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13 Feb 2014
2,650nm with no keel, sailing icy latitudes, carbon monoxide deaths...
Lisa Blair - set for attempting a new record for circumnavigating Antarctica, now held by a Russian sailor .
Two adventurous sailors in the news this week for their intended escapades into the high latitudes. Lisa Blair, one time shop assistant now professional global sailor, will make an attempt to solo circumnavigate Antarctica below 45°, and we feature one of the participants in Jimmy Cornell's Blue Planet Odyssey who will transit the unreliable Northwest Passage in the coming summer.
It's wonderful to see great performance recognised, and there are two notables this week. At Sail-World Cruising we constantly hear about, and often report on, sailors who call for rescue very quickly after they have some catastrophe. Read below how French sailor Jean-Pierre Dick is feted for 2.650nm without a keel, and a 15-year-old British volunteer wins an award for her work as a rescue-boat driver. Who says you have be grown up to do great things?
Over 2,500 incredible nautical miles without a keel - French sailor's heroic performance .. .
In less positive news, the MAIB report is out confirming another two British deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat, and we offer some tips for if you have carbon monoxide-producing equipment on your boat. The official report into the tragic loss of the Bounty is out – laying the blame squarely on the Captain.
Making money - particular skills can be an advantage, says Sheryl Shard .. .
Want to let go the dock-lines and go long-range cruising but uncertain how you will cope financially? Sheryl Shard, long-time cruiser and successful sailing journalist offers some ideas; John Jamieson is also back with some advice for those who potentially sail under bridges and cables; and there are two featured sailing books – 'As Long as it's Fun' about famed cruising sailors Lin and Larry Pardey, and 'Cook' a charismatic story of Captain James, by author Rob Mundle.
Much more too, so browse down the headlines so your eye catches the stories you're interested in.
If you are hampered by the bad weather sweeping much of the world this week, do stay warm and dry. If you're lucky enough to be away from floods, snow, ice and stormy winds, here's wishing you...
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