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 07 Nov 2013
 


New Tasman record, innovative seasick cure, another confused sailor...

Team Australia (Sean Langman) arrives in Auckland after setting a new Trans-Tasman crossing record  © Richard Gladwell
There's always a record to break and the World Speed Sailing Record Council has just ratified a new fastest time sailing from Sydney to Auckland. Personally, I am always sorry to finish a sailing leg and wish it could last longer. Having said that, under three days to Auckland is certainly quite amazing, though, at an average pace of almost 19 knots, there wouldn't be much fishing-for-your-supper happening.

While the summer sailing season is just starting here, in the Northern Hemisphere you are best to escape the winter to keep sailing. Read how in the Canary Islands over 280 boats have already fled the cold and are preparing to depart for their hop across the Atlantic, while America's longest running rally, the ARC Caribbean 1500 is departing freezing American shores for warmer climes in the Caribbean.

Starbust and Altria at the Start Line - 24th ARC   World Cruising Club ©

It's always a pity to have to write of sailors who don't carry adequate communications gear - and then test the patience of rescue authorities when they get into distress. Read about the sailor this week who ended up on the rocks north of Sydney's Broken Bay.

The dedicated group who have laboured for 14 years to retrieve the City of Adelaide from her graveyard berth in the UK and bring her to Adelaide have much to celebrate. She's not here yet, but has taken one giant step.

Do you get seasick – ever? If you do, there's something new and clever to try (is it a pill? is it a patch? No, it's spectacles!), and it's just been nominated for a design award.

Nominated for a DAME award for innovation  .. .

Celebration of great achievements is part of the landscape of the cruising world, so this week we bring you news of a captivating painting – of Pete Goss in the Southern Ocean, and of a documentary – of Laura Dekker's childhood circumnavigation.

John Jamieson is back with some more useful advice on sail trimming and a final year student has invented a still-better life jacket to ward off hypothermia.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Lack of safety communication hampers sailor's rescue
NSW Police/Sail-World Cruising,
A yachtsman who had to phone his wife to communicate that his yacht was in distress has been rescued off the rocks at Maitland Bay, Killcare, to the north of the Broken Bay Entrance north of Sydney, after notifying them that he was off Palm Beach, to the south of Broken Bay. Lack of information hampered and elongated the rescue effort.... [more]
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WSSR agrees - across the Tasman in under three days, a new record
Sail-World Cruising,
The brief message by the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSR) gave no clue to the preparation, excitement or feeling of triumph when they announced the official recognition of the new record which was set in October for sailing across the Tasman Sea from Sydney to Auckland.... [more]
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New Zealand as a destination features at Fort Lauderdale show
Kate Gordon-Smith,
Destination New Zealand – as a brand, as a physical destination for cruising and as the home of several hundred New Zealand marine industry companies known for their superyacht refit and maintenance capabilities – will feature at this year's Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.... [more]
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OceansWatch: cruising sailors give something back in the South Pacific
Sail-World Cruising,
OceansWatch, established in 2007 by a group of sailors and environmentalists, saw an opportunity for people who were sailing the world's oceans to give something back to the islanders whose homes and reefs they visited. Since then they have been working to achieve this and this is their latest report:... [more]
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CYCA Trust improves search capabilities in Queensland
Newsmail/Sail-World Cruising,
RACQ CareFlight Rescue is making tracks for improved search capabilities thanks to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's Safety of Life at Sea Trust which has helped fund two flight tracking systems.... [more]
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World's oldest sailing clipper in London for final farewell
Chris Rann,
After a 14-year campaign, the world's oldest clipper and the only surviving purpose-built passenger sailing ship to bring migrants from Europe to Australia is in historic Greenwich, London, for its formal farewell prior to its final voyage back to Adelaide. A renaming and farewell ceremony was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh.... [more]
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Product of the week: Seasickness glasses nominated for DAME award
Sail-World Cruising,
One of the scourges for those who wish to go to sea is seasickness. Even the most experienced of sailors can be overwhelmed at times. Now a company which has created an amazing new solution has been nominated for a DAME Award, the world's number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories.... [more]
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Use This Simple 'Speed and Power' Sail Trim Secret!
John Jamieson,
How many times have you trimmed your sails and noticed your speed or power seems just a bit off? You glance up and check the set, the luff, the draft placement and all looks just fine. But something's not quite right. Try these simple sail trim tips to add speed and power when sailing!... [more]
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Gill Australia – Getting wet for a living
John Curnow,
When you've sailed the challenging 49ers and spectacular 18-Footers, you would certainly know a little about water over the deck. You know, it probably was not much of an issue to a person who grew up racing dinghies like Moths and Sharpies on Perth's Swan River.... [more]
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Yachting New Zealand sail training now internationally recognised
Sail-World Cruising,
Yachting New Zealand's National Sail Training Programme is now internationally recognised after gaining full accreditation from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) following an ISAF Recognized Training audit visit from 27th - 30th October 2013.... [more]
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Maritime Anti-piracy - The Captain's Guide Book
Peter King, The Maritime Executive/Sail-World,
I travelled to Djibouti to witness the sailing yacht Quest, whereupon the four Americans had been murdered by Somali pirates; those pirates have this year been sentenced in the United States for murder. A definitive guide is necessary for both yachts and ships in the future, and this one, by ex-security professional Peter King, makes fascinating reading.... [more]
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Pete Goss in the Southern Ocean - on canvas
Stuart Elford,
If you love great sailing paintings, you will really be attracted to this one. The renowned marine artist Gordon Frickers has produced a painting that captures the epic voyage made by Westcountry sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE in 2008-2009 in the 37-foot long wooden boat Spirit of Mystery, from Cornwall to Melbourne in Australia.... [more]
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Black Sea Regatta - 50 tall ships and you're invited!
Sail-World Cruising,
The SCF Black Sea Regatta, 30th April until the 28th May 2014, organised by Sail Training International and sponsored by Sovcomflot, will put the Black Sea on the map for the world's most notable Tall Ships.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers ready to set sail for Saint Lucia
World Cruising Club,
A fleet of more than 280 boats and 1400 people, including 25 children aged under 16, will take part in the 28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, which sets sail on November 24 from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, heading 2700NM across the Atlantic to Saint Lucia.... [more]
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Doyle Sails NZ and Stratis news - September/October 2013
Elle Brade,
It was a mild winter here in New Zealand and we're now gearing up for what will hopefully be another stellar summer out on the water. With our new Westhaven office now up and running, complementing the Rosebank Rd loft, we're even better placed to help with all your yachting requirements.... [more]
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Youngest ever solo circumnavigating sailor - now the film, MAIDENTRIP
Ryland Aldrich, Festivals Editor,
Sometimes it just warms your heart to see a film finally getting the attention it deserves. It has just been announced that the wonderful SXSW Audience Award-winning documentary MAIDENTRIP, about the circumnavigation of the globe by solo sailor and 16-year-old Laura Dekker, will be setting sail from First Run Features in New York on January 17th.... [more]
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Catana 59 a magnet for crowds at GC Marine Expo
Jeni Bone,
With its towering mast and streamlined posture, the Catana 59 is enjoying rapturous approval and strong interest at its Australasian launch at the Gold Coast Marine Expo, 1-3 November.... [more]
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Yachting Australia AGM - New President, New Directors
Phil Jones,
Well known offshore racer and owner of Ichiban, Matt Allen, was elected as President of Yachting Australia at the AGM in Sydney on Saturday 19 October.... [more]
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Student invents lifejacket to ward off hypothermia
Gizmodo/Sail-World Cruising,
Innovation and invention has already brought us an incredible increase in ocean safety for the cruising sailor over the last few years with EPIRBs, PLBs and generally better mousetraps in many areas. Now a final year student has been putting his mind to work on how to stop overboard crew from dying of hypothermia before help arrives.... [more]
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African Queen to sail again in Uganda
The Guardian/Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The African Queen. She didn't have a sail, but she is certainly etched in the mind of many as the most memorable of boats, and cruising sailors who stray off the beaten track have always been able to identify with many of the privations of life on a small boat. The African Queen movie has been shown to generation after generation, and now the boat is to sail again in Uganda.... [more]
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Exhibitors off the blocks and booking for SCIBS 2014
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Exhibitors are clamouring to secure a spot at next year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS), with twice as many bookings confirmed compared to the same time last year, just days after applications opened... [more]
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