2,650nm with no keel, sailing icy latitudes, carbon monoxide deaths...

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 13 Feb 2014

2,650nm with no keel, sailing icy latitudes, carbon monoxide deaths...

Lisa Blair - set for attempting a new record for circumnavigating Antarctica, now held by a Russian sailor  .
Two adventurous sailors in the news this week for their intended escapades into the high latitudes. Lisa Blair, one time shop assistant now professional global sailor, will make an attempt to solo circumnavigate Antarctica below 45°, and we feature one of the participants in Jimmy Cornell's Blue Planet Odyssey who will transit the unreliable Northwest Passage in the coming summer.

It's wonderful to see great performance recognised, and there are two notables this week. At Sail-World Cruising we constantly hear about, and often report on, sailors who call for rescue very quickly after they have some catastrophe. Read below how French sailor Jean-Pierre Dick is feted for 2.650nm without a keel, and a 15-year-old British volunteer wins an award for her work as a rescue-boat driver. Who says you have be grown up to do great things?

Over 2,500 incredible nautical miles without a keel - French sailor's heroic performance  .. .

In less positive news, the MAIB report is out confirming another two British deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat, and we offer some tips for if you have carbon monoxide-producing equipment on your boat. The official report into the tragic loss of the Bounty is out – laying the blame squarely on the Captain.

Making money - particular skills can be an advantage, says Sheryl Shard  .. .

Want to let go the dock-lines and go long-range cruising but uncertain how you will cope financially? Sheryl Shard, long-time cruiser and successful sailing journalist offers some ideas; John Jamieson is also back with some advice for those who potentially sail under bridges and cables; and there are two featured sailing books – 'As Long as it's Fun' about famed cruising sailors Lin and Larry Pardey, and 'Cook' a charismatic story of Captain James, by author Rob Mundle.

Much more too, so browse down the headlines so your eye catches the stories you're interested in.

If you are hampered by the bad weather sweeping much of the world this week, do stay warm and dry. If you're lucky enough to be away from floods, snow, ice and stormy winds, here's wishing you...

...sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

French sailor awarded prestigious trophy for 'Act of Seamanship'
Sail-World Cruising,
Great seamanship has been recognised in a French sailor. The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has awarded the Rod Stephens Trophy to Jean-Pierre Dick of Nice, France, for outstanding seamanship, after sailing for 2,650nm without a keel while competing in a around-world event.... [more]
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Making money while cruising
Sheryl Shard,
Can you be a full time cruising sailor AND make money? Even if you have a good kitty, managing your investments can be quite a challenge. Here long-time cruiser and successful sailing journalist and TV presenter Sheryl Shard offers some ideas. After 24 years of cruising with her husband Paul, she offers an extensive range of solutions, taken from watching how her fellow cruising sailors do it:... [more]
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Six Top Tips for the best chartered yacht holiday ever
Des Ryan,
Wanting to charter? How do you decide which destination, which boat is suitable for you? Des Ryan interviews a number of brokers and charter operators and comes up with the following Six Top Tips which will be useful to achieve that fantastic holiday experience on a chartered boat, whether crewed or bareboat:... [more]
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Australian sailor Lisa Blair to go for Antarctic record
Nancy Knudsen,
Russian solo circumnavigator Fedor Konyukhov has held the Circumnavigation of Antarctica record at 102 days since May 2008. However, now there's another sailor, Australian yachtie Lisa Blair, who is gearing up to break his record. If she succeeds, Lisa will also become the first woman ever to circumnavigate Antarctica solo, non-stop and unassisted below 45° South.... [more]
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It's official: Final word on Bounty, the Captain's 'reckless decision'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
They didn't mince their words. 'The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the sinking of tall ship Bounty was the captain's reckless decision to sail the vessel into the well forecasted path of Hurricane Sandy, which subjected the aging vessel and the inexperienced crew to conditions from which the vessel could not recover...'... [more]
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Product of the Week: Reduce shock loads with Davis's Line Snubber
Martin Flory,
Every sailing boat owner knows that constant, harsh shock on a boat is not only very annoying, but it can be dangerous. Davis Instruments' LineSnubber is a multi-purpose shock absorber for use on any boat. Its progressive tension design with internal stretch limiter reduces shock loads on dock lines, towing lines, tie-downs and preventers.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Cook' by Rob Mundle
Jeni Bone,
Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time. Over three remarkable voyages of discovery into the Pacific in the latter part of the 18th century, Cook unravelled the centuries-old mysteries. Our book of the week is his life story.... [more]
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Two more marine deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning
Sail-World Cruising,
It was a British fishing boat, not a sailing boat, where the two men died, but the dangers are the same, and all leisure sailors should be aware of any equipment on their boat which emits carbon monoxide - such as a stove or auxiliary genset - and safety authorities are recommending strongly that such boats should have a Carbon Monoxide Alarm.... [more]
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When whales and oil rigs meet
Rob Jordan,
Humpback whales, ocean-going giants, face threats from offshore oil platforms and related infrastructure, according to a study that also revealed new secrets about the whales' migration patterns.... [more]
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Will your sailing boat's mast clear these hazards?
John Jamieson,
There are some dangers on inland waterways that don't occur in an open ocean. Look over any larger scale chart and you sometimes may see overhead power cables that span a narrow channel. Take care to make sure that your mast will clear the cable--before you attempt to pass beneath! Use these sailing tips for safety.... [more]
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'As Long as it's Fun' - the tale of Lin and Larry Pardey
Lee Mylchreest,
They've written 11 books on sailing and they are gurus in the world of the cruising sailor. However, now the tables have been turned on the stars of our featured book this week, with the amazing tale of the Pardeys - Lin and Larry - told by someone else, who doesn't have to be as modest as they generally are.... [more]
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Blue Planet Odyssey's North West Passage venture:One cruiser's profile
Lee Mylchreest,
Jimmy Cornell's Blue Planet Odyssey must be one of the most complicated rallies of all time, with multiple routes available according to the preference of the individual sailor. One of the most interesting - and certainly the most challenging - is the route via the North West Passage. We asked one of the participants, Michael Thurston, just why he was taking it on.... [more]
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Britain's RYA Sailability Conference: Volunteer award winners announce
Susie NationGrainger,
Britain's Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Sailability National Conference and dinner was held on the 08th February 2014. Some 130 delegates from RYA Sailability groups across the country attended the largest ever RYA Sailability National Conference, where the winners of the RYA Sailability Volunteer Awards were announced.... [more]
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New Zealand sailors voyage out to protest oil drilling
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A group of activist sailors who are incensed about the oil drilling off the coast of Otago in New Zealand's south island have set sail from Dunedin to voice their opposition.... [more]
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World Record? 15-year-old rescue boat driver wins RYA Volunteer Award
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Is this a world-wide record? Scottish teen, 15-year-old Robyn Dougall, has just been crowned 2013 Royal Yachting Association Young Volunteer of the Year for driving a rescue boat in the rescue of yachts and their sailors on Scottish waterway the Firth of Forth.... [more]
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