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 26 Dec 2013
 

Ozzies and Kiwi honoured, amazing whale pics, cruising seminars

Santa getting fitted for his life jacket. Did you realise how water-safety-conscious Santa was? Read the story!  .
Here's wishing you are enjoying the festive season, if not sailing somewhere in pleasant waters, then ready by Sydney Harbour or your TV set to watch the next - always drama-filled - edition of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

It's Boxing Day, and in Australia that means the Sales are on - they are also on in the sailing world, so read the bargains in some of the stories below.

Great to see two Australians and a New Zealander honoured internationally in the Annual Sail Training and Tall Ships Conference held last month in Aalborg in Denmark. Congratulations all - nice pre-Christmas present, and you've made all us Downunder sailors proud.

John and Lyn Martin of the Island Cruising Association are in the news again this week with some advice for all you stay-at-homes on how to get out there and go cruising - and, no matter where you intend to sail, don't forget to book for their highly valuable cruising seminars, coming to a town near you - anywhere from Perth to Cairns and in New Zealand, in the New Year.

Watching Sail-World news, you might have your long-range cruising dreams changed as various countries behave in cruiser-friendly, or unfriendly ways. Mexico and Greece are in the news this week. Read how Mexico has suddenly embargoed over 300 visiting yachts, sometimes for no infraction at all; and Greece is giving out mixed messages with suddenly higher taxes but planning to increase their facilities to attract more yachts.

Sailing in Mexico used to be a dream holiday - but not any more...  .. .


Leisure sailors are being attracted to boat shows with more and more educational seminars. This week we talk of the Seattle Boat Show, just about to start, with an amazing 200 seminars over the nine days of the show. So will the next boat show you attend closer to home be full of seminars? Watch this space!

Have you had a close encounter with a whale? Most stories that come in to Sail-World are joyous experiences, but just how vulnerable a boat is shows in some incredible photos taken by a diver this week.

Whale below dive boat - this could be you  .. .


In the meantime, Sail-World goes from strength to strength, not only the largest online sailing magazine in the world, but now translated into 78 languages. Remember, we're always looking for good stories, so keep the contributions coming!

Read on, and sweet celebrating as the strong current of time pushes us steadily into a Brand New Year!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor.



Ozzies and Kiwi star in International Sail Training Awards
Lee Mylchreest,
Two Australians and one New Zealander have won coveted awards at the Annual International Sail Training & Tall Ships Conference last month in Aalborg in Denmark. Other awards went to individuals and ships from countries as wide ranging as Oman, Poland, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Mexico and Finland.... [more]
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'Getting out there' - How to break the ties and go cruising
John Martin, Island Cruising Association,
John and Lyn Martin, operators of the highly successful Island Cruising Club, will be running special cruising seminars in Australia and New Zealand in the coming months. In the first of a series of articles on cruising, John here questions how to 'get out there' and go cruising and shares some of his own family's comic experiences:... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW volunteers on operational alert for festive season
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue NSW volunteers will be on full operational alert during the festive season, ready to come to the aid of boaters in need of help on the water. Commissioner Stacey Tannos said December and January were the busiest months of the year for the 3200 volunteer members of the 46 MRNSW units along the coastline and inland on the Alpine Lakes and Murray River at Moama.... [more]
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Santa Claus sets off in his water-safety sleigh
Mrs Claus,
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse... but down in the South Pole, it was all action stations. At the entrance to Santa's workshop, the elves were frantically stacking brightly coloured parcels and toys into the sleigh, checking off lists to make sure they hadn't missed any good children.... [more]
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Christmas comes early with a NEW Beneteau Oceanis 48
Sarah Henry,
Arriving just in time for Christmas, the Tasmanian owner of a new Oceanis 48 has taken delivery of the ultimate family cruiser, the perfect Christmas present! Travelling to Sandringham Yacht Club for the boat handover the week before Christmas, the boat goes straight to work as the family stay in Melbourne and spend Christmas aboard.... [more]
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Quantum Sale - What great products have Harken got?
Quantum Sails,
Harken have some terrific new products for you this year. For the One-Designs, we have brought our Grand Prix technology to sport boat level with the pivoting track Crossbow™ Self-Tacking Jib System. Our Carbo® line continues to expand for an even greater array of system options, with Pivoting Lead Blocks and T2™ Soft-Attach Doubles.... [more]
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Quantum Sale – What could you spend your $500 Whitworths Voucher on?
Quantum Sails,
Whitworths Marine & Leisure is Australia's largest marine accessories retailers and has been serving boat owners since 1962. With sixteen big supermarket locations Australia wide and direct delivery from our Mail Order departments, Whitworths Marine & Leisure offers the best service, convenient locations, and a huge selection of quality products, at unbeatable prices... [more]
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New Australian study shows plastic pollution much worse than accepted
Jeni Bone,
Plastic pollution in Australian waters is likely to be much worse than officially recognised, posing a threat to Australian species and ecology, according to the latest study published in journal PLOS ONE.... [more]
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Boat Shows go for more and more seminars - Seattle over 200
Des Ryan,
Seminars have always been a small feature of Boat Shows, but now, round the world, organisers are seeing their ticket numbers grow as they introduce more and more seminars into their boat show mix. Sometimes there are so many seminars one wonders when you would have time to look at the boats and equipment.... [more]
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28th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers concludes in Gros Islet
World Cruising Club,
The 28th ARC came to a rousing conclusion on Saturday night (21st December) with the prize giving ceremony at the Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. Despite the fickle weather, crews and their families enjoyed an evening of celebration as they compared stories about their adventures at sea and congratulated one another as the prizes were presented.... [more]
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Video Coverage of 2012 Sydney to Hobart race
Sail-world.com,
Competitor or spectator ahead of the 69th race start, settle down and watch the 26 min video coverage of the 2012 Rolex Sydney to Hobart. Great Production values in this coverage by Rolex.... [more]
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New catamaran syndicate opportunity available in the Whitsundays
Multihull Solutions,
A new cruising catamaran syndication opportunity in the Whitsundays has been unveiled that makes boat ownership extremely affordable.... [more]
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How dangerous are whales really? - incredible photos
Brian Palmer/Sail-World Cruising,
How scared should you be when boating off shore about a collision with a whale? A scuba diver off the coast of Argentina snapped a series of incredible pictures for Barcroft Media recently of a pair of southern right whales lurking menacingly close beneath a tiny boat of whale watchers.... [more]
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Is it WoM or some other virus with Pantaenius Insurance?
John Curnow,
Honestly, what does one really mean by that? Well, quite simply, is it Word of Mouth or its Digital Age cousin, viral marketing, that has seen Pantaenius not only grow, but also begin to make a significant impact in Asia Pacific waters? No doubt, the all-risk policy, agreed fixed value, new for old replacement and wear and tear clauses have had a major play in the whole equation.... [more]
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Greek sailing coastlines - do they want cruising sailors or not?
Des Ryan,
If you are thinking of sailing in Greece any time soon, you may become confused when you seek more information. Last month the authorities slapped a new tax on yachts which sail, moor or anchor in Greek waters. This would naturally tend to cause yachts to vote with their raised anchors and sail off to friendlier countries like Turkey and Croatia.... [more]
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Old 4 New Lifejacket Upgrade in New South Wales
Jeni Bone,
Transport for NSW through Roads and Maritime is emphasising the need to wear a lifejacket while boating.... [more]
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Quantum Sale - What is Vacuwash and why should I use it?
Quantum Sails,
Vacuwash was developed in North America over the past decade and has shown exceptional results with even the modern laminated sails. The process involves placing the sails in a vacuum chamber, removing the air and water from the voids between the sails layers and fibres, slowly introducing a cleaning agent that penetrates every layer and subsequently thoroughly rinsing the sail.... [more]
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Sailing in 78 languages – Sail-World.com spreads the news world-wide
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Whether it's the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, the Volvo Ocean Race, the America's Cup, Olympic class or Optimist regattas, sailing news can now be read in 78 languages and with the benefit of modern technology the quality of the translations is improving rapidly.... [more]
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