Latest News for the cruising sailor - at home and away
As racing fleets continue to decline, the slack is picked up by the cruising fraternity, evidenced again by the record fleet for the tenth Lord Howe Island Cruise. Over in the West, organisers are also delighted by the early interest in the Fremantle to Bali Cruise, although, unlike the Lord Howe event, racers are still involved this year.
|Lord Howe Island - such an alluring destination .|
The announcement about the new Marine Parks around Australia - which will not affect recreational sailors or fishers - has created a storm in the marine industry. Most cruising sailors, who have experience of just what we could lose, are keen for the areas to be protected, but this news magazine contains the opinions of all sides.
Some sad outcomes to report this week, as one Californian sailor, on the last leg of his around-the-world voyage, collided with a whale which sank his boat. He was luckier than his boat, as you will read, but hopes are sadly fading for the two Australians who hit a reef in Tonga after they left the Caribbean this season. It's a curious story, for which there may never be any answers.
It was most interesting that Britain's Maritime Coastguard Agency suggested, after a recent incident, that the sailor should have carried a satphone – no mention of HF radio. Are we seeing the beginning of a seismic shift in in safety advice?
The GFC followed by the Euro crisis is having a devastating effect on the yachting industry in the Med, and for a change on the superyacht industry, which has seemed to keep flourishing in the last few years. Maybe it's time to think about chartering in the Mediterranean...
Our quirky story of the week is about the small cabin runabout which sailed the Pacific on its own but couldn't negotiate the surf on arrival in the USA; there's an adventure offering to circumnavigate Africa in a tall ship with a purpose, the Astrid; boat builders and designers will want to know about the new online Keelchecker, and there's some good advices about how to splice two lines together.
|Diving on my anchor - and everyone else's .. .|
One can read plenty about the smart gear you should have when you go cruising, but this week I have confessed to the five pieces of gear – all simple – that I wished I'd known about before I went long range cruising.
Finally, a female sailor who skippers her own sailing dinghy has just celebrated her 90th birthday, and the club gave her a party. Can anyone top that?
Browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest, and...
Nancy Knudsen, Editor
|Update: Searchers ashore to start search for wrecked sailors |
Finally, after delays caused by bureaucracy and three metre swells, 16 searchers, locals familiar with the island terrain, have today been put ashore to make a land-based search of the island of Late, west of Vava'u, Tonga, for two sailors, an Australian and a British Australian, missing since their yacht, Navillus, was wrecked there last Thursday night.... [more]
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