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Seamanship - that elusive quality

There are some strange stories this week.

Read how a Sydney sailor is in danger of potential criminal charges because his skipper went overboard while he was off-watch and asleep. This brings a sobering thought for all two-handed crew, who could find themselves in the same situation if their partner goes overboard. By definition there are never witnesses.

Why did five British crew allow themselves to stray into Iranian waters to get arrested for a worrying few days - a windless day is not enough - how far can you drift in a day? Was it bad judgement or didn't they know where they were?

However I have been left gasping by some of the reported events in the 2009 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) this week.

Several years ago a 48ft Contest, the Y not, with four crew on board sailed more than half way across the Atlantic in the ARC simply by adjusting their sails after they lost the rudder and their attempts to jury-rig steering systems were unsuccessful.(See Sail-World story )

This year the Auliana II (story below, with Pelican story) was abandoned by its crew because the rudder was gone and, quote, 'the light was fading.' Then they tried to have the boat towed but failed because 'the tow line repeatedly pulled the deck cleats off' – deck cleats? Give me a break – what happened to bridles on winches or the mast for towing? The yacht was abandoned.

In another ARC a few years ago, Australian yacht Mary Constance (See Sail-World story ) lost her shrouds first starboard, then port, before she was half way across the Atlantic. Her skipper climbed the mast four times in three days to jury rig new stays. Then the engine failed, but they fixed it. They made it across by sailing on one tack and motoring on the other, and two other yachts helped with gear and fuel. The crew consisted of a husband, wife and two small daughters – they were made of gritty stuff.

This year the yacht Pelican (story below), with five strong crewmen on board found themselves in a similar situation but couldn't jury rig replacement rigging, then, showing amazing professionalism, got a line around their prop. The skipper said it was an 'unacceptable risk' for his crew to remain on board, so they also abandoned the yacht, left as a hazard for the other yachts following.

It's comparatively easy to learn how to use sails to propel a boat forward – that's not seamanship. Seamanship is a difficult word to define, and I have known better people than me use thousands of words trying to explain it – the difference between those with it, and those without it, however, can easily be demonstrated by stories such as those above and below.

Another news magazine this week crammed with all the news along the Australian coastlines and in the world's oceans, along with some practical stories that just might benefit you. Browse down the headlines to find those that attract you, and....

...Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Criminal charges after MOB incident?
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
Sailing folklore is full of stories of lone crew lost overboard never to be seen again. Even in calm seas, it might be a sudden freak wave, missing a step, leaning over to catch a caught fishing line, any of many reasons why long range sailors should stay hooked on while away from shore. So why is THIS yachtsman facing potential criminal charges because his mate went overboard while he slept?.... [more]
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ARC Atlantic Race yacht Pelican crew evacuated after rig failure
World Cruising Club Media,
The five crew members of British yacht Pelican were evacuated from onboard their 53 foot Roberts design last last night (Tuesday 01 December) following a rig failure, approximately 325 nautical miles west of the Cape Verde Islands. The Singapore flagged merchant vessel Crimson Mars diverted to assist the yacht at the request of MRCC Falmouth.... [more]
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This week's product: Sailor's best friend - a BIG fender!
Sail-World Cruising,
You never know when you might need a BIG fender. It might be a fisherman trying to sell you fish, it could be a fuel dock in a storm, or maybe two friend boats want to raft on each side of you. The reasons are myriad, but the result is the same - sometimes you just need MORE BIG FENDERS. But stowage is always the challenge.... [more]
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NSW Maritime ‘Targeting Tinnies for safety' campaigns begins
NSW Government Media,
Small runabouts will be the target of safety checks across the State's waterways this weekend as NSW Maritime rolls out the first in a series of ‘Targeting Tinnies' safety campaigns, Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay announced today.... [more]
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The First 35 has arrived into Sydney
Beneteau Vicsail,
The First 35 has landed in Sydney! Vicsail Sydney are pleased to announce that the First 35 has arrived and is now at River Quays being put together, this is the First one into Australian and for more information or a test sail please contact Beneteau- Vicsail Sydney Tell: 02 9327 2088 Email sales@vicsail.com... [more]
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Free PC for Christmas with Seatrack software
Lisa Mylchreest,
Here is the best offer Sail-World has been able to find this week for Christmas - you can forget the hassle of installing software, drivers, charts and security systems when you want new navigations software. Seatrack Cruiser packages come ‘Ready-to-Go' Packages with all equipment pre-installed, and, before Christmas, the packages include a FREE NETBOOK PC.... [more]
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CNN reports that captured British sailors have been released by Iran
Richard Gladwell,
CNN is reporting that Iranian news sources are reporting that the five British sailors captured a week ago have been released, by Iranian authorities. The release is believed to have taken place five or six hours ago, although the news is only just being announced.... [more]
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Kidnapped sailors' yacht arrives Britain - alone
Sail-World Cruising,
It was a poignant sight for any leisure sailor. The orphaned yacht the Lynn Rival, from which cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler were kidnapped last month, was slowly lowered from the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship the Wave Knight in Portland, Dorset in the UK... [more]
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Buy Matthew Flinders for Christmas - and help Alzeimers research
Andrew Freeman/Sail-World Cruising,
With Christmas approaching the quest for the present for the 'sailor who already has everything' can be a daunting task. The book 'If Matthew Flinders had wings' is a fresh idea, the money for which will also go to an excellent cause.... [more]
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Burmese 'pirate' murderers of cruising sailor jailed for 25 years
BW Studios,
While it is worth remembering that no cruising sailor has lost their lives at the hands of Somali pirates (one Frenchman has been killed by friendly fire from French commandos), three hungry young Burmese 'fishermen' have now found justice for murdering a roving British sailor in Thailand in March this year.... [more]
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Indian Navy solo sailor reaches New Zealand
Sail-World Cruising,
Dilip Dhonde, Commander in the Indian Navy, arrived New Zealand in his Indian Navy sponsored yacht Mhadei last week after sailing more than 9000nm from India via Fremantle in Western Australia.... [more]
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Beneteau First 35 wins Yacht of the Year Award
Lucy Hogan,
Beneteau Sydney is pleased to report that the new Beneteau First 35 has won the ‘Yacht of the Year' award from Voile Magazine. A panel of Voile Magazine journalists, a group of specialists in sailing, and a selection of Voile magazine readers noted that the main reason that the First 35 won the award was the fact that the boat achieved its primary design brief...... [more]
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The joys of buying (and selling) a boat
Mark Cherrington,
After almost a six month search, Sydney sailor Mark Cherrington & his partner finally found the latest boat of their dreams - with lessons learnt along the way, not only in hunting out and buying a boat – but also how NOT to sell a boat. Neither have had 20 or 30 year's experience in buying and selling boats; just a couple of people who wanted a nice boat, and many of us can relate to that!... [more]
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Southern Ocean Icebergs continue their march north
Australian Antarctic Division,
Hundreds of icebergs are spread over a large area around Macquarie Island drifting towards New Zealand. It is very rare to see icebergs from Macquarie Island (54.5 S 158.8 E).... [more]
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New life raft 30% lighter - easier for short-handed cruising sailors
Nancy Knudsen,
Racing sailors may want their life rafts to be light to go faster, but the two-handed cruising yacht has a much better reason for wanting their life raft to be light - to make it easier for the short handed crew to get it off the deck into the water in a minimum of time.... [more]
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Greenheart appeal - make the Greenship dream a reality
Des Ryan,
Around the world sailors and coastal dwellers who observe the sea and air in decline and read the supporting science are embarking on desperate moves to avoid simply 'standing by and doing nothing'. From organisations such as 'Sailors for the Sea' and 'Ocean Watch' have come some amazing efforts, and here is another one - 'Greenheart', who wants to make their Green cargo ship into a reality... [more]
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Anatomy of a Rescue - and why EPIRB's are vital for sailing boats
John Bell/Sail-World Cruising,
This description of an unavoidable incident at sea and its aftermath is a copybook account of how modern rescues should work - but the story could have been very different if there had not been an EPIRB on board. They were a team of two sail instructors and three students, but the students didn' t know the lessons they were about to learn - the hard way.... [more]
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Island Cruising Association Rally to the Pacific 2010
David McKay,
The Island Cruising Association, based in Auckland NZ, has released their timetable for the 2010 rally around the beautiful islands of the SW Pacific. Yachts can join the rally at various ports including Opua, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu or New Caledonia. The rally leave Opua on 1st May 2010. Spending an average of six weeks in each country, the rally returns in November to NZ.... [more]
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USA says 'Not Yet' to 15% Ethanol Fuel
Sail-World Cruising,
After receiving what they acknowledge as 'widespread concerns' about the idea of allowing up to 15% ethanol into fuel, the USA's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will delay a final decision of Growth Energy's waiver petition to allow the higher percentage until more testing is available, with another announcement mid-2010... [more]
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'Kingdom of Bahrain' held by Iran - Britons on board
Katherine Haddon, AFP,
The racing yacht crewed by five Britons 'was stopped by Iranian naval vessels, on its way from Bahrain to Dubai and may have strayed inadvertently into Iranian waters,' the British Foreign Office (FO) said. The crew aboard 'The Kingdom of Bahrain' were Oliver Smith, Oliver Young, Sam Usher, Luke Porter and David Bloomer. The boat was arrested while sailing to Dubai for the Dubai-Muscat Race.... [more]
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Blue Water Rally yacht sinks - cruisers to the rescue
Des Ryan,
A British flagged yacht just about to participate in the renowned Blue Water Round World Cruising Rally has sunk, with its crew being rescued in remote waters by fellow cruising sailors.... [more]
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A visit to Monaco for Monaco Classic Week
Lisa Mylchreest,
The next best thing to sailing into the sunset and not returning must be watching a great classic yacht strutting her stuff - and the best place to do that is at Monaco Classic Week. Not all of us can sailing into the sunset or visit Monaco, but Manhattan Sailing Club Commodore Michael Fortenbaugh's pictorial account of his visit to Monaco for the Classic Week is the next, next best thing.... [more]
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