Here's wishing you a peaceful and happy festive season

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 19 Dec 2013

Here's wishing you a peaceful and happy festive season

Our circulation for this news magazine that goes directly to your inbox is 55,000 and individual stories on the site are picked up by a vastly wider audience as they permeate the digital world via Google.

You can even upload your story and pictures (we love pictures) via our Contributors System at the top right corner of the site. But remember, this site and news magazine are not for competitive events – cruising sailors just love being on the water and don't care who gets there first.

Once again this week a vast range of new sailing stories for the cruising sailor – telling tales, giving great advice, bringing the cruising news from the world directly to you.

Of particular note are some of the safety articles, disguised as stories – Lee Mylchreest tells of an investigation as to why a collision occurred between a Swiss yacht and a large ship; there's some variation (and humour) world-wide about what to do next if you accidentally let off your EPIRB; and Sheryl Shard shares her top ideas about what's really important (and not much is) when you are cruising.

OMG I've just set off the EPIRB  .. .

Don't miss the video of the glacier almost falling on a boat; on the subject of falling, we discuss what to do if someone falls from your dinghy; and UK Sailmakers have some nifty advice about improving your halyard tension.

Glacier coming  .. .

Wherever you are, freezing in the higher latitudes or blissfully sailing in the tropics, here's wishing you a peaceful happy festive season however you choose to celebrate.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

London Boat Show calling, 4-12 January
London Boat Show/Sail-World,
Sixty years and still counting. The London Boat Show is one of those boat shows that no cruising sailor should miss if you are anywhere close enough to get there, 4-12 January, Excel, London.... [more]
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RYA Foundation to make boating more accessible to everyone
Susie Nation-Grainger,
The RYA is happy to introduce the RYA Foundation, making boating more accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstance.... [more]
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Too close for comfort - the glacier is not your friend
Lee Mylchreest,
For all you sailors who dream of sailing at high latitudes one day - or are even doing it now - this is a video you need to watch, to give you one more tool in your armoury to get you past glaciers safely.... [more]
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Falling overboard - just as easy from a dinghy
Cape Coral Sail and Power Squadron/Sail-World,
There's much talk about falling overboard from sailing boats, but don't forget it's much easier to fall overboard when you are in a dinghy or other small craft, simply because it might seem a more innocent activity.... [more]
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Improve halyard tension by video from UK Sailmakers
Adam Loory, UK Sailmakers,
UK Sailmakers is building a library of instructional videos titled 'Sail with Confidence' to help sailors become better at sail trim and boat handling.... [more]
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24 Years of Cruising - Lessons Learned
Sheryl Shard,
This fall Paul and Sheryl Shard, bestselling authors and award-winning filmmakers, are celebrating 24 years of international cruising - 24 years of magical places they've sailed to and amazing people they've met. Since this is a time that so many people are heading south on their first cruise we invited them to share some thoughts on lessons learned exploring the world by sailboat.... [more]
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Last Call - Funds available for safe and clean boating projects
The BoatUS Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grants projects that utilize new, innovative approaches to encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public. Organizations with the best grant applications will be awarded individual grants of up to $10,000 to implement their plan.... [more]
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Is your Publicity Officer ready to send news to Sail-World?
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Each year we have been receiving some great reports from a whole range of Clubs and cruising organisations... If YOUR club, association or cruising committee would like to publicise or report on an event, especially its national events, stories and pictures can be uploaded via our Contributors System at the top right of the site.... [more]
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'We're rescuing Santa Claus!' - the rescue of a long distance sailor
Des Ryan/The Reporter,
On November 05 this year, the coal ship Athina L had been called by AMVER to a yacht in trouble in their piece of the ocean. But when the Philippino crew arrived at the rescue scene, they had one reaction: 'We're rescuing Santa Claus!'... [more]
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Notice to Seafarers: Accidental EPIRB activation - What to do next?
Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club,
Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club member and co-author of 'Happy Hooking: The Art of Anchoring' tells us she has just received this notice from the radio licensing authority in Ireland:... [more]
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Shazzam! It's Azzam
Des Ryan,
Of course, she has no sails, but measuring 180m she's the longest yacht in the world. She has a power of 94,00hp, a top speed of over 30 knots and was built in a superyacht nanosecond of just four years. She's Azzam and she is now delivered to her somewhat mysterious owner!... [more]
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Asia Superyacht Rendezvous ready to roll
ASR Media,
ASR hosts Kata Rocks have been working tirelessly to make sure everything is perfect, and ready for the attendees to enjoy. From the food and cocktails, to entertainment and decoration, all that's left to do is welcome the guests, and watch them take in the breathtaking views and marvel at the exceptional luxury this venue has to offer.... [more]
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Anatomy of a collision - yacht and bulk carrier
Lee Mylchreest,
What are the factors most likely to cause a collision at sea? What mistakes should the cruising sailor NOT make? How much can we rely on a good lookout by ships that we pass? The investigation of this non-fatal collision between a Swiss-flagged yacht and an Australian bulk carrier carries some significant messages for how we should all act when sailing an open seaway.... [more]
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Inaugural ARC+ draws to a close at Rodney Bay
World Cruising Club,
ARC+, World Cruising Club's new route option for the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, drew to an official end last night at the Royal by Rex Resorts in Rodney Bay Saint Lucia, the final formal occasion of what has been a tremendously successful first edition.... [more]
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ARC+ - sailing south 'until the butter melts'
World Cruising Club/Sail-World,
First there was the ARC, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, consisting of a simple hop across the Pacific. But the good oil always said that to cross the Atlantic you should 'sail south until the butter melts' and then turn west. Now the World Cruising Club is heeding that advice and offering 'ARC+', adding a Cape Verde stopover, and the first, very successful ARC+ is just finished.... [more]
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Low cost life jackets available for camps, schools and non-profits
Non-profit summer camps, schools, or local non-profit organizations providing on the water programs for kids have a significant need for safety, and having right-sized life jackets for kids is key. Now, the BoatUS Foundation's Kids Afloat Program is offering kid/teen-sized, vest-style life jackets for just $5 each.... [more]
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