Tears and laughter, sadness and triumph on the high seas. In the same week as the sailing world mourned the loss overboard of one of the Volvo sailors, it gave a ticker tape welcome to the hardy young woman who became the first female ‘wrong way’ solo circumnavigator.
The Skrew Anchor .
Yet another of the world’s sailing routes proved hazardous because of pirates this week, and there are some handy new products featured – a very clever sneaky anchor and a deck mounted locker to increase your on-deck locker space.
Also see the first live video demonstration of how to operate in a ‘man overboard’ situation. This is particularly interesting for two-handed sailors (the bulk of cruising sailors being two-handed), because it unintentionally demonstrates just how difficult it is to get someone back on board a boat. You’ll see on the video what a struggle three very fit young Naval blokes had to pull a crew member on board after they had successfully made contact.
Hallberg-Rassy 43 .
The impressive success of Australia's Sanctuary Cove Boat show demonstrated that leisure sailing and boating isn’t going away any time soon. Amongst the Marine Yacht Awards, the Swedish cruiser Hallberg-Rassy won from a strong field. With the cost of fuel continuing to rise around the world it could be three cheers for Windcraft.
The Destination of the week is Gibraltar. The tiny outpost, which has for so many centuries kept strategic control of the Mediterranean, is now both a summer holiday mecca and a tax-free haven for the cruising sailor.
Across in the Gulf of Mexico, it seems the US Intercoastal is in trouble.
All this and much more, so enjoy the read, have a great week and..
By Nancy Knudsen
New Thai Laws recognise Sailing boats By Phuket Gazette, The Marine Department has announced that Thai-registered sailing vessels with a length of 16 meters (52.4 feet) or less no longer need to have a Thai skipper or crew on board when in Thai waters.... [more]
India has its first fully equipped marina in Goa By IBI Magazine/Mike Derrett, Built by Mumbai businessman Rajiv Somani the marina is currently berthing 11 yachts that are participating in the Vasco Da Gama Yacht Rally.... [more]
Lifesaving Immersion suit inventor dies By Patricia Sullivan, Gunnar Guddal invented his oversize, insulated suit with a watertight zipper in the late 1960s, then spent more than 20 years trying to persuade change-resistant fishermen to wear the outfit on the high seas. Now the 'dry suit' is an essential part of serious marine equipment.... [more]
Hallberg-Rassy 43 wins Australian Marine Award By Rob Kothe, At Australia's largest Boat Show, the 2006 Sanctuary Cove Boat show, on Queensland's Gold Coast. a strong contingent of craft was evaluated for the 2006 Australian Marine Awards. The major yachting award was made in the imported monohull class, the finalists were the Bavaria 37 Cruiser, Hallberg-Rassy 43, Island Packet 485, Nordship 35 DS, Hunter 38 and Beneteau Oceanis 343.... [more]
42 days solo and 1100nm still to go By Raphaëla le Gouvello and Team, Raphaëla le Gouvello, the amazing lady windsurfer - 42 days solo and still 1100 nautical miles left to go, an adventure lived day by day... [more]
Gibraltar – Gateway to the Mediterranean By Nancy Knudsen, At the southern tip of Spain, spearing down into the ocean is the ancient guardian rock of the Mediterranean Sea, the Rock of Gibraltar. Today, it is a heavily populated British Outpost, much frequented by sailors from many countries.... [more]
West Africa Pirate Attack By Cruising Editor/ITAR-TASS, Cruising Sailors near the coast of West Africa should be aware of a pirate attack that took place yesterday. The vessel attacked was the same Russian ship – the Shkotovo - that only a month ago was thanked by the Thai Authorities for rescuing 12 seamen from the Andaman Sea.... [more]
Dee Caffari Headlines across the Globe By Nancy Knudsen, The Headlines across the world said it all. ‘Dee Triumph’ ‘Solo Woman Prevails’ ‘Healthy Madness’ ‘She sailed the Globe Back to Front’ ‘Yachtswoman Makes History’ – from Pakistan to Oslo, from Scotland to Pittsburgh the entire sailing world and millions of non-sailors as well read the news of the Dee Caffari’s triumph as she sailed across the finish line into to become the first female solo circumnavigator to make the trip ‘up-hill’, against the wind and current.... [more]
Gipsy Moth Skipper and Mate Sacked By Nancy Knudsen, The Press Release was terse, brief, and lacking detail. Both the Skipper and Mate of Gipsy Moth IV have been sacked.... [more]
Man Overboard! - See the Video By UK-Halsey/Cruising Editor, In an effort to promote safe sailing, UK-Halsey will be running a number of streaming video clips with instructional text on safety at sea techniques on their web site. Read on to see the first video (Quicktime necessary)... [more]
Girls, Get Out of Your Comfort Zone! By Sail-World Cruising/Gill Attersall, While we know some really great women sailors in the cruising scene, one of the most familiar combinations you meet on the water is the guy who is a keen sailor, and the partner who has been dragged off perfectly comfortable dry land into a bumpy ocean and told ‘You’re just going to love this!’... [more]
Update on tragedy on ABN Amro Two By Camilla Green/Sail-World, Hans Horrevoets, a crew member aboard ABN AMRO TWO, one of the two ABN AMRO yachts competing in the Volvo Ocean Race 2005 – 2006, died earlier this morning after being swept overboard from the boat. ABN Amro Two was sailing downwind in 25 – 30 knots of wind under main, fractional spinnaker and staysail. Seb Josse, Skipper of ABN Amro Two was at the helm, Hans, 32 of the Netherlands was trimming the spinnaker sheet, Nick Bice, Andrew Lewis and Lucas Brun were also on deck. The boat nosedived down a wave and water came washing back down the deck, when the water cleared Hans was no longer on deck.... [more]
Intracoastal Waterway ‘Now Dangerous’ By Cruising Editor, Citizens of eastern US states have long been blessed with an inland waterway which spans the entire length of the east coast. It’s called the ‘Intracoastal Waterway’, ICW for short, or affectionately, ‘the ditch’. However the current state of 'the ditch' is so bad it's become dangerous, say locals.... [more]
Oldest British Clipper Saved by Travel Boss By 14 Hour Museum/Sail-World Cruising, A Scottish businessman has stepped in at the last minute to save the historic 140 year old clipper The Carrick, a sister ship to the Cutty Sark, and restore it to its former glory.... [more]
The Skrew Anchor By Nancy Knudsen, When is a permanent mooring not a permanent mooring? If you leave your anchor down with a line to shore so that you can return and pick it up at will, is that permanent? Or temporary? Or just sneaky?... [more]
Aviva Challenge 21/11/05 Dee Caffari’s attempt to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop around the world against the prevailing winds and currents... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?Eid=707
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