Drugs on sailboats, yacht-friendly countries change, deserved honours

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 05 Dec 2013

Drugs on sailboats, yacht-friendly countries change, deserved honours

Minoru Saito might be the oldest sailor to complete a circumnavigation, finishing his (eighth) solo circumnavigation at the age of 77, but Dr Stanley Paris, at the age of 76, has just set out to do it - non-stop. Very inspirational story!

Just as Greece is slapping on taxes for the boating community in the mistaken idea that yachts won't vote with a lifted anchor, Russia and Cuba have both taken steps to make their shores more yacht friendly, so there are some new possibilities to consider when planning your long range cruising.

There's always someone out there sailing for the good of the community. Up in Ireland, two hardy characters have just finished circumnavigating the island for the RNLI and cancer charities, while some American sailors have clubbed together to help some of the remote islanders in the Philippines affected by the recent super-typhoon. They want your help too, so do read their story.

Sail around Ireland - the crew  .. .

It was great to see deaf sailor Gerry Hughes being honoured for his solo circumnavigation, as were two rescuers who came to the aid of the crew of the sinking HMS Bounty last year.

Bounty as she proudly was, and the tragic sight of her sinking  .. .

All these stories and more, just by running your eye down the headlines below.

For those lucky enough to be somewhere warm enough to sail – and to those who are braving the cold to do it anyway...

...Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Yachties respond to Typhoon crisis in the Philippines
Lee Mylchreest,
Sail-World Cruising has been contacted by some yachties who have responded to the crisis in the Philippines caused by Super Typhoon Haikan/Yolanda, and they are appealing for help from sailors around the world.... [more]
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Remove the mast, check the rigging - at home!
Simon Grain, J24 Australia/Sail-World,
Taking your mast out and checking your rigging on a 'standard' size cruising boat - say 35-50ft - is something that the rigger does when you ask him to. However, with a smaller boat, such as a J24, it can easily and conveniently be done at home - if you know how. We have found this new excellent series of instructions, so read on as Luke Matthews writes the detail of just how it's done:... [more]
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First ARC+ arrivals make landfall in Saint Lucia
World Cruising Club,
On 20 November, 43 rally yachts set sail from Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands bound for Rodney Bay on the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Lucia. Seven ARC+ boats are now safely tied up inside Rodney Bay Marina having enjoyed an easy sail across the Atlantic. The rest of the ARC+ boats are due to arrive over the next week.... [more]
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Book Review: Sailing a Serious Ocean
Doug Cuming,
Sailing a Serious Ocean by John Kretschmer: Sailboats, storms, stories, and lessons leaned from 30 years at sea. John Kretschmer is a seriously experienced sailor having logged more than 300,000 offshore sailing miles and brings every minute of his time afloat in his latest book, Sailing – A Serious Ocean.... [more]
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Deaf British yachtsman receives RYA Sailability Award
Susie NationGrainger,
Gerry Hughes, a teacher from Glasgow, was presented with the first ever RYA Sailability Personal Endeavour Award on ITV's Surprise Surprise (Sunday 01 December) in recognition of his historic voyage as the first deaf yachtsman to sail single-handedly around the world via the Five Great Capes.... [more]
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ARC Caribbean 1500 wraps up in Tortola
World Cruising Club USA,
The 2013 ARC Caribbean 1500 - the 24th edition of the annual cruising rally - came to a close in Tortola with the final prizegiving on Thursday, November 14. Despite sometimes challenging conditions offshore, the entire fleet arrived unscathed in Nanny Cay in time for prizegiving.... [more]
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New yacht charter opportunities for 2014
Lee Mylchreest,
Not all of us can afford the time and/or the money to sail over the horizon for months and years at a time. (But why not?) So chartering a yacht in a distant or exotic port is the next best alternative. Here we bring you what one of the world's leading charter organisations, Sunsail, with 800 yachts in 27 destinations worldwide, is offering new for the 2014 season.... [more]
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New boating destination: Land of the Thousand Lakes
Le Boat/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailed everywhere and running out of destinations? Here's a new one - the Land of the Thousand Lakes, the Masurian Lakes of Poland. There's only one rub: they are motor boats not sailing boats, but you'll be on the water and definitely having fun in a destination almost unknown to the outside world of boating.... [more]
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Double record circumnavigation attempt delayed by weather
Des Ryan,
A New Zealander - but Florida based - sailor planning to sail around the world breaking two world records, beginning and ending in Florida, had to take a rain check Saturday because of bad weather. Dr. Stanley Paris had planned to set out Saturday afternoon in his 63ft Farr designed sloop, but weather delayed his voyage until Sunday morning.... [more]
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HMS Bounty rescuers receive top IMO Bravery Award for hurricane rescue
IMO/Sail-World Cruising,
An IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013 went to two American rescuers involved in the HMS Bounty rescue. The American rescuers were presented with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea 2013, during a special ceremony held on this week at IMO Headquarters in London.... [more]
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Two sailors circumnavigate Ireland successfully for charity
Afloat/Sail-World Cruising,
Apart from the sheer joy of being out on the water, there's always some sailor, somewhere, sailing for a great cause. Recently two Irish sailors who are both cancer survivers, sailed around Ireland to raise money for the Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) and two cancer charities.... [more]
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Disability accessible Tallship on World circumnavigation
Philippa Williams,
We are on board the Lord Nelson, a square rigged sail training ship operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The JST is a British based charity that strives to promote sailing as an activity open to everyone, regardless of individual's physical capacity. Andy, Allen and myself have all signed up as voyage crew for one leg of Nellie world circumnavigation - and we are all enjoying ourselves immensely... [more]
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Vanuatu to Australia Rally identified as favourite for drug cartel
ACBPS/Sail-World Cruising,
For some months Sail-World has been reporting on the occasional swoop on yachts carrying drugs on sailing boats from South America into Australia. There has been a growing tendency for drug importers to the South Pacific to use the low profile nature of a sailing boat, but now, in a confidential report, the Port2Port Rally from Vanuatu to Australia is identified as a favourite for the drug trade.... [more]
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Three days visa free for cruising sailors to Russia - new bill
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It's not much, but it's a beginning. Cruising sailors could soon be allowed to stay in Russia without a visa for up to three days, according to a bill being considered by the Russian government. Three days in the life of long range cruising sailors is like three minutes to themselves back home, but it might enable easier visits in the Black Sea region.... [more]
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Storm creates yacht havoc in Thailand's Phuket
Jeff Zika/Sail-World Cruising,
As leisure sailors, we all like to think that, while the ocean is not our friend, we can overcome its wildest of rages if we display good seamanship. But that's at sea. Recently Phuket, Thailand, experienced a major storm which the best seamanship in the world couldn't prevent from heart-breaking, destructive damage to some of the finest of yachts.... [more]
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Cuba holds out a five year welcome flag to cruising sailors
Sail-World Cruising,
Cuba is doing its best to attract the lucrative yachting market. First, from now on cruising boats will be able to send information ahead by utilising a special website, which will simplify your arrival. Second, it has announced that it will allow leisure yachts to stay in the country for up to five years, or even longer periods.... [more]
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Code of Conduct for Harbour Directions has now been published
Louise Nicholls,
The Code of Conduct for Harbour Directions has now been published, along with supplementary guidance, in readiness for the first tranche of applications for designation by harbour authorities which is expected in spring 2014.... [more]
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