World's 700 tall ships(including Australia's) questioned for safety...Rocna reassures...Arctic Sea Ice again at record low...one yachtie makes a difference...yacht features on Bavaria 32, Catana 59...St Lucia cuts red tape...and much more...
Sail training ships - are they as safe as they look?
Are student sailors on sail training vessels as safe as we all thought? .. .
We all know that sail training ships don't have a good righting moment, but this week there has been doubt cast on the knowledge of sailors in command on the world's 700 sail training ships. Do they know how to handle a bad blow?
Read what has come out of the inquiry into the sinking of the Concordia off Brazil. Interesting subject – I am glad that I don't have anyone dear to me sailing on tall ships while these questions are being raised.
Cruising sailors who have a yen to explore South East Asia by sailing boat could do worse than join the Darwin to Ambon Rally next August. It's a great introduction to these Australian-neighbour islands and an easy way to acquire a cruising permit. Now is the time to start planning - read the story...
With the world's navies being charged with inadequate protection even for ships transiting the pirate region of the north Indian Ocean, one can't help thinking that it's certainly a 'no-go' for yachts. Now the monsoon is coming to an end, the sailing season will start, but if you want adventure maybe the place to go is up through the North West Passage, now at record ice-free levels. Read on below about both of these subjects.
Much other news as well – two yacht features this week, the Bavaria 32 monohull and the Catana 59, which is said to 'revolutionise recreational catamarans'; St Lucia in the Caribbean is setting an example to other countries, including Australia, by cutting red tape to encourage visiting yachts; Read how the new owners of Rocna 'new generation' anchors are determined to recover confidence in the product after some dodgy Chinese manufacturing affected some anchors.
John Jamieson (Captain John) asks whether your fender protection is up to scratch – and gives some top tips to protect your sailing boat.
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