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18 Jul 2013
Cruising Masterclass..sailing round the North Pole..HMS Bounty Award
Lots of exciting events coming up - the Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous is one of the most enjoyable rendezvous sails in the year. Don't have a multihull? Why you can charter one up there on the spot to join the fun. Talking about Queensland, the Brisbane Boat Show comes the next month after the Sydney Boat Show, and it's 'coming home time' for the show.
Winter might be the time to debate your safety issues, and Auckland has some heavy thinking to do - whether to make life jackets compulsory or not - read that conversation below...
The amazing variety and contrast between the watery tales about cruising sailors never ceases to amaze me. It seems that we tend to get involved in our own exciting sailing exploits, while forgetting that fellow sailors on the other side of the world are also having amazing experiences.
Have you ever swum with pigs? ... and I am not being insulting about the company you keep. Pigs on one Caribbean Island live wild on sandy beaches and swim out to greet passing sailors hoping for a titbit or two. Marvellous, unlikely story.
Today sailors come in droves to swim with the pigs .. .
Piracy policing is being effective in Somali waters, but watch out for West Africa - read the latest annual report. The success, by the way, doesn't mean you can head for the Red Sea through the Gulf of Aden any time soon.
Piracy, successful foiling has driven down piracy in Somali waters
Up in St Petersburg in Russia they're celebrating classic boats, and Beneteau's own 'Classic', the Oceanis 38, is taking on a new look! Over in Turkmenistan, they are opening their first yacht club. Yes I knew that Turkmenistan was on the Caspian Sea, but somehow I never imaged there would be a yachting scene vibrant enough to have a yacht club.
The news is not all good, of course. One grieving Dad won't accept his daughter, missing now for over a month from the schooner Nina, thought sunk in the Tasman Sea, is lost. He is beginning to start his own search.
Enough time has passed since the sinking of the HMS Bounty for the brave souls who rescued 14 crew during of Hurricane Sandy to receive their due honours and accolades.
As full summer approaches in the northern hemisphere, a new raft of sailors set out to sail the North West Passage. This week we feature a Polish boat which will circle the North Pole – and incidentally the North West Passage as well.
Not a lot about maintenance or practical subjects this week – full summer is a time for sailing, not maintaining!
Lots of other news too, so scroll down the headlines to find your own interest.
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