Annual yacht inspections for visiting yachts in Europe?...10 top cruising sailors and 10 amazing rescues for 2010...new Skippers' app for iPhone...more webinars to up your seamanship skills...and much more...

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 06 Jan 2011
 


Carry, wear, clip and read

Watch for what happens - will the net close on yachts as well as ships?  .
If I had a New Year wish it would be that every cruising sailor carried a personal EPIRB, wore a life jacket, clipped on at sea and read weather reports.

I spend a good part of my year reporting on rescues or tragic non-rescues. What stands out like a lighthouse on a clear night is that it is the lack of these four actions – carry, wear, clip and read – that are responsible for the greatest majority of incidents at sea.


In this edition there are two reviews of the past year: a tribute to ten of the top cruising(non-competitive) sailors for 2010 and the ten most amazing rescues for 2010.

Yachts in or visiting Europe Canada or Russia from this week will need to take note for the next six months or so on how authorities in different countries are interpreting the new 100% inspection rule for ships or yachts. Until now yachts escaped inspection because there was only a 25% inspection regime and yachts 'passed under the radar'. Our article in this issue has more details.

Read how 15-year-old solo sailor Laura Dekker isn't so strapped for cash any more, and how another cruising sailor, kidnapped and escaped, is now to testify against his alleged pirate kidnappers.

Much more too – excellent webinars coming up from the Seven Seas Cruising Association to improve your seamanship skills, and if you're an iPhone or some other kind of i- addict, there's a new great app for skippers to replace most of the heavy books and manuals on your boat. Read this story and maybe you'll be rushing to the store to become an i- addict!

Whether you're warming your hands at the fire or lying sunbaking on the deck with an iPad, browse the headlines and enjoy the read!

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Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Sail-World's tributes to ten top cruising sailors for 2010
Nancy Knudsen,
Some are unknown, some are household words. Some went solo, some took a crew on an amazing voyage. Some overcame the greatest of odds to achieve their ambition.They all share one thing: the ability to think outside the square to live their dreams and to inspire the rest of us to try to do the same. Sail-World's top ten cruising sailors of the year, from our news stories throughout the year, are:... [more]
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The amazing rescues of 2010
Nancy Knudsen,
None were racing. Some were families, some solo sailors, some were professionals and others novices. Some were rescued from the Southern Ocean in freezing temperatures, some had hit submerged objects and their vessels sank under them, others lost way and were rescued from rocks, some were rescued with significant danger to the rescuer.... [more]
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Megayacht crew save runaway yacht for German sailors.
Lee Mylchreest,
Worrying about your anchor dragging is bad enough when you are on board, and worrying about it when you are ashore for dinner is something to make the cautious sailor only leave the boat when the anchor is secure and the night is calm. But it was Christmas! So spare a thought for the couple that went to dinner on 25th December at Bequia in the Caribbean. It could have been you or me.... [more]
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Yachts in Europe: new marine safety inspections from Jan 2011
Sail-World/Capt. Jake DesVergers, The Triton,
Yacht owners in or intending to visit Europe Russia or Canada take note. From Jan. 1, 2011, the member states of the Paris 'Memorandum of Understanding' (MOU - an administrative agreement between 27 mostly European maritime authorities) will implement a New Inspection Regime (NIR) for ships and could have a significant impact on yachts, according to a chief surveyor for International Yacht Bureau... [more]
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The App to replace heavy books on your boat
Sail-World Cruising,
It had to happen. No more heavy weight of paper, mildew or soggy pages. A megayacht captain and a computer programmer who loves sailing have combined their expertise to create an Application (app) that anyone from the weekend sailor to the professional master mariner will find a vitally useful help to their days on the water - and it only costs $4.99!... [more]
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Sailing of another era on Lake Geneva
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Now that the racing boats are ashore for the winter, it gives me the opportunity to talk about the old sailing barges that were used on the lake in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of those still exist and a group of enthusiastic sailors have built a replica called La Demoiselle which is now one of the biggest sailing craft in Switzerland.... [more]
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15-year-old solo sailor Dekker grateful for donations
Nancy Knudsen,
15-year-old solo sailor Laura Dekker has been overwhelmed by the number of people who have made donations in the past two weeks to help her achieve her wish to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone... [more]
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Cruising sailor to testify against Somali pirates in the Netherlands
Sail-World Cruising,
A South African cruising sailor who was held captive by pirates for thirteen days in October is to fly to the Netherlands to give testimony against Somalis alleged to be involved in his kidnap. Peter Eldridge was forced to drive his yacht north along the east African coastline until the motor seized and he escaped, but his two crew have never been seen again.... [more]
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How to build your offshore inventory: a webinar by Beth Leonard
Nancy Knudsen,
Building your offshore inventory - A Seven Seas U webinar with Beth Leonard. The Seven Seas webinars from the Seven Seas Cruising Association are a brilliant way to up your skills in many aspects of seamanship, and all you need is a connection to the internet!... [more]
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Thousands on boats, but nothing on distress beacons: Rescuer marvels
Sail-World Cruising,
Three men who were eventually rescued, one in a life-threatening condition, could have been rescued within an hour if only they'd had a distress beacon, according to a New Zealand Rescuer coordinator, who described people's actions as 'extraordinary'.... [more]
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MBE for rescuer after 44 years in the RNLI
Des Ryan,
Whether racing or cruising, in times of trouble the safety of the leisure sailor is often in the hands of a volunteer who is willing to risk his or her own personal safety perform a rescue. It is therefore gladdening to see notable volunteers recognised for the work that they do. Charlie Tulloch, from Kinghorn Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is one such.... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella: Sailing by the wind in Mexican waters
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
American Sailing Association writer-at-large Meghan Cleary continues her tales of sailing in Velella, this week throwing plans away and deciding to stay in Mexico. Meghan,her partner Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics.... [more]
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Sailors on a mission - saving our oceans in 2010
Nancy Knudsen,
The bad news is that it's becoming increasingly clear how much trouble the oceans that we sailors cherish are in. One cannot deny the disturbing news of plastic out of control, acidification and over-fishing, just to name a few of the challenges. The good news is... [more]
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Coast Guard - the often unacknowledged force behind every sailor
Des Ryan,
The unseen force operating behind almost every yacht that goes to sea is the Coast Guard. You may never sight coast guard officers, but you know they're simply a radio call away. So it's great to hear them being acknowledged, their heroic acts, money raising activities for volunteers, or, as the California Yacht Club has done, when they are invited to speak and talk about the services... [more]
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