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 14 Mar 2013
 


CYCA donates to Marine Rescue, Great Keppel revives, Kiwi solo at 79

Ron Daw, photo by Rebecca Ryan, Oamaru Mail  .
Great to see $36,400 being donated to Marine Rescue by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) to advance its DSC radio coverage and considerably advance sailing safety along the east coast of Australia.

Great Keppel Island is in the news with a $600 million new development just approved. They are claiming very high environment standards and a certification by Green Globe. Let's hope the promises turn out to be true.

Lots of challenge solving solutions in this weeks edition of Sail World Cruising: You could find Shipstik the solution to your berthing challenges; Boat Beacon has just proved its worth when some sailors were fog bound and lost their instruments at the same time; John Jamieson has a handy little acronym of STOP to rescue you from potential navigational mistakes; and iPads and iPhones are getting so popular as navigation back ups in a cockpit that it's worth having a secure connection for them – featured this week.

If you are in the Caribbean and sailing anywhere within reach of the British Virgin Islands you should consider joining the Caribbean Rendezvous - what a wonderful destination and a great reason to head there!

Virgin Gorda is the place for the Caribbean Rendezvous this season  .. .

Adventurers are in the news too. One British solo sailor is preparing to take to the Atlantic Ocean solo in a 6.5m Mini Transat to raise money – read why; and there's a 79-year-old New Zealander who has just set out to circumnavigate the world solo, hoping to set a new record as the oldest ever circumnavigator.

She's not human, but Sedov, one of the largest tallships in the world is over 90 and she's half way through her own circumnavigation, with a little help from 200 naval cadets.

Much more too, so browse down the headlines below to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



CYCA SOLAS Trusts presents grant for Marine Rescue NSW safety project
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has presented the State's official volunteer marine rescue service, Marine Rescue NSW, with a grant for $36,400 to advance its VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) radio coverage along the NSW coastline in a significant boost to marine safety.... [more]
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Audi Hamilton Island 'Race Week'? - but it's all cruising sailors
Rob Mundle,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2013. As the planning for the 30th anniversary of the popular sailing spectacle continues to gain momentum, all of the near 40 boats so far entered are cruising yachts, not racers. What's going on?... [more]
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Sydney Heritage Fleet - Welcoming seniors
Hugh Lander,
Sydney Heritage Fleet, home to five heritage vessels all over 100 years of age, is putting out the welcome aboard sign to senior citizens during Seniors Week... [more]
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Great Keppel Island redevelopment to be certified by Green Globe
Jeni Bone,
The approved $600m revitalisation plans for Great Keppel Island, which will include a marine precinct and state of the art marina, will be the first Great Barrier Reef resort to be certified by Green Globe, an international body promoting sustainable tourism practices.... [more]
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This Low Cost 'Line Saver' Could Save Your Sailing boat!
John Jamieson,
What one piece of low cost sailing gear could save your boat in a howling gale, or when tied up in a slip or pier, or in a swell-swept anchorage or mooring? Without it, your sailboat might well become just another marine insurance statistic! Discover one of the cheapest--but often forgotten--pieces of 'must have' sailing gear that will keep your sailing boat safe throughout the sailing season!.... [more]
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79-year-old sets out on solo circumnavigation
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
They're getting older and older - solo circumnavigators that is. Now that the rush of ever-younger would-be solo circumnavigators seems to be over, it's the turn of the over 70's. With 70-year-old British sailor Jeanne Socrates half way through her unassisted non-stop solo circumnavigation, now a 79-year-old New Zealander has joined the quest, but with a stop or two.... [more]
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CYCA donates to Marine Rescue, Great Keppel revives, Kiwi solo at 79
Nancy Knudsen, Editor,
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Secure attachment innovation iPad/iPhone for sailing boats
Sail-World Cruising,
With the iPad and iPhone becoming ever more useful for the sailor, with multiple apps available, a company was bound to come up with some secure attachment systems to made these items of new technology easier to use while sailing, and they did! Tallon Systems iPad mount and an Elite Socket with USB is just the ticket to make your cockpit work better.... [more]
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Sedov, over 90, but midway through a circumnavigation
Nancy Knudsen,
She's over ninety but still sailing strong. One of the world's biggest tallships, Russia's Sedov, a four masted steel barque which has been under Russian ownership since 1945, has left Singapore and is now crossing the Indian Ocean on its way to Mauritius. On board there are almost 200 lucky university cadets doing sail training.... [more]
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New catamaran - sailing comfortably at 20 knots
Kate Elkington/Sail-World Cruising,
How would you like to cross oceans, under sail, in comfort, and at around 20 knots? There's a new catamaran being introduced to the market in Australia which can do just that, but to see it first you'll have to make your way to Queensland's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more]
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Use the Magic of S.T.O.P. for Safer Sailing Navigation
John Jamieson,
I got snookered one night when I confused a lighted buoy for a light structure. Both aids showed similar light characteristics and were within 100 yards of each other. As we proceeded south, we kept the flashing light ahead just off the starboard bow. Suddenly, our spotlight picked up the reflective tape of the light, 50 yards off the port bow!... [more]
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Australian National Maritime Museum - Fun time at the museum
Jude Timms,
There's plenty of ‘cool' things to keep children of all ages entertained at the Australian National Maritime Museum with an amazing Antarctic inspired school holiday program this April. Create a Antarctic animal snowdome, produce your own South Pole claymation for YouTube. Plus there's the museum's latest exhibitions Rescue, Ships and the Sea, and Elysium Epic.... [more]
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Multihull Yacht Club of Victoria - Multihull construction
Lisa Floyd,
Your invited to a social gathering/information on Friday evening, 22 March, at All Craft Marine hosted by owner operator Cliff Howie Allcraft Marine has been in the Boat and Storage business since 1984.... [more]
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Boat Beacon AIS App saves sailors in fog
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Boat Beacon, a very inexpensive App you can have on your Smartphone, has helped some South African sailors to avoid a collision according to the story they told after the incident. As reported recently by Afloat, the two sailors were on a delivery trip between Cape Town and Durban when their AIS equipment on-board failed and they found themselves in thick fog.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Shipstik - solving your berthing problems
nk,
We all know that docking short-handed or even solo has its challenges, especially when there's a wind blowing. So here's another attempt to take the uncertainty out of berthing, no matter what kind of contrivance you are attempting to tie to. It's Shipstik, and it sounds like a great idea.... [more]
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Richard Mayon-White - across the Atlantic solo on a Mini Transat
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
He has rowed across the Atlantic to raise money for cancer, cycled across the Pyrenees and now he is to sail solo across the Atlantic. Many people have done that, you say, but British adventurer Richard Mayon-White is going to do it solo in a 6.5m boat.... [more]
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Learn from Hurricane Sandy on March 12 - wherever you sail
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
No matter where in the world you are, your boat can be subject to a catastrophic storm event. One of the worst weather events in world history happened recently when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of North America. So what can one learn from such an event?... [more]
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Phoenicia is back - now to cross the Atlantic
Nancy Knudsen,
First he set out to circumnavigate Africa in a faithful replica of a Phoenician ship in 2010, and succeeded, proving that Phoenicians probably did it 2600 years ago. Now he's keen to prove that the Phoenicians could have crossed the Atlantic long before Columbus.... [more]
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DPI Victoria - Clean waterways are everyone's business
James Martin - Victorian Coalition,
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith has congratulated traders from five inner metropolitan council areas, who along with the Metropolitan Waste Management Group, Melbourne Water and the cities of Boroondara, Melbourne, Port Phillip, Stonnington and Yarra have joined the fight to reduce litter and improve water quality in the Yarra River.... [more]
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