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       Dear William,
      Blue Water Sailing presents Cruising Compass: The Weekly Newsletter for Sailors &amp; Cruisers
      Nov. 22, 2006 - Issue 18
      Welcome to Cruising Compass: your weekly dose of cruising news, notes and fun. Cruising is all about stories; submit yours here and share it with the rest of the Cruising Compass community!.

      Know someone who's into the cruising lifestyle (or just dreams about it!)? Send them Cruising Compass by clicking on Forward Email at the bottom of the page.Click here to view the Cruising Shot of the Week! Have a great shot of your own (you know you do!)? Email it to us.Is a pirate's life for ye?

      Avast! Landlubbers need not apply. Tis ain't be for the lily-livered neither. CBS and Mark Burnett Productions (Survivor and Eco-Challenge) are looking for real people—adventurers—to compete on the ultimate pirate expedition reality series, Pirates (working title).

      Pirates will enlist 16 contestants to set sail on the high seas and embark on expeditions that will take them through dense jungles, down precipitous voids, and across troubled rivers in search for hidden treasure. The series will span 14 episodes and conclude with the discovery of the final treasure from a prize pool worth one million dollars. Filming is set to begin in March 2007 and will continue for up to 40 days.

      Applicants should be at least 21 years of age and must have a valid U.S. passport. For more information and to apply for Pirates, visit CBS website.

      Fuel? Who needs fuel?

      Sun 21, a completely solar-powered power catamaran, will be leaving Spain on November 29th on the world's first solar-powered transatlantic crossing. Along the way, stops will be made in the Canaries, Cape Verdes, Caribbean and the US East coast in order to promote alternative energy and renewable resources, especially for ocean navigation. Follow their journey at www.transatlantic21.ch.

      Med Red Rally

      Ever want to cruise the Red Sea? Prefer safety in numbers—not to mention fun parties and other land excursions? Than the Med Red Rally may be just for you. The dates for the 2007 rally have been announced, and this rally may be the biggest yet—the 2006 rally included 96 yachts. The Med Red Rally will be leaving on April 4, 2007, and will visit Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Egypt and other fascinating places. Learn more at www.med-red-rally.com.

      Holiday Boat Parades

      Time to dig out those strands of lights and recruit some friends to help decorate your boat for the upcoming Holiday Boat Parades around the country.
      • Kent Narrows area, Grasonville/Kent Island, Md., Sat. Nov. 25th at 6 pm. For more info, visit www.discoverqueenannes.com.
      • Mystic River (Conn.) holiday boat parade. Nov. 25th at 6:20 p.m. Learn more at www.mystic.org
      • Stamford Harbor (Conn.) holiday boat parade Nov. 25th at 6 p.m. For more info, visit www.stamfordchamber.com
      • 30th Annual Lighted Yacht Parade on the Oakland/Alameda Estuary, Dec. 2nd, 5 p.m. Presented by Encinal YC, Oakland YC and Marina Village Yacht Harbor. Enter your boat at www.encinal.org or www.oaklandyachtclub.com
      • 11th Annual Holiday Boat Parade of the Palm Beaches, Dec. 2nd 6-10 p.m. Palm Beach, Fla. Visit www.pbboatparade.com
      • There are many lighted boat parades happening all throughout the Chesapeake on Saturday, Dec. 2nd. For a complete list, visit www.spinsheet.com
      Cruising Seminars

      Offshore veteran Beth Leonard will be conducting a series of advanced offshore cruising seminars at Orange Coast College School of Sailing and Seamanship on December 1st and 2nd. Topics covered will include northern latitude cruising, communications and heavy weather techniques. The cost is $30 per seminar or $105 for all with lunch. Check out www.OCCsailing.com.

      Tell the Cruising Compass community about your local boating related events! Email us at comments@... to feature your event in the newsletter.

      Beautiful anchorages around the country and around the world... real stories from real cruisers... valuable cruising advice from experts... the technical information you need to equip your boat for safe and fun sailing... and the best and most in-depth boat reviews... that's what you'll find in every issue of Blue Water Sailing magazine—the only sailing magazine published by circumnavigators. Get two issues FREE with no obligation by clicking on www.bwsailing.com.
      Three ways to tame the mainsail

      Cruising boats seem to be getting larger every year and with the extra LOA we are also getting bigger sails to manage. The mainsail on a 50-footer, even if it is a roller furling sail, is a lot to handle for a normal cruising crew in normal conditions. In a blow, the big sail can be a bear.

      The boom is the culprit in most mainsail debacles—crash jibes being the single most unhappy event on any cruising boat running in rough seas and blustery winds. So, here are three techniques that veteran sailors use to keep their mainsails under control.

      1. Kicking straps or mid-boom preventers: Most of us have rigid vangs on the mast and boom to control sail shape and to keep the boom level while raising and lowering the sail. But a rigid vang won't prevent a crash jibe. The simplest way to control the main and boom when the sail gets back winded and wants to jibe is to rig stout kicking straps or mid-boom control lines to both port and starboard. You will need heavy duty pad eyes bolted to the toe rails or decks just aft of the after shrouds; you'll need a strong attachment point on the boom just after of the rigid vang attachment (or you may be able to use the top end of the vang); and you will need non-stretch control lines that run from the boom, through a snatch block on the side deck and aft to a cleat or line stopper near the cockpit. Use the leeward line to cinch down the boom when running and use it as a way to control the boom during a planned jibe, aiding the mainsheet as the boom passes through the wind. On boats over 45 feet or so, you should rig each control line or kicking strap with a two or three-part tackle to give you the power to handle the huge forces in the sail.

      2. Boom brakes: You can achieve the same control of the main sail and boom as above with an off-the-shelf Boom Brake (sold by Dutchman in Connecticut). The device attaches to the main boom with control lines led to both side decks as in the kicking strap rig. The neat thing about a Boom Brake is that it controls the sweep of the boom during a jibe without a lot of work by crew in the cockpit. You need a hand to release and control the leeward line as you jibe, but a well-coordinated soul can do this and steer at the same time while someone else cranks in the main sheet and then releases the sheet during the jibe. A lot of veteran singlehanders and short-handed sailors have found Boom Brakes to be very effective.

      3. Preventers: You will hear kicking straps or mid-boom vangs called preventers, since they do prevent the main from uncontrolled jibes. For our purposes here let's call them vangs and use the term preventer to label a control line that runs from the end of the boom to a block at the bow, with a continuous line running aft to the cockpit. When you are running hard down wind in the trade winds with the main strapped out to one side and the genoa poled out to windward (we'll cover this headsail rig next week), you use the preventer on the boom to immobilize it. If you plan to be running with this rig a lot, then mount blocks forward and set up line stoppers on either side of the cockpit. Run a non-stretchy line with a shackle on the forward end through the blocks and line stoppers so you can control it from the cockpit. The line needs to be 1.7 times the length of the boat. On the boom, splice up a stout, non-stretch line to run from the end of the boom to the top attachment point of the rigid vang when not in use; that way you will always have an end handy inboard to attach the running preventers when you jibe. Just snap on the preventer from the bow, trim the mainsail and then tighten down the preventer and voila, mainsail debacles eliminated.

      Here's a useful tool to make anchoring safer and more secure. Anchor Buddy is a simple anchor weight that slides half way down the anchor rode (chain or nylon line) and adds up to 30 pounds to the catenary of the rode - actually doubling the anchor's holding power.

      Anchor Buddy also dampens side to side yaw in gusty conditions and helps prevent the rode from snubbing on the windlass as it straightens out. Made in New Zealand. This thing really works and is worth its weight in gold - almost - and is much better than a sleeping pill. Learn more at www.anchorbuddy.co.nz or call AB Marine at 401-847-7960 or 800-801-8922.
      Check out the December issue of Blue Water Sailing magazine—on newsstands now! In this issue, you will find:
      • A special section on cruising the British Virgin Islands
      • A look at energy independence afloat including solar panels, wind generators and high-output alternators
      • How to get the most out of your house battery bank
      • Understanding Caribbean weather
      • Top holiday gifts for cruisers
      • Plus all of the news, stories and tips that make each issue of Blue Water Sailing an important part of your library
      You can find Blue Water Sailing at most boating supply stores, West Marine and Barnes & Noble Booksellers—or better yet, visit www.bwsailing.com to subscribe and never miss an issue.

      Not many flavors are more tropical than bananas and ginger. Luckily, these ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store just in case you are not currently cruising in the tropics.

      Banana/Ginger Crusted Mahi Mahi

      Serves 3-4

      Courtesy of Rick and Julie Palm
      • 1 cup bananas, ripe, mashed
      • 1/2 cup scallions, thinly sliced (green part only)
      • 1 T curry powder
      • 2 t fresh ginger, grated
      • 1 t salt
      • 2 garlic cloves, minced
      • 20 oz. fish
      Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease shallow dish. Combine first six ingredients in a bowl. Spread the mixture over the fillets, skin side down. Bake in the oven until the fish flakes, about 20 minutes.

      Read Rick and Julie Palm's series on passage planning in the October, November and December 2006 issues of Blue Water Sailing.

      At Grog & Gruel Provisioning, fine dining and boating are our passions, and our meticulous process of combining these two are second to none. With delicious menu choices like chicken marsala, beef stir fry, filet mignon with béarnaise sauce and ham and spinach quiche, there is no need to crack open another can of beef stew. Breakfasts, desserts and even low carb offerings as well. Each meal comes flash-frozen in a vacuum sealed bag and is prepared by boiling it right in the bag. Delivered where you want it, when you want it. Visit www.grogandgruel.com to learn more.
      Cruisers' Forum

      This is a great forum site where you can post questions and get replies about all aspects of cruising. Itís a friendly place that is open to cruisers of all levels (and wannabes). Check it out at www.CruisersForum.com.

      Conserve fuel

      You have 300 miles left on a light wind passage and only 50 gallons of diesel left in your tanks. You want to motor the rest of the way. You have a 40-foot boat with a 50-hp diesel with a top end motoring speed of 7 knots. Assuming you need to keep 10 gallons in reserve for emergencies or the landfall, how do you figure out the optimum motoring speed to make the best use of the remaining 40 gallons?

      Send you answers to comments@.... A winner—who will receive a Blue Water Sailing hat—will be selected at random from all of the correct answers.
      • No one guessed last week's location, which was Big Sand Cay in the SE Turks and Caicos Islands, so the Blue Water Sailing hat will go to Larry from Wichita, Kansas, for his closest guess of Hole In the Wall, at the SE tip of Great Abaco, Bahamas.

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      1984 Catalina 30
      "Ruby"
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