Solo adventurers, Shackleton re-enactment, 140,000 rescues and more...

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 06 Dec 2012

Solo adventurers, Shackleton re-enactment, 140,000 rescues and more...

Two new yachts and a new mast are in the news. From superyacht to Laser. The latest superyacht's resemblance to the Maltese Falcon is hotly defended, the new Laser mast is carbon fibre and virtually unbreakable, and the aluminium lifting-keel Allures 39.9 is worth examining as your next around-the-world cruising yacht.

Solar - not like Maltese Falcon at all?  .. .

AMVER, that fabulous voluntary reporting system is in the news - again - with a rescue by a superyacht, and Britain's RNLI has passed an amazing bench-mark – their 140,000th rescue.

'Practical Boat Bits and Tips' is the name of the eBook just released by Jude Binder, there's a feature on the Marine Commander, a multi-talented display screen which will show all your safety navigation features at once; and Des Ryan tells us how to keep our precious topsides safe with smart fendering.

Finally, I have to mention a sailing adventure it will be well worth following when it starts next month:

Alexandra Shackleton - the original James Caird setting off  .. .

Tim Jarvis is the adventurer whom the granddaughter of Ernest Shackleton has chosen to re-enact her grandfather's legendary rescue sail from Elephant Island in the Antarctic to the island of South Georgia.

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

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Jude Binder launches new eBook 'Practical Boat Bits and Tips'
Sail-World Cruising,
The best features of Banyandah by Jude Binder with 40 years of experience finishing and maintaining vessels. She is also an accomplished sailor with 150,000 miles under sail, so she knows what stands the test of time. Living afloat continuously for sixteen years, raising and educating her two sons.... [more]
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Marine Commander - nav systems integrated on one screen
Des Ryan,
If you have the space and can afford it, an instrument such as Icom's Marine Commander is the way to go. On one screen you can see all of your systems integrated, giving you information at your fingertips and a great ease of control of the boat in a robust, waterproof navigational system.... [more]
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Allures 39.9: A true ocean-cruising sailing yacht, now in production
Sail-World Cruising,
The first unit will not begin her sea trials until next month, but if her claims are anywhere near real, this is a boat that a cruising sailor might find is well worth waiting for.... [more]
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Kiwi Spirit: Oldest solo non-stop circumnavigation - tour the boat
Dr Stanley Paris is attempting to sail a Farr designed yacht around the world, and become the oldest person to circumnavigated the globe under sail non-stop and unassisted.His boat is named Kiwi Spirit. He will attempt to break the record of Dodge Morgan, who in 1986 at age 58, achieved the same feat. Paris will be 76 when he sets forth on November 30, 2013 from Florida. See onboard video tour... [more]
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Shackleton re-enactment scheduled for January
Nancy Knudsen,
He is an environmental scientist and adventurer, not primarily a sailor, but nevertheless it was Tim Jarvis whom Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of the legendary Ernest Shackleton, approached to go sailing. The idea was to celebrate the centenary of her grandfather's amazing sail in Antarctic waters to rescue his crew, by a re-enactment.... [more]
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New rally across the Atlantic for 2013: Christmas Caribbean Rally
Sailing Rallies/Sail-World Cruising,
When the trade winds are well established, when the risk of hurricanes is long past, when it's holiday time, that's when the Christmas Caribbean Rally will depart from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to sail across the Atlantic heading for Antigua in the Caribbean - in mid-December 2013.... [more]
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UK's RNLI saves 140,000 lives
RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
Yes that's the number, but when the all-weather lifeboat went out to help the young man, who was kitesurfing not sailing, they didn't realise what a milestone they were passing. The rescue of the kitesurfer by the Fraserburgh crew in Scotland this year marked the 140,000th life saved by the charity since its founding in 1824.... [more]
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Robotic sailing boat sets off across the Atlantic
The Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,
Syndicates have been attempting to sail the Atlantic for years with robot sailing boats with limited success, as part of the Microtransat Challenge. Now another somewhat different attempt is being made and, weather permitting, a robot sailing boat called Snoopy Sloop will begin its Transatlantic journey from Barton-on-Sea, Hampshire, on Saturday.... [more]
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Carbon Laser mast for club and fun sailors available now
Richard Gladwell/Sail-World Cruising,
A spar and rigging company has announced the development of the world's first production carbon Laser mast, aimed at the recreational sailor and as a training spar. 'In developing these sections, while cost remains a factor it has been achieved without losing the real benefits of carbon spars,' says spar designer Tony Smith... [more]
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Solar: a curious resemblance to the Maltese Falcon
Lee Mylchreest,
While there have been rumours about a new 'Maltese Falcon' style of superyacht around for months, Italian design studio Nuvolari Lenard Design have now announced that they are behind the rumours.... [more]
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'Never give up' sailing adventurer past the equator, now for Cape Horn
Nancy Knudsen,
It's a case of 'Never give up!' Jeanne Socrates, solo sailing adventurer on her Najad 380 Nereida, has just passed the equator in her third non-stop attempt to solo circumnavigate the world unassisted.... [more]
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Ten Tips on fendering to keep your topsides in good repair
Des Ryan,
The humble fender doesn't rate much as a news item, but the difference between the using a well-placed, right-sized fender and the wrong one can mean the difference between a damaged boat or a clean shiny hull. Here are some tips that I found invaluable in many thousands of miles of sailing.... [more]
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AMVER to the rescue again by calling on billionaire's superyacht
AMVER/Sail-World Cruising,
AMVER, or the 'Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System', is a worldwide voluntary reporting system for ships, the brainchild of the United States Coast Guard. It renders often life-saving assistance in rescuing distressed sailors from yachts in trouble. Now it's done it again, this time by calling into service Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen's megayacht Octopus.... [more]
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Security Company assesses pirate risks in Gulf of Guinea
Dryad Maritime,
If any sailors out there thought of sailing Africa's Gulf of Guinea, this report, which does not mention yachts or sailing, might dissuade you. Dryad Maritime, the UK-based specialist in maritime intelligence, has completed an analysis of a specific type of maritime crime that poses a risk to shipping in the Gulf of Guinea, West Africa.... [more]
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Whatever happened to Sandy Island?
Nancy Knudsen,
Where did Sandy Island go? Captain James Cook is a revered seaman with an unparalleled record of surveying. He surveyed Sandy Island as between Australia and New Caledonia in the Coral Sea back in 1772. It was also mapped by a British whaler, the Velocity, in 1876. It's been on world charts ever since. But last week, another vessel went to the location and found only deep water.... [more]
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