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 25 Aug 2011
 


Battered solo sailor breaks Around Australia record

Solo Sail Around Australia new record holder, Bruce Arms  Suzanne Arms
Top praise for bruised and battered Bruce Arms as he clipped a full three day chunk off the Around-Australia solo sailing record in his 46ft catamaran, Big Wave Rider this week. Not an easy trip, as you'll know once you've read the story...

Among all the rallies that are offering these days, none will beat the timing and destination of Sail Noumea, our featured rally this week. It sets off next June from Brisbane at about the same time as a race by the same name. The New Zealanders are participating too with their own departure. What a gathering that will be on the other side of the water, - and then you could return from Vanuatu in November with the Port2Port!

Huricane Irene 2011 - projection August 24-29  .. .
A large swathe of the USA's east coast is not the place to be this weekend for sailors, as Hurricane Irene barrels past the Bahamas and heads for the mainland. So spare a thought for your American sailing friends when you are out there in the (forecast) sunshine.

Boat Insurance: Oddly coinciding with the arrival of a hurricane on their shores, BoatUS has five hard questions for you to ask your marine insurance agent this week, and they are just as relevant for Australians. If your insurance policy is not due for renewal, print them out and keep them handy. If they can answer all these questions positively, you'll know you have a good company.

Pirates punished: One can only hope that the life sentence meted out to two pirates who were on board when four American cruising sailors were shot to death in February this year will begin to make Somalis think twice before being lured into the lucrative world of piracy on the high seas. Remember that the nine other cruising sailors are still in captivity in Somalia, waiting for ransoms which may never come, including three Danish teenagers. It's not for nothing that even the fast-paced racing yachts of the Volvo Ocean Race have decided not to sail the danger zone of the Indian Ocean, opting for some secretive transport methods and routes.

Lots of other articles too. That amazing solar vessel Turanor PlanetSolar has reached Hong Kong in its round-world odyssey, and Sail-World's Guy Nowell gets an up-close-and-personal experience on its vast decks; Laura Dekker, the long-range cruising 15-year-old, has acquired a manager, and he's making waves about the lack of support from New Zealand, her 'home' country; see the seven step reminder about how to get the best outcome when selling your boat; and there's a coy story about the poor Russian billionaire whose yacht has been rejected by the port of Antibes because someone richer has his 'spot'!

Browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest, and...

Sweet sailing.


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Solo sailor sets new record for circumnavigating Australia
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Bruce Arms, a boat builder from Mooloolaba in Queensland, has just set a new record for a solo circumnavigation of Australia in his 14.14m Chamberlin-designed catamaran, Big Wave Rider, travelling 6698 nautical miles non-stop to complete his journey in just under 39 days.... [more]
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Tûranor PlanetSolar: Quiet Achiever
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
Tûranor PlanetSolar looks very much like one of those educational toys you might buy for a brainy nephew. And with good reason. This boat is a classic example of form-follows-function. A flat top to provide maximum area for the array of solar cells; carbon fibre construction to keep weight to a minimum, an 11-ton array of lithium ion batteries; ultra-slippery wave piercing catamaran hulls... [more]
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Somali pirates get life for American cruising sailors deaths
Des Ryan,
Two Somali pirates were sentenced to life in prison this week for their roles in the hijacking of a yacht that left all four American cruising sailors on board their yacht dead. The four had been participating in the Blue Water round world Rally, since disbanded, with about twenty other yachts when the shooting occurred.... [more]
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Poor Russian billionaire - world's largest yacht 'out in the cold'
Lee Mylchreest,
Poor Roman Abravomich has nowhere to berth his yacht. The Russian billionaire, whose yacht Eclipse is the largest in the world, cannot fit his yacht into Europe's biggest yachting harbour of Antibes in the French Riviera - because a richer man has taken the only spot big enough.... [more]
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Sail Noumea 2012 - New Zealand boats are rushing
Sail-World Cruising,
Over 50 New Zealand boats have registered an interest with Royal Akarana Yacht Club in Sail Noumea 2012. Sail Noumea is an offshore yachting event to be run in conjunction with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Cercle Nautique Caledonien. The three clubs have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of ocean races and passage cruise rallies from Auckland and Queensland to Noumea, with a pos... [more]
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Sailing book of the week: Sea Dreams in the Adriatic
Keith Earngey,
This luscious book follows on from the author's previous work, Sea Dreams Sailing the Western Mediterranean, published in 2010. I loved the Western Med, but I have to admit I have been bowled over again by the Adriatic.... [more]
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To make dreams come true - a totally wheelchair-accessible yacht
Nancy Knudsen,
It is not very often - almost never - that Sail-World Cruising offers a boat for sale, but this amazing wheelchair-accessible yacht is such a unique item that we want to see it find a good home.... [more]
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Diver/sailor wanted for great adventure
Oceans Watch/Sail-World Cruising,
There's a wonderful opportunity for a sailor who can dive and, as a bonus has some knowledge of marine biology - If that sounds like you, Oceans Watch, the organisation that works through the South Pacific helping marine research and also assisting local communities live sustainably, is looking for a crew member in October.... [more]
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Five questions to ask your boat's insurance agent
Des Ryan,
Sail-World Cruising has five hard questions you need to ask your boat's insurance agent before you renew your boating policy. Their answers could let you know how worthwhile or worthless your current policy is:... [more]
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Cruising sailors take note: Volvo Ocean Race will avoid pirate zone
Des Ryan,
Gung-ho cruising sailors embarked on trans-ocean or circumnavigations should take note of the decision of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012 to redraw the second and third leg of the round-world race to avoid waters frequented by Somali pirates.... [more]
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Selling your boat for the best outcome - Seven steps
Des Ryan,
So you want to sell your boat, and you want the best price possible. Of course, but with the current international economic turmoil and a struggling marine industry, how can you tell the best way to go about it? Here are seven steps to getting the best return.... [more]
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Sailors (new and old) find their dream boats with Find a Crew
Jeni Bone,
Find a Crew by Nautycal, the world's largest online marine crew and boat network, has one very important difference from its international rivals - the vigilant customer service pivot point between yachts and their potential crew mates, Kylie Gretener.... [more]
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Born a New Zealander, but solo teen sailor 'gets no support'
Des Ryan,
The manager of teenager Laura Dekker, the youngest solo-sailor to attempt to circumnavigate the world and more than half way through her journey, has accused New Zealand of failing to support her, according to Radio Netherlands.... [more]
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Sailing tragedy in Croatia- motor yacht kills visiting Italian sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Two Italian sailors on a sailing holiday in Croatia were this week thrown into the water and killed when their 13 metre sailing boat was hit by a 12 metre motor yacht near the islet of Maslinovik, two nautical miles off Primosten on the central Dalmation coast of Croatia. The two sailors, a man and a woman, both 60-year-olds from Padua, have not yet been named.... [more]
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North South Yachting launches Greenline 40 Hybrid in Europe
Mark Whitman,
North South Yachting are happy to announce the on-schedule launch of the Greenline 40 Hybrid in Portorose, North Adriatic. The first tests have shown a top speed of 18.3 knots with twin 165 HP diesels, and eight knots top electric speed, confirming the preliminary performance estimates.... [more]
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New Spreader Trapeze Harness from Burke Marine
Colin Burgess,
The new Burke One Design Trapeze Harness has undergone extensive R&D and has been redesigned to deliver a new level of comfort and support for today's one design sailor.... [more]
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Introducing: The Skate Sail
Lee Mylchreest,
It had to happen. Just when you thought that everything that could be invented had been invented, along comes David Guillot with a breath of fresh air for the sailing scene - the Skate Sail.... [more]
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Fantasea Adventure Cruising - Specials for Whitsunday racing sailors
Media Services,
Fantasea Adventure Cruising is offering a special discount to Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island Race Week participants and their families. Take advantage of a 20% discount on lay day and travel with Fantasea Adventure Cruising to beautiful Whitehaven Beach or Reefworld on the Great Barrier Reef.... [more]
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Dinghy danger again: Two fourteen-year-olds swept out to sea
Eleri Davies, RNLI/Sail-World Cruising,
The latest evidence of the extreme potential danger of dinghies has been underlined again this week with the rescue of two fourteen-year-olds being swept to sea in an inflatable dinghy in Wales.... [more]
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New $680,000 rescue vessel for North Coast Marine Rescue volunteers
Ken McManus,
The newest addition to the Marine Rescue NSW fleet, a $680,000 offshore rescue vessel, is due to arrive at its home port, Iluka/Yamba tomorrow afternoon (Friday). MRNSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said the new vessel, IY30, a Steber 38, would be a valuable addition to marine search and rescue capability on the North Coast, boosting safety for the local boating community.... [more]
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The innovative Walder Boom-Brake
Philip Yeomans,
The Walder Boom-Brake has been in use for over 30 years. Walders range of Boom-brakes feature a friction fitting and by simply adjusting the tension, the rate of swing is easily controlled.... [more]
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