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 21 Mar 2013
 


Cruising sailors and the popularity of rallies

Sailing in a rally - freedom and friendship  .
Every cruising sailor, no matter how independent, knows just how much difference it makes to share a sched with other sailors, to compare notes after a voyage, to help each other with technical and maintenance problems, to join for a sundowner drink with like-minded people.

Basically, I think, this is why organised rallies are so popular, and gaining in popularity every year. New rallies spring up, others flourish, none seem to disappear. From the Louisiades to Tasmania, from from Darwin to Perth, every season brings more varied offerings. This is echoed overseas as well, with not one but two rallies across the Atlantic Ocean, and several world circumnavigation rallies currently operating.

This week there's another rally concept announced, but unless you're a sailor already roving, it's a bit far away. For sailors in the Caribbean the new rally is designed to take some of the pain or boredom out of the hurricane season. The Rally starts from Trinidad and Tobago, travelling south along the South American coastline through the lands of the Amazon basin. Wouldn't I love to be there!

Nereid's Rally  .. .

An amazing variety of news from our coastlines and the world's oceans again this week. Oceanswatch sailors under the leadership of New Zealander Chris Bone are reporting on some of their successes in the South Pacific, the Manhattan Sailing Club in New York are ecstatic about their new fast floating clubhouse (making we who belong to land-based yacht clubs not a little envious), and teen round-world sailor Laura Dekker isn't too happy about the documentary on her life - but isn't saying why.

Some wonderfully practical articles too, on products and skills we all need – how to survive 'Med mooring' which Australians seem to dread so much; how to whip your lines, how to make your fibreglass shine in all weathers. Finally read how the Kiwi Manson Boss anchor tests show that the 'New-Generation' anchor technology might see such old-timers as the CQR extinct within not too many years.

Bruce Arms - appearing soon at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney  .. .

Worthy of special note is that Bruce Arms, the non-stop solo record-holder for a circumnavigation of Australia is to appear and speak at the Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney soon. Be there if you can!

Browse down the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet Sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Audi Hamilton Island 'Race Week'? - but it's all cruising sailors
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013. As the planning for the 30th anniversary of the popular sailing spectacle continues to gain momentum, all of the near 40 boats so far entered are cruising yachts, not racers. What's going on?... [more]
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An Evening with Bruce Arms at MHYC
Pip Lodder,
Single handed around Australia World Record holder, Bruce Arms, will talk and show footage on his world record and also his win in the 2012 Three Peaks Race in Tasmania plus the Solo Tasman yacht race which Bruce has won the last two times.... [more]
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Protect Your Sailing Line with This Easy Whipping!
John Jamieson,
If you are anything like me, nothing looks worse in marine rope than frayed strands. With prices soaring, you will want to protect the bitter end of all of your lines. Boost your marine knots knowledge with this fast, easy whipping that you can make in less than 60 seconds!... [more]
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Med-mooring: you can't avoid it, so get used to it!
Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising,
Heading to the Mediterranean any time soon? Then you'll need to know how to med-moor! Here is the first version - how to med-moor to a dock or quay, either using your anchor or a lazy line already in place.... [more]
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Ensign brings Nautitech Catamarans back to the limelight in Australia
Mechelle Walker,
After an exhaustive worldwide search for the right product, Ensign Yachts International is proud to announce the partnership between its Australian East Coast network and Nautitech Catamarans.... [more]
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Sydney Heritage Fleet - Welcoming seniors
Hugh Lander,
Sydney Heritage Fleet, home to five heritage vessels all over 100 years of age, is putting out the welcome aboard sign to senior citizens during Seniors Week... [more]
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He wasn't clipped on. Another sailor washed overboard drowns
Des Ryan,
He just wasn't clipped on. The two sailors, sailing from Adelaide to Melbourne, were more than half way through their journey. They called in at the coastal town of Port Campbell, docking for only a short time to refuel before continuing on their journey. The weather was nothing out of the ordinary and nothing suggested the tragedy that was only moments away.... [more]
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Volunteer Marine Rescue WA receives CYCA SOLAS Trusts grant
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided Volunteer Marine Rescue Western Australia (VMRWA), with $13,318.20 to fund nine Mustang water rescue dry suits, nine ICOM waterproof and floating VHF handheld radios and nine Gath helmets.... [more]
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OceansWatch training pays off for sustainability in the Solomons.
Chris Bone/Sail-World Cruising,
Chris Bone, inspirational leader of OceansWatch, an organisation of sailors who help islanders of the Pacific where they sail to cope with their changing environment and climate change, speaks here about the challenges of 'making a difference'... [more]
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Behind the scenes - the story of one rescue
Nancy Knudsen,
What happens behind the scenes during a rescue of a sailing boat mostly remains unknown - the difficulties of the rescuers are considered hardly newsworthy compared with the real and present danger of those in trouble. That maybe true, but the efforts and bravery of the rescuers need acknowledging, such as in this story recorded by a spokesman for the rescuers - on the south coast of Britain.... [more]
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New Manson Boss proves to be a shackle bender on test
Richard Gladwell,
Manson Anchors completed seabed testing on their new Boss model with a 15.7kg (35lb) anchor bending two sets of shackles, and causing the test to be stopped at almost ten tonnes of load being exerted on the anchor by the powerful tug being used for live seabed testing.... [more]
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Getting your boat to shine in all weathers
Shurhold/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you end up with 'swipe marks' on your boat after cleaning? Do your zippers jam with salt? Do you find that even rain dirties your boat? Apart from moving to somewhere pristine and unpolluted, what can you do about these challenges? Here the cleaning experts at Shurhold give their Top Seven Tips for effective and easy washing:... [more]
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Solo sailor Laura Dekker denies support to the documentary about her
Nancy Knudsen,
It's just another typically small shred of evidence to show how much Laura Dekker, the youngest person ever to sail solo around the world, is a true sailor, not a willing media star. After world-wide publicity attached to the documentary on her achievement which is just launched at a media festival in Austin, Texas, Laura has, with a one-liner in her blog, distanced herself from any involvement.... [more]
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Report highlights rise of maritime crime in South-East Asia
Dryad Maritime,
The UK's leading maritime intelligence provider, Dryad Maritime will release a specialist report, ‘Special Advisory Southeast Asia. Disorganised theft to organised crime' which will focus on the rise of targeted hijackings in South East Asia.... [more]
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Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria - Multihull construction
Lisa Floyd,
Your invited to a social gathering/information on Friday evening, 22 March, at All Craft Marine hosted by owner operator Cliff Howie Allcraft Marine has been in the Boat and Storage business since 1984.... [more]
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A sailing clubhouse with a difference
Nancy Knudsen,
The Arabella is the new 150ft clubhouse for the Manhattan Sailing Club in New York. Not content with using their clubhouse as an earthbound springboard for going sailing, the Manhattan Sailing Club has taken their passion for sailing to the next level - not one, but two, floating clubhouses. The Arabella is the latest.... [more]
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Another cruising sailor sets off - then another and another...
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Almost every day, somewhere in the world, a new round world sailing adventure begins. They rarely make the local papers, let alone the international ones. We hardly write about them on Sail-World - simply because there are so many, but to each cruising sailor who lets go the docklines and leaves their workaday world to cross oceans, it's the adventure of a lifetime... and so it is for Ken Barton... [more]
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Calling Caribbean sailors: New Rally to the Amazon Basin from Trinidad
Nancy Knudsen,
So you've finished your sailing season in the Caribbean and now you have to either fly home (whether home is in Sussex, Ohio or Australia) or hunker down for the season and do some maintenance. No, it's not true - there's another option – there's the new Nereid's Rally to some exotic destinations of Guyana and French Guiana.... [more]
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The question of Turtles
Jennifer Nolan/Sail-World Cruising,
There are probably few groups of people who come into contact with turtles more than cruising sailors. Whether we dive with them, shout a call when we sight them off the bow, or trek the beaches searching for their footprints, most cruising sailors are fascinated by turtles. And they need help. Read this fascinating article by Jennifer Nolan, a Sailors for the Sea Essay:... [more]
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Heading for the Southern Ocean? Solo? Take a TPS
Nancy Knudsen,
So you want to go sailing alone? Solo? Even worse for your family you want to sail in the Southern Ocean? Tell them you'll invest in a Guy Cotten Thermal Protective Survival (TPS) suit and this might be of some comfort to them.... [more]
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New sailing cup joins Queensland's 'Season of Sailing'
Minister for Tourism, Jan Stuckey,
Queensland's 2013 Season of Sailing has introduced a ‘Season of Sailing Cup' to encourage more sailors and holidaymakers to take part.... [more]
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