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 16 Jun 2011
 


The Battle for the Atoll

Minerva Reef - the Battle for the Atoll  .
A wildly varied peppering of news from the world's oceans this week, from the unusual to the zany, from the useful to the ridiculous.

'No lifejacket' deaths:
Tragic and unnecessary deaths of people in the water this week. Those who lost their lives were not sailors, but it is nevertheless a timely warning about how vital are life jackets and/or harnesses when setting out on a voyage.

The Battle for the Atoll:
Cruising sailors often need to be conscious of the political situation of their cruising destinations, but having to stay away from a remote atoll in the South Pacific must take the prize for ridiculousness. Tonga and Fiji both claim the atoll, and Tonga has just aided and abetted an escaping soldier from Fiji, so Fiji is looking for ways of reprisal. The story is of amusingly Lilliputian proportions, but sailors are advised to stay away anyway.

Shattered pirate-trapped rallies reach the Med safely:
Participants from a wide range of countries in both rallies who were caught this year on the wrong side of the Somali pirate zone trying to reach the safe waters of the Red Sea have now reached Mediterranean waters. However it was not without trauma on all sides, and sadly the pressure caused acrimony between organisers and participants in both rallies.

Laura Dekker:
Fifteen-year-old Dutch solo sailor Laura Dekker is getting closer and closer to crossing her second and largest ocean – she's in Tahiti now, and still going strong.

Product of the Week:
The new Extreme XYZ anchor is featured.

Some stories to learn by in this edition too – when all goes wrong on your boat if you have a Smart Phone you may still be able to find your position with a new App; and it was a stark reminder this week about just how dangerous that outboard motor on your dinghy can be when a man had his foot sliced off. Then there is an article from John Jamieson who has good advice about preparing your yacht for a storm.

Much else too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Solo sailor record-breakers link up to Save Our Seas
Sail-World Cruising,
In July this year Mooloolaba-based Bruce Arms, Jessica Watson's manager for her successful circumnavigation, will embark on a mission to be the first person to sail a multihull solo, nonstop and unassisted around Australia in a record-breaking 35 days. Now he has announced a liaison with the current record-holder.... [more]
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Ten Tips to Stormproof Your Sailboat for Peace of Mind!
John Jamieson,
Would your sailing boat be able to weather a gale, storm, or worse in her slip, at a mooring, or at anchor? Will you have peace-of-mind the next time Mother Nature decides to unleash her fury in your area? Follow this handy ten-step checklist to make sure you do!... [more]
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Boat Shows need feedback - win a $14,000 holiday and boating package
MarineBusiness-World.com,
Most boaters and fishers have been to many boat shows, finding it a rewarding, informative and fun experience. The Marine industry needs that to be the case. Boat Show organisers spend the entire year working to deliver a better experience for showgoers and exhibitors alike. To make sure they are putting their emphasis on the things that will have you coming back they need to understand the... [more]
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Bring your yacht home - float on/float off
Sail-World Cruising,
The talk around the marinas and clubs is of many would-be boat owners taking themselves off to Europe and America to buy the boat of their dreams so much less expensively than they could in Australia, taking advantage of the strong Aussie Dollar and depressed overseas economies. If you are one of these you could be interested in the following news:... [more]
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Fifteen-year-old solo sailor on world cruise reaches Papeete
Sail-World Cruising,
Dutch 15-year-old solo sailor Laura Dekker has made her way through French Polynesia to arrive on 8th June to the capital Papeete, putting her about half way across her second and largest ocean, the Pacific.... [more]
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Trouble brewing in sailing paradise - sailors warned away

Cruising sailors are being advised to stay away from Minerva Reef, one of their favourite stopping places in the Pacific. The Reef consists of two atolls, one of which is an almost perfect circle. It boasts pristine waters, safe anchorage, and has an amazingly colourful history. Now it's in the news again, and all because of the escape of a high profile Fijian soldier who took refuge in Tonga.... [more]
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ORCV Safety and Training - PredictWind at the June Weather Course
John Curnow,
This really is something of an absolute coup de grĂ¢ce. Jon Bilger, the founding Director of PredictWind will not only be at both days of the upcoming Weather Course, on Sunday afternoon, he will be giving a thorough explanation of his company's product and how you can benefit from it.... [more]
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9th annual Croatia Beneteau One Design Yacht Rally 2012
Maggie Joyce,
Mariner Boating announce the ninth Croatia Yacht Rally; one way through the Dalmatian Islands of the Adriatic but with a unique twist – the rally uses a fleet of ten identical Beneteau First 45's, fast but comfortable cruising yachts.... [more]
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Product of the Week: The new XYZ Extreme anchor
Des Ryan,
There is arguably nothing more important to the cruising sailor than the anchor. Having a trustworthy anchor can merely give you a good night's sleep, or in extreme conditions it can save your boat or your life. Our product of the week is the new model XYZ Extreme anchor 2011. According to tests that have been carried out, the holding power of the anchor is equal to 2 -3 times larger anchors.... [more]
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Beware the outboard - man's foot sliced off
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As a cruising sailor one gets very used to being around dinghies and their outboard motors - for playing or for travelling, for transporting gear or for use as a diving board. But as familiar as they are, danger is always lurking for the unwary. This week a man's foot was sliced off after he fell in and got caught in the boat's propeller in a horrific incident on a river in Eynesbury, UK.... [more]
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Shattered cruising rally finally past the pirate zone, in Turkey
Des Ryan,
The shattered remains of the Blue Water Rally - one of the rallies thrown into confusion this year while transiting the Indian Ocean when the shooting death of four American cruising sailors by Somali pirates changed the game entirely - has reached safe haven in Marmaris in Turkey. But they didn't sail there.... [more]
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One Design Croatia Yacht Rally 2011 Day One
Maggie Joyce,
Croatia Cup Yacht Rally 2011 - Well known Sydney yachtsman Roger Hickman wears the 'pith helmet' in the fun race after coming second over the line in the first event, which began in Kastela near Split this week.... [more]
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Sauna Sail 2011 - Surreal conditions on Hazelwood Pondage
John Curnow,
Sauna Sail 2011 imagery that could be from a Hollywood Blockbuster - maybe one of the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. Alas, it comes from Australia's very own Hazelwood Power Station and Chris Furey gives us a bit of detail on the story from Sauna Sail 2011... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW units search for three missing with no lifejackets
Ken McManus,
'Three people are missing from two separate boat capsize incidents on the Long Weekend at Lake Macquarie and Wiseman's Ferry,' said A/Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW. 'None of those missing was wearing a lifejacket.'... [more]
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Boating Industry Alliance sets an ambitious course
BIAA,
At the Melbourne Boat Show over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, the Chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia, Darren Vaux, on Friday outlined the role of the Alliance as the national voice of the boating industry in Australia.... [more]
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Traditional Yacht Navigation - Win a Copy!
Jeni Bone,
Traditional Yacht Navigation combines two of Jeff Toghill's most popular books - Coastal Navigation and Celestial Navigation - making this the essential handbook about small-boat navigation. Just write in to win one of 4 on offer!... [more]
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Antarctic Heard Island taken over by elephant seals and penguins
Australian Antarctic Division,
The Antarctic Heard Island has seen penguins and elephant seals take centre-stage in a series of time-lapse images from a remote monitoring camera.... [more]
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Book of the Week: SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain:
Maryglenn McCombs,
If you love both eating and sailing this might be the book for you: Victoria Allman, yacht chef to the rich and famous, has published a new book, SEAsoned: A Chef's Journey with Her Captain. It is a tantalizing travel adventure tale.... [more]
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Maritime reminder that lifejackets help save lives
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime today issued a safety reminder to people boating in small vessels.... [more]
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Yacht transport company Dockwise seeks 'leeway' for pirate protection
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Dockwise, the world's leading shipping company in the transport of yachts, has requested 'more Leeway' from the Netherlands Government to counteract pirates and threatened a change of flag if it is not forthcoming.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions tells:Ocean of success at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Kate Elkington,
In another indicator of how the popularity of multihulls - catamarans and trimarans - is exploding around the world, local company Multihull Solutions tells how they enjoyed and ocean of success at 2011 Sanctuary Cove Boat Show... [more]
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'Spanish for Cruisers' - an online course to ready you for cruising
Lee Mylchreest,
From Spain in the Mediterranean through much of the Caribbean and out as far as the Galapagos, Spanish is the language that will most benefit the cruising sailor. If you are in, or have in mind passing through any of these areas any time soon, you could benefit from the 'Spanish for Cruisers' course coming up at Seven Seas U - and you can be anywhere in the world to take the e-Lessons.... [more]
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Ronstan wins Victoria Exporter of the Year Award
AIMEX,
The sailboat hardware market and the architectural rigging market are worlds apart, but in Australia they're both dominated by one powerhouse player. Ronstan's end-to-end design, manufacture and distribution operation has grown to become the only serious competitor. This was confirmed at the Victoria Marine Industry Awards where Ronstan not only took out best manufactured product category but also... [more]
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Steer clear of Darling Harbour South on Sunday
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime is sending an advisory to skippers that an exclusion zone will be put in place in a portion of Darling Harbour South for the safe staging of Navy Day celebrations on Sunday.... [more]
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Murwillumbah Rowing Regatta 2011– Exclusion zone on Tweed River
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime North Coast Regional Manager Jim Green today reminded boaters to exercise caution in the vicinity of the special safety exclusion zone in place on the Tweed River for the Murwillumbah Rowing Regatta this Saturday.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Wild Weather Alert - Dangerous Surf Conditions
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime has issued an alert following Bureau of Meteorology advice that dangerous surf conditions are forecast on the South Coast, Illawarra and Sydney coast tomorrow, extending to the Hunter Coast on Saturday.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation - reduced rates!
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week 2011? Reduced rates now available. Some great options still available at drastically reduced rates - call us to negotiate! 1300 653 997 Several apartments available close to the marina. Or perhaps you prefer to be a little further away from all the action to enjoy some quiet time. Stunning options also available on the... [more]
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Operation Cold Water sparks new boater warnings
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime is urging boaters once again check the forecast before going boating with three people missing now missing on NSW waters following two separate capsize incidents on the long weekend NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn.... [more]
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Malts Cruise: sailing, scenery and single malt whisky
World Cruising Club,
Up to 40 yachts taking part in World Cruising Club's Malts Cruise will be welcomed at Oban Marina on Scotland's west coast for two days on 8/9th July and to mark the start of this well-known annual event.... [more]
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June Rally Gibraltar to Morocco is in its eleventh year
Sail-World Cruising,
As so frequently observed on Sail-World Cruising, the number of rallies is growing remarkably round the world. You can be based almost anywhere and find compatible cruising types to share experiences and then tell the tales later. For the 11th time, a rally dubbed the 'world's most sociable yacht rally' is departing from Gibraltar at the end of June, headed over the Straits to Morocco.... [more]
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