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 18 Oct 2012
 


Cruising preparation seminars...yacht features...a $200,000 scam..

Dutch teen sailors make their statement  .
In the forever-changing world of the cruising sailor there's a lot to report on again this week.

John and Lyn Martin of New Zealand's Island Cruising Association are in Australia at the moment with a rally, and on their way down the Australian east coast they are offering some cruising preparation seminars in several cities. This is a unique opportunity. The first is in Mackay on 20/12 October, so check the story for dates in a city close to you.

Another date for the diary is 30th October in Sydney, when the Cruising Yacht Club is holding an 'Around the World Sailing' information evening. You'll need to phone the club to indicate your attendance, as it looks like the numbers attending will be high.

It's also worth browsing the newly released Equipment Rules of Sailing put out by the International Sailing Federation. Not that a lot of it pertains to cruising, but it's great to stay informed. There's valuable information about the state of the art safety rules and the equipment to go with them.

Dutch teenagers have a lot of spirit, particularly young sailors. Inspired by Laura Dekker's defiance of authority, this week two young Dutch teenagers have put up their own brand of defiance by going sailing, and they have what appears to be good cause.

There are three boats featured this week, the Bavaria Cruiser 56, the Dufour 36 Performance and the 'supercat' - the Lagoon 450, reviewed by John Curnow. The product of the week is a Hatch Fan – wouldn't I love one of those sometimes in sweaty marinas!

Quirkiest story of the week is the San Francisco 'hero' who rescued an escaping catamaran, was thanked profusely, given a trip on the boat in appreciation, which he enjoyed, and the next day demanded $200,000 as salvage rights.

Much other news as well, so browse the headlines to find what attracts your particular interest, and here's wishing you...

...sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Sydney: CYCA Information Evening - Around the World Sailing
John Keelty/ Sail-World Cruising,
If you are anywhere within reach of Sydney another valuable Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) Information Evening is scheduled for 30 October, this time the subject being: Around the World Sailing: Cruising and Racing. It will be an inspirational information evening that will make you want to get up and set sail into the sunset.... [more]
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Eco Boat Show on Pittwater, Sunday November 18
Dick Clarke,
A group of boating enthusiasts and small businesses who have a swag of innovations to make boating more sustainable will be putting their technologies and products on display at Australia's first ever Eco Boat Show, at Pittwater's Bayview Anchorage, on Sunday 18 November. Many have not previously been available in Australia.... [more]
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Cruising Preparation Seminars: Mackay, Brisbane, Newcastle, Hobart +
Nancy Knudsen,
New Zealand's most successful cruising operation, the Island Cruising Association, has arrived in Australia in the form of its Western Pacific Rally, providing a unique opportunity for Aussie cruising sailors to build on their skills, with a just-announced series of cruising preparation seminars in Mackay, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney and Hobart.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: The Dufour 36 Performance
Des Ryan,
With the tendency to longer and longer boats for cruising, it's worth reflecting on whether you actually need the space or not. Every foot of length brings extra complications, and sometimes small IS better AND less is more. That's why this week's featured yacht, the Dufour 36 Performance could be a great choice for the ardent sailor.... [more]
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Product of the Week: The Hatch Fan
Sail-World Cruising,
When you are swinging on a hook there's nothing nicer than the cool air pushed through your saloon by a wind scoop - and it doesn't cost power. However, in a marina, aside from getting an air conditioner, it can be very hot and sticky if the weather decides. That's where a 'Hatch Fan' might come in handy, also acceptable because you're most likely connected to shore power.... [more]
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's Supercat! (Pt. I)
John Curnow,
Just like most of the Ssang Yong's out there, you won't have to venture too far to find someone who believes a few of the Lagoon catamarans have been whacked once or twice by the Ugly Stick. Rather, for some they may even feel that they have indeed had a brush in with the whole tree.... [more]
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Is it a stick? Is it a tree? No it's a Supercat! (Pt. II)
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how the Lagoon 450 slots into the range, what the cats are all about and maybe a little about the owners who have kept this brand strong, despite the malaise the world's economies may be experiencing. Right. On y va...... [more]
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Laura inspires teens to go on sailing campaign
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Inspired by Dutch/New Zealand sailor Laura Dekker, who was held back by Dutch authorities for over a year by authorities who wanted to stop her going long-range sailing, now two dyslexic Dutch teenagers have set off on a year-long sailing trip to campaign for their right to an education.... [more]
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Warning on Venezuela - worsening security on pirate-prone coast
Lee Mylchreest,
While much of the talk about piracy revolves around the Indian Ocean, Venezuela has been getting more and more dangerous over recent years. As local knowledge of the problem spread, fewer and fewer boats are venturing to the magnificent, but dangerous, cruising grounds.... [more]
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World's largest solar boat sails into climate change project
Nancy Knudsen,
She has circumnavigated the world in a demonstration of the efficacy of solar power, she has made a triumphant tour of the Mediterranean, and now she is about to help the cause of climate change science by monitoring the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean. It's Turanor, PlanetSolar, the gigantic strange craft which is the world's largest solar sailer.... [more]
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San Francisco Bay - a week of incidents
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
They're not having much luck in San Francisco Bay lately. First, this week, the crew of a racing catamaran didn't tie their boat up properly and it escaped, salvaged by a 'hero' of a night-owl who is now claiming $200,000 (See Sail-World_story). Now some wine tasters on a pleasure boat have hit a rock off Alcatraz Island, and all on board had to be rescued.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Summer Specials plus Accommodation options for the SB3
Kristie Kaighin,
Specialising in luxury Hamilton Island Accommodation, we offer a full range of stunning privately owned, self-contained apartments, villas and houses... You will be sure to find something that is the perfect fit for you!... [more]
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Plea to sailors of the world: It's not too late to save the ocean
Nancy Knudsen/Sailors for the Sea,
'I spent two months sailing in the Baltic a couple of years ago,and I was struck by the virtually complete lack of sea life.In 64 days of sailing,we didn't see a single marine mammal of any sort. They have nothing to eat. There are practically no fishing boats to be seen in the Baltic and no seagulls.' The words of Dr Ned Cabot, who lost his life overboard last month, doing what he loved, sailing... [more]
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Equipment Rules of Sailing for 2013-2016 now available
ISAF,
While the just-announced International Sailing Federation(ISAF) 'Equipment Rules of Sailing' (ERS) are not applicable to the cruising sailor, they do form a good reference point for cruising sailors seeking safety on the water. The ERS for 2013-2016 are now available to download online and for the first time, as an iOS application ahead of the worldwide date of implementation on 1 January 2013.... [more]
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Historic sailing journey for 31 lucky Indian sailors
The Hindu/Sail-World Cruising,
What a sight! ... and what an adventure for a crew of Indian sailors - naval and coastguard cadets - last week. Sail training ship INS Sudarshini has set sail on a historic voyage lasting six months to celebrate India's two-decade-long partnership with member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN). Cadets stood on the yardarms as she glided out of Kochi Harbour... [more]
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Rescuer of drifting catamaran demands 200,000 dollar salvage
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It is an age-old law of the sea that if you find a drifting boat and bring it to shore, you can claim salvage rights. However, an America's Cup racing crew whose catamaran drifted to sea the other night got the shock of their lives when the 'hero' who rescued their boat from some rocks was not satisfied with their gratefulness - he wants $200,000.... [more]
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North Sails Australia's New Melbourne Service Loft Now Open!
Dave O'Connor,
North Sails Australia's new Melbourne Service Loft is now open! Located at Unit 23, 354 Reserve Road Cheltenham, the new loft is central to both Sandringham and Royal Brighton Yacht Club and is fully set up to service all our clients. The team in Melbourne include Noel Drennan and Aaron Cole who have been working together for past year and are there to help you.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd Summer Sample Sale kicks off October 19th
Henri Lloyd,
The famous Henri Lloyd Summer Sample Sale is on again kicking off this Friday 19th October 2012 at the Henri Lloyd showroom in Crows Nest, Sydney! Huge range of samples and discontinued lines from Henri Lloyd's marine, footwear and lifestyle collections for men and women. Discounts of up to 80% off original RRP!... [more]
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Yacht & Boat Korea 2013 – exhibitor applications invited
Yacht & Boat Korea,
From Monday 29 October, organisers of Yacht & Boat Korea will be opening exhibitor applications for next year's event, 2 to 5 May 2013, in Gyeongnam Province, which is home to a number of recreational boat builders and some of the largest ship building companies in the world.... [more]
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The Bermuda Boating Bible - don't go there without it
Des Ryan,
If you are thinking of sailing to Bermuda any time soon, there is a book you need to have on board - ‘The Bermuda Boater: A Comprehensive Guide to Piloting and Seamanship for Boaters around the Waters of Bermuda'. It was first released in 1992, but has just been updated by its author, Ralph Richardson - not an actor, but a sailor of some repute.... [more]
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Warning on Venezuela - worsening security on pirate-prone coast
Lee Mylchreest,
While much of the talk about piracy revolves around the Indian Ocean, Venezuela has been getting more and more dangerous over recent years. As local knowledge of the problem spread, fewer and fewer boats are venturing to the magnificent, but dangerous, cruising grounds.... [more]
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