Cruising sailor murder, beached whales, out-of-control lighthouse..

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 23 Jan 2014

Cruising sailor murder, beached whales, out-of-control lighthouse..

European Yacht of the Year Saphire 27  .. .

Watching who wins awards is often somewhere to start in deciding what to buy for your own yacht. This week the European Yachts of the Year were announced, with Beneteau, Dehler, Saphire and Contest taking out the big prizes, and we are featuring this week two of the winners of the Pittman Innovation Awards – great products both, the multifunction GPS tracker InReach SE, and SailSteer and SailTime from B&G.

InReach SE - has done well since its introduction in July 2013  .. .

Some tragic, some good news for whales this week, when over 50 kept beaching themselves on a beach on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand. Some saved, others lost, but great credit to the volunteers.

Beached whales  .. .

In other news, we tell of French sailor Thomas Coville's good start in his attempt to best the world solo circumnavigation record; the EU Naval Force in the Gulf of Aden is reporting their first attack of 2014; and you'll just love the Kitsap story of the lighthouse that hit American billionaire Paul Allen's megayacht and damaged it badly.

Zune and negligent lighthouse  .. .

Read on, enjoy, and, for all our Australian readers, have a great Australia Day celebration - Hope you have the opportunity to celebrate it with the sails flying.

Wherever you are, sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Ocean Cruising Club's Australian Trophy goes to Brisbane cruisers
Lee Mylchreest,
This year's Australian Trophy of the Ocean Cruising Club has been awarded to Ian Johnstone & Jo Grace, with children Gill and Keely. The trophy is awarded for a meritorious voyage by an Australian member of the club, starting or finishing in Australia.... [more]
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Over 50 whales rescued from New Zealand beach
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It's a sight nobody wants to see, especially sailors who often have a chance at an inspiring (not too close) encounter. Over 50 whales were discovered on the shore at New Zealand's Farewell Spit, a fairly remote beach on the South Island. Sadly it was the fifth time the whales tried to beach themselves, 22 of whom previously did not survive.... [more]
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Put safety first on Australia Day
Roads and Maritime Services,
With up to 1000 boats expected to converge on Sydney Harbour to join in organised celebrations people are being urged to put safety first on Australia Day.... [more]
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European Yachts of the Year announced, no multihull winner
Des Ryan,
Looking for a new boat? Where do you start? One great indicator of the best boats on the market is the annual 'European Yacht of the Year', and they have just been announced. Four top sailing yachts have been honoured by judges from a span of sailing magazines in Europe. Beneteau, Dehler, Saphire and Contest were the big four, announced at BOOT Dusseldorf, but there was no multihull winner.... [more]
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Sail-World expands in Europe
Brendan Maxwell,, the World's largest sailing news network is expanding again, with five new marine sites soon to be launched in Europe, Sail-World publisher Rob Kothe announced in Copenhagen today.... [more]
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Gulf of Aden getting safe for sailors? - no way reports EU Naval Force
EUNAVFOR ATALANTA/Sail-World Cruising,
If there was any doubt that the Gulf of Aden was clear of pirates and it was again safe for sailing boats, this week's report from the EU Naval Force operating in the region should dispel any thought of sailing there for even the most foolhardy cruising sailor.... [more]
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Pittman Innovation Award winner: InReach SE
Lee Mylchreest,
DeLorme's inReach SE is another product which has been honoured with a Pittman Innovation Award in the field of electronics. The Awards annually recognised innovative gear for sailors. The inReach SE (screen edition) is an extraordinarily versatile handheld GPS tracker and global two-way Iridium satellite messenger.... [more]
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Lighthouse collides with megayacht - leads to compensation claim
Kitsap Report,
A terrifying scene at the Point-no-Point State Park near Seattle unravelled late Thursday afternoon as the iconic lighthouse perched on the northernmost tip of the Kitsap Peninsula unexpectedly collided with a 126 foot mega yacht just before 3 pm. This account from the Kitsap Report:... [more]
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Australia Day on Sydney Harbour
Media Services,
There's nothing quite like Australia Day on Sydney Harbour, the crowning jewel of Australia's national celebrations. Big, bright and exciting, this year's program brought to you by P&O Cruises will see the harbour transformed into a floating festival of new events, with some old favourites mixed in.... [more]
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French sailor in fast start for solo circumnavigation record
French sailor Thomas Coville, skipper of Sodebo, has just started very fast from Brest for his latest attempt on his fellow Frenchman Francis Joyon's singlehanded non-stop around the world record. So far so good. Skipper Thomas Coville has got away to the required fast start for a successful circumnavigation. This morning (January 19) he reported passing the 1,000nm mark. Includes on-board... [more]
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Latest Caribbean murder of cruising sailor is tip of an iceberg
Nancy Knudsen,
It's time cruising rallies and Caribbean publicists stopped being so quiet about the violent crime in the Caribbean. The latest murder of an innocent British cruising sailor is only the last in a long line of murders in parts of the Caribbean. When 4 sailors were killed in the Indian Ocean a couple of years ago by Somalis it was mainstream world news, but many murders occur in the Caribbean... [more]
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SailSteer and SailTime win innovation award
Sail-World Cruising,
Every year since 1996, the Pittman Innovation awards, sponsored by SAIL magazine, recognize outstanding new products created by a sailing industry that remains forever fresh in its thinking. In a field packed with more innovative products than they've seen for a while, SAIL's judging panel had to think long and hard before awarding the overall prize to B&G's Sailsteer and Sailtime software... [more]
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Whale Tails: How Caribbean sailors are helping whale research
Nathalie Ward,
Sailors for the Sea, a David Rockefeller project, whose mission it is to 'educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans', occasionally publishes essays about the state of our oceans, the dangers, the beauty and the current issues. Here is their latest.... [more]
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Rescue after rudder loss, yacht abandoned, but was it necessary?
Des Ryan,
One critical question many long-range cruising sailors spend time thinking about is what to do in the case of a lost rudder. There are many jury rig suggestions, most of which don't work, but sailors have been known to sail thousands of miles steering with their sails, which throws into contrast the following story, not to mention their abandonment, rather than scuttling, of their disabled yacht..... [more]
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Ten Parameters of Provisioning
Sheryl Shard,
How much stuff to take on a cruise? What things are really needed? What products will not be available where you go? Long-time cruiser and successful sailing journalist and TV presnter Sheryl Shard, after 24 years of cruising, answers some familiar questions: When Paul and I set sail for our first long-distance voyage from Lake Ontario to the Bahamas in 1989, we felt overwhelmed.... [more]
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