One amazing woman who just arrived Hobart - photo by Leigh Winburn, The Mercury .
For sheer sailing dramatics, Norwegian Jarle Andhoey must take all the prizes this week, especially for how to get free publicity for his television documentaries. 'No publicity is bad publicity' must be his motto, with the tearaway Antarctic adventure sailor now in detention in Chile.
Beside Jarle, Jeanne Socrates' story might seem pale. Tipping 70 and having become the oldest female circumnavigator, she merely has to cross one more ocean in order to start her third solo circumnavigation, this time a non-stop attempt. Right now she's in the Royal Tasmanian Yacht Club for a couple of weeks - go see her, Tasmanians, she's an inspiration to all sailors of any gender!
Back into the 'real' world (well, the one I inhabit anyway) it's been a busy week on the world's oceans. Not one but two Swan Rallies in the news, one in the British Virgins, and our first one on Sydney Harbour.. I was lucky enough to be there and it was a spectacular day, thanks to Ian Treleaven's good organisation.
There have been a couple of noteworthy rescues – one lauding the efforts of some yacht club members who dropped everything and helicoptered to the rescue of a yacht whose skipper was injured and whose wife obviously couldn't sail. Coincidentally, there's a check list for you and your sailing partner – what happens when YOUR skipper is injured?
The tragic MOB death of a Queensland sailor is now being investigated by police; there's a new management plan for the waters of the Great Barrier Reef; and it turns out that the most southerly sailing boat ever was - a Moth!
In more practical matters, we take a look at the way that USA's Rescue 21, their updated search and rescue system, is being rolled out and I can't help wondering what it means for Australia; John Jamieson talks about a tactic which is all-important to short-handed cruising sailors, when to reef; and the new RYA Book on Commercial Regulations for Small Vessels may be of high interest for cruising sailors wanting to have the maximum information about the way our seas are regulated.
...and that's just the beginning, so browse down the headlines to catch your interest
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