I've been asking lately – asking all my sailing buddies. 'Why DO you read sailing literature?' There were many answers – they liked dreaming about it when land-bound, they liked to 'know what was going on', or 'to look at beautiful boats', but the most commonly shared reason was that they liked to know about 'new stuff', to pick up tricks and tips that they wouldn't naturally get from their own sailing circle.
So in keeping with that thought, this week's edition is just packed with a wide variety of useful, up-to-date information.
Two articles revolve around learning from past incidents – one from a serious health incident on a two-handed boat entered in the Newport Bermuda Race last year, and the other the lessons learned about securing your boat in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the worst on record as far as the boating community is concerned. Both make great reading.
Hurricane Sandy damage .. .
Fire on board a sailing boat is not a pretty thought, so it's prudent to do all possible in advance to mitigate the danger, and there's an article offering many tips to achieve this.
Tech-savvy cruising sailor Neil Langford, now in Thailand, tells about a very simple way to view your boat's complete suite of instrument systems on your iPad with a $4.99 app.
Boat US tells what to check when the ten-year refit comes around, and John Jamieson is back with vital information about how to stop body heat loss in an overboard situation- information we all should have, but hope we'll never need.
Giacomo in Istanbul .. .
In other news, read the tale of one high-life business type who gave it all up to sail 3,356 miles in a 19ft boat from London to Istanbul. He's never regretted what he gave up – in fact he's now planning another adventure. The featured yacht this week is the gorgeous Turkish-built Regina that figured in James Bond's latest 'Skyfall'.
Regina Bond and Severine in a scene from Skyfall .. .
If you have to abandon your still-sound boat in order to save your own life, the tragedy of the loss of the boat probably pales into insignificance by comparison. But how lucky can you be if the Captain of the rescuing ship is a sailor himself and sets about getting that boat to sail home by itself? Read the incredible story that has won a ship's captain the 2012 Rod Stephens Trophy.
That's just the beginning, so roll down the headlines to find your interest, and...
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