New Year Resolutions, In Horn's glassy seas, anchorages just for you
While many of us were celebrating New Year, solo sailors setting out to achieve wondrous things were celebrating in a very solo fashion. Among them was Jeanne Socrates, who, at 70, has just rounded Cape Horn in amazingly placid seas – unlike her last rounding, during which she suffered serious damage during a knock-down and had to limp to Ushuaia for extensive repairs. Not that she hasn't had her share of woes – it's a good read.
Nereida and Jeanne on the deck .. .
In rally news, the Oyster World Rally has just set off today, the ARC World Rally has just left Capetown on their last long leg, and the very new Christmas Caribbean Rally, set to depart from the Canaries in December 2013, is buoyed by good registrations.
Oyster World Rally off and away .. .
A flock of Navies from NATO and Europe have not yet been able to totally prevent piracy in the western Indian Ocean, but a new private navy, mischievously called 'Dad's Navy' because it is full of retired military personnel, is out to change that.
Do you love destinations that only cruising sailors can reach? The small remote bay just around the headland might fit the bill, but there are some destinations I remember as precious because they were not marinas and they were meant only for cruising sailors. I have shared some of them in this edition.
Middle Percy in the Whitsundays - the 'Percy Hilton', just for cruising sailors .. .
Lots of practical information in this week's issue too: Martin Flory gives us the argument about why we should be using aluminium anodes in salt water, John Jamieson (Captain John) offers a small so-simple trick to get a MOB back on board to add to your armoury of techniques, and Lee Mylchreest offers some tried and true methods of keeping your fuel always clean, no matter where you sail.
A couple of quirky tales should amuse – 'What do you do with a drunken sailor?' - the old song comes to mind, and read about the brand new yacht club about to launch without any water.
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