Ghost ship sighting, British sailor prosecuted, clever autopilot, more

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 17 Oct 2013

Ghost ship sighting, British sailor prosecuted, clever autopilot, more

There's more. For one British Royal navy sailor it just keeps getting worse. He is no longer in the Navy and he is now in court facing prosecution by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) on a number of negligence charges. Personally, I can't help feeling for the sailor – we've all made bad calls, though perhaps in more private ways.

Speaking of judgement, John Jamieson is back this week to talk about judging the safe speed according to the conditions you and your sailing boat find yourself in. Even if you know these answers, a reminder is a refresher...

Is technology taking all the adventure out of cruising? This week we tell of an innovative autopilot which calibrates itself and teaches itself about the characteristics and quirks of the boat, without any intervention from the sailor. There's also a report on how EPIRBs are gradually, thanks to new satellites and reporting stations, getting more accurate more quickly.

Four months have passed since schooner Nina was heard of in the Tasman Sea, but the families have not given up. Their private search firm has now found what could be evidence of the boat still afloat near Norfolk Island. It's worth remembering that a New Zealand yacht, Air Apparent, abandoned by its crew in 2008 in the Tasman Sea, was also sighted months later drifting near Norfolk Island and ended up a year later beached on the north east coast of Australia.

Faint hope revived after four months - could this be Nina still afloat?  .. .

Much more too, cruising news from around the world, so browse down the headlines to find your interest, and, if you are anywhere warm enough...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

British sailor's collision with 120,000 tanker comes to court
Sail-World Cruising,
Remember these photos? A British sailor whose 2011 collision with the 120,000 tanker Hanne Knutsen was flashed around the world garnering almost a million viewers, not to mention the 100,000 crowd watching from the shore, is currently being prosecuted in Southampton Court.... [more]
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New thread of hope - is this a photo of drifting Nina?
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The families of the crew of the schooner Nina, missing since June in the Tasman Sea, are not giving up. A private search team have now identified satellite images of a vessel or object resembling the missing yacht Nina.... [more]
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Britain's Lord Nelson now en route to Auckland
Heather Ewing,
Britain's accessible tall ship Lord Nelson has departed Sydney Harbour bound for Auckland, New Zealand, at the end of a highly successful inaugural visit to Australia.... [more]
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Good news for emergency beacons - more accurate more quickly
Lee Mylchreest,
A few years ago I was at my office desk in the middle of a hectic day when the phone rang. 'This is AMSA,' the voice said, 'we have a report that the EPIRB on your yacht has been activated about 600 nm off the coast.' 'What? It couldn't have!' I spluttered, 'It was in the marina this morning!'... [more]
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Solar powered robot boat stalls half way across the Atlantic
Masslive/Sail-World Cruising,
An unmanned, solar-powered boat built by Massachusetts-based Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) student and his friends has begun to sail south and, it appears, will sadly not complete its intended journey from Rhode Island to Spain. After 51 days at sea, the boat is more than 1,900 miles away from Rhode Island. On Monday morning, it was 2,242 miles from Spain.... [more]
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Evolution Autopilot - top honours in Marine Electronics Awards
Sail-World Cruising,
Looking for a new autopilot? It's worth considering this one. The Evolution Autopilot by Raymarine has won top honours at the 2013 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, winning the NMEA-BWI Technology Award.... [more]
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It's official - boat owners have more fun!
If you thought people seemed happier spending time on a boat, you're right. In a first-ever survey of the half a million recreational boat owning members of the national boating advocacy and services group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), 99.4% responded 'yes' when asked: 'Do you wave (to other boats)?'... [more]
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London Boat Show to introduce new cruise element
Emma York,
Come and join the London Boat Show at ExCeL London in January 2014 where there will be a brand new exhibition, the Telegraph Cruise Show. Taking place across the final weekend, Friday 10 - Sunday 12th January, will be a dedicated cruise show owned and run by the Telegraph Media Group, which promises to be the biggest and best event that cruise holidaymakers have seen.... [more]
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Royal Yachting Association concerns on e-Borders acknowledged
Louise Nickolls/Sail-World Cruising,
It's a start. Royal Yachting Association's (RYA's) concerns on e-Borders programme for the British leisure boating and sailing sector have been acknowledged in the latest report on the e-Borders programme.... [more]
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Marine Protected Areas - where conservation meets recreation
K. Shugart-Schmidt, Sailors for the Sea,
Most recreational boaters enjoy the challenge of cruising in the open ocean, using their considerable skills and wonderful boats to surmount all the problems that ocean and weather can throw at them. But enjoying these aquatic pursuits is increasingly at risk because the oceans are changing, and not for the better.... [more]
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Calling Naval Architects, engineers and students: SNAME for you
Des Ryan,
Calling Naval Architects, engineers and students: SNAME could be for you. Whether you are a long-experienced naval architect or engineer, or still studying, attendance at the conference of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) could advance your knowledge and career - but there's only two days to go for the Early Registration Deadline.... [more]
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Leading the way in solar power in Rhode Island
Cynthia Goss,
On October 21, Conanicut Marine Services, Inc. will unveil a new addition to the yard that has transformed this Jamestown company into a leader in environmental stewardship for the Rhode Island marine trades.... [more]
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Sailing Navigation Safety - What is 'Safe Speed'?
John Jamieson,
Could you be sailing too fast in some conditions? After all, it's rare that a cruising monohull sailing boat's speed can come close to that of her powerboat cousin.... [more]
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PlanetSolar reaches Paris after successful ocean study
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
The project began to symbolise the possibilities of solar power for yachts - the first ever circumnavigation of the world using only solar power - but since then the strange 31m yacht with the looks of an alien invader, Turanor PlanetSolar, has found more reasons to exist for the good of the planet - studying the ocean.... [more]
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It's a first! Tall Ships set sail across the Tasman Sea to Auckland
Nancy Knudsen,
A first ever! Seven tall ships from six countries have set sail in the Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships Regatta. The majestic vessels are expected to sail into the New Zealand harbour in about nine days. This Regatta is the first international tall ship event to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]
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Great Lakes remain filled with the spirit of maritime adventure
Kirsten Ferguson,
Though the 2013 Tall Ships Challenge® series of races and public maritime festivals officially came to a close last month, the Great Lakes are still filled with the spirit of maritime adventure that arrived in June with a fleet of tall ships from North America and Europe.... [more]
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David Green, driving force behind Gipsy Moth restoration dead at 52
Barry Pickthall,
David Green, who was found dead at his home on the Isle of Wight on October 7, was a driving force behind the restoration of Sir Francis Chichester's yacht Gipsy Moth IV, and her second circumnavigation with disadvantaged youngsters in 2005/7.... [more]
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