Hey savvy friends,
Who out there likes to sail in the cold?
Before you say, “
Hannah what are you on about, uh, no one ever,” I thought I’d start today by introducing you to the extraordinary Lisa Blair. Meet the first woman in history to sail solo around Antarctica.
A journey that saw her battling waves the size of houses, freezing conditions, snow and hail storms, extreme isolation and fatigue.
After 72 days at sea Lisa’s mast came crashing down in the middle of the night. From then on Lisa’s sole purpose was the survival of herself and her yacht.
After treating herself for hyperthermia and limping her way north to Cape Town under an active Pan Pan, Lisa was receiving fuel from a container ship which then resulted in an accidental collision between the 80,000-tonne vessel and Lisa's little 11-tonne yacht.
This December Lisa plans to take on Antarctica 2.0 - sailing non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica to claim the overall speed record.
Hear Lisa’s story on our savvy podcast, “The Boating Life” via the button below.
Listen here. Have you got a clean bottom?
The secret to a fast race-worthy bottom is a reliable diver. That’s where Marlene Plumley comes in. It takes Marlene “about 5.3 minutes” to methodically clean the bottom of a J/70 in the water.
Read how this 47-year-old mother of two boys became diver to the one-design stars, a long yarn that dates back to her time in the Air Force whilst assigned to a combat construction unit.
Get the full story. It’s a Kraken Adventure
We’re delighted to see our friends over at Kraken Travel providing Cruising Guides that use savvy charts™ and routing to show their members the best itineraries to make the most out of their trip!
Discover the Kraken Cruising Guide to the British Virgin Islands where we take you from:
Nanny Cay to Cooper Island
Cooper Island to Leverick Bay Leverick Bay to Anegada Anegada to Trellis Bay And the list goes on... View the itinerary here.
Don't forget that savvy navvy has charts for the USA
Map of Maine Coast and Florida Coast Map How to manage cold water shock
Many of our members are starting to head into the chillier autumn months. If like me you don’t like jack frost to stop you from spending time on the water then it’s best to make sure you know what to do if you end up going into freezing waters.
The effect on the body of entering water 15°C and below is often underestimated. This shock can be the precursor to drowning.
Our friends over at the RNLI have a useful article on what to do if you enter the water unexpectedly. We hope you will never need to use this advice, but just incase it’s worth a read.
Minimise the Risk of Cold Water Shock - RNLI Ship stores own CO2 emissions while sailing
As the shipping industry comes under increasing pressure to reduce emissions one company is making big leaps in innovation to help companies achieve their goals.
Rotterdam-based Value Maritime claims to be the first in the world to be able to capture and store CO2 while at sea. In early October, the ship Nordica will be the first to use this new sustainable technology. The capability to capture and store up to 100 % CO2 is modelled on an existing filter system for sulphur oxides and particulate matter.
Read more here. In the news - ‘Google Maps for boats’ offers new passage planning tech
We’re delighted to see our revolutionary new savvy feature, “Departure Scheduling”, getting some major buzz!
This unique and innovative new feature means savvy members can now instantly see the best time to depart based on the route, wind and tidal conditions.
Read the full story on
Marine Industry News here. Or better yet give it a try! How do you offset making too much leeway
You are making leeway in your Sweden 390, so what can you do to correct your course? James Stevens answers your questions.
Read the Q&A here. Fancy a Luxury Expedition?
Damen Yachting has unveiled the latest design from its award-winning range of luxury expedition superyachts. Under construction for delivery in 2024, the 60 m SeaXplorer 60, featuring hybrid propulsion, embodies the unmistakable design of the SeaXplorer range with strong, luxurious outdoor spaces and explorer functionality.
Snoop around here. That's all for now...
I hope we brightened up your week with adventurous tales and cool techie innovations.
Remember our team here would love to share your adventures too, so if you're out boating with savvy navvy let us know, we'd love to hear what you're up to!
All the best,
Hannah and the savvy navvy crew.
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