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What a waste…


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

What a waste...

Sailboat Tarry-A-bit aflame in the northern Pacific Ocean.  U.S. Coast Guard
I mean really! A nice, new, large and seemingly very well-appointed cruiser for you and your mate to saunter around the Northern Pacific in, and then you go and torch it. Give it to me, please. Naturally I do not want the contraband to still be on board, and if you wouldn't mind, send the cleaning squad through it as well. Hate for any residual evidence to be left around, especially when you check in to Customs in the USA or Asia...

Can see it now. Got it cheap, man. Previous owner barely used it, and mainly did short coastal hops once a month on board her. Have to be akin to buying granny's car that only went to the local shops and church on Sunday, wouldn't you say? Then also if you think Ice should be sold to young people, then I'd ask that I'll have mine made from hydrogen and oxygen molecules, not man made ones, and be either in my cocktail on board to mark sunset, or in the bergs as I check out the Arctic or Antarctic regions.

Now it was in reading the account of the adventure that I thought to myself that they seemed to have a very good set of risk minimisation parameters. We all need them when taking to sea, and having MOB and evacuation drills, and also rehearsing them, just makes damn good sense. Here they were torching the boat first, then locking the rudder over and steaming in circles at 8+ knots, so the Coast Guard could not easily put the fire out, and subsequently secure the loot. I mean evidence. Yes. All smelled of a very well conceived and executed cunning plan. Seven Ps for sure...

The smell was enough to make you quite sick, and this was out in the open, and clearly no longer alight...  John Curnow

Talking of smell, the stench from burning GRP is woeful, and even remains incredibly stringent, well after the fire has stopped. If you plan on having a stock take sale, make sure you are nowhere around, because it is not pleasant. It was about then that I realised there was just the one flaw in the two gent's plan. They jumped into the water in their clothes.

The Coast Guard is not going to stand to and watch you freeze, so why then not strip down, chuck your clothes into the fire and jump in naked, having a good scrub in the salt water before you were retrieved. Sure they might still get something from under your fingernails, but if we're talking risk minimisation, then it has to be a good step. Perhaps a careful swabbing with acetone before you departed the ship might have improved your overall chances...

Yes a plan is key. I once heard of a guy who got caught importing cocaine in the heels and soles of shoes. What alerted the authorities was that during the scan of his bag they counted an odd number of shoes, and he was able bodied!!!

Then just this week, Cassie Sainsbury got caught in Colombia with nigh on 6kg of coke in a bunch of headsets from a guy she claims she barely knew, and did not check the contents of the parcel he gave her for herself. Yeah. Colombia is so well known for cheap electronics, you know!!! They can keep it all, boat included. I like my plan in an emergency to be make the Mayday call, pick up the grab bag, step up into the raft, and take my seasickness pill on the way in.

The British Virgin Islands - Nanny Cay  Nanny Cay

OK. In this newsletter you will find that we have tales for you about servicing your winches with Harken, Antarctica, the Caribbean, kerosene canaries – the really big ones, Hamilton island, Mahi Mahi, Cuba, Jon Sanders, more learnings from TC Debbie, World ARC, sending the contraband to Davey Jones' locker, idiots sending navigational aids to the same place, practical courses, rescues and lots of seminars on how to get out and do it, 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

Ancasta announces line up for Poole Harbour Boat Show (19-21 May 2017)
Alison Willis,
Ancasta has announced its line up for Poole Harbour Boat Show 2017, which takes place from 19th to 21st May 2017. Ancasta is delighted to be back at the show, following its success last year. As the UK's largest Beneteau Power and Beneteau Sail dealer, it will be presenting the Beneteau Oceanis 38.1 and 41.1 as well as the popular Swift Trawler 30 and 44 motor yachts.... [more]

Seventeenth blog from on board Perie Banou II - Panama
Jon Sanders,
I am back on the high seas. Left Nanny Cay Marina using engine, motored to Norman Bight, Norman Island, British Virgin Islands. In quiet weather, sailing, motor sailing, or motor boating I can clip the tiller on (quick easy). Then clip the Simrad electronic tiller pilot. Then I steer electronically.... [more]

Demonstration day
World Cruising,
Today started off with a couple of demonstrations here in Nanny Cay, nothing political just a few safety demos that always have a good attendance. Although certainly not designed as full safety courses, which are recommended to take long before the start of the rally, these are refreshers to remind everyone of some of the key points when having to use flares and liferafts.... [more]

Vancouver Club Night - Malacca Straits to Andaman and South China Seas
Bluewater Cruising Association,
Join them as they walk the streets of the historic towns of the Straits Settlements, sail among their limestone islands of Phang-Nga Marine National Park, dive the clear waters of the offshore islands in the Andaman Sea, visit the Sultanate of Brunei, and explore the largest cave in the world.... [more]

Welcome to Nanny Cay - Best marina on the island-
World Cruising,
Monday was the first official day of the office opening here in Nanny Cay on Tortola in the BVI and it was certainly busy with boats arriving and checking in with the rally office. We have been moved to a new location closer to the docks and literally a step off the beach, follow the signs and look for the rally flags.... [more]

Two Canadians sentenced for setting sailboat ablaze in the Pacific
Hoa Quach,
Two Canadian citizens were each sentenced in San Diego Monday to 30 months in federal prison for intentionally setting their sailboat on fire off the coast of Washington state, requiring the U.S. Coast Guard to rescue them from the Pacific Ocean.... [more]

The mystery path of Antarctica's Blood Falls has finally been revealed
Signe Dean,
When Antarctic explorers first discovered a cliff stained with blood-red water in 1911, they assumed that red-hued algae were responsible for the colour. The place quickly became known as Blood Falls, although it turned out to be neither blood nor algae. n fact, Blood Falls is the result of slowly oozing, iron-rich saltwater that oxidises in contact with air, just like rust. The water is so salty... [more]

A strong sense of Deja Vu...
SV Crystal Blues,
Here we found to our delight a friendly social scene and a great number of sail boats, punctuated by the occasional spectacular power boat. We figure big power boats are OK if they look really good - like Savannah, (below) that really delivers on her hundred million dollar construction price tag. Ouch.... [more]

New insight into what weakens Antarctic ice shelves
British Antarctic Survey,
New research describes for the first time the role that warm, dry winds play in influencing the behaviour of Antarctic ice shelves. Presenting this week at a European conference scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explain how spring and summer winds, known as föhn winds, are prevalent on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, West Antarctica and creating melt pools.... [more]

Mooring and Handling Under Power,
The course is designed to refresh knowledge and skills on handling a yacht under power, focusing on berthing manoeuvers many find complicated.... [more]

16,000 miles to windward in an A380
SV Taipan,
The journey resumes. Departing Perth late on a Tuesday evening, North West to Dubai, a mere 9000 miles, seems so easy in an Emerites A380. All over in just 11 hours. No wait! There's still 7000 miles to go. North by North West to Amsterdam. Second leg just a mere seven hours.... [more]

Fishy business again
SV Crystal Blues,
On April 15th we departed Martinique, turning north again to cover more miles in our quest. We aimed for St. Martin, a smallish island with a large pond in the middle, all bisected by an international border - it's half French and half Dutch. The passage took us two days and 20 hours, covering around 280 nautical miles, a sedate pace that included typically uncomfortable sections... [more]

Coast Guard rescues Maine kayaker, credits survival to preparedness
Coast Guard First District,
The Coast Guard rescued a 66-year-old man Sunday after his kayak overturned near Baileys Mistake, Maine. The man radioed Sector Northern New England watchstanders on VHF ch. 16 at about 4:20 p.m. stating he was uncertain of his location and was unable to get back into his 17-foot kayak. A 29-foot response boat small boat crew from Station Eastport arrived on scene and recovered the man... [more]

Debbie says the 8thP with Insurance is Patience (Pt.III)
John Curnow,
We're back to keep exploring the nature of TC Debbie and how she came to tell us about the eighth P of insurance. We've looked at what it was like to come into a disaster zone, seen the evidence of those that did the right thing, and how the area is already on the road to recovery. Now we'll see why patience is the key in the aftermath of her fury.... [more]

Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer tells how to survive unexpected offshore
Peter Janssen,
What do you do when the unexpected happens offshore? When the winds build, say, from 40 knots to 60 knots, to 70 knots? When your mental and physical preparation could mean the difference between life and death? And that preparation involves a lot of practice, according to Mario Vittone, a retired Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer and instructor and expert on surviving at sea.... [more]

Bluewater Weekend set to inspire offshore sailors
World Cruising Club,
Rally organisers World Cruising Club, best known for the annual ARC - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers have joined together once again with leading offshore yacht broker Berthon International, to host a weekend of conversation about bluewater cruising at Berthon's Lymington UK base... [more]

Calgary Club Night – Sailing with a greater purpose
Bluewater Cruising Association,
The Calgary Chapter is pleased to present Mark Oliver and Marie-Claude Osterrath who have just completed a three-year adventure with their 17-year old son and 15-year old daughter aboard their Amel Super Maramu, Amelie IV. Their travels have taken them through the Caribbean and across the South Pacific to New Zealand and Australia.... [more]

Salty Dawg Sailing Association completes first cruising rally to Cuba
Salty Dawg Sailing Association,
On April 17, twenty three vessels departed Marina Hemingway for the US East Coast in the final leg of the inaugural Salty Dawg Rally to Cuba. The Hemingway International Yacht Club officially welcomed the nonprofit Salty Dawg Sailing Association (SDSA) with a colorful and fun Welcome Party and closed the visit with a Farewell Dinner... [more]

Coast Guard finds Aids-to-Navigation shot and sunk near Block Island
Coast Guard First District,
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis discovered a buoy sunk in the water with bullet holes, Monday, near Block Island, Rhode Island. The crew was conducting regular aids-to-navigation maintenance when they approached Clay Head buoy number 7 and found it submerged. The crew raised the 12,000-pound buoy and found 20 bullet holes in it.... [more]

The crowds in Martinique
SV Crystal Blues,
Two days after our arrival the small town feel of Fort De France was completely over taken by the arrival of the cruise ship Disney Magic. She berthed with her stern no more than 200 meters from our anchor position, so we were able to watch the inevitable invasion of very white skinned tourists as they marched down the dock in their thousands, each group following a host... [more]

CoastGuard concludes medical response from ship explosion, 2 medevaced
Coast Guard First District Northeast,
The two surviving crewmembers of the bulk-carrier Tamar explosion were medevaced at approximately 4:30 a.m., by a Portuguese aircrew along with three New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing pararescuers to continue medical care. The aircrew arrived in Terceira Island, Azores at about 7 a.m. A Portuguese Air Force jet is scheduled to be waiting along with a medical team to go to Lisbon... [more]

Sixteenth blog from on board Perie Banou II - en route Panama
Jon Sanders,
Still here, parked day or two, Cane Garden Bay BVI. Wonderful Bay, nice beach restaurants and bars. On the main Island Tortola. ‘Road Town', the capital of British Virgin Islands is on the other side of the Island. To get from Cane Garden to Road Town (by taxi) is over hills. Big hills. With much vegetation.... [more]

Carriacou to Martinique - Assisting French Customs along the way
SV Crystal Blues,
Two weeks ago we sailed out of Tyrell Bay in Carriacou, heading for Martinique, looking for our first taste of France in the Caribbean. It was a 24 hour passage, covering some 130 nautical miles, and involved a mixture of spirited sailing, and flat calms requiring the engine to keep us moving forward. We sailed right past the Tobago Cays, Mustique, Bequia, St Vincent and St Lucia... [more]

Coast Guard coordinates medical response following explosion - 2 dead
Coast Guard First District,
The U.S. Coast Guard is coordinating with the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, and the Canadian and Portuguese Coast Guards to provide a medical emergency response for crewmembers following an explosion aboard an international bulk carrier 1,300 miles offshore Cape Cod... [more]

RYA reflects on ‘Marine Protected Areas Revisited' report
Loretta Spridgeon / RYA,
The ‘Marine Protected Areas Revisited' report published today, found MPAs are not being effectively managed, and the Government needs to do more to protect vulnerable marine habitats, features and species once a site is designated.... [more]

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