The Atlantic in a 87 days, piracy still, better marine broadband, more

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 17 Apr 2014

The Atlantic in a 87 days, piracy still, better marine broadband, more

Hot sailing tip  .
Even though I was warned it was going to be funny I haven't stopped laughing yet at the 'Sailing Lesson, Number One hot tip' this week. No more information – enjoy it yourself if you haven't already.

There are two kinds of adventure in sailing – those you undertake with other sailors that are about the wind in your hair and freedom and your bow pointed to the horizon, and then there are others, where adventurers push their own limits. One sailor this week admits to almost reaching his own limits in his 87 day crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in a 4.9m boat – and it started as his father's dream, not his.

Harald Sedlacek in the 4.0m (16ft) boat that took him across the Atlantic in 87 days  .. .

There's also a bunch of rescuers who have decided to sail their own challenge instead of merely picking up the pieces after someone else's failed adventure – read what the guys in Derbyshire are up to...

When will adventuring sailors be able once again to navigate the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea to get to the Med? Not any time soon, according to the latest on security in Somali waters.

Speeds are going up for British sailors, with new 3G/4G Hi-speed Coastal Marine Broadband system, just launched; opportunity to join a small group crossing the Atlantic next Christmas (time to start planning) in the Christmas Caribbean Rally; and the yacht of the week goes against the trend – it's the very traditional superyacht-not, Dunia Baru.

Run your eye down the headlines to see more stories from our oceans and coastlines, and...

Sweet Spring Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Springtime Greening: Boaters Tips for Earth Day
BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World Cruising,
About 70% of the Earth is covered by water – and that's where you'll find recreational boaters spending their time. With Earth Day's arrival on April 22, what can boaters do to help keep the waters they enjoy clean and healthy? Here are three easy tips from the BoatUS Foundation that any boater can do:... [more]
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Christmas Caribbean Rally - It's on again in 2014
Louay Habib,
After the inaugural 2013 Christmas Caribbean Rally, Sailing Rallies are pleased to announce that the 2014 transatlantic event is set to be even better. Once again the event is attracting a varied international fleet with five different nationalities already registered among the entries for 2014.... [more]
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Austrian sailor crosses the Atlantic in 4.9m FIPOFIX in 87 days
Renate Johns,
The attempt to cross the Atlantic in the smallest boat ever - at just 4.9m - had to be abandoned by Austrian extreme-adventure sailor Norbert Sedlacek twice because of energy supply and autopilot problems, but third time lucky when Norbert's son, Harald, took over the helm of the tiny FIPOFIX for the next attempt, successfully completing the journey in 87 days, arriving in Palm Beach USA this week... [more]
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Piracy down but Somali pirates? Yes they are still there.
While it's only the most the reckless (and silent) cruising sailor who dares brave the Gulf of Aden or any Somali waters these days, commercial ships are still transiting the dangerous zone. So it is the experiences of these trading vessels that can guide us about when the danger might be gone - and it's not.... [more]
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3G/4G Hi-Speed Coastal Marine Broadband System, just launched in UK
Sail-World Cruising,
It gets better all the time. British sailors can rejoice over the ever-increasing speeds of marine broadband. Now there's a new 3G/4G Hi-Speed Coastal Marine Broadband System, just launched.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: The superyacht not - the Dunia Baru
Lee Mylchreest,
The word superyacht carries connotations of sleek modern lines, large motors, fast speeds, and anything but traditional lines. Now there's a superyacht - one you can charter for holidays in South East Asia - which is everything the normal superyacht is not.... [more]
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British rescuers go for their own circumnavigation challenge
Derby Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,
Whether they are cruising sailors or racers, sailors are forever setting challenges for themselves - to sail a new ocean, to be first or fastest to achieve a goal. The rescuers, on the other hand, are usually there to pick up the pieces when plans go awry. Now there's a group of rescuers keen to change that.... [more]
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How sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans
Sandra Whitehouse, Sailors for the Sea,
Sailors-for-the-Sea, whose core aim is to 'educate and engage the boating community in the worldwide protection of the oceans,' regularly produces an Oceans Watch Essay, and this time it is by Sandra Whitehouse, Ph.D. Senior Policy Advisor Ocean Conservancy, who talks about how sailors really do have a voice in the future of our oceans, in a USA context.... [more]
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Message-in-a-bottle record - 102 years
AFP/Sail-World Cruising,
A message in a bottle, the traditional sailor's way of getting messages back to the world about their plight, which was thrown in the sea in Germany 101 years ago is believed to be the world's oldest. It has now been presented to the sender's granddaughter.... [more]
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Sailing lesson, Number One hot tip: Watch the video,
This latest sailing video contains a very hot sailing tip. Not that you'll (probably) be able to understand a word, but don't let that deter you. The anonymous TV reporter was about to interview the Mayor of 'Kampen ' in the Netherlands about Sailing in Kampen, when this incident happened.... [more]
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