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 22 Apr 2010
 


Rescued because they were miserable...

rescued Dawn Glory - rudder and one engine lost, but sails intact and not sinking  .
'We're very happy to be here. It wasn't really a worry but the rudder was broken and it's just been miserable. We're going to have a beer just now.' These were the words of a rescued sailor this week.

The Dawn Glory is a 12 metre catamaran caught in a storm just 36 nautical miles off the coast of Western Australia, who called for rescue. Wait a minute! They called for a rescue because they had lost their rudder and were MISERABLE? A couple of years ago a yacht I was sailing with sailed 1400 miles across the Atlantic without a rudder, using their sails to steer.

Ok it was a storm, the seas were bad, they'd been at sea a long time. The Dawn Glory was not taking on water, they were not in danger of hitting rocks, they still had all their sails and one engine, but they were MISERABLE? Even if they couldn't steer their boat, they couldn't wait until the seas abated?

In the meantime after one rescue team tried to reach the catamaran but were forced to turn back, three volunteer rescuers on a larger boat battled seas for 13 hours to rescue the miserable sailors and tow them into shore. Give me a break!

At the other end of the scale, in both age group and skill, Jessica Watson is in a news for a new reason. The Kiwis are at it again. They are pushing a case that the 16-year-old almost-circumnavigator, with New Zealander parents and grandparents who still live in Cromwell Otago, has some claim to being a New Zealander.

Now look guys, we let you get away with claiming half of Russell Crowe (some of us weren't so sorry a while back), but at least he was BORN there....

Highlight of the news this week is the news that Franco-Italian sailor Alessandro di Benedetto has sailed his dismasted 6.5metre yacht around Cape Horn under a jury rig! There's a lovely destination piece on Saba and Monserrat in the Caribbean, four new cruising rallies in South East Asia, some good practical articles including on on AIS-B, and some excellent advice from a veteran about how to sail the North West Passage. Wanting to sail that dreaded passage? Sail-World would like to hear from you.

Browse through the stories to see what interests you, and...

Sweet Sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Alessandro di Benedetto - around the Horn with a jury rigged mast
Nancy Knudsen,
Alessandro di Benedetto, the young Franco-Italian who is attempting to sail around the world in the smallest boat ever, has successfully sailed around Cape Horn - under a jury rig. He has now passed well south of the Horn in his 21ft (6.5 metre) mini sailing boat, and is heading north up the Atlantic Ocean on the last long leg of his voyage back to Europe.... [more]
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South African catamaran in heroic rescue off West Australia
Sail-World Cruising,
A catamaran on a voyage from Durban in South Africa to Fremantle in Australia has had to be rescued in dangerous seas when just 36 nautical miles from its destination. The rescue was excessively dangerous for the volunteer rescuers, and at one point the command post wanted the operation called off.... [more]
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NEW ZEALANDER Jessica Watson to be the youngest ever circumnavigator?
Nancy Knudsen,
'New Zealand find your own teenager sailors!' that's the reaction of most Australian sailors this week. Now that 16-year-old Jessica Watson is getting closer and closer to the end of her circumnavigation, a voyage that will make her - for a little while anyway - the youngest ever non-stop unassisted circumnavigator, the Kiwis are claiming she is really a New Zealander!... [more]
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Marine Electrics - all you need to know: CYCA Seminar
Sail-World Cruising,
For Sydney-siders and those who can reach Sydney, Marine Electrics, one of the most vital technical aspects of operating a sailing boat, will the subject of a free seminar by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia(CYCA) next month.... [more]
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Cruising rallies a draw-card to Equator Asia
Sail-World Cruising,
There are many reasons why cruising rallies are burgeoning in popularity - the good company, the collaborative rather than competitive atmosphere, the safety, the security, to name just a few. This year there are four new rallies announced to the exotic cruising grounds of Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines(BIMP) - otherwise known as Equator Asia... [more]
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Cruise the Whitsundays and save 25 percent!
Toni Lucke,
Leading Whitsunday Islands' bareboat specialist, Whitsunday Rent A Yacht (WRAY), is enticing visitors back to the exotic north Queensland destination with a post-Cyclone Ului mid-season special.... [more]
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GV-Ropegripper makes stern-to mooring a pleasure
GV-Ropegripperâ„¢,
A British inventor has finally found the answer to the difficulties of mooring in the Mediterranean and UK, with an ingenious new product that is guaranteed to turn any crew member into a mooring expert.... [more]
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North West Passage - the greatest adventure of them all
Des Ryan,
Cameron Dueck, skipper of Silent Sound, one of only six sailing boats that sailed the Northwest Passage last summer, has some advice for those who want to sail there. 'Patience,' he told me, 'Patience....you will never beat the ice. It will always beat you.' If YOU intend to sail the Northwest Passage this summer, Sail-World would like to hear from you...... [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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Royal Perth Yacht Club expands marina facilities
Sail-World Cruising,
The Royal Perth Yacht Club, one of Australia's premier sailing clubs, has redesigned and expanded its Crawley marina on the Swan River in the last year, and it is so far living up to expectations, according to its construction company, HEB Construction in New Zealand.... [more]
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Snapped rudder and flat batteries cause Mayday in 'new' yacht
Sail-World Cruising,
A broken rudder, lost steering and flat batteries were the cause of a 10 metre 'new' yacht calling a Mayday off Point Danger on the border of Queensland and New South Wales this week. The four sailors, who were rescued by the Southport Volunteer Marine Rescue, said they were still happy with their newly purchased yacht.... [more]
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AIS: NOT the one-stop-shop anti-collision tool
Ian Heffernan,
Ian Heffernan is a Master Mariner with many years experience as a Mate on British Antarctic Survey ships He has also done an 18 months stint on the Antarctic research station on Adelaide Island. While he is also a keen sailor planning his own long range cruise, the advice and opinions he gives here are as a result of his years of professional experience:... [more]
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Sydney Harbour tragedy - man dead after boat sinks
Sail-World Cruising,
Tourists onboard the Matilda cruise boat were horrified to find three men and an eight-year-old boy floating in Sydney Harbour last night. One of the men was unconscious. Those on board the well-known pleasure cruiser quickly called the police. In the meantime they lifted the child from the water.... [more]
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Caribbean Secrets - Saba and Monserrat
Canadian Yachting,
The longer we sail, the more we realize that some of our most treasured cruising experiences are often in places that are a challenge to get to or stay at. It seems that if a destination is tricky to reach navigationally, has few harbours with good all around protection or is off the main cruising route because of distance or prevailing winds then often that place is really special...... [more]
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Another yacht driven ashore, skipper saved by harness.
Sail-World Cruising,
Last week we reported on a yacht which had been intentionally run ashore on a beach to prevent it running onto rocks and save the crew. That was here in Bass Strait. Now in another incident which demonstrates the value of a harness, a yacht has been run aground to safe the life of the skipper, hanging overboard, this time in South Africa.... [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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Grant's Tip of the Day: Handling the Lazy Jacks on a charter yacht
Grant Headifen,
Traditional mainsails are rigged on about 60-70% of most charter boats and are most commonly flaked along the boom when not in use. Lazy Jacks are lines extending from about 1/3 or 1/2 way up the mast down to various positions along the boom, and they are most useful for short-handed sailing. These are a great invention.... [more]
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Community Hearts Awards – Vote Kylie Forth
Kelly Scott,
Kylie is a 23-year-old, totally blind and above knee amputee. In 2008, Kylie joined the Australian Blind Sailing Team and took on the challenge of learning to skipper - in three months - to participate in the International Homerous Blind Sailing Championships. Kylie and her crewman Ryan placed a credible fourth at these championships.... [more]
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Roger Hickman wins Mariner Boating Croatian holiday
Lisa Ratcliff - Port Stephens Regatta,
He mightn't have come away with a win on the water but Roger Hickman is leaving Sail Port Stephens a happy man having won the holiday for two to take part in Mariner Boating Holiday's Croatian yacht rally in June next year.... [more]
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'Missing' skipper to be investigated by Britain's MCA
Des Ryan,
The skipper of a yacht that caused an false international search by being 'missing' for seven weeks is to be investigated. Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is reported to have launched an investigation into the the SS Columbia and its skipper Boguslaw (Bob) Norwid, after they were 'missing' off the coast of Chile for seven weeks with an Australian and two Canadians on board.... [more]
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Jessica Watson's mainsail ripped in storm
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson's mainsail is reported ripped in several places as she has just endured the worst storm of her voyage so far... [more]
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