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13 Feb 2014
2,650nm with no keel, Aussies sail icy latitudes, Kiwi sailors protest
Lisa Blair - set for attempting a new record for circumnavigating Antarctica, now held by a Russian sailor .
Two adventurous Australian sailors are 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 long time adventure sailor Michael Thurston, one of the participants in Jimmy Cornell's Blue Planet Odyssey, who will attempt to transit the unreliable Northwest Passage in the coming northern hemisphere summer.
But it's not only Australians making the news. It's always 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 sailing 2,650nm without a keel, while 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 unhappier news, the official report into the tragic loss of the HMS Bounty, reproduction of Captain William Bligh's sailing ship, is out and lays the blame squarely on the Captain. We expected this of course, but apart from the loss of the ship one can't help feeling for a man who dedicated his life to sailing, then lost his life, another crewmember's life, risked many others and tarnished his memory forever, through a single catastrophic mistake.
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 fine 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, who visited Australia recently to speak at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, and 'Cook', a charismatic story of Captain James Cook by well-known sailing journalist and author Rob Mundle.
In this edition we tell of activist New Zealand sailors out demonstrating once again against the oil drilling in the Tasman Sea:
Protest yacht Vega dwarfed by the Noble Bob Douglas - photo by Nick Tapp .. .
...and there's much more too, so browse down the headlines so your eye catches the stories you're interested in.
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