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 29 Aug 2013
 


Seagulls on your deck, $370m yacht drug haul, rig your own boat, more

Was this rescue necessary - or was it just careless maintenance?  .
It always saddens me greatly when I read about volunteer rescuers giving up their time to keep us all safe on the water and then having to cater mostly for careless boaters. These either run out of fuel, don't maintain their engines properly, let their EPIRBs suffer from corrosion or a dozen other carelessnesses which means they end up needing rescuing. This week, as they report, was particularly bad for the Yeppoon Coast Guard on the Queensland coastline.

Seagulls might cause havoc on your sailing boat if they set up a nest, but did you know that even if you rescue, not destroy, the baby birds their mothers can never find a relocated nest again? WIRES are pleading with you to cover your boat.

Baby seagulls rescued from a moored yacht in Sydney  .. .

One of the most interesting pieces of the week is about a new publication from the Royal Yachting Association. Most long-term long-range boat owners have learned how to 'do it yourself' for most systems on their boats, but they still go to an expert when it comes to rigging. If you have always wanted to fully rig or even tune the rigging on your own boat, but didn't know where to begin, this is just the place.

Rigging is not a black art  .. .

New Zealand sailors, if you can't wait to break the chains and sail away, this might be your chance. There's plenty of time to plan to join the 2014 Doyle Fiji Rally. Read about it below! If, on the other hand, you are planning to sail IN New Zealand, there's a new guide you won't want to be without.

Trevor Joyce, who must spend nine months of the year in cruising rallies, tells of their 'cultural fusion' in the Caribbean Canter rally, happening again next year.

Caribbean Canter 1  .. .

Australia is already one of the most difficult countries for overseas boats to enter. The recent $370 million drug haul on a sailing boat is not going to make it any easier. The story tells of the long police project that led to the discovery.

This is just the tip of the news-iceberg. Run your eye down the headlines to find what interests you.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Bad seamanship plagues the rescuers: Yepoon Coast Guard's week
CY News/Sail-World Cruising,
Rescuers volunteer their time to save those who get into trouble on the water, but it behoves those who go boating exercise good seamanship and make sure that their systems and crew ability are up to the task. Certainly bad luck happens, but last week's rescues by Yepoon Coast Guard on Queensland's east coast says that too many boaters are not taking their seamanship responsibilities seriousl... [more]
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$370 million yacht drug haul spells difficulties for cruising sailors
Des Ryan,
The sad thing for sailors about the $370 million worth of cocaine which has been intercepted on a yacht in Vanuatu is that it is bound to make the way more difficult for long range cruising sailors. The drug traffickers thought they had found the perfect way to slip their cargo - aboard one of the fleet of little-noticed sailing boats that move like migrating birds around the world.... [more]
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New Zealand bound? or there now? Brand new guide available
NZ Marine/Sail-World Cruising,
Heading for New Zealand? - or already there? The New Zealand Marine Industry Association (NZ Marine) has published a brand-new information guide and directory for visiting yacht unlike anything else available in the world.... [more]
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New Zealand sailors, join the fun on the 2014 Doyle Fiji Rally.
John Martin,Island Cruising Association/Sail-World,
The 2014 Doyle Fiji Rally will certainly be fabulous fun for New Zealand sailors. Opua in the Magical Bay of Islands, Northland New Zealand is the departure point with the destination, Savusavu in Fiji's NE main island of Vanua Levu, the gateway to Fabulous Fiji's best cruising, diving and fishing.... [more]
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Cultural Fusion on the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean
Trevor Joyce, Mariner Boating/Sail-World Cruising,
Trevor and Maggie Joyce, private operators of charter-boat rallies to many exotic parts of the world, enjoyed taking time out sailing in the Caribbean prior to the three-day Heineken Regatta in March. Here they recount their magic experiences and look forward to returning next year.... [more]
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NSW boating safety - lifejackets
Neil Patchett,
NSW has welcomed a Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) initiative to improve the safety of its members when operating inflatable rescue boats (IRB).... [more]
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Jumpstart into sailing with new online course
BoatUS/Offshore Sailing School,
Here's how to jump-start your sailing lifestyle or renew your sailing knowledge, as learning to sail just got easier. A new 'Online Learn to Sail' course offered by BoatUS and the Offshore Sailing School is perfect for anyone thinking about getting into sailing or renewing old skills.... [more]
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Outremer 51 to debut at Cannes Boat Show
Brent Vaughan,
The Outremer shipyard in La Grande Motte in the South of France have just launched the successor to the award winning Outremer 49, with the arrival of the new Outremer 51 which will be debuted at the Cannes boat show in France on the 10th of September.... [more]
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Rig your own sailing boat? Yes, you can!
RYA/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you rig your own boat? No? Do you even tune it yourself? How confident are you that you are doing it right? The Royal Yachting Association has come up with some timely help in the form of a new book entitled the RYA Rigging Handbook.... [more]
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The maddest boat gathering in the world - cardboard boats only please
Leilani Roberts Ott/Sail-World Cruising,
Boats shouldn't be made of cardboard - everyone knows that. So what is going on in Muskogee Oklahoma, USA? Haven't they heard? How come they are planning a regatta where the participants can only enter in a cardboard boat? 'To raise money for kids' is the answer which isn't really an answer.... [more]
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Boat owners: cover vessels to deter seagulls
PerthNow/Sail-World Cruising,
It's the nesting season. Sydney boat owners have been issued a plea: cover up your beloved vessels to stop seagulls making nests to raise their chicks. Animal rescue group WIRES have warned that baby seagulls are at risk during this month's breeding season unless owners take action now.... [more]
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Doyle Sails New Zealand merges with Beacon Marine
Ellie Brade,
Doyle Sails New Zealand has merged with Westhaven-based Beacon Marine, effective as of 1 September 2013. The Beacon Westhaven office – on the corner of Westhaven Drive and Curran St – will now serve as a central waterside base for Doyle's one-stop-shop of marine offerings, including sails, service, rigging, upholstery and covers.... [more]
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America's Cup: 1974 My name is Bond.. Alan Bond - New video
Sail-World,
Maritime Productions presents another from its video library of America's Cup. As Bob Fisher describes below, the 1974 America's Cup saw the entrance of Alan Bond, and the team who were to win the America's cup nine years later. Alan Bond, his strategist Warren Jones, designer Ben Lexcen, and skipper Jim Hardy all descended on Newport, bringing a new attitude to the America's Cup.... [more]
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NSW Bar crossing web cameras upgraded
Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit/Sail-World,
When you are thinking of crossing one of the - always risky - bars along the New South Wales coastline, you can now check it out, real time, on your iPhone.... [more]
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