Sailing into 2013 and remembering 2012

 
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 03 Jan 2013
 


Sailing into 2013 and remembering 2012


As to the adventurers, probably the most significant was the sailing of a 31ft fibreglass yacht , Belzebub II, through the most northerly strait in the Northwest Passage, significant because it graphically demonstrated just how fast the polar caps are melting. My personal favourite is Matt Rutherford who completed a non-stop circumnavigation of the Americas in a 27ft boat in ten months, braving both the Northwest Passage and the Horn in a boat that probably should have stayed in enclosed waters.

31ft Hallberg-Rassy Belzebub II - through the impossible McClure Strait in the Northwest Passage  .. ©

I must mention the oldest and the youngest solo sailors – Laura Dekker was many months younger than any of the other would-be-youngest sailors when she completed her circumnavigation, and then simply kept sailing, 'home' to New Zealand. The oldest – the oldest woman to complete a solo circumnavigation, Jeanne Socrates - achieved that this year and is still out there sailing in another attempt to do it non-stop.

Low key Laura Dekker - youngest circumnavigator by many months  .. .

The rescues we chose are significant either for the foolishness or bravery and good seamanship of the skipper and crew, for the importance demonstrated about the use of PLB's or EPIRB's, and especially for the pivotal role that AMVER is taking in the rescue of many sailors who otherwise may have perished. The most dramatic, tragic and emotional for Australians who remember her well, was the sinking of the Bounty off the east coast of America in a hurricane.

AMVER and their voluntary merchant ships are responsible for many many yacht crew rescues  .. .

As for the products, the innovation and creativity of sailors who are also designers continually gives rise to new products to make the life of the cruising sailor easier or safer. It was very very difficult to choose the ten, but there's a great range of products you should consider when fitting out your boat.

So that's a little of what 2012 has brought us. Browse down the rest of the headlines to see what's been making news while the rest of us have been celebrating, and here's wishing you the best 2013 that you could dream for yourself.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Looking Back on 2012: 10 Most Memorable Rescues
Nancy Knudsen,
No sailor wants to be rescued - that is, wants to be in a position to need rescuing. The old adage of, 'You should step UP to be rescued' sends the strongest message that a good sailor never abandons a boat unless it is sinking beneath you. However, with more and more sailors taking to the high seas, the rescues continue to increase. Here are Sail-World's 10 Most Memorable Rescues of 2012... [more]
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Looking Back: Sail-World's Ten Top Products for 2012
Nancy Knudsen,
They were either new, innovative or very practical for the cruising sailor. Some were eminently affordable, others were expensive and may have to stay on the 'dream' list for a while. Sail-World Cruising looks back on 2012 to find the Ten Top Products of the year:... [more]
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Looking back to 2012's sailing adventurers
Nancy Knudsen,
Two words that come to mind when you think of sailing are 'freedom' and 'adventure'. Just stepping onto the boat can give you a sense of both, but in 2012 there were those who took their adventure seriously. Here's a round-up of the most adventurous non-racing sailors of the year, some of whom were attempting to be the 'first', some trying for speed records, others just sailed for the love of it... [more]
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'Embrace' and accentuate the positive in 2013
Jeni Bone,
'Embrace', we were urged on New Year's Eve by a disembodied pair of red lips on Sydney's Harbour Bridge, so Hal-like (2001 A Space Odyssey) and yet we have been assured, entirely earthly and modeled on the luscious kisser of our home-grown pop diva, Kylie Minogue, 'creative ambassador' for the evening's proceedings.... [more]
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Put us on your iPhone and iPad!
Anna Parker, Sail-World.com,
On the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad you can put bookmarks for any site, creating one-tap shortcuts to your favourite websites. Sail-World, Marine Business World, Powerboat World, and Fishing Boating World now have custom icons for you to save for quick, easy access!... [more]
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Italian sailor to challenge New York to SFO record
Sail-World Cruising,
Famed Italian sailor Giovanni Soldini best known world-wide for his courageous rescue of French sailor Isabelle Autissier in a remote part of the South Pacific during the 'Around Alone' circumnavigation race, begins a new adventure today from New York. With a crew he will attempt to break the New York to San Francisco Speed Sailing Record via Cape Horn.... [more]
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Goss and Warrender start their sailing kayak adventure round Tasmania
Nancy Knudsen,
British hero sailor Pete Goss - the sailor who turned his downwind racer into stormy seas in the Southern Ocean for two days to rescue fellow competitor Raphaël Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe solo around the world yacht race - has had a bumpy start with his friend Andy Warrender as they set off yesterday (Saturday 29th December) to complete their circumnavigation of Tasmania by sailing sea kayak... [more]
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Dream Boats for 2013
Jeni Bone,
Make 2013 the year you fulfill your bucket list and lash out on your fantasy boat, whatever form that takes. Here's some inspiration!... [more]
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Marine Auctions popularity in synch with the rise in pre-loved boats
Jeni Bone,
Buying online is no longer the domain of teens and tech-savvy. As this year's Christmas e-retail figures attest, spending online is estimated to have risen 30% over the festive season according to Experian, as consumers attempted to buy everything from CDs to property from the comfort of home and beat sale queues.... [more]
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Free Internet radio station plays only sailing and tropical music
Sail-World Cruising,
There are few songs that avid sailors like better than the cliched 'Sailing' by Rod Stewart. Now there's a radio station which plays nothing but sailing and tropical music, and it's free Internet radio, program directed by Steve Hall, who lives aboard his boat Endless Summer, an Allied Mistress 39.... [more]
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Our family volunteer with OceansWatch in the SW Pacific
Catherine Jackson,
Having spent a year or so sailing from Greece to New Zealand with my family (husband Mark, Mia - 9 and Lochy – 8) I was looking for something a little different for the next leg of our journey. Although we had visited several Pacific Islands on our crossing from Panama to New Zealand, I felt that we hadn't really had the chance to connect meaningfully with any of the communities along the way.... [more]
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Bavaria Power Boats - First Australian bound Virtess 420 Flybridge
Bavaria Power Boats,
Ensign Ship Brokers are pleased to announce the sale of the first Australian-based Bavaria Virtess 420 Flybridge. For Ensign Directors, Tony Ross and Andy Howden, this exciting news is the perfect end to a fantastic year for Bavaria.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Round About the Earth'
Des Ryan,
Among all those cruising sailors, on the water not for competition but for the love of the wind and freedom, a goodly many dream of sailing off to circle the earth. Some do, many don't. But it's common enough to recognise it as an instinctive human desire. Now Joyce E. Chaplin has written a book, just about that desire and the history of circumnavigation.... [more]
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Farley the fin whale is staying put
Erika I. Ritchie/Sail-World Cruising,
Something strange and special is going on off the coast of California and the locals are mystified. A fin whale of nearly 100 tons seems to have taken up residence in the waters off Dana Point in southern Los Angeles, and instead of moving on with his friends, is playfully approaching boats as never seen before. He's even been given a name.... [more]
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Cleaning your hull with ground glass
Lee Mylchreest,
The idea of blasting for removal of paint or dirt has been around for a long time, but the technology has improved radically over the last 50 years. If you are looking for a environmentally sound way of cleaning your hull without using chemicals or spending a VERY long time scraping, you need to consider the idea of dustless blasting, using ground glass. Amazing? Read on:... [more]
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Four Fish: Not really about fishing
Nancy Knudsen,
This book is not really about fishing. Paul Greenberg, writer and fisherman, does examine four fish that dominate our menus, but what he is doing is revealing our damaged relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants, a subject dear to many a cruising sailor's heart.... [more]
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Sailors for the Sea looks back on 2012
Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors for the Sea, a now not-so-new voice in ocean conservation, inspired in the USA but now spread to 13 other countries, and who educate and engage the sailing community in the worldwide protection of the oceans, looks back on 2012:... [more]
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Asia Superyacht Rendezvous: Grand Dames and a Baby Elephant
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Sprinkle ten superyachts across the bay, and it looks good every time. Include three Feadships in the mix, and the view just got better. Add a Royal Huisman, a Hoek, and a couple of traditional Indonesian phinisis, and you were probably hanging out at the Xana Beach Club at the Angsana Laguna, Phuket. On the last day of the annual Asia Superyacht Rendezvous, Bang Tao Bay was host to... [more]
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