Sydney anchoring threats, sea pollution truths, useful Apps - and more
The most vital, but sobering news for sailors this week is in the stark picture painted by Ian Thomson as he describes the scale of the problem of pollution in our oceans, caused by two culprits – plastic bags and plastic bottles.
Oceans under threat - Advanced-stage Humans Disease .. .
After reading these two gripping articles I'll guarantee you'll think not twice, but many times – and guiltily – before you ever use a plastic bag or a plastic bottle again...and that cartoon maybe truer than you think.
Two yacht features in this edition – both beyond the pocket of the large majority of our readers, but one, the award-winning Antares III, is great for admiring, even drooling; the other, Esimit Europa 2, is an extraordinary creation by the EU – and also interesting in view of Europe's economic crisis right now.
Back to practicalities, the Apps for sailing are improving all the time, and Boat Beacon looks like a beauty, especially if you are not going to the expense of putting an AIS on your sailing boat. John Jamieson is back with some hints on the right kind of dog to purchase if you are choosing a dog to go boating with you.
For the rest, our world's oceans are packed with interest – Navies are finally stepping onto the front foot in the battle against Somali piracy (when do we get our Indian Ocean back?); and a rally yacht that hit a whale had a fellow yacht just 15 miles away, very reassuring.
Lake Eyre, where sailors used to head in droves every time there was water, is in sailing limbo waiting for a native title claim to be decided; Tres Hombres, engineless cargo sailing ship is celebrating delivering its load of chocolate, carbon neutral, across the Atlantic; don't think Social Media is just for teen fun – it's changed the life of one sailing school; and don't miss reading about the sailing couple who heard a call of nature and called into the nearest port to have a baby.
And you must read the story about how easy it is to put a Sail-World icon on your smart phone - then we're just a click away!
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