Solo teen sailor heads for the Australia...Europe fines foreign yachts for pink fuel...world's first ever Sail-in Cinema...why never to leave port on a Friday...heaving-to and rolling hitches...and much more...
15-year-old solo sailor in for some sleepless nights
Laura Dekker on her Jeanneau Ginfizz ketch Guppy -heading for "the labyrinth" .
Single-handed sailor Laura Dekker, 15 years old and with plenty of spirit, is sailing her bright red ketch into one of the most challenging parts of her round-world voyage. At times when the water is deep, it's too remote for fishing boats and an AIS will warn of ships, it's possible for the solo sailor to have a good sleep every now and then.
But in front of Laura now lie many islands and reefs as she nears the coast of northern Australia, heading for the tip of Cape York. Captain Cook memorably described this area as 'a labyrinth' of coral, and nothing much has changed in the intervening 241 years. Be vigilant Laura!
There's always something to be amazed at in the world of the cruising sailor – this week the first ever 'Sail-in' cinema was patronised by more than 100 yachts, and the ultimate in 'toys for the boys' was introduced to the market – an underwater Dive Scooter for those who don't care to swim but want to examine the world underwater. You'd have to have quite a large yacht, however, to stow one of these on the aft deck.
John Jamieson (Captain John) reminds us what a handy knot the rolling hitch is; Grant Headifen urges us all to practise heaving-to when there's no emergency, while imparting some heaving-to tricks; and Ley and Neil Langford share with us the punishment meted out to them when they broke the cardinal sailor's rule of never leaving port on a Friday!
Many other articles and stories too to keep you amused, entertained or up to date with what's going on in the sailing world, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.
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