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 09 Sep 2010
 


The amazing survival of Monnerat Cedric

Mea crew rescue  .
A wealth of news and stories for the cruising sailor again this week – from the technical articles to the cruising tales, from the amazing feats to the mid-sea dramas.

Do you know someone who is dying to crew but doesn't get the chance? Help get the word out about 'Try Crewing Day'. The Boating Industry Association of NSW, in conjunction with the Royal Motor Yacht Club in Port Hacking, the Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Mosman, the Gosford Sailing Club, the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club in Wickham and RANSA in Rushcutter's Bay are running a 'Try Crewing Day'. It's next Sunday the 12th September, so you just have time to register, and all the details are below.

The most gripping story of the week comes from French sailor Monnerat Cedric. He tells his personal miracle tale of being dismasted and holed by one ship and then being rescued by a second ship, who, by the finest shave of luck, saw their flares. The first ship sailed away, probably without ever knowing they had run down a yacht.

There are always some interesting craft on the world's oceans, engaged in sometimes extraordinary missions. This week we report on the 600BC replica sailing vessel that has just circumnavigated Africa, and the superyacht Tara, once owned by Sir Peter Blake, that's just departed Cape Town in a three year scientific mission to find out more about plankton.

Holding tanks are a growing issue round the world, with harbours and anchorages getting more aggressive in their search for those who pollute. Read how, in California, they have found the answer – embarrassment. They put dye in your holding tank. Emptying it in the wrong place would be like peeing in your pants in public.

The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron are having their opening day on Saturday, celebrating 126 years of existence - not bad for Australia. Our sailing tale this week is not of the Med or the Caribbean, but comes from some Melbourne cruising sailors in the lobster paradise of Maine in the USA; the product of the week is a natty idea to keep precious things secure on the deck; and if you're thinking of transiting the Gulf of Aden any time soon, there's a meeting you'll want to know about.

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

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Try Crewing Day - in NSW on 12th September
Sail-World Cruising,
Selected yacht clubs in New South Wales are running a 'Try Crewing Day' on the 12th September. So if you or someone you know has ever dreamed of being part of a crew, now's the chance.... [more]
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Non-Stop Weekend Workout for Marine Rescue Volunteers
Ken McManus, Marine Rescue,
Volunteer crews from Marine Rescue units were working non-stop in last weekend's appalling conditions. Their marine radios were alive with an unprecedented number of calls for help, reports of vessels adrift from moorings and grounded vessels... [more]
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Crew of Mea rescued in the Atlantic - the skipper tells
Nancy Knudsen,
At the end of last year we told the story in Sail-World Cruising about the Swiss yacht which was hit by one cargo ship off the Atlantic coast of the USA and then rescued by another. Now the skipper has come forward to tell their amazing story of survival against all odds.... [more]
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Product of the Week: V-Lock, securing gear, but only when needed.
Sail-World Cruising,
Being able to secure an item in or around the cockpit is a frequent requirement for the cruising sailor. Be it a piece of maintenance equipment, a barbecue, a camera or just the beer, there are many times in the ocean or the bay that a secure attachment would be a boon, BUT you probably don't want it there all the time! V-Lock have come up with this natty invention as Product of the Week... [more]
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126 years of Sailing at Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron
Ashley Kaine,
Hundreds of people are expected to gather at the Manly Marina for the opening day celebrations held by the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron (RQYS) this Saturday September 11th.... [more]
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'Two's a Crew' - a tale of sailing and inspiration
Nancy Knudsen,
Back in the 70's, with two young children, Jack and Judith Binder set off on their home built sailing boat, with little sailing experience, to sail the world. It took 15 years. More than 30 years later they again went sailing, this time around Australia, and the resulting tale is published in a book in the near future.... [more]
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Sailing Maine with Sula
David and Heather Churcher,
Melbourne cruising sailors David and Heather Churcher are sailing their 2001 Discovery yacht Sula, currently on the coastline of Maine, in the USA. Each brings us their version of their experiences with lobster feasts and classic wooden yachts regattas:... [more]
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Macquarie's Light - at the Australian National Maritime Museum
ANMM,
The history of Australia's first lighthouse – Macquarie Tower of Vaucluse – is revealed in a new exhibition now showing at the Australian National Maritime Museum, until November 7.... [more]
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Record Nominations for Australian Yachting Awards
Craig Heydon, Yachting Australia,
Nominations for the 2010 Australian Yachting Awards have closed with a record number of nominations received and the winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner in Sydney on 15 October... [more]
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Wild night blows yachts ashore in Brisbane Water
Ron Cole,
Yachts blown ashore around Brisbane Water greeted the volunteers from Marine Rescue Central Coast on Sunday morning. After gale force winds overnight Saturday, owners called for assistance for vessels aground at Hardys Bay, Point Frederick and Saratoga.... [more]
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The tough EPIRB that fooled them all
Nancy Knudsen,
It was just after 1300 when the distress call came in last week - a good time, given that there were still some hours of light for a search. For the Coastguard station, monitored by volunteers, an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) distress was a signal to spring into action, adrenaline up. Half drunk coffee was forgotten, all knew their jobs... [more]
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Dye in holding tanks - coming to a harbour near you?
The Log/Sail-World Cruising,
The routine is spreading, and is it a sign of things to come the world over? - California's Log reports that, beginning this month, visiting boats on Newport Harbor guest moorings will be inspected by Harbor Patrol officers and have a dye tablet placed in their holding tanks, to indicate leaks or illegal dumping of sewage.... [more]
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Ocean science yacht Tara departs Cape Town
Des Ryan,
The French-flagged 36metre superyacht, Tara, once owned by murdered New Zealand yachtsman Sir Peter Blake, has just left Cape Town as part of her three year world voyage. The Tara, a 120 ton aluminium hulled schooner, wants to find the answers to some key questions about our oceans, with concentration on ocean plankton... [more]
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Phoenicia, 600BC ship replica - successfully to Gibraltar
Nancy Knudsen,
After 27 days at sea since departing the Azores, Phoenicia, the replica of a 600BC Phoenician vessel, has been experiencing a warm welcome from the local media, staff and public at Ocean Village Marina, Gibraltar.... [more]
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Cruising sailors invited to piracy meeting in London
Sail-World Cruising,
Cruising sailors interested in sailing the Gulf of Aden any time soon, or those who have recent experience, are invited to participate in a unique meeting at the London headquarters of the Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa (MSCHOA). The meeting is to take place on the 19th October, at 2.00pm in the suburb of Northwood, London.... [more]
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SY Merrymaid 1904 Gaff Cutter in Sydney - Andrea Francolini images
Andrea Francolini images,
Incredible, stunning, gorgeous, beautiful, gracious and still plenty of grunt when the wind picked up!!! Thats the way photographer Andrea Francolini described the SY Merrymaid. Enjoy his images of her in Sydney.... [more]
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Award winning Nazenin V - on display at Monaco Yacht Show
Lee Mylchreest,
The Monaco Yacht Show has always been the most prestigious event in the boat show calendar. On show at the show will be some of the finest yachts in the world. Of special interest to sailors is the award winning Sparkman & Stephens superyacht Nazenin V... [more]
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Lighthouse Day - lighthouses open to the general public
US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
Lighthouses, those solid symbols of security for generations of sailors, hold a fascination for many, but mostly it's a distant love affair. Can YOU tour your local lighthouse? In Maine, USA, they have recently recognised the value of opening their lighthouses for public inspection.... [more]
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Barz Optics returns to the Annapolis Sail Show
Jeni Bone,
After an absence of five years Barz Optics, 'The Australian Sunglass Co', will again be exhibiting their new highly developed polarized sunglass range at the Annapolis Sail Show, Maryland October 7-11.... [more]
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