|30 Apr 2009|
Vital News about EPIRBs
While you are reading this I am winging (sadly not sailing) my way back home from Istanbul to Sydney, and hoping that the there'll be some good winter sailing waiting for me... steady winds, great crisp sunny weather....that's what I am dreaming about, please turn it on!
|One half of the Tai Ping, still afloat after being cleft by a freighter which did not stop .|
The saddest news of the week was the sinking of the faithful replica Chinese sailing junk which took six long years to build and was within a day of having completed its double crossing of the Pacific to prove that Chinese sailors COULD have done it 600 years ago. The junk, pictured here, was tragically sliced in half by a freighter which didn't stop.
This week's issue is full of useful – even vital – reading. If you own an EPIRB, you need to CHECK YOUR 15 CHARACTER CODE, as there have been some errors that could endanger your life in a distress situation.
In addition, there are ISAF guidelines for piracy, the new radar technology explained, important advice about how to decide which inflatable PFD you should be using, an excellent discussion on the use – or misuse – of staysails, and even some indispensable sunscreen tips for those who are lucky enough to sail in the sun.
Finally, if you will be sailing in one of the world's oceans any time soon, Science needs you!
Read on, enjoy, and
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
|Maiden voyage cat dismasted in Bass Strait - rescue paramedic injured |
BW Media roundup,
Bass Strait's infamous seas have claimed another yacht. Four crew were aboard the 50ft home-built catamaran on its maiden voyage when it was dismasted in 14 metre seas 90 miles south-east of Sale in Victoria yesterday. After setting off an emergency beacon they were winched off the yacht, but a paramedic was injured in the process.... [more]
|Whitsunday Marine Art Show attracts world renowned judge |
The Whitsunday Marine Art Show has captured the interest of world-class marine artist Ian Hansen. His works hang in auspicious buildings such as Government House, Qantas House, the Sydney Stock Exchange, the National Maritime Museum and in many private collections around the world.... [more]
|What inflatable should I have? |
Ron Trossbach, 'Safety at Sea' Moderator,
Is your personal life jacket (personal floatation device, PFD) the best you could have? Do you even have one? In either case, what kind you should have is a vital question, and Ron Trossbach, a 'Safety at Sea' Moderator, answers the question.... [more]
|Replica Chinese sailing junk sunk by freighter |
News Hawaii/Sail-World Cruising,
A Chinese sailing junk which was on the last leg of a journey to prove how Chinese sailors could have visited America 600 years ago, has been sunk after a collision with a freighter off the coast of Taiwan. Sail-World had been following the progress of the Princess TaiPing, a faithfully recreated sailing junk of the Ming Dynasty period... [more]
|The New Radar Technology – 'Broadband' Radar Explained |
Bill Johnson, Wiley Nautical,
The landscape of small boat radar has just changed. Until recently, all the radars for the leisure marine market worked in pretty much the same way, but now a significant innovation is available. Clearly, anyone who is considering buying a radar system will want to know how the new technology - named 'Broadband' - works, and what the advantages – and disadvantages – are likely to be.... [more]
|Parts of the Great Barrier Reef go from Doom to Boom |
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Marine scientists say they are astonished at the spectacular recovery of certain coral reefs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from a devastating coral bleaching event in 2006.... [more]
|Letter from the Indies: Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos (Cuba) |
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Friends Geoff and Pip Lavis have now joined us for the 350nm sail west along the south coast of Cuba to Cienfuegos, passing the very high Sierra Maestra Mountains and on through the many cays of the Archipielago de los Jardines de la Reina (Royal Gardens).... [more]
|EPIRBs - Check your vital 15 character code |
That's the message that Cobham Life Support, ACR Products, the world's leader in safety and survival technologies, is trying to get to all beacon owners. They want all EPIRB and PLB owners to double check their 15-character identification code registration for errors.... [more]
|Calling all ocean sailors: maybe YOU can help |
Calling all sailors: If you plan to sail the Atlantic, Pacific, or Indian Oceans, consider setting your course through any of five garbage patches in the world's oceans. Sailors are needed by researchers to report back on what they see and hence help in a small way to solve the enormous problems caused by garbage dumping throughout the world.... [more]
|ISAF publish Guidelines for Prevention of Piracy |
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today the publication of Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters. The International Regulations Commission has been established in accordance with Regulation 41 to provide advice on matters related to the regulation of recreational boats or craft by government actions or otherwise.... [more]
|The question of staysails - how to make them work for you |
Andrew Dove, Area Manager North Sails Caraibes,
Though most modern sloops have a furling headsail and a mainsail, staysails are far from atypical, although those added to boats often appear to be of little use.... [more]
|Indispensable Sunscreen Tips |
This is the second part of a three-article series on sailors and the sun Dr. Steve Horwitz has been an active PHRF, Lightning and Etchells sailor for quite awhile. While most sailors on Biscayne Bay are used to seeing him at the helm of Widespread Panic, he crewed for years before he became a dermatologist.... [more]
|Blue Water Rally 2007-9 Home Safely to the Med |
After a voyage of 27,000 miles and 20 months after leaving Gibraltar, the last yacht of the Blue Water Rally 2007-9 arrived safely in Aghios Nikolaos Marina, Crete on 19 April. Right at the end it took 5 hours of engine repairs in rough conditions before owners Tony and Audrey Walter sailed in on their 37 year old Salar 40 to a rapturous welcome from their fellow Ralliers.... [more]
|Sir Robin Knox-Johnston muses - 40 years on |
Paul Caine, Taiwan News/Sail-World,
The hardy sailor that was the only one to complete - and therefore win - the historic first round-the-world solo challenge in 1969, celebrates the anniversary and muses about sailing then, now, and in the future.... [more]
|Skin Cancer - the Reality of being a Fair-Skinned Sailor |
'One of the first skin cancer screenings that I did at a regatta was during the 2001/02 Miami stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race,' said Dr. Steve Horwitz. Steve is sailing's skin doctor. He has been practicing dermatology in Miami for over three decades and has been sailing on Biscayne Bay for longer... [more]
|Vale Panama Yacht Club Hello Chagres River |
BW Media roundup,
Sailing boats wanting to transit the Panama Canal these days are faced with a challenge of sorts. Cruisers in the area were horrified last month when Panama Ports Company suddenly demolished the Panama Yacht Club without warning. It happened at 3.00am, and by morning there was little left.... [more]
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