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Seeing the fleet for the boats


The latest cruising news from the Northern Hemisphere and the world.
 19 May 2017

Seeing the fleet for the boats

Enjoying the good times - that's certainly seeing the fleet for the boats!  © John Curnow
Must be getting older. Got to pondering how it is all well and good to be talking about boats, but in the end, what we're really on about are people. Yes, for sure it is the way boats do get to bring people together, but it was the whole celebration of all things nautical that got me going along this vein.

Those celebrations are both afloat and ashore, and can be for all, terribly personal, vocal or completely introspective. That's pretty encompassing, and then I got to thinking that inside all of that is the very point. In so many ways, our nautical pastimes are a microcosm of life.

Sailor relaxes and enjoys the whole experience.  © John Curnow

By way of example, I got to enjoy a Beneteau Regatta on the utterly delightful Pittwater, just North of Sydney. Now whilst the idea of a ‘race' per se might be distasteful to some cruising sailors, it is a relaxed affair, with a separate start, and a course designed for passage making. You can even choose whether you would like to do it with or without specials. When the weather then combines to offer up a dolly of a day, and the Catering Officer has got all the accoutrement sorted just so, well you're kind of obliged to have a great time. And they did!..

Virtually at the other end of the cruising spectrum is Lyndy Atkinson. Funnily enough, their Lagoon cat is presently moored in Pittwater as well, but it was their status as liveaboards that piqued my curiosity the most. Having shared similar experiences in their previous lives in the superyacht industry, I was thrilled to see how they have moved on to be homeschooling their children, where islands join with their boat as the classroom, and their stopovers become their backyard.

The liveaboard life Lagoon style - Homeschool Ahoy  Lyndy Atkinson

Ultimately the whole thing shows that just like the boats have been changing over the last decade to 15 years, so too have the cruising sailors out there. So it is not just that there are more sailors cruising around, there are so many different types as well. To see all coming together, enjoying themselves immensely, and sharing tales is pretty excellent, really!

So I am happy that I was not seeing the woods for the trees, and that is why I reckon I pretty much got to see the fleet for the boats, and that hopefully means I got to see all of you, whether literally or just metaphorically. Either way, please ensue you say in person, or via email. Please to meet you, if I do not already know you.

The Ocean Cleanup computer rendering, close-up  © Erwin Zwart / The Ocean Cleanup

OK. In this newsletter you will find that we have tales for you about kids and boats, the Coastguard returning with a cocaine haul, life jackets, phones and boating, leaving your job and going yachting, the ARC, practical boat checks, ridding the ocean of plastic, getting back in the water, really large boats, Jon Sanders and that 10th circumnavigation, crossing the Atlantic under kite, training and courses, rescues, as well as much more.

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, Editor Sail-World Cruising

BoatUS 2017 top 10 list of boat names and their meanings
D. Scott Croft,
The nation's largest recreational boating advocacy, services and safety group, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), issued its 2017 Top Ten Boat Names list today, a tradition dating back a quarter decade. The names come from tallying up requests for boat names to the BoatUS Graphics service, and each reveal much about the personality of the vessel's owner.... [more]

BandG® launches NAIS 500 Class-B AIS
Luke Reilly,
B&G®, the world's leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist, is pleased to announce today, a fully integrated, Class-B Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponder – the B&G NAIS 500. Essential for navigating busy shipping lanes and congested ports, the NAIS 500 — which includes a dedicated GPS-500 receiver - is compact in size, lightweight and fully waterproof.... [more]

Nineteenth blog from on board Perie Banou II - Panama Canal Transit
Jon Sanders,
Still at Shelter Bay Marina Colon. Atlantic end of the Panama Canal. But not for long. Shelter Bay is the natural meeting place of lots cruising yachts. Their tall masts and rows and rows of furling headsails. Most American and European. Friendly bunch.... [more]

No escaping ocean plastic - 37M bits of litter on remotest islands
University of Tasmania - IMAS,
The beaches of one of the world's most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, in a study published in the prestigious US scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.... [more]

Search off Scarborough after crewless yacht runs aground
The Guardian and Sail-World,
Emergency services are scouring the coastline around Scarborough in north-east England after a yacht with no crew ran aground near the town early on Tuesday 16 May. The yacht, named Don't Panic and with two on board, left Scarborough around 5.30pm Monday evening. A local fishing crew reported seeing the boat aground off the West Pier some 11 hours later.... [more]

The five seconds that can get a boater into trouble
The National Highway Traffic Safety Commission says that sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. On waterways across the country, recreational boaters know that five seconds is a world of time to get into trouble.... [more]

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns home to Boston after 58-days at sea
Coast Guard First District Northeast News,
During the patrol, the crew transported over 1,500 kilograms (3,306 pounds) of cocaine from Coast Guard and foreign assets who were a part of a coalition of agencies known as a Joint Interagency Task Force (JIATF). In addition, the cutter's crew transported 20 detainees and nearly 2,600 pounds of marijuana for further disposition.... [more]

The liveaboard life Lagoon style
Lyndy Atkinson,
Life on-board Katsumi, the Atkinsons' Lagoon 400, is anything but dull. For six years, Nick and Lyndy have lived on-board their 40 foot catamaran with their two daughters, Lily, 11 and Sayuri, 9, with the ocean as their backyard and the beach as their schoolyard.... [more]

World ARC 2017-18 - First boats depart Bora Bora
World Cruising,
After a full week of activities spread between the Bora Bora Yacht Club and the Bora Bora Marina, the first group of nine boats departed to head westwards to Tonga via the Cook Islands' National Park of Suwarrow and the island of Niue. The conditions at the start were very favorable with winds up to 15 knots ESE. Fresher winds are expected during the passage to propel the World ARC fleet... [more]

Coast Guard partner agencies recover body of missing canoeist
Coast Guard First District Northeast,
The Coast Guard and their partner agencies searched for and recovered the body of a missing canoeist Saturday after his canoe tipped in Malletts Bay, Vermont. Clinton County Dispatch notified Coast Guard Station Burlington at about 9:20 a.m., of three men who tipped their canoe and fell into the water. Two of the men swam to shore, but the third was missing.... [more]

How to quit your job and go sailing without going completely broke
Diane Selkirk / The Week,
Buying a boat, quitting your job, and sailing off into the sunset may sound like a fantasy for everyone but the rich and retired.... [more]

Missing yacht found off North Carolina coast
Reagan Haynes / Trade Only Today,
A sailing yacht that capsized last November near the Dominican Republic on its way from Chesapeake Bay to St. Maarten was found off the North Carolina coast near Morehead City. Sea Tow Crystal Coast is still in the process of salvaging the Atlantic 57 catamaran, Leopard, Sea Tow spokesman Brian Chandler said.... [more]

2017 ARC Europe - Oh boy we are in Bermuda
World Cruising,
Bermuda Bermuda, she always has a curve ball to throw at the yachts that are visiting here. This morning was a completely different place to the sunny Bermuda that we are used to. There were a lot of arrivals early this morning and by the time Customs was due to open at 0800 we had 12 ARC rally boats on anchor. This was the best place to keep them though as the winds in harbour started to pick up.... [more]

The Ocean Cleanup announces Pacific cleanup to start in 2018
The Ocean Cleanup,
The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, today announced it will start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months.... [more]

Check your boat thoroughly and regularly before use
John Curnow,
Whether it is the start of your season, or the end should not matter when it comes to good procedures. All watercraft, of all types and sizes need preparation, and the simple checks are often easy to perform, quick, and best of all, help you avoid issues later on.... [more]

Coast Guard battles fishing vessel fire, saves two off Nantucket
Coast Guard First District Northeast News,
Coast Guard crews saved two fishermen Thursday after their vessel's engine room caught fire in Nantucket Sound. The captain of the 41-foot fishing vessel Jupiter sent out a call for assistance over VHF Ch. 16 at about 8:50 a.m., and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Oak, a 225-foot buoy tender, answered their call for help.... [more]

Back in the water
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Greetings to our friends and relatives. We are excited about another year of cruising and very happy to relaunch yesterday after ten very hot and humid days on the hard. Any excess weight we put on whilst at home feasting like kings has now been sweated off.... [more]

ARC Europe - Halfway to Bermuda
World Cruising,
The fleet is around the halfway mark to Bermuda and has been having some great sailing conditions in the SE trade winds for the first couple of days since leaving the BVI. After a cracking start in the Drake Channel boats navigated their way through the islands and into clear water heading due north 845NM to Bermuda. Some of the boats have been blogging about the night sailing... [more]

Sale of the mega cruiser Wally 145
Skipper OnDeck,
Wally adds the beautiful mega sailer Wally 145 to its order book: 44 meters of performance, comfort and style developed for an experienced yachtsman with the German Frers naval architecture.... [more]

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