27 Mar 2008




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Boat Licences for High School Students

Teaching high school students the Rules of the Water..  .
NSW has moved to make our waterways safer in the future by teaching high school students how to drive a boat safely, and awarding licences to successful candidates. What a great idea! – no less than 120 schools will be involved in the programme.

If you are a lover of boat shows (and what yachtie worth their salt isn't?) then it'll be worth a trip to the Gold Coast at the end of May this year to catch the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show – it'll be bigger and better than ever, and this week Kate Duryea tell us why.

The South Pacific is not only merely a few days' sail away for eastern Australian sailors, it's also one of the world's dream destinations. So many yachties with a yen to sail east will be happy with our news this week. Fiji has quickly reversed its earlier decision to reduce the allowable stay for yachts – it's now a generous nine months. This means you could sail to Fiji, leave your yacht in a safe hole for the cyclone season, and have it waiting for you ready for next year's sailing season.

By contrast, in that other alluring sailing destination of Thailand, in a move that is likely to aggravate freedom-loving visiting sailors, the Phuket authorities are thinking of 'tagging' yachts, so they can be traced all the time they are in Thai waters.

Lots of other news – an article questioning what happened to Daisy, the sailboat that tragically disappeared and sank during an afternoon race in San Francisco Bay, lovely moments in the Leeward Islands with those wandering Aussies the Treleavens, and Mike Harker's account of his scary entrance into Little Harbor in the Northern Bahamas.

There's more valuable advice from Dave Abbott as he continues with the second part of his article on Storm Management for Cruisers, and another practical tip, about wind-up torches – just the thing to leave on your boat for night arrivals.

Want to go sailing in the Greek Islands? There may be an offer you can't refuse, so....

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail safe!


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Fiji Yacht Stay Extended to Nine Months
Des Ryan,
South Pacific cruising sailors will be delighted to know that the Fijian Cabinet has approved the extension of the allowable yacht stay period in Fiji from three months to nine months. Some months ago, the period was reduced from six months to three, with 'security' widely believed to be the reason. The Fijian marine industry, heavily dependent on visiting yachts, was aghast.... [more]


Sanctuary Cove Show expands display
Kate Duryea,
The 20th anniversary Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show this May has an extended footprint to offer even more display space. Currently more than 410 exhibitors are placed for the Gold Coast event staged Thursday May 22 to Sunday May 25.... [more]


Rabbits to the rescue of the reef
ARC Centre of Excellence - Coral Reef Studies,
While rabbits continue to ravage Australia's native landscapes, rabbit fish may help save large areas of the Great Barrier Reef from destruction. Prof. Bellwood and fellow researcher Rebecca Fox have spent recent years running live experiments to see what happens when a reef turns to weed – and which fish, if any, are of help in restoring the coral.... [more]


The Island Cruising Association opens gateways
Jane Pares,
The Island Cruising Association is the gateway for New Zealanders or any sailor in New Zealand for cruising in company from New Zealand to the islands of the South Pacific... [more]

NSW high school students sit for boat licences
Bob Wonders,
Under a unique agreement between NSW Maritime and the Marine Teachers' Association, more than 120 high schools can now offer safe boating courses and more than 8000 students annually are expected to participate.... [more]


Mike Harker, 11 Month Circumnavigator, in Abacos
Nancy Knudsen/Mike Harker,
Mike Harker, charismatic adventurer and intrepid sailor, has just completed a circumnavigation of the globe in his Hunter 49, Wanderlust III in just under 11 months, thus adding to his long list of inspirational achievements. Why inspirational? Read on...... [more]


Storm Management for Cruisers - Part 2
Dave Abbott, www.maxingout.com,
Breaking Seas, Non-breaking Seas, Black Holes, and Moitessier's Plan: Inexperienced mariners need to understand that in non-breakings seas, water doesn't move horizontally. It moves vertically. There is no horizontal displacement of the water in a non-breaking wave.... [more]


Easy Check-in? Or Big Brother? Phuket Tags Yachts
Nancy Knudsen,
Phuket in Thailand, long the centre of some of the world's finest cruising waters, wants to put a 'tracker' on visiting yachts to know where they are at all times. They've called it 'better security', and 'streamlining procedures', but it begs the question of how cruising sailors will react to having a 'chip' attached to their yacht so that authorities know where they are at all times... [more]


Sailing with the Treleavens - Leeward Islands
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Ian and Andrea Treleaven, those veterans of 'Letters from the Med', have now sailed their lovely new yacht Cape Finisterre across the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Some bad luck meant that they waited for many weeks for a new mast, but have finally had it replaced and are headed off to enjoy sailing the Leeward Islands... [more]


HF Weather for Pacific Sailors – Safe for a While
Nancy Knudsen,
Until at least 2010, sailors in the Pacific Ocean will have access to vital weather broadcasts, owing to both Australia and the United States agreeing to continue services in the interim... [more]


The Wind-up Torch - Never go Boating without one
Des Ryan,
There's nothing worse when boarding a boat to find that all the batteries are flat, all the rechargeables need recharging and you need a TORCH RIGHT NOW! This is where the dynamo wind-up LED torch is the life-saver... [more]


What Sank Daisy?
Jim Doyle, Sfchronical.com/Sail-World Cruising,
The cause of the sinking of Daisy, the 31ft sailing boat that 'disappeared' with the loss of two sailors' lives during a recent race in San Francisco Bay has investigators baffled, but they believe it was 'catastrophic'. Preliminary investigations of the underwater remains of the boat tell only that the boat was dismasted and the cabin separated from the hull. The boat sent no distress signal.... [more]


New Boat Law: No Rainwater Runoff Allowed
Sail-World Cruising,
In the United States allowing rain to run off your boat into the sea, or allowing seawater from your diesel engine to escape into the sea could be against the law after September 30th this year. Unbelievable? Read on...... [more]


Mykonos Santorini in Reduced Sailing Holiday
Des Ryan,
On May 4th there's an eight day specially reduced sailing holiday available for a 20% reduction, selling at just A$668 (plus local payment of 150 Euro), which includes some of the finest gems of the Greek Islands. It starts in fabled Mykonos and ends in the lovely Santorini.... [more]



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