|21 Aug 2008|
Editorial: The Saddest Whale Tale of All
Just metres away from the bow of our yacht Blackwattle, where we are moored in 'The Basin' (part of Broken Bay) is the motherless baby whale that has made world headlines in the last week by trying to nestle with whale sized yachts.
|'Colin' trying to bond with yacht Javelin .|
Normally reporting the news rather than part of it, we woke up yesterday to find ourselves inside a hastily erected exclusion zone by marine authorities to protect the whale dubbed Colin who has now adopted a small permanently moored yacht called Javelin, ceaselessly circling and trying to suckle.
While would-be carers are already grieving for the fate of the small whale, which, without sustenance, has only days to live, crowds of media line the beaches and wharves, arrived by yacht, ferry or water taxi, and the air above is loud with reverberating helicopter engines.
In other news, while the Olympics takes centre stage, whales are also well in the news this week, with the story of a whale collision with a yacht off Bundaberg. According to the Whale Centre at Southern Cross University in Townsville, it's just the beginning, as the number of whales could increase four-fold in coming years.
Australia's first online Marinas Guide is just launched, and I am sure it will be welcomed by cruising sailors, both home grown and international.
Lots of world news too - the 13 young crew of a sail training yacht had to be rescued from the North Sea, and there's an inspiring story of survival by a Wisconsin sailor who spent 13 hours treading water without a life jacket.
The Blue Water Rally has finished its crossing of the Pacific, arriving into Mackay for many celebrations, and, encouraged by the rapidly melting ice at the earth's poles, there's a new expedition to the Arctic to search for Sir John Franklin's long lost ships.
Some good reading, some fine tales of discovery and bravery - and the sad whale tale.
So read on, enjoy, and...
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
|Another Whale Collision - and Likely to Increase |
Lucy Killip, Newsmail/Sail-World,
While professional and volunteer workers are preoccupied with saving a baby whale in Broken Bay, whale researchers say collisions between whales and yachts are likely to increase along the Australian coastline. Witness the account Skipper Andrew Johnson, whose yacht was holed this week...... [more]
|In Queensland? - Watch for Drifting Yacht Please |
ABC Wide Bay/Sail-World,
A Bundaberg couple who were rescued from their yacht off the Queensland coast last month (see http://www.sail-world.com/CruisingAus/Bundaberg-Sailors-Abandon-Yacht-after-Sea-Accident/47100!Sail-World_story!new )are asking people to keep an eye out for it.... [more]
|Sailor's Survival - 13hrs Treading Water |
'I surfaced, and I was looking around for my boat, and the motor was running and the sail was up, and there was the boat going off to the southeast,' Nelson recalls, 'and I thought, ah man, not gonna be a good day....' Have you ever thought of how you would react in such a situation? Read Jim Nelson's story...... [more]
|Baby Whale - Still Searching for Mum |
'The Basin' is normally a placid anchorage in Sydney's deeply sheltered Broken Bay - small ferries putt-putting, ducks feeding, seagulls, a pelican or two. But this morning the air is tense and noisy. Sydney's motherless baby whale, which was led out to sea a couple of days ago, has sadly come back into protected waters looking for Mum, and found herself in the comparatively shallow waters of '... [more]
|Marinas Guide to Australia - It's About Time! |
It's about time! There are Marina Guides to almost every other sailing-mad country in the world - why not Australia? Now, for the first time, when you are contemplating a trip, this website will tell you where the marinas are - precisely, showing you with an easy click a Google Earth hybrid map of the marina: www.marinasguide.com.au .... [more]
|'Heartbreaking' - Lost Baby Whale Suckles Yacht |
'It's just heartbreaking!' says John Dengate of the NSW National Parks and Wildlife. Desperate attempts are under way to save a lost baby humpback whale which tried to suckle a whale-sized yacht in Pittwater 20 miles north of Sydney Harbour. Not able to part the little calf from the yacht, rescuers from the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service to... [more]
|Baby whale snuggles up to yacht in Pittwater |
A NSW Maritime Boating Officer towed a 8-9m sloop out of Pittwater in a bid to lure a sick and distressed 3m calf Humpback whale out to sea. The calf, believed to be about 1 month old, was noticed in Pittwater earlier today alone and attempting to cuddle up to the moored sloop.... [more]
|Perry a spectacular motor sailing catamaran |
Leading Australian multihull builder, Perry Catamarans, will soon deliver the best of both worlds in boating with the release of the magnificent Perry MS-59 motor sailer.... [more]
|Spring's Coming, and a Sensational Sailing Offer |
Travmedia Press Release,
If you decide to sail away with Sunsail Yacht Charters this September you'll receive 20 percent off monohull yacht charter rates in the Whitsundays. For as little as $143 per person per night, you could be enjoying glorious weather and idyllic sailing conditions – good winds, safe, protected anchorages and the usual stunning scenery and marine life.... [more]
|Swift Action Averts Yacht Disaster off Cairns |
Roger Dickson, Cairns.com.au,
SWIFT action by Cairns Water Police and the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard narrowly averted a potential yachting disaster on Saturday afternoon. The drama unfolded after the skipper of the Roberts-designed 18m steel ketch Lu Ann sent out a call for help when the vessel began taking on water at an alarming rate.... [more]
|Sailing to Guatemala - via Honduras and Belize |
The Wheeler Family, Mark and Susan with their children Marshall and Amy in their yacht Mima are heading for Guatemala from Honduras via Belize where they will remain for the next three months. Here they continue their tale of sailing as a family, with distance schooling and a journey rich with life experiences... [more]
|Crew of Sail Training Yacht Rescued from North Sea |
The 13 young crew of a sail training yacht had to be rescued when their boat flooded while sailing in the North Sea, 125 miles off the UK coast. The 60ft Clyde Challenger began taking on water. The crew, aged 15-25, were picked up by a passing ship after sending out a distress call... [more]
|Canadians to Search for Tassy Governor's Ships |
Nick Meo/Sail-World Cruising,
More than 160 years after they vanished into the northern ice on a doomed mission to find a North West Passage to Asia, an expedition will set off in search of the lost ships of explorer Sir John Franklin, who served as Tasmania's Governor from 1836 to 1843, when he was recalled, apparently because his wife was to 'liberated' and the pair too 'adventurous' for proper Tasmanian society of the day... [more]
|Blue Water Rally Arrives Mackay |
It's been a hectic few days here in Mackay Marina with the Blue Water Rally yachts arriving day and night. The Marina has set aside a secure pontoon as a customs and quarantine berth and 19 yachts have received their clearances there before going on to their pre-allocated berths.... [more]
|HM Bark Endeavour departs Sydney for Brisbane |
Australian National Maritime Museum Media,
HM Bark Endeavour, the replica of James Cook's ship of discovery, will depart its home port at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, at 11 am tomorrow (Sat) on a two-month voyage to Brisbane and back.... [more]
|Brave Quad Quits Round-Britain Sail - only for Now |
Hilary Lister, 36 year old quadriplegic from Kent UK, only able to move her head, has had to finally face the reality that she will be unable to complete her attempt to sail solo around the British Isles this year, but NOT because of her disabilities... [more]
|Important Safety Warning from Seago |
We have become aware that some Seago 150 and 175 Newton Lifejackets including Junior Lifejackets may have a defect which could result in serious injury.... [more]
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