'New stuff', picking up tricks and tips...

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 14 Feb 2013

'New stuff', picking up tricks and tips...

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...

...Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

One sailing incident and the lessons learned
Newport Bermuda Race/Sail-World Cruising,
One of the significant aspects of all sailing is the incredible cooperation and transfer of knowledge between sailors. Last year there was a serious incident during the Newport Bermuda Race, from which many lessons could be learned, by both cruising and racing sailors alike.... [more]
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Rod Stephens Trophy Awarded - he saved the sailor AND the sailing boat
Cruising Club of America/Sail-World,
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has selected Captain Thomas B. Crawford to receive its 2012 Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship for the rescue of Derk Wolmuth and his sailboat, Bela Bartok, during the 2012 Singlehanded Transpacific Yacht Race. The trophy is given 'for an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht or one or more individuals at sea.'... [more]
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America's sailors to learn from Hurricane Sandy
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
Boat US are running a series of Webinars (March 5, 12, 26) on the cause and prevention of hurricane damage using lessons learned in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which caused the single-largest recreational boating industry loss ever recorded - $650 million in damage to boats alone.... [more]
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Italian sea-change sailor plans another adventure
Des Ryan,
It took him two years. From London to Istanbul he sailed, and when there was no wind, he rowed. He sailed 3,356 miles, had times of bad health, at one point his doctor told him to stop or he'd die, but he kept going. Giacomo De Stefano sailed from London to Istanbul in a 5.6m Ness Yawl. His adventure was the stuff of both dreams and nightmares, and it wasn't enough - now he's planning another.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: James Bond's Regina
Lisa Mylchreest,
While some of us labour to put on our own antifoul to save the cruising budget, others are doing it a lot easier. If you don't want the hassles of never-ending maintenance, chartering a yacht when you have the time is a great alternative. And then there is Regina:... [more]
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Fire onboard!
Nancy Knudsen,
'Fire' is probably the most feared word on any boat, whether sail or power. It's maybe even more frightening than taking on water with the dread of sinking. Power boats are perhaps more prone to fires - and the statistics tell us so - because of their use of petroleum as fuel. However, there are many other causes of fire. What can you do to mitigate the danger?... [more]
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Green antifouling technology - getting better every year
Steve Hopper/Sail-World Cruising,
Green antifouling technology is the chemical-free alternative to traditional messy antifouling paint - it's more effective at clearing algae and barnacles but harmless to other marine life. Ultrasonic Works have just launched a new ground-breaking ClearHull antifouling system, and now tell of their spectacular results of winter-long laboratory tests.... [more]
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Cruising sailors and iPads - One tech-savvy cruising sailor tells
Neil and Ley Langford,
Cruising sailors Lee and Neil Langford are sailing their yacht Crystal Blues on the coast of Thailand. Here Neil talks of the difference that iPad has made to their lives, both navigational and family, and how this tech-savvy cruising couple manage their communications systems:... [more]
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Happy Hooking, The Art of Anchoring, now in Kindle
Sail-World Cruising,
'Happy Hooking – the Art of Anchoring' is a very readable book loaded with valuable information on anchoring tackle, technique, tying up and rafting, etiquette, as well as the occasional anecdote - but it's not new. What is new is that the book, the highest selling anchoring book on Amazon, is now available in a Kindle Edition.... [more]
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Calling all kids in the UK: RYA Dinghy Show, just the ticket.
Emma Slater,
Calling all kids in the UK - If you're a young person who loves messing about on the water in a dinghy and want to improve your sailing skills; or perhaps you want to find out how to get started and have an exciting day out, then a trip to the RYA Dinghy Show could be just the ticket.... [more]
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Sailing Tales: A yachting life in the Arctic
Nancy Knudsen/Sail-World Cruising,
There are many of us who love the sailing cruising life but are tied to a desk most of the time. Some, however, can successfully combine both, even while bringing up a family. One of those is Eric Brossier, French oceanographer, who, with his family, has been living on his yacht Vagabond in Canada's arctic for the last eight winters with their two children, recording scientific data.... [more]
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Sea Survival Tips - How to Protect Your 'Heat-Loss' Zones!
John Jamieson,
If you or your sailing partner or crew fall overboard, will they know to protect the six major 'heat loss' zones in the body? Even in warm water, anyone will begin to lose heat. And the longer you are submerged, the faster the heat loss. Heat loss leads to hypothermia, or the cooling of the body core temperature. Protect these six body zones to conserve energy longer.... [more]
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How we survived ex-Cyclone Oswald on our Manson Supreme.
Cindy and John Curby,
Cindy and John Curby of the s/v Beverly Ann, a 50ft displacement yacht, describe how they were able to ride out ex-Cyclone Oswald, off Moreton Island near Brisbane on Australia's east coast: We recently had a bad experience when our old 65 lb Bruce anchor dragged and left us stranded for a day and a half. After studying the alternatives we decided to immediately upgrade to a Manson Supreme.... [more]
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Slow boat to America - 30ft Japanese boat arrives Oregon
Lee Mylchreest,
It started its journey in March 2011, a victim of the great Japanese Tsunami. No-one knows what happened to its fishermen, but the small boat has been, for the last 23 months, making its slow way across the Pacific. Now the forgotten craft has reached America, washing up on an Oregon beach this week, surviving intact all the way across the world's largest ocean.... [more]
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The ten year sailing boat refit, and what to look for...
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
Birthdays for people seem more relevant when you pass a new decade and have a 'big birthday'. Sailing boats are a little the same. Every ten years or so marks a time of change and renewal. Here BoatUS offers some hints about what you should look for every ten years:... [more]
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Isn't sailing an Outdoor Sport????
Molly Winans,
Every now and then we need to step back and take a breath... Spinsheet magazine Editor Molly Winans looks at sailing from a mainstream angle in a recent magazine editorial. What if we stopped talking like Thurston Howell III and started talking like cutting-edge outdoorsmen and women who are dedicated to inviting other fit, outdoorsy, adventurous, thrill-seeking, nature-loving, competitive people... [more]
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Lancer Industries Ltd has delivered the first Transom Marina System
Jamie Lowe,
Lancer Industries has extended the Airodock range and delivered the first Super Yacht Marina System M.V. Ulysses has received a 41 square meter Airodock Transom Marina, made up of three independently deployed docks. The Airodock marina creates more than 35 extra metres of fully fendered mooring space and a huge extended bathing platform.... [more]
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