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 19 Sep 2013
 


Sailing adventures, coastguard honoured, caring for your dinghy

The Other Side of the Ice  .
Right across the world of the cruising sailor here in New Zealand and Australia there are solo adventures happening, rallies bringing fun experiences and a vast number of sailors out there on the seas and oceans sailing, not for competition, but for the love of the wind and the sea.

This week is no different. One film makers tells us the story of he and his family's attempt to transit the Northwest Passage, Trevor Joyce of Mariner Boating based in Sydney tells of perfect days of sailing and exploring in the Turkish Lycian Yacht Rally, and New Zealand is honouring their Coastguard volunteers, with the prize winners modestly telling their tales of bravery under pressure.

New Zealand Coastguard honours volunteers, appeals for donations  .. .


Some great practical information this week too – Ten Top Tips on caring for your inflatable dinghy; a torch you will never want to be without once you've used it; a new drawer-fridge which should help keeping your bottles cold and your electricity usage down, and John Jamison is this week talking about snatch blocks and good techniques for fixing sailing problems before they become disasters.

The dinghy - the cruising sailor's favourite companion  .. .

Much much more too, so run down all the headlines until something catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Marine technology, engines and more at Auckland On Water Boat Show
Kate Gordon-Smith,
Next week's Auckland On Water Boat Show offers boat owners an ideal opportunity to research and compare the country's best technology, mechanical and service providers to help refit and refurbish their vessel... [more]
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Sailing space to discover new worlds
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Sailing boats have always been the modus operandi for humans discovering new worlds across the sea and it seems as though that's also how we shall discover new worlds across space. Or at least that's what the physicists are predicting, affirming that giant sails propelled by the sun's or a laser's energy are still the most viable option for interstellar spaceflight in the not-too-distant future... [more]
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New Zealand honours Coastguard volunteers
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
The New Zealand Coastguard community has come together to honour the year's achievements at the National Coastguard Gala Awards Evening last weekend.... [more]
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Vuda Marina - new yacht clearance port in Fiji
John Philp,
The owners of Vuda Marina Fiji are delighted to announce that Vuda Marina has officially been gazetted as an Approved Boarding Station from the 3rd September 2013.... [more]
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Protect Your Costly Sailing Lines with These Magic Blocks!
Captain John Jamieson,
Imagine that you are sailing before the wind in a big sea. You've led the staysail (or genoa) sheets aft. But you see a big problem, and you will need to fix it super quick to avoid the No.1 most deadly enemy of any sailing line aboard your boat. How can you attack this menace fast, smooth, and easy--without a lot of fuss?... [more]
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Dangerous conditions for South Coast boaters
Marine Rescue NSW,
Roads and Maritime Services has issued an alert after a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions continuing tomorrow for the NSW coast south from Ulladulla... [more]
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New from Jeanneau in 2013: Sun Odyssey 469 and 41DS
Sail-World Cruising,
Jeanneau's Sun Odyssey line, from 30 to 50 feet, is adding two major new models this year, the Sun Odyssey 469 and the Sun Odyssey 41 DS, as part of Jeanneau's news global strategy. Admittedly, at the same time they are adding no less than seven new powerboat models to their range, significant in that the emerging markets is where it's all happening for them. But back to the sailing boats...... [more]
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Mountain bike torch great for tough sailing conditions
Des Ryan,
Cruising sailors benefit, not only from the research that goes into high tech racing, but also from research into other markets. This was the case for Exposure Marine, which initially developed torches for the professional mountain bikers, and this led to producing torches which are incredibly powerful, superlight, and corrosion resistant, and therefore ideal for marine conditions.... [more]
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America's Cup: Comeback 1983 - 1987 the Dennis Conner story - Video
Sail-World,
Maritime Productions presents another from its video library of America's Cup. After losing the America's Cup in 1983, and being spurned by the New York Yacht Club to led its team to win the America's Cup back off Australia, Dennis Conner turned to his friends in California, and the San Diego Yacht Club. That move started a series of new chapters in America's Cup history.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Drawer fridge for cool-keeping and accessibility
Sail-World Cruisng,
Tired of having to turn upside down to reach that special bottle at the very bottom of your super efficient sailing boat refrigerator? Now Dometic Marine WAECO have come up with a new cool 'CoolMatic CRD-50 Drawer Fridge' with a freezer compartment. The new, spacious drawer fridge gives boat owners convenient slide-out access to your refreshments.... [more]
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The Other Side of the Ice
Sprague Theobald/Sail-World Cruising,
In the Northwest Passage this year the ice has reversed its melting trend and there is up to 60% more summer coverage in some areas than last year. One filmmaker has, however, conquered the route when it was possible, along with his blended family who joined him for the adventure on a five-month journey.... [more]
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2013 Turkish Lycian Yacht Rally - One perfect day
Trevor Joyce,
Some days everything falls into place, begging the question – why can't it be like this all the time? This particular day was the Thursday of the first week of the 2013 Turkish Lycian Yacht Rally, operated by Mariner Boating Holidays between Marmaris and Antalya in Turkey. The rally format alternates fun passage races between ports along the route with leisure days when exploration takes over... [more]
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Caring for your inflatable dinghy - Ten Top Tips
Des Ryan,
Inflatable dinghies are great transport for cruising sailors - they are fairly easy to maintain and can be deflated or stored easily on the deck during long journeys. However, even though they are easier to maintain than fibreflass dinghies, they still require care to keep them in the best shape for the longest possible time. Check out these Ten Top Tips to keep your dinghy in great condition:... [more]
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Great Lakes Cruising Club expands webinars for 2013-14
Lee Mylchreest,
Thinking of sailing America's Great Lakes? Well known Great Lakes Cruising Club School has expanded its webinar curriculum for 2013-14 and you don't have to be a member to take advantage of this popular series.... [more]
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World premier of new Beneteau Oceanis 38 at Cannes Boat Show
Sarah Henry,
Thinking of a new boat in the 35-40ft range? Here's another to consider. Beneteau has proudly presented their latest release to the world, the Oceanis 38, at the Cannes Boat Show. The new model in the hugely popular Oceanis range reprises the fundamentals of the range, whether at the sail plan level, access to the sea, safety or comfort onboard.... [more]
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