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30 Jan 2014
New technology, new ideas, new innovations, even new islands...
Wrangell, Alaska, waiting for the boats to arrive .
There's always something new happening on the sailing scene – new technology, new ideas, new rally ideas and new innovations, even new islands!. All of these are to be found in this week's news magazine below.
Up in Alaska they are getting ready for the arrival of a Salty Dawg Rally from Seattle, and over in Britain the highly interactive RYA Dinghy Show is promising to be the best ever.
The 'Magenta Line' along America's Intracoastal Waterway is being updated with the help of ActiveCaptain, and over in Greece they have delayed the prohibitive taxes on yachts they were about to introduce.
It's Japan, really, that this week wins the prize for novelty, with our article about Nijima. What's Nijima? Nothing but a new baby island just born south of Tokyo, but like many babies, is growing at great speed. Sailors beware - your charts will NOT be accurate.
Nijima, a brand new island in the Pacific .. .
There's no help coming from either Australia or New Zealand in the thought-to-be-fruitless search for the seven crew of the schooner Nina, missing now for seven months in the Tasman Sea. However, New Zealand is now going to conduct an investigation into the search that was called off.
Be Good Too from the helicopter .. .
After the controversy surrounding the abandonment of the catamaran Be Good Too off the coast of Virginia in the USA during the week, we are delighted to bring you the moment-by-moment account from one of the crew, sailing journalist Charles Doane, as published on his personal blog.
Directly as a result of that original article we have yet another jury-rig idea for when you lose your rudder at sea, and our product of the week is the Jurgan Tool-Free Clevis Pin, which has just won an innovation award.
Finally, there's a bit of a scare going on about a very large unlit ghost ship which could be drifting off the coast of Ireland somewhere. Read the story – and then your guess is as good as anyone's as to whether the ship is a current threat or a hulk at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Mmmm... if it were me sailing off the coast of Ireland I'd be keeping a good watch anyway...
Read on, enjoy, and if you are lucky enough to be out there...
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