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26 Apr 2013
Island mystery solved,shallow water rescues, sailing with others, more
An island mystery perhaps solved, some amazing rescue tales and the lessons learned, and two extraordinary environment-friendly vessels make their mark in the fight against ocean pollution. These are the highlights of this week's news magazine, as it brings you news from our own coastlines and all the world's oceans.
The mystery of the 'disappearance' of Sandy Island in the Coral Sea may be solved, but the supposed solution turns out to be as fascinating as the original mystery. It's a must read.
It's an ancient mariner truism that where deep water gives way to shallow water, particularly with following seas, it's a place you don't want to be if a weather system approaches. Two of this week's rescues, at opposite ends of the globe, are testament to this. The first was in our own Bass Strait, whereas the other was in the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic French coastline. While very different environments, both sailors rescued were in shallow water areas in a storm. The Russian sailor, being a long way from home, had maybe simply not heard about the dangers of Bass Strait. Even though it is much longer, most circumnavigating sailors choose to go through the Southern Ocean rather than risk Bass Strait when passing south of Australia.
Location of rescue of Russian circumnavigating solo sailor - caught in the cauldron caused by a storm in the shallow Bass Strait .. .
Two environmental experimental vessels are in the news this week again – PlanetSolar, the circumnavigating solar powered vessel that looks as though the Aliens have landed, is off to conduct scientific measurements of the ocean, and Plastiki, the catamaran constructed of empty plastic water bottles, is now a book recording David de Rothchild's extraordinary journey across the Pacific.
There's also a variety of other interesting articles. How often do you sail on other people's boats? John Jamieson has a great list of stuff you're wise to take. Read how British Coastguard adopted a novel approach to an MOB situation which is worth remembering.
MOB(COB): Being tethered at all times is half the battle, but getting back on board can be a significant challenge .. .
If you like inspiring stories, go no further than the story of the Man OverBoard who spent 27 hours treading water (no life jacket) before being rescued by Australians John and Belinda McGroder on their ketch Barrenjoey. Talking of inspiration, there's also an update on Jeanne Socrates progress in her third attempt to circumnavigate solo and non-stop. Enjoy these and many more articles, and...
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