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Practical Boat Owner Summer-2019 15.07.2019

Published by TI Media Limited Practical Boat Owner is Britain's biggest-selling boating magazine, trusted and respected by all its readers. A source of useful and helpful information for both power and sail boat owners, PBO helps you get the most from your boat acting as a forum for interacting with like-minded individuals.

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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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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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last cape for jeanne

Sailor Jeanne Socrates, who is trying to become the oldest person to sail around the world non-stop and unassisted, has now rounded her last cape. The 76-year-old has passed South Cape on Stewart Island, New Zealand, the last of the five Great Capes of the Southern Ocean. She is still carrying out repairs to her Najad 380, Nereida after the yacht was knocked down, leaving her without solar and wind charging capability. At the time PBO went to press Socrates just picked up a buoy in Oamaru Harbour to continue repairs.…

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discovering lost north sea lands

Scientists are reviewing data gathered on an expedition to search for prehistoric landscapes and submerged settlements in the southern North Sea. The team of researchers from the Flanders Marine Institute and Ghent University in Belgium and the University of Bradford’s Lost Frontiers project obtained seabed mapping data and took seabed sediment samples on an 11-day trip to the Brown Bank area in May. Brown Bank, which is 30km long and is roughly 100km due east from Great Yarmouth, was part of a larger land mass, known as Doggerland, which at one time connected the UK to Europe. Archaeologists believe it was home to thousands of people before sea levels rose at the end of the last Ice Age. Evidence of worked bone, stone and human remains has been found in the area,…

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cargo delivered by autonomous vessel

For the first time, cargo has been delivered across the North Sea by autonomous vessel. The 12m-long SEA-KIT Uncrewed Surface Vessel (USV) Maxlimer made the 22-hour voyage from West Mersea to the Belgian port of Oostende carrying a box of oysters, before making a return journey with a consignment of beer. The vessel, which travels at just a few knots, uses a Global Situational Awareness via Internet (G-SAVI) communication and control system which allows an operator to remotely access CCTV footage, thermal imaging and radar, as well as listen live to the vessel’s surroundings and communicate with others in the vicinity The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Department for Transport were also involved in the voyage.…