Solo sailor injured, sailing women of India, London Boat Show, more...

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 09 Jan 2014

Solo sailor injured, sailing women of India, London Boat Show, more...

The London Boat Show is up and running, with many new gadgets being launched, including the RYA's new online radio course, and a great App from Digital Yacht, featured in our stories this week. If you're anywhere close enough, don't miss it.

Indian women officers making it in the sailing stakes in India  .. .

Over in India, it's the Navy which is leading the way in ocean cruising – this week we tell how the girls are starting to shine as well. Speaking of India, a curious story this week about another boat which has made its way across an Ocean unaided, this time from West Australia across the Indian Ocean to Madagascar.

In practical articles this week, Des Ryan considers the issue of in-mast furling, which, let's face it, doesn't have a good name in the world of the cruising sailor, and John Jamieson has some sound advice for tight-quarter maneuvering.

Lighthouse - St Joseph Lighthouse on Lake Michigan - photo by Thomas Zakowski, HotSpot Media  .. .

I can't sign off without mentioning the amazing photos of lighthouses drenched in frozen salt water as a result the Polar Vortex crossing the North American continent this week – a small silver lining.

That's just a small taste of the news, so read on, enjoy, and, if you're anywhere that makes it possible...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

76-year-old solo yachtsman Stanley Paris injured in the Atlantic
Lee Mylchreest,
Aspiring round-the-world solo yachtsman Stanley Paris has been injured in the South Atlantic Ocean east of Porto Alegre, in Brazil, while clearing shreds of torn sail from the shrouds.... [more]
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Top 100 yachts in the world - new list
PRWeb/Sail-World Cruising,
Boat International every year publishes the top 100 yachts in the world. This year the list shows that the delivery of the 180 metre superyacht Azzam has pushed Roman Abramovich's 162.5 metre yacht Eclipse into second place after dominating the Top 100 list since her launch in 2010.... [more]
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'Buyer Beware' as Britains second-hand boats go cheap
Sail-World Cruising/YBDSA,
It's 'Buyer Beware' in UK boat market. The thought of buying a boat in Britain and sailing home to wherever-you-are might be very attractive while the second hand boat market is so depressed, but Jane Gentry, CEO of the Yacht Brokers Designers and Surveyors Association (YBDSA) has some cautionary words... [more]
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Royal Yachting Association marine radio course now online
Louise Nicholls,
British sailors don't need to front up any more to get their marine radios licence. An online version of the RYA Marine Radio Short Range Certificate course was launched at the London Boat Show and is now available via an interactive app for PCs and MAC with an iPad version coming online in February.... [more]
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Lost boat drifts clear across the Indian Ocean
Lee Mylchreest,
It didn't have sails but it made its way from Perth to Madagascar where it washed up on a beach near the island of Mayotte. The incredible journey, made by a Leisure Cat, manufactured by a local West Australian boat builder, was only realised when French officials recognised the Australian registration of the boat and contacted the AMSA who started the process of tracking down the owner. .... [more]
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Images from the Tall Ships Event, Bay of Islands New Zealand
Steve Western,
Steve Western provides this gallery from the 2014 Tall Ships Race, sailed in the picturesque Bay of Islands, NZ. Steve Western provides this gallery from the 2014 Tall Ships Race, sailed in the picturesque Bay of Islands, in New Zealand. The event was modified this year to include other yachts that in previous years would not have met the criteria. There was a brisk northerly that made the co... [more]
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Famed sailor's garment manufacturer Keith Musto wins MBE
Sail-World Cruising,
He might have received his MBE for services to the economy, but sailors round the world can only associate the name Musto with services to sailors, keeping them warm, dry and comfortable while sailing in cold and windy conditions.... [more]
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The extraordinary life of a lighthouse in a polar vortex
Lee Mylchreest,
Lighthouses are very special places for sailors. Not only are they elegant decorations to the points and capes of a coastline, they can be confirmation of successful navigation, warning against danger, or the welcome home light at the end of an ocean crossing. This week they were something different.... [more]
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Navlink - new gizmo App for UK sailors
Des Ryan,
There's always a new digital gizmo that you need to try. This week, for UK sailors, it's Navlink. Sailors are benefiting from the new offering from Digital Yacht which will enable you to explore, plan and navigate your sailing voyages in real time and high resolution on an iPad.... [more]
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In-mast furling - is it the 'no-no' we've always believed?
Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising,
In the inevitable cockpit-sundowner chat, in-mast furling has always been a 'no-no'. But is it true? Or is the cockpit-sundowner chat just scare-mongering? Here Des Ryan looks at a few of the issues.... [more]
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Indian Navy leads the way: Women officers set to circumnavigate
Des Ryan,
While the development of leisure boating in India is greatly dominated by the purchase of powerboats by the ever expanding middle class, the Navy is leading the way in the development of sailing. First there was the circumnavigation, then the non-stop circumnavigation, and now the women naval officers are getting a piece of the action.... [more]
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London Boat Show opens at ExCeL London
Dan Towers, WWI,
With crowds flocking to the London Boat Show, despite the stormy weather outside; we saw James Corden launching the new Sunseeker 75 Yacht on the packed Sunseeker stand today.... [more]
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Largest tall ship in the world, meet Gotheburg
Lee Mylchreest,
A few days ago we published an article about the largest motor yachts and sailing boats in the world today. But that didn't include tall ships. With so many countries and cities in the world embarked on enterprises to keep old sailing ships working or build replicas of past tall ships, it's worth looking at the largest tall ship in the world today. It's 'The Gotheborg', 47 metres in length... [more]
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Get ready for the London Boat Show, starts today!
Dan Towers, WWI,
If you are anywhere near enough to London, don't miss out. January 2014 sees the London Boat Show celebrate its diamond anniversary. Saturday 4th January will see the doors open on the 60th Show in the capital while Monday 6 January is official press day, packed with World, European and UK boat and product launches.... [more]
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Will your sailing crew be ready for tight quarter maneuvering?
Captain John Jamieson,
If you've ever docked a boat in a tight marina, you know how it can be a challenge. But how many times have you seen other boats with crew that were unprepared. Maybe the crew were up forward taking in 'some rays'. Or back aft in the cockpit yapping on the cell. Why does this happen time and again on boat after boat? Use these easy sailing tips for safety in tight quarters maneuvers.... [more]
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