03 Jan 2008




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Ferocious Bars Keep Sailors inshore

Jet ski braving the Tweed River Bar yesterday  BW Media
It's been a wild week on the east coast of Australia with high winds and high seas keeping all but the foolhardy (including our own cruising boat, the not-so-brave Blackwattle) in port, as this picture of the Tweed River Bar taken yesterday shows.

The best news in this issue for Australian sailors and would-be sailors is that Yachting Australia and the world recognised Royal Yachting Association will make a formal partnership to make Australian sailing training not only standard across all states, but to the RYA's standards, and therefore, recognised world-wide as well..

It's Happy Birthday to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology as it becomes our latest centenarian, but hardly decrepit, and right ahead of our times, as our article describes.

Are you a boat show junkie? This month we have developed an itinerary which will enable you to cover most of the world's major boat shows in just a couple of months, and not too many crossings of the Atlantic.

If you love reading about the ocean's adventurers, read about solo Francis Joyon as he continues to make incredible speeds up the Atlantic, way ahead of Ellen MacArthur's record, his contemporary Thomas Coville is following behind at a lesser speed, and Heather Neill – that game little lady who wants to solo circumnavigate in a 24ft boat, hasn't even started – delayed by weather.

Cherishing inventiveness at all levels, we profile a sailing inventor this week, who's trying to get a clean fuel hydrogen assisted electric outboard motor to a viable stage of development, and our product of the week is Ramarine's Life Tag.

AND don't forget to enter the Musto competition where YOU CAN WIN one of their fantastically warm and cosy snugs – all details below.

Finally, the prize for the saddest photo of the week goes to that of a French/Canadian couple watching their boat crash and sink on the rocks in Florida.

Read on, enjoy 2008, and

Sail Safe


By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Francis Joyon -Seven Day Slash from Record?
By Nancy Knudsen,
With less than 6000 miles to go before he finishes his solo round the world journey, Francis Joyon has the potential to take an incredible seven days from Ellen MarArthur's record, set just under two years ago.... [more]


100 Years Service to Sailors
By Sail-World Cruising/ABC,
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology, is 100 years old today, 1st January. There is no service more valuable to any sailor than weather. Apart from 'looking out the window', cruising sailors, who depart when the weather is right, not when the gun goes, typically search every available means to get a reliable weather report to guide their decision making.... [more]


New Yacht Training Scheme for Australia
By Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia and RYA are on the verge of finalising a formal partnership for a new Yacht Training Scheme for Australia.... [more]


Solo Woman - Start Delayed by Weather
By Nancy Knudsen,
Heather Neill, the woman who was scheduled to depart yesterday to sail solo around the world in the smallest boat ever, has been delayed by weather. This morning she said 'It looks like gale weather warnings, high surf advisories, and hard freeze may delay departure even more'... [more]


Win a Musto Snug in the Sail-World sweepstakes
By Media Services,
The popularity of the Musto brand was confirmed to us here at Sail-World when we recently launched the second annual Musto Sweepstakes competition. As soon as the competition was posted we received a flood of entries from readers all keen to get their hands on the prize of an ever popular Musto Snug. Enter top right side of this page... [more]


Trapped in an anchorage?-Watch your Bar on Video
By Cruising Editor,
Additional aid to sailors on the east coast of Australia trapped in port by the heavy seas across the bars is a website called 'Coastal Watch', which shows live, hour by hour, the state of your local bar.... [more]


Tragic photo as crew watch their sailboat sink
By Mitra Malek, Palm Beach Post,
The sailing boat Scarf had crossed the Atlantic, stopped in Venezuela and Tobago and endured two years of Quebec's arctic cold. Engineless for two years in the Caribbean, its captain had always kept it on course. But strong winds at the Lake Worth Inlet in Palm Beach Florida Sunday morning caused the demise of the 1968 Armagnac... [more]


YachtShare: pleasure without the pain of ownership
By Media services,
Summer is now here, but is there still a tin of anti-foul waiting for you in the garden shed? Your boat has spent the winter months on the mooring, but now the weather has lightened, you want to spend balmy summer days cruising, racing or just mucking about on the water with family and friends. But before you get out there the boat needs to be slipped, anti-fouled, costly repairs... [more]


Taking a Boat Show Holiday
By Des Ryan,
Up there in the Northern Hemisphere where they can't sail in winter because it gets too damn cold, they hold Boat Shows instead. So if you're wanting a different type of holiday this year, you could spend the months of January and February, just going to boat shows. You'll need an unlimited air ticket and some train tickets as well for the boat show holiday of a lifetime. Here's what to... [more]


Robot Boats to Hunt High-Tech Pirates
By Eric Sofge, Military.com,
The U.S. Navy and Coast Guard have expressed interest in the 30-ft.-long Protector, a robot boat which comes mounted with a machine gun and could be retrofitted for commercial use.... [more]


Hydrogen assisted Sailboat – the Making of a Dream
By Nancy Knudsen,
Jim Harrington is the very essence of an inventor – with an impressive history of electronic and mechanical product design in astrophysics, geophysics and oceanographic – but it took the experience of messing about on his 42ft ketch Morning Star to inspire this dream.... [more]


Warning – Dangerous Coastal Bar Crossings
By NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime issues a reminder following the capsizing of a recreational vessel this morning at the entrance to Port Stephens... [more]


Product of the Week: Raymarine's Life Tag
By SAil-World Cruising,
Raymarine LifeTag is your personal wireless man overboard system. Utilizing the very latest in radio frequency broadcast technology, LifeTag monitors up to 16 tagged crew members ensuring they are safe and sound onboard. Each LifeTag pendant broadcasts a unique identification code back to the LifeTag base station, telling it that its wearer is 'safe.'... [more]


Yachties Sail to the Bargains
By Paul Kelbie, The Observer/Sail-World Cruising,
It's not only here in Australia that yachties are continually looking for somewhere cheaper to store their yacht when it is not sailing. The most popular place for foreign yachts seems to be Scarborough near Brisbane. In Europe the smart money has the French sailing to Tunisia to take out cheap annual contracts in excellent marinas, the Germans flock to Turkey for low-cost marinas with smiling... [more]


Superyacht Stuck Two Years, Struggles to Freedom
By Capt. Tom Serio, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising,
Last July, Sail-World Cruising published an bizarre story about the megayacht Legacy, marooned four miles off Florida's Key West since she was deposited there by Hurricane Wilma in October 2005. Owner Peter Halmos and the crew were onboard during the hurricane, and Halmos and his Captain have, incredibly, stayed on board or close in a houseboat ever since, trying to free the 160ft, $30million y... [more]

Austrian Sailors Rescued off Fraser Island
By Sunshine Coast Daily/Sail-World,
Three Austrian sailors on board their 34ft yacht Mary Louise were rescued from treacherous waters off Queensland's southeast coast after abandoning their yacht.... [more]



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