Dekker-now the film, headsets for peaceful anchoring, cruising Tassy
There's quite an emphasis on kid's sailing this week – Laura Dekker's around world sail at 14-16 years has been made into a documentary by a New York (not Dutch) film maker; a ten-year-old is jubilant at winning a Royal Yachting Association design competition for her design of a dinghy sail; and there's an interesting article which begins by asking how safe YOUR club is for visiting children, whether they sail or not.
|Laura, defiant, alone, happy on her boat .|
|Dock safety - whether they are sailing or not .. .|
If your sailing club (or you as an individual sailor) has a story that others would like to hear, we're always glad to hear from you. So there's an article in this week's edition about how to make it easy for Sail-World journalists to like - and print - your story.
The Albury Wodonga Yacht Club is in the news - for the way they have gone about reinvigorating their club - maybe YOUR club could learn from them...
|Albury-Wodonga Yacht Club .. .|
Not everyone is happy about the development we have learned this week, but it's always good news to hear that there's another facility for boats visiting the Whitsundays - read about Great Keppel Island's new resort and marina.
If you ever think of cruising Tasmania, there's one guide you can't afford to be without - its the Tasmanian Anchorage Guide, and there's a new edition just been released with all the latest information about where to go and why.
|Tasmanian Anchorage Guide scenes .. .|
I had to laugh at the serious way Karen and Jeffrey Siegel tackled the question of shouted commands between the bow and the cockpit while anchoring. The answer, of course, is two-way headsets, but they'd better be reliable or you could be in much worse trouble than relying on arm signals.
Why was I laughing? I was identifying, of course. Before we got our headsets, anchoring was always a highly tense operation involving issues such as incomprehensible hand signals, unheard shouted commands, and occasional clapping from the sidelines from other yachts. We also went through the stage of not paying enough, only to have our Chinese-made headsets let us down just when the wind was blowing hardest and the coral was close. So Karen and Jeffrey's advice is invaluable.
How many times have I said it? Just when you thought all the 'firsts' had been achieved, a new challenge arises. How do you feel about sailing across the North Pole? Read the article...
I loved seeing the image of the Oyster World Rally in the entry stages of the Panama Canal with the water gushing into their lock. What an experience to share! While most cruising sailors dream of sailing off to deserted anchorages where there's not another boat in sight, joining up with others at the end of the voyage to discuss the experience is also one of the great joys of cruising.
Enjoy this week's news stories - browse down the headlines - but even better, here's wishing you...
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
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