Sailing the Southern Ocean with kids - crazy or brave?

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 11 Oct 2012

Sailing the Southern Ocean with kids - crazy or brave?

While there are many families, mostly with quite small children, sailing the oceans of the world and home schooling them, there aren't too many children in the Southern Ocean. Read this week an excerpt from the pen of a mother who is six months pregnant with her third child and is sailing the Southern Ocean with her children, 4 and 2, in an Open 40.

The Open 40 is definitely a racing – not a cruising – boat. It is the same kind of boat that turned sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland into a rescue case rather than a circumnavigator when she was dismasted in the Southern Ocean a couple of years ago. So, are they crazy, or just brave? What do you think?

Lots of 'new stuff' in this week's edition. Top of the list is the TeamO tether/lifejacket combination, which will keep a sailor's head out of the water if he is being dragged by the tether.

The yacht feature is on the Beneteau Sense 55; Furuno is in the news with their 205th award for its innovative and excellent quality products; and Bavaria is presenting their great new offering, the Bavaria Cruiser 56 and reintroducing the 33.

That's just the beginning, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Ikaros's two year sail through space - still doing well
Sail-World Cruising,
Sailing was the original way to get around the world's oceans without manpower - by harnessing the power of the wind. With the advent of steam and oil, sailing was thought 'old hat' for a while, merely for leisure sailors and historians. However, modern Japanese scientists at JAXA have gone back to sailing to transit through space, and the little sailing craft, called Ikaros, is doing well!... [more]
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TeamO Marine Safety Products launches Back Pull Harness/Jifejacket
TeamO Marine Safety Products,
One delivery skipper with hundreds of thousands of sea miles to his name who runs courses from his sailing centre ordered one for himself, sent his best friends over to order them for themselves and wants to make the TeamO design his standard teaching model going forward.... [more]
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How to predict combination afternoon breezes
John Jamieson,
How can you predict the effects of a sea breeze when combined with a coastal wind? Will this mean sail reefing this afternoon or a wind light enough to fly a spinnaker? Learn how to forecast coastal wind effect with these sailing secrets from John Jamieson (Captain John):... [more]
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PLB saves life of another solo sailor
Sail-World Cruising,
He had been carrying his PLB since 2007 without ever needing it, but the day came... British solo sailing enthusiast, Richard Coles was wrenched from his boat while on the foredeck off the coast of Cornwall, but has lived to tell the story because in the water he was able to activate the personal locator beacon (PLB) attached to his body.... [more]
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Bavaria announces new flagship along with the smaller 33 to match
Christine Bird,
Busfield Marine Brokers is delighted to announce the latest and largest yacht in the Bavaria Cruiser range. With the breathtaking Cruiser 56, Bavaria presents a new top model that will replace the Cruiser 55 in future. The new 17-meter flagship of the Bavaria portfolio has an innovative design and delivers optimal sailing characteristics.... [more]
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The bigger the cat, the more spectacular the capsize
Nancy Knudsen,
If you've ever been cat sailing and capsized, you'll empathise with this video, even if following the America's Cup is not normally your thing. As the veteran of hundreds of capsizes in my cat sailing days, I couldn't help playing it through several times.... [more]
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2012 Lycian Rally wraps up successfully in Antalya
Maggie Joyce,
The 2012 Mariner Boating Lycian Yacht Rally finished in Antalya on Saturday October 6, with the prize giving dinner and entertainment provided by the crews placing a glowing full stop at the end of the two week rally. After Kalkan the second week began with a stop at the Greek island of Kastellorizo, just three miles from Kas on the Turkish mainland.... [more]
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British accuse French sailor of dangerous sailing - arrest warrant out
Morbihan/Sail-World Cruising,
One of the world's most famous French sailors has been accused of dangerous sailing, having transited the wrong way in a 'separation zone' in the Strait of Pas-de-Calais. According to the British media, the British courts have issued an arrest warrant against Mark Guillemot, veteran French ocean racing sailor.... [more]
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Indian Ocean 'High Risk Area': Sailing yachts urged to stay away
NATO/Sail-World Cruising,
The Maritime Shipping Centre-Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), NATO Shipping Centre, UK Maritime and Trade Organisation (UKMTO) and MARLO are united in their advice that sailing yachts should avoid transiting the High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean for the foreseeable future.... [more]
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Furuno wins its 205th Award for marine electronics
Furuno/Sail-World Cruising,
Furuno must be one of the most ubiquitous names in sailing. Great quality marine electronics. But even then it's amazing to learn that they have just won their 205th award from the USA's National Marine Electronics Association(NMEA), having just won four new ones at the latest Convention in Orlando. The NMEA has been making awards since 1971, and Furuno has been there.... [more]
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An Open 40, the Southern Ocean and Babies on Board
Somira Sao/Sail-World Cruising,
Lots of cruising families take their small children sailing, but not like James Burwick and Somira Sao. They and their kids, 4 and 2, started their voyage on an Open 40, a racing, not cruising boat, in Portland, Maine (USA). They sailed to France, Cape Town, then across the Southern Ocean to Western Australia. Here is an excerpt of their leg in the Southern Ocean from Fremantle heading east.... [more]
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Iles De Soleil Rally - An adventure for all sailing enthusiasts
VĂ©ronique Largeau,
As declared at last September's Grand Pavois Boat Show, the organisation of the Iles de Soleil (RIDS) has changed hands. It is now the Grand Pavois Organisation (GPO) that will take on the responsibility for this extraordinary biannual adventure, beginning with the next edition in 2013 (See Sail-World story).... [more]
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Yacht Feature: The Beneteau Sense 55
Sail-World Cruising,
Newly introduced yachts are getting larger and larger. Once a yacht over 50ft was considered bigger than the average. Now, it's just the norm among newly introduced models. The latest to join the 'bigger is better' club is Beneteau, with another of its 'Sense' Range, the Sense 55, in production for little more than a year.... [more]
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Sinking sailor calls Mum
Nancy Knudsen,
They're pretty cool Downunder, especially in Cairns. When a sailor's yacht was sinking this week, he didn't call rescue authorities, he called Mum. I guess when your sailing ground is full of islands, you think you don't need an EPIRB. The man, who has not yet been named, merely took to his dinghy and went to the Hinchinbrook Island Wilderness Lodge for the night. But there was a problem.... [more]
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The hand-held depth sounder - don't go cruising without one
Karen and Jeffrey Siegel, aCappella,
Karen and Jeffrey Siegel, the founders of Active Captain, who cruise with their two dogs on their yacht aCappella, tell here of the great advantages of carrying a hand-held depth sounder when cruising:... [more]
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First catamaran rally in Eastern Med - the first of many
Sail-World Cruising,
Catamaran rallies, like the popularity of the catamaran itself, are increasing dramatically around the world. In Didim, in the middle of the most popular cruising coastline of Turkey, the inaugural catamaran rally has been run by a marina with a speciality in catering for catamarans.... [more]
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Sailing boat of activists 'escorted' from Moroccon port
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
'Women on Waves', a Dutch pro-abortion group, has used a sailing boat to publicise their stance on abortion. They sailed a yacht around a port in Morocco claiming to be able to give abortions on board and demonstrating for women's rights on abortion. The trip in the harbour of the Mediterranean coastal town of Smir was the abortion rights group's first event in a Muslim country.... [more]
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International Council of Yacht Clubs Forum - best ever
ICOYC/Sail-World Cruising,
The Royal Southern Yacht Club in Southampton recently hosted senior representatives from 20 international yacht clubs together with a number of UK 'guest' clubs for the seventh International Council of Yacht Clubs (ICOYC) Forum... [more]
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Seawind Group Holdings released out of Voluntary Administration
Brent Vaughan,
The holding company of Seawind Catamarans and Corsair Marine, Seawind Group Holdings Pty Ltd, was released out of Voluntary Administration on October 9th 2012 by the Administrators, BRI Ferrier. As a result, the company is pleased to be back to business and fully operational.... [more]
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Killer solution for the Crown of Thorns starfish
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
An Australia-based team of marine scientists has established what may prove an effective control for the dreaded Crown of Thorns starfish (COTS), which intermittently ravages coral reefs across the Pacific and Indian Oceans. With signs that the starfish is building up for another huge attack in the Pacific and Australian region, their solution could come in the nick of time.... [more]
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