Tsunami and the Ocean

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 17 Mar 2011
 


Tsunami and the ocean

Tsunami hits Crescent City in California  .
This week our world has changed forever with the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and the damage to their nuclear power stations.

It will cause much rethinking about the future of nuclear power, but the saddest immediate aspect for sailors who have an affinity with the ocean is the reports of the cloud drifting over the ocean instead of the land.


These reports were greeted with cheering. This is understandable in the short term, but radioactivity falling on an ocean will enter the food chain anyway, as fish are affected, and who knows what other effects there will be on the delicate sea life of the Pacific.

Only time will tell if this is the shake-up necessary for world leaders to take our deteriorating environment seriously, something that most cruising sailors have done for a long time.

Also in tsunami news, read about the damage that was recorded to yachts across the Pacific particularly on the Hawaii and Californian coastlines.

Jarle Andhøy, the Norwegian adventure sailor whose yacht Berserk was lost in the Ross Sea in the Antarctic this month replies to his several critics in an exclusive interview with Sail-World. You can compare stories and make up your own mind...

Read how piracy and the economic downturn have been blamed for the demise of well-known circumnavigation rally, the Blue Water Rally, and delivered a boost to its competitor the World ARC.

You'll also find a jaunty tale of the yacht Tere Moana, and how it was threatened with dismasting by a failing shroud in the South Pacific; and our Product of the Week is a beauty for gentle sailors – the Landing Loop – for making your docking foolproof.

A host of other news from our world's oceans too, so browse down the stories to see what catches your interest.


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Blue Water Rally participants use Dockwise for pirate waters
Dockwise/Sail-World Cruising,
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) will be orchestrating the transport of 20 private cruising yachts believed to be from the Blue Water Rally, from Salalah, Oman to Marmaris, Turkey in April.... [more]
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Closure of Blue Water Rallies give surge to World ARC Rally
Sail-World Cruising,
One sailor's bad news is sometimes, inadvertently, another sailor's good fortune. While Blue Water Rallies will run no more world circumnavigation rallies due to the economic downturn and piracy, this has no doubt contributed to the excellent season that is being experienced by the World Cruising Club, which operates the World ARC, a spin-off from the famed Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)... [more]
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Sailors Using Information from Trip Planning to the White Continent
Debra Kelman Loew,
Since IAATO launched a new public awareness campaign in 2010 for those hoping to visit Antarctica independently on a yacht or motor vessel with 12 or fewer people, it has shared its expertise and resources with many in this independent-minded community.... [more]
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Tere Moana and how to repair a parted shroud at sea
Vincent Bossley,
Long-time cruising sailor Vincent Bossley is sailing with a crew through French Polynesia in the South Pacific, heading for the island of Mahini, part of the Tuamotos, on his yacht Tere Moana. However, a blissful journey is about to be shattered by one of the most dreaded incidents on ocean voyages.... [more]
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New Alliance to save whales AND sailors
PR Log,
London-based campaigning organisation the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the organisation running the Global Ocean Race 2011-2012 (GOR) announce a unique partnership to seek ways to prevent collisions between whales and yachts. The partnership between a race organisation and an environmental organisation will benefit all cruising sailors, not only those who race... [more]
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The graceful Skipjack - sailing into history
Lee Mylchreest,
In the Third World sailing boats are still a familiar sight, used for transport and fishing. Their delicate sails enliven the horizons of many a coastal waterway. In the Western World they have long been relegated to the field of pleasure and sport - except for a few hardy survivors, and the whimsically named Skipjack is one of them.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: classy finish in Fontaine Pajot Evolution range
Tracey Johnstone,
Fountaine Pajot's design changes to their popular sailing catamarans heralds a new era for cruising sailors looking for more in style, comfort and value for money.... [more]
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Product of the Week: The Landing Loop
Sail-World Cruising,
If the crew on your boat - be it one or 20 - can leap over the guard rail onto the dock with effortless ease and rapidly bring the boat to a stop with a quick line around a cleat, you probably will never need a Landing Loop. But if you want to lower the adrenaline flow and have your crew remain safe on deck while docking, then this Product of the Week might just be for you.... [more]
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Swans gather in the Spring in the British Virgins
Nautor Swan,
If you're a Swan owner, unless you are very close, you might be just too late to join the annual Gathering of the Swans in the Caribbean this year. Nautor's Swan is heralding the coming of Spring with the eighth annual edition of the highly popular cruising calendar event, ‘the ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous' to take place 14th to 19th March.... [more]
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First recorded loss of an Emperor Penguin colony
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have recently described the loss of a small colony of emperor penguins on an island off the West Antarctic Peninsula. The loss is attributed to reduced sea ice, which provides an important nesting substrate for the penguins as well as an important foraging habitat... [more]
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Pacific yachts flee but damage substantial as Japanese Tsunami arrives
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As the ever deepening tragedy hit Japan and the word flashed around the world, yachts across the Pacific were alerted, running to sea or strengthening their mooring lines. A tsunami warning along the Californian coast did not prevent damage as the deadly wave arrived, damage has been substantial in Hawaii, and a yacht trying to get to sea in New Zealand has been lost on rocks in the manoeuvre.... [more]
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Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.'
Nancy Knudsen,
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition... [more]
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Blue Water Rally sails into the sunset
Nancy Knudsen,
For the last fourteen years, Blue Water Rallies have themselves rallied to the complex task of organising World Circumnavigating Rallies for yachts of all nations. Now, sadly we have received the following formal notification:... [more]
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Boaters beware GPS vulnerable to interference and jamming
www.sail-world.com,
Researchers have warned that GPS systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to accidental interference or deliberate jamming, raising concerns about reliability and security.... [more]
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Lucky yacht Puffin refloated after hitting a beach
Lee Mylchreest,
Don't you just love a good news story? ... and after a spate of tragic sailing stories recently, here's a tale to warm the cockles of your heart. A yacht called Puffin, with two crew, was amazingly refloated after crashing onto a beach, owing to some swift action and a large dollop of luck. The incident happened near Sovereign Harbour in Sussex, but it could have been on a beach near you..... [more]
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Somali troops fail in attack on pirates holding Danish sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Eight government troops from the Puntland province of Somalia have been killed in a foiled attempt to free seven Danish cruising sailors held by pirates in the mountainous region in the tip of the Horn of Africa. None of the group of seven Danish sailors, which includes three children, have been injured... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: premium difference in choice and service
Tracey Johnstone,
Multihull Solutions' approach to customer service and cruising catamaran product packaging breaks new ground and sets the business ahead in the tough Australian yacht brokerage market.... [more]
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Earth's ice sheets melting sooner than expected: New Study
Nancy Knudsen,
Unless you live in the Maldives you may not be able to sail down your main street any time soon, but it's undeniably getting easier to sail the North West Passage. Sadly, all credible scientists are in agreement that Global Warming, the reality we all shy away from facing, is coming to an area near you soon. The bad news is that according to a new credible study, it will be sooner than expected.... [more]
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Sailing Sourcebook - works like a charm
Sail-World Cruising,
When you know what you want and your local marine store isn't being helpful, it can be quicker and easier to buy chandlery and other items online. All you needed is a catalogue, their free-call number or Skype to place an order. Now that process has just gotten a vast amount easier, with a new development. A leading online marine store has introduced a new E-catalog that works like a charm.... [more]
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Sodebo rounds the Horn - in good shape for a record
Kate Jennings/Sail-World Cruising,
Thomas Coville, earlier lagging behind in his attempt to be the fastest solo sailing adventurer around the world because of contrary wind and weather, is still in there with a chance. He has just rounded the Horn with great excitement and in good shape, and is now on target to achieve a new record. Read on to see why...... [more]
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Academy warns on GPS unreliability
Sail-World Cruising,
Leisure sailors and other mariners could find themselves in trouble if they rely totally on GPS systems a British Academy of Engineering has warned. The report finds that the real threat lies in 'dangerously misleading' results which may not seem obviously wrong - a ship directed slightly off course by faulty data could steer it into danger.... [more]
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Danish hostage sailors 'deep into Somali mountains'
Nancy Knudsen,
Recent media reports that the seven Danish cruising sailors kidnapped by pirates are held on a ship are inaccurate, say piracy-watch group Ecoterra. They claim that another seajacked vessel, the M Ems River, was first used to tow the yacht and then refuel it before it was itself released after the payment of a ransom. In the meantime, the seven Danes were taken and held on land.... [more]
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Falmouth's roaring Sea Shanty Festival to raise money for the RNLI
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The age of the Sea Shanty might be gone, but the ringing rhythms never lose their allure - and what better way for raising money for the volunteer organisation which saves of lives at sea? This year again in the UK's Falmouth, one of the most engaging festivals will again take place, the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival. If you can be anywhere near to Cornwall in June this year, it's a 'must see'!... [more]
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MSCHOA and ISAF - still giving pirate advice to yachts
Nancy Knudsen,
It's curious that in spite the Somali pirate killing of four American cruising sailors, the recent kidnapping of seven Danes and the disappearance since October 2010 of two South African sailors, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the Maritime Security Cerntre (Horn of Africa) (MSCHOA) continue giving guidance about what to do when you sail through the pirate area around Somalia... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education: ICC now available to NZ Citizens
Coastguard Boating Education,
The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft (known as an ICC) is now available to New Zealand citizens (before March 1st 2011 ICCs were only available to UK citizens or residents). ICCs are awarded following a short practical and knowledge assessment through an RYA Training Centre.... [more]
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New discovery from Antarctica's ‘ghost mountains'
British Antarctic Survey and Lamont-Doherty Observ,
The discovery of numerous large ice structures within Antarctica's Dome A region, the site of the buried ‘ghost mountains', reveals new understanding about ice sheet growth and movement that is essential for predicting how the ice sheet may change as the Earth's climate warms.... [more]
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New Arctic sea-ice information service launched
British Antarctic Survey,
British Antarctic Survey remote sensing expert Andrew Fleming is part of a new European project to aid ships' navigation in ice-infested waters in the European Arctic and the Baltic Sea that is launched this week... [more]
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