The bravest, the zaniest, the smallest, the most tragic, heart-warming

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 17 Jan 2013

The bravest, the zaniest, the smallest, the most tragic, heart-warming

But I must start by mentioning the most heart-warming. It concerns a young Laser sailor in Thailand wanting to try for the world distance Laser record, but stymied for the lack of a mast. It's the background of the story that is the most moving of all, but I won't spoil it for you by telling.

In Hobart this week is the bravest deaf sailor in the world, who left Glasgow determined to complete a solo circumnavigation non-stop and unassisted. Sadly, he was rolled in the Southern Ocean, his yacht damaged. The good news is that he has limped into Hobart for repairs, before continuing on his quest. Read his inspiring story.

Profoundly deaf solo sailor Gerry Hughes, rolled and stopped in Hobart for repairs, but keen to continue circumnavigation  .. .

The most interesting world rally of them all is Jimmy Cornell's Blue Planet Odyssey Round World Rally, gathering steam with a number of launches around the world. It's not set to depart until 2014, will have an Australian start planned from Sydney. If the rally is as successful as all his other ventures, it's bound to attract a large following. If you've been dreaming about letting the docklines go to sail over the horizon and not come back, this could be a great opportunity. There's plenty of time to plan.

Blue Planet Odyssey-RouteMap  .. .

A product we think needs a second look is the just-introduced world's smallest PLB. As the biggest problem with PLB's is getting crew to wear them all the time, maybe they are heading towards a solution. What about a PLB disguised as a watch?

Bavaria is introducing their longest sailing boat so far, just 56 feet or 27 metres, not launched yet, but available to order already, and our featured yacht this week. With cruising sailing boats getting longer and longer each year, it is sure to gather significant interest.

Another article profiles the zaniest, most eccentric and most exclusive yacht club in the world. It's in headquartered in Britain, the natural home of eccentricity, and you can't help but be amused by the joining criteria.

The idea for the club started after experienced British sailor David Latchford hit the buoy which warns of the Shingles -in broad daylight  .. .

Then there's the Queensland sailor who has thrown out a challenge – he has sailed to, and set foot on, the most islands in a week, 74, in the Whitsundays. Can anyone out there beat that?

The most tragic item of the week is of the woman who lost her life trying to fend her boat off a bridge piling. It's a good time to remind all crew (again) that any body part is no match for the power of your on-board gear, or the sea.

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

Sweet Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

UK Sailmakers gives Yassine a new mast for 150nm Laser sail record
Nancy Knudsen,
In December we ran a story about how a young Moroccan sailor was in Thailand training to sail a 150nm course in a tiny Laser to break the world record. His problem was, his mast was broken and he couldn't afford a new one. Now, thanks to our Asia Editor Guy Nowell and UK Sailmakers Hong Kong representative, Barry Hayes, who read the story, things are looking up for Yassine Darkaoui.... [more]
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New, the world's smallest Personal Locator Beacon.
OCean Signal/Sail-World Cruising,
Have you been reluctant to invest in a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) because you think 'it couldn't happen to me', or are they just too bulky and troublesome to worry about? The world's smallest PLB has just been introduced to the market, so you might try thinking again...... [more]
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Deaf solo circumnavigator, rolled in Southern Ocean, stops in Hobart
Sail-World Cruising,
A Scottish man hoping to become the first deaf yachtsman to sail solo around the world non-stop and unassisted is in Hobart for repairs after his yacht rolled at sea.... [more]
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'Sailing Close to the Wind' - following Phoenicia around Africa
Sail-World Cruising,
The long awaited book, Sailing Close to the Wind, about the Phoenicia's 20,000 mile voyage that recreated the first circumnavigation of Africa by Phoenician mariners is now available. The Phoenicia was a sailing craft recreated as a replica of those of the ancient Phoenicias. Philip Beale, as Captain, and his crew made the journey to prove the Phoenicians could have done it.... [more]
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Three thieves of boat engine's reliability - vital info for sailors
John Jamieson,
Like three thieves in the night they creep into your engine and work their way past the slumbering gate guards. Sliding and slithering like a nest of rattlers deep into the belly of your engine to wait... to rest. Until that moment that you push the starter button. And then they attack with relentless, merciless destruction....... [more]
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All new Bavaria Cruiser 56, the longest of them all
Des Ryan,
Bavaria boats are getting longer! The new longest yacht in the Bavaria portfolio will celebrate its world premiere at boot 2013 in Düsseldorf, but it can already be ordered by dealers around the world. This new 17-meter boat in the Bavaria portfolio will be the flagship of the company and has an innovative design to deliver optimal sailing characteristics..... [more]
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The right life jacket with ALL the systems, but good only if worn
Lee Mylchreest,
There's no doubt that getting several safety products into your life jacket is the key to having more options when in distress at sea. But none of the safety products are useful if you aren't actually wearing the jacket. So the other challenge for life jacket manufacturers is how to make it so comfortable you'll be happy to wear it ALL the time. The same applies to the MOB systems.... [more]
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Woman dies fending off boat from bridge piling
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
One of the early lessons that aspiring sailors need to learn is the very real danger of using part of your body to fend off, mishandle a loaded winch, or any other task where one could lose a finger - or a life. This week, as if tragically exemplifying the lesson, a young woman has lost her life when she tried to fend off a bridge piling to prevent the boat she was travelling in colliding with it... [more]
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Can you beat this? Sailor visits 74 islands in seven days
Sail-World Cruising,
Cruising sailors get up to some pretty strange tricks, but can you beat this? Or do you know someone who can? One Australian sailor has clocked up setting foot on 74 islands in and around Queensland's Great Barrier Reef, and he's done it in the record time of seven days, one hour and four minutes.... [more]
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The most exclusive - and eccentric - yacht club in the world
Nancy Knudsen,
A couple of weeks ago we wrote of two eccentric yacht clubs- one in Australia which can boast water only about every three years, and one in Britain which doesn't have water within a 100 km. Now we have learned of an even more eccentric yacht club, which rarely sees land at all, but boasts some pretty famous member sailors who've been responsible for some pretty infamous misadventures on water... [more]
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Pantaenius partners with ASMEX 2013
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Pantaenius a global leader in superyacht insurance has confirmed a Platinum Partnership with the 2013 Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX).... [more]
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London Boat Show 2013 - of snow and boats indoors
Rob Kothe,
The 2013 Tullett Prebon London Boat Show is once again within the mammoth Docklands venue from 12-20 January 2013, covering an area of more than 15 football pitches. A wonderful facility but from a visitor view point, a location that present challenges to access.... [more]
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An Australian Start for Round World Blue Planet Odyssey
Sail-World Cruising,
Jimmy Cornell, guru to many cruising sailors who use his guides as bibles in their long range cruising, will be spending a lot of time in the next couple of months launching his Round World Blue Planet Odyssey, a round world rally aiming at raising awareness about climate change, which could see the drowning of such famed communities as the Maldives and the San Blas by the end of the century.... [more]
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Dynamic light show, rich history at Waves of Migration
Jude Timms,
The Australian National Maritime Museum will showcase a new attraction this summer, featuring iconic roofline as canvass for new light show that depicts the history of migration to Australia and the compelling stories behind the immigrants' journey to the ‘Land Down Under.'... [more]
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AIMEX announces initiative for Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2013
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Focussing on providing opportunities to their members AIMEX & Superyacht Australia has announced today they will be organising an AIMEX & Superyacht Australia ‘Alley' at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 23-26 May 2013.... [more]
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Consumer Electronics Show votes Bad Elf the best GPS device
HomePort/Sail-World Cruising,
At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada this week, the Bad Elf® GPS Pro (BE-GPS-2200) Direct Satellite GPS was named the Best GPS Device in the TechRadar Best of CES 2013 Awards presented by DTS.... [more]
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Capsized sailor's life jacket comes to the rescue
TrueLocal/Sail-World Cruising,
A Sydney sailor spent more than an hour in the water clinging to his trailer yacht after it capsized on Tuggerah Lake on the Central Coast this week.... [more]
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New leadership at the Boating Industry Association Victoria
The Boating Industry Association of Victoria is pleased to announce the appointment of Steven Gill as BIA's new Chief Executive Officer.... [more]
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'Visionary pioneer' behind Henri Lloyd dies aged 87
Media Services,
The co-founder of the clothing brand Henri Lloyd, Henri Strzelecki, has died aged 87. The Polish-born former soldier and keen sailor was 'a visionary pioneer who sailed away peacefully,' on Boxing Day.... [more]
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