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 21 Feb 2013

Sail-World reaches 15 other languages

Cuba is a rarely visited destination for cruising sailors, but this week we bring you reports from some sailors enjoying the sights.

The Cruising Club of America has announced their annual awards and we'll be featuring the profile and achievements of each of them over the next few weeks. This week it is the winners of the 'Far Horizon' Award for ten years and 38,000 miles of cruising.

Captains Mate - going gangbusters  .. .

The Blue Planet Odyssey – a world cruising rally with its focus on the climate change and the environment – is shaping to be a ground breaking event, starting next year. This week British sailing guru and rally organiser Jimmy Cornell answers why one of the routes chosen is the hazardous Northwest Passage.

Soldini, who now holds the record, New York to San Francisco via the Horn  .. .
An Italian sailor now holds the record for the New York to San Francisco route via Cape Horn.

Now there's a challenge. Isn't there an American sailor out there who would like to grab it back?

While sailing hero Pete Goss was completing a sailing kayak circumnavigation of Tasmania, the investigation into the tragic sinking of the tall ship Bounty was – and still is – taking place.

This week read evidence presented that the timbers were rotted before she set off.

Autopilots are invaluable for the cruising sailor - for serious, and not so serious, reasons  .. .

Again we have the latest info on new and green products and some fine advice from your fellow cruising sailors. West Marine have announced two environment-protecting innovative products as their 'Green Products for 2013'; America's National Marine Manufacturers Association also announced some Innovation Awards; Neil Langford examines EPIRBs available on the market and discovers some surprising – and disturbing – aspects; read how autopilots are getting smarter and more flexible; and John Jamieson is telling us all to 'think inverted!' when preparing to go sailing. What does that mean? Read the story!

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor goes multilingual
Jeni Bone, is the largest sailing news network in the world, with an audience last year of over 2.2 million readers across 13 marine sites. But for all of its 16 years, its content – some 106,000 stories – have all been viewable only in English, although it has readers in 40+ countries.... [more]
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13th annual Summer Sailstice Celebration 22 June 2013
Ken Quant,
Don't miss out this year! Tall ships to small ships--sailors everywhere are invited to celebrate the 13th annual Summer Sailstice, weekend of June 22, 2013. Traditionally held the weekend closest to the summer solstice, this global celebration of sailing invites everyone to sail ‘together' regardless of where they are or what they sail. Just sign up at and hit the waves!... [more]
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Expose on EPIRBS - what price safety?
Neil and Ley Langford,
Neil Langford, sailing with his wife Ley on Crystal Blues in Thailand, is considering crossing the Indian Ocean and reaching the Atlantic via Africa in a loose network of cruising sailors this year. While preparing, they have made some surprising discoveries about EPIRBs, which they share here:... [more]
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Cruising Association's mobile App, going gangbusters
Louisa Nightingale/Sail-World Cruising,
Britain's Cruising Association first mobile App is going gangbusters. It is now going Beta for Android, demonstrating just how popular their first mobile app, Captain's Mate, has become. A little under a year ago the Cruising Association launched CAptain's Mate, only available for the iPhone and iPad, but in response to member demand an Android version is now beta testing with selected members.... [more]
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West Marine's 'Green Products of 2013' announced - both practical
West Marine/Sail-World Cruising,
They are both practical, both as green as a magic dragon and both worthy of the attention of a cruising sailor. Two products were selected as West Marine's 2013 'Green Product of the Year' Winners: Attwood's Fuel Demand Valve and West Marine CFA bottom paint share the top honor and the $10,000 prize.... [more]
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Pete Goss sails kayak around Tasmania
Stuart Elford/Sail-World Cruising,
Pete Goss and Andy Warrender have completed their epic 800nm circumnavigation of Tasmania by sea kayak after 50 days of adventure, sailing when they could and paddling when they couldn't, in a trip which saw a variety of weather and a wealth of wildlife.... [more]
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Marine products honored for innovation
NMMA/Sail-World Cruising,
Innovation is the lifeblood of development and this week ten marine products were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 72nd annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail. Most this year related to the general boating and fishing scene, but there were some sailing-oriented products among them... [more]
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Sailing Safety - Think 'Inverted' When Making Cruising Preparations
John Jamieson,
Learn to sail with the mindset that sets you apart from the crowd. Acclaimed author and sailor John Vigor makes a great point in his book 'The Seaworthy Offshore Sailboat' to 'think inverted' when provisioning or cruise planning. Read on for what this means to sailing safety.... [more]
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Hearing: Bounty that sank had 'decaying frame and undetermined rot'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The replica 18th-century sailing ship Bounty that sank off North Carolina during Hurricane Sandy had a decaying frame with an undetermined amount of rot in it before leaving port. This is what a Maine shipyard worker has told federal officials Wednesday at an investigative hearing.... [more]
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Windfarms to populate UK's sailing seas - the debate rages
RYA/Sail-World Cruising,
The debate rages. Hornsea is a small seaside resort in Yorkshire, England with just over 8000 people and a reputation for pottery, but its shoreline is about to become the hub for major wind farming, extending far off-shore. Whilst the Royal Yachting Association is lobbying at a national level to ensure the safety of navigation, they want all UK sailors make their views heard... [more]
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Blue Planet Odyssey - why the Northwest Passage?
Jimmy Cornell/Sail-World Cruising,
The decision for the Blue Planet Odyssey, one of the most ambitious world circumnavigation rallies ever to be launched, to sail through the Northwest Passage has generated a debate over the justification for a small fleet of cruising boats navigating through this once impenetrable and still difficult and challenging area.... [more]
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USA Symposium on preserving and growing working waterfronts
D. Scott Croft/Sail-World Cruising,
Waterfronts in the United States are being squeezed. Traditional activities once considered vital to coastal communities -- boat building, fishing, recreational boating and other water-dependent businesses -- must now compete for limited space on the shoreline.... [more]
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Italian sailor set to break American record NYC to SFO
Barbara Sanicola/Sail-World Cruising,
Almost nothing can stop him now. An Italian sailor is on his way to break the record for the fastest monohull to sail from New York to San Francisco via the Horn. It's not an easy route, as one sails round the Horn the 'wrong way', and it has a long history, so it will be a sweet victory.... [more]
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Autopilots - about to get more 'intelligent'
Raymarine/Sail-World Cruising,
For the typical short-handed cruising sailor, the autopilot is often the third crew member, enabling the short-handed crew to be more places at once when necessary, relieving weariness and allowing more sleep for the off-watch crew member. Autopilots have their strengths and weaknesses, so it's good news that the technology which is coming soon will be making them more flexible and easier to use.... [more]
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Cruising Together: CCA awards couple for decade-long sailing
Kirsten Ferguson,
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has selected Stephen and Karyn James (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) to receive its 2012 Far Horizon Award for a commendable ten years and 38,000 miles of cruising. The award is given to a member of CCA 'for a particularly meritorious cruise or series of cruises that exemplify the objectives of the Club.'... [more]
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OceansWatch helps out after Solomon Islands Tsunami
Chris Bone,
OceansWatch Solomons Islands directors and members have quickly stepped up to help victims of the recent Tsunami in the Solomon Islands. Chris Bone, OceansWatch founder reports that two OceansWatch Solomon Islands directors are already in Lata, capital of Santa Cruz Island.... [more]
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