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27 Feb 2014
Jimmy Cornell's latest venture, two projects want sailors' help, more
Cornell new world race for 'amateurs' announced .
Sailing guru Jimmy Cornell's announcement this week of a 'global race for amateurs' says more about the state of sailing in the world than it does about the race to come. Let's hope that 'amateur' means merely non-professional, not unskilled.
It's an ambitious project, not because it hasn't been done before, but because times have changed and the sailing culture that existed when Robin Knox-Johnston competed in the first ever global race (for solo sailors) has disappeared into our global wake.
At that time, sailors vanished from sight for months at a time and could perish without the world knowing it had happened until they failed to show up. The sailors knew when they let go the docklines that rescue was not an option. Today, with old fashioned seamanship at a low ebb and communications at an all-time high, at Sail-world we report on too many sailors who go for an immediate rescue rather than cope with the conditions presented.
Jimmy Cornell, veteran sailor, writer and seminar presenter, announces yet another new project .. .
Maybe Jimmy, now in his seventies but just building his own new Ovni boat, Aventura 4, for a circumnavigation, can also instil some new-world seamanship skills into his competitors, so that the world's rescuers are not called upon unnecessarily to put their own lives at risk.
This week two scientific projects are calling on the world's cruising sailors for help – and the help can be much fun in the delivery. One is a plankton survey, helping to monitor the health of the oceans for a Plymouth University project, for which you'll need a dinky piece of home-made equipment. The other is assistance to the project Teamsurv to improve the worlds navigational charts. For this, when you register you'll be supplied with a small piece of monitoring equipment by Teamsurv. Enrol for these projects and you'll also feel useful while you're enjoying a sail.
Croc in a wave - 'He's a big boy' - photo by Sharon Scoble .. .
As ever, there's also a wide range of other news - not only the important, but the amazing, the funny and the quirky - one teens response to Laura Dekker's amazing circumnavigation, the crocodile that disrupted water activities in Australia, how to sound smart on a Sunday sail, how to clean your waterline, amongst others. So run your eye down the headlines to see what catches your interest, and...
...if you're lucky enough to be on the water, sweet sailing!
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