16 months drifting, cruising awards, sailing and swimming as bedmates

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 06 Feb 2014

16 months drifting, cruising awards, sailing and swimming as bedmates

the description of the Spaniard who drifted for 16 months across the Pacific looks a little like Tom Hanks in his recent movie 'Castaway'  .
One of the most extraordinary survival tales of all time occurred this week when a man floated into a remote atoll in the Marshall Islands, speaking only Spanish and telling how he had been drifting for 16 months from Mexican waters. No ship saw him, he bypassed many reefs and the whole Hawaii archipelago of islands, living from what he caught in the ocean.

This very possibility of this occurring is what underpinned the desperate plea of the families of the crew of the schooner Nina, which disappeared a mere seven months ago in the Tasman Sea and which both Australian and New Zealand authorities are assuming sank in a catastrophic event soon after it went missing.

For sailors in - or going to - North Queensland, we have a small warning about mosquito bites, and for those in - or going to - Bass Strait, there's a warning about an abandoned ketch. Inveterate cruising sailors Jack and Jude Binder have published a free cruising guide to the Coral Sea - now there's a destination that is remote, exciting, but quite a challenge without a cruising guide, and Jack and Jude have filled the bill.

Area covered by the Coral Sea Cruising Guide  .. .

On the world stage, we give two accounts of the exploits of cruising sailors who won world-wide awards, both awe-inspiring to most of us. Then there's a riveting tale about why rules need to be set about combining sailing with swimming;

Swimming and sailing - what are your rules?  .. .

Lots of other practical news this week too – news about how small craft standards are changing world-wide; another article about ten vital boat safety checks that every skipper needs to make - and the product of the week is a very clever app that will allow you to get your AIS information direct to your iPhone.

Boatwatch Pro in action  .. .

Read this story and many more in yet another interest-packed edition for the cruising sailor.

and...if you're lucky enough to be on the water...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Man survives drifting at sea for 16 months
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
When the families of the crew of missing schooner Nina were trying to convince the New Zealand authorities to continue searching for the seven crew they quoted instances of people surviving at sea for long periods. Now there's another, a man who speaks only Spanish has drifted for 16 months to arrive in the Marshall Islands.... [more]
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Coral Sea Cruising Guide - from Jack and Jude Binder
Sail-World Cruising,
Jack and Jude Binder, cruising couple extraordinaire, have compiled a free cruising guide of the Coral Sea. Australian cruising sailors from the southern states often think of cruising to the Whitsundays, but here's a whole new adventure - the reefs, atolls and islets of the magic Coral Sea.... [more]
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Sailors' warning: Abandoned 11m ketch adrift in Bass Strait
John Curnow,
Sailors' warning: An abandoned 11m ketch is adrift in Bass Strait. At 1900hrs AEDT yesterday, the ketch with three POB set off their EPIRB. This was registered to the vessel's former owner still. The craft had been sold in Melbourne within the last week and the crew were delivering it from Melbourne to Tasmania.... [more]
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Sailing North Queensland? Beware mosquito-borne dengue fever
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Thinking of sailing North Queensland any time soon? You'll need to be aware of this. Health authorities in the tropical north are trying to contain an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus of dengue fever. The message is: Just don't, under any circumstances, get bitten by a mosquito.'... [more]
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Early notification of world-wide changes to small craft standards
Sail-World Cruising,
The new Small Craft Standards Bulletin provides industry stakeholders early notification on world-wide changes to existing standards and modifications to production methods AND an update of standards due to be published, under review or in the early phase of development.... [more]
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Sailing and swimming - great bed mates, but what are the rules?
Kenneth Hoffman,
On a sailing boat, which can be the safest of all modes of travel when common sense and good seamanship is involved, death can be only moments away for the careless. Do YOU go swimming when you are out sailing? What are your rules about this? Kenneth C Hoffman tells this simple tale that we can all relate to and demonstrates just how near death can be for the unwary.... [more]
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Jeanne Socrates wins yet another award
Kirsten Ferguson/Sail-World Cruising,
Jeanne Socrates, at 70 years the oldest female non-stop solo circumnavigator in the world, has been honoured with yet another award.... [more]
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Boat Watch Pro - product (app) of the week
Des Ryan,
The AIS is one of the most marvellous additions to the toolbox of the cruising sailor, enabling you to identify ships that you pass and, importantly, call them by name. However, when you want the information fast and don't want to waste the time going back to where your AIS is located, this week's product is an app which is right there in your pocket in the form of an iPhone.... [more]
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Baltic Safety Products launch a new Specialist Buoyancy aid.
Marina Arnold,
For those adventurous people who are involved in water based activities, Baltic has launched a new specialist purpose buoyancy aid called the Adventure. The Adventure has multiple pockets ideal if you are going fishing, paddling or any activity where you need lots of stowage in your buoyancy aid.... [more]
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Quantum Summer Sale Giveaway winners announced
Katie Spithill,
We have reached the end of the campaign period for Quantum's Summer Sale Giveaway and are excited to announce the winners.... [more]
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Ten boat safety checks every skipper needs to make
John Jamieson,
Do you have a safety check list over the chart table on your boat - or anywhere else? Have you added the three most important bilge pumps to your boat safety check list? Does your sailing crew know the location of survival equipment, fuel shutoff valve and how to test a seacock?... [more]
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Baltic launch new Optima Lifejacket
Marina Arnold,
New for 2014 season, Baltic are launching a 150 Newton inflatable lifejacket, called the Optima. With a padded back panel the Optima fits perfectly and is supremely comfortable, especially when wearing for for a great length of time. The fleece collar is equally comfortable against the skin or against thinner clothing.... [more]
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