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10/05/2019


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Whales in Iceland - photo © Andrew Bedwell


Dear Recipient Name

A little while back in Still here, promise we got to meet Andrew Bedwell. He captured our imagination for a couple of reasons. He had already sailed up to Iceland, and he was doing it all because his young daughter was inspiring him in ways he found more than compelling. He was also doing it in a Mini Transat, which was not a boat we would normally have selected for such an arduous journey.

Still, having already made it around Britain in the boat - see the video here - we knew he would be good for it, despite the setbacks of his previous attempt when he had significant gear failure. Significant! Anyway, time marches on, and he is now off to make more money for his daughter's school, which is another admirable aspect to the campaign.

 
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Icebergs close to the final resting place of the RMS Titanic - photo © John Konrad
Icebergs close to the final resting place of the RMS Titanic - photo © John Konrad

Prior to departure he gave a safety and preparation presentation to the kids - see that video here. Despite a schedule, he made time to send us a note: "Just keeping you in the loop. I am still planning on leaving this Saturday, May 11. I am in contact with the Icelandic Coastguard, as there are lots of 'Bergy bits (they are mini icebergs the size of houses) currently in the waters off the north-western side of Iceland. So as I am sailing solo without radar, we are monitoring this quite closely, and if the conditions dictate that its too dangerous, I will be sailing to Reykjavik."

"I will have many photos from the trip, and I also do a daily log that I publish afterwards. I have people here who will be updating my 'arb offshore sailing' Facebook page with weather conditions, distance covered etc. It will also have my SPOT tracker link on it for people to track my progress," said Bedwell.

Undoubtedly, I have been taken by his infectious desire, incredible frankness, spirit of adventure, appreciation of the will to test oneself, and love for his family. Throughout his journey life has got in the way, as it is known to do, but this has not prevented him from continuing on, and in many cases, empowered him more. Would I like to freeze, have prune hands, and get just 20 minutes of sleep for weeks? Well no, but it does not mean I cannot appreciate his desire, and have genuine empathy from my own experiences.

 
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New Bavaria C45 Ambition under A-Bag during sea trials in Europe - photo © Bavaria Yachts
New Bavaria C45 Ambition under A-Bag during sea trials in Europe - photo © Bavaria Yachts

Quick little snapshot to part with and Sanctuary Cove certainly looks to be a bumper year. Hot on the heels of delivering all the product ordered during the administration period, Ensign Ship Brokers have the largest Bavaria display at the show for 10 years. We have been on many, and our review of the C45 continues to do exceptionally well. Cannot wait to have a go at her bigger sister, the C57. Combining both sail and power they will have these Bavarias for us to look at:

  • E34
  • S45
  • C45
  • C50
  • C57

 
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Today you will find that we have information for you about the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319 at Sanctuary Cove, end-to-end and environmentally conscious boat building with MarineShift360, fishes, corals and reefs, the various ARC events, Jeanne Socrates continues, Tasmania with some of those perpetual cruisers - Jack and Jude, Pacific islands, shipwrecks, Antarctica, Perini Navi at Versilia, Women in Sailing (NWSA conference), as well as much more.

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319 - Plenty of room in the cockpit for a small yacht - photo © Jeanneau France
Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 319 - Plenty of room in the cockpit for a small yacht - photo © Jeanneau France

So you see, there are stories, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please do savour... We're really enjoying bringing you the best stories from all over the globe. If you want to add to that, then please make contact with us via email.

Remember too, if you want to see what is happening in the other Hemisphere, go to the top of the Sail-WorldCruising home page and the drag down menu on the right, select the other half of the globe and, voila, it's all there for you.

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
Editor, Sail-WorldCruising.com

 
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Celebrating 'Earth Day' every day
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Coast Guard Foundation presents award to Thomas Crowley, Jr. and Crowley Maritime
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Sailing jacket classics and newcomers
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Blue Mermaid gets under way for first sail
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MarineShift360 signs new partners
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Perini Navi to attend third Versilia Yachting Rendez-Vous
Three Perini sailing yachts will be in port for the Rendez-Vous: the 46m ketch Antara, the 48m aluminium ketch Morning Glory and Is a Rose, a 50m ketch with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure.

 
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Coast Guard Foundation to host San Francisco Awards dinner
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Spinlock Sail-Sense now available
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Breaking bread with rivals leads to more fish on coral reefs
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Family reunites with a special fleet
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A better 12V mousetrap
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NWSA Women's Sailing Conference just one month away
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Word ARC 2019-20 : Rendezvous in Papeete, Tahiti
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Canvas replacement offer and more news from Ancasta
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Furling Drum Locks - to lock, or not to lock?
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Steve Tofield's ultimate guide to cruising in Maine
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2019 ARC Europe: Sunny safety demonstrations in Nanny Cay
The programme ahead of Saturday's start has certainly started ramping up and after an enjoyable sundowner at the Beach Terrace last night, it's been a busy morning here in Tortola.

S/V Nereida sails around the world - Day 210: Fast morning, very slow later, after lovely sunny day
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