02 Jul 2009
















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...and the sailing is splendid

Vesper crew Jeff Robbins and Deirdre Schleigh  .
Winter has had much good sailing weather this year, so here's hoping you are making the best of it – forget about the Global Financial Crisis, and just go sailing.

It must be what many long range sailors are thinking, because the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has been so successful this year that they have closed the entry almost five months before the 22nd November departure date.

Two new boats are featured this week – the new Bavaria Cruiser 32, and the Sunfast 3200 from Jeanneau, which will be on show at the Sydney International Boat Show, coming up at the end of this month.

There are also a couple of great products - a new weather-proof marine fan (well shouldn't ANYTHING marine be 'weather-proof'?) - and the AIS Watchmate, making interpretation of AIS data just so much easier and pertinent for the cruising sailor. This last was the invention of the two Kiwi cruising sailors pictured above.

Natasza Caban - on the last leg of her solo circumnavigation  .. .

Completely untroubled by such stressful subjects as global economic crises, there are two solo circumnavigators on the final legs of their magnificent voyages. The sailing world is watching the challenges thrown to seventeen-year-old Zac Sunderland as he beats his way up the coastline, and in the same ocean is Polish Natasza Caban, a little older but just as game, as she completes her last leg from Panama back to Hawaii.

Lots of other stories too, both from Australia and the rest of the world: everything from the newsworthy to the bizarre, from the useful to the sad.

As usual, Sail-World Cruising is keeping you up to date with all that's going on in the world of non-competitive sailing, so skip through the articles below to find those that interest YOU.

Smooth cruising!


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Skipper relives fatal yacht voyage
WA Today/Sail-World Cruising,
The skipper of the yacht Excalibur that capsized after its keel snapped off says it was the most terrifying experience of his life, and that he had prepared himself to die.... [more]
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New native title off North Queensland won't affect cruising sailors
Nancy Knudsen,
Sailors access to sail areas of the Coral Sea included in this week's native title consent determination will not be affected. Leisure activities such as sailing will continue as before. More than 197,000 hectares of the Coral Sea and surrounding islands have been recognised in an historic native title consent determination.... [more]
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The new Sun Fast 3200 from Jeanneau at Sydney International Boat Show.
Mainsheet Media,
The new Sun Fast 3200 has been winning both races and plaudits in Europe. Now for the first time it will be on show in Australia at Sydney International Boatshow. Conceived by award winning designer Daniel Andrieu, the Sun Fast 3200 is a whole new concept in production cruiser-racers that are offshore capable.... [more]
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Calling all photographers: Sydney Boat Show chance for exposure
BIA NSW,
The Sydney International Boat Show, for the first time this year, is offering budding snappers the chance to display their best marine images alongside two of Australia's leading marine photographers, Andrea Francolini and Christophe Launay, as well have their photographs published in Digital Photography & Design Magazine.... [more]
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AIS Watchmate - simply for sailors
Blackwattle Studios,
A collision with a ship at sea is one of the cruising sailor's worst nightmares. While AIS technology has revolutionised one's ability to locate and identify most vessels that could be of danger, the interpretation of the technology into a simple solution, JUST FOR SAILORS, was left, by default, to two off-shore sailors Jeff Robbins and Deirdre Schleigh... [more]
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Bavaria Cruiser 32 - Preliminary Data Released
Jamie Millar,
More information has been released on the exciting new Bavaria Cruiser 32, designed by Farr Yacht Design and BMW Designworks USA.... [more]
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Skyros - The Northern Sporades, Aegean Sea
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue with their tales of sailing northwards along the coast of Turkey on their yacht Balvenie, a 47foot fractional-rigged centre-cockpit sloop... [more]
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Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service granted $16650 by CYCA SOLAS Trusts
Jennifer Crooks,
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (Hunter Region) is the latest recipient of a donation from the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS). A cheque for $16,650 was donated to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (Hunter Region) for the purchase of nine new water rescue harnesses.... [more]
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Profile of an adventure sailor - Natasza Caban
Nancy Knudsen,
She is beautiful, very beautiful. On first sight you could think she is a cover-girl for a fashion magazine, a slick high-heeled business chick from New York or a party girl in the fast set in London. The even features, the long lustrous hair, the slim perfect figure could make her any of these - But no, she is doing none of it - instead she is sailing round the world, solo.... [more]
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Win $5000 worth of Marina Berthing at any d'Albora location!
Natasha Jacobs,
Don't miss out on your chance to win $5000 worth of berthing at any of our seven d'Albora Marinas located on prime waterways throughout Sydney, Port Stephens and Melbourne. Akuna Bay, Sydney, Cabarita Point, Sydney, The Spit, Mosman, Sydney, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, Pier 35, Melbourne, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney and Victoria Harbour Docklands, Melbourne... [more]
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Shed a tear for Line 7
NBR/Sail-World Cruising,
If you have spent many a warm day or night thanks to Line 7 wet weather gear, you may want to shed a tear today. The future of the Line 7 Brand of wet weather gear and other clothes for sailors is now in doubt as the company went into receivership yesterday.... [more]
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New Product of the week: Weather-proof marine fan
BW Media,
We all know that water and electronics don't mix, especially salt water and electronics. So the new weatherproof fan designed by well-known marine fan manufacturer Caframo is welcome news.... [more]
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Economic benefits of whale watching underlined in new report
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Art,
Environment Minister Peter Garrett today joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare to release the report Whale Watching Worldwide at the International Whaling Commission annual meeting in Portugal.... [more]
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Teen circumnavigator update - Zac, Mike and Jessica
Nancy Knudsen,
Zac Sunderland, in his final coastal sail to his home port, was sent scurrying into Puerto Vallarta with a cracked bulkhead and away from a tropical storm that was promising to end up as a hurricane. With the help of his father Zac's boat Intrepid is repaired and on his way again.... [more]
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Ancient Balangay sailing vessel sets out on four year saga
Mindanao Examiner/Sail-World Cruising,
A replica of an ancient Philippines boat called a balangay, has finally been launched in Pasay City in Manila after many months of effort by a group of adventurers intent on showing the world the old mariner skills of the people of the Philippines.... [more]
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World's first totally green superyacht
Nancy Knudsen,
When I see a luxury motor yacht these days, I can't get past wondering how many litres of fuel it uses for an afternoon picnic. However, here's a 58 metre, $33 million superyacht that is, to put it gently, quite quite different.... [more]
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One-armed Japanese Sailor found safe after two months
BW Media,
Akio Yonago, the one-armed Japanese sailor on Emu II arrived safe and well in Thailand after being reported as missing almost two months ago.... [more]
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ARC Rally closes six months early - Escaping recession?
Peta Stuar-Hunt/Sail-World Cruising,
Is the economic doom and gloom so great in one's home country that it's best just to go sailing? Things have never been better for the organisers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), who have a full list of 225 boats registered for the transatlantic rally almost five months before the 2009 start date.... [more]
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