Latest News for the cruising sailor - at home and away
It was most interesting that Britain's Maritime Coastguard Agency suggested, after a recent incident, that the sailor should have carried a satphone – no mention of HF radio. Are we seeing the beginning of a seismic shift in in safety advice?
The GFC followed by the Euro crisis is having a devastating effect on the yachting industry in the Med, and for a change on the superyacht industry, which has seemed to keep flourishing in the last few years. Maybe it's time to think about chartering in the Mediterranean...
Our quirky story of the week is about the small cabin runabout which sailed the Pacific on its own but couldn't negotiate the surf on arrival in the USA; there's an adventure offering to circumnavigate Africa in a tall ship with a purpose, the Astrid; boat builders and designers will want to know about the new online Keelchecker, and there's some good advices about how to splice two lines together.
Diving on my anchor - and everyone else's .. .
One can read plenty about the smart gear you should have when you go cruising, but this week I have confessed to the five pieces of gear – all simple – that I wished I'd known about before I went long range cruising.
Finally, a female sailor who skippers her own sailing dinghy has just celebrated her 90th birthday, and the club gave her a party. Can anyone top that?
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