|02 Apr 2008|
NZ Yacht Mutiny - Should it have happened?
Have you ever been on a sailing boat when a mutiny took place? No? Pretty hard to imagine in the 21st Century, but that's what happened in the Tasman Sea last week.
|What do YOU think? .|
90 miles off the coast of that home of excellent sailors, New Zealand, three self-admittedly inexperienced crew mutinied against their Skipper and Captain,set off an Epirb and were lifted off by helicopter. The Skipper won't talk, but when you've read the crew's version, tell me what you think!
If you like being connected to the internet ALL the time, read about my second-best friend - my NextG modem with 9db Antenna – I have not been able to find an anchorage remote enough or with cliffs high enough that I can't get the internet.
It's official. The Manson Supreme is the world's best anchor, according to the Lloyd's Register, who have recorded the Supreme as the only SUPER high holding powered anchor in the world.
The third and final Part of Dave Abbott's rivetting information about how the cruising sailor can deal with heavy weather is in this week's edition, with practical information on how to strengthen your bow to take a sea anchor safely.
For Sydneysiders there's a useful seminar coming up about VHF/HF changes, and OZSLAM is having a warehouse sale with some great gear going fast. And if you ever transit the New South Wales coast you'll be interested in the new webcam images of river bars when the weather's threatening.
News from all the world's oceans about what's going on for sailing adventurers. The Blue Water Rally has just arrived in Nuku Hiva in the remote Marquesas; that tiny hero of world sailing Dame Ellen MacArthur has been awarded yet another honour – by the French; Russian Antarctic sailor Fedor Konyukhov is still down there fighting the ice - and two inspirational sailors in their 80's and 90's who are still out winning sailing championships are profiled.
...and more, so read on, enjoy, and...
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
|Coastal bars made safer with web camera technology |
Fifteen cameras along the NSW coastline will offer live, on-line viewing of bar crossing conditions and local weather forecasts. NSW Maritime makes $170,000 investment to safeguard 'dynamic environments' that can claim the lives of the unwary.... [more]
|What you Need to Know on Recent VHF/HF Changes |
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is organising an information night, on Tuesday 29 April at the CYCA at New Beach Road, Rushcutters Bay in Sydney from 6. 30 PM with speakers from AMSA, the NSW Water Police and the Volunteer Marine Rescue Groups (AVCGA and RVCP) to provide an update on the latest developments in radio communication... [more]
|Queenslanders: Now buy your Elan Yacht Locally |
The Australian importers and distributors of Elan Yachts, Navsail with head office based in Bayview, Pittwater plus a well established Victorian Agent (Melb) are pleased to announce further sound expansion north with the appointment of Farine Boat Sales as their Agent for Queensland. Cruising enthusiasts will see Elan Impression on display for the first time at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2008.... [more]
|Storm Management for Cruisers - PART 3 |
Dave Abbott, www.maxingout.com,
This third part of Dave Abbott's rivetting article tells what to do if you DO get caught in a storm, including the use of Parachutes, drogues and sea anchors.... [more]
|It was Certainly Mutiny, but was it Justified? |
It's not often in the 21st Century you hear of mutiny on the high seas, and more rarely on a yacht. However, a recent mutiny on a yacht in New Zealand waters raises interesting questions. When is a mutiny justified? If a crew mutinies because they are afraid for their lives, is that justified? Maybe yes. But if very inexperienced, maybe they are just panicked landlubbers without understanding?... [more]
|In their 80s and 90s, still Sailing to Win! |
So you love sailing – what do you think you will be doing when you're 80 or 90? Sailing? Maybe? - but do you imagine yourself still winning races? National Championships? No? Then your imagination might be limiting you, because there are at least two (that we know about) inspirational 80 to 90 year olds, Gordon and Ernie, still winning championships at that age.... [more]
|Vicsail's new Lagoon set to stun |
The first new Lagoon 500 will shortly arrive in Australia and is set for a spectacular launch at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show (Thursday May 22-Sunday May 25.) Vicsail, Australian importer of the French built Lagoon range, are expecting the catamaran to be one of the show's major attractions. Vicsail's agent in Airlie Beach, Kate Rider, said the ‘mere presence of the boat will make such a statement.'... [more]
|Bavaria & X-Yacht owners gather for a day of fun! |
With well over 350 Bavaria and X-Yacht owners now in Australia the annual Bavaria and X-Yacht Pittwater Regatta has grown to be a fun filled day for all those involved. This Sunday the 30th of March you can expect to see over 30 Bavaria and X-Yachts strutting their stuff in a series of races or orienteering events organised by the Australian importers North South Yachting.... [more]
|Safety Changes for Tall Ship after Fatality |
On December 06, 2006, 25 year old Laura Gainey, crew member on the Cook Islands registered tall ship Picton Castle, was swept overboard to her death by a rogue wave. She was not on watch at the time, but nevertheless was on the deck of the three-masted barque, which was sailing in the Atlantic about 450miles east of Cape Cod. Laura was not tethered, nor was she wearing a life jacket.... [more]
|Sailor's Best Friend– NextG Modem PLUS ANTENNA |
Since November last year, we have been sailing and anchoring through all kinds of inaccessible coastal waterways - and out to sea - from Bundaberg to Sydney, and we've NEVER been without good internet coverage on the boat.... [more]
|Single Sailor?What Better Holiday than with Others |
Where does a single sailor go to have a holiday? Why on a Singles Sailing Journey of course! You can choose between Greece, Turkey Thailand and even the waters of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.... [more]
|Hamilton Island gets Sailor as CEO |
Former Sydney boy and professional sailor turned businessman Glenn Bourke has spent the past six years jetting around the world in high-profile and glamorous jobs. Nice work if you can get it, you might say, but you can have too much of a good thing. 'Last year I spent two-thirds of the year 268 days out of 365 in the air,' he said. 'That's a lot of time to be spending in planes. I was chronically... [more]
|Manson's Supreme Anchor-'Super' Status from Lloyds |
If you believe the Lloyds Register of Shipping, the Manson Supreme is the best anchor in the world. It is the only production boat anchor that they have awarded the status of 'Super High Holding Power', in place of the 'High Holding Power' status of more commonly known anchors such as CQR, Delta, Bruce, or Bugel.... [more]
|Fedor becalmed: Surrounded by sea of ice |
Fedor Konyuhhov is pleasantly surprised to find himself almost totally becalmed in the Roaring Forty latitudes of the South Atlantic, mid way between Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope.... [more]
|Green Ellen MacArthur Gets French Legion of Honour |
Ali Walsh, Derby Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,
World-record-breaking yachtswoman and Green Advocate Ellen MacArthur has received a top award from the French president. The Derbyshire sailor was presented with the Legion d'Honneur by Nicolas Sarkozy at the Old Royal Naval College, in Greenwich, yesterday... [more]
|Blue Water Rally arrives in Nuku Hiva |
Coming at the end of a 3000-mile passage across the Pacific Ocean, the high, green mountains of the Marquesas are always a welcome sight for our Blue Water Rally yachtsmen. Although some crews will visit other islands first, their main destination is Taiohae Bay in Nuku Hiva.... [more]
|SLAM Warehouse Sale |
It's on again, SLAM is having its once a Year Sale for Sydneysiders. SLAM is opening its Alexandria warehouse to the public over two weekends to clear previous season's stock.... [more]
|Fuel Limit for Powerboats, Yachts - 100L.per Month |
Australia's Environment Minister Penny Wong today announced new measures for motor yachts and sailng yachts to curtail carbon emissions over the Australian mainland. From 1st July, 2008, fuel limits will be set for all motorised marine leisure vessels. Vessels powered by fuel alone will have a limit set of 100 litres per month, while vessels powered by both sail and fuel will be have a limit of... [more]
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