Sailing into 2013, while remembering 2012

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 03 Jan 2013

Sailing into 2013, while remembering 2012

As to the adventurers probably the most significant was the sailing of a 31ft fibreglass yacht , Belzebub II, through the most northerly strait in the Northwest Passage, significant because it graphically demonstrated just how fast the polar caps are melting. My personal favourite is Matt Rutherford who completed a non-stop circumnavigation of the Americas in a 27ft boat in ten months, braving both the Northwest Passage and the Horn in a boat that probably should have stayed in enclosed waters.

31ft Hallberg-Rassy Belzebub II - through the impossible McClure Strait in the Northwest Passage  .. ©

I must mention the oldest and the youngest solo sailors – Laura Dekker was many months younger than any of the other would-be-youngest sailors when she completed her circumnavigation, and then simply kept sailing. The oldest – the oldest woman to complete a solo circumnavigation, Jeanne Socrates - did that this year and is still out there sailing in another attempt to do it non-stop.

Low key Laura Dekker - youngest circumnavigator by many months  .. .

The rescues we chose are significant either for the foolishness or bravery and good seamanship of the skipper and crew, for the importance demonstrated about the use of PLB's or EPIRB's, and especially for the pivotal role that AMVER is taking in the rescue of many sailors who otherwise may have perished. The most dramatic – and tragic – was the sinking of the Bounty, the tall-ship replica of Captain Bligh's ship.

AMVER and their voluntary merchant ships are responsible for many many yacht crew rescues  .. .

As for the products, the innovation and creativity of sailors who are also designers continually gives rise to new products to make the life of the cruising sailor easier or safer. It was very very difficult to choose the ten, but there's a great range of products you should consider when fitting out your boat.

So that's a little of what 2012 has brought us. Browse down the rest of the headlines to see what's been making news while the rest of us have been celebrating, and here's wishing you the best 2013 that you could dream.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

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Free Internet radio station plays only sailing and tropical music
Sail-World Cruising,
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Cleaning your hull with ground glass
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Four Fish: Not really about fishing
Nancy Knudsen,
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Our family volunteer with OceansWatch in the SW Pacific
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