Buying a boat, cooking at sea, Early Warning Squall Detector

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 02 Jan 2014

Buying a boat, cooking at sea, Early Warning Squall Detector

Happy New Year to all our Sail-World Cruising readers! This edition brings you the first of many news magazines to your inbox in 2014, keeping you right up to date with what's happening in the world of the cruising sailor. With stories of sailing adventures, inside advice on new products and how to increase your cruising skills, you'll also have all the news about what's happening not only in your local waters but around the world.

One of the most insightful videos about cruising and what it means to be afloat and away from the structured life of landlubbers comes this week from the hand of long term cruising sailor Drake Roberts. It's a real magnet to get out there - or remind you why you should stay out there.

What kind of sailing boat is going to right for you?  John Martin

Two excellent pieces in this edition from regular writers, both of them long term cruising sailors. One from John Martin of the Island Cruising Association about wise purchasing of a cruising boat, the other from TV journalist Sheryl Shard with Ten Tips on cooking at sea.

Provisions being loaded on to Distant Shores II before an offshore passage from England to Madeira  Sheryl Shard

While we take cruising in our own waters or cruising the world as though it had always been part of life, sailing a boat for leisure purposes, not cargo, has a very short history. That's why the New York Boat Show, on now, at 109 years old, is the oldest boat show in the world. Its location in the Javits Center, though, makes it look as modern as tomorrow, and if you are anywhere close it's a 'must see'.

Saba 50 sailing  .. .

The yacht featured this week is the Saba 50 cat from French boat builder Fountaine Pajot, and I know you're just going to love the Early Warning Squall Detector, a new invention by Dr Stanley Paris, who is currently circumnavigating the world non-stop and solo at the age of 76. Go Stanley!

Much more too, so browse the headlines to find your interest, and, if you are lucky enough in the middle of winter...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

'The Real Cruising Life': Video by Drake Roberts
Drake Roberts,
Following is a series of interviews by Drake Roberts, long term cruising sailor on a Westsail 42 called Paragon. The series offers the most brilliant insight into the world of the cruising sailor - why they do it, how they do it, why they keep doing it. .... [more]
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Jimmy Cornell's new rallies in ocean research with UNESCO
Sail-World Cruising,
Best-selling sailing author, rally organiser and long-time cruising sailor Jimmy Cornell has clocked up another first in his amazing career. His newest venture, the Atlantic Odyssey, featuring 22 boats from 11 different countries in a crossing of the Atlantic, has participated in a research program in conjunction with UNESCO.... [more]
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Patent Pending: Early Warning Squall Detector for solo sailors
Lee Mylchreest,
Dr Stanley Paris, 76-year-old New Zealand born but longtime Florida resident, is attempting to become the oldest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop. Always adventurous and inventive, Dr Stanley has, on the way, invented an amazing Early Warning Squall Detector for which he says he has a patent pending, but which we can't help sharing with Sail-World readers: Here's the story:... [more]
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New York Boat Show - the world's longest running
Commencing New Year's Day, the world's longest running boat show, the 2014 Progressive Insurance New York Boat Show, will celebrate its 109th year.... [more]
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Largest Dinghy Dinghy Gathering ever - World record attempt
Sail-World Cruising,
British sailor Andrew Simpson, an gold Olympic medallist, who was tragically killed in a training accident on San Francisco Bay in May 2013. The Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation, founded by friends and family members to encourage youngsters into sailing, is planning a monster sized attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for 'The Largest Dinghy Sailing Race'... [more]
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Choosing the ideal cruising boat
John Martin, Island Cruising Association,
So you want to acquire a cruising boat ideal for the kind of cruising you want to do. Where do you start? Every manufacturer says theirs is the best, every ancient mariner has their own favourite. Here John Martin of the Island Cruising Association, having led myriads of rallies, having counselled hundreds of sailors how to make their own boat-buying decisions, gives us all some wise advice:... [more]
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Top 10 Tips for Cooking at Sea
Sheryl Shard,
World-renowned TV journalists and long range cruising sailors Sheryl and Paul Shard are currently sailing their boat, Distant Shores II, in the Caribbean. Here Sheryl talks about their personal experiences of cooking at sea:... [more]
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Post holiday stupor and a spectator-friendly ride to Hobart
David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor,
It's easy to feel a tad guilty on December 26 in the US of A. If your Christmas celebrations were anything like the one that my family enjoyed, odds are excellent that you won't be making weight in your One Design class, at least for a little while. The guilt that I refer to, however, comes from a far saltier (and wave-beaten) place than any concerns over the blatantly hyper-commercial nature of C... [more]
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Divers 4 Heroes honors eleven combat wounded U.S. Vets in Bimini
John Bell,
Representing The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, eleven men recently entered an underwater realm of reefs, wrecks and sharks off the coast of Bimini where they maneuvered freely and for a moment, left troubled memories and disabilities at the dock.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot's newest offering: The Saba 50 sailing cat
Sail-World Cruising,
Well known French catamaran builder, Fountaine Pajot has unveiled the new Saba 50 sailing catamaran this month. They say they are 'elevating performance cruising to an entirely new level of style and affordability.' With cruising yachts of all types gradually getting bigger and bigger, at first glance it certainly seems as though they have launched a new winner.... [more]
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Embarrassing boating 'moments' that many experience, but few admit
Landlubbers make resolutions for the New Year. Recreational boaters, however, will usher in 2014 wishing for good fishing, wind in the sail, or a full tank of fuel. But that's not all that happens on the water. Murphy and his 'law' make appearances. 'It's hard to track some of these things, because no one likes to admit it,' said BoatUS Vice President Public Affairs Scott Croft.... [more]
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