Island mystery solved,shallow water rescues, sailing with others, more

 
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 26 Apr 2013
 


Island mystery solved,shallow water rescues, sailing with others, more

An island mystery perhaps solved, some amazing rescue tales and the lessons learned, and two extraordinary environment-friendly vessels make their mark in the fight against ocean pollution. These are the highlights of this week's news magazine, as it brings you news from all the world's oceans.

It's an ancient mariner truism that where deep water gives way to shallow water, particularly with following seas, it's a place you don't want to be if a weather system approaches. Two of this week's rescues, at opposite ends of the globe, are testament to this. The first was in the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic French coastline and the other in Bass Strait, between mainland Australia and Tasmania. While very different environments, both sailors rescued were in shallow water areas in a storm. They make very interesting reading.

The mystery of the 'disappearance' of Sandy Island in the Coral Sea may be solved, but the supposed solution turns out to be as fascinating as the original mystery.

Two environmental experimental vessels are in the news this week again – PlanetSolar, the circumnavigating solar powered vessel that looks as though the Aliens have landed, is off to conduct scientific measurements of the ocean, and Plastiki, the catamaran constructed of empty plastic water bottles, is now a book recording David de Rothchild's extraordinary journey across the Pacific.

There's also a variety of other interesting articles. How often do you sail on other people's boats? John Jamieson has a great list of stuff you're wise to take. Read how British Coastguard adopted a novel approach to an MOB situation which is worth remembering.

MOB(COB): Being tethered at all times is half the battle, but getting back on board can be a significant challenge  .. .

If you like inspiring stories, go no further than the story of the Man OverBoard who spent 27 hours treading water (no life jacket) before being rescued by a sailing boat searching for him. Talking of inspiration, there's also an update on Jeanne Socrates progress in her third attempt to circumnavigate solo and non-stop. Enjoy these and many more articles, and...

...sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Repairing rudder upside-down in the Southern Ocean
Sail-World Cruising,
It's all in a day's sailing: 'I used two safety lines to tie myself to the boat while I turned upside down off the stern to fix the rudder.' These are the words of 70-year-old solo circumnavigating sailor Jeanne Socrates, describing how she repaired her rudder in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Bay of Biscay rescue prompts plea from Coastguard
Joanne Rawling/Sail-World Cruising,
The classic schooner that won Britain's 2012 Pendessnis Cup has had to come to the aid of a lone Norwegian sailor in the Bay of Biscay, an incident which has prompt the British Coastguard to make yet another plea for sailors to be equipped with communication equipment when they leave port.... [more]
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Dismasted Russian solo sailor rescued in Bass Strait
Des Ryan,
It was a quest that many dream of, but few see to fruition. 47-year-old Sergey Zjukov built his own 24ft boat and sailed it across the Atlantic twice before setting off from Portugal on a solo round-world journey. He had successfully sailed past two of the Great Capes - Cape of Good Hope and Cape Leeuwin, but made one big mistake.... [more]
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The Gathering Cruise in Ireland, July 2013
Nancy Knudsen,
If you are anywhere within a short sail of Ireland (or even if you have to fly there), there's a gathering for sailors you won't want to miss. In fact, that's the name - The Gathering Cruise in July 2013. It is a cruise consisting of sailors from around the world, gathering together for fun, mutual support, and some grand cruising between Dublin and Kerry. Around 100 yachts are expected to join... [more]
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Ten personal 'sailing essentials' for cruising on someone else's boat
John Jamieson/Sail-World,
Cast off on a cruise on someone else's boat and you'll want to remember to pack those basic essentials that form the foundation of your personal 'sailing ditty bag'. Each sailor will have their own ideas of the best gear to bring aboard. But here are some pieces of gear I've found to come in handy time and again, day after day.... [more]
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No-VAT French charter yachts until EU decides
Superyacht News/Sail-World Cruising,
If you are thinking of chartering a sailing boat in French waters any time soon, this could be your year. At the moment, French charter companies are not having to add VAT to their charter prices owing to some indecision on the part of the EU... [more]
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Plastiki - the book of a very Green adventure
Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising followed their first crossing of the Pacific. They weren't fast, in fact Plastiki sailed like a dog, but she was made of recycled material and David de Rothchild, sailor and global green leader was not out to go fast, he was out to make a point - to draw attention to the gross waste and pollution of the Western world, and in this he succeeded brilliantly - now there is the book... [more]
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Overboard surfer rescued by yacht after 27hours treading water
IOL/Sail-World Cruising,
In a bizarre incident, a holidaying surfer on a chartered surfing boat, who merely went on deck during the night to relieve himself and fell overboard, has been rescued 27 hours later in Indonesian waters by an Australian sailing yacht who joined the search after he was reported missing.... [more]
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The disappearing Sandy Island - Scientist may have the answer.
Nancy Knudsen,
Where did the Coral Sea's Sandy Island go? This was the question posed by us in an article last November (see Sail-World_story in link below) when some Australian scientists aboard the RV Southern Surveyor went to where Sandy Island was meant to be and found only 1400m of water. Now, the mystery of the disappearing island may be solved.... [more]
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Scientist help to reveal deep-sea wave secrets
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment,
Waves deep below the ocean surface assist in explaining how global currents work, and may improve climate predictions, according to scientists including a Stanford Woods Institute-affiliated researcher.... [more]
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Age isn't just a number to clams, scientists say
British Antarctic Survey,
A new analysis of Antarctic clams shows that age matters when it comes to adapting to the effects of climate change. The research provides new insight and understanding of the likely impact of predicted environmental change on future ocean biodiversity.... [more]
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Scientists call for large ocean wilderness parks
ARC Center of Excellence,
Leading international marine scientists have called for the protection of more, large marine wilderness areas in a bid to shield the world's dwindling stocks of fish from destruction.... [more]
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New study shows age matters to Antarctic clams
Paul B. Holland,
A new study of Antarctic clams reveals that age matters when it comes to adapting to the effects of climate change. The research provides new insight and understanding of the likely impact of predicted environmental change on future ocean biodiversity.... [more]
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Planetsolar - crossing oceans again, for science, for education.
Planetsolar/Sail-World Cruising,
Having proved her point, that 'sailing' around the world with solar power is possible, Turanor PlanetSolar is off on another adventure, this time to take a series of ongoing physical and biological measurements will be taken of the water and of the air in the Gulf Stream. As she is powered by solar energy, the vessel will not emit any pollutant that might skew the data collected.... [more]
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British MOB rescue cleverly uses the boat's liferaft
Lee Mylchreest,
This week's MOB (or COB to use recent vernacular) incident in British waters took an interesting turn. The crew member, who happened to be the skipper, fell overboard but was wearing a life jacket and remained tethered by his harness. So far, so good. But he couldn't get back on board and the remaining two crew couldn't achieve it either.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - Tokolosh VI to join race fleet
Yachting WA,
Fremantle to Bali Race gets underway on Saturday 4 May 2013. A fleet of 33 boats is ready and set to fill their sails with the winds which will take them 1440 nautical miles north to the Benoa Harbour in Bali.... [more]
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