Sea Shanties, kite powered boats and Atlantic Challenges in the savvy news

Hello Friends,

It’s me again with another round of nautical jabber. Whether you're in warmer climates or tackling frosty docks, I hope you’re all keeping safe and well.

Today it’s raining at my house and we’re in a pretty big lockdown, but what I am grateful for is that there are many, many cool water-based adventures happening that are super fun to watch, and I’m not just talking Vendee Globe and America’s Cup...

Did anyone follow the Atlantic Campaigns challenge over the past few months? It really is quite incredible to see people physically rowing across the Atlantic. I recently did a virtual rowing challenge to row 350 km in 10 days from Amsterdam to London Tower bridge and I can tell you, it’s tough! So I have so much respect for the people who rowed non stop for over a month.

If you’d like to check out the challenge, take a look here.

The sailor building a boat in his garage

Speaking of Atlantic Challenges, have you heard of the Irish sailor who's building a boat in his garage?

57-year-old Jim Schofield has a lifelong dream of sailing solo across the Atlantic. Apparently, Jim is one of a number of sailors around the world who have taken on the “build at home” challenge and if all goes well they'll set sail later this year!

Who else has a cool home project that popped up because of lockdown? Read more here.

Why is TikTok obsessed with sea shanties?

Have you ever sung a sea shanty?

If you haven't heard, chanting sea shanties is HUGE at the moment, I mean super huge, so much so I'm even getting involved.

What are sea shanties, why are they suddenly becoming popular and where can you find the lyrics? Take a look here.

Advice for Booking a Caribbean Yacht Charter During a Pandemic

We recently caught up with our friends at BlueFoot Travel to find out what's happening for sailors over in the Caribbean and what advice they have for yacht charter lovers during the Pandemic.

For all the tips and tricks on how to make it happen, read more her.

Golden Globe updates from Ian Herbert-Jones

Savvy navvy ambassador, Ian Herbert-Jones is going full steam ahead with his Golden Globe Race preparations. The most recent BIG project has been an electrical refit with Chris Dobson at UK Marine Electronics using Victron Energy equipment. Chris has designed a super redundant and resilient system for Ian, which he’s nicknamed Big Blue. This will be the brains behind the system that keeps the lights on for his upcoming Off-Grid event.

Solara has also joined forces with Ian as a solar panel supplier!

Sailing Ships Hauling Cargo in 2021

As we search for more sustainable ways to provide shipping services, 5 companies are sailing the traditional way, whilst hauling cargo. These sailors might be the odd few just now but we may be looking at a growing interest in this method as calls for more sustainable shipping methods grow.

Find out more here.

American Magic’s Road to Recovery

Sailors and crew of Emirates Team New Zealand assist with removing the mainsail off America's Magic's yacht "Patriot" after it capsized during its Round Robin 2 race against Luna Rossa. Find out how they got back in the race here.

The race to create the world's fastest sail boat

Find out how French startup Syroco is working on a wind-powered boat designed to break the 80 knots speed barrier! Read more.

Sailing around the world whilst remaining self-sufficient

The Vendee Globe sailors recently completed a lap of the globe purely using self-sufficient means. How do you survive some of the most hostile environments on earth whilst using self-sufficient energy? Read the full story here.

Say hello to the Wave Jam

Our friends over at Asap Water Crafts have this awesome Wave Jam electric jet board which would be an amazing accessory for the summer! Wave Jam boards blast you through the water at speed, letting you connect with the water and the environment you're exploring (it's a little addictive too)!

Wave Jam boards are perfect for exploring islands and beaches from your boat, and when the sun has set. Take a look here.

Until next time

Well, that's me all talked out for one day, but I hope you enjoyed my little update and that wherever you are, whatever you're doing, locked down or not, this put a smile on your face.

All the best,

Han and the savvy navvy crew.




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