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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...
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