Sailing news from around the world:

  • Share the joy of sailing! Tips for sailing and boating with guests (boat safety, seasickness, etc): Taking Guests Sailing
  • UK – YACHT ABANDONED IN BAD WEATHER:  Two foreign nationals were rescued from their 25ft yacht Ouhm approximately 35 miles north east of Dunbar in the North Sea. Forth Coastguard received a radio call from the crew aboard the yacht at just after 5pm. Stephen Higgins, Coastguard Watch Manager, Forth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said:We were very concerned for the welfare of the two crew aboard as we knew the weather conditions were worsening with easterly winds 35 – 40 knots and waves up to 8 metres high. Dunbar all weather RNLI lifeboat was requested to launch and a commercial tug R T Magic was standing by until the arrival of the lifeboat. The weather conditions prevented the safe tow of the yacht and the two crew (one male one female) had to abandon their vessel to the safety of the lifeboat. They are both safe and well and will be taken to Dunbar.

  • Sailing Photo of the day: Sailing on the lake
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Sailing News: Red sails on the lake by Jim Media

  • National Safe Boating Week in the USA:

While boating is a safe and fun recreational activity enjoyed by thousands every year, in 2009 there may still be more than 600 boating fatalities from boating accidents. With this statistic in mind, the Coast Guard, as part of the 2009 North American Boating Campaign is again encouraging boaters to “Wear It!” during National Safe Boating Week May 16-22.

Wearing a life jacket can make the difference between life and death. According to the most-recently reported official Coast Guard national statistics:

  • 90 percent of drowning victims in recreational boating accidents were not wearing a life jacket in 2007.
  • Drowning is the reported cause of death in two-thirds of all boating fatalities.
  • Capsizing and falls overboard are the most reported types of fatal accidents and accounted for the vast majority (78 percent) of all boating fatalities.
  • Alcohol use was either a direct or indirect contributing factor in approximately one-fifth of all boating fatalities.
  • Sixteen children age 12 and under lost their lives while boating. Eight of the children died from drowning.
  • Operator inattention, carelessness/reckless operation, passenger/skier behavior, excessive speed and alcohol use rank as the top five primary contributing factors in accidents.
  • Approximately 85 percent of reported fatalities occurred on boats where the operator had not received boating safety instruction, a 15 percent increase over previous years.

The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary, in partnership with state and local authorities, have numerous activities all around the country targeted at educating the boating community, check them out in your own local area.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more sailing news from around the world.

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