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 13 Sep 2013

World and Local Cruising News

Apologies if you have had trouble accessing Sail-World in the last week, it has been a case of being cursed with too much success – America's Cup in the millions swamped our best efforts at increasing capacity, and there'll be some new viewing records made I'll wager.

While the American and New Zealand racing world might be distracted by the America's Cup races on at the moment (even though there are hardly any Americans on the American boat) there's plenty going on in the rest of the sailing world.

I interviewed Jeanne Socrates about what life is like when you have just become the oldest female circumnavigating solo sailor the world has ever seen. Ready to retire now? Read the story!

Jeanne just after her arrival in Victoria  .. .

In this week's edition there's everything from the real story about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to a destination piece on the lovely coastline of Croatia, especially that near the town of Kornati, and some more excellent advice from John Jamieson on one piece of sailing gear you'll never want to forget.

Family and friends of the lost crew from the schooner Nina in the Tasman Sea have found yet another satellite image they think could be a life raft; the Cannes Boat Show is at its spectacular best; and there's a group of rescuers in the UK having an adventure of their own – sailing round Britain to raise money for the Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI).

999 Coastal Challenge
Photo by Linda Banham, Lindi B imaging. 07798662523, copyright Lindi B imaging  .. .

The most amusing story of the week is how a French skipper (a fisherman, you'll be pleased to note, not a sailor) fell asleep at the wheel and hit England. They've fined him of course, and told him to keep better watches in the future.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Jeanne Socrates, solo circumnavigator, looks back on her journey
Nancy Knudsen,
Jeanne Socrates pulled into Victoria Harbor at just before 3 a.m. on Monday, July 8, aboard her Najad 380, Nereida, to become, at 70 years old, the oldest female sailor to complete a non-stop solo circumnavigation. In this article Jeanne tells the inside story of her amazing achievement... [more]
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Boat Show 'in the heart of town' boosts numbers.
Lee Mylchreest,
Reports of an increase in boat show number at Oslo's recent boat show for the second year in a row, faster than the world trend, have been attributed to some observers to be because of the central location of the show, in the heart of Norway's capital.... [more]
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Never-say-die searchers for Nina find a new satellite image
Des Ryan,
Never-say-die family and friends searching for the crew of the missing schooner Nina want New Zealand Search and Rescue to investigate a new satellite image, which they claim looks like a life raft, seen by searchers just this week and pictured here.... [more]
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'All is Lost' - new solo sailor movie from Robert Redford
Sail-World Cruising,
If, as a leisure sailor, you have seen 'A Perfect Storm' and identified, and/or seen 'The Life of Pi' and identified, you will not want to miss Robert Redford's new sailing movie, 'All is Lost'. In the movie he is a solo sailor, and as an actor, he is not only a solo performance, there is hardly any dialogue.... [more]
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Rescuers circumnavigate Britain to raise rescue money
A team of search and rescue workers from the East Midlands is embarked on an unusual way of raising money to keep the rescue services of Britain going. They are 'sailing' around 1,999 miles of British coastline in a small inflatable boat.... [more]
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Cannes Boat Show - Jeanneau announces a new 64 foot sailing yacht
Mainsheet Media,
Jeanneau, the quality French yacht builder will be officially announcing a new 64 foot model at the Cannes Boat Show this week.... [more]
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Kornati in Croatia, idyllic cruising ground
Trevor Joyce,
Kornati is sure to be the next hugely popular Croatian cruising ground, to the north of Split, and it is changing rapidly as the Europeans have already discovered the spectacular alternative to the better known islands between Split and Dubrovnik... [more]
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Sleepy French skipper fined for hitting England
Lee Mylchreest,
If you have ever felt sleepy at the wheel of your boat, remembering this story might help keep you awake a little longer. It was a fishing boat, not a sailing boat, and he was French, ending up on an English shore. (Lucky it's today not a couple of hundred years ago, or it might have been much worse for him.) There's also a lesson about good watch-keeping here.... [more]
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Luggers sail into town for re-enactment
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Luggers, traditional sailing boats used for fishing, are about to descend on West Cornwall as part of a re-creation of 19th Century lifestyle in the charming coastal village of St Ives.... [more]
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Namesake ship relevant to War of 1812 Bicentennial celebrations
Barby MacGowan,
A significant sidebar relevant to the current bicentennial celebrations of the Battle of Lake Erie is the progress of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's namesake ship, the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, which is currently under construction and nearing completion in Rhode Island.... [more]
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Great Pacific Garbage Patch - the real story
Sailors for the Sea - Ocean Watch Essay,
No doubt you have heard of the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and thought goodness, that's terrible, someone should clean up that island of trash.... [more]
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Wear This Essential Sailing Gear for Sailing Safety!
John Jamieson,
Step aboard any sailing boat, and there's one tool you will want to wear on your belt. Fall over the side and this super tool could save your life. Wrap a leg in a Genoa sheet and this handy tool could bail you out--smooth and easy. A good sailing knife can do this and a whole lot more! Check out these top five benefits that a sailing knife will provide for you and your sailing partner.... [more]
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Tall Ships Festival to Sail into Dana Point
The Log/Sail-World Cruising,
Tall ships seem to be everywhere at the moment, with student sailors or cadets providing most of the sail-power - and Dana Point Harbor, in Los Angeles' Orange County is about to join the throng. The entire seascape around Dana Point will be replete with towering masts and massive sails when historic tall ships sail in for the 29th annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival, Sept. 7-8.... [more]
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