Adventure sailing, new gizmos, sailors needed to track climate change

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 24 May 2013

Adventure sailing, new gizmos, sailors needed to track climate change

It's hard for the modern non-tech-savvy sailor to keep up with all the new aids available. But at Sail-World Cruising we're trying! This week there is a really interesting invention, the yacht track library. This shows you the previous tracks of other yachts, so that, if the chart is 'wrong', the yacht track across the middle of an island or a reef will alert you to the issue – brilliant, see example below.

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Featured this week is Digital Media Locker with Blue Tooth. It is a great way to keep your iPhone or iPad secure while you use the myriad Apps available for sailing.

If you are concerned, like many sailors, about the effects of overpopulation and climate change on our oceans, now there is a vital way you can help, by tracking the water purity in your region. The call is out to all leisure sailors – read the details and volunteer, please!

Many other interesting articles as well, a featured book for those near Vancouver, the really delightful 'Memoirs of a Cruising Dog', a great guide to how to install your own inverter, a wonderful sailing tale about a voyage to one of the most remote islands in the world, Maug in the Marianas, opportunities to sail with a tall ship for east coast Canadians and news of the 10th Tahiti Pearl Regatta.

Maug as seen from a satellite  .. .

It's warming up for those in northerly climates, so in the US the Coast Guard is offering eight vital safety tips to check before starting spring sailing.

Read on, enjoy, and

Sweet spring sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Francis Joyon's legendary quest on hold in New York
Mer et Media,
On a legendary record quest, Francis Joyon is at North Cove Marina in New York taking care of his maxi trimaran IDEC. On Thursday 16th May, the official stand-by began as he awaits a weather opportunity to tackle the North Atlantic record between Ambrose Light and the Lizard.... [more]
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10 Great American Boating Towns to Retire, Play and Thrive
D. Scott Croft,
American sailors, have you dreamt of moving to a boating paradise once you're free of the daily grind? The magazine from the nation's largest recreational boat owners group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), can help you decide which one. In the just-released June/July issue of BoatUS Magazine, the editors pick 10 of the most boat-friendly American communities.... [more]
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Inverter Installation: Troublshooting 101
Don Wilson,
So you want to install an inverter, but with all the features and complexity of today's more sophisticated units, you're hesitant to take the plunge? Or, perhaps you've had some problems with your inverter, and you're not sure if it's a faulty unit ... or a simple installation problem?... [more]
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'Memoirs of a Cruising Dog', sailing on South Islander
Amanda Spottiswoode,
In the maze of islands straddling the border between Vancouver and USA, doggie boaters have had to rely on perfunctory walks ashore with their boating owners. Now there's a travel guide for four-legged cruisers in 'South Islander, Memoirs of a Cruising Dog'. The book is as charming and readable as it is useful and cruising sailors everywhere in the world will wish they had the same.... [more]
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Yacht Track Library - an ingenious new tool for cruising sailors
Daria Blackwell/Sail-World Cruising,
At Sail-World Cruising we're always on the lookout for extra navigation aids to assist the cruising sailor, and we have found a beauty this week - and it needs your help to make it even better!... [more]
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Leisure sailors wanted to help track effects of climate change
Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club/Sail-World,
This is your chance to do something valuable while you sail. As a leisure sailor you and other seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study to record the effects of climate change, using a simple piece of equipment you can make yourself at home and an iPhone or Android app.... [more]
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Incredible Jeanne crosses equator - one more leg to victory
Lee Mylchreest,
The incredible Jeanne Socrates has crossed the equator! In her third attempt to circumnavigate the world non-stop the indomitable 70-year-old sailor has crossed the equator for the last time and 'merely' has to make it back to her starting point in Victoria, Canada, to become the oldest female to have circumnavigated the world solo, non-stop and unassisted.... [more]
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Guam sailors cruise to the remote Maug Islands
Lacee A.C. Martinez, GuamPDN/Sail-World,
To most of us Guam is a remote island in the Marianas somewhere in the western Pacific Ocean, best known as a US military base. But Guam, naturally, is not remote to the leisure sailors who live there. It's Maug that is remote - so remote that few sailors had ever ventured there, until Jim, Wayne and Bill, Guam sailors, set off recently in a 38ft Galaxie and told their story to Pacific Daily News.... [more]
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Eight Safety Tips for a safe boating season
US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
As winter is finally loosening its grip and the beginning of the 2013 boating season is slowly beginning, the US Coast Guard urges boaters and leisure sailors to make the most of the season by keeping it as safe as possible. Here's eight safety tips so you will survive and enjoy your boating/sailing season:... [more]
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Another 'couldn't cope' rescue - sailor 'too tired' to continue
Lee Mylchreest,
Joshua Slocum had no autopilot but slept during his circumnavigation in 1895 by lashing the wheel and setting the sails. In 2006 some friends of ours lost steering altogether then sailed 1400nm by setting the sails. More and more rescues are occurring because many a modern sailor can't cope with the challenges, witness this appalling story, flashed across the sailing world this week:... [more]
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'The greatest mismatch of vessel and peril of the sea': Bounty suit
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Even though the official investigations into the sinking of the HMS Bounty last October have not yet produced reports, the tragic death of one of the crew, Claudene Christian, is already the subject of a law suit against the current owner of the Bounty, businessman Robert Hansen, and the Bounty Organisation itself, for $90million.... [more]
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10th Tahiti Pearl Regatta - see the images by Morgan Rogers
Morgan Rogers/Sail-World Cruising,
The Tahiti Pearl Regatta (TPR), from 8-12 May, offered a festive and fun meeting, within preserved and enchanting islands. This year the TPR sailed from Raiatea to Bora Bora, Taha'a and Huahine, from 8 to 12 May 2013. They even pretended sometimes they were racing... [more]
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PlanetSolar - four days faster across the Atlantic
Planetsolar/Sail-World Cruising,
PlanetSolar, the huge alien-looking vessel powered completely by solar power, reached St. Martin and beat its own record for a trans-Atlantic crossing! Because there aren't any other vessels remotely resembling PlanetSolar, the record was a closed-shop affair. Still, they were four days more skillful, technologically superior - or lucky - since the last time they crossed the Atlantic.... [more]
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From Canada to France with the Spirit of Adventure
Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges,
Calling all sailors in Canada with adventure in their hearts: The Spirit of Canada Ocean Challenges team is announcing the first trip to St Pierre to celebrate St. Bastille Day in France. Imagine departing historic Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and sailing into the Atlantic all the way to less than two days.... [more]
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Digital Media Locker plus Blue Tooth connection for a dry iPhone
Sail-World Cruising,
Using an iPhone on board sailing boats is becoming more and more common as the marine Apps increase, but this product of the week does much more than protect your iPhone in a hazardous environment. We thought it was worth featuring, with its new Blue Tooth connection.... [more]
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CGF to host Coast Guard tribute at nation's capital
Jennifer Crowley Fyke,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, has announced that its ninth Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital will take place on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.... [more]
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