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 01 May 2014

Tension, amusement, instruction and great information - Cruising News!

There's tension, amusement, instruction and plenty of information you'll want to hear about in this weeks edition of our Cruising News - but before you continue, can you figure out the image above?

There are so many stories to enjoy. I couldn't stop laughing at the Irish story about the boat that found itself in the wrong part of town. I empathised with the sailors whose bulkhead broke in the middle of the Atlantic and, with their Jack Russell, were sure they were going to die. Then, as someone who has survived sailing through the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, I was intrigued by the story about the state of piracy in the world today. Luckily the three Australians stranded after their dinghy drifted away had watched lots of movies and knew exactly what to do:

SOS  .. .

For those with their eyes on a distant horizon, there's a new cruising rally you can join after crossing the Pacific – the 'Sail2Indonesia' Rally, which eases the way through the remote and complicated Indonesian archipelago. With piracy in that area on the increase, it's good to get the 'good oil' from organisers.

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Florida sailors are rejoicing that their anchoring rights have not been compromised, but that's only for the moment. Let's hope rationality will prevail in the end.

Two nice products are featured this week – the bimini that won't let you down even in 30kts of wind, and some sleek, low-draw LED lights for bow lights. John Jamieson is back with some docking advice for a tricky situation.

With the weather getting warmer every week, it's time to start thinking about where you'll be sailing on the solstice, the 21st June. If John Arndt has his way you'll be joining other sailors for the global Summer Sailstice – a great way to celebrate the longest day of the year!

Read on, enjoy and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Three sailors and dog in 'near death' rescue
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
British sailors Leonard and Lisa Rorke didn't think they would survive when they had to take to their life raft in 25ft seas after the bulkhead on their yacht broke up in the middle of the Atlantic this week. One crew, Belgian sailor Henri Worthalter and Dexter the Jack Russell terrier also took to the life raft, but they were 'preparing to die.'... [more]
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Sail a 'symbolic circumnavigation' and fundraise for ocean health!
Hilary Kotoun,
Participants in the 14th annual Summer Sailstice on the weekend of June 21st can do something fun and beneficial for the oceans. Together, Summer Sailstice and Sailors for the Sea are challenging sailors to collectively sail a symbolic circumnavigation of the globe. What is a 'symbolic circumnavigation of the globe'? They could do this over a weekend? Read on...... [more]
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New Tall Ship: the birth of the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry
Western Outdoor Times/Sail-World Cruising,
For all of us who love the sight of a tall ship under full sail, the creation of a new one remains an exciting event. Last week we brought news of a new French tall ship the Hermione, now below is the latest on America's SSV Oliver Hazard Perry.... [more]
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Black Velvet Bimini- the wind-tunnel champion
David Pilvelait/Sail-World Cruising,
There's nothing more unnerving on a casual afternoon sail than being caught in a sudden and unexpected blow and having to worry about the bimini as well as the sails. Now some smart manufacturers have come to the rescue and designed a bimini to withstand wind speeds of up to 33 knots.... [more]
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Five rescued after writing giant SOS
Courier Mail/Sail-World Cruising,
Luckily, the five people stranded on a rocky outcrop in a remote part of the Whitsunday Islands off Australia's north east coast had watched plenty of movies. They knew that, when stranded, the best chance of a good outcome was to write SOS in big letters in the sand - and it worked! Here's a story to remember next time you leave your dinghy on a beach...... [more]
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LED lights - a greater boon for the cruising sailor
Des Ryan,
One of the silent boons to the cruising sailor since they started to become popular with the sailing fraternity is the LED light. Landlubbers save power for environmental and cost reasons, but for the sailor on a long voyage it's more like ensuring a healthy survival, given their extremely low draw on power.... [more]
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I may be your life jacket, but you don't know me
I am your life jacket, but you don't know me. I am here to help you, maybe even safe your life – but only if you're willing to take the help. Maybe National Safe Boating Week (May 17 – 23) will help remind everyone that I'm here for you? You think you may know me, but you really don't. Because the law says you have to keep me aboard your boat, you think you're safe.... [more]
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New cruising rally to Indonesia from NZ and Australia
Helen Horrocks,
Circumnavigating sailors will be delighted to learn that this year, yachts passing New Zealand or Australia will be able to join a new annual cruising rally that takes in the best of Indonesia.... [more]
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How to Dock Your Boat with the 'Crabbing' Technique
John Jamieson,
Imagine that you need to dock your boat in a tight space between two yachts. And, you have a gusty wind to deal with that will make this a tough challenge. How can you combine rudder, throttle and crabbing angle for a smooth sailing solution?... [more]
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Florida rejects changes to anchoring rights
After a groundswell of grassroots recreational boater support, the Florida House of Representatives has voted down an amendment to a Florida Fish and Wildlife Bill that would have thrown out a statewide effort to develop consistent and rational anchoring options for cruising boaters, and severely impacted anchoring in some of the most important areas along Florida's coasts.... [more]
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Yacht investigation follows 'large posh thing' incident
People's Republic of Cork,
Only the Irish could tell it. This story from the People's Republic of Cork this week: An investigation has been launched by the Royal Cork Yacht Club after a yacht was seen on the Northside of Cork city this week.... [more]
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Indonesia heads the piracy stakes
International Maritime Bureau/Sail-World,
Cruising sailors who stare longingly at the horizon and hope to complete a circumnavigation one day constantly ask about piracy in Somali waters. But while it is still far too early to advise that notorious area is safe any time soon, guess where the highest number of reported piracy incidents are today? Nigeria? Venezuela? No, it's Indonesia.... [more]
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Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show returns April 25-27
Heather Ford,
On now: The third annual in-water springtime show, the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show April 25-27, will feature more than 80 new and previously-owned sailboats of all types and sizes including catamarans, mono hulls, racing boats, inflatables, and day sailors - and there might be still time to get to Cruisers University if you hurry...... [more]
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Now you see it soon you won't - artist draw sailing scene on the beach
NZ Herald/Sail-World Cruising,
Now you see it soon you won't. This amazing seaside depiction of a sailing boat, a ski boat and a jetty on a beach in New Zealand will probably be gone before you see it - when the tide comes in. The VERY impermanent work of art was created by four artists who then took part to bring their own artistic endeavour to life, last weekend.... [more]
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