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 17 May 2013
 


Superyacht sail winners, Bali rally, Indian Ocean sailor missing, more

2013 Sailing Super Yacht of the year, Pumula  .
See some really wonderful sailing yachts this week that won prizes in the recent Superyacht Awards in Istanbul. They are not exactly cruising yachts of the style that most Australian sailors would take out for a weekend or sail around the world, but one can't help drooling over their lovely lines. This is so different from the extraordinary motorised power superyachts around. See the story about the latest superyacht design, inspired by the shape of a Stradivarius violin! What will they think of next?

Marine NSW is constantly upgrading it seems, and Brunswick Heads is the latest coastal destination to benefit, with a brand new rescue vessel, boosting their emergency capability nicely. Congratulations Brunswick Heads!

It's a pity there isn't more coverage in the Indian Ocean, with an overdue sailor now declared as missing and a call out for anyone who sights trace of him or his boat. Perth sailors, in particular, please look out for a ketch with red sails called 'Spirit of Rema'.

The quirkiest story of the week is of the British sailor who has set out to sail the Atlantic four times, and on all four occasions he not has only had to be rescued, but had to abandon the boat he was sailing. The latest rescue – and abandoned boat – was this week. Never mind, he wrote a book about his adventures after the third mishap, so maybe sales will go up with the latest misadventure.

Yellow Brick Road showing rally boats spread up the West Australian coastline  .. .
Over in the West the boats in the Fremantle to Bali Rally, which also has a race component, are spread out up the coastline, with the hotshots already arrived, and the rest of the boats enjoying a more leisurely journey along the spectacular coastline.

Boat Book's Doug Cuming this week reviews a new book out by sailing author Sandra Clayton – 'A Thousand Miles from Anywhere' should be a good read for anyone who must take their amazing sailing adventures vicariously. There are Boat Book stores in both Sydney and Melbourne, or you can purchase online.

'A Thousand Miles from Anywhere'  .. .

Read about the tribute to a disabled British sailor who has sailed around the Isle of Wight, or the deaf sailor who has just circumnavigated the world solo; AMVER has come to the rescue yet again and saved four sailors' lives; some great hints about cleaning your boat from Shurhold; and there's an important recall notice for owners of Osculati filters – take notice and check the brand on your boat.

It's getting chillier and chillier on the water, but there are many of us brave souls still out there and loving it.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Call out for overdue sailor in the Indian Ocean
Sail-World Cruising,
Kiwi sailor Edward Anker left Hout Bay yacht club, South Africa, on the 26th December 2012 with a plan to sail on a 'straight across' route to Australia, and an intended landfall in Australia of Cape Leeuwin, or thereabouts. Enquiries made with the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) in Australia, on 30th April of this year, confirmed that, at that date, he had not arrived.... [more]
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Fuel filters recalled by Osculati
Sail-World Cruising,
Because a small number of leaks have been reported on some products, Italian marine equipment firm Osculati is recalling all fuel filters with the part numbers 17.664.00-17.664.10 due to a potential safety issue.... [more]
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Ten quick tips to make boat cleaning less of a chore.
Shurhold/Sail-World Cruising,
If you put off cleaning your boat, you are inviting expensive trouble, but cleaning can be such a chore. Here are ten quick common sense tips from Shurhold to make your cleaning go faster and be more effective.... [more]
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Book review: A Thousand Miles from Anywhere, Sandra Clayton
Doug Cuming, Boat Books,
A Thousand Miles from Anywhere is a narration by Sandra Clayton of the third part of their sailing adventures, covering their journey across the Atlantic on a forty foot catamaran. Inspiringly for anyone else contemplating blue water cruising in middle age, she and her husband David sail two handed from Madeira to Florida, stopping at the Canaries, Cape Verde Island, then through the Caribbean.... [more]
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4 Atlantic attempts, 4 rescues, 4 boats lost: is this a record?
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
'The greatest risk in life is in not taking one.' These were the words of 72-year-old British sailor and author Trevor Wilson when he was rescued for the fourth time in an Atlantic crossing attempt, just 70 miles off the United States coastline. Each Atlantic crossing attempt, some of which succeeded, ended with the loss of his boat, usually called Erma.... [more]
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2013 Superyacht Awards:...and the sailing yachts were...
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
This month in Istanbul, among a heady collection of outrageously luxurious yachts and extraordinary designs, several sailing yachts received awards in the 2013 Superyacht Awards. The event was a glamorous event in true superyacht style, held at the Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski.... [more]
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Parachute sea anchor gets a ride into space
Sail-World Cruising,
Popular parachute sea anchor used by many cruising sailors is to be used by NASA's new Orion spacecraft when it returns from its first beyond low Earth orbit flight test next year.... [more]
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Super special end of season Musto clearance sale
Musto Media,
Don't miss this super special end of season clearance sale of Musto technical and lifestyle clothing, with up to 75% off selected stock*(*samples and discontinued lines) at RAN Sailing Association from Friday 17 May - Sunday 19 May.... [more]
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AMVER to the rescue - again - of four sailors
US Coast Guard/Sail-World Cruising,
This grainy night photo shows a sailor in his dismasted yacht waving to rescuers during a rescue which, thanks to AMVER, was carried out by a combination of the US Coast Guard and a good Samaritan crew... [more]
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Superyacht or violin? Yacht designer finds the synergies
Lee Mylchreest/Sail-World Cruising,
Just when we thought that every bizarre shape possible had been used by superyacht designers, created by every possible strange inspiration of the owner or the designer, there's another. A superyacht is to be designed in the mode of a Stradivarius violin, by UK designer Alex McDiarmid.... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW to commission new offshore rescue vessel
Ken McManus,
At 11am on Saturday 18th May Marine Rescue Ulladulla will commission its new offshore rescue vessel, a fast response, long-cabin Steber 38, with deployment capability for up to 30 nautical miles offshore, at the Marine Rescue Ulladulla base, Ulladulla Harbour.... [more]
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Yacht designer: 'AC72 America's Cup design should be scrapped'
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
While much of the sailing world mourns the death of British Olympic sailing star and America's Cup strategist Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, widely reported on the racing sites of Sail-World, the design of the yacht Artemis is being questioned as cracking noises were heard by the crew before the main frame simply 'cracked like a taco', injuring some crew and killing Simpson.... [more]
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New 'Penguin' semi-sub: explore under the sea without getting wet
Victoria Wollaston Mailonline/Sail-World Cruisng,
Here's a great new toy for your super yacht or a green marine pastime for when you are not sailing. It's a bizarre semi-submarine that lets you explore the ocean floor without ever getting wet, from a company strangely called EGO.... [more]
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First solo circumnavigation by deaf sailor wins OCC award
Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club/Sail-World,
This week Scottish sailor Gerry Hughes became the first deaf yachtsman to circumnavigate the world singlehanded by crossing 'the line' in Troon Harbour in Scotland. He was greeted by hundreds of well wishers and fans who turned out to mark the occasion. Best of all, he was bestowed an Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) Special Recognition Award upon stepping onto the dock.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show - Opening dates announced
Event Media,
The 2014 edition of the Phuket International Boat Show will be held between ninth and twelfth January at Royal Phuket Marina, and the opening hours extended further into the evening.... [more]
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Landholders and farmers get support for Great Barrier Reef protection
The Hon Tony Burke MP,
Landholders and farmers will receive assistance in reducing the run-off of damaging chemicals into the Great Barrier Reef, under a $200 million extension to the Reef Rescue program. Starting in 2008, Reef Rescue has already stopped over 92,000 tonnes of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment and around 1,300 kilograms of pesticide from leaching into the Great Barrier Reef.... [more]
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New rescue vessel officially commissioned
Ken McManus,
A rescue vessel will be officially commissioned at Brunswick Heads tomorrow, boosting the emergency capability of Marine Rescue NSW volunteers on the State's North Coast... [more]
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