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Volunteer sailors winched down to rescue sailing boat By Sail-World Cruising round-up, , 7:04 AM Sun 1 Apr 2012
Usually Sail-World Cruising's rescue stories involve cruising sailors being lifted off boats and flown to shore and safety. But this week some volunteer sailors were flown to a sailing boat to replace the injured skipper and his non-sailing wife and sail the yacht back to harbour. ...[more]

Anatomy of a rescue - from the Ship Captain By Tony Munoz/Sail-World Cruising, , 2:38 PM Mon 26 Mar 2012
Last week on Sail-World we published the story entitled 'Anatomy of a Rescue - from the helicopter' (see story). This week we present another rescue anatomy article, this time from the perspective of the Ship's Captain. Tony Munoz of Maritime Executive spoke with Captain James Kelleher, responsible for saving the lives of three cruising sailors. ...[more]

Five Inflatable-Life-Jacket myths dispelled By BoatUS Foundation, 8:51 AM Wed 21 Mar 2012
Inflatable Life Jackets - which automatically or manually inflate with the tug of a pull cord - have been around over 25 years, but there are still quite a few misperceptions about these life saving devices and how they work. The BoatUS Foundation set out to debunk some of the myths: ...[more]

Anatomy of a rescue - from the helicopter By Mark Cannell, Stuff.co.nz/Sail-World, 3:40 PM Tue 20 Mar 2012
New Zealand helicopter crewman Mark Cannell has put fingers to keyboard to tell the story, from the helicopter crews' viewpoint, of a rescue on 3rd March. He wrote it to raise money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter service, and it provides a graphic insight into the lives of those that cruising sailors depend on in the hopefully unlikely event of needing to be rescued: ...[more]

Solo cruising sailor missing in drug waters of Mexico By Lee Mylchreest, 7:09 AM Mon 12 Mar 2012
In mid-January a young house-builder and sailor, Donn Pinkney set off for an adventure sailing trip south from Dana Point in California with a friend on his 27ft Catalina sailing boat Finesse. By 20th February they had reached Manzanillo in Mexico, but his friend couldn't go any further. He set out alone anyway and hasn't been seen since. ...[more]

MAIB report raises safety issues after MOB fatal incident By Des Ryan, 2:22 AM Fri 9 Mar 2012
It happened during a race but the ramifications for cruising sailors - indeed all sailors - are vital. The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch has published a report (8th March) into the death of a skipper who fell overboard during a race across the English Channel and lost his life as a result, even though he was tethered to the yacht. ...[more]

Sea anchor - do you know how to use yours to save your life? By Sail-World Cruising, 8:13 AM Tue 14 Feb 2012
A sea anchor, like an EPIRB, is something one hopes never to have to use. However, it can save your life, so it's not much use having it take up valuable stowage space unless you know how to use it. Zack Smith is one of the world's foremost experts in sea anchors and heads para-anchor manufacturer Fiorentino's Research and Development Team. He here espouses his 'constant rode tension' theory. ...[more]

Another dinghy death as sailor tries to save his dragging yacht By Times Colonist/Sail-World Cruising, , 10:19 AM Tue 24 Jan 2012
It started as a mystery and ended with an all-too-familiar explanation. The long-time sailor had rowed his dinghy to his yacht in high winds and without a life jacket, probably because the anchor was dragging, then lost his footing and was drowned in the turbulent seas, his dinghy tied to the yacht but found upside down. ...[more]

Can you pass the ICE test? Advice for cold weather sailors By US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising, , 9:41 AM Mon 19 Dec 2011
With colder weather forthcoming, and the accompanying formation of ice in the more northerly regions of our top hemisphere, the Coast Guard reminds people to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on cold water and frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes, and to make a serious investment and commitment to ice safety, since varying levels of ice thickness can catch the unwary. ...[more]

SOS two-way communication now on Iridium Extreme satphones By Nancy Knudsen, , 3:41 PM Wed 7 Dec 2011
Another level of safety has been added for leisure sailors who have an Iridium Extreme phone. It is a free GEOS emergency response service, meaning that, once you touch the SOS button on your phone, you have two waycommunication with the International Emergency Response Coordination Center all the time the emergency lasts. ...[more]

Product of the Week: Deckvest LITE, a winner By Nancy Knudsen, 10:17 AM Tue 29 Nov 2011
It's great flexibility was no doubt one of the reasons that Spinlock's new Deckvest LITE became a winner in this year's DAME Design Awards recently announced in Amsterdam. This is not a life jacket for crossing oceans. But it is the only expert-quality lifejacket especially made for RIBs, inshore and inland sailing, as well as motor boating and other water activities. ...[more]

Lifesling, life jacket, light, whistle -all praised in medal award By Jake Fish, US Sailing/Sail-World Cruising, 3:15 PM Fri 11 Nov 2011
'A life jacket, a whistle and a light. My God, how simple it can be? But that’s what it was,' the words of Robert Arzbaecher, receiving the Hanson Rescue Medal in Chicago this week. During the awards ceremony Arzbaecher marveled at how effective basic mandatory equipment was, including the simple Lifesling that many yachts have onboard hoping they will never have to use it. ...[more]

Five Fall safety tips for day-sailing By Boat US/Sail-World Cruising, , 4:23 PM Mon 7 Nov 2011
As the days slide farther into fall in the northern hemisphere, recreational day-sailors and especially those who sail for longer, face a unique set of safety issues. Warm days collide with deceptively cold waters, greatly increasing the risk of hypothermia even on a 'T-shirt' day. ...[more]

Sailing Club's 17-year-old RIB drivers 'inexperienced' after collision By Peter Barker, Maritime Journal/Sail-World, , 9:51 AM Fri 21 Oct 2011
When investigations are carried out after sailing incidents it can be a 'heads-up' for all, whether they are in the involved sailing club or not, or even in the same country. In this case the incident concerned the collision of two RIBs after a sailing club event. ...[more]

Safety of the world's 700 tall-ships in doubt By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 10:39 AM Sat 1 Oct 2011
The safety of the approximately 700 sail-training vessels in the world’s oceans has been called into question by a probe into the sinking of the Canadian tall-ship Concordia off Brazil. ...[more]

Sailor survives seven hours in amazing MOB tale By Sail-World Cruising round-up, 9:40 AM Wed 7 Sep 2011
It would be too repetitious to report on all overboard (MOB) sailing incidents that occur on the planet. Every week a coast guard from one or another of the sailing nations around the world reports at least one incident. Most, sadly, drown or disappear without trace. The following story is different only as an amazing survival story. Can you pick at least three mistakes that were made? ...[more]

Cruising sailors take note: Volvo Ocean Race will avoid pirate zone By Des Ryan, , 11:26 AM Mon 22 Aug 2011
Gung-ho cruising sailors embarked on trans-ocean or circumnavigations should take note of the decision of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 to redraw the second and third leg of the round-world race to avoid waters frequented by Somali pirates. ...[more]

Dinghy danger again: Two fourteen-year-olds swept out to sea By Eleri Davies, RNLI/Sail-World Cruising, 6:46 AM Fri 19 Aug 2011
The latest evidence of the extreme potential danger of dinghies has been underlined again this week with the rescue of two fourteen-year-olds being swept to sea in an inflatable dinghy in Wales. ...[more]

Another rescue authority plea: Report your missing equipment By Joanne Groenenberg, , 10:05 AM Fri 29 Jul 2011
Rescuers are again pleading to help them help you. If you lose any piece of marine equipment - a life jacket, a kayak, a dinghy, a lifeboard or your Dan Buoy, please let the authorities know to avoid unnecessary searching. When abandoned equipment, whether floating or washed up on the shore, is found rescuers must assume the worst and begin a search. ...[more]

Simple tip to assist the rescuers: Mark your boat and gear By Gail Rice gnrice@yahoo.com/ Sail-World, , 12:54 PM Mon 25 Jul 2011
You may be safely at home tucked up in bed, but the often-volunteer rescuers are out at night searching for you because they have found your dinghy, or maybe your life jacket, or even your boat. So the message is: Mark your name and contact number on anything that floats. ...[more]

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