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21 Feb 2014
Strange craft but true, solo sailor troubles, adventure-seeker wanted
The Saildrone - photo by Corey Arnold .
Two strange craft but true featured this week: A quaint sailing robot called Honey Badger is about to attempt a circumnavigation of the world, and one of the most extraordinary of super sailing yachts ever, the Dragonship 80, is off the drawing board and waiting to be built.
Dragonship 80 by Pi Yacht and McPherson Yacht Design4 .. .
The International Rules for the Avoidance of Collision at Sea are not often quoted by police but it seems that's what you get when your rescuer happens to be the local Navy who maybe reports to the police.
What will intrigue solo sailors across the world is that the Australian Police actually cited the fact that a lone sailor had contravened international regulations by 'taking catnaps' and therefore 'not keeping a proper watch'- among his various misdemeanours - and he was fined by the judge.
This has long provided interesting cockpit conversations among cruising sailors. By definition, every solo sailor who crosses an ocean must break these regulations by sleeping at some stage, even if it is only for 15 minutes at a time. Regulations much honoured in the breach, and rarely broached by marine authorities, let alone local police!
OceansWatch experiences .. .
OceansWatch is calling for an adventure-seeking volunteer skipper to sail a boat across the South Pacific to help monitor the health of the ocean and assist the islands to cope with advancing climate change.
In the UK the very popular RYA Dinghy Show – one of the most interactive boat shows in the world – is gearing up to start in a couple of weeks, and John Arndt is pleading with us all to put 21st June in our diaries and get out on the water to celebrate the Summer Sailstice.
John Jamieson is back with some more great tips for skippers; the GreenBlue organisation is asking how green is YOUR charter company; and a very talented software engineer has managed to encapsulate the world's winds in a very delicate moving graphic display which is updated every four hours.
Earth showing Britain's horrific weather .. .
Much more too, to run your eye down the headlines to catch your interest.
If you're lucky enough to be on the water, sweet sailing!
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