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Almost 64


The latest cruising news from the Northern Hemisphere and the world.
 13 Apr 2017

Almost 64

Yes I will certainly still love you when you're almost 64...   SW
I always love to look at how the cruising market is changing. Be it the boats themselves, the people undertaking the voyages, the areas you can go to, and of course, there is always the quippy (equipment) on offer to help you get on with it. These are certainly recurring themes throughout these digital pages.

So I have been as high as the 60th parallel, and fully admit that was in the Summer. So when I saw the iceboat pictured here in early Spring, at the best part of the 64th parallel, you can bet the curiosity was more than piqued! The Jakobstad area and archipelago is listed as -33 degrees C at present, and that is the daily high...

Lovely craft, but those conditions - now they're harsh!   SW

As you can see from the design, it has that Town Car kind of feel, with the sailors exposed to the breeze in the face, so I can only assume that the occupants are actually made from solid 316. Ingeniously it is designed to float, and is meant to be able to ford some serious cracks and the like, so it gets bonus points for that. The cabin looks like it could withstand plenty, and the occupants are apparently out there for more than a week at a time.

In a way, it is more and more like they need some sort of award for effort and execution. Cruising is about getting away from it all, and they certainly have that one completely covered. Fires ashore, ice fishing and with the days getting longer now, exponentially, you could cover some of the 119 square miles of frozen ‘ground' too.

For someone like me, quite possibly the only way to appreciate this effort is to compare and contrast it with the Australian outback or tropical North. That's vast distances, complete isolation and incredible remoteness. The meteorological perils, and awareness of disturbing fauna need to be heeded, so that the grand beauty, total scale, and complete awesomeness of the undertaking can be truly appreciated.

And off they go into the wilderness.   SW

Yes it is all very impressive, and reminds me of the business of yachting. There are those propping up the bars talking about it all, and those out there doing it. True, some of the best plans get hatched in the aforementioned drinking holes, so to our Finnish 316 legends I would like to bestow the inaugural Nike award, for you certainly are just doing it!

OK. In this newsletter you will find that we have tales for you about Cuba, St Lucia, TC Debbie, Jon Sanders makes the BVIs, French Polynesia, The Arctic, Lisa Blair, checking the furling line, sailing in heavy weather for you to select from, and so much more.

Cienfuegos - Sailing in Cuba  Maggie Joyce

So you see, there are tales, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please do enjoy... We're really enjoying bringing you the best stories from all over the globe. Remember too, if you want to see what is happening in the other Hemisphere, go to the top and the drag down menu, select the other half of the globe and, voila, it's all there for you.

Now then, are you out there plying the seas and got something to say? We'd love to hear from you via – In the meantime, do you love being on the ocean? Well remember to love them back too. They need our help. Now more than ever! Until next time...

John Curnow

Fourteenth blog from on board Perie Banou II - British Virgin Isles
Jon Sanders,
Jon has arrived in the BVI ahead of his estimated arrival. He had somehow managed to completely disconnect from the on-board communication system that they set up for him, and as a result we didn't have communication with him while he was at sea. of course, that is nothing strange for Jon, and perhaps he wanted it to be more like his circumnavigations of old? Hmmmm.... Accidentally on purpose?... [more]

Sailing in Cuba - Cayo Largo and onwards
Maggie Joyce,
The tiny island of Cayo Largo is a big earner of foreign currency for Cuba. Cut off from the world by the USA embargo and bullying, Cuba has had to survive and develop as it can. In Cayo Largo, in addition to the resorts, there is the modern marina to encourage tourism. A bar on the marina serves cocktails and snacks, a hotel and restaurant a medical clinic, small shop and post office, turtle farm... [more]

Completing the circle – World ARC ends in Saint Lucia
World Cruising Club,
This edition of the rally, the sixth World ARC organised by World Cruising Club, saw 35 people complete their round the world adventure; 23 have achieved this in one edition of the rally, whilst others have taken time out along the way, exploring further afield, assisting with charity relief projects and taking a break to fly home.... [more]

Heavy Weather Sailing
Cameron and Marianne McLean,
More than forty people attended the March 28 meeting of the Fleet. The session was Heavy Weather Sailing presented by Ken and Carol Gillstrom. Ken and Carol left Toronto in 2012 and sailed the East Coast of Canada, the Caribbean, Scotland, Spain, back to Canada, down to the Galapagos, Hawaii and in 2014 came to Vancouver.... [more]

The Arctic Ocean is becoming more like the Atlantic Ocean
Michelle Hampson,
The Arctic Ocean is beginning to take on traits and forces commonly found in the Atlantic Ocean, according to a new!study!new in the 7 April issue of Science. At one time the Arctic Ocean was covered with substantially more ice and experienced very little mixing of warm and cool layers of water.... [more]

World ARC 2017-18 cruising French Polynesia
World Cruising,
After cruising the Marquesas and the rendez vous in Nuku Hiva the World ARC fleet is now sailing to Tuamotus, the first few boats arrived in Fakarava, one of the most stunning atolls of this archipelago, well known for the beautiful anchorages and the several breathtaking snorkelling and diving spots.... [more]

2016-17 World ARC - 10NM from finish-
World Cruising,
The 15 yachts of the World ARC fleet are now all together in Marigot Bay for the last 10NM of the Rally taking them up to Rodney Bay marina where it all started for 12 of them completing their circumnavigation and for three of them being the point of their half circumnavigation. The fleet will be leaving tomorrow morning at 1000 LT from Marigot Bay for the parade of sail entering Castries Harbour... [more]

A very difficult day - Got fuel to Cape Town
Lisa Blair Sails the World,
Well after my dismasting I have spent the last two days motoring North towards Cape Town trying to collect myself and to intercept Hong Kong container ship M/V Far Eastern Mercury who had been diverted by Maritime Rescue Coordination Center Cape Town (MRCC Cape Town) when I had issued a Pan-Pan during my dismasting.... [more]

Julie-Anne Wood, the highest ranked woman in Her Majesty's Coastguard
Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
The role of Head of Maritime Operations heads up the National Maritime Operations Centre in Fareham and the 10 Coastguard Operations Centres that co-ordinate search and rescue around the UK coast. It is one of the most senior roles in HM Coastguard, part of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, and up until now, the role has always been held by a man.... [more]

Ringing the wagons around the Gathering
John Curnow,
It certainly is great to be able to close the loop as it were, and report back on events that we have covered here. Managed to catch up in person with Shelley Wright, the Founder of the Women Who Sail Australia group. They had just completed their second ‘Gathering', and she commented, “I think one of the things that struck me over the weekend was the diversity of attendees.... [more]

Why is that furling line so tight-
Harry Nichols,
The adventure begins in Port Graves on the south-west side of Gambier Island in the Salish Sea. It is December 31st and I am to meet a group of friends on the backside of Gambier... in a little hole, for New Year's Eve celebrations. It's a lazy morning, lots of coffee, eating, laying about and enjoying the morning.... [more]

Coast Guard Cutter Campbell to receive new captain
Coast Guard First District Northeast News,
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Campbell is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony Saturday in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.... [more]

Coast Guard oversees 120 gal. fuel removal from Boston Harbor
Coast Guard First District,
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston is keeping a watchful eye on an old oil discharge site that started leaking on Feb. 14, 2017. The boilers of the sunken ferry Peter Stuyvasent contained about 120 gallons of Number 6 fuel oil. Contractors cleaning up the discharge have recovered about 2,000 gallons of the oily waste.... [more]

Life in a fridge
Jack and Jude,
We have just returned from living two weeks in a fridge at Sir John Falls in the upper Gordon River in Tasmania. More on that in a moment. But first, Australia's east coast has just been hit by cyclone Debbie, a massive category four system that gained power and moisture crossing the hot Coral Sea.... [more]

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