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 31 Aug 2012
 


Sydney's Wooden Boat Show, new challenge for hero, Awards for rescues

Award to be given for Elle rescue by AMVER ship Oleander  .
A couple of maritime Sydney events you should know about. For wooden boat lovers there's a great new festival taking place soon in Darling Harbour, and Sea Scoopa, that very clever MOB retrieval invention of Sydney doctor and sailor Bob Wright is on display at the Powerhouse Museum.

Two heroes worth talking about this week. One is a profoundly deaf British sailor who is about to sail solo and non-stop around the world. Now I think that just setting out for such a voyage makes him a hero – especially when I remember how much information one gets from both the ocean and your boat through your ears. Good luck Gerry Hughes – remember the name, you're likely to hear it again.

The other hero is a ship, the Oleander, well, I guess it is the crew of the ship who are the heroes. They rescued the sailing boat Elle in the Atlantic last November in very dramatic circumstances. A low key hero in this incident, in my opinion, is AMVER, the voluntary world-side ship rescue system, which is responsible for so many yachts and their sailors being rescued by ships recently.

Camaradarie in the Northwest Passage  .. .
Up in the Northwest Passage read how the summer traffic is increasing all the time – maybe that makes up for the dearth of cruising sailors in the Indian Ocean. However, the national forces are having an effect – read just how successful they have been in deterring Somali piracy.

The quirky story of the week is of reunion between two men and their boat Queen Bee, which ejected them in Massachusetts and then sailed itself across the Atlantic solo. What kind of a tough little boat is that! Sad story was, they didn't want her back.

Some good practical articles too – there's a new cruising guide to Tasmania by people who should know, Jack and Jude Binder, probably the most experienced cruising veterans of Australian waters on earth; John Jamieson is talking knots; and a favourite of mine, Boat Beacon, is now available in Android.

That's just a taste, so browse down the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Cruising Guide of Tasmania, free and online
Des Ryan,
Gradually every part Australia's coastlines are being covered by Cruising Guides. Now there's a good new one of the eastern coastline of Tasmania, created by someone with a vast experiences of sailing in the area and the last of a series covering all of the coastline... [more]
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Sea Scoopa on display at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
AIMEX,
SOS Marine is proud to announce that the Sea Scoopa ocean rescue apparatus has been selected for 2012 exhibition at the Australian Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.... [more]
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Classic and Wooden Boat Festival returns to Darling Harbour
Jude Timms,
The Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is being held by the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour over the weekend of 13th and 14th October 2012. This year the action packed family event has been revamped and has plenty to delight little kids and big kids alike.... [more]
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Piracy on the downturn in Somali waters
Nancy Knudsen,
While ever piracy remains rife in the waters around Somalia the most popular and natural route for circumnavigating cruising sailors remains out of bounds. Safe waters may be a long way off but there's progress and it's worth relating.... [more]
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Sailing knots you need to know - Tie the five-second stopper knot
John Jamieson,
If you are anything like me, you want a solid, secure sailing knot in the end of your headsail sheets to keep them from running back through your sailboat blocks. The figure eight has been used as an end stopper on a headsail sheet for many years. Stoppers are used on the bitter end to prevent the headsail sheet from running back out through the sheet lead blocks. But there's just one problem...... [more]
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AMVER ship wins award for 2011 yacht rescue
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
More and more yachts that get into trouble on the high seas are rescued, not by official rescue personnel, but by passing ships. Bermundan-registered ship The Oleander will receive a special award in WashingtonDC for its successful rescue of a yacht in 2011. The ship has already received a British award for the same rescue.... [more]
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Cash registers ring at Brisbane Boat Show
Marine Queensland,
They came, they saw and they bought: that is the word from Marine Queensland as exhibitors at the 52nd Brisbane Boat Show report good sales across the weekend.... [more]
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Sailor overboard swept out to sea
Lee Mylchreest,
Just because your sailing boat is in shallow water does not mean you are necessarily safe if you fall from the deck. A British sailor this week came close to losing his life when he slipped and fell from the deck of his yacht just metres from the shore.... [more]
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Solo Atlantic crossing boat meets its ejected owners again
Des Ryan,
In January this year, we published a quirky story about a boat that, having ejected her crew, sailed across the Atlantic from the USA to Spain. Now, the two men who were ejected, have finally caught up with their boat, the Queen Bee.... [more]
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Magic Boat Beacon, now available for Android
Lee Mylchreest,
Good news for Android-using sailors: You can now use your devices to keep a watch on nearby boats, and let other boats, family and friends know your current location, using Boat Beacon Maps and AIS systems.... [more]
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Cambridge Bay, Northwest Passage, hotting up.
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The melt goes on, and it's encouraging the adventurous. as the Northwest Passage becomes increasingly ice-free during the summers, Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has seen a dramatic upswing in cruising sailors arriving, with up to six yachts in the Bay at the same time.... [more]
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Scottish sailor in new non-stop solo attempt
Des Ryan,
He sailed single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2005 and now he is to circumnavigate the world non-stop and single-handed. Well, you might say, pretty good but many have done that before, so what is so impressive? That's until you find out that Scottish sailor Gerry Hughes is profoundly deaf.... [more]
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Sailing Maine on a Windjammer
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
While sailing on a modern yacht is one of life's great experiences, there's nothing like exploring the traditional, and there are many tall ships offering a great adventurous sailing holidays, doing like they used to. And then there are the Windjammers.... [more]
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Need a holiday? We have some great options on Hamilton Island...
Kristie Kaighin,
Spring is in the air and just around the corner... Why not plan your next holiday on Hamilton Island?... [more]
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It's All Go at the Rivergate International Boat Show
Narelle Jensen,
A host of new exhibitors have come aboard Brisbane's first on-water boat show at Rivergate, Brisbane, 5 to 7 October.... [more]
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Nine Network partners with Gold Coast International Marine Expo
Stephen Milne,
Organisers of the second annual Gold Coast International Marine Expo are proud to announce the Nine Network as official television media sponsor of the not-for-profit event, running 2-4 November 2012 at Commera on the Gold Coast.... [more]
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SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week – mid series prize money

It was Registration today at SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week's sixth annual regatta. While much of the focus is on the Grand Prix Racing classes at this event and the other big Far North Queensland regattas Airlie Beach Race Week and Hamilton Island Race Week, the bulk of the fleet at these major yachting events are in fact cruising boats.... [more]
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Dates set for third Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference
AIMEX,
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) announced today the dates for the third Australian Superyacht and Marine Export Conference (ASMEX); the key conference for the marine export and superyacht industry in Australia. ASMEX 2013 will be held on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd May, 2013 at Sanctuary Cove, Queensland.... [more]
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