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10 Jan 2014
Solo sailor hurt, dumbest dishonest sailor ever, Musto award, more...
A couple of accolades worth mentioning. Nice to see Keith Musto of Musto Clothing getting an MBE. I think he deserves it. At the other end of the scale, first prize this edition, not for dishonesty, but for sheer dumbness, goes to the Queensland sailor who simultaneously claimed his boat his boat was a flood loss and wrote an article for a sailing magazine confessing the true story.
Australians and New Zealanders love going overseas to buy a boat and sail it home. In this edition Jane Gentry gives a few of the 'Buyer Beware' pointers for those thinking of purchasing in Britain, where the used boat market is quite distressed.
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...and wasn't the Perth owner surprised when he was told it had arrived - eight months after he last sighted it. What good things it says about the manufacturer - yes, a West Australian company.
Boat washed up and later identified as belonging to a West Australian .. .
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 manoeuvring.
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.
Lighthouse - St Joseph Lighthouse on Lake Michigan - photo by Thomas Zakowski, HotSpot Media .. .
That's just a small taste of the news, so read on, enjoy, and...
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