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Normally you would be concerned about that, figuring some punishment was just about to be delivered. However, it was just that Boot Düsseldorf really does offer a lot of new craft up for consideration, and there where more that also chose the same time to launch, even if they were not exhibiting there.

As is quite the rage at the moment, many a manufacturer uses a drip feed system to firstly garner interest, and then come launch time, the ability to talk about how many sales have been signed up in the ensuing 12 to 18 months. We spoke about Amel's new 60 in Single Stick, and shortly thereafter a whole bunch of renderings arrived, some of which we are using here.

The new Amel 60 at anchor - photo © Amel
The new Amel 60 at anchor - photo © Amel

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It clearly marks a modernisation, without losing the essence of an Amel. I guess this is why they state, "...dynamic evolution and complementary to our existing range...". The press release also goes on to say, "AMEL's savoir-faire, the refinement and elegance of the brand are exemplified in this magnificent yacht, designed to offer even more enjoyment during long-distance or coastal cruising, whether sailing short-handed or with friends." Seeing as January is just about over, it wont be long before Cannes arrives from 10-15 September 2019, which is when this boat will be unveiled in the flesh.

Some preliminary data sort of confirmed what you might expect too. She is hefty at 26 tonnes, has a 180hp Diesel to push that around, a 78m2 main, 92m2 heady, and the optional staysail is 36m2. The new look and feel is splendid, so those wanting to do all the bluewater sailing that is on offer, and have the budget to match, now look to have a wonderful choice with the new boat.

Gunboat 6801 launch - photo ©
Gunboat 6801 launch - photo ©

Mutis continue to attract buyers looking for practicality and volume. Some go all out, and get a speed demon as well. Gunboat chose the time to launch the first of the new 68s. They did a video as well. One thing you will notice are her long, reverse bows. It is just two and half years since Gunboat was purchased, and this whole new model has been developed and delivered in this timeframe. We ran the full press release here.

A bit further back down the budget scale, and adding another hull, is Corsair's new 880. It too has go-faster bits if you need them, but the premise seems to be about taking the tri to the next level of usability, tractability and appeal. The new boat has "full boat systems meaning electric lighting, refrigeration, manual or electric toilet, and even air conditioning is available. A small generator complements a lightweight air conditioning or heating unit, and providing comfortable electrical independence when cruising in hot or cold climes."

The new Corsair 880 - photo © Corsair
The new Corsair 880 - photo © Corsair

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"In true Corsair fashion, that generator and air conditioner are removable to reduce excess weight when racing, or reduce trailer weight when on the road. And this is where the 880 is the revolutionary boat it promises all of that comes in a folding, trailerable package well below the trailering weight limit of most passenger cars. Racer, Cruiser, Trailer-sailer."

The new 29-foot tri will go from trailer to sailer in 45 minutes, and as we mentioned, comes as either a racer with a 13.5m carbon wing mast and black sails, or a more cruisy version with all the mod-cons. She will also sleep up to five, has a galley and enclosed head with shower, and a saloon with full standing headroom. YeeHaaa!

Another to use the pre-launch marketing campaign to its fullest is Beneteau's new Excess cats. You can even win one at a value of 300k! Their excess challenge has opened up. All you have to do is pass South of Menorca and head towards the Northern tip of Sardinia. After sailing between Corsica and Sardinia, pass East of l'île de Beauté, before reaching the finish line off the port of Cannes. You even get three goes to get it right! It all finishes on August 31 and your best time will be taken into account to determine your final ranking, and improve your chances in the draw. There's a video here and more information can be found at Remember, at the end of it, someone will have a new boat. Could be you is all I am saying....

First look at the new Excess 15, one of the first of two models that will be launched towards the end of 2019 - photo © Excess Catamarans
First look at the new Excess 15, one of the first of two models that will be launched towards the end of 2019 - photo © Excess Catamarans

Maybe a pre-loved multi is your bag? Are you in the Southern Hemisphere? More precisely Coomera in Queensland on March 23? Multihull Solutions is having their famed Multihull Boat Show & Open Day with 20 plus multihulls of all different sizes, makes and models on display. You can even talk new boats with them if you like... They will also present numerous information sessions for interested clients. Chris Tilley from Pantaenius Sail and Motor Yacht Insurance will conduct one of those sessions.

Earlier on I grabbed the chance to find out what he would be talking about, to which Tilley responded, "Unpacking Insurance - Named Storm Events, to international and offshore cruising coverage." As I say, Chris has met many, many people at all the shows he's attended, and he added, "I would be happy to meet and talk to anyone in further detail afterwards should they have any questions. It has been great working closely with Multihull Solutions over the years, so I know there will be plenty of people coming to the expo and the seminars."

Jeanne Socrates - photo © S/V Nereida
Jeanne Socrates - photo © S/V Nereida

Just the other day I had the great fortune to correspond with the remarkable and oh-so-inspirational Jeanne Socrates. What a sailor. She said to me, "Presently hove-to... yet again. Expecting a deep low from Brazil to pass SE over where we are, followed almost immediately by a Cold Front passing by from a big system to S... No winning...! Can't believe how much bad weather systems have slowed me down this time around.... BTW, your (Southern Hemisphere) readers might be interested in the fact that my father was John Alexander Falkiner, son of Otway Falkiner, of sheep-breeding/F.S. Falkiner fame (My father was killed in WWII piloting a Halifax bomber when I was just five weeks old). I look forward to getting to Oz very soon after I complete this sail."

And we very much look forward to you getting the record and coming here Jeanne!

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The new Fountaine Pajot Alegria 67 - photo © Multihull Solutions
The new Fountaine Pajot Alegria 67 - photo © Multihull Solutions

OK. Today you will find that we have information for you about Mexico to the Marquesas, Columbia, when a pick is an anchor, the Whitsundays, Multihull Solutions Pittwater Rally goes off, saving yourself, pirates, climate change, when the boat gets a long sleep over, ARC, FP Alegria 67 gets an award for design, the Caribbean, Antarctica, Morocco, 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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World ARC fleet en route to the secret of the South Atlantic
The World ARC 2018/19 fleet is looking forward to making landfall in Jamestown, St. Helena. A British territory, it is known to be one of the most remote islands in the world, having just opened an airport last year.

Rally in Dominica a resounding success
Port Officer Representative Martin Carriere organised an enjoyable OCC gathering in Prince Rupert Bay in Portsmouth.

Multihull Boat Show announced for Gold Coast
Boating enthusiasts are in for a treat on Saturday 23 March as Multihull Solutions hosts a Free Multihull Boat Show at its Gold Coast Sales Centre.

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Mexico to Marquesas Crossing
We have crossed from Mexico to the Marquesas, and I would like to share some thoughts and information about the crossing.

World ARC 2019-20 begins to arrive in Columbia
This afternoon Resolute II took line honours on the first leg of World ARC 2019-20 in Santa Marta, Columbia. Skipper Ken Gibson and his crew had a fantastic sail from St. Lucia with near perfect wind conditions all the way.

Announcing the launch of Gunboat 6801
Since the brand was acquired by Grand Large Yachting in 2016, the newest Gunboat series was conceptualized, designed and built by Gunboat in just two and a half years – a 16-month build time of 6801 from the first carbon laid on September 15th, 2017.

The tale of two anchors
It seems no matter how long you cruise and how many times you anchor, you may be improving or making mistakes, but you are always learning something new.

ARC Baltic 2019: Entries now open!
We are delighted to let you know that entries are now open for ARC Baltic 2019!

New SOSREP at the helm to oversee response to accidents at sea
Stephan Hennig had previously been working with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency's Counter Pollution Branch since 2012 and was appointed Deputy to the SOSREP in 2017.

Coast Guard Foundation activates relief for members impacted by government shutdown
The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that the organization is sendingan initial $250,000 in family support.

Lessons Learnt: Could you save yourself?
This month's Lessons Learnt feature focusses on the risk of falling overboard - as part of our 'Prepare to survive: Know the five' campaign message, 'Practise getting back on'.

Upper-ocean warming is changing the global wave climate, making waves stronger
Sea level rise puts coastal areas at the forefront of the impacts of climate change, but new research shows they face other climate-related threats as well.

2018 Annual IMB Piracy Report: Attacks multiply in the Gulf of Guinea
Worldwide, the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) recorded 201 incidents of maritime piracy and armed robbery in 2018, up from 180 in 2017.

West System International used in building an 18th century Gajeta
In a remarkable project that combines traditional boatbuilding skills with modern techniques, a Croatian Gajeta receives its primary wooden framework, cut by computer and bonded with WEST SYSTEM® epoxy.

S/V Nereida sails around the world - Day 104: We end up drifting in no wind - again....
Monday 10:20pm Sat in the cockpit for a time, after adjusting sails and Fred - a beautiful evening. A bright half moon sending a path of light across the sea to Nereida - refreshing, cool night air - not feeling cold at all... A few clouds...

Ships that go dark in the night
We finally set off from Victoria for Port Angeles to check into the US and begin our cruise. The check-in process, and getting our cruising license, took only a few moments. A walk up to the grocery store had us stocked up with the perishables we wanted.

Caution: Rough emotional seas ahead!
In April 2018 we left our boat Mazu in San Carlos, Mexico. Like many cruisers with no immediate plans to sail beyond Mexico, we de-commissioned Mazu and left her on the hard in advance of hurricane season, then headed back to Canada.

Vancouver 2019: Electronic Navigation Essentials
Presented by Ken Gillstrom (Voyageur Sailing), Electronic Navigation Essentials will help participants develop an understanding of the most common electronic navigation tools and how to use them more effectively.

Join the World Cruising Club at Boot Düsseldorf 2019!
Join us for seminars, presenations and a glass of wine!

Ocean Cruising Adventure Series (OCA) announces its 2019 Speakers
The Bluewater Cruising Association is pleased to present the 2019 Ocean Cruising Adventure Series, with sponsorship support from Pacific Yachting.

Andy Rice talks to Nick Black about Main Halyard Locks
The final in our series on lock systems for sailing yachts, Andy Rice talks to Nick Black of Rigging Projects about mainsail locks. Reef locks have taken off in a big way in recent years, mostly because clew loads have become higher and higher,

New Fountaine Pajot Alegria 67 wins prestigious Christofle Award
Fountaine Pajot's stunning new Alegria 67 sailing catamaran has won the category of "Best Sailing Multihull Over 15m" at the 2019 Christofle Yacht Style Awards.

Fiberglass, epoxies and more: How, when and why to use
If you find the photograph intimidating, you need to register for this 1/2 day introductory workshop about the vast types of materials and techniques used for making small and large fibreglass repairs.

Brits lose sense of adventure as survival skills are a thing of the past
New research has found that despite Britain once boasting the world's biggest navy, we've lost our desire for adventure. 30% of Brits have never navigated using a printed paper map and of those who have used a printed map, 51% have never used a compass.

We made it to Morocco – Part 1 Tangier
Our last sail of the year (2018) was a little jaunt across to Africa, just a mere 25 nautical miles from Barbate, Spain to Tangier, Morocco. There was fog and no wind early but it cleared and by 9:30 we were on our way.

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