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11 Jul 2013
Triumph to tragedy, duffers to dreams... all in Sail-World Cruising
As the sailing world mourns the loss of seven American and British cruising sailors in the Tasman Sea, the fate of whom may never be known, that same sailing world is celebrating the triumph of British sailor Jeanne Socrates, 70-year-old of indomitable will and superb seamanship skills who has just become the oldest female in the world to circumnavigate the planet, non-stop and unassisted. She arrived in Victoria in Canada this week and our story brings you the latest photos.
Biggest duffers of the week go to a couple of Brits who should have started their career with sailing lessons instead of wasting the time of the RNLI, and Fiji is becoming more and more of a dream sailing destination as Fiji makes big moves to cut red tape and improve facilities to make it easier for international cruising sailors. One dream dashed this week was the ambitious dream of sailing the world in an 8ft boat – what a story!
French sailor rescued .. .
French sailor Marc Guillemot has just sailed across the Atlantic in eight days in a monohull. Congratulations, Marc, but my question is: Why would you want to go so fast, Marc? – you will have missed all those extra starry, moonlit or scud-filled nights...
In other news there are cruising sailors off to help the South Pacific Islanders affected by ocean pollution and global warming and stories about land sailors who are getting cleverer by the minute.
OceansWatch in preparation mode .. .
We keep you up to date with the latest news about gizmos as well as skills you'll want to have – some new Apps, some old tried and true tools, some ways to save money this summer and some lessons learnt about protecting your boat during storm and hurricane.
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