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Dear Recipient Name

Categorically, the best things about this gig are the learnings, the intel from all that is going on, and the desire for people to share some terrific information. If you are one of those that has a thirst for knowledge, and realise that exercising the grey matter is just as important as the fibres in the muscles, then seeing all the material that comes across your desk is not so much onerous, as opportunistic.

Case in point would have to be the information that came in from the Explorers Club who is going to host their annual Sailing Stories on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at its global headquarters in New York. This is a day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation. Sean J Holland, who had informed us of the event, later commented to me, "Too often in our technology-driven world we tend to forget that many of the first explorers were sailors. Perhaps with hand-cut wooden hulls, maybe with bits of iron and canvas, sailors pushed across unknown seas to search for a better tomorrow."

"Whether they were driven by paddles or wind, guided by stars or birds, they ventured with their lives. Despite taking these perils, sailors discovered new lands, cultures and ideas. Migrations and trade followed the expansion of knowledge triggered by sailors."

Frank Blair - Annual Sailing Stories - photo © Erwin Christian
Frank Blair - Annual Sailing Stories - photo © Erwin Christian

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"Sailing Stories provides an intimate, peer-to-peer exchange with sailors sharing their skills from navigation to survival. The historic Explorers Club offers a unique setting, welcoming the public and explorers to gather and share their curiosity about the ocean we sail and depend upon."

Founded in 1904, The Explorers Club is characterized by the great diversity of its over 3,000 field scientists and explorers from around the world, whose disciplines range from aeronautics to archaeology, and oceanography to zoology.

Interestingly, Holland added, "The Club's members accomplished many great 'Firsts' - first to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, and first to the surface of the moon." If you are in the Big Apple, or can get there, then you can sign up at

Half a world away now, and in the Southern Hemisphere, I have been watching the 2019 Multihull Solutions Gold Coast Expo quite keenly. It has been steadily building over the years, and the team were busy ahead of this one when I popped in to see them recently. Well the results speak for themselves with something approaching 500 visitors on the day, many of who partook in the array of seminars that were on offer: most as standing room only. As a positive sign of the times, they ended up with one new boat under contract and five used ones also finding new homes, so good on them!

she is due to be relaunched on 5th April - photo © IMOCA Globe Series
she is due to be relaunched on 5th April - photo © IMOCA Globe Series

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Before we go, our Managing Editor, Mark Jardine, and I have been pondering the case of how that for the bulk of the sailing population, the differences between a racer and a cruiser are nigh on insignificant. Yes, true, at both ends of the bell curve there is a marked difference, but for the most, we are all very, very similar. Now obviously an Olympic sailor is way different to live-aboard, and a RTW sailor on an Ultime tri is not someone having 12 months off and taking their cat around the Pacific, but the two are not as mutually exclusive as you might think.

Perhaps this is a direct result of all the crossover that we have oft discussed here about so-called cruising elements making it into racing boats, and also vice versa. Does it mean we'll see deck spreaders on a cruising vessel? I don't think so, but just how fast can a cruiser get, for after 15 knots everything is wet, and lumpy? Well it might be best to look at the automotive scene, for a time not so long ago, active suspension, engine management, variable valve timing, satellite navigation, and traction control were the domain of very expensive vehicles. Now your average Korean econobox has them, or they are on the options list. Food for thought...

Perini Navi presents the new E-volution and Argonaut series to the U.S. market during the Palm Beach International Boat Show - photo © Perini Navi
Perini Navi presents the new E-volution and Argonaut series to the U.S. market during the Palm Beach International Boat Show - photo © Perini Navi

Today you will find that we have information for you about the ARC, Tasmania's wild west coast with Tim Phillips, rescue deep in the South Atlantic, coral, French Polynesia, Perini Navi's gorgeous 42m begins fit out, boat insurance, GPS rollover, keeping out of a ships way and in their sights, as well as much more.

So you see, there are stories, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please do savour... We're really enjoying bringing you the best stories from all over the globe. If you want to add to that, then please make contact with us via email.

Remember too, if you want to see what is happening in the other Hemisphere, go to the top of the Sail-WorldCruising home page and the drag down menu on the right, select the other half of the globe and, voila, it's all there for you.

In the meantime, do you love being on the ocean? Well remember to love them back too. They need our help. Now more than ever! Until next time...

John Curnow

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Andy Rice and Bjarne Lorenzen Talk about the Ups and Downs of Top-Down Furling
In part three of this series, Bjarne Lorenzen of sailmaker Doyle O'leu explains the benefits of top-down furling, one of the big developments of the past decade which has trickled down to the cruising scene from the Volvo Ocean Race.

Perini Navi presents the new E-volution and Argonaut series to the U.S. market
Perini Navi, world leader in the design and construction of large sailing and motor yachts, will attend the 34th edition of the Palm Beach International Boat Show, a major event in the boat show calendar that will take place from 28-31 March.

World ARC fleet 2018-19 arrive in the Caribbean Sea and beautiful Spice Island!!
After sailing in the Southern Hemisphere for more than a year, the World ARC 2018-19 fleet crossed the equator to sail back into the Northern Hemisphere, signifying entry into the Caribbean Sea and the last portion of their around the world adventure.

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South Coast: Port Davey and Escape North
Alas, ships' passing in the night, that quiet anchorage waits for another time, for after we were afloat we have not seen Lin since.

Colligo Marine spotlight on Tom Francis
Thomas Francis is the owner of a 1986 Catalina 36. He mostly sails on the San Francisco Bay and explains that it is a fairly stiff boat and reaches speeds of seven to eight knots.

Explorers Club to host its annual Sailing Stories
On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the Explorers Club will host its annual Sailing Stories, a day focused on sailing-based exploration and conservation at its global headquarters in New York.

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Buying Boat Insurance: The Fine Print
As boat owners prep for the season, it's time to dust off the boat's insurance policy and grab a magnifying glass to read the fine print. Unlike auto or homeowner's insurance, recreational boat insurance has distinct coverages

HRH The Princess Royal accepts Honorary Membership of the Cruising Association
HRH The Princess Royal has graciously accepted an invitation to become an Honorary Member of the Cruising Association (CA), joining an elite group that includes sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and the prolific nautical author, Rod Heikell.

Building the 42m super sailing yacht Vijonara
As a former racing sailor and yacht captain, sailing boats are what MCM co-founder Nigel Ingram knows best. He acted as the owner's representative throughout the construction of the 42m sailing yacht Vijonara, 2nd in Andre Hoek's Truly Classic 128 series.

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Coast Guard warns public to stay off Lake Champlain as ice deteriorates
Ice may look safe but it is difficult to determine the thickness visually and the increase in warm weather will continue to melt and weaken the ice.

Lash Thimbles - What are they, and how do I use them?
Lash thimble, ferrule, rope thimble, bobbin or low friction ring... whatever you call them, there's no denying they are the perfect (low cost!) solution for a multitude of applications.

Jack and Jude: Sailing Icon from distant past
We've all heard of the sailing icons Lin and Larry Pardey. Well, Lin was a guest speaker at this year's wooden boat festival, and came in contact with us when she wanted our Tasmanian Cruising Guide which she'd heard was the best.

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Yarmouth Sea Songs and Shanties
It was a great success last year and the gaffers will be in the harbour for their annual rally / regatta that weekend. They hope to have the biggest turnout of gaff rigged craft of anywhere in the country this year. Fingers crossed.

Safety bulletin issued for all mariners who use GPS equipment
The Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) has issued a special safety bulletin to all mariners that use GPS to prepare for a rollover event that will occur on 6 April 2019.

World ARC - Maeva (welcome) to the French Polynesia!
Situated 1,400km north east of Tahiti and one of the five archipelago that make up the French Polynesia lies the Marquesas. This group of 12 high islands and rocky inlets, of which only 6 are inhabited, are among the most isolated land masses

San Francisco Boaters: Bring your expired flares to the Collection Event on April 14
The Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) is urging San Francisco boaters to take advantage of a marine flare collection event held by the San Francisco Department of Environment (SF Environment) on Sunday, April 14

West System International used in building an 18th century Gajeta - Part 4
A gajeta is a traditional design of small open fishing boat but as they are raced competitively, an enterprising naval architect decided to make one using modern epoxy techniques. In this instalment, the computer-generated design is taking shape.

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