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 24 Jan 2013
 


Issues following the rescue in the Southern Ocean - what do you think?

Alain Delord departing on his round the world voyage in late October 2012  
Undoubtedly the biggest story of the week was of the French solo sailor rescued from 400nm south west of Tasmania. It was a story that gripped, not only Australians, but sailors and non-sailors around the world, with veteran adventure sailor Don McIntyre taking a leading role in the rescue by the Orion cruise ship. But the rescue has raised some vexed issues, the same issues as have been raised time and time again when the incident location is remote.

For instance the rescue of another French sailor Raphael Dinelli, by the life-risking sail of a downwind racing yacht back into hurricane-force winds for two days, made a legendary hero of British sailor Pete Goss for all time. But there was no-one else around who could have saved his life.

The rescue of British sailor Tony Bullimore from the Southern Ocean was watched by millions around the world as it took the Australian Navy five days to reach his overturned yacht, not even sure that he was alive. Later came the Australian furore about the cost to the Australian taxpayer of the Navy's actions. But there was no-one else around who could have saved Bullimore.

In this week's rescue of Alain Delord, it was a deluxe cruise ship that veered almost 700 nm out of its way, depriving its 100 or so deluxe passengers of part of their journey. But, although lights were seen not far from where the incident took place, they didn't answer their radio and Orion was the nearest craft that could have saved Delord's life.

Rescue of Alain Delord  .. .

Overriding all of these tales hovers The United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea. It is not only time-honoured tradition, but now international law that 'every State must require the master of a ship flying its flag to render assistance to any person found at sea in danger of being lost and to proceed to the rescue of persons in distress.'

The cruise ship had no choice, and honoured both the tradition and the UN Convention. The passengers on that ship, who had paid over $1,000 a day for their journey, were deprived of visiting Macquarie Island and arrived back in Hobart three days before schedule. Who should suffer? The cruise ship owners? The passengers? The uninsured sailor who has lost his boat and is plainly broke? The Australian government (read taxpayer) – who had the SOLAS responsibility?

These are unresolved issues that keep recurring whenever there is a remote rescue. If it costs cruise ships serious money in refunds we may find some of them ignoring calls in the future, just as the owner of the mysterious lights did in this instance. Should yachts be able to venture into such remote seas without insurance? - a bold query which threatens the precious concept of 'freedom of the seas' and anyway begs the question of enforcement. In this instance the Australian Navy, which otherwise would have had to mount a rescue action, should recuperate the losses of the Orion. What do you think?

A nice avalanche of other news around the world this week: The Young Endeavour is celebrating 25 years and you're invited to the party; if you have a catamaran read about the multihull rendezvous about to happen in Pittwater; a young Laser sailor has been given a new chance at a record by UK Sailmakers; a piracy report with not a single Somali attack on yachts; the Ocean Cruising Club has announced its awards giving a string of wonderful tales; there's a feature on the new Bavaria 56; and some practical articles on stain removal on your boat and issues with the dreaded head.

That's just the 'tip of the iceberg'. Read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Amazing rescue: 'We couldn't have done it without the planes'
Peter Campbell/Sail-World,
The rescue of French round-the-world sailor Alain Delord from a remote spot in the Southern Ocean was an amazing coordination between the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the Dornier aircraft that overflew him and a cruise ship that sailed 50 hours out of its way to rescue him.... [more]
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Update: desperate rescue quest for sailor in life raft, Southern Ocean
AMSA/Sail-World Cruising,
Alain Delord, French solo sailor attempting a circumnavigation in his A35 yacht Tchouk Tchouk Nougat, has been dismasted some 400 nm south of Tasmania in the Southern Ocean. He is now in a liferaft pending rescue by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, having abandoned his yacht, which had suffered hull damage during the dismasting.... [more]
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Orion on rescue mission to save French sailor
Peter Campbell,
Orion, a small luxury cruise ship, is on course to rescue a French sailor aboard a liferaft around 500 nautical miles south of Tasmania. An Australian Maritime Safety Authority plane discovered Alain Delord's raft floating on the southern ocean after his single-handed voyage around the world came to an end when his yacht lost its mast with a hole created on it.... [more]
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Young Endeavour: 25-year celebration and you are invited!
Young Endeavour,
The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, a not for profit organisation giving young Australians an inspirational experience at sea aboard sail training ship Young Endeavour, is celebrating its 25th birthday.... [more]
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Boaters to keep clear of Fireworks display on Lake Macquarie
RMS,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has granted an exclusive use of aquatic licence for the safe staging of a fireworks display on Lake Macquarie on Saturday.... [more]
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NSW releases long-term study on boating incidents
Transport Roads and Maritime Services,
Transport for NSW has just published Boating Incidents in NSW – statistical report for the 10-year period ending 30 June 2012. This report shows an in-depth analysis of boating incident statistics for the period 2002-03 to 2011-12. It also examines overall longer term trends in fatal and serious injury incident rates as far back as 1992-93.... [more]
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Open Day for multihull enthusiasts to stage in Mooloolaba
Multihull Solutions/Sail-World Cruising,
It seems January is the time for multihull meetings. In addition to the one in Pittwater (see story), Multihull Solutions, Australia and New Zealand's most successful multihull specialist, is hosting an Open Day at Mooloolaba Marina on Sunday 3 February to coincide with the popular Boaties Market.... [more]
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Coming to a head - issues of onboard toilets
Lee Mylchreest,
If you want to seriously test whether someone gets seasick or not (or if you don't want them to come again), give them the job of clearing the blocked head while sailing. Heads, the nautical term for onboard toilets, can be one of the most vexed issues on a boat, depending on where you sail.... [more]
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Last Chance to Join 2013 Pittwater Multihull Rendezvous
Multihull Solutions,
Entries are filling fast for the 2013 Pittwater Multihull Rendezvous from 1-3 March, but spots are still available to join this superb weekend of sailing and social action.... [more]
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Recreating the Shackleton Voyage
Media Services,
The voyagers involved in the Shackleton Epic, the intrepid expedition attempting to be the first to authentically re-create Sir Ernest Shackleton's voyage of survival crossing 800nautical miles of the treacherous southern ocean from Elephant Island to South Georgia, and the climb over its mountainous interior, set off Sunday 20 January, 2013.... [more]
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Melbourne Summer Boat Show - 1-3 February
Jeni Bone,
Previously known as the Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Festival – MSBS will held at Melbourne's premier waterside location, Docklands between 1-3 February, 2013.... [more]
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YachtWorld expands into Australasian market
Ben Gaze,
YachtWorld.com, the world's largest internet brokerage portal, is expanding its global operation with the opening of a new office in Newport, close to Sydney Harbour, to provide closer and dedicated online marketing support to yacht brokers and dealers across Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia Pacific marketplace.... [more]
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Hero 10-year-old's quick action avoids marina boat fire
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
An electrical fire on a boat is a scary thing and in a marina it can result in multiple boat losses. So it's no wonder 10-year-old Ellie Brosius is being hailed as a hero.While her parents were several boats away down the dock, Ellie, acting on her own initiative, averted an electrical fire by her quick action. She's such a hero she has been awarded a special medal from the local fire department... [more]
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Britain's rescue volunteers: 8000 rescued, half from leisure craft
RNLI,
Leisure sailing boats world-wide went through an amazing explosion in numbers during the 20th Century and that explosion continues unabated in this century - but it is doubtful that this would have occurred if rescue facilities had not also increased dramatically. Britain's Royal National Lifesaving Institution (RNLI) have announced their numbers for 2012, with almost 8,000 people were rescued... [more]
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'Mine's bigger' - the Ten biggest superyachts for 2012
Nancy Knudsen,
Every year the largest superyachts in the world are announced by Superyachts.com. Sponsored by the luxury yacht charter company Y.CO, the unveiling of the latest list reveals the 100 biggest yachts in existence has just occurred again. Here we count down merely the top ten biggest. Seven are owned by Arab interests, one by Brunei, one by a Russian Oligarch and one by an American film producer:... [more]
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Maserati almost becalmed at Cape Horn
Nancy Knudsen,
The yacht attempting to become the fastest ever sailing boat to sail from New York to San Francisco - a route that includes the usually dreaded Cape Horn - was almost becalmed as they approached the Horn.... [more]
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Ocean Cruising Club announces 2012 Awards
Daria Blackwell/OCC/Sail-World,
The Ocean Cruising Club (OCC), the world's only truly global ocean cruising association, has announced the recipients of the OCC Annual Awards. Each year the OCC recognizes the achievements of ordinary individuals doing extraordinary things on the world's oceans and brings those achievements to the attention of the sailing community at large.... [more]
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Marine Auctions: the best bet for buying and selling boats
Jeni Bone,
Thinking of selling your boat or buying your next one? Marine Auctions are the way to go for market value, added reach and global interest.... [more]
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Somali pirate attacks wane, hope for yachts, but not soon
Des Ryan,
Pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean have dropped 27 percent since 2009, when reports of armed bandits off the coast of Somalia drew navies from throughout the world to protect trade routes, and not one cruising sailor was attacked in 2012. But that doesn't mean you can sail the West Indian Ocean any time soon.... [more]
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Sailors with DisAbilities upgrade safety with latest Survitec gear
Survitec Group,
Ocean yacht racing at the best of times can be a dangerous sport, however with a full crew of 19 sailors on board, some of whom are profoundly disabled, the hazards can be magnified.... [more]
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Five top ways to remove stains from your boat
Karen & Jeffrey Siegel/Sail-World Cruising,
Karen & Jeffrey Siegel run a website called ActiveCaptain. They have also been cruising for many years, with two dogs Dyna and Dylan (who really run the show) and know a thing or two about some of the practical aspects of cruising. Here are their useful tips about cleaning stains on a boat. As they said, 'We thought the new year was the perfect time to pick our five personal favourites.'... [more]
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Piracy Report - not a single yacht attacked in 2012
ICC International Maritime Bureau/Sail-World,
The Annual Piracy report by the International Maritime Bureau is out, and for the first time for many years, there is not a single report of a yacht being attacked by pirates anywhere in the world. Either the pirates have realised yachts are measly pickings or the campaign to prevent yachts from sailing in dangerous areas has worked, and maybe a bit of both.... [more]
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Roads and Maritime Services NSW conduct campaign 'Operation Tow Safe'
Roads and Maritime Services,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) is conducting a campaign to ensure compliance with towing activities on NSW waterways announced Acting General Manager Maritime Operations Trevor Williams today.... [more]
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