed efficiencies by adopting Amazon Web Services' Cloud computing to deliver high-resolution wind forecasts for almost any part of the globe. By co-opting Amazon Web Services for its Cloud computing power, PredictWind has access to almost six times more computing power with which to process its Volvo Ocean Race-proven weather models.... [more]
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All smiles for first modern Chinese yacht crew to circumnavigate
Xinhua/Sail-World Cruising,
While history tells us that the Chinese were great sailors in the distant past, they have not figured much in sport or adventure sailing in the recent times. However, like a lot of other things in China, that is changing. Yacht Xiamen, crewed with eight Chinese sailors has just completed the first circumnavigation by a Chinese flagged modern yacht.... [more]
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Yacht Feature - the Morris 48GT: more different than you think
Des Ryan,
If you want a boat that's excellent for short-handed sailing but is a great performer as well, last month, Morris Yachts announced the introduction of its new Ocean Series 48 GT, a contemporary redesign of its classic Ocean Series 48 RS.... [more]
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Classic Asymmetric Sail Mistakes - And How to Avoid Them
Wiley Nautical/Sail-World,
Using asymmetric sails is not only for racing sailors. Cruising sailors on long journeys with good conditions and the wind behind are often tempted to use a gennaker. And getting the MPS wrapped around the hull is not a good incident at any time. In this article from the book Asymmetric Sailing Andy Rice shows how avoid some of the classic mistakes when sailing with a gennaker.... [more]
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Wave catamaran wins coveted design award
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
With catamarans exploding in popularity around the world, it is probably fitting that Italian-based A'Award and Competitions, which include a wide range of products, have announced a sailing catamaran as the winner of their latest Silver A'Design Award in the Yacht and Marine Design category.... [more]
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Gundalows - a new life for the Piscataqua
Lee Mylchreest,
Amid the commercial fishing boats, motor boats and submarines that grace New Hampshire's Piscataqua River in the Northeast of the USA, the lateen sail of a gundalow stands out as an historic reminder of the area's long maritime history. But this is no ancient vessel. No, it is fully certified by the US Coastguard to take passengers out to learn about the great river.... [more]
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Singapore Sailing Federation: Sail in the City
Sail-World Cruising,
While the archipelagos of South East Asia have a rich history of sailing for transport and fishing, modern leisure sailing has been slow to take off. The Singapore Sailing Federation (SSF) is now doing something about that, by offering sailing in the middle of Singapore's thriving business district.... [more]
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American boaters: are you in hot water with the Tax Man?
Boat US/Sail-World,
American boaters overstaying their welcome could find themselves in hot water with the Tax Man as States go for visiting cruisers... [more]
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