Supermoon sailing...Bosphorus demo...liferaft stowage...more

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 06 Jun 2013

Supermoon sailing...Bosphorus demo...liferaft stowage...more

It's never boring in the world of the cruising sailor. While many sailors have nothing heavier to think about than Supermoons, over in Istanbul some of the sailors in the Bosphorus Cup helped the demonstrators in the fabulous city with their demonstration over a shopping mall by sailing up and down the Bosphorus sporting messages of support.

Wherever you plan to sail, leave Gulf of Guinea out of your plans unless you are suicidal – it has taken over from the Gulf of Aden as the most dangerous waters in the world.

Happier news is the huge money-raising effort by the Toronto Boat Show for kids; another rally – the ARC Portugal – has set off in glorious sunshine; and some Norwegian sailors are saying a big thank you to the Spaniards and the Irish who rescued them after a dismasting.

Rescued Norwegian sailors Erik Ostberg, and his wife, Gretta, arriving in Castletownbere, Ireland  .. .

There's a salient warning about stowing your life raft. This story tells how some lives were lost because of poor stowage of a life raft which meant it failed to open as the boat sank.

Much more too, but don't forget to read about the two Apps that are new for the cruising sailor this week, and...

...sweet high summer sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Summer Sailstice - just 18 days to go for a Supermoon
John Arndt/Sail-World Cruising,
There are just 18 days to go to Summer Sailstice, and founder John Arndt wonders who are the furthest north south east or west so far to celebrate? Well, that depends on where you are sitting, but he sails in San Francisco waters, I guess we start from there.... [more]
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Bosphorus Cup abandoned in Istanbul as sailors protest instead
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Three days of racing at the American Express Bosphorus Cup 2013 got underway last week but many of the sailors decided to do something much more important than racing - saving a precious park from the developers. Instead or racing, they joined the demonstration against the building of a shopping centre in the park adjoining Istanbul's famed Taksim Square.... [more]
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Gulf of Guinea replaces Somalia as most dangerous place to sail
Tom Thompson**, The Maritime Executive/Sail-World,
Piracy May Be Getting Worse, Not Better. The Gulf of Guinea is fast replacing Somalia as the world's most dangerous place to sail. While the frequency of pirate attacks off the Horn of Africa has fallen to its lowest level since 2009, this is no time to celebrate, as Nigeria accounted for 27 attacks lat year.... [more]
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Toronto's Boat Show preview raises more than $47,000 for kids
The Star/Sail-World Cruising,
The numbers are just out. Hundreds of kids will be going to camp thanks to the over $47,000 worth of generosity of boat show patrons who attended the preview night of the Toronto International Boat Show.... [more]
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ARC Portugal fleet set sail amid glorious sunshine
World Cruising Club,
The WCC's 17 strong ARC Portugal fleet departed Mayflower Marina heading south for their first leg amid bright sunshine. It was smiles all round as the yachts set off on Sunday at 0900 in 8-12kt north-easterly breeze, with the anticipation of good winds ahead for the next five days; ideal conditions for the 550 nautical mile crossing of the Bay of Biscay to the first stopover in Bayona.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Perfect Passage Planning' by Alistair Buchan
Sail-World Cruising,
Planning and carrying out a successful, safe and enjoyable passage is a real art, and this book covers the whole process, from planning before setting off to fine tuning once underway.... [more]
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World's largest Solar yacht in Miami
Elisa Melendez,
Miami, in theory, is a perfect pit stop for any solar-powered vehicle -- hell, it's the sunniest city in the Sunshine State. But in practice, this town's been overcast and soggy for weeks now. Luckily, the crew of the MS Tûranor PlanetSolar came with their batteries charged.... [more]
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Norwegian sailors say 'thanks' after international rescue
Southern Star/Sail-World Cruising,
It was an international effort last week to save two experienced sailors, whose yacht was dismasted off the coast of Ireland. They were originally helped by a Spanish fishing boat, then the Irish Navy, then the coastguard, to get their boat safely back to shore. The couple, who are long experienced sailors, have expressed their gratefulness.... [more]
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Death report points to life raft stowage failure
BBC/MCA/Sail-World Cruising,
It's useless having a good life raft on board if it's not stowed so that it will deploy in an emergency. These were the sad findings of a report into the deaths of three fishermen when their boat sank. It might have been a fishing boat not a sailing boat, but the warning is equally pertinent for sailors.... [more]
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Pocket Mariner launches nautical charts and navigation App
Kevin Doel,
Now here's another one. Pocket Mariner, the company behind popular sailing apps such as Compass Eye and Boat Beacon, has launched SeaNav, a nautical charts and navigation App.... [more]
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Polynesian canoe on world sail - mission: Caring for the Planet
Mileka Lincoln, Hawaii News Now/Sail-World,
Hokule'a is a full-scale replica of a wa'a kaulua, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Launched way back in 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, she is best known for her 1976 Hawai?i to Tahiti voyage performed with Polynesian navigation techniques. Many thousands of miles later she is to embark on a much more ambitious voyage.... [more]
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ARC Rally a fun challenge, not about racing
World Cruising Club,
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) welcomes sailors each year from around the globe to gather in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for a rally hallmarked by safe and social cruising. Rallies are about crossing oceans with friends, both new and old, and everybody celebrating the great achievement of completing an ocean passage.... [more]
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Newport Charter Yacht Show ready to dress the city's waterfront
Kirsten Ferguson,
In under a month, the Newport Yachting Center will once again dress the city's waterfront in couture yacht fashion as it hosts the annual Newport Charter Yacht Show. Scheduled from June 17-June 20, the event is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and features a collection of world-class luxury charter yachts.... [more]
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Charts & Tides for Mac is now available from Mac App Store
Daria Blackwell/Sail-World Cruising,
Good news is that Navimatics Charts & Tides for Mac is available right now. Charts&Tides for Mac has passed review from Apple and is now available for OS X 10.8 and later from the Mac App Store.... [more]
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Setting sail from Finland - Sweet Swan 53s
Nautor's Swan,
There are no sweeter lines on the water than those of a Swan - and that's whether you mean the bird or the cruising yacht. Having just completed their build at Nautor's yard in Pietarsaari, Nautor's Swan has started the busy launch season with three Swan 53s setting sail from Finland all with new owners aboard.... [more]
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