If Laura Dekker can't come to the Ocean Cruising Club, the OCC is coming to Laura. As Laura's planned trip to the UK to accept her Award of Merit for her 'youngest ever' solo circumnavigation of the world and onward journey to New Zealand has fallen through, the Whangarei OCC has just announced it will honour her this Saturday in the town where she was born, Whangarei.
Many readers were initially taken aback by the new Affordable Boat Act sneaked in by the Federal Government earlier this week, but when they realised the reality of it, most accepted it as inevitable.
Sea mysteries have fascinated readers for thousands of years, vanishing boats, ghost ships, improbable tales, leaving so many questions unanswered ... and they're still happening today. In this edition we bring you three which are playing out without any answers so far, just this week, one in the Atlantic, one in the Caribbean, and one off our own north-west shores of Australia.
Mystery of John Edward Garner's death .. .
The skill that Mediterranean sailors take for granted can nevertheless be quite scary to us Antipodeans - even experienced sailors who are unaccustomed to it – so-called 'Med Mooring'. However, it can be a handy skill even when you are not in the Med. It's great for tying stern-to to a tree in certain conditions - keeping you out of the wind and the swell often. This week Paul Shard makes it seem easy with a simple step-by-step guide.
The most adventurous story this week is of an Arctic adventure that you can choose to do, without taking your boat half way across the world. There are boats to charter and a really amazing itinerary for this Norway/Russia adventure.
Two yachts are featured this edition, at opposite ends of the scale – the delightful 58m Kokomo II, built down here in New Zealand by Alloy Yachts and Nautitech's newest offering, the very spacious Open 40 catamaran, 'open' being the key word for this innovative boat.
Kokomo III at anchor .. .
Finally, lots of great practical knowledge for the ever-learning sailor (and aren't we all?): What to do about oil spills even though you hope you will never be responsible for one, how to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning and two great small products, the clever LineGrabber and the smart-looking and versatile Chafeguards.
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