Rally to Tasmania, Ocean sailed by laser, hostage tallship freed
Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is returning to its origins and running a Rendezvous Rally to Tasmania, and that's the best place to be sailing in summer. Cruisers, sensible sailors that they are, don't depart when there's a bomb threatening, and wait for good weather windows to cross Bass Strait. What are you waiting for?
Do you know a student who is dying to sail on a 'big boat'? The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club's Youth Program is going to give some lucky students the chance to do just that - read the story.
Spanning the oceans, we reported during week that Olympian sailor Andrew Lewis was to attempt a sail through open ocean between Trinidad and Tobago in his tiny Laser. Well, he did it, but chose a particularly windless day. It took him 11 hours and 52 minutes instead of the 6-7 hours he was planning. Read the story and update below. Well done Andrew!
Andrew Lewis sailing in wind he would have liked for the crossing .. .
Another ocean adventurer, Chinese solo sailor Guo Chuan, has been having similar trouble getting across the Doldrums. Looking at the route he has chosen, he also will be having trouble with the Eastern Pacific Doldrums, known technically as the SPCZ, the South Pacific Convergence Zone, which extends the areas of no wind over a large area, something to watch for if setting off across the Pacific
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.
Rally news this week is all about sailing the Atlantic Ocean. The 58 boats in the Salty Dawg Rally have arrived successfully and mostly happily 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.
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 a fantastic and Happy Christmas from the Sail-World Cruising team!
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