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Rhumb Line, Issue #005 -- New at
October 01, 2013

Rhumb Line

a course that keeps a constant bearing

The Rhumb Line for Great Lakes Sailing is clear: to provide a comprehensive listing of ports around the Great Lakes basin and articles that cover a broad range of topics of interest to sailors.

The purpose of Rhumb Line is to keep you up-to-date with new additions to Great Lakes Sailing in a brief, easy-to-scan and concise manner. I value not only your interest but also your time.

September 2013

Whats New at Great Lakes Sailing :

1) New Ports Added

2) New Section Planned

3) New Resources

1. New Ports

(a). Baie Fine is one of the largest freshwater fjords in the world. Located at the eastern end of the North Channel, this 9-10 nm rip in the earth's surface is a breathtaking passage. And, waiting at the end is one of the Great Lakes' iconic anchorages - The Pool. Click here to visit Baie Fine, ON

(b). Located near the middle of the North Channel, on the coast of Manitoulin Island, lies the little village of Meldrum Bay. What this small village may lack in shopping and restaurants, etc, it more than makes up for in warm hospitality and magnificent scenery. Click here to visit Meldrum Bay, ON

(c). The North Channel is one of the great freshwater cruising grounds in the world. Some readers suggested it should have its own section rather than being simply part of the Lake Huron section. And ... I listen to what you have to say!

Over the past few weeks, a new section has been added that focuses on this magnificent cruising ground. Over time, more ports will be added. Click here to visit the North Channel

2. New Section

A medical emergency on Board can threaten the best-laid cruising plan. Proper First Aid knowledge and a well-stocked First Aid kit are as important as knowledge of your boat's systems and a proper tool kit. Over the next few days, a new section on First Aid will be added to the site. Along with some ideas on dealing with injuries such as wounds and burns, an outline of a well-stocked medical kit will be posted as well.

3. New Resources

Along with the new section on First Aid, two very comprehensive medical documents for sailors can be found on the Resources section.

These were developed for merchant sailors and cover far more than the average cruiser would likely ever need. But - they are authoritative and comprehensive.

The first is The Ship Captain's Medical Guide, published by the United Kingdom's Maritime and Coast Guard Agency.

The second is The Ship's Medicine Chest and Medical Aid at Sea, published by the US Department of Health and Human Services for the United States Merchant Marine.

Like all the others, you can print these as they are formatted to fit an 8 1/2 x 11 inch page for easy filing. However, these are large documents and most likely are best simply filed electronically and kept as reference documents. You can find them here.

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Fair winds and following seas.

Michael Leahy, Publisher

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