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27 Mar 2014
Sailing ice or sand, charm of boat children, watch OTHERS' mistakes
Yacht with monastery on the way to the White Sea and the Arctic Ivan Dementievsky
Without doubt the sailing adventure I would want to have from this week's edition is the voyage from the Moscow Sea to the White Sea – or in reverse if I were able to make it through the Russian Arctic first.
Quite the opposite with another fine adventure described below, across the Great Rann Desert in India in a land yacht. I don't mind salty water in my hair and mouth, but definitely not salty sand – I'll leave that adventuring to someone else.
Britican - Kim and daughter Sienna Brown .. .
The beguiling charm and maturity of 'boat-children' has often been remarked by cruising sailors – those children who find themselves home-schooled on a sailing boat while crossing oceans and mingling with a dozen different nationalities every day while 'in port'.
However that doesn't make it any easier for land-bound friends and family who are horrified when couples make the decision to sell everything and take the kids sailing. Read this week's example.
It was a wise sailor who first said to me, 'Yes, you learn by your mistakes, but the best mistakes to learn from are other people's.' There's one graphic video in the news this week that is no laughing matter and a couple of others that are merely whimsically foolish. Enjoy!
Moment of capsize .. .
Much other news too: of a new free plan for satellite communication when you don't want the expense of a satphone; there's an app for nearly everything these days, and now there's a 'paint app' to help you paint your boat; and a salient warning from the Coast Guard about going sailing early in the season when the air is warm but the water is still freezing. Hypothermia is not fun!
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