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The latest cruising news from the Northern Hemisphere and the world.
 15 Mar 2017

Been busy!

Happy couple and the mill pond conditions were exactly what had been ordered...  John Curnow
No. Not doing that... Although getting married would be a superbly awesome, and a terrifically good excuse to use a boat, however. Anyway, humblest apologies, for it seems we missed a week since Immortal came out. Doh! Was not planned that way at all, just how it came to pass. More importantly, how have you been? Well, we trust...

As you can see, what a day this couple chose to come out their celebrate their nuptials. Love the safety-first life vest on their infant, and their crew were very jovial and totally had the same hymn sheet. Their local club, which caters for everything from OTB to long haul cruisers was sitting under AP with nary a breeze on offer to even consider a start, so they came right through.

Thunderous applause followed, and as a smaller club, just about everyone knew exactly who they were, and the lovely history behind it all. They of course had a great time and headed back ashore for more festivities, no doubt with even more souls who could not be aboard for the real deal. The racing fleet looked at the red and white for a good deal longer, BTW...

Greetings to all as they glided through the fleet.  John Curnow

Righty then, and stepping straight into the breech, we're unequivocally about boating. Nothing may sum that up more than Stefa Katamay's piece about getting oneself used to the sea, and all its myriad of conditions. It is OK to know your limitations and work to those, and also to expand them. Not everyone wants to, or needs to, look at 70+ knots in the eye, and deal with the time at hand, or the aftermath.

Indeed I really did pause for this one, for there are many who could easily draw a lot of personal reference to her explanation of how you can overcome many an obstacle of the mind. Yes, that most personal and ever-so-strong, regularly misused, and more often than not covert ‘muscle' could do with a heap of training!

So if you have had the big look in the mirror and realise you can take it on, then some may also need to look at gear on the boat. Putting a whole heap of sticky back, liquid nails, no more gaps and even gaffer tape may keep a sail in the air, but whom are you really fooling in the end?

That many patches is a good sign that it is well and truly time to get a new sail organised!  John Curnow

When you're left with nothing more than tapes to bring it down, and it is blowing bags, that so called ‘economy' you've been considering may be looking about as thin as the ancient cloth you put your trust in. All sails have a lifespan, no more so than the modern man made fibres we all love.

Organisations like Carl Crafoord's exist so that you don't have to do it in the first place. You can source a new, or new to you item at a great price, and have your old one shredded up for bean bag filler, so you can always say you helped to eliminate landfill. Well done, you!

They have sails going into Asia and the USA, so it is not just a Southern Hemisphere scenario, and if it is cost effective, then it rapidly comes into the old no-brainer territory. UV, salt air and the harsh marine environment do take their toll on all things nautical. Keep the maintenance up and it is not so much of an issue, and peace of mind is not something necessarily sold at the marina or local chandlery...

Small remnants of thicker ice that has survived the summer float among newly formed, thinner ice in this image taken in the Beaufort Sea on Sept. 30, 2016, past the end of the melt season in the Arctic.  Alek Petty / NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

OK. In this newsletter you will find that we have tales for you about flesh eating bacteria, life jackets, Jon Sanders and that truly epic 10th circumnavigation, why the world is not as it seems, the World ARC, Hamilton Island, Trinidad, Arctic sea ice, Sail Maldives, Lowell North, Pompeii, St Lucia, the Galapagos, air pollution, sailing in Canada, emergencies on board, the Coast Guard Foundation, and a whole lot more.

So you see, there are tales, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please do enjoy... We're loving bringing you the best stories from all over the globe.

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

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer return home, seized $92 million in cocaine
Coast Guard First District Northeast News,
Coast Guard Cutter Spencer is scheduled to return to their homeport in Boston, Monday after a 74-day counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. During their patrol, the crew interdicted four drug-laden vessels, resulting in the seizure of approximately 1,400 kilograms (3,080 lbs.) of cocaine worth more than $92 million.... [more]

Vancouver Island South Club Night – The Turkish Coast
Bluewater Cruising Association,
BCA members Michael and Kathy Swangard's big dream of sailing the Mediterranean began with the wish to see the Adriatic...and ended with a love for the Turkish coast that, from a sailing perspective, surpassed everywhere else in the Med. They found European and Eastern culture galore, korfezi and gullets, carpets and apple tea, bazaars, and Greek ruins that outpace those in Greece.... [more]

Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 55 miles east of Gloucester, Mass
Coast Guard First District,
A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 55-year-old man suffering from chest pains Sunday evening 55 miles east of Gloucester.... [more]

Calibrating ourselves
Stefa Katamay,
We are on the Strait of Georgia sailing upwind in a brisk 20 knots towards the Sechelt Peninsula. From the helm, I look down at the water skimming the rail, occasionally washing onto the side deck. Through a camera's lens this view captures the epitome of sailing – the excitement of being heeled over, racing through the water.... [more]

St Barths Bucket - RigPro Service team at your service.
Ben Gladwell, Southern Spars,
RigPro, Southern Spars' service division has some of its top service technicians at the St. Barths Bucket. We can assist and provide advice for competing yachts in the regatta and cruising in the Caribbean.... [more]

Thirteenth Blog from on board Perie Banou II
Jon Sanders,
Jon is at St Helena in the Atlantic - British ilse after some of the French ones he has been to. He's off seeing the island and catching up with his friends from the little Swarbrick, Liberdade. As usual, full of beans and living life, remembering heaps and always factual, given how much he reads on board. Yet another great tale, so dive right in...... [more]

Emergencies on board (on water, BYO Boat)
Bluewater Cruising Association,
Ken Gillstrom takes the “Emergencies on Board” seminar on to your boat for what will prove to be a very educational and fun weekend covering practical exercises how you would handle various emergency situations on your boat. We cover both equipment effectiveness and procedures.... [more]

Coast Guard Foundation announces tribute in New Orleans
Coast Guard Foundation,
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its annual Tribute to the Eighth Coast Guard District will be held at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana on Friday, March 10, 2017.... [more]

Why all world maps are wrong
Aleks Buczkowski,
Projecting a round surface of the Earth on a flat surface is not an easy task. Scientists are trying to find an optimal way to do it for centuries. In fact the most common map projection that we use almost everyday in Google Maps and other mapping services, has been introduced in 1569 by Gerardus Mercator.... [more]

World ARC - Todo bom do Brazil-
World Cruising,
After arriving in Salvador, spending a full week programme at Bahia Marina, the 13 yachts of World ARC started their free cruising period taking them 435 NM North to the state of Paraiba in Cabedelo for the rendez-vous on 28th of February. Receiving good tips and advices from Eduardo Moura, ex-president of the Sailing Club Association of Salvador during the cruising briefing... [more]

Carnival in Trinidad
SV Crystal Blues,
We came, we saw, we danced - Carnival in Trinidad is one very long and VERY LOUD mobile dance party. Feathers, lycra, bangles, beads, fishnet stockings and lots of exposed flesh was the dress code. Skimpy, tight, stretchy and bright, with no worries about body image here mon. All shapes, sizes and ages were out there strutting their stuff in the 'Pretty Mas' parade... [more]

NASA study improves forecasts of summer Arctic sea ice
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center,
The Arctic has been losing sea ice over the past several decades as Earth warms. However, each year, as the sea ice starts to melt in the spring following its maximum wintertime extent, scientists still struggle to estimate exactly how much ice they expect will disappear through the melt season.... [more]

First stop for Sail Maldives
Sarah Harvey,
The inaugural Sail Maldives yacht rally is off to a superb start, with a special festival thrown in honour of the sailors at their first scheduled stop, Kelaa Island! The entire island community got behind the rally and proudly showcased the unique Maldivian dancing, drumming and culture to the participants who hail from countries around the world...... [more]

Staying connected as part of Sail Maldives
Sarah Harvey,
Sail Maldives' official telecoms partner, Dhiraagu, is playing a huge role in helping sailors and organisers stay connected during the 60-day rally, which traverses hundreds of remote Indian Ocean islands. As you can imagine, a lot of work goes on behind the scenes when it comes to coordinating the arrival of vessels from around the world... [more]

World ARC - Hasta siempre Galapagos-
World Cruising,
The World ARC fleet left from the Galapagos Island today and made their way to their next destination: Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, in French Polynesia. The trip will be the longest of the World ARC route, the 2,980 nautical mile journey is expected to take two - three weeks for most of the yachts.... [more]

Twelfth Blog from on board Perie Banou II
Jon Sanders,
I am on the ocean as I type. By the time you read I should be tied to a mooring Jamestown, British island of Saint Helena, South Atlantic. Since last writing it has been mild. Wind behind pushing me. My mainsail - always 1 reef & wee jib. Progress good and comfortable. One can get squalls, often more to the west than where I am. Night time squalls.... [more]

Leaving St. Lucia
Nick Ward,
The Ty Dewi crew, having spent a while on St Lucia, turn northward and start the slow journey to the top of the Windward Islands. Our final couple of days in St Lucia were generally very enjoyable, in tune with our experience on that Island. We spent a lovely day on Pigeon Island, packing a picnic and walking across to the Atlantic side, where the waves crash on the shore.... [more]

Coast Guard Foundation announces Scholarship Season now open
Coast Guard Foundation,
he Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that it has kicked off its 2017 scholarship season. Accepting applications from March 1st through April 15th, children of enlisted Coast Guard members may apply for annual scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.... [more]

World ARC - Prize-giving Leg 3 - Las Perlas to Galapagos
World Cruising,
The anticipation of the next and longest leg of the rally grew today following the Skippers' Briefing about the next leg and what's in store for the fleet when they arrive in the beautiful Marquesas Islands. With all the information for the start the day after tomorrow and details on French Polynesia there was plenty of information to take in.... [more]

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