Handy article for sailors. Although the article itself is geared towards wilderness hikers the devices reviewed in this article would be perfect for sailors. The Geopro was also reviewed in this month's Yachting Monthly.
They are not cheap but if they save your life, they are worth every penny.
"At last, at last. A high pressure system has developed over the Azores, winds have begun to blow from the north-east and our raft should travel in the desired direction.
The people of Valle Gran Rey on the Canary island of La Gomera have been most positive in their assistance, from the mayor and harbourmaster to the security staff and Oceano, owners of the towing craft.
Our naming ceremony took place an eternity ago. The band played. A considerable crowd assembled. Nuria Gámez, first lady of the local council, came gingerly down the quayside ladder and made a pretty speech before taking hold of the champagne. With force she smashed it against a piece of steel screwed to the mast in anticipation. With greater force she smote again. And again.
At the sixth strike, to great relief, much glass and froth flew everywhere. A cheer went up and the still-dry Nuria Gámez then inspected the accommodation, the 40 containers of food, the five polyethylene tubes of drinking water, the satellite communication gear, the bunks (such as they are), the cooking zone (a single stove) and everything else which at least one of us had considered essential for rafting across the Atlantic. After all, this is to be our home for the next 73 days."
Two young British sailors hope to inspire others by breaking the record for circumnavigating mainland Britain in a beach catamaran in less than 28 days.
Chris Brooks , 24, and Glenn Foster, 22, from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, UK will attempt to break the record this summer and raise in excess of £10,000 for the NSPCC Childline charity. The NSPCC’s purpose is to end cruelty to children and their vision is of a society where all children are loved, valued and able to fulfil their potential. Chris and Glenn hope their efforts will help kids ‘Be inspired to achieve’... a mantra adopted by Glenn during his time as an Army Cadet.
Coming from a background where times were tough, sailing has changed Chris’s life. Sailing is a sport normally participated in by the privileged few. In Chris’s own words: “ (sailing) has given me the opportunity to work towards my dreams and aspirations. It has given me the chance to meet some fantastic people, to see places I never would have seen and the opportunity to focus on realising my potential.” Chris has been sailing since he was 10 years old and is a Commercially Endorsed Yachtmaster.
By successfully completing the Round Britain Challenge, Chris hopes to raise money to help others that are less fortunate and also to inspire other kids from backgrounds like theirs.
Glenn and Chris have been friends since childhood. Glenn was planning to become an officer in the British Army and was a top ranked cadet. Tragically he had an accident where both of his wrists were broken and his military dreams shattered. Chris helped teach Glenn how to sail at their local yacht club. Last summer the pair delivered a yacht from Southampton to Gibraltar. In addition to honing his sailing skills, Glenn’s eyes were open to a much bigger world. He had the “chance to experience different cultures and ways of life.” Round Britain is just the beginning.
My role in this is volunteering as the Project Manager. I met Chris last autumn while racing in the Hamble Winter Series and was inspired by his story and his ambitions. I grew up sailing on my family yacht on the Chesapeake Bay. After meeting these guys, I have learned to really appreciate what a privilege that was for me.
The team is currently working on raising funds to purchase the boat and plan to complete the Challenge in June of this year. Our website www.sailingroundbritain.com is live and we will continue to make it more interactive to track progress. We have also started the charity fundraising. Chris and Glenn are on the water right now (probably somewhere off the coast of France) making another delivery down to
Fascinating video of the crew stepping the wing of the AC45. It's incredibly complicated. Stepping the mast on my 26' S2 used to scare the heck out of me. Stepping the wing of an AC45 is in another dimension of scariness and complexity. There are some pretty anxious-looking guys in this video.
Bear in mind that the AC45s are essentially practice boats. What's it going to be like handling the logistics of the AC72 where the mast is almost twice the size and the sail area multiples bigger? It's mind-boggling.
Not surprisingly this baby can really accelerate and flies along nicely. The chase boat has a tough time keeping pace at first and makes a risky move later on by cutting across the bow.
No doubt this is an impressive boat to watch fly but I am not convinced yet that watching a pair of these match-racing will be that exciting - natural amphitheater or not.
I read soemwhere that their tacking speed is very impressive. They tack faster than the Series V monos so maybe we will see some exciting upwind racing. I hope so. The DOG race between BMWO and Alinghi was cool for the first 10 minutes then it was a little dull.
Tanks to Joe Rouse for saring the video o Facebook.