Are there three more British sailors kidnapped?...Win $5000 with a better life jacket...graphic weather on your smartphone...Bay of Biscay and its mishaps... and much more...

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 04 Nov 2010
 


Hoping unconfirmed remains unconfirmed...

Can you design a better lifejacket?  .
Let's hope the unconfirmed reports of the three British sailors kidnapped by Somali pirates remains just that – unconfirmed. They were, however, sailing in much the same waters as the Chandlers were when they were kidnapped just over a year ago, and a long way from either the official transit zone or the Yemeni coast.

Yemen, who used to produce its share of fishermen-turned-opportunistic-pirates, these days is a full member of the unofficial club of countries trying to curb piracy. Read what it's costing them.

Two opportunities this week – if you have an iPhone or other brand of smartphone, Passage Weather is looking for those willing to beta test their new app; and if you think you could design a better life jacket, you could win US$5,000, and the competition, run by BoatUS, is open to all nationalities.

One can only imagine Tony Bullimore won't be too happy that his crew capsized the Spirit of Antigua when he wasn't onboard. They weren't even racing, but obviously enjoying the ride. 'We were sailing fast and close to the wind. We then had a big gust, and because it's a multi-hull, the apparent wind induces a much worse effect.'....well, gosh, it was a multi-hull all the time and they hadn't noticed.

Lots of other news both close to home and away – a product of the week to look after the quality of your fuel, and some misadventures. As a cruising sailor, the useful purpose in reading these stories for me is: How can I make sure that this doesn't happen to me? They were easy this week – check your rigging and don't let it get too old, and, the simplest of all, take an EPIRB with you when you sail. Find the stories that match.

Much more too, so browse down the headlines to find what catches your interest.

Sail safe and, as winter approaches for most readers, keep warm!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor


Maritime Security Alert
GAC,
A maritime security alert has been issued following the possible hijack of a civilian yacht in the Indian Ocean. Preliminary reports, as reported earlier by Sail-World, indicate that the vessel has three British nationals on board and was seized in the vicinity of the Seychelles... [more]
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Design A Better Life Jacket And Win $5,000
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you find aspects of your life jacket you could design better? Are you frustrated by the inability to get just what you want? If you can design a better life jacket, you could win $5000 in a new world wide competition.... [more]
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Graphic weather on your smartphone - help beta test
Daria Blackwell,
Passage Weather is the website cruisers worldwide rely on for accurate weather information while planning off shore passages from on shore. Now they are beta-testing an app for iPhone, Android and various other handheld mobile devices and looking for input. If you have a handheld mobile device, please help Passage Weather with their beta testing.... [more]
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Breaking News: Three British sailors kidnapped by Somali pirates
Sail-World Cruising,
A reliable source in Kenya has reported that his organisation has been informed that pirates have hijacked a yacht in the Indian Ocean with three British citizens aboard, and they are continuing to investigate the report.... [more]
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Oceans Watch - sailors restoring sustainability to the South Pacific
Tom Barnfield,
The peoples of the South Pacific existed for some thousands of years in harmony with nature. The onset of Western civilisation changed that and brought problems of rising disease, pollution, degradation of their aquatic environment and rising sea levels. For the last few years a dedicated group of sailors called Oceans Watch is attempting to restore sustainability to these precious islands.... [more]
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Chichester's Gypsy Moth secure, but not Watson's Pink Lady
Sail-World Round-up,
When a solo sailor inspires a nation, as Sir Francis Chichester did the British with his solo sailing exploits, or as Jessica Watson did the Australians with her sixteen-year-old solo global sail, there's much regret if their boat is sold to another nation. It's now been confirmed that Chichester's Gypsy Moth is to remain in Britain, no one knows about Jessica Watson's yacht Pink Lady.... [more]
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Parched Yacht Club opens - first time in seven years
Melanie Whelan,The Courier/Sail-World,
The breaking of the drought in Australia and the flooding of the western plains has not only been good for farmers, sailors are rejoicing as well. The Ballarat Yacht Club is back in business for the first time in seven years, as Melanie Whelan describes:... [more]
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Product of the Week: H2Out keeps water out of fuel
Chris Wood,
Water contamination of fuel is the number one contributor to mechanical failure of a properly maintained engine or heating system. The more water inside the fuel, the more corrosive the fuel is to the engine's fuel injectors, valves, pistons and cylinder walls. This week's product, H2Out, eliminates the water to inhibit the growth of bacteria, greatly extending the life of the system.... [more]
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The Race is on to sail through Space
Spectrum/Sail-World Cruising,
It was sailing boats that set off from Europe in search of new trading routes and the new world to the East and West, and it seems that it will be sailing vessels that lead the way in the new world of space.... [more]
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Bay of Biscay waters - another casualty as teenagers lose mast
This is Plymouth/Sail-World Cruising,
Waters around the Bay of Biscay are getting pretty busy with disabled boats and their rescuers at the moment. Not only is there Tony Bullimore's catamaran The Spirit of Antigua capsized and being guarded by the Dutch Navy until a salvage team arrives, but there's also a tall ship with a bunch of Polish teens on board which has lost one of its masts.... [more]
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Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsized - Update
Sam Nelson,
Tony Bullimore's 33m catamaran capsizes off Cape Finistere. Update: Ben Jones (29): 'There wasn't that much wind-only about 15knots. We were sailing fast and close to the wind. We then had a big gust and because it's a multi hull, the apparent wind induces a much worse affect.... [more]
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Sailor with no EPIRB drifts for days before rescue
Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
'It can't happen to me.' But yes it can. Another leisure sailor has drifted in the ocean for days before being rescued because he didn't have a registered EPIRB on board his boat.... [more]
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Yemen's $250 million loss from Somali pirates
Muhyadin Ahmed Roble/Sail-World Cruising,
It's not only cruising sailors and international shipping that are affected by Somali pirates. Until around 2006 Yemeni was just as productive of opportunist pirates as Somalia, but now is one of its greatest victims. A report released by Yemen authorities has said piracy attacks against vessels in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden had caused them US$150 million in the local fish sector in 2009... [more]
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Tony Bullimore's catamaran capsized off Spain
Barry Pickthall,PPL/Sail-World Cruising,
This time at least his boat was not in the Southern Ocean. Tony Bullimore's 33m catamaran has capsized off Cape Finisterre in the Bay of Biscay and seven British based crew members have been rescued by French Air Sea Rescue services.... [more]
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