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Sail-WorldCruising.com Newsletter: Self Serve

17/10/2018


Self Serve

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Dear Recipient Name

And we are not talking about the all-you-can-eat buffet, either. However, when did you ever walk past one without the plate completely overflowing? Now ordinarily, it might seem particularly self-serving to talk about your own statistics, but it kind of dawned on me as I thought about saying thank you to you for your patronage, that in fact it was actually very much a sign of appreciation.

It is because of you that I can happy write that readership is up around 20% for the year to date. So thank you. It is very much acknowledged and appreciated by all of us. What has been most interesting is to hear from you via calls, emails and personal chats to Mark Jardine and I, about why you are reading Sail-WorldCruising, and which stories and themes you are finding most enjoyable. Please keep it up.

 
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There's a very distinct European element to proceedings as I write this from Australia, with conversations in multiple languages, a massive spread of ages, and wonderful food and entertainment all going on concurrently. It all serves to remind me that cruising for so many of us is about these great engagements and finding out that whilst we all have many different ways to tackle things, we are all so very much the same.

So despite a great many issues confronting us all, from time management to plastic waste, skin care to food supplies, time on the water is bound to become ever more precious. No doubt even harder to find too. So the sharing of information, and keeping abreast of changes is set to be more crucial. This includes general seamanship, which - from what I have seen to date - is the one element that does not get transferred to easily.

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston talking at Falmouth Bookseller during the Knox-Johnston on Seamanship & Seafaring launch - photo © Jeremy Atkins

For sure it stems from logic, and then general knowledge and a questioning mind. Yet as I sit here pondering this very question, what would I do to set up a system to impart, instil and deliver on the premise? Naturally all the wonderful forums around do an amazing job, and so the Internet has to be praised for this dissemination tool. Yet the item in question still requires more than a soupçon of experience.

 
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To my mind there is no way to fast-track a lifetime of experience. It is not like you can create clones with enhanced learning skills. Then I came to think of someone I was talking with about the business he started over 20 years ago. He said he did not know all the answers then and got a lot of what he needed by trail and error. Now that is not so bad on land, but can become perilous at sea.

So where do you go? How do you do it? Well there has to be an element of 'just get stuck in', but seeing as there are distinct safety concerns, then it has to be far more considered. So we have courses, charters, delivery skippers and so on, but maybe the answer to the question is using that common sense to set realistic goals, determine an appropriate plan and timeframe, and then begin the grand journey not tied to the quay, nor adrift in the SOLAS raft either.

Naturally, if you have something to add, then please let us know. You can choose to share, or offer it up for consideration with no name attached. Your call...

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Not impressed with what we found - photo © Mission Ocean

OK. Today you will find that we have information for you from Russia to Mauritius, The Multihull Solutions Pittwater Rally, skipping work and going sailing, munching plastic and using the energy to keep on munching plastic, building your own boat and then sailing it, getting a permit to visit the Great Barrier Reef, sharks, whales, sea turtles, gear from Musto, the great Laura and Henrique from Mission Ocean show us what plastic waste looks like on idyllic beaches, C food (as in seafood and eat it), mapping the sea floor, Hurricane Michael, as well as much more.

 
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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 www.sail-worldcruising.com 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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The 2018 Voyage of the British sailing yacht Sharlyn
On the 9th July 2018 British Skipper Graham Kentsley and his crew (Yana Fedorova, Oleg Otchenashev) of the British sailing yacht Sharlyn (A Carter 33, 1977, length 9,90 metres) arrived in the Russian City of Astrakhan

World ARC 2018-19 fleet arrives in Mauritius
After sailing approximately 2350 nautical miles, Influencer, a Dufour 56 Exclusive was the first of the World ARC 2018-19 fleet to arrive in Port Louis, Mauritius.

Race for Water: From plastic waste to energy
The invention of plastic in the fifties was an incredible and very practical innovation. However, its excessive use and the problems associated with managing the waste coupled with the rather unscrupulous and mercenary behaviours of individuals

 
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Giving up work to sail around the world
In the months leading up to our move onto the boat, packages of sushi kits, metal plates and cups kept turning up on the front door step and my husband kept disappearing into the tupperware section at the supermarket.

Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group seeks public comment on its First Draft Restoration Plan
The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group has released its Draft Restoration Plan 1 and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 141 pg) for the bird and sturgeon restoration types described in the Trustees' Programmatic Restoration Plan.

Fergus and Kay Quinlan feature in radio podcast
Irish members Fergus & Kay built their own boat, 'Pylades', then sailed her around the world. Listen to the entertaining radio interview.

Hurricane Michael: Unimaginable destruction across Florida Panhandle
Though Michael has weakened following landfall, a swath of damaging winds and flooding will continue to race northeastward through the southeastern United States into Friday morning.

Oil spills after Tunisian Ferry T-Bones anchored containership in Mediterranean
The collision occurred Sunday morning when the Tunisian roll-on/roll-off ferry Ulysse collided broadside with the Cypriot registered containership CLS Virginia approximately 17 miles (28 km) north of Cape Corsica.

Last Straw: the path to reducing ocean plastic waste
Shuddering and unable to breathe, he vomited up five plastic bags. The small pilot whale, found in a Thai canal this past June, is another symptom of a crisis in the world's oceans.

Mission Ocean: Microplastics in the Tobago Cays
You may have read our previous article on the fantastic flora, fauna and sea life that we encountered during our visit to the Tobago Cays Marine Reserve; we really did love our visit, and returned a further two times as we cruised up and down.

How many male sea turtles is enough?
Although dozens of studies over the past 20 years have shown that it is common for a female sea turtle to mate with multiple male turtles, virtually no studies have indicated that a male turtle can mate with multiple females.

Florida A&M University offers STEM Scholarships to NOAA GulfCorps Program graduates
Florida A&M University, which leads the NOAA Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems, will provide two scholarships each year to expand GulfCorps graduates' opportunity to be a new generation of stewards for coastal environments

Vulnerable killer whales need extra space
To further protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales, NOAA Fisheries' West Coast Region is joining the PWWA and The Whale Museum's Soundwatch Boater Education Program in asking boaters to give extra space to vulnerable whales

Happy 40th Anniversary, BCA!
We attended every club night for the next two years and many education courses, launched our boat in 1988, and that first summer we cruised locally and met BCA members Donna and Bill Sassaman.

Deep ocean off Southern Greece to be field test site for finalists in Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE
XPRIZE, the global leader in designing and operating world-changing incentive competitions, today announced the deep sea off Kalamata, Greece, has been chosen as the field testing location for finalist teams

Learn about the seafood you love
The United States is a global leader in sustainable seafood thanks to a rigorous science-based fisheries management process.

The Blue Economy initiative means seafood for the future
October is National Seafood Month, so it's the perfect time to highlight NOAA's larger "Blue Economy" initiative as an important guiding force for our seafood future

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