Ocean sailed by laser, hostage tallship freed, Chinese sailor stalled

 
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 20 Dec 2012
 


Ocean sailed by laser, hostage tallship freed, Chinese sailor stalled

ITCZ - but notice the SPCZ which could also cause him a problem passing the Solomons  .. .

There's a tall ship that hasn't been able to move for a while either, but not because of windless days. The Argentinian tall ship Libertad, along with a full crew and students has been held hostage for the last couple of months and Somali pirates were nowhere in sight. An international court has ordered it to be freed in the next few days. Read the extraordinary story below, and then watch Sail-World for updates.

In rally news, the 58 boats in the Salty Dawg Rally have arrived successfully and mostly happy in the British Virgin Islands (BVI's); the brand new Christmas Caribbean Rally has announced it will be departing from the charismatic island of Lanzarote in the Canaries; and the Iles des Soleil Rally which crosses the Atlantic but heads for the Amazon River in South America will also be choosing the island of volcanoes while visiting the Canaries.

Happy Christmas from the Sail-World Cruising team  .. .
Returning to the practical, John Jamieson has some sage advice on heavy weather sailing; the Book of the Week is 'The Art and Science of Yacht Design'; there's a new online directory for matching crew and boat owners; and the product of the week is something I would like to have myself onboard for when the boat's anemometer fails. Not knowing the wind strength on your boat is worse than not knowing which piece of gear is going to break next.

Sweet sailing and here's wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas from the Sail-World Cruising Team!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



OceansWatch International - another good year in 2012
Sail-World Cruising,
OceansWatch International is an organisation of cruising sailors who want to make a positive difference to the seas they sail and the island communities they visit. Their activities are usually centred on the islands of the South Pacific and the Atlantic, where they help with sustainable options for the communities and their ocean environment. Here is an update on their achievements for 201... [more]
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Argentinian tall ship set free by International Tribunal
Des Ryan,
Tall ships of today are known to have adventurous lives, but not many of them are held hostage in a foreign country along with all their crew and students. Argentinian tall ship Libertad has just been freed after two months held hostage by Ghana.... [more]
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Chinese solo sailor caught in the Doldrums
Sail-World Cruising,
What's disturbing a Chinese solo sailor attempting to sail a circumnavigation of the world non-stop and unassisted in a Class 40 racing boat, is not gales or cyclones, but no wind - or little wind - at all, according to his land-based support team.... [more]
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AMVER to the rescue - two Canadian sailors rescued off Bermuda
AMVER/Sail-World Cruising,
AMVER (The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System) is at it again. Two Canadian sailors are safely aboard the Amver participating ship SMT Bontrup after requiring medical evacuation from their 34 foot sloop 260 miles northwest of Bermuda this week.... [more]
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Salty Dawg Rally safely in BVIs following successful passage
Mike Martel,
After departure activities in Hampton, Virginia, and a few days of weather delays prior to departure, all 58 cruising boats of the Salty Dawg Rally have arrived safely at their various destinations, with the most going to the BVI, according to Bill and Linda Knowles, co-founders of the rally.... [more]
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Celebrating 30 years Freedom of the Seas
Sail-World Cruising,
We all take it for granted, but our ability to sail the seven seas could be compromised by now if it weren't for United Nations actions just 30 years ago this week. 10th December 2012 marked the the thirtieth anniversary of the opening for signature of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).... [more]
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Tobago to Trinidad in a 14ft Laser
Nancy Knudsen,
Just when you think that all the records have been set, when everybody has conquered almost everything in the world of the cruising sailor - the oldest - the youngest - the first-ever, along comes another, because there's always some new remote first-ever that hasn't yet been done. This time it's sailing a 14ft Laser from Tobago to Trinidad in open seas off the north-east coastline of Venezuela.... [more]
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Book of the Week: The Art and Science of Yacht Design
Henry J Cooney,
For that yachting enthusiast for whom you just can't find the right gift (and that might be yourself), here's a timely suggestion, 'The Art and Science of Yacht Design', by Martin Black, who spent 20 years researching the the life of an amazing, but largely forgotten, yacht desiger. Here read the synopsis by Henry J Cooney:.... [more]
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Preparing for heavy sailing weather before it arrives!
John Jamieson/Sail-World Cruising,
Safety and preparation go hand-in-hand for heavy weather. Crew, topsides, and below decks need to be readied if you suspect a blow in the offing. Even if it never develops, you will have the peace-of-mind that you, your crew and small sailboat are well prepared for what may come your way.... [more]
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Connecting boat owners and crew - new online directory
Lee Mylchreest,
Want to go ocean sailing but don't have a boat? - don't know anyone with a boat sailing when and where you want to? Or maybe you're ready to cross an ocean, but are lacking crew? Here's a new online directory put out by the people with oceans of experience and a huge network of crew and boat owners: World Cruising Club, the operators of the ARC and many other ocean rallies.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Pocket-sized Turbo Meter
Sail-World Cruising,
Particularly when sailing remotely, redundancy is the key to successful cruising. Here's a natty pocket-sized tool which will contribute to your overall redundancy. If your wind instruments become damaged - even a bird can do it - it can require a trip up the mast to correct it. That's not a good thing in heavy weather, when knowing the wind speed is critical.... [more]
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The Cruising Association changes skippers
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Britain's Cruising Association is a leading organisation for cruising sailors, not only in Britain but around the world, and it has a new 'Skipper'.... [more]
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Ocean Cruising preparation - the London Boat Show
Sail-World Cruising,
It's aimed at those starting their cruising in Europe, but if you can make it to London in January, and if ever you wanted to step off the coastal cliff and go ocean sailing, the place to be to learn comprehensively is at the London Boat Show in January.... [more]
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Year-end gift to BoatUS Foundation benefits recreational boating
D. Scott Croft/BoatUS,
Boaters can assist themselves this holiday season by making a tax-deductible, year-end gift to the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit education and outreach organization operating more than a dozen programs benefitting targeting boaters. Donations are utilized year-round to help those on the water stay safe and to help keep our waterways clean.... [more]
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Marina Rubicon in the Canaries - THE place for rallies
Des Ryan,
Marina Rubicon on the amazing volcanic island of Lanzarote in the Canaries is becoming THE place for arriving and departing rallies. Last week we announced that the newly planned Christmas Caribbean Rally will depart from Marina Rubicon next December, and now the Iles de Soleil (Islands of the Sun)Rally will also use Marina Rubicon for its rally next year.... [more]
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A French Connection for the Christmas Caribbean Rally
Mikaela Miek/Sail-World Cruising,
The Sailing Rallies team promoting the 2013 Christmas Caribbean Rally were received enthusiastically when they attended the Salon Nautique (International Paris Boat Show) with the Canary Islands tourist board. They were promoting the fact that the destination for the Christmas Caribbean Rally will be the Caribbean gateway of Antigua in the Caribbean after a stepping-off point in the Canaries.... [more]
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