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 04 Oct 2012
 


Powerboat owner behaving badly in the Arctic agrees to pay fine

Fortrus in the Northwest Passage  .
I am quite glad to hear that Paul McDonald, the Noosaville owner of a powerboat which horrified Cambridge Bay residents with their loutish behaviour last week, 'regrets' the incident and says in the Australian media that he intends to pay the fine of CA$10,000.

The only relevance in this story for the cruising sailor is that we all depend on our compatriots behaving in a sensitive way to local customs when we are visiting the ports of foreign countries. As Australians we can be proud of the good reputation that our cruising sailors have engendered abroad, and it's always sad to see that tarnished.

Sail-World was the first Australian publication (what's new?) to publish the bad behaviour, and the story quickly spread to the mainstream press. No doubt Paul McDonald and his crew will be more respectful in future - or confine their larrikinism to the Whitsundays.

In other news, the boats are getting faster, the technology is getting smarter and let's just hope that sailors are also getting more skillful. Otherwise we shall have to depend on the rescuers getting braver and more plentiful.

There were no rescuers around when a yacht got into trouble on a remote Fijian reef this week. The story had a happy ending only because of the quick actions of some divers who happened to hear their SOS in a local resort.

A French sailor has just beaten 27 knots averaged over a 24 hour period on a trimaran.

IDEC and Francis Joyon averaged over 27 kts in 24 hours  Jean-Marie Liot / DPPI / IDEC ©

What a buzz that must have been for him!

I love the fact that there are so many awards for innovation these days. It no doubt stretches the imagination of innovators, as the winners are awarded extensive free publicity for their products. The latest is from IBEX, the USA's annual International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference.

A smorgasbord of news from all corners of the map this week again, so browse the headlines to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Australians run riot, face liquor charges in Northwest Passage transit
Jane George, Nunatsiaq/Sail-World Cruising,
They didn't come from a sailing boat, but the alleged illegal behaviour, wild partying, harassment of wildlife and bounced cheques** by a group of Australians on a powerboat in the Northwest Passage will affect all Australian cruising sailors in the future who try to transit the great Passage.... [more]
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All on Pittwater:Open Day at 'Alfreds',Timber Boat Festival at RMYC
Nancy Knudsen,
It's all happening in the sailing clubs in Sydney's cruising grounds of Pittwater. Next Sunday (7th October) the members of the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club are opening their gates and hearts to those who would like to try sailing, with an Open Day. Around the corner, the Royal Motor Yacht Club is preparing for their Timber Boat Festival on 3rd and 4th November.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: The new Hélia 44 for 2013
Nancy Knudsen,
It's another new cruising catamaran. Fountaine Pajot's latest offering to the market is the Hélia 44, replacing the Orana 44. She is new for 2013, a catamaran designed for cruisers, with particular attention to short-handed cruising. Designed by Berret Racoupeau, she has elegant and contemporary lines, with four comfortable cabins.... [more]
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New book is a common sense guide to boat buying
Imprint Media,
The lure of boating in its myriad forms has touched most Australians at one time or another. Many wish they could take the plunge but are wary of the challenges of buying and operating their own boat. Now there's a 'how to' guide written by Darren Finkelstein, Principal of St Kilda Boat Sales Melbourne called 'Honey, Let's Buy A Boat'.... [more]
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Turkey's Lycian coast – Journey in Utopia for Australian Cruisers
maggie joyce,
Turkey already ranks high with Australian cruising yachties but the most sailed course is in the west between Bodrum and Gocek. The coast to the east of Marmaris offers another version of a fantastic story and the recently inaugurated Lycian Coast Yacht Rally, a Mariner Boating event, starts at the western end and finishes in the east at Antalya.... [more]
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Sydney skipper youngest to sail the Northwest Passage
Nancy Knudsen,
Two young Australians have become the latest to have sailed the Northwest Passage, Chris Bray and his fiance Jess Taunton. Chris, who hails from Avalon in Sydney is, at 29 and as far as he has been able to tell, the youngest skipper ever to brave the once treacherous passage.... [more]
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IBEX announces innovation award winners
Jim Rhodes,
The International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) today announced the winners of the 2012 IBEX Innovation Awards. The winning products were selected by a panel of experienced technical boating journalists and editors from Boating Writers International (BWI), and were presented at the All-Industry Breakfast.... [more]
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SOS unheeded - abandoned cruising sailors rescued by divers
Nancy Knudsen,
The idea that today your call for rescue will be quickly acted upon is a myth in some regions of the world. Three cruising sailors - an Australian and two Spaniards - had to be rescued this week by divers from a Fijian resort after their yacht was swept onto rocks and their SOS calls went unheeded by local authorities.... [more]
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French sailor averages 27.75kts - ratified world record
Fabrice Thomazeau/Nancy Knudsen,
To average 27 knots over a 24 hour period is something that the average cruising sailor will find hard to imagine. I remember hitting 24 knots going down a wave once and nearly frightened myself to death. But French speed sailor Francis Joyon this summer averaged 27.75 knots over the 24 hour period to establish a new solo sailing record aboard his maxi trimaran IDEC.... [more]
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Flag Etiquette on a sailing boat today
Des Ryan,
Flag etiquette on a sailing boat is a tradition that has been handed down to us by generations of sailors and other mariners. Although often not appropriately respected, if you want to be considered a seasoned sailor, you will do well to observe and perpetuate the pride in old traditions.... [more]
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New performance cruising catamaran bows to the market
Nancy Knudsen,
Britain's Green Marine, better known as builders of racing multihulls, are the latest to recognise the giant boom of cruising which combines nicely with the explosion of popularity of catamarans for cruising sailors. They have announced that they have a ground breaking 78 foot (24 metre) catamaran currently in build at its facility in Hythe, England.... [more]
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Book Review: The Voyage of the Cormorant
Sail-World Cruising,
'I built Cormorant, my 18-foot open boat, in 22 months – from August 2005 to June 2007 – on weekends and nights in the single-car garage of the studio apartment I rented...I laminated stem and stern pieces; set up molds for the hull on a building frame; cut, bent, and secured planks; and saw a vessel steadily emerge from my efforts.'... [more]
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Product of the Week: Iridium Extreme with wifi hotspot
Nancy Knudsen,
Above all the other safety features that you can and should consider for your cruising boat, a satellite phone is the one that gives the most daily comfort. Pick it up and you can speak to anyone, and if it doesn't ring it means nothing disastrous has happened at home. The Iridium 9575 Extreme is the one I would pick today and so far, I haven't found any negatives.... [more]
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ISAF release Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising
ISAF,
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) have released a Guide to Offshore Personal Safety for Racing and Cruising, available to purchase now.... [more]
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Sustainable sailing - Eight tips about what you can do
Katie Jewett for Sailors for the Sea/Sail-World,
With the world's oceans in crisis because of increasing pollution, acidification and over-fishing, the problem seems so large it can be daunting for any individual sailor. But there ARE things you can do, and here Katie Jewett, writing for 'Sailors for the Sea', tells:... [more]
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Simrad Yachting and B&G partner with Shanghai Sailing Club
Estelle Baldry,
Simrad Yachting and B&G, world leaders in navigation solutions for sailing vessels, are pleased to announce that they have entered into a sponsorship agreement with the prestigious Shanghai Sailing Club.... [more]
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Job done with Marine Auctions. (Part I)
John Curnow,
One of the age-old truths in this life is that something is only worth what somebody else is willing to pay for it. Now if you're the type that can't handle the truth, it is probably better for you to close this window right now and go read something else.... [more]
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B&G creates new hub for sailors
Estelle Baldry,
Leading marine electronics manufacturer for the sailing market B&G is proud to announce the arrival of its new website at www.bandg.com... [more]
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Leading Maritime intelligence provider cautions against complacency
Meredyth Grant,
Pirate operatives have awoken from their hibernation to venture forth from safe havens and launch long-range mothership-enabled pirate operations with the first confirmed attack in the Arabian Sea on Monday this week.... [more]
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Climate is altering the Great Barrier Reef
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Satellite measurement of sea surface temperatures has yielded clear proof of major changes taking place in the waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef over the past 25 years, marine scientists have found. The changes have big implications for the future management of the GBR and its marine protected areas.... [more]
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