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GMDSS A User's Handbook

By Denise Bréhaut

GMDSS A user's handbook








The Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) provides a fast and efficient way of calling for assistance at sea, whatever the size of craft or its geographical position. Since it was first published, this book has helped explain the system for anyone using GMDSS and has been excellent pre-course reading for students.



SafaSail HatThe SafaSail Hard Hat looks just like a sailing cap, but will help protect you if you get a bang to the head.  See our review here

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Olympic Yachtsman dies in capsize tragedy

The British Olympic sailor Andrew Simpson, 36,  was killed when his team's ultra-modern catamaran capsized on Thursday in strong winds in  San Francisco bay and trapped him underwater during training for the America's Cup.

The 72-foot Artemis catamaran flipped over at around 1.15pm local time, sending its 13 crew members into the water and trapping Andrew under the vessel's platform for about 10 minutes.

Rescuers pulled him into a support boat but despite attempts to rescusetate him, he was declared dead about 20 minutes later.

Simpson won a gold medal for Britain in the 2008 Beijing Olympics as a crew member in the star class, and he also took silver last year at the London Games.

"The entire team is devastated by what happened," said Artemis chief executive Paul Cayard, a sailing world champion and America's Cup veteran. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family.

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