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Jeanne Socrates, British solo grandmother, sails for the Horn By Lee Mylchreest, , 8:44 AM Tue 7 Dec 2010
British solo sailor Jeanne Socrates is this week over the equator and heading for Cape Horn. Timing her voyage so that she will round the much dreaded Cape Horn in the most favourable conditions, the gutsy grandmother, who didn't learn to sail until she was 51, is hoping that this time she'll make it round the world non-stop and unassisted. ...[more]

Sailor drowned, two lost for 12 days, no EPIRB By Mark Alan Lovewell, Vineyard Gazette/Sail-World, , 6:35 AM Sat 27 Nov 2010
Today almost every tragic tale of being lost at sea involves the admission of carrying no EPIRB. What was meant to be a routine sail from Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts in the USA to the Caribbean this month was no different. The voyage ended in tragedy after an inaccurate forecast, advice 'not to worry if you don't hear from us', and the lack of an EPIRB. ...[more]

Polish Solanus - from the North West Passage to the Horn By Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune/Sail-World Cruising, , 10:05 AM Fri 19 Nov 2010
She'd made her way all the from Poland, she'd conquered the Northwest Passage during the summer, one of the most dangerous sailing routes in the world, considered a watery Everest. Yet deeper trouble loomed large for the 48ft yawl when she hit the Bering Sea. ...[more]

The Race is on to sail through Space By Spectrum/Sail-World Cruising, , 6:59 PM Sat 30 Oct 2010
It was sailing boats that set off from Europe in search of new trading routes and the new world to the East and West, and it seems that it will be sailing vessels that lead the way in the new world of space. ...[more]

Bay of Biscay waters - another casualty as teenagers lose mast By This is Plymouth/Sail-World Cruising, , 7:52 AM Sat 30 Oct 2010
Waters around the Bay of Biscay are getting pretty busy with disabled boats and their rescuers at the moment. Not only is there Tony Bullimore's catamaran The Spirit of Antigua capsized and being guarded by the Dutch Navy until a salvage team arrives, but there's also a tall ship with a bunch of Polish teens on board which has lost one of its masts. ...[more]

67-year-old grandmother starts solo non-stop circumnavigation today By Nancy Knudsen, 11:39 AM Mon 25 Oct 2010
Today is the day for Jeanne Socrates, 67-year-old grandmother, to begin her solo non-stop circumnavigation. She's been held up by the weather for a few days, but today she is to be towed to her start line at Canada's Victoria Harbour entrance to be ready to sail away around 4pm local time. ...[more]

Trimaran circles the Arctic in a single season By Sail-World Cruising roundup, , 5:22 PM Fri 15 Oct 2010
A trimaran sailing boat has circled the North Pole in a single summer season, a feat made possible by global warming and the melting of the Arctic ice cap, the boat's international crew said this week. ...[more]

Product of the Week: The Ecowind varying pitch propeller By Kevin Woody, , 8:12 AM Tue 12 Oct 2010
A propeller that will adapt to changing situations by automatically varying its pitch under differing load conditions. It sounds like a good deal, particularly for long range cruising sailors, and that's just what the manufacturer claims. ...[more]

Steve White - solo round the world the 'wrong way' By Nancy Knudsen, 12:20 PM Sat 11 Sep 2010
Dee Caffari has done it, now Steve White is setting out to do it too. He's going to sail solo, round the world, non-stop and unassisted, AND the 'wrong way', AND break the current record. ...[more]

OceansWatch looking for crew for Australian coastal passage By Nancy Knudsen, , 4:05 PM Wed 1 Sep 2010
OceansWatch, the not-for-profit sailing organisation that works to help coastal communities conserve their marine environments, develop sustainable livelihoods and ensure access to primary schools, is looking for crew to sail from Cairns to Mooloolaba and/or to Sydney, on Moksha, a lovely 54ft Hanse yacht. ...[more]

New solo Round Britain and Ireland record set at under five days By Sail-World Cruising, 9:18 AM Thu 26 Aug 2010
Frenchman Sidney Gavignet has set a new single-handed Round Britain and Ireland record on the 100 foot trimaran Oman Air Majan, and also took the record for the fully-crewed Round Britain record. ...[more]

Laura Dekker arrives Portugal, set to start solo circumnavigation By Nancy Knudsen, , 7:23 PM Sun 15 Aug 2010
Dutch teenage sailor Laura Dekker arrived in Portugal Saturday after a ten-day test and repositioning leg with her father leading up to her beginning of her solo circumnavigation on her 11.5 metre (38ft) Jeanneau Gin Fizz ketch called Guppy. ...[more]

Solo Tasmanian Past the Horn By Sail-World Cruising, 12:01 AM Fri 5 Jan 2007
While the sailing world’s eyes are on the quest by Tony Bullimore to break the round the world speed record, starting in Tasmania sometime this month, there is a home-grown Tasmanian quietly already half way round the same route. ...[more]

14-Year-Old - Youngest Solo Across the Atlantic By Press Association, 1:34 AM Thu 4 Jan 2007
A 14-year-old schoolboy has entered the record books by becoming the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic single-handed. Michael Perham, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, ended his 3,500-mile voyage when he sailed into Nelson's Dockyard on the Caribbean island of Antigua at 10am (2pm GMT). ...[more]

End to Flanagan's Arctic transit attempt? By Adrian Flanagan, onboard Barrabas , 8:14 AM Tue 18 Jul 2006
After several days of windless conditions and heavy cloud cover during which the wind generator and solar array were not able to generate much charge, the batteries had become depleted. I decided to run the engine in neutral so the alternators could charge the battery banks. ...[more]

Dream on Hold for Australian Solo Sailor By Rob Kothe, 2:15 PM Fri 14 Jul 2006
Dr Margaret Williams quest to sail, solo around Australia is on hold again. The Sunshine Coast GP, set sail from Fremantle on June 2 in her 12m sloop Against All Odds in a bid to be the first woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around Australia. ...[more]

Sailing Raft Tangaroa Makes Record Speeds By Cruising Editor, 2:51 PM Fri 23 Jun 2006
The Raft known as Tangaroa, Kon-Tiki’s grandchild, is reported sailing at record speed towards Tuamotu atoll. It was last reported sailing toward the Tuamotu atoll of Raroia at a record speed that was faster than Thor Heyerdahl and his crew on Kon-Tiki did during their 101-day voyage nearly 60 years ago. ...[more]

Female solo sailor narrowly averts disaster By Margie Brown & Mandy Lake, 6:16 PM Tue 20 Jun 2006
Solo sailor Margaret Williams’ second bid at becoming the first woman to circumnavigate Australia solo, non-stop and unassisted almost came to an untimely end with a severe storm off the south-west coast of Tasmania. ...[more]

The International Yacht Rally to the Red Sea By Med-Red Rally, 2:18 PM Fri 16 Jun 2006
On 14 April 2006 over 500 sailors left Tel Aviv and Herzliya marinas in Israel and headed across the Mediterranean for Port Said. Ninety yachts made up the second Med-Red Rally, a very international event ...[more]

Sail to the Antarctic By Rob Kothe, 12:21 AM Wed 14 Jun 2006
'When you tack the ice that has built up on the sail crunches off and falls in a sheet onto the deck…. The average is a blizzard for a couple of days and then some magic weather…we’re going with a little bit of luxury this time – diesel heaters.. we have 3.5 metre dinghies – if you get hit by an elephant seal you want to be able to get ashore – it would be a cold swim…' ...[more]

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