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Looking back to 2012's sailing adventurers By Nancy Knudsen, , 10:34 AM Tue 1 Jan 2013
Two words that come to mind when you think of sailing are 'freedom' and 'adventure'. Just stepping onto the boat can give you a sense of both, but in 2012 there were those who took their adventure seriously. Here's a round-up of the most adventurous non-racing sailors of the year, some of whom were attempting to be the 'first', some trying for speed records, others just sailed for the love of it ...[more]

Italian sailor to challenge New York to SFO record By Sail-World Cruising, , 9:20 AM Mon 31 Dec 2012
Famed Italian sailor Giovanni Soldini best known world-wide for his courageous rescue of French sailor Isabelle Autissier in a remote part of the South Pacific during the 'Around Alone' circumnavigation race, begins a new adventure today from New York. With a crew he will attempt to break the New York to San Francisco Speed Sailing Record via Cape Horn. ...[more]

Goss and Warrender start their sailing kayak adventure round Tasmania By Nancy Knudsen, , 8:55 AM Mon 31 Dec 2012
British hero sailor Pete Goss - the sailor who turned his downwind racer into stormy seas in the Southern Ocean for two days to rescue fellow competitor Raphaël Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe solo around the world yacht race - has had a bumpy start with his friend Andy Warrender as they set off yesterday (Saturday 29th December) to complete their circumnavigation of Tasmania by sailing sea kayak ...[more]

Yassine to attempt 150nm Laser sail - once his mast is fixed By Nancy Knudsen, 6:32 AM Sun 23 Dec 2012
Last week we told how Andrew Lewis sailed a Laser from Tobago to Trinidad, a route which took him through open ocean and a distance of 50 nm. Now there's a Moroccan sailor, Yassine Darkaoui, who wants to sail a 150nm course from Phuket, round the island of Ko Ta Ru Tao and back to Phuket. There's just one problem - his mast is broken. ...[more]

Hero sailor to circumnavigate Tasmania in sailing kayak By Nancy Knudsen, 6:54 AM Fri 21 Dec 2012
Sailing hero Pete Goss - the sailor who became a world-wide celebrity hero when he rescued fellow competitor Raphaël Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe solo around the world yacht race - is off on another adventure. He and his friend, long-time kayaker Andy Warrender, are preparing to circumnavigate Tasmania in sailing kayaks. ...[more]

Chinese solo sailor caught in the Doldrums By Sail-World Cruising, 6:39 AM Tue 18 Dec 2012
What's disturbing a Chinese solo sailor attempting to sail a circumnavigation of the world non-stop and unassisted in a Class 40 racing boat, is not gales or cyclones, but no wind - or little wind - at all, according to his land-based support team. ...[more]

Tobago to Trinidad in a 14ft Laser By Nancy Knudsen, 8:03 AM Fri 14 Dec 2012
Just when you think that all the records have been set, when everybody has conquered almost everything in the world of the cruising sailor - the oldest - the youngest - the first-ever, along comes another, because there's always some new remote first-ever that hasn't yet been done. This time it's sailing a 14ft Laser from Tobago to Trinidad in open seas off the north-east coastline of Venezuela. ...[more]

Shackleton re-enactment scheduled for January By Nancy Knudsen, 9:53 AM Tue 4 Dec 2012
He is an environmental scientist and adventurer, not primarily a sailor, but nevertheless it was Tim Jarvis whom Alexandra Shackleton, granddaughter of the legendary Ernest Shackleton, approached to go sailing. The idea was to celebrate the centenary of her grandfather's amazing sail in Antarctic waters to rescue his crew, by a re-enactment. ...[more]

'Never give up' sailing adventurer past the equator, now for Cape Horn By Nancy Knudsen, , 6:50 AM Sun 2 Dec 2012
It's a case of 'Never give up!' Jeanne Socrates, solo sailing adventurer on her Najad 380 Nereida, has just passed the equator in her third non-stop attempt to solo circumnavigate the world unassisted. ...[more]

Australia’s Paul Larsen sails at 68 knots!! By The Sail-World team, 11:48 AM Tue 27 Nov 2012
For anyone who is happy crossing oceans at six knots, it's hard to get your head around the idea of sailing at 68 knots, but that is what Australian Paul Larsen has just done on his Vestas Sailrocket 2, breaking and then re-breaking his own newly established speed records on Namibia’s Walvis Bay. ...[more]

Done the Northwest Passage, off to Antarctica - South African sailor By Nancy Knudsen, , 6:21 PM Mon 12 Nov 2012
South African sailor Ralf Dominick, a sort-of-solo sailor has just finished 40,000nm voyage which included transiting the once-dreaded Northwest Passage, and he must have liked it, because next he is off to cruise Antarctica! ...[more]

Jeanne Socrates, indomitable, sails again By Nancy Knudsen, , 7:49 AM Mon 5 Nov 2012
She's off to circumnavigate the world again, this time non-stop. Fit, strong, athletic 70-year-old Jeanne Socrates, dogged by mostly mechanical problems in her earlier attempts, is again attempting to sail around the world solo and non-stop. If you ever doubted she had the stamina to do it, this hitch-filled beginning will put you straight, told in her own words: ...[more]

Lord Nelson gives his name to Britain's circumnavigating tall ship By Daily Echo/Sail-World Cruising, , 7:04 AM Sun 21 Oct 2012
Britain's most famous ever disabled sailor, Lord Nelson, has given his name to the tall ship which has just departed Britain as the first vessel of its kind to sail around the world with a crew of disabled sailors. The Jubilee Sailing Trust's (JST) ship has left Southampton on its 23-month 50,000 mile journey. ...[more]

Laura inspires teens to go on sailing campaign By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 1:46 AM Mon 15 Oct 2012
Inspired by Dutch/New Zealand sailor Laura Dekker, who was held back by Dutch authorities for over a year by authorities who wanted to stop her going long-range sailing, now two dyslexic Dutch teenagers have set off on a year-long sailing trip to campaign for their right to an education. ...[more]

Scorpius breaks free of Arctic ice, heading for another record By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 5:55 PM Fri 7 Sep 2012
While Belzebub II, a fibreglass Hallberg Rassy, has just sailed through the McClure Strait, a first for a sailing boat in the Northwest Passage, there are more records being broken in the Arctic as the great melt continues. On Tuesday the 30 m/98' steel Russian yacht Scorpius, with a Russian-Ukrainian crew, which had been stuck in heavy ice flows in the East Siberian Sea broke free from the ice ...[more]

Interview with Laura Dekker on arrival in New Zealand By Sail-World Cruising, , 6:55 PM Tue 4 Sep 2012
As reported earlier this week, Laura Dekker, tearaway Dutch solo circumnavigator, who is still to reach her 17th birthday, arrived in New Zealand intending to take up residence. Here is the interview with reporters that was recorded on her arrival into Marsdon Cove in Whangarei. ...[more]

Youngest ever solo circumavigator sails into new home New Zealand By Nancy Knudsen, 5:46 PM Sun 2 Sep 2012
With a shredded but replaced main and the wind gusting 30 knots, Dutch sailor Laura Dekker, the world's youngest ever solo circumnavigator, sailed into New Zealand today, with the intention of starting a new life in the country she was born in, but hardly remembers. ...[more]

Belzebub II breaks record in the Northwest Passage By Nancy Knudsen, 7:07 PM Fri 31 Aug 2012
They've done it! The crew of Belzebub II, a 1976 Hallberg-Rassy Monsun 31, have made it through the most northerly route possible in the Northwest Passage and while they still have challenges ahead, have reached the other end of the most dangerous strait successfully. ...[more]

Sailor celebrates Northwest Passage transit, offers advice By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 9:34 AM Fri 17 Aug 2012
While a disparate group of sailing boats head for the most difficult parts of the Northwest Passage, hoping for a break in the ice, and that forecast ice-free water will allow them passage, one Canadian sailor is able to celebrate his passage, having just sailed from Arctic waters down the Pacific to Vancouver Island after his transit - and offer some advice. ...[more]

So far so good - Hallberg-Rassy's new route in Northwest Passage By Nancy Knudsen, 3:23 PM Tue 14 Aug 2012
>Three adventure sailors are attempting to sail a 31ft Hallberg-Rassy, the Belzebub II, through the Northwest Passage, following a route that has previously only been used by icebreakers and never tried by a sailing boat before. ...[more]

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