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Category: Sailing news

How to cope with stormy weather by top French sailor Loick Peyron

We showed this image to ocean racing legend Loick Peyron to find out how he would deal with or avoid the situation. Maxi Yacht Brindabella in the very strong conditions during 2013 Sydney-Hobart Race. Photo: Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi Weather like this during the Sydney-Hobart is not a surprise for the guys who start the race. They…
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October 7, 2017 0

Surviving the OSTAR’s perfect storm – the full story of the racers rescued in Force 11 summer gale

Just seven of 21 starters finished this year’s OSTAR/TWOSTAR shorthanded transatlantic race after a violent storm in June left four skippers in need of rescue and forcing others to retire. Thor Magni rescue of Furia. Credit Atlantic Joint Task Force Solo sailor Mervyn Wheatley set out from Plymouth for Newport, Rhode Island on 29 May…
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October 7, 2017 0

Can you repair a liferaft at sea?

All liferafts are sold with liferaft repair kits, but are they any use at sea, when it’s a matter of life or death? Ben Meakins finds out Seasick, dehydrated, tired and scared, this would be a far greater challenge Can you repair a liferaft at sea? ‘A horrendous sound like the ripping open of a…
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October 7, 2017 0

Do you have the right communication equipment on board?

The UK Coastguard is advising sailors to have at least two independent means of contacting them following a lengthy operation involving a French boat which sent out multiple VHF DSC Distress alerts Innovation The UK Coastguard is reminding sailors to ensure they have at least two independent means of alerting them should they get into…
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October 7, 2017 0

British sailor Jeanne Socrates abandons new record attempt

Jeanne Socrates has undergone surgery after a fall from a ladder. She has now abandoned her attempt to become the oldest person to sail around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted Jeanne Socrates. Credit: Graham Snook/YM 02 October 2017 A fall from a ladder has put paid to Jeanne Socrates’ attempt to become the oldest…
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October 7, 2017 0

MOB myths busted – Part 2

MOB is such a big concern that many of us ignore it. In this series Noel Dilly shares some thought-provoking and controversial ideas about MOB recovery If you are MOB, how practical is received wisdom on retrieval and recovery? We find out MOB myths busted – Part 2 Retired anatomy professor Noel Dilly has been…
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October 7, 2017 0

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 496 Status Reports

WW 0496 Status Updates STATUS REPORT ON WW 496 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES RIGHT OF A LINE FROM 45 WNW LBB TO 25 NE BGD TO 45 WNW AVK. ..SMITH..10/07/17 ATTN…WFO…OUN…AMA…LUB… STATUS REPORT FOR WS 496 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS OKC003-009-039-043-045-055-057-059-065-075-093-129-149-151-153- 070340- OK . OKLAHOMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ALFALFA BECKHAM CUSTER…
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October 7, 2017 0

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 496

WW 496 SEVERE TSTM OK TX 070125Z – 070600Z URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 496 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 825 PM CDT Fri Oct 6 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Western Oklahoma Texas Panhandle * Effective this Friday…
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October 7, 2017 0

Sailors urged to report poorly marked fishing gear

The RYA is urging sailors to report all sightings and entanglements involving poorly marked fishing gear as it reveals a lack of data on the issue A campaign to improve the visibility of fishing gear at sea is appealing to sailors to report all cases of entanglement. The RYA said a lack of data could…
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October 6, 2017 0

More Wind Than We Ever Wanted

Weather can change in the blink of an eye or slowly over time. But if you sail often enough and long enough, sooner or later you will get more wind than you ever wanted. Preparation and training will help you cope with that reality (published March 2017) It was only a couple of days before…
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October 5, 2017 0