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 15 Apr 2010
 


How long before the sailing freedoms erode?

How long before the traditional freedoms of the sea are no more...?  Carlo Borlenghi ©
One of the most alluring dreams about sailing away into the sunset is the freedom of it all - to cruise where and when you want, away from the rules and regulations that enclose life on land.

But the inexplicably outrageous behaviour of one Polish born Frenchman this week takes us one step closer to having all that in jeopardy.


Boguslaw (Bob) Norwid will have angered not only his paying student crew whom he wouldn't allow to use the radio when they were overdue, but others as well. The Foreign Affairs Departments of Canada and Australia and their consulates in Chile pushed the Chileans to search longer and further. As for the Chileans, with one of the worst recorded earthquakes in modern history, valuable skills were removed from the coastline as Chilean Coastguard vessels searched for the missing yacht.

After the British flagged SS Columbo returned safely to Coquimbo a mere 44 days late, (with five, not seven sailors on board as sometimes reported) Sail-World Cruising also received an unusually high number of emails from angry readers.

In spite of the mainstream press claiming that there is an 'international sailing standard whereby boats are meant to maintain regular radio contact with a radio station close by', this is not the case at all. Position reporting is mandatory only when in a race or rally. Regardless of this, the irresponsible skipper had a clear duty of care to his students, whom he had charged $3500 each.

The idea that miscreant sailors who clearly cause unnecessary rescues should be forced to pay for them has long been a subject of discourse over sundowners in cockpits and in yacht club bars. In New Zealand last year some sailors who panicked and called for rescue were afterwards shamed into paying for their rescue by the outcry that followed, but that's a long way from the enacting of a regulation.

The families of the returned Canadian sailors say they are angry enough to sue skipper Bob Norwid if they can, and no doubt they will be searching every angle with their lawyers. Let's hope they succeed.

A great turnout of other news here below – some important, some informative, some merely quirky or entertaining. Then there are the mouth watering cruising tales....

It's a great read, so browse down the headlines to see what interests you.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Gold Coast sailor, missing with four others, sails in Coquimbo, Chile
Nancy Knudsen,
Australian student sailor Mitchell Westlake from the Gold Coast has sailed into the Chilean port of Coquimbo on board SS Columbia, after being reported missing for two months in the Eastern Pacific. With him were two fellow students and the skipper Boguslaw 'Bob' Norwid and his wife... [more]
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Waterspouts - don't get caught in one of these!
Sail-World Cruising,
Waterspouts and their land versions are common in the Caribbean and tropical waters of the area, but here are some photos taken by cruising sailor John Hodgson while he was cruising in Turkey recently.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - past Leeuwin, but Tasmania still to go.
Nancy Knudsen,
Jessica Watson has passed under the last great Cape of her circumnavigation, Cape Leeuwin on the south west tip of Australia, and is on the home run. As excitement mounts, those with even a little sailing experience must have their excitement tempered with a little trepidation, for a few reasons.... [more]
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Yacht beached in Bass Strait after 18 hour storm battle
Des Ryan,
Yacht Thorendor was beached by its owner after losing an 18 hour battle with gale force winds in Bass Strait this week. Simon Gibertson of Binalong Bay deliberately beached his 13 metre steel yacht because he decided to sacrifice the yacht rather than endangering his two young daughters.... [more]
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Can ships TURN OFF Class B AIS targets? The answer is NO!
Ben Ellison,
It is a frequently heard marine myth that ships, seeing a lot of clutter on their AIS screens, TURN OFF the signals from Class B AIS targets, ridding themselves of worry about potential collisions with vessels which may only scrape their paintwork. Ben Ellison, of panbo.com, arguably the premier electronics blog for cruisers, here addresses the issue, in his own inimitable style:... [more]
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Cruising in Ketoro: Chagos Archipelago
Rolfe and Irene Fricke,
Rolf and Irene Fricke are cruising the Indian Ocean in their 40ft Admiral Catamaran, Ketoro. From the Seychelles, they have sailed to the almost legendary sailing world of Chagos - that isolated archipelago about half way between Sri Lanka and Madagascar, seven uninhabited atolls - uninhabited that is, except for the sailing boats:... [more]
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Fair sailing at Whitsunday Rent a Yacht
Jeni Bone,
Category three storm, Cyclone Ului devastated the Whitsunday region just two weeks before the lucrative Easter period, leaving in his wake millions of dollars in damage and businesses that are finding it tough to manage their operations and clean up.... [more]
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Bavaria Cruiser 45 set for Asia Pacific launch at Sanctuary Cove 2010
Jamie Millar,
The new Bavaria Cruiser 45 is set for her Australian and Asia Pacific boat show debut at the forthcoming Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, May 20-23. Designed by Farr Yacht Design and BMW Designworks USA (a subsidiary of the BMW Group), the new model will set the benchmark in modern, mid-sized production cruisers.... [more]
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Yachties in bumbled drug import - appeal rejected
Sail-World Cruising,
From 22 to 25 years, they are the sentences for some bumbling yachties who tried to import $22.5m worth of cocaine from Mexico into Australia, sailing it across the Pacific via French Polynesia, The Cook Islands, Tonga and Noumea. An American, an Australian and a Peruvian managed to get the cocaine wet on the way, and didn't know they were trailed by Federal Police.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Light, stainless and stubless
Sail-World Cruising,
There's nothing worse than stubbing your toes while sailing, but ain't it nice not to have to wear sailing shoes or sandals! If this sounds like you, then award winning innovation company Colligo Marine just might have an answer, in Sail-World's Product of the Week, the Soft Padeye.... [more]
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And the winner of the E-MarineWorld.com.au online competition was...
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery e-MarineWorld.com.au is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer. Read here who won the online competition on Sail-World.com... [more]
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Beaufort Scale - wind and sea conditions
Nancy Knudsen,
'..so there we were in a Force 8..' 'A what?' '..a Force 8, and the winch jammed...' 'What's a Force 8 mate?' 'It's a bloody big wind - where do you come from?' 'Australia.' 'I see old chap - that explains it. Now can I get on with my story?'... [more]
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Sailling boat knockdown caught on Video - this could happen to you
Kym Pasqualini,
The founder of The Sail Through Cancer Foundation, Dick Drechsler, accompanied by his wife, Sharon, battled serious waves that nearly turned their Catalina 470 sailboat upside down while crossing an extremely shallow bar to get into the estuary of San Blas, on the western coast of Mexico.... [more]
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Inaugural Asian Marine & Boating Awards at CIBS
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The AMB Awards were described by the organisers as 'designed to be a thank you to all our loyal exhibitors, and an attempt to set a new standard for recognizing excellence in the ever-growing marine industry in China'. With a panel of judges drawn from local and international marine, boating and lifestyle media, and marine industry professionals, awards were made in 14 categories.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - victory closer as the pink lines converge
Nancy Knudsen,
While round-the-world teen solo sailor Jessica Watson has been having a few down days and rough weather, the thought of passing under south west tip of Australia will doubtless be enough to sustain her for the 'home run' back to Sydney.... [more]
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'Mutiny on the Bounty' party leaves Sydney today for Tonga
Nancy Knudsen,
He's sailed around the world single-handed and he's wintered with his wife in the Antarctic, but the adventure that has him leaving Sydney today is bound to eclipse both. Two crew have backed out, Pete Steir and teen circumnavigator Mike Perham with complications after appendix surgery, but April 28 Don McIntyre will recreate Captain Bligh's incredible journey after the famed Mutiny of the Bounty... [more]
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Enter -Sail-World competition - Prize value over AUD$300,000
www.sail-world.com,
Since 2000 we've been running Sail-World online competitions. These have been very popular, with our audience. Sailors have won everything from charter holidays, to offshore wet weather gear, inshore jackets and this year we broke new ground with our Win a Laser competition. Now we have a very different prize from those in our previous competitions.... [more]
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Spike Doriean Family Appeal
Barby McGowan,
The international sailing world was stunned on Tuesday April 6 2010 by the news of the sudden death of Peter ‘Spike' Doriean, 38, one of Australia's best known professional sailors and one of the nicest guys any of us have had the privilege of knowing. Spike is survived by his wife Nicki and two young children, Jemima aged 5 and Fox aged 3. It is for his young family that we are appealing for you... [more]
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Sunderland Royal National Lifeboat Institution rescue George the dog
RNLI Sunderland,
RNLI crewmembers based at Sunderland Lifeboat Station were scrambled to Hendon promenade early today to assist a dog that had been swept into the cold North Sea whilst walking with its owner.... [more]
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