The ultimate for seasickness...summer sailstice...Orlova sunk... more

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 31 May 2013

The ultimate for seasickness...summer sailstice...Orlova sunk... more

Summer Sailstice, the global celebration of sailing which takes place on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, is just about to happen. If you've never joined before, what about making this your year – it's a lot of fun and the organisers want your help to spread the word around the sailing world!

Summer Sailstice - the fun tricks they get up to each year  .. .

The indomitable Jeanne Socrates just keeps sailing on, aiming for the third time for a solo, non-stop, unassisted voyage around the world. Almost everything on her boat has broken – she only has half a main, the autopilot has packed it in, she is having to rely on ham radio buffs for her communications – and that's just the beginning. Undaunted, Jeanne is heading for Victoria - and Victory - in Canada. Read the story...

Sailors venturing into the North Atlantic will be happy to learn that the drifting cruise ship the Orlova has probably finally sunk – not a good thing to come across on a dark and stormy night.

John Jamieson is back with some safety advice about the 'bight line' and how not to be hurt when a sheet or fitting breaks; read about the 25 tall ships who will be visiting the Great Lakes this summer; and there's a humorous story from Britain's Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) about the convolutions of some rescues.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet spring sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

13th Summer Sailstice goes for global and wants your help
John Arndt/Sail-World Cruising,
Summer Sailstice, the grand celebration of sailing on the weekend closest to the summer solstice, is not far away, and you can help make it, in its thirteenth year, more global, more truly inclusive of every northern hemisphere sailing nation. First make sure you have set aside the weekend of the 22nd June to celebrate yourself, and then read on to find out how you can help.... [more]
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Handicapping scheme for Cruisers takes off in Britain
Emma Slater,
Since its launch at the beginning of March this year, the new National Handicapping scheme for Cruisers (NHC) of Britain's RYA has gone from strength to strength, thus showing the popularity of the modern cruising boat whose crew want to race from time to time.... [more]
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Seasick sailors: New App to banish seasickness
Sail-World Cruising,
If you ever feel like the guys in this clever cartoon by Phillip Martin when you go sailing, you may want to know about what seems also very clever - an App that can cure your seasickness. Don't believe it? Read on.... [more]
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Who am I? Solo sailor lists the breakages
Lee Mylchreest,
Who am I? I have been sailing solo for quite a while now without touching land, over five months in fact. An amazing number of pieces of equipment have already failed or are beginning to fail. I've made do. I have passed the famed capes of the Southern Ocean and am now in the Pacific. Here is what has broken so far, as I remember:... [more]
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Alternative energy - being embraced by the sailing world
Hilary Wiech, Sailors for the Sea/Sail-World,
Renewable energy is a hot and sometimes controversial topic on land, but within the sailing world wind generators are old news, and being 'independent of the grid' is taken for granted.... [more]
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Swan announces new 'pure' cruising range of sailing boats
Des Ryan,
Last year the famed Finnish boat builder Nautor's Swan built its 2000th yacht. This week, staying loyal to their naval architect German Frers, they have announced a new range of yachts by Frers, meant just for the cruising sailor.... [more]
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One more day in the life of Brixham Coastguard
Daily Mail/Sail-World Cruising,
It is a quiet moment in Britain's Brixham Coastguard control room Thursday evening this week. Coffee is hot, chilled air outside. The 'red' line rings, signalling some emergency at sea, and the junior Coastguard officer on watch answers it swiftly. 'You say there's a person fallen overboard, but you live in Crediton Devon. With respect, Sir, you are nowhere near the sea.'... [more]
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Great Lakes to welcome 25 tall ships this summer
Sail-World Cruising,
Canadians and Americans living around the Great Lakes will this summer be treated to the sight of a fleet of 25 tall ships sailing through the large fresh water lakes which straddle the border between the two countries. In the Tall Ships America's bi-national Tall Ships Challenge series of tall ship visits 22 USA communities and Ontario will be treated to the visits between June and September.... [more]
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All over for Orlova? - navigation hazard may have sunk
Lee Mylchreest,
Cruising sailors in the Atlantic will be relieved to learn that the navigation hazard, the abandoned and possibly toxic cruise ship Orlova, lost and drifting somewhere in the North Atlantic, seems to have vanished from the high seas after a water-activated EPIRB signal, indicating that the ship could be taking on water, was picked up by the Irish Coastguard some time ago, but no contact since.... [more]
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Keep Clear of the 'Bight Line' for Sailing Safety!
John Jamieson,
How can you keep your boat and sailing crew safe when working a docking line under high tension? Make sure you put these three golden safety rules into play aboard your sailing boat, today!... [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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RNLI gives the gift of life to flood victim
A couple of days before Christmas, a shrill scream for help chilled Paul Eastment and his team as they arrived to rescue a terrified woman clinging to a tree in a flooded river. ‘It was a sound that will stay with me for a long time,' says RNLI Flood Rescue Boat Team Leader Paul. ‘It was desperate and full of emotion. I will never forget it.'... [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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Barry Gourlay receives RNLI Bronze Medal for Gallantry
When knowledgeable mariner Paul Harrison and his son Sean left North Shields on 31 July 2012 in ideal conditions aboard the 16m former lifeboat Princess, they had no idea this would be ‘the old rescuer's' last journey. By midnight the wind had increased to 25 knots and large swells outran the boat.... [more]
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