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 16 Feb 2012
 


LightSquared, E15, Operation Blue Water, OceansWatch and more

Andhoey - the story gets stranger and stranger  .. .
Spectrum policy expert Michael J. Marcus questions whether the recent alarm and resultant lobbying by the marine industry is warranted with respect to the LightSquared threat to the GPS system in the United States. This is not yet relevant to Australia, but, as Marcus warns, we should be 'pressing GPS manufacturers about whether they are using (appropriate) interference rejection technology.'

Still in the USA, lobbying in another area is seeing results with the pause in introduction of E15 (reputed to cause significant problems for marine engines), while further research is assessed. This is another issue which could come to haunt us in the future, so it is worth paying attention.

Many Australian sailing schools are certified by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA). If you've been sail training, the RYA is seeking your help to shape the future of training.

The amazing tale of tearaway Norwegian adventurer Jarle Andhoey, now illegally on the Antarctic ice shelf, gets stranger and stranger – and a New Zealand billionaire has voiced the unspeakable by hoping aloud that his yacht, the Nilaya, sinks!

Some useful practical tips and reminders – how to use a sea anchor by one of the inventors, and how to read the 'smoke signals' from your diesel engine. Great for checking your knowledge on these vital skills.

Wanna go sailing, but no boat and little money? Be a volunteer for OceansWatch, sailing the remote South Pacific... and remember this weekend in NSW is still 'Operation Blue Water' and boating safety officers say they will be out in force.

Lots of other news too, from the vital to the fanciful to the just-plain-quirky, so browse the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Sad demise of grand old lady Vale de Moura
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The picture below tells the sad story, but according to the Batemans Bay Post, it took a Batemans Bay firefighter on a morning walk to notice that the lovely old timber yacht Vale De Moura had sunk, leaving only the two masts of its schooner rig showing above the water.... [more]
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Predictwind announces iPhone and Android app - Wind in your pocket!
Sail-World and PredictWind,
PredictWind have announced an iPhone and Android app which takes the use possibilities to a new level and you can now literally have a weather forecast in your pocket. Sail-World has been using this app for some months and Predictwind is probably the most used app on our iPhone. You can check the weather anywhere in the world and get a five day forecast, plus a variety of other features... [more]
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Stowaway or not? and 'Let him sink' statement outrages Norway
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Was he invited or did he stow away? Reports from different ends of the globe disagree about whether Busby Noble, 53, a 150 kilo Mauri activist who is sailing to Antarctica with Norwegian controversial adventurer Jarle Andhoey had left on the Nilaya with Andhoey's permission or not.... [more]
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BoatUS Top 10 boat names - list released
BoatUS,
The 22nd annual list of top 10 boat names has been released by BoatUS, with 'Seas the Day' taking out top ranking.... [more]
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Royal Yachting Association courses - online survey
Louise Nicholls/Sail-World,
Have you been taking sailing lessons and have a view on what should be offered? By taking part in a survey for the Royal Yachting Association (RYA), which certificates, not only schools in the UK but in many parts of the world and also is held as a model for many, you could be helping to change the way sailing skills are taught in the future.... [more]
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The Countdown to SPLASH
Lee Mylchreest,
Port Phillip Bay and Corio Bay are the places to be on 23rd-26th February, when Variety SPLASH for the fifth year will focus again on having fun in sail and power boats on the water to raise money for sick children.... [more]
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Sea anchor - do you know how to use yours to save your life?
Sail-World Cruising,
A sea anchor, like an EPIRB, is something one hopes never to have to use. However, it can save your life, so it's not much use having it take up valuable stowage space unless you know how to use it. Zack Smith is one of the world's foremost experts in sea anchors and heads para-anchor manufacturer Fiorentino's Research and Development Team. He here espouses his 'constant rode tension' theory.... [more]
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80th anniversary of Vaucluse Regatta attracts vintage yachts
Erin McKnight,
This weekend, the 80th anniversary of the Vaucluse Regatta, hosted by Vaucluse Yacht Club, will be commemorated. The annual sailing event draws a myriad of yachts and sailing craft to race upon Sydney Harbour, and has done so since its inception in 1932.... [more]
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Moorings adds Corfu as a charter option
Lee Mylchreest,
If you have the dream - or even a concrete plan - to sail the Med next holiday, there's a new yacht charter opportunity you should be aware of on the Greek Island of Corfu, competition for the many yacht charter companies already there.... [more]
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OceansWatch needs volunteers to sail to the South Pacific
Kim Renshaw/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you have a yen to go ocean sailing and lack only the opportunity? OceansWatch, a marine conservation and sustainable development charity founded in 2007 in New Zealand and now spread to Australia and the USA, undertakes marine conservation projects and offers humanitarian aid to coastal communities in developing countries, primarily in the South Pacific - and they are looking for volunteers.... [more]
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GME – An Australian company taking the search out of Search and Rescue
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Having activated an Australian made GME 406 EPIRB and listened to the throb of an Australian Navy Seahawk as it approached in the darkness towards our stricken boat in huge seas in the 1998 Sydney Hobart race, this writer is very favourably inclined towards GME EPIRBS and these days even more so with GME producing EPIRBS with GPS.... [more]
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Why not 'sail' the coast of Turkey in a gulet?
Des Ryan,
For those who love the idea of a sailing holiday in the Med but don't want to sweat and grind your own way through precious holiday time or navigate through unknown waters, a sailing holiday on a gulet off the coast of Turkey could be just the answer. What's a gulet? Read on...... [more]
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Italian, Greek taxes send yachts to Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Yachts heading for the Med would be well to research the country they intend to spend most of their time or berth for the winter. Italy's recent tax on yacht berthing is likely to have the same effect as the 2009 tax on yachts in Greece. It has compelled about 4,000 Greek yacht owners to pull their yachts out, not including the foreign yachts which instead chose Turkey Montenegro or Croatia.... [more]
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LightSquared and the USA's GPS system - is the alarm warranted?
Michael J. Marcus,
On January 31 Sail World reported that alarm and anger were growing in the marine industry as LightSquared threatened the USA's GPS system (See Sail-World story). Now keen sailor, eminent Doctor of Engineering and Spectrum policy expert, Michael J. Marcus, has weighed into the discussion with some salient facts:... [more]
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Stranded British sail trainees offered rescue from Ondeck
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
When Britain's Royal Yachting Association(RYA) acted to remove the accreditation of Sail Training School Hot Liquid, (see Sail-World story), it was not only the training school owners and employees who suffered. Sail trainees were also left in the lurch. Now another sail training company has stepped forward.... [more]
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Nine-year-old: 'We're gonna sink. We're gonna die,' but family rescued
Lee Mylchreest,
'If one bad thing goes wrong, it just seems like it gets worse and worse and worse and that's what happened.' These were the words of rescued sailor Mitchell James, the Canadian skipper of the catamaran lost to the Pacific Ocean after he, his brother Bradley and nine-year-old nephew West were rescued over two hundred nautical miles off the coast of Honolulu.... [more]
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No excuses. Get an ACR-ResQLink PLB with GPS
John Curnow,
Since arriving on the scene, Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs) have had a significant impact on the offshore sailor's kit and made the shore crew feel even more comfortable about waving the crew goodbye, as they embarked on yet another journey.... [more]
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Sailboat Diesel secrets - Do you know these Smoke Signals?
Captain John Jamieson,
Did you know that that color of smoke from your small sailboat diesel engine could signal a line wrapped around your propeller?... [more]
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Operation Blue Water NSW commences February 11
Roads and Maritime NSW,
Operation Blue Water will run from this Saturday February 11 until February 19. The campaign will see NSW Boating Safety Officers out in force.... [more]
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