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The Art of Cruising


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

The Art of Cruising

Sun Tzu - well statue anyway...  ©
It is all very much like the old lesson that is often forgotten. Open a book, to any page, and there before you is something you need to learn. Now no doubt that is a derivation of the quote attributed to Confucius, “You cannot open a book without learning something.”

Now the art of cruising may not be as big as Sun Tzu's effort, or bandied about by as many college Professors and self-help tools, but it is probably studied by a good number of souls none the less. Maybe this is because The Art of Cruising is not so much doctrine like The Art of War, but more like a collection of references and anecdotes, which by their very nature require a gathering of souls in order to be postulated?

No matter how you choose to describe it, however, The Art of Cruising does remain just as educational as its more famous cousin. All of which was reminded to me very recently, for I had not done it for a while. Truth be known, when you boil it all down, it actually felt like I might have come close to forgetting all about it. Thankfully, nestled in there somewhere were the very embers needed to spark it all up once more. Often the tale of an old racing friend of mine comes to the fore. He always said to me that he walked away from ocean racing when he began to enjoy the deliveries so much more. I never got it then, but I reckon I could well be on my way to full comprehension.

Great times with friends. Definitely one of the hallmarks of cruising.  John Curnow

Ultimately, is all that way too ethereal? Could be. Was it far more about the promise of simply glorious weather? Hot. Damn hot, the gentlest of breezes, flat, flat, flat seas, sunglasses and large hats. Did the cold, cold, cold drinks from the ice-laden chiller hold some special power?

Was it all about the Scotch Fillet steaks that had been lightly coated in olive oil, seasoned, and then left in a sealed container with fresh garden herbs for a day? Perhaps it was the sound of the sizzle, the delightfully pervading smell and smoke emanating from the BBQ mounted on the pushpin?

Maybe it was the connection and time to be spent with friends, or the wandering wondering, and pondering? Now it could also be that for a change the heady was not required to go up inside five boat lengths. That it would involve anchoring, and even more importantly, the fact that there was a winch to bring it back up!

Pondering...  John Curnow

Yes. A recent cruise on a friend's boat was a lovely summer time thing to do. The thermometer made 33 degrees C, and the anemometer must have cracked a huge 8 knots at its zenith, before dying away almost completely. Blissfully, that was when the boat was once more back in her pen and day had worked its magic on the fortunate souls who had been out cruising for a good deal of it. The shoulders were a good few centimetres lower, the smile that much wider, and the defences against the universe were that much more charged up.

Alas, it was about the escape from everything like traffic, white noise, closed minds and ludicrous pressures. Accordingly, it is little wonder this all started, and just as equally, all ended up with references to books, for there are so many quotes about the subject. However, in concluding we'll just go with one from that renowned philosopher, Groucho Marx, “I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go into the library and read a good book.”

OK. In this newsletter you will find that we have tales for you about Antarctica, rescues in the Indian Ocean, South Georgia (the island), chopper lift of a cargo boat, Exuma Islands, EMF, a cocaine haul, terrific subjects for the Women On Water seminar (including practical activities), and Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance put the spotlight on causative effects with a real marine legal precedent.

Shackleton re-enactment lands at Peggoty Bluff in South Georgia. Image by Jo Stewart  .. .

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. 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

Antarctica - Everyone wants it, but no one owns it
Silje Pileberg,
For over 70 years seven different countries have claimed sovereignty over parts of Antarctica. But are these claims legitimate? This issue is now going to be considered by a group of philosophers. Queen Maud's Land constitutes one sixth of Antarctica, and Norway has claimed this territory since 1939, but this has never been approved by the rest of the world.... [more]

Women On Water 2017 - Meet the instructor for Coastal Weather
June Lazenby / Bluewater Cruising Association,
Do you worry about weather and how it might affect your boating plans and enjoyment? Participants in this workshop will learn how to observe clouds and changes in winds and barometric pressure, to predict advancing weather systems. By combining these observations with other sources of information, such as marine weather forecasts, weather station reports and weather maps...... [more]

Extensive ice cap once covered Sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia
University of Exeter,
A new study reveals the Sub-Antarctic Island of South Georgia – famous for its wildlife – was covered by a massive ice cap during the last ice age. It is the remote UK territory where Sir Ernest Shackleton landed during his dramatic voyage from Antarctica to rescue the team of his Endurance expedition. It is home to various species of penguins and seals, and been in many documentaries...... [more]

Bluewater Cruising Association presence at the Vancouver Boat Show-
Agathe Gaulin and Georgette Duhaime,
Free Spirit spent a very exciting week at this year's Vancouver Boat Show, as the Bluewater Cruising Association's offshore ready boat! January 17, 2017 saw Free Spirit slide into her slip on Granville Island to begin her week of “showing off” her stuff to the many visitors walking the docks during the Boat Show.... [more]

Coast Guard medevacs ill crew member from Ro-Ro cargo ship
Coast Guard First Distric,
The Coast Guard conducted a medevac for an ill crew member Thursday on a roll on-roll off (Ro-Ro) car carrier vessel about 45 miles southeast of Nantucket, Massachusetts. At about 9 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England received a call from the doctor of the ship Liberty Passion reporting the crewmember was suffering abdominal pains and needed to be transported to the hospital.... [more]

Fort Lauderdale to the Exuma Islands – Part II
Elizabeth Gregory,
We safely crossed the Gulf Stream and enjoyed a beautiful sunset and moonrise, before navigating the entrance to Alice Town in Bimini. Some channel markers were missing, but they don't get replaced quickly here after hurricanes. We moored to the outside breakwater of Brown's Marina as the winds were too strong to get into our reserved slip.... [more]

Cornish fishing company fined £8,170 for moving vessel
Maritime and Coastguard Agency,
Yesterday, Wednesday 15 March, Rowse Fishing Ltd of Newlyn Cornwall was fined a total of £8,170 after being prosecuted by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) for moving a new build fishing vessel without the appropriate load-line certificate. Mark Rowse, Director of Rowse Fishing Ltd, who pleaded guilty on behalf of the company, was fined £3,000 by Truro Magistrates Court...... [more]

Seven Seas Cruising Association Essex Summer Solstice Gam
This event also begins on the water with a dinghy raft-up and cocktail party on Friday the 16th which will be followed by two days of speakers and demonstrations including a planned demonstration by a US Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter.... [more]

Marine Resources expands Boatbuilding Team with two key appointments
Marine Resources,
Leading leisure marine industry and luxury yacht recruitment specialists Marine Resources have recently expanded their in-house boatbuilding team, with the addition of two new key members.... [more]

Securely moored to the quay, or cast adrift-
John Curnow,
With boating, you have to cast the lines off in order to go and get into it. However, when it comes to your insurer, you kind of expect that they're going to be as bound to you as the standing rigging is to the mast, the ring frames to the hull, or the engine mounts to the runners, and the propellers to the shafts, skegs and cutlass bearings. Whom would you rather be insured with?... [more]

Clipper Race crew safety brief
RKJ Clipper Race Chairman,
Ocean yacht racing has its risks. But by far the best way to minimise those risks is a culture of safety and constant vigilance amongst all ocean yachtsmen, including Clipper Race Crews. Staying safe must be a paranoia.... [more]

Electromagnetic Fields
Jeff Cote,
Electromagnetic Forces ( EMF ) are one of the four fundamental forces in nature, and although they exist naturally, they can also be created. Any wire carrying any amount of electrical current will generate a magnetic field, and any charged conductor will create an electrical field; these two phenomena were once viewed as separate forces... [more]

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