To Russia with sails, hand-held laser flare, scary things in San Blas
...and now, you may be able to sail Russia on your own yacht! For many a cruising sailor in, or headed for, Europe, this will be an adventure too enticing to ignore, and they really do mean yachts and superyachts, as it is limited to 'no more than 18 people on board.' The Russian President (still Dmitry Medvedev) signed the new Russian Inland Water Transport Code last Thursday.
There is still a hitch, though, and only time will tell when and how this will pan out. The statement by RIA Novosti said that the vessels would be subject to 'compulsory pilotage' unless 'otherwise stipulated by international treaties'. Sounds a little expensive. Maybe that means some lobbying will be in order by our national yachting organisations to bring about such treaties...
Some of the other highlights of this weeks edition are: A hand-held laser flare which could replace the old-fashioned dangerous type as long as lasers are permitted where you sail; a cruising sailor tells of his difficulty finding where the sharks and crocodiles in the paradisical waters of the San Blas off the coast of Panama; US Sailing has published their preliminary findings on the recent Farallon yachting tragedy; stories of adventures completed and those still in the planning, including the re-enactment of Shackleton's epic survival sail in the Antarctic.
Low Speed Chase lies marooned on rocks at Farallon Islands after five crew lost their lives .. .
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