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11 Apr 2013
solo sailors: tragedy to triumph, paper charts or not, Go Go six fish!
The carrying of paper charts continues to be a vexed question for sailors, not only in Australia, but world-wide. With the roll out of alternatives, even if the GPS system fails or is locked down there might be the possibility of changing seamlessly to a Russian or European system. But what about lightning? Do you permanently keep a GPS in the microwave? Have an extra microwave just for a spare GPS?
We air views and information from two well-informed sailors this week on this subject, Simon Jinks and Daria Blackwell.
Wonderful to see Adelaide's graceful tall ship in action again. She's taking hundreds of the youth of South Australia on adventurous sailing voyages. Read of her history and the long search for a permanent operator.
One and All, back taking youthful would-be sailors for great adventures, but still searching for an operator .. .
Solo sailors on circumnavigations are certainly in the news in the last few days. India and China were both suitably proud of their sailors who completed the first every solo non-stop and unassisted circumnavigation of the earth for their country. It's a bit curious as to when Abilash Tomy completed his circumnavigation for India. The official news was that it was day AFTER China's Guo Chuan, but he seems to have reached home a few days before that according to his blog. What was he waiting for – the President of India to be available? No-one's telling. But anyway, it wasn't a race, or was it?
Abilash - walking with the President of India after his triumphant return after his 150-156 day solo voyage around the earth .. .
Two other adventure seekers in the news. One can't help sympathising with the Danish sailor who was nearly home after 260 non-stop solitary days at sea and lost his mast off England.
There'll be many cheering sailors if 70-year-old British solo sailor Jeanne Socrates manages to reach 'home' in Vancouver on her third attempt to circumnavigate non-stop. The news this week is that she's just passed the south east cape of Tasmania and has been talking to lots of Australians as she has passed under us. Now she is on the home run, north across the Pacific. Hold your breath...
Much other news too, but the quirkiest story of the week was how six fish sailed/drifted the Pacific, alone, in a fish bait box, inside an open boat for two years, and arrived, happy and healthy, on the other side. How? Read the story...
Browse down the headlines below to find more valuable articles for the cruising sailor, and...
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