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He wasn't clipped on. Another sailor washed overboard drowns By Des Ryan, , 10:40 AM Mon 18 Mar 2013
He just wasn't clipped on. It happened in Australia, but it could have been anywhere. The two sailors were more than half way through their journey. They called in at the coastal town of Port Campbell on the south coast, docking for only a short time to refuel. The weather was nothing out of the ordinary and nothing suggested the tragedy that was only moments away. ...[more]

He wasn't clipped on. Another sailor washed overboard drowns By Des Ryan, 10:07 AM Mon 18 Mar 2013
He just wasn't clipped on. The two sailors, sailing from Adelaide to Melbourne, were more than half way through their journey. They called in at the coastal town of Port Campbell, docking for only a short time to refuel before continuing on their journey. The weather was nothing out of the ordinary and nothing suggested the tragedy that was only moments away. ...[more]

Heading for the Southern Ocean? Solo? Take a TPS By Nancy Knudsen, , 11:06 AM Fri 15 Mar 2013
So you want to go sailing alone? Solo? Even worse for your family you want to sail in the Southern Ocean? Tell them you'll invest in a Guy Cotten Thermal Protective Survival (TPS) suit and this might be of some comfort to them. ...[more]

Sailing in the sun - good fun but deadly By Sail-World Cruising, 1:34 PM Mon 4 Feb 2013
Whether you sail just for an afternoon, escape to tropical climes to sail your holidays away, or have let the docklines go altogether to be full time cruising, the sun will sometimes be your greatest friend, but also can be you deadliest enemy. ...[more]

Safety and your medical kit - what should you take? By Des Ryan, , 11:48 AM Tue 29 Jan 2013
The first time I did a first-aid course was just before I went for a three week sail, across the Pacific. The information was great, but I couldn't help thinking all the way through the course, 'But there will be no emergency number to call - I need to know what to do for a week, not for the first 30 minutes before the paramedic gets there. ...[more]

Capsized red hull easier to find - then why not? Here's why not By Des Ryan, , 3:00 PM Sun 27 Jan 2013
None of us wants to experience losing a keel and having to be rescued from our overturned boat in the middle of an ocean. While cruising yachts are very unlikely to lose a keel, a recent report suggested that hulls be painted red to make them easier to find, so why not? But that wasn't the end of the story... ...[more]

Britain's rescue volunteers: 8000 rescued, half from leisure craft By RNLI, , 6:56 AM Wed 23 Jan 2013
Leisure sailing boats world-wide went through an amazing explosion in numbers during the 20th Century and that explosion continues unabated in this century - but it is doubtful that this would have occurred if rescue facilities had not also increased dramatically. Britain's Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) have announced their numbers for 2012, with almost 8,000 people were rescued ...[more]

The right life jacket with ALL the systems, but good only if worn By Lee Mylchreest, 9:05 AM Tue 15 Jan 2013
There's no doubt that getting several safety products into your life jacket is the key to having more options when in distress at sea. But none of the safety products are useful if you aren't actually wearing the jacket. So the other challenge for life jacket manufacturers is how to make it so comfortable you'll be happy to wear it ALL the time. The same applies to the MOB systems. ...[more]

Woman dies fending off boat from bridge piling By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 11:20 AM Mon 14 Jan 2013
One of the early lessons that aspiring sailors need to learn is the very real danger of using part of your body to fend off, mishandle a loaded winch, or any other task where one could lose a finger - or a life. This week, as if tragically exemplifying the lesson, a young woman has lost her life when she tried to fend off a bridge piling to prevent the boat she was travelling in colliding with it ...[more]

UK Coastguard Agency asks the question: 'Why regulate?' By Sail-World/Joanne Rawlings, , 8:06 AM Mon 10 Dec 2012
A breath of fresh air has floated in, bringing with it an opinion of a bureaucrat that there just might be too many rules about what leisure sailors can and can't do. The amazing, but very welcome announcement, began with the almost subversive-sounding 'Why regulate? Can't we just have fun?' ...[more]

Is your hull painted red? Report after yacht capsize By Sail-World Cruising, , 6:16 AM Sun 9 Dec 2012
The modern cruising yacht is about as unlikely to capsize through the loss of its keel as it is to hit a whale. This doesn't mean it's impossible if the keel is bolted on, and last month's findings (meant primarily for racing) by Ireland's MCIB about the the capsize and rescue of the Fastnet Yacht Rambler 100 will be of interest to all. ...[more]

UK's RNLI saves 140,000 lives By RNLI/Sail-World Cruising, , 7:39 AM Mon 3 Dec 2012
Yes that's the number, but when the all-weather lifeboat went out to help the young man, who was kitesurfing not sailing, they didn't realise what a milestone they were passing. The rescue of the kitesurfer by the Fraserburgh crew in Scotland this year marked the 140,000th life saved by the charity since its founding in 1824. ...[more]

Vandals strike Marine Rescue vessel at start of peak sailing season By Ken McManus/Sail-World, , 5:50 AM Mon 26 Nov 2012
Sail-World condemns the mindless vandalism of Marine Rescue's new Wooli vessel over the weekend, causing an estimated $50,000 in damage and reducing vital volunteer rescue resources on the Mid North Coast at the start of the peak boating season. ...[more]

Product of the Week: Jonbuoy Recovery Module for MOB situations By Sail-World Cruising, , 7:32 AM Sun 28 Oct 2012
Just introduced this year, the unique Jonbuoy Recovery Module MK5, mounted on a vessels pushpit packs neatly into a small attractive case. The amazing thing about it, though, is that while it meets Royal Ocean Racing Club regulations, it can replace not only a cumbersome horseshoe lifebuoy but also a drogue, lifebuoy light and danbuoy. ...[more]

Freezing temperatures mean it's time to winterize By US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising, , 4:29 PM Sun 14 Oct 2012
Freezing temperatures are right around the corner in many parts of the world. If your area is one of them, it is time to make sure you boat is winterized. Here are some steps to consider, and remember that if you're not comfortable performing all the necessary steps, contact your local boat dealer or marina for winterization service. ...[more]

SOS unheeded - abandoned cruising sailors rescued by divers By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:05 PM Mon 1 Oct 2012
The idea that today your call for rescue will be quickly acted upon is a myth in some regions of the world. Three cruising sailors - an Australian and two Spaniards - had to be rescued this week by divers from a Fijian resort after their yacht was swept onto rocks and their SOS calls went unheeded by local authorities. ...[more]

British lifesavers - 39 times a day, at your service By Joanna Quinn/Sail-World Cruising, 4:55 PM Fri 21 Sep 2012
The numbers are impressive, but they only tell one aspect of the story. This summer, Britain's Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) lifeboats launched 3575 times - nearly 39 times a day - to rescue those in trouble on the water. ...[more]

A Eureka moment for Harness and lifejacket design By TeamO/Sail-World Cruising, 9:34 PM Mon 17 Sep 2012
A new patented British design radically transforms harness design, promising a fundamental rethink of the way that harnesses work for the safety of the leisure sailor. The new product is called the TeamO lifejacket and harness. The Eureka moment came after a tragic loss of life by a British sailor after he had fallen overboard while still attached to his harness. ...[more]

RNLI conducts inflating life jacket tests By Des Ryan, 12:39 AM Wed 12 Sep 2012
How well do you maintain your inflating life jacket? How do you KNOW that it will inflate when you hit the water? The UK's Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) has recently conducted some testing of eleven different brands of inflating life jacket, sponsored by Motor Boat and Yachting. Watch the video: ...[more]

Carbon Monoxide - the silent killer By RYA Cruising Manager Stuart Carruthers/Sail-World, , 1:13 AM Sun 2 Sep 2012
Once, on a long leg crossing the Pacific, our engine failed and during an almost windless, sunless few days we resorted to the use of a mobile diesel generator for power generation. We thought placing it under the dodger so that it couldn't get wet when it rained was a great idea until we realised that it was pumping carbon monoxide straight into the saloon! . ...[more]

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