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Fried, Scrambled, Boiled, Poached, Cakes, Dressings - anything! And they taste superb. - photo © The Smoked Egg Company

Dear Recipient Name

Yep. That would be eggs. Except what you're looking at here are smoked eggs, and I was just recently talking with Julie, the innovator who created them, somewhat by mistake, which makes it very much like Stainless Steel, Sticky Notes, and some other very cool products in that regard, and look where we'd be without them!

Now we don't talk that much about food here in these missives, possibly assuming that everyone knows that shared plates are the go, as Andrea and Ian Treleaven pointed out so well in their books. Catching fish is fantastic, especially if you have cold Sake to go with it, and so many talk with me about powdered yoghurt.

So imagine then when I heard about these Chilled Smoked Eggs having a shelf life of up to 30 weeks. There's reduced waste to talk about, bacteria free shells, the protein stays true, and the whites will peak like the great Alps, and the flavour has chefs and customers alike all waxing on lyrically, with one self-confessed addict saying he will never eat a normal egg again!

Look a little bit different, fast a little bit different and have hugely different qualities as well - Chilled Smoked Eggs - photo © The Smoked Egg Company
Look a little bit different, fast a little bit different and have hugely different qualities as well - Chilled Smoked Eggs - photo © The Smoked Egg Company

One chef, Dwayne, was delighted to be quoted, "I find them to be one of the best and most versatile ingredients available. We constantly get amazing feedback from our customers in regard to the dishes that we use the smoked eggs in."

"In fact we get many return customers for these dishes in particular. We also only use the smoked eggs to make all our mayonnaises and aiolies, as the flavour is far superior, more interesting and has a better shelf life."

Right oh. These are only available in Australia at present, and I wonder if anyone from the cruising community has already used them? Would you like to? You can find an Australian location here. Of course, if you want to make contact with me to learn more then please do so via email.

Allspars December 2019 MPU   Aquaventures 2021 - Sea Angel MOB - MPU

The Cat - Boat

Excess 12 Catamaran - photo © Flagstaff Marine
Excess 12 Catamaran - photo © Flagstaff Marine

Back in November last year, our editorial When I was young, I did everything to excess... was essentially the report card for the first 12 months of Beneteau's new cat brand, Excess. Since then, the first Excess 12 in Australia has been sold by Flagstaff Marine, and will call the Port Douglas home. She's lying in the glorious Port Stephens for now, before making her way to the Gold Coast soon, where she'll have a sleepover that the Sanctuary Cove show. The second Excess 12 in Australia presently lies at Rushcutters Bay in Sydney where you can test it, and equally, buy it!!!!

Bruno Belmont and Thibaut de Montvalon of Excess put me in touch with a very avid French multihull sailor (aren't they all?), by the name of Francois Dugast. "I sailed single handed, respectively a Lagoon 380 and a 400 from France to Australia through Brazil, the North Atlantic, and loops in the Mediterranean... About 60K nautical miles in all, and also true, my new Excess 11 is my favourite of the three so far. Just went through a harsh crossed waves gale of Force 9 by Cape Finisterre and the XS behaved very smoothly." Francois sold the 400 through Flagstaff Marine, and they're keen to do so with his new Excess when it gets here.

Excess 11 - photo © Flagstaff Marine
Excess 11 - photo © Flagstaff Marine

Francois also commented, "My two trips to Australia left me with a delicious souvenir of the moments passed in your country. You can tell your readers that French sailors love to be down under..."

Now the main reason for speaking with Francois was to get his take on the Excess-ness of the Excess brand. "It's certainly the easiest cat I ever sailed: self-tacking is of course a big advantage, mainly because it doesn't have any detrimental effect on the performance. Of course, I have the 'pulse line' version, but other friends with the normal set up say their performance is satisfactory."

"The behaviour in crossed waves is very good; no banging (as for the Lagoon 400) and the autopilot manages the course without excessive effort. I must admit I don't use the Portside helm, and have set all lines on starboard, but everyone has their own way to navigate."

"The lightness of the boat is it's best asset, along with the weight/sail area ratio. A heavy cat is always slow, and thus uncomfortable."

"I originally thought room for storage would be a bit 'short', but after fitting all my gears and stuff, there is still some room left. So my first impression was not accurate. I even have a foldable bike under the Portside front bed... As for any other boat the storage under the cabin seats is always a gym, having to move away the cushions - There is room for improvement for all boats, I guess."

Excess 11 - photo © Excess Catamarans
Excess 11 - photo © Excess Catamarans

"In terms of finishes, the industry has tried for the past 20 years to reduce the weight, and this brings us to bare necessity; no extravagance in terms of wood panels for example. Still I'm living everyday on board for almost five months now and had a lot of guests coming for parties and they all liked the décor. It's lean and clean; of course the Ikea kind of manufacturing common to all recent boats could be reproached, but the overall perception is quite nice."

"It's a new series, and it has a couple of little snags here and there, but the Excess team led by Thibaut is extremely responsive when it comes to addressing the issues. They are clearly willing to improve the quality to reach a point close to perfection and don't let anything behind or use 'cut corners' solutions."

GJW Direct 2020 MPU   Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - MPU

The Monolith - Boat

Jeanneau Yachts 60 - photo © Jeanneau
Jeanneau Yachts 60 - photo © Jeanneau

The new, very spacious, and distinctly stylish Jeanneau Yachts 60 was going to be a star at Boot Düsseldorf, and obviously, the 2021 show did not happen. However, the light is very much on this large and impressive boat from the pen of Philippe Briand.

Apart from her capacious interior, that sports 19 different alternative layouts, and an options list that makes each and everyone to leave the yard a semi-custom craft, I could help but notice that her polars showed she is capable of over 14 knots at about 145, and something like 11 on a beam reach. Now that's a passage maker. A 250m2 bag, and 110m2 Zero, along with the fully battened main and 110% genoa could well be the go for those looking to reach far lying places. And a 2.55m draft means you won't be anchoring back out in the ocean when you get there!

Jeanneau Yachts 60: Polar Plots - photo © Philippe Briand
Jeanneau Yachts 60: Polar Plots - photo © Philippe Briand

Yes I think it is fair to say I was impressed with the information, and then again when I noted that two-time Moth World Champion, Rohan Veal of 38 South Boat Sales, had signed up one for Australia. It will be on display at the 2022 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. Base price for Australia is AUD1.3m, so I expect it won't be the only one living in the Land of Oz.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 - photo © Jeanneau
Jeanneau Yachts 60 - photo © Jeanneau

Highfield Boats - SWC - MPU   Marskeel 2019 600x500

The People - Legend

Jon Sanders and his trusted Perie Banou II - photo © Fremantle Ports
Jon Sanders and his trusted Perie Banou II - photo © Fremantle Ports

Jon Sanders is now 81 years of age, and he recently sailed into Fremantle, Western Australia to complete his 11th solo circumnavigation. His list of records, for the bulk of his achievements are just that, are as long as his years are advanced, but don't tell that to the sprightly octogenarian.

Team Manager Dr Stephen Davis talked about how the Nebo App had helped them look after Jon both during storms and for his research work collecting water samples as part of his No Plastic Waste voyage. Where to from here, huh?

SandersFlotilla - photo © Fremantle Ports
SandersFlotilla - photo © Fremantle Ports

North Sails 2019 - Helix Top-Down Furling 600x500   Ocean Safety 2021 - MPU

The People - Persistent

Ryan Finn departed from New York on Thursday, January 21, 2021 on his way to San Francisco via Cape Horn. He will be attempting the word record for the fastest single-handed route to San Francisco. The current record for this trip is 81 days, and Ryan plans on making it in just 70 days! And remember this is on a 36-foot Proa.

Ryan Finn - photo © 2Oceans1Rock
Ryan Finn - photo © 2Oceans1Rock

It was not to be, however, and a collision with a UFO just a couple of days later meant instead he headed for the North Carolina/Virginia coast. Unperturbed, Finn is already hatching a new plan. He and Jzerro's architect, Russel Brown have moved the boat back to Finn's parent's house, and plan to effect proper repairs, with a new departure date for the adventure of late fall 2021.

Finn intends to install both a water maker, along with a hydro generator, so that the overall load of the boat is lighter. "At first I felt a little disappointed, like I had entered a split reality. However, the positive to all of this is that I now found a weakness I did not know about, and I have a repair plan with the maker of the boat", said Finn.

Avid Sailor Ryan Finn attempts NY to San Francisco world record - photo © 2Oceans1Rock
Avid Sailor Ryan Finn attempts NY to San Francisco world record - photo © 2Oceans1Rock

Pantaenius 2019 - AmRad - 300x250 - SW WEBSITE   Raymarine 2021 Element S - MPU

The People - Generous

Elana Connor is an American (West Coast), 'caught' in New Zealand by COVID-19. Diana Dobson provided me with some more information about this inspirational solo sailor.

Elana started learning to sail in 2014. She bought Windfola, a Sabre 34 that was built in 1985 and designed by Roger Hewson, in 2016. The following year did her first solo with her pup Zia that is a 4kg, nine-year-old spaniel mix rescue dog who goes everywhere with her. This was a bluewater voyage to Hawaii.

Elana has solo sailed more than 10,000 nautical miles in the Pacific over the past three-and-a-half years on Windfola, and has completed three major solo ocean passages. She has done most of the servicing and care of Windfola since its purchase, learning everything from diesel engine repair to rigging, fibreglassing, and wiring.

Single-handed sailor Elana Connor sails her 10.4m yacht Windfola down the North Island's east coast, past Motukokako Island off Cape Brett. - photo © Photo supplied
Single-handed sailor Elana Connor sails her 10.4m yacht Windfola down the North Island's east coast, past Motukokako Island off Cape Brett. - photo © Photo supplied

Connor was in state care at 15 after running away from a violent home and stayed in care until she 'aged out' at 18, with no permanent home to go to. She worked full time as a nanny while putting herself through tertiary studies, eventually graduating with honours for her BA in International Relations. She left California in May 2019 on a solo circumnavigation of the globe to raise awareness for youth in care.

She is now doing a figure eight solo circumnavigation of New Zealand, raising money to enable NZ youth in care to go on the Spirit of New Zealand's 10-day personal development voyages. Each voyage costs $2500, with the first scholarship recipient completing her voyage in January. Already there is more than NZD26,000 in the bank, all money has been donated via the Give a Little page.

Connor stated, "The skills learned from participating in team sports, as well as healing through outdoor education experiences made such a big difference to my long-term success. I know that foster youth in this country would experience better outcomes if they had access to an experience as life-changing as a Spirit of New Zealand voyage."

"Foster youth need access to experiences that will grow their self-confidence, teamwork skills, resilience, and personal aspirations. The Spirit of New Zealand's 10-day voyages provide care-experienced youth with an opportunity to expand their horizons of possibility, and reach greater potential. It is truly life-changing." And Connor would definitely know about that...

So you see, there are stories, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please use the search window at the top of the home page if you are after something specific, as only the latest news appears on the site as you scroll down. We enjoy bringing you the best stories from all over the globe.

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.

Finally, stay safe, and ready for all that 2021 will offer.

John Curnow
Global Editor,

RYA Membership - Personal 2017   Sea Sure 2021 - Blakes Toilets - MPU

Cruising into a virtual Spring Promo Week
The Cruising Association (CA), Britain's largest organisation exclusively representing over 6,300 sail and motor cruising members around the world, is running an online Spring Promo Week.

The World ARC fleet all become Shellbacks
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Twin helm stations, an Excess trademark
Excess catamarans adapt to the needs of today's sailors. Each model has twin helm stations located at the after end of each hull. Because it is important for us to provide sensations when under sail.

Selden 2020 - Furlex electric - MPU   Stoneways Marine 2021 - MPU
Noonsite Caribbean update
With France closing to all arrivals from outside the EU at the start of February, the Caribbean French Islands have gone one step further and restricted access to only those that have a compelling reason (with evidence) to visit.

Reichel/Pugh 90' Classic Sloop
A union of classic styling with modern hull and appendage design, incorporating a lifting keel to reduce the draft to four meters for improved anchorage and harbor access.

A voyage of a lifetime - Oyster Yachts announces the Oyster World Rally 2024-25
Oyster Yachts has announced the dates of its fourth Oyster World Rally, allowing a limited number of lucky sailors to reserve their places for the voyage of a lifetime.

TMS 2020 October - Hamma Snaps - 600x500   Cruise Village 2020 - MPU
Ocean passages: New reports by expert weather router Des Cason
With boats due to start moving out west across the Indian Ocean two new reports for Noonsite by expert weather router Des Cason should not be missed.

Jeanneau Yachts 60 marks Philippe Briand's 120th production design
He may be one of the most prolific yacht designers of his times, but London-based Philippe Briand is not resting on his laurels. In fact, he has just seen what he calls his 'most advanced' yacht yet through to production.

RYA and British Marine challenge HMRC's post-Brexit plans for private pleasure craft
RYA and British Marine have been working to establish what the future holds for recreational boaters now that the transition period has ended and to clarify what measures the Government intends to put in place for VAT, import duty, RGR and TA.

Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW MPU   Cyclops 2020 - Dec2020 - MPU
The Cruising Association launches 180-day visa campaign for cruising sailors and motor boaters
The CA has today launched its campaign to reduce the impact of Brexit on British small boat cruisers who have traditionally explored the coasts and inland waterways of Europe in sailing and motor boats.

Can we cruise like we did Pre-COVID-19? Yes, in the Bahamas!
As I say goodbye to 2020, I find myself looking at the options for the winter of 2021 with a whole new perspective and experiences to draw upon.

ARC Baltic Rally postponed from 2021 to 2022
World Cruising Club (WCC) has announced today, that the planned 2021 edition of the ARC Baltic rally will be postponed until the summer of 2022 due to uncertainly around international travel with countries on the route.

Construction begins on the Reichel/Pugh-Nauta 153.5 superyacht
A look behind the busy scenes at Royal Huisman's shipyard reveals the impressive full-scale mockup for the 46.82m high-performance cruiser sloop Reichel/Pugh-Nauta 153.5, which started construction this month.

Jack & Jude: Flying high at George Town
Have to be swift. Tomorrow, we're sailing off into the never-never. Goodness knows when we'll have communications again. Next stop the fabulous Furneaux Group of islands in Bass Strait off Tasmania's Northeast tip.

New Pelagic 77 "Vinson of Antarctica" launched at KM Yachtbuilders
It was anything but a dull Monday morning in Makkum. While most of the villagers were still sleeping, at 06:00 AM the yard of KM Yachtbuilders was already abuzz with activity.

Peters & May assists UK yacht owners returning boats from abroad to avoid post-Brexit tax penalties
Peters & May is reporting a surge in enquiries from yachtsmen and women seeking advice and assistance about bringing boats back to the UK in time to avoid tax levies following the country's departure from the EU.

Southern Wind built Reichel/Pugh-Nauta 100 Morgana arrives in the Mediterranean
Morgana, the new 100-foot custom sloop by Southern Wind, has arrived in La Spezia, Italy, after a maiden voyage of more than 7,000 nautical miles from the southern tip of Africa to the Mediterranean.

Antal Manual Winches - Plain Top and Self-Tailing for Cruisers and Racers
In their product portfolio, Antal have three manual winch ranges: their Standard range, and two self-tailing models, the XT Cruise and XT Race. In this article, we will help you understand the features and benefits of these winches.

Swallows and Amazons film dinghy on BBC1's Antiques Roadshow
British sailors enjoying a quiet cup of tea in front of the TV on Sunday evening would have been pleasantly surprised to see their favourite sport grace Antiques Roadshow on BBC1.

The new Jeanneau Yachts 60
It is an all-new phase that iconic line Jeanneau Yachts is embarking on this year with the addition of the new Jeanneau Yachts 60.

Life Afloat: Q&A with Jimmy Cornell
Recently I received a list of questions from students at Kurtzebarri Secondary School in Aretxabaleta, in the Basque province of Gipuzkoa.

Memories of a Circumnavigation: Venezuela to Panama
Entering the Caribbean, they crossed their 1997 outbound track from Grenada to Tobago thus completing a circumnavigation. David departed the yacht at St Vincent and they proceeded on to Venezuela.

Long-term coastal surveys reveal marine success stories and tough challenges
The Southwest Fisheries Science Center began some of our first regular aerial surveys off the coast of California in 1986. We wanted to answer a basic question: How many harbor porpoises lived along the coast, and were their numbers going up or down?

B&G announced as sponsors of RYA Cruising Conference
Industry acclaimed designers, developers and manufacturers of sailing specific marine electronics, B&G®, has been announced as the event sponsor of this year's RYA Cruising Conference.

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