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 05 Sep 2013
 


Northwest Passage Yachts trapped, Shag Is. Yacht Club, dinghy cruising

North West Passage - showing ice blockages  © Environment Canada
Adventure sailors are always out there pushing personal limits, and nowhere is this truer than those who dare the Northwest Passage. Over the last few years, with declining ice levels, yachts have dared to try ever higher latitudes, with records broken each year. But this year is alarmingly different. Read about the yachts caught by ice in a riveting account by Douglas Pohl.

At the other end of the adventure scale, there's a tale by Jack Binder about an idyllic sailing adventure turned into a nightmare by a trekking accident inland from the remote Kimberley coastline – just the kind of nightmare we most dread when, as cruising sailors, we step away from the coziness of always having help at hand.

King George Falls anchorage - where the dream turned into a nightmare  .. .

For comic relief you should read about Queensland's recent Shag Islet Club Rendezvous – a rendezvous for one of the zaniest sailing clubs in the world – but certainly celebrating the egalitarianism which is a feature of all good cruising communities. Where is Shag Islet? and what makes it zany? Read the story!

Shag Islet (on right) with boats anchored - photo by Nautical Nancy  .. .

It was great to see bravery awards given to a yacht crew who rescued some fellow sailors whose yacht had sunk from the waters off the coast of Victoria.

Most of us who go cruising, particularly longer range cruising, think of ourselves as the marine version of snails, sailing our comfortable home with us wherever we go. But what about the dinghy cruisers – a hardy bunch, profiled in an interesting article this week from Britain's Royal Yachting Association.

Dinghy cruising - always an adventure  .. .

There's a timely reminder about how to care for the pet you take sailing with you; we show some of the splendid sailing craft showing at this year's so-glamorous Monaco Yacht Show; and there's an inspiring tale of a solo sailor, rolled at Cape Horn on his last aborted attempt, who has just set out to do it all again.

Read on, enjoy, and

Here's wishing you sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



North West Passage blocked with ice - yachts caught
Douglas Pohl/Sail-World Cruising,
The Northwest Passage after decades of so-called global warming has a dramatic 60% more Arctic ice this year than at the same time last year. The dreams of dozens of adventurous sailors are now threatened. A scattering of yachts attempting the legendary Passage are caught by the ice, which has now become blocked at both ends and the transit season may be ending early. Douglas Pohl tells the story:... [more]
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Sailing dream-turned-nightmare by trekking accident
Jack Binder/Sail-World Cruising,
At Sail-World Cruising we have often told of the idyllic times that cruising sailors have. However, sometimes things don't go so swimmingly, and it's even worse if you are cruising remotely, away from any kind of help. Here Jack Binder, sailing with his wife Jude on their yacht Banyandah, tells his own tale of their dream-turned nightmare while trekking in remote North West Australia.... [more]
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Shag Islet Yacht Club Rendezvous - sounds great but where is it?
Whitsunday Times/Sail-World Cruising,
Every year one of the most unusual sailing clubs in the world has another stunningly successful rendezvous. This year was no different. According to the local newspaper, a total of 170 boats took part in the annual Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC)'s rendezvous at Hydeway Bay on the weekend - and $40,000 was raised for prostate cancer research.... [more]
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Bravery awards for Brighton yacht crew
The Standard/Sail-World Cruising,
BRAVERY awards have been presented to a yacht crew who rescued sailors near Port Campbell. Brighton sailors Grant Dunoon, Klaus-Peter Fecht, Ross Fisher and Kim Walker received a group bravery citation for rescuing six sailors from a sunken yacht off Port Campbell in Victoria in April last year.... [more]
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Boaters reminded to keep clear of Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff
Roads and Maritime Services,
Boaters are being reminded to steer clear of a section of Cudgen Creek at Kingscliff this Saturday for the safe staging of the Corporate Challenge International Triathlon Swimming competition. Roads and Maritime Services has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence from Faulks Park boat ramp upstream of Cudgen Road bridge to Jack Julius Park on Saturday 7 September from 3pm to 5pm.... [more]
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Cannes Yacht Show- Yachting world's most glamorous spectacle
Nancy Knudsen,
The Cannes Yacht Show, 10-15 September, is probably the most prestigious and glamorous spectacle in the yachting world. The motorised yachts must be the greatest collection of expensive yachts of any boat show in any country of the world, but it is the sailing boats which take the prize for sleek lines and elegance - apart from being fine performers.... [more]
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Solo sailor in second attempt to circumnavigate the 'wrong way'
Nancy Knudsen,
Glenn Wakefield, Canadian adventure sailor who was foiled in his attempt, five years ago, to sail solo around the world against the prevailing winds, this week set off once again to attempt the challenge. In his original attempt his boat Kim Chow was rolled in the Southern Ocean on approach to Cape Horn.... [more]
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World's largest solar yacht drops anchor after marine science quest
Planet Solar/Sail-World Cruising,
PlanetSolar has dropped anchor in London, thus completing the final stage of the 'DeepWater' scientific expedition After leaving Oostende (Belgium) on August 30, the largest solar boat in the world reached London a day later, thereby bringing the campaign of scientific measurements along the Gulf Stream (PlanetSolar DeepWater) to a close.... [more]
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Dinghy cruising - a whole new world of adventure
RYA/Sail-World Cruising,
As sailors we usually associate the idea of cruising with boats in which you can live - whether they be 10 metres or 100 metres the sailing boat contains whatever you need to sustain life over days, months or years. So what is dinghy cruising?... [more]
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Selecting the right dinghy pathway
PSA,
Picking the right boat is critical to your enjoyment of the sport of dinghy sailing. Whether it be your first steps afloat or your burning competitive desire that drives your decision, making the correct choice is vital to your long term enjoyment. At PSA we are passionate about sailing and understand that done correctly it will become a skill for life. Hence, its single handed pathway... [more]
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Lord Nelson to take part in Melbourne Int'l Tall Ships Festival
Heather Ewing,
55-metre Lord Nelson, square rigger operated by UK charity, the Jubilee Sailing Trust, has set sail from Adelaide bound for Melbourne, where she will take part in the Melbourne International Tall Ships Festival 2013. Lord Nelson is designed and built to allow disabled and able bodied people to sail the ship together.... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year nomination: The Allures 39.9
Des Ryan,
Just getting nominated for European Boat of the Year is exciting for any boat builder or designer, and this week we introduce one of the boats nominated for this year's family cruiser category, the French-designed Allures 39.9.... [more]
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Maine's windjammers celebrated: Camden Windjammer Festival.
Des Ryan,
The State of Maine in the USA has long been known as the home of the graceful windjammer. Once again this year, their historic fleet of windjammers is being celebrated at the annual Camden Windjammer Festival.... [more]
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RS CAT16 to be unveiled this September
Martin Wadhams,
The RS CAT16 will become the newest addition to the RS range and the first RS catamaran when it is unveiled in September. Easy to handle, exciting and highly durable, the RS CAT16 is aimed at sailing schools, beach clubs and family recreational sailing.... [more]
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Lord Nelson arrives in Adelaide
Heather Ewing,
Lord Nelson, which has already won a following in Fremantle and Albany, WA, arrived in Adelaide this afternoon. The 55-metre square rigger is owned by UK charity, Jubilee Sailing Trust, and was designed and built to enable disabled and able-bodied crew members to sail together.... [more]
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Navigation Rules essential terms made simple for all sailors
John Jamieson,
Sail inside sheltered waters, along the coastline, or offshore and you will encounter power vessels, sailing vessels, commercial tugs and tows and merchant ships. And yet, one of the most misunderstood parts of navigation--definitions--continues to confuse. And that alone has contributed to collisions at sea. Learn this new, simplified way of learning for safer sailing worldwide!... [more]
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