Boats faster, technology smarter, what about the sailors?

 
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 04 Oct 2012
 


Boats faster, technology smarter, what about the sailors?


A French sailor has just beaten 27 knots averaged over a 24 hour period on a trimaran. What a buzz that must have been for him. Sailing on a boat that can't do much better than 6 knots, I do find it hard to visualize.

There were no rescuers around when a yacht got into trouble on a remote Fijian reef this week. The story had a happy ending only because of the quick actions of some divers who happened to hear their SOS in a local resort.

I love the fact that there are so many awards for innovation these days. It no doubt stretches the imagination of innovators, as the winners are awarded extensive free publicity for their products. The latest is from IBEX, the International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference, held in Kentucky, USA.

A smorgasbord of news from all corners of the map this week again, so browse the headlines to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor



French sailor averages 27.75kts - ratified world record
Fabrice Thomazeau/Nancy Knudsen,
To average 27 knots over a 24 hour period is something that the average cruising sailor will find hard to imagine. I remember hitting 24 knots going down a wave once and nearly frightened myself to death. But French speed sailor Francis Joyon this summer averaged 27.75 knots over the 24 hour period to establish a new solo sailing record aboard his maxi trimaran IDEC.... [more]
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IBEX announces innovation award winners
Jim Rhodes,
The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) today announced the winners of the 2012 IBEX Innovation Awards. The winning products were selected by a panel of experienced technical boating journalists and editors from Boating Writers International (BWI), and were presented at the All-Industry Breakfast.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: The new Hélia 44 for 2013
Nancy Knudsen,
It's another new cruising catamaran. Fountaine Pajot's latest offering to the market is the Hélia 44, replacing the Orana 44. She is new for 2013, a catamaran designed for cruisers, with particular attention to short-handed cruising. Designed by Berret Racoupeau, she has elegant and contemporary lines, with four comfortable cabins.... [more]
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Leading Maritime intelligence provider cautions against complacency
Meredyth Grant,
Pirate operatives have awoken from their hibernation to venture forth from safe havens and launch long-range mothership-enabled pirate operations with the first confirmed attack in the Arabian Sea on Monday this week.... [more]
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SOS unheeded - abandoned cruising sailors rescued by divers
Nancy Knudsen,
The idea that today your call for rescue will be quickly acted upon is a myth in some regions of the world. Three cruising sailors - an Australian and two Spaniards - had to be rescued this week by divers from a Fijian resort after their yacht was swept onto rocks and their SOS calls went unheeded by local authorities.... [more]
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Turkey's Lycian coast – Journey in Utopia for cruising sailors
Maggie Joyce,
Turkey already ranks high with cruising sailors but the most sailed course is in the west between Bodrum and Gocek. The coast to the east of Marmaris offers another version of a fantastic story and the recently inaugurated Lycian Coast Yacht Rally, a Mariner Boating event, starts at the western end and finishes in the east at Antalya.... [more]
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Flag Etiquette on a sailing boat today
Des Ryan,
Flag etiquette on a sailing boat is a tradition that has been handed down to us by generations of sailors and other mariners. Although often not appropriately respected, if you want to be considered a seasoned sailor, you will do well to observe and perpetuate the pride in old traditions.... [more]
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New performance cruising catamaran bows to the market
Nancy Knudsen,
Britain's Green Marine, better known as builders of racing multihulls, are the latest to recognise the giant boom of cruising which combines nicely with the explosion of popularity of catamarans for cruising sailors. They have announced that they have a ground breaking 78 foot (24 metre) catamaran currently in build at its facility in Hythe, England.... [more]
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ISAF release Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) have released a Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising, available to purchase now.... [more]
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Book Review: The Voyage of the Cormorant
Sail-World Cruising,
'I built Cormorant, my 18-foot open boat, in 22 months – from August 2005 to June 2007 – on weekends and nights in the single-car garage of the studio apartment I rented...I laminated stem and stern pieces; set up molds for the hull on a building frame; cut, bent, and secured planks; and saw a vessel steadily emerge from my efforts.'... [more]
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Product of the Week: Iridium Extreme with wifi hotspot
Nancy Knudsen,
Above all the other safety features that you can and should consider for your cruising boat, a satellite phone is the one that gives the most daily comfort. Pick it up and you can speak to anyone, and if it doesn't ring it means nothing disastrous has happened at home. The Iridium 9575 Extreme is the one I would pick today and so far, I haven't found any negatives.... [more]
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29-year-old skipper youngest (Australian) to sail Northwest Passage
Nancy Knudsen,
Two young Australians have become the latest to have sailed the Northwest Passage, Chris Bray and his fiance Jess Taunton. Chris is, at 29 and as far as he has been able to tell, the youngest skipper (Australian) ever to brave the once treacherous passage.... [more]
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Sustainable sailing - Eight tips about what you can do
Katie Jewett for Sailors for the Sea/Sail-World,
With the world's oceans in crisis because of increasing pollution, acidification and over-fishing, the problem seems so large it can be daunting for any individual sailor. But there ARE things you can do, and here Katie Jewett, writing for 'Sailors for the Sea', tells:... [more]
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Grand Pavois Organisation to manage Rallye des Iles du Soleil
Veronique Largeau/Sail-World Cruising,
The Grand Pavois president, Alain Pochon, made the announcement on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at the 40th Grand Pavois: it is now Grand Pavois Organisation - with the support of the city of La Rochelle and the General Council of Charente-Maritime - that will manage the 'Rallye des Iles du Soleil'.... [more]
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Climate is altering the Great Barrier Reef
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Satellite measurement of sea surface temperatures has yielded clear proof of major changes taking place in the waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef over the past 25 years, marine scientists have found. The changes have big implications for the future management of the GBR and its marine protected areas.... [more]
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