|20 Nov 2008|
Editorial: Which way to sail now?
The recent audacious hijack of a giant supertanker from Saudi Arabia by Somali pirates off the Kenyan coast has dismayed the world, carried out in spite of the presence of more and more of the world's battleships. There has been no lack of news from the troubled area, but what does it mean for the cruising sailor?
|Location of recent pirate attacks in Somali and Kenyan waters .|
On the issue of danger, it's worth remembering that the Caribbean Sea is much more dangerous than the Indian Ocean. While kidnapping is hardly pleasant, no deaths or injury have been recorded for cruising sailors in the Indian Ocean, while sailors have been left injured, permanently maimed or dead from pirate attacks in the Caribbean.
If you were (or are) thinking of sailing between Asia and Europe right now, the obvious choice is to avoid the pirate area altogether and sail around the coast of Africa, which carries its own difficulties. There's another way of thinking about it – with piracy so successful a venture for the Somalis, maybe they won't be worrying about pickings from a few tiny sailboats in the Gulf of Aden. Anyone want to test that theory? (or going to?)
This week's issue is crammed with positive stories. If you're within practical distance of Darling Harbour in Sydney, don't miss out on the big marine 'Clear the Decks' Sale. And talking of Sydney, there's a yacht performance info evening on 25th November at the CYC, suitable for cruising sailors, and an article to help you plan your Harbour New Year celebrations – it's not long to go! This week Fiona Harper starts a series profiling the marinas of Australia, and starts with Keppel Bay in the Whitsundays.
There's more good news. A Swiss student has made amazing advances in the development of a 'self-healing' hull; the inventor of a 'green' engine for sailing boats has been duly honoured; and out in the South Pacific, OceansWatch sailors are spreading their knowledge in the battle to save the world's coral reefs.
A new sixteen-year-old adventurer is on his way to sail solo unassisted round the world and try to break Jesse Martin's record; Pete Goss, on his way down the coast of Africa with a family group and heading this way, is have a wet and wild ride; the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is about to be underway again; and in practical news, there's another 'new generation' anchor on the market, this one developed for Antarctic waters, and sounding good!
So read on, enjoy, and...
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
|Sixteen-year-old to Circumnavigate Solo Unassisted |
BW News Roundup,
British Teenager Michael Perham, 16, set off from Portsmouth England yesterday at 11.10am to sail alone and unassisted around the world, aiming to be the youngest sailor to do so. Currently the sailor holding this record is Australian Jesse Martin who achieved the feat in 1999, aged 18. If Perham arrives back in Portsmouth on his planned date of March next year, he will be just 17.... [more]
|Storms Dampen Pete Goss's Spirit |
Pete Goss, that ocean hero with a quarter of a million miles under his belt and who earned the admiration of the watching world with the incredible feat of turning his downwind racer into a storm in the Southern Ocean, retracking his path, and locating and saving the life of fellow competitor Raphael Dinelli in 1996, has a bit of a problem with some storms off the coast of Africa.... [more]
|New navigation equipment standard on course |
The Australian Transport Council (ATC) of Ministers this month approved the new national safety standard for navigation equipment.... [more]
|Maritime's Draft Safe Boating Plan for Clyde River |
NSW Maritime today released the Draft Clyde Estuary Safe Boating Plan 2008-2012 for public comment. NSW Maritime's General Manager of Recreational Boating Brett Moore said the plan was the product of extensive community input and aimed to encourage a culture of safe boating on the waterway.... [more]
|CYCA - From Messing About to Grand Prix |
A Cruising Information Evening will be held at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia(CYCA) in Rushcutters Bay Sydney on Tuesday 25 November at 7pm. If you are anywhere near Sydney about that time, it would be a great opportunity to get free and up-to-date information about getting the best performance from your yacht... [more]
|Self Healing Yacht Hulls: One Student's Research |
'We were sailing at night when we hit the whale. We were thrown from our bunks by the collision, which shocked us all, and knocked a large split in the side of the yacht. However, with our self healing hull, only a small amount of water entered before the hole covered again, and the automatic pumps were able to deal with it easily...'... [more]
|New Anchor Kid on the Block - the RAYA |
When asked what was the very most important thing for long range cruising at a boat show this year, the answer popped out before I had time to think - 'The Anchor', I smiled without hesitation. Now there's a self styled 'New Kid on the Block'.... [more]
|Sanctuary Cove Boat show Boosts Pavilion Space |
The 2009 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will feature extended pavilion displays and an expanded international marketing program in the lead-up to the 21st annual event in May. The prestigious Australasian show is staged on Australia's Gold Coast from Thursday, May 21 to Sunday, May 24. In new developments , the combined pavilion display area has been increased 22% for 2009.... [more]
|Profile of a Marina: Keppel Bay |
Fiona Harper, Australian Marinas Guide,
Cruising the Qld coast it's easy to become complacent about your next overnight stop as you cruise inside the swell-free waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Short day sails are possible, with each anchorage offering something a little different, including island bays, expansive inlets and delightful coves. With so many safe anchorages, it would be easy to overlook Keppel Bay Marina. But don't!... [more]
|New Year's Eve on Sydney Harbour |
With New Year's Eve less than seven weeks away, it's time to start planning your farewell to 2008 and the celebration of a new year in one of the world's best cities.... [more]
|OceansWatch - Coral Saving in the South Pacific |
While others laze away in the pristine waters of the South Pacific, there's a group of cruising sailors and divers collected into a New Zealand led organisation called OceansWatch who are working to save the coral reefs from destruction. Part of their goal is also to work with local communities to help them do the same. Jane Pares here reports on their recent Vanuatu project... [more]
|Clear the Decks Sale- Darling Harbour Sydney |
Event Organisers BIA NSW,
Clear the Decks Sales - this weekend Date: 22 & 23 November Time: 10 am to 5 pm Location: Halls 4 & 5 Exhibition Centre & Cockle Bay Marina, Darling Harbour. 70 companies will have a variety of excess stock items ready for immediate delivery in the Halls & Marina.... [more]
|'Green' Sailboat Dream Wins Award for Inventor |
He was a cruising sailor, he was an astro- and geo-physics and oceanographic design engineer, he was a natural inventor, he had energy, and, most of all, he wished for better things for our planet. As a result of this happy confluence, now Jim Harrington has won a prestigious award for his work in inventing a hydrogen assisted sailing boat.... [more]
|Super Tanker attacked in Arabian Sea |
Combined Maritime Forces Public Affairs,
The very large crude tanker Sirius Star was attacked more than 450 nautical miles southeast of Mombasa, Kenya. This attack comes amid a decrease in the rate of successful pirate attacks on merchant vessels off the coast of Somalia.... [more]
|AMVER Awards Ship Co's after 25 Life-saving Years |
Coastguards of the world cannot reach a yacht in distress when thousands of nautical miles from land - but there is someone who just might be able to, and it's the nearest AMVER ship. Every year Sail-World reports sailing boats which have been assisted by AMVER ships, and now AMVER are celebrating 25 years of existence with some awards for the shipping companies that participate.... [more]
|Now may be the Time to Buy the Yacht! |
Jack Innis, The Log/Sail-World,
Start Shopping! — Despite media reports around the world of a “credit freeze” affecting home loans, in the United States marine lenders are still making boat loans — and buyers are finding some great buys in the current market, so maybe it's the right time to consider buying, no matter where you live... [more]
|Kennedy to Sail Mya Again |
In spite of his operation for brain cancer earlier this year, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy is planning a sailing trip on his 50ft schooner Mya off the coast of Florida this year.... [more]
|Two Pirates from Confused Somalia Killed |
BW Media round-up,
Sailors wanting to make the journey from Asia to the Mediterranean without having to round the Cape of Good Hope are watching the developments in the Gulf of Aden intensely, and much of the news is confusing at best... [more]
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