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21 Mar 2014
News from the world of the cruising sailor
Stanley Paris .
76-year-old Dr Stanley Paris, the New Zealand sailor who set off last year to attempt to become the oldest/fastest non-stop circumnavigator of the world, vowed, when he was forced to stop through damage to himself and his boat, that he would never try it again.
But the lure of the challenge, or his love of the sea, accompanied no doubt by the haranguing of friends, has changed his mind. Things will be different this time, he claims, being just a little older and wiser. It's a great adventure to follow.
If you are anywhere near Sydney, make sure you don't miss the Pittwater Sail Expo at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on the edge of Pittwater this weekend. Marvellous setting, excellent sailing display, and good food as well. What more could you want, except a fine day for it? Also for Sydney-siders 1st April is the date for another great presentation at the Cruising Yacht Club in Rushcutters Bay - no, it's not a joke.
Pittwater Sail Expo at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on the edge of Sydney's Pittwater .. .
Much very useful information for the cruising sailor, in this week's edition, from the authorities and scientists of the world. British sailors who want to head across the Channel will be glad to know that they will be able to use red diesel in Belgium. There's some valuable advice on which oil spill products are good and those that are toxic and ineffective. A researcher is studying those wonderful currents which speed cruising sailors around the world to track how Global Warming is affecting them – and will in the future. There's some vital information for those who are tempted to go electronic with their onboard flares, and, if you didn't know it already, or need an excuse that you're not just being hedonistic, sailing is healthy!
This is not fun it's only for health reasons .. .
In the area of skill-sharing, Larry Jacobson tells us how he and his crew anchor and 'never utter a word'; John Jamieson talks about the great value of the Constrictor Knot; and Adam Loory from UK Sailing offers an excellent video on getting your halyard tension just right.
Finally, speaking of videos, if you have ever wondered whether those helicopters sent to rescue sailors could do the tow themselves, watch this week's video and promise not to laugh.
Much more too, so run your eye down the headlines and enjoy the journey.
Now that the weather seems to be clearing up for most of the New Zealand/Australian scene...
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