Britain's great Dinghy Show was on last weekend, and by all reports it was better than ever. With dinghies often left out of the standard boat show, it's good to see it flourishing.
The lessons learned in one country about the sensitivities of cruising sailors seem rarely to be learned in another. Thailand has lost 20% of its cruising yachts after a rules change in December that asked foreign yacht owners to register every two months. We've just heard from Greece that in Crete up to 95% of yachts are preparing to leave after the prices were hiked. So it's refreshing to see that the Maldives have extended a welcome mat with their maximum stay for yachts now six months – idyllic tropical sailing in pretty much unspoiled waters. It would be worth a circle trip into the Indian Ocean from South East Asia.
We all want to sail in trouble-free waters, but the attack on some cruising sailors in the Mediterranean in February is a good reminder that bad things occasionally happen, even in the most placid of waters.
One of the sweetest tales of the week was that from a dreaming Greek sailor who tells about his dream-come-true sail to Antarctica.
Santa Maria Australis - In Antarctica at last .. .
Solar power is in the news this week, with a French sailmaker producing the first ever sail which produces solar power while it propels the boat. Now here's an amazing combination of wind and solar working together. Soon your dodger and bimini will be able to produce power too, and without direct sunshine!
Najad's sales are going up. jpg .. .
Much other news too. Hone up on your chart symbols with John Jamieson's help; read about the empty tsunami boat that has turned up in Taiwan three years later; and, against the trend, Najad boatbuilders, who provided solo sailor Jeanne Socrates, (oldest female ever to circumnavigate non-stop) with her tough Najad 38, are going gangbusters.
The weather is getting warmer, so, if you are lucky enough ...
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