Practical Boat Owner Summer-2019 15.07.2019

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

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waiting for the tide

To receive the editor’s monthly email newsletter, go to our website: Lost at sea but not forgotten We have two separate, unconnected stories this month about boats lost at sea. Of course, rarely an issue goes to press without a report on a life or lives lost at sea, but the difference this month is that we are celebrating and remembering individuals who were lost a long time ago and the stories have been brought to us with the fond words of those who knew them. In the letters section (page 11) we hear from the grandson of the skipper of Cliperau, a Golden Hind 31 that disappeared 47 years ago en route to Holyhead from Gibraltar. And in Cruising Notes, page 83, we publish extracts from the circumnavigation of Chess, a…

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tony’s circumnavigation record

When offshore sailor Tony Curphey finished his solo circumnavigation in 308 days he didn’t just complete the Longue Route, but also entered the record books. At 74 he is now the oldest person to have sailed solo around the world non-stop and unassisted. He takes the record from the 73-year-old French winner of the 2018-19 Golden Globe Race, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede. The former lorry driver and Merchant Navy seaman left Emsworth in Chichester Harbour in his Nicholson 32, Nicola Deux on 24 June 2018, returning on 27 April 2019. “I was happy the Longue Route was not a race,” said Curphey. “I just enjoyed being at sea and the main thing was just completing the Longue Route and making it back to Emsworth.” The Longue Route was Curphey’s fourth solo circumnavigation. Initially he’d…

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unsung heroes

Minoru Saito The Japanese offshore sailor claimed the oldest person to sail around the world non-stop and unassisted title in 2005 following his seventh circumnavigation at the age of 71 in his 56ft 1989 steel-hulled cutter-rigged sloop, Nicole BMW Shuten-Dohji III. At the age of 77, the BOC Challenge veteran also completed a solo circumnavigation, westabout, past Cape Horn, with stops Jeanne Socrates In July 2013, Jeanne Socrates, 70, became the oldest woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. Now 76, she is attempting to become the oldest person to sail solo and non-stop around the world without assistance. Harry Heckel American skipper Harry Heckel was 89 when he completed his 10-year single-handed west to east circumnavigation with stops in 2005 aboard his Dreadnought 32, Idle Queen.…

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what is the longue route?

The Longue Route isn’t a race, but a pilgrimage to mark the 50th anniversary of Bernard Moitessier’s non-stop voyage from Plymouth to Tahiti, which he sailed after abandoning the 1968-69 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race. The event was initially the idea of French-American sailor Guy Bernardin, who went missing at sea in August 2017 while sailing from America to France in the yacht he’d bought to take part in the Longue Route. Participants can choose any yacht as long as it is less than 52ft and suitable for offshore sailing. They have to depart between 18 June 2018 and 30 September 2019, from a port north of 45°N on the European coast or 41°N of the US East Coast, and return to their start port, unless impossible.…

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boaters beware of schizoporella japonica

Sailors cruising Scotland are being warned to look out for an invasive species from Japan, which could impact on shellfish populations. Schizoporella japonica is an orange-red creature which usually lives 30cm from the water surface. Thin and flakey, it can form in small patches or a continuous crust and in crisp-like lobes. Speaking to PBO, University of Edinburgh marine researcher Dr Jennifer Loxton said Schizoporella japonica was first detected in the UK in 2010. Since then, it has been discovered at one in four marinas and harbours in Scotland, one location in Wales, one in Ireland and three marinas in the Plymouth region. Research is still being carried out to find out how Schizoporella japonica arrived in UK waters, although it is thought it first spread from its native Japan to North America…

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new greek cruising tax creates registration dif ficulties for cruisers

Some cruisers are struggling to register or pay for the long awaited Greek Cruising Tax, known as TEPAI, which was finally introduced on 9 May. The Cruising Association (CA) said it had received reports of sailors having problems with filling out their details online, while those who tried to register through the Port Police and Customs were told they had no forms. Lu Heikell, who with her husband Rod has written extensively about sailing around the Mediterranean, said although she had not had an issue with paying the tax via the post of fice, other cruisers who paid online had. “One had her payment returned to her, and so is making arrangements to pay in a local bank or post of fice. Another paid online, and has proof that her payment was made,…