22 May 2008




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Daring Do or Dumbo Dangerous?

The way it ought to be....  .
The wonderful thing about cruise sailing is that there's always something new and exciting happening – a glorious adventure tale to tell, a salient lesson to heed, a new trick to learn; but just sometimes, there's also a dumbo spoiling the euphoria by doing something stupidly dangerous.

This week's Dumbo Award goes to a couple of rescued rowers and the skipper of the sailing boat they convinced to go looking for the rowboat, who all then set off together against a forecast of horrific weather off the Philippines.

In a story ably told by Sail-World Asia Editor Guy Nowell, they put many others' lives at risk, TWICE, and lost both rowing boat and yacht in the process.

Around Australia there's plenty happening too - while Fedor Konyukhov celebrates his solo circumnavigation of the Antarctic down in Albany WA, the glitziest boat show of them all is on right now on the Gold Coast, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. There are hundreds of boats on display and Sail-World, Powerboat-World and Marine Business News are there in force!

The argument for always having a boom brake on a cruising boat was underlined sadly this week when a long time cruising sailor on yacht Deja Vu was killed by a swinging boom 80 miles off Fraser Island. The story of the rescue of his wife, who would have been left to solo sail the vessel back to port alone with her dead husband on board, is inspiring from every perspective. Queensland yachties are coming to her assistance now in droves.

Happier was the story of the Skipper who claims a rented EPIRB saved the lives of him and his three crew; There are also reports from the Blue Water Rally living it up in French Polynesia and coming soon to Australia - and Mariner Boating is setting off for a Burgundy Barge Cruise next year, which YOU can join. It's more than enough to have your mouth watering....

On a more practical note, no matter how careful you already are, you might appreciate the article with a check-list of simple regular checks YOU can make to assure yourself of the integrity of your rigging; and if you can't bear to part with that faithful and beloved boat you SHOULD sell, we have a solution!

This week as every week, read on for more great sailing tales, news and information from around the world.

...and sail safe!


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



6000 Adventurous Sea Miles into Limbo...
James Ellis, AsianYachting.com,
A harrowing - and/or amusing - 6000 mile tale of successful struggles against failing gear and failing struggles against labyrinths of bureaucracy. 'It all started in Malaysia at the beginning of March this year, and is still ongoing in Italy in May.' writes James Ellis, Canadian Skipper of yacht Midnight Sun. 'A crew of four was hired to deliver the 14m sailing yacht to Greece..... [more]


South African Cruising Sailor - Boom Death in Oz
Fraser Coast Chronicle/Sail-World Cruising,
Cruising sailors in Queensland Australia are rallying to the assistance of a sailor whose husband was killed by the swinging boom of their vessel in rough weather - It was the trip of a lifetime that ended in tragedy.... [more]


Attention Sydneysiders: Anchor Information Evening
Jennifer Crooks, Communications Manager, CYCA,
Marine Industries is supporting Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Anchor Information Evening on 27th May by generously donating anchors and related equipment as “lucky door prizes” for the evening... [more]


Marinas Act to Reduce Carbon Footprint
Sail-World Cruising,
The Low Carbon Marina Initiative was launched yesterday at the Australian Marine Innovation Conference on the Gold Coast. Keynote speaker Senator The Hon Kim Carr, Australian Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research said, 'Climate change is pressing to our marine industry. The Low Carbon Marina Initiative to be launched today is one example of how the marina industry is responding... [more]


Bavaria Yachts Australia launch new 2008 line
Jamie Millar,
Bavaria Yachts Australia held a launch party for the new Bavaria 31, 34, 38 and 40 Cruisers at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Thursday 8 May in Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney.... [more]


Variety Splashing again in 2009
Sandman Media,
The inaugural Variety Splash, held on Port Phillip Bay in February, proved such a success that planning is already underway for the 2009 event.... [more]


European Launch of Australian Yacht Design
Graham Radford,
The first Ocean Sprite GP46 was launched in Italy in early April and was immediately sailed from Ancona to Split for the Croatian Boat Show. The 14m aluminium kit yacht was designed in Australia by Radford Yacht Design and built by Top Vela S.r.l. in Italy.... [more]


Keeping your Mast Vertical AND in One Piece
Des Ryan,
How often do you personally check your mast? Every time you use the boat? Never? Do you leave it to the experts? Do you know what to check for? What can bring it down anyway? How can you tell the integrity of the stainless steel on your boat?... [more]


Pirate Zone Nations decide to Act
Steve Herman/Sail-World Cruising,
While the new organisation of Indian Ocean nations might be thinking more about oil shipments than about yachties trying to reach the Mediterranean from Asia, if the organisation is effective then sailing boats could be incidental beneficiaries... [more]


Model your Yacht and Have it Forever
Nancy Knudsen,
She's been faithful and never let you down... you've had wonderful moments with her and will miss her badly...you have to let her go, but can't bear to part with her...sound familiar? Well, there's a solution... [more]


Burgundy by Barge 2009 with Mariner Boating
Maggie Joyce,
Trevor and I are in the Burgundy area of France where we are finalising the details of the canal barging event planned for early June in 2009. The delightful small villages in this traditional wine growing area look as if time has stood still since the 14th century.... [more]


The Boat Shows are coming- ring Finlease!
Jardine Media,
Two of Australia's biggest boat shows are coming and so it's time to sort out your boat finance arrangements. Specialist boat finance provider Finlease will be an active presence at both the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show (Thursday 22nd May-Sunday 25th May) and Sydney International Boat Show (Thursday 31st July-Tuesday 5th August.)... [more]


Alcohol Leading Cause of Boat Deaths
Sail-World Cruising,
Americans are particularly good at counting things. So while the figures released this week by the US Coast Guard do not relate to Australia, the general findings are likely to be the same. Unsurprisingly, alcohol has been blamed as the leading cause of boat accidents which result in death.The good news is that total deaths were down in 2007, but on the other hand, total accidents were up...... [more]


UN to act on Somalia, but Pirate Issue Waits....

The United States and France have introduced a U.N. resolution that would allow countries to chase and arrest pirates off Somalia's coast, responding to recent attacks including on French yacht Ponant and Spanish and Japanese commercial vessels. While another resolution on Somalia was approved unanimously this week, the pirate resolution is still waiting approval... [more]


Fedor, First Antarctic Circumnavigator, Celebrates
Sail-World Cruising,
The first sailor to circumnavigate Antarctica along the prescribed 'Antarctic Race Track' has returned to Moscow to a hero's welcome, after celebrating his success in Albany, Western Australia. .... [more]


New Zealand Sailors Win $25m. from Fuel Tax
Sail-World/Yachting New Zealand,
Because of the efforts of their representative organisation Yachting New Zealand, New Zealand boaters are to benefit by a cool $25,000,000 towards boating safety and education... [more]


Blue Water Rally Loves Tahiti and Moorea
Peter Seymour,
The Blue Water Round The World Cruising Rally allows cruising yachtsmen to realise their dream and to circumnavigate the globe in their own yacht. Aimed at crews sailing with families and friends, the Rally enjoys a 'club' atmosphere. Tahiti and Moorea proved to be great stopovers this year, and Peter Seymour here describes the stopover and some of the activities that the participants enjoyed.... [more]


'Rented Epirb Saved our Lives' says Skipper
BoatUS/Sail-World,
The owner and captain of a 48-foot charter sailboat credits a rented BoatUS EmergencyBeacon (EPIRB) for helping save four lives when their boat struck a submerged object early on the morning of Tuesday, May 13, about 200 miles east of Brunswick, GA. The charter sailboat, the S/V Wolf, had been in transit to Bayshore, New Jersey.... [more]



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