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16 Jan 2014
Ocean Cruising Club Awards, Mexico releases boats, dinghy exploring...
Jeanne Socrates .. .
Even more ironic is the fact that both male sailors had to give in because of boat issues that they could not repair at sea – one with loose strands in his shrouds, the other with multiple problems in his extremely complicated boat. Their stories are fascinating for what they DON'T say, more than what they tell. What is does point out is how vital a simple boat on which you can fix (almost) ANYTHING that breaks is to the long-range cruising sailor!
It's good news just to hand that most of the over-300 cruising yachts detained suddenly and unexpectedly by Mexican authorities have now been released and the rest will be released soon. However, only time will tell what damage the knee-jerk acts by the Mexican Government will do to their yacht-based economy because cruisers no longer trust staying in Mexican waters.
Speaking of countries trying to make it difficult for visiting cruising sailors, we publish this week an updated summary of Greece's new taxes.
Some of the gear advised in the article .. .
Do you like exploring in your dinghy? There's much joy to be had in the small bays and streams where your boat, with its deeper draft, can't fit. But how should your 'exploration dinghy' be fitted out? Ten tips this week about the gear you should think about including, some of it showing in the photo above. John Jamieson is back this week too, with some advice on navigation steps the prudent sailor will take BEFORE you lift anchor.
Much more too, so browse down the screen to choose your interest.
If you are lucky enough to be out there on the water, sweet sailing!
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