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 02 Jun 2011
 


PlanetSolar in Brisbane, Jessica Watson in new role, tragic yacht fire

PlanetSolar arriving in Brisbane  .. .
Turanor PlanetSolar, the largest solar-powered craft in the world, has finished its crossing of the Pacific – its second ocean – and is now happily berthed in Brisbane after drawing plenty of interest as it cruised up the Brisbane River.

Jessica Watson, who wowed us all with her round-world sail through the Southern Ocean, goes from strength to strength, now being appointed by the United National World Food Programme (WFP) as the agency's youth representative against hunger - and what an enthusiastic response from WFP officials visiting Canberra.

Fires can happen on sailing boats - sad story from Rockhampton about the solo sailor whose yacht burnt to the waterline and wrecked itself on Townsend Island while he escaped with his life in his dinghy.

There was a daunting message about MOB situations in a sailing incident this week. When a British skipper was washed overboard in rough conditions his three experienced crew were unable to pull him back on board in spite of his wearing a life jacket and harness. Rescuers had to be called, and he was losing consciousness by the time they arrived. Read the story.

Bermuda is in the news, showing that they value the yachting community at last. The normal three week visa has been changed to three months – bravo!

On the other hand Fiji, where most nationalities don't even need a visa for the first four months and the yacht can stay for 18 months, is having trouble keeping up with its yachting boom. Where you welcome me I shall come!

Awareness is the sailor's best friend, and I must admit I sailed for years without any thought that there was an ever-present potential danger when trying to reach the yacht in my dinghy. But when the planets line up the wrong way a dinghy can be lethal, as our story about 'dinghy danger' this week explores.

Lightning is also an ongoing potential threat on a sailing boat, so check out the ten tips about actions you can take to minimise the danger.

Keeping the servicing of various pieces of equipment on your boat up to date can be a challenge. With so many dates to remember it's easy to forget one, so this week's Product of the Week, YACHTONUS.com is worth a try, and the basic version is free.

Lots of other news and useful and practical stories too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Largest solar yacht in the world arrives Australia
Des Ryan,
There'll be some surprised faces at Rivergate Marina in Brisbane on Sunday next, as the largest solar yacht in the world, Planet Solar arrives Brisbane, having crossed its second ocean, the Pacific. Originally intended to stop in Sydney, the arrival city has been changed and nobody is saying why.... [more]
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UN appoints teen sailor Jessica Watson rep for World Food Programme
WBR,
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) appointed Jessica Watson, who wowed us all when she sailed non-stop around the world, as the agency's Youth Representative in support of the global fight against hunger.... [more]
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Bloodhound - a right Royal charter opportunity
Lee Mylchreest,
Want a unique sailing adventure but can't think of anything original? With royal weddings in the spotlight, what better than chartering a piece of British history with a VERY royal flavour? Bloodhound, the 63ft fully restored classic 1930s yacht which once belonged to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, is available this summer for charter in Scotland.... [more]
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Sula visits Bermuda before sailing the Atlantic
David and Heather Churcher,
Australian cruising sailors David and Heather Churcher are sailing the world on their Discovery 55, called Sula, having started from Melbourne Australia, where David was a dentist and has been sharing his technological knowledge and skills as he travels. They have spent some months in the Caribbean and are now poised to cross the Atlantic with two extra crew, Andrew and Rob Stead, on board.... [more]
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Ten Tips to prepare for a lightning strike on a sailing boat
BoatUS Seaworthy Magazine,
Lightning strikes can bring fear to the heart of even the most experienced of sailors. While a storm at sea may bring difficult conditions from wind and sea state, the experienced sailor has a range of techniques for avoiding disaster. However, lightning is another story. BoatUS' Seaworthy Magazine has these tips:... [more]
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Support 'Sailability' event at RPAYC - Shooting Stars and Flying Fish
Des Ryan,
Sydney-siders, if you missed the Cruising Yacht Club's recent book event for Sail-World's Nancy Knudsen and her new book 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish', there's another chance at Pittwater's delightful Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club(RPAYC) on Friday. There's also a Slow-roast Sirloin, Grilled Tasmanian Salmon and Caramelised Apple Rhubarb Crumble for only $22 a head waiting for you... [more]
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Dinghy Danger - could it happen to you?
Nancy Knudsen,
It's night, there's a high wind blowing off the land. You want to reach your boat in the anchorage, but it's one of the boats far from shore. Beyond the anchorage, there is only hundreds of miles of ocean. On the way to the yacht in your dinghy the outboard engine fails. You try to row, but the wind is too strong, and keeps blowing you sideways out to sea. You call out, but no one hears you...... [more]
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Solo sailor rescued after yacht blaze off Rockhampton
Sail-World Cruising,
A solo sailor has been flown to safety after his 11 metre yacht caught fire and he was unable to control the blaze. The fire started in the cockpit, and he was forced to abandon ship, getting into his dinghy. The yacht burnt to the water and ended up wrecked on the coastline.... [more]
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Fiji copes with yachting boom
Sail-World Cruising,
Fiji is having to expand its customs and immigration facilities to cope with a yachting boom. According to the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji(BAF) thirty-two officers are to be recruited because of the increase in workload created by the recent influx of yachts, particularly superyachts.... [more]
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Sailing Academy takes the lead against marine degradation
Cailah Leask,
With the degrading state of the world's oceans receiving more and more focus by marine scientists and a growing media consciousness, many arms of the sailing world are beginning to take a role at the forefront of campaigning against global marine degradation. This week there is more evidence of this growing leadership role, from Britain's Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy... [more]
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Stop playing politics with marine parks say conservation groups
Fae Barton,
The NSW government's roll back of protection at Solitary Islands and Jervis Bay marine parks represents an unprecedented attack on marine protected areas, according to Australia's leading conservation groups.... [more]
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The Aegean Yacht Rally draws to a close with the last race on Marmaris
Maggie Joyce,
The Aegean Yacht Rally draws to a close with the last race on Marmaris Harbour in 12 knots of breeze. This annual event conducted by Mariner Boating Holidays consists of six fun races in fourteen days conducted on a route which showcases five Greek islands and the Turkish coast between Bodrum and Marmaris.... [more]
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Skipper overboard incident - three crew powerless to retrieve him
Mark Bell/Sail-World Cruising,
All the Man OverBoard (MOB) training in the world will not necessarily rescue a crew fallen overboard. An experienced crew were this week unable to pull their skipper back on board, even though he was tethered and was wearing a life-jacket which inflated as he hit the water.... [more]
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‘Marine heatwave' review provides valuable lessons
Department of Fisheries, WA,
Marine scientists are collaborating to better reveal the causes and consequences of the recent marine heatwave along WA's West Coast.... [more]
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Boaters ignore simple safety precautions
Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle/Sail-World,
Feel for the frustration of the various rescue services around the world as their pleading for common precautions seems to go unheeded. In the USA National Safe Boating Week has just passed (May23-30) with much publicity in all forms of media about fundamental safety precautions. Yet on the west coast of Florida alone, there were 23 search and rescue missions during the week.... [more]
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Club Marine CEO Greg Fisher at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
MarineBusiness-World.com,
Greg Fisher, CEO of the largest marine insurance company in Australia, Club Marine talks about the insurance giants response to the recent natural disasters.... [more]
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PSA Winter Clothing Clearance sale now on
Performance Sailcraft,
PSA are having an online Winter Clothing Clearance. Huge Savings on all Neil Pryde and Laser/PSA clothing. Grab a bargain with prices up to 60% off, everything has been reduced. Products on offer include PFD's, spray tops, jackets, tees, polo's, hats, rash shirts, thermo tops and shorts, tech tees, wetsuits, hikers, boots + more. Mens, Womens and kids ranges reduced to clear.... [more]
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Product of the Week: YACHTONUS.com - Online Yacht Management
Sail-World Cruising,
Do you easily remember when your dinghy needs servicing, or the outboard? or even when the oil need changing in your yacht's diesel engine? What about the liferaft? the flares? and the medicines in your first aid kit? These are only a few of the items which need regular attention, and to make this and many other maintenance tasks easy YACHTONUS.com has a new Online Yacht Management on offer.... [more]
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Mark Elkington of Multihull Solutions talks Cats
Sail-World.com,
MarineBusiness-World.com interviews Mark Elkington Managing Director of Multihull Solutions at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show 2011... [more]
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Ensign's Bavaria factory open to the public
Andy Howden,
The giant German boatbuilder Bavaria Yachtbeau is now offering a rare opportunity for the public to go behind the scenes of their manufacturing plant and experience for themselves the unique production methods.... [more]
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Rally Portugal - The ensuing high sea adventure
Andy Sinclair,
Rally Portugal's international field promises a colourful spectacle before setting off on a high seas adventure from Plymouth's Mayflower Marina.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation available now
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Audi Race Week yet? Great options still available. Rates now negotiable. Call us to discuss options ranging from 1 bedroom through to 5 bedroom luxury homes. All properties are fully self contained, bbq on balcony, water views and complimentary buggy. View options www.whitsundayholidays.com.au. Call us to discuss on 1300 653 997.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Alert for Dangerous Surf Conditions
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime has issued an alert following Bureau of Meteorology advice that dangerous surf conditions are forecast from Ulladulla to Yamba tomorrow (Tuesday 31 May) and from Ulladulla to Point Danger on Wednesday 1 June and Thursday 2 June... [more]
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Jessica Watson to speak at Adelaide Sailing Club
Fireball Association of Australia,
Jessica Watson will make her only South Australian sailing club appearance for 2011 at the Adelaide Sailing Club on Friday the 15th of July. The event will assist in raising funds for both the South Australian Fireball Association (to help with boat transportation to the worlds) and the Fireball World Championships being held in Mandurah, Western Australia in January 2012.... [more]
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