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21 Nov 2013
Nominate that special sailor...rallies, rallies and rogue waves
Quantum Sails - read Carl's advice .. .
Much rally news too this week: That 'no fee' rally, the Salty Dawg Rally, updates us finally on the challenging conditions which some of their boats encountered sailing down the American coastline to the Caribbean.
It's always tough when a rally or a race has challenging weather - sailors are quick to ask whether the rally organisers did the right thing.
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is just about to depart, with no less than 12 boats from Australia and New Zealand (see the flags in the image of the parade), and the rally members are undergoing their customary 'trial by partying' before the big departure – as well as a few safety checks and seminars...
ARC - the grand parade of nationalities, part of the festivities before departure .. .
Another rally is in one of the most inaccessible parts of the world, the French territory of Reunion Island, in the Indian Ocean. The Oyster World Rally has reached the island, 1200 miles from the African continent – a truly exotic location, on their way to Africa.
Oyster World Rally .. .
Rogue waves are one of the features of any ocean crossing the cruising sailors needs to be aware of – whether you are in 10 knots or 50.
Read the experience and see the video of the rogue wave which stunned the amateur British crew in the current Clipper Round the World event.
Finally, Bahamian mooring is another trick in your box when faced with tidal conditions in a river or channel.
It's not a frequent requirement in many of our unconstricted waters, but good to know.
Much more too, so read on, enjoy, and, for the lucky ones...
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