Win for Brisbane cruising sailors, Fremantle welcome, dinghy exploring
Congratulations to the Johnstone family from Brisbane for winning the 2013 Australian Trophy from the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC). Their 'accidental circumnavigation' in their catamaran Chaotic Harmony included some hairy moments, including losing one rudder in the middle of the Pacific.
|Chaotic Harmony crew .|
|Laura Dekker on arrival in New Zealand .. .|
Looking at the OCC's world-wide awards, it's quite ironic that in the same week when two male solo sailors making well-publicized circumnavigation attempts were forced to give up their dreams and limp to safety (see stories below), two of the top winners for the 2013 Awards were solo-sailing circumnavigating females, one the oldest in the world and the other the youngest.
|Jeanne Socrates .. .|
Even more ironic is the fact that both male sailors had to give in because of boat issues that they could not repair at sea – one with loose strands in his shrouds, the other with multiple problems in his extremely complicated boat. Their stories are fascinating for what they DON'T say, more than what they tell. What is does point out is how vital a simple boat on which you can fix (almost) ANYTHING that breaks is to the long-range cruising sailor!
Fremantle Sailing Club has been welcoming Glenn Wakefield, the Canadian sailor who limped into Fremantle, his non-stop 'wrong-way' circumnavigation aborted because of loose strands in his shrouds (mentioned above). Glenn reports he is delighted with the welcome from authorities as well.
|Glenn Wakefield after arrival in Fremantle .. .|
Watch out for the cruising seminars by John and Lyn Martin of the Island Cruising Association which have begun around the coastline of Australia. No matter where you are there will be a cruising seminar within reach. Read the story below for details.
|Some of the gear advised in the article .. .|
Do you like exploring in your dinghy? There's much joy to be had in the small bays and creeks where your boat, with its deeper draft, can't fit. But how should your 'exploration dinghy' be fitted out? Ten tips this week about the gear you should think about including, some of it showing in the photo above. John Jamieson is back this week too, with some advice on navigation steps the prudent sailor will take BEFORE you lift anchor.
Much more too, so browse down the screen to choose your interest.
If you are lucky enough to be out there on the water, sweet sailing!
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|Cruising seminars from Fremantle around the coast to Cairns |
There's still time to book in Fremantle, first off the blocks. Starting January 14, sailors right round the coastline of Australia who would like to cruise beyond their home waters will have a unique chance to attend comprehensive and intense seminars specifically for the cruising sailor. Seminars in Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Townsville or Cairns.... [more]
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