The bravest, the zaniest, the smallest, the most tragic, heart-warming
But I must start by mentioning the most heart-warming. It concerns a young Laser sailor in Thailand wanting to try for the world distance Laser record, but stymied for the lack of a mast. It's the background of the story that is the most moving of all, but I won't spoil it for you by telling.
In Hobart this week is the bravest deaf sailor in the world, who left Glasgow determined to complete a solo circumnavigation non-stop and unassisted. Sadly, he was rolled in the Southern Ocean, his yacht damaged. The good news is that he has limped into Hobart for repairs, before continuing on his quest. Read his inspiring story.
Profoundly deaf solo sailor Gerry Hughes, rolled and stopped in Hobart for repairs, but keen to continue circumnavigation .. .
The most interesting world rally of them all is Jimmy Cornell's Blue Planet Odyssey Round World Rally, gathering steam with a number of launches around the world. It's not set to depart until 2014, will have an Australian start planned from Sydney. If the rally is as successful as all his other ventures, it's bound to attract a large following. If you've been dreaming about letting the docklines go to sail over the horizon and not come back, this could be a great opportunity. There's plenty of time to plan.
Blue Planet Odyssey-RouteMap .. .
A product we think needs a second look is the just-introduced world's smallest PLB. As the biggest problem with PLB's is getting crew to wear them all the time, maybe they are heading towards a solution. What about a PLB disguised as a watch?
Bavaria is introducing their longest sailing boat so far, just 56 feet or 27 metres, not launched yet, but available to order already, and our featured yacht this week. With cruising sailing boats getting longer and longer each year, it is sure to gather significant interest.
Another article profiles the zaniest, most eccentric and most exclusive yacht club in the world. It's in headquartered in Britain, the natural home of eccentricity, and you can't help but be amused by the joining criteria.
The idea for the club started after experienced British sailor David Latchford hit the buoy which warns of the Shingles -in broad daylight .. .
Then there's the Queensland sailor who has thrown out a challenge – he has sailed to, and set foot on, the most islands in a week, 74, in the Whitsundays. Can anyone out there beat that?
The most tragic item of the week is of the woman who lost her life trying to fend her boat off a bridge piling. It's a good time to remind all crew (again) that any body part is no match for the power of your on-board gear, or the sea.
That's just the beginning, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.
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