Sinking of the Concordia expert says 'It WAS a microburst.'...dramatic satellite plunge pictures...Swiss Family Robinson lives again... Green DIY inventions for YOU from astro-engineer... and much more...

 
 
 
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Stories from our oceans...

First part of satellite hitting Tasman Sea  Peter Idoine
If sailing is all about our oceans then this week's news magazine will have you fascinated.

See actual photos caught of a satellite plunging into the ocean ('I'm glad I wasn't sailing under THAT one!'); be delighted by a new super solar yacht - harbinger of a good solar future for yachting, and read about the new imaging technology is a great leap forward in understanding our oceans.


You may want to think seriously about two amazingly simple and inexpensive small Green inventions by an astro- geo-physicist in his spare time that you can adopt if you're handy – an outboard motor that runs by solar power, and Do-It-Yourself solar navigation lights for the bow. Talking of good inventions, this issue's Product of the Week is the clever DinghyRack to keep your dinghy secure on the bow in any weather.

The sailing adventurers are out and active – read about the family that was shipwrecked on a remote island, but are determined to stay there and rebuild their catamaran. Following in the footsteps of Britain's Hilary Lister and Geoff Holt, Australia's quadriplegic sailor Jamie Dunross has just set out to circumnavigate Australia – but he has his sights set on the world!

Reports back from Haiti say that the world's sailors are doing a wonderful job of donating old sails and rope to make tents – and there's still time to join them. An early expert pronounces on the tall ship Concordia's sinking – yes, he says, it WAS a microburst.

Finally, first the Seychelles and now Holland are leading the war against pirates – read about the recent dramatic rescue. However, don't be encouraged yet that the western Indian Ocean is anywhere near safe enough for the prudent yacht.

Read on, enjoy, and...

...Sweet Sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Dutch Commandos drop from the sky to storm pirates
Sail-World Cruising,
The Seychelles was showing the world how to deal with pirates last week, this week it's the Dutch. Armed Dutch commandos have abseiled from a helicopter onto the deck of a German cargo ship to attack and arrest Somali pirates and free the crew... [more]
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Run your outboard from your solar panels? Yes, you can!
Nancy Knudsen,
Around the world innovative thinkers are trying to solve the world's greenhouse emissions problems. Not all of them are using mega-dollars, and here we bring you an amateur video of Canadian astro- and geo-physics and oceanographic design engineer Jim Harrington. Jim, in his spare time, has invented an outboard engine which will run from your solar panels... [more]
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The quads excel: Hilary Lister, Geoff Holt, now there's Jamie Dunross
Nancy Knudsen,
While teenaged sailors are surprising all and frightening many with their spirit of adventure, disabled sailors are also inspiring the sailing world with their AAAbility. Quadriplegic Geoff Holt has just sailed solo across the Atlantic, brave quad Hilary Lister has circumnavigated Britain, and now there's an Antipodean quad, Jamie Dunross, who has just begun circumnavigating Australia solo.... [more]
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Swiss Family Robinson - no it's Barrie and they're Australian
Sail-World Cruising,
...but they are shipwrecked on one of the most isolated islands in the world, and it's not as romantic as the original. Jennie and Andrew Barrie and their two children Diana, 12, and Shannon, 10, were on an idyllic two year family cruise last month when hit by an unexpected typhoon and, after their anchors gave way, they were washed onto the shore of Mog Mog Atoll in Micronesia.... [more]
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Now in Broadband: Acoustic Imaging of the Ocean
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI),
Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have developed two advanced broadband acoustic systems that they believe could represent the acoustic equivalent of the leap from black-and-white television to high-definition color TV.... [more]
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The sinking of Concordia: 'It WAS a microburst,' says expert
Canadian Press/Sail-World Cruising,
A U.S. meteorologist who studies rare weather phenomena says he is now convinced a Canadian-based 'sailing school' was hit by an intense blast of air moments before it sank off the Brazilian coast. The crew and students who were sailing on the tall ship Concordia on February 17th this year as part of their studies, were rescued 40 hours after taking to life rafts as the ship sank... [more]
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Yacht crews who sailed into severe wind warning 'lucky to be alive'
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
Rescue officials say six people are lucky to be alive today after their sailboat capsized and hurled them into the raging waters off Nanaimo on Vancouver Island in Canada during a severe windstorm.... [more]
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Fore!! Dramatic images of satellite plunging into the Tasman Sea?
Peter Idoine,
Photographer Peter Idoine, took these images around 1930hrs this evening NZT of what is believed to be a satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and plunging into the Tasman Sea, an estimated 75kms off the coast. These images were shot from Auckland's Piha coast at a point about 150metres above sea level. The disintegration was observed over an eight minute period right on dusk... [more]
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Ten Lies that old yachties tell their spouses - and themselves...
Sail-World Cruising,
There's nothing like a good belly laugh early in the morning, and I have to share with you SAIL Magazine's TEN LIES that old yachties tell their spouses - and themselves:... [more]
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Hope for the future with mighty solar yacht
Sail-World Cruising/the Guardian.,
Everything begins with a dream, and the world's largest ever solar yacht is no different. Called Turanor, which is borrowed from Tolkien's famed 'Lord of the Rings' and means 'power of the sun', the yacht's goal is to circumnavigate the world in - no not 80, like Phileas Fogg, maybe that'll be the next dream - but in 160 days..... [more]
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Cities of Sails are reaching for Haiti
Lynn Fitzpatrick/Sail-World Cruising,
The call for sails from around the world has resulted in the many tons of sails arriving in Miami ready for shipment to Haiti. Since the first shipment went to the needy people of Haiti, sails from America and countries as far afield as Europe and Australia have been donated out of the sails lockers of generous leisure sailors - and more are needed. Here Lynn Fitzpatrick reports from the scene:... [more]
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DIY Solar LED Navigation Lights
Jim Harrington/Sail-World Cruising,
A sailor and inventor who just eighteen months ago won a prestigious Premier's Award from Loyalist College in Ontario Canada for his work in inventing a hydrogen assisted sailing boat, has come up with an idea for a set of do-it-yourself navigation lights for the bow..... [more]
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Product of the Week: DinghyRack
Andy Gleick/Sail-World Cruising,
Lifting your dinghy on and off the deck can eventually result in damage to the surface. Sometimes in a hard blow, no matter how good your lashing, a dinghy secured to an uneven slippery surface can move or become loose, requiring an unwelcome extra trip onto the foredeck to re-secure it. The inexpensive DinghyRack has the potential to solve both of these problems.... [more]
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14th Annual Strictly Sail Pacific Show April 15th to April 18th
BigPicture PR,
Calling all boating enthusiasts - the 14th Annual Strictly Sail Pacific Show - the biggest boat show on the West Coast is taking place on Thursday, April 15th to to Sunday April 18th 2010 at Jack London Square in Oakland, CA.... [more]
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Crystal Blues' top tips for refitting in Phuket
Neil Langford,
After 16 months on the ground in Thailand we've dealt with every type of problem, and almost all the major service providers in Phuket. Quite a few stood out, providing remarkable service, and we are confident in recommending them. Here are our Gold Star Winners:... [more]
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Sail-World.com - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com,
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers... [more]
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