Ocean sailed by laser, hostage tallship freed, Chinese sailor stalled
ITCZ - but notice the SPCZ which could also cause him a problem passing the Solomons .. .
There's a tall ship that hasn't been able to move for a while either, but not because of windless days. The Argentinian tall ship Libertad, along with a full crew and students has been held hostage for the last couple of months and Somali pirates were nowhere in sight. An international court has ordered it to be freed in the next few days. Read the extraordinary story below, and then watch Sail-World for updates.
In rally news, the 58 boats in the Salty Dawg Rally have arrived successfully and mostly happy in the British Virgin Islands (BVI's); the brand new Christmas Caribbean Rally has announced it will be departing from the charismatic island of Lanzarote in the Canaries; and the Iles des Soleil Rally which crosses the Atlantic but heads for the Amazon River in South America will also be choosing the island of volcanoes while visiting the Canaries.
Happy Christmas from the Sail-World Cruising team .. .
Returning to the practical, John Jamieson has some sage advice on heavy weather sailing; the Book of the Week is 'The Art and Science of Yacht Design'; there's a new online directory for matching crew and boat owners; and the product of the week is something I would like to have myself onboard for when the boat's anemometer fails. Not knowing the wind strength on your boat is worse than not knowing which piece of gear is going to break next.
Sweet sailing and here's wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas from the Sail-World Cruising Team!
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