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 24 Apr 2014
 


New discoveries, new adventures, new inventions, new tales...

Matt Rutherford arrives showing his barnacles from over 300 days of continuous sailing around the Americas, including the North West Passage and rounding Cape Horn - non-stop!  .
News of interest to the cruising sailor is forever fascinating – new stories, new inventions, new discoveries and adventures looming.

Remember that amazing cruising sailor Matt Rutherford, who circumnavigated the Americas against all odds in a tiny coastal cruising boat, solo and non-stop? Forever changed by his great journey he is off again across the ocean to measure Pacific pollution.

None of us want to ever have to be rescued, much less lose our precious boat if we have one. So there's many reasons to be fascinated by other sailors personal stories of rescue and loss. Apart from the natural desire to feel their pain with them in their time of difficulties – which could happened to any of us – each situation raises useful questions. What could they have done better – if anything? What equipment lessons are there? What could I personally learn from this story?

So I found Art Munneke's story particularly moving this week. Experienced, tough, he was simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and it's a reminder that there's just a little luck that needs to follow us wherever we sail.

Art Munneke - baled for five days before letting off EPIRB  .. .


The other article that I was particularly captured by is that of the Irish student who has solved the problem of the persistent but unreliable use of mobile phones for rescue situations in coastal sailing. He has invented, in a seeming miracle, a phone-case that turns the mobile phone into a VHF radio. How clever is that!

Much other news as well. We tell of the recreation of a beautiful new tall ship in France, the Hermione.

A natty little marine film is featured, with which you can repair small scratches on your paintwork and Vincent Bossley's 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' is the featured sailing e-book.

Run your eye down the headlines to find other stories that interest you, and...

...if you're lucky enough...

...sweet spring sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Rescue of Canadian sailor by Swedes north of New Zealand
Lee Mylchreest,
Recently we published the news story of the rescue, while it was underway, of solo Canadian cruising sailor Art Munneke (See Sail-World_story) by a commercial ship, giving full credit to them for going off course to rescue Munneke. Here now is the graphic account of his survival.... [more]
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Rhode Island Boat Show to take place 3-4 May in 4 venues
Cynthia Goss,
If you're on the port hand side of the Atlantic, here's something you may want to think about attending. Following a long winter, Rhode Island marine companies are opening their doors in a big way by hosting a free, one-of-a-kind boating event designed to jump-start the arrival of summer. It's on May 3-4 in no less than four coastal venues!... [more]
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Irish student turns a mobile phone into a VHF radio
Niall Murray, Irish Examiner/Sail-World,
Whether we like it or not, many weekend sailors are going to sea depending on their mobile phones for reporting an emergency. This, naturally, is fraught with danger - you can be out of range, and you can't even contact the other boats in your vicinity. Now, thanks to an Irish student, that may be about to change, because he has invented a phone-case which turns the phone into a VHF radio!... [more]
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Boaters beware: Increased risk of hypothermia in Spring
Sail-World Cruising,
As boaters in North America are encouraged by warmer sunshine and the passage of Spring, boating groups are getting worried that enthusiasm will bring some unintended consequences.... [more]
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Birth of a tall ship - the amazing reconstruction of the Hermione
Sail-World Cruising,
The replication of a tall ship is no mean feat. The Hermione was a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate of the French Navy, and in 1780 ferried their General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to rejoin the American side in the American Revolutionary War. She grounded and was wrecked in 1793.... [more]
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Record-breaker Americas circumnavigator off on research voyage
Sail-World Cruising,
Matt Rutherford, first sailor to complete a non-stop, single-handed voyage around North and South America, is about to depart with field scientist Nicole Trenholm on a nonstop sailing research voyage from California to Japan. By deploying a high-speed trawl net off the side of their sailing boat while underway, the expedition will survey of plastic marine debris in the ocean.... [more]
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'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' by Vincent Bossley
Noonsite Reviewer/Sail-World,
When you are contemplating setting off on your own sailing adventures, there's nothing like reading others' accounts. 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' is Vincent Bossley's account of his voyage written in a vivid style that sets it apart from a standard cruising blog. It evokes the many places he and his crew visited, from the crossing of the Atlantic to the delights of the South Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Marine Film
Lee Mylchreest,
There's nothing more annoying when you have lovingly restored your hull to perfect than to have some unthinking other come along and scratch it. Or maybe the dock was not as rubbery as you thought and after you leave you find a scratch. But just keeping some marine film in a locker can take the stress out of life until you get a chance for a proper repair - it's this week's Product of the Week... [more]
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The jury is back: Storms deeper and stronger from world pollution
phys.org/Sail-world,
Are storms getting worse, or is it just my imagination? No, for the first time, scientists have proved it, with the all-too-graphic statement, 'The aerosols formed by human activities from fast-growing Asian economies do impact storm formation and global air circulation downstream. They tend to make storms deeper and stronger and more intense, and these storms also have more precipitation.'... [more]
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Annapolis Book of Seamanship - the latest update
Des Ryan,
While many many things changed in the last 31 years in sailing since this book was first published, nothing has changed about the value of good seamanship, an eternal skill. This is why the 'Annapolis Book of Seamanship' no matter which version, will never be truly out of date. That doesn't mean that the extensive update by author John Rousmaniere isn't worthwhile... [more]
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Britain's RYA Push the Boat Out begins May 17
Susie NationGrainger,
People of all ages and abilities residing in the UK will have the opportunity to discover sailing on 17-18 May with Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Push the Boat Out. The nationwide event will see hundreds of sailing clubs from Stromness to Torpoint holding open days and taster sessions to inspire their local communities to get involved in the sport.... [more]
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