It's in heavy weather that your sailing techniques are tested .. .
Every week the mix of news from Sail-World Cruising is different, and this week could be called a week of valuable information for the cruising sailor.
From John Jamieson there are some great tips about heavy weather sailing. At a time when more and more boat owners are installing cockpit navigational displays, Nauticomp has some good tips about the pitfalls of LED displays. There's an article dispelling myths about that fearsome enemy of the ocean sailor, lightning. But my favourite this week is the article on the so-called 'Smartplug' which has just won a manufacturer's award because of its great popularity with wise boaters.
If there is anything that will make you cautious and accurate when sailing it is the tale of what can happen if you make a mistake, and the story of the rescue of four sailors which has won the rescuers a bravery award will send shivers down the spine of many an experienced sailor.
In rally news, the Danes are making their mark on Scotland, and Mariner Boating has been active this week with lots of news about their rallies, both current and future. Fethiye in Turkey makes a really gorgeous sailing destination feature, and there's a comforting story of a superyacht that does NOT use thousands of gallons of fuel every time she leaves port. Our book of the week is the story of Plastiki, that catamaran made of plastic bottles, and their crossing of the Pacific Ocean.
For the rest, just browse down the stories to find what catches you interest, and...
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