Australia Day News...Elan's Best at Melbourne Boat Show...tides on your mobile phone...Australian rescued off Malta...and much MUCH more

31 Jan 2008

Diary Dates


Sailing for the Love of It

Sailing for the love of the experience, rather than winning, has never seen such popularity.

From every corner of the globe, reports are that cruising sailing is overtaking racing in growth. There are two world rallies underway at the moment, the Blue Water Rally and the World ARC, both in the vicinity of the Panama Canal right now. Down in Australia, the popular Brisbane to Gladstone Race has just added a simultaneous 'Rally of Discovery', new marinas in faraway places such as India and the east coast of Malaysia tell the story as well, and recently released numbers in the USA are corroboratory.

For this lover of oceans and its wildlife, it's all good news – sailors rarely survive as cruisers for long without becoming greener and saner.

Skysail saving fuel on commercial ship  Jesus Diaz
In Green News, that splendid new-ish organisation Oceans Watch has been gifted a yacht after the sad diving death of a young cruising sailor, and the first commercial ship ever to carry a Skysail has just left Germany for Venezuela.

If you live somewhere where the tides govern your comings and goings, then you'll love being able to get them off-line on your mobile phone; and what about building or restoring your own classic boat? You can learn how, and combine it with a great experiential holiday!

Ferrython - Australia Day on Sydney Harbour  Peter Campbell ©
Australia Day brought thousands of people onto the water, not only in sailboats, but in every sort of conveyance possible – see all the stories at the end of this week's bulging news magazine.

Yes, there's an AVALANCHE of other news this week, from the useful or fascinating to the bizarre or zany.

...and what about joining Oceans Watch?

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sail Safe

By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Australian in Helicopter Rescue off Malta
By Times of Malta/Sail-World Cruising,
An Australian woman was among three crew members aboard a French-registered yacht who were yesterday rescued from the rough seas after making a distress call while battling the waves about 90 miles off Delimara Point, Malta.... [more]

Baby Boomers et al - Learn Classic Boat Building
By Nancy Knudsen,
Do you love messing around building boats? Maybe you have an old classic boat you'd like to restore, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you're looking for a career change. Whatever your reason, why not consider visiting Newport Rhode Island, one of the most charismatic yachting ports of all time, and do a short or long course with the International Yacht Restoration School?... [more]

Ghostly 'Message in Bottle' from Vanished Schooner
By PerthNow/Sail-World Cruising,
One of the South Pacific's greatest sea mysteries was the disappearance of the Patanela, a 19-metre steel schooner, which vanished without trace while approaching Sydney Harbour in November 1988. Now, just under 20 years later, a ghostly 'message in a bottle' has been found from one of the crew on a beach in the Great Australian Bight by a beachcomber.... [more]

Back Cove comes back home
By Jardine Media,
The first Back Cove 33 to arrive in the country has gone to a very good home. This luxurious 33 foot American power boat was delivered to Sydney owner Brian Bergin in September of last year. A keen sailor for most of his life, Bergin had previously owned small powerboats and still races regularly onboard his Northshore 369 ‘Ellipse' as part of the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron.... [more]

FGI's expansion in Asia
By Media Services,
2007 was a huge year for FGI, Australian's largest manufacturer and supplier of composite materials to the marine industry. Early in the year they opened their first Bangkok office and the company reports that their manufacturing plant in Vietnam continues to perform extremely well. FGI (fiber glass international) plans to continue their Asian expansion in 2008.... [more]

Try a Motor Sailer holiday in the Whitsundays
By Deni Linforth,
Following a recent visit to the Beneteau factory in France , the Whitsunday Rent A Yacht team are very excited about their latest acquisitions, the ultimate in luxury, space and comfort in charter boats, the Beneteau Lagoon 420 motor sailer catamaran, the first of which joins their existing large fleet of yachts, catamarans and motor cruisers in the Whitsundays, in September 2008.... [more]

ARC Yacht Rescues Fisherman after 20 days Adrift
By World Cruising Club/Sail-World,
In a grim reminder of how easily things can go wrong at sea, World ARC yacht Tillymint, an Oyster 82 taking part in World Cruising Club's round the world rally, has been involved in the dramatic rescue of a stranded Caribbean fisherman whilst on route to Panama. Three other fisherman were lost in their last tragic efforts to be saved after 20 days drifting at sea.... [more]

New product- Accurate tides on your mobile phone
By Nancy Knudsen,
If the tides where and how you live mean that knowing the tides are important to you, how fantastic you would feel to know you can access them on your mobile phone, accurately, without even being able to connect to a mobile cell! Now you can do it!... [more]

Elan's Best at Melbourne International Boat Show
By Gael Moldan,
“You'll love every piece of Victoria”, they say. And you will love every piece of the multi award winning Elan performance and cruising yachts showcased at Melbourne's International Boat show, this coming weekend. It's all happening at Docklands, Melbourne Victoria. New name, new look boat show commences in a big way this Friday 1st February. Definitely the place to be this weekend, sailors... [more]

Matt the Bat goes into bat for life jackets
By Bob Wonders,
National Marine Safety Council describes safety campaign spokesman Matt Hayden as 'a wonderful role model.'... [more]

Bird of Paradise Lost, Now for the Trimaran.
By Sail-World Cruising,
The picture to the left was taken from the dinghy, and shows the last tragic moments of the elegant Bird of Paradise. Images at the end of this article show the full pictorial story of the sinking. Yes, he's already lost one boat, the lovely Bird of Paradise, to the ocean. Now, he is working hard to complete a trimaran to go sailing again... [more]

One lobster pot too many leads to large fine
By Dept of Fisheries WA,
A commercial fisherman has been ordered to pay more than $20,600 by a Geraldton magistrate, for using one more pot than he was entitled to. Mr Griffiths said pot quotas were one of the important management tools used to keep fishing at sustainable levels within Western Australia's rock lobster fishery.... [more]

Hillarys Boat Harbour named best marina in WA
By Government of Western Australia,
State-owned and operated Hillarys Boat Harbour has been named the best marina in Western Australia at the annual marine industry awards.... [more]

Sailing with the Treleavens - The Grenadines
By Andrea and Ian Treleavens,
For the past two weeks with our mast removed we have motored south from Martinique to the Grenadine Islands and back again. With our son Ian and Nicola on board, its time to forget our repairs, go and enjoy the islands. Day time trips between the islands is very pleasant and with plenty of wind from the NE it could have been wonderful sailing.... [more]

Back to the Future with SkySail-Power?
By Sail-World Cruising,
A cargo ship has set off from Bremen to Venezuela to gain first-hand experience being towed partly by wind power. The newly built cargo vessel was towed by wind propulsion for the first time in the North Sea this month. The 160m2 SkySail supported the main engine of the 132m long Carrier MS “Beluga SkySails” of the Bremen-based Beluga Shipping with approx. five tons of tractive force at a low wi... [more]

Coming to a River Near You - $3million in Yachts
Brisbanites should keep an eye open on the river tomorrow (27th Jan), to see an amazing sight. It will be a Dockwise ship steaming up the channel loaded to the gunwales with over AU$300 million worth of luxury yachts.... [more]

OceansWatch is Gifted a Yacht
By Jane Pares,
Alice Sowerby, sister of the late Tom Sowerby, has gifted the use of his Sweden Yacht 340, Magic Roundabout, to OceansWatch Tom, who was only 23 when he died, loved the sea and the cruising life and was a skilled yachtsman and diver. His death in a free diving accident in Bora Bora last year was a shock to all who knew him.... [more]

US results bode well for Grow Boating
By Media Services,
End-of-year results for Grow Boating in the USA bode well for the success of the Grow Boating Australia (GBA) initiative which has been developed over the past year.... [more]

Governor Bligh's gold ring at Maritime Museum
By Australian National Maritime Museum,
The Australian National Maritime Museum will celebrate the bicentenary of NSW's infamous Rum Rebellion this weekend (26-27 Jan) by displaying a gold signet ring once owned by Governor William Bligh.... [more]

GME MT410G GPS PLB in NZ doctor's prompt rescue
By Media Services,
It just goes to show that the old Boy Scout motto of “Be Prepared” is as relevant today as it was in 1908 when Baden Powell first coined the phrase. Just ask New Zealand doctor Colin Jones, who having recently received a GME Accusat® Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) as a Christmas gift.... [more]

Save the Bay at Elwood - Protest meeting and info
By John Willis,
From 10am onwards up to 25 kayakers will stage a paddle at Elwood Beach in protest against the planned dredging process of Port Phillip Bay. Here are thirteen unlucky points about channel deepening and why you should join us on Saturday!... [more]

Boaters warned check moorings, navigation markers
By NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime General Manager Recreational Boating Brett Moore said boaters should be on alert that navigation markers highlighting hazards may have moved in recent bad weather.... [more]

World ARC Sails Off
By World Cruising Club,
41 yachts including 6 multihulls gathered this week on the 'start line' for the World ARC, the new circumnavigation rally organised and managed by the UK-based cruising rally organisers from the World Cruising Club (WCC), best known for their annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. The fleet set off from Rodney Bay, St.Lucia on Wednesday to begin a 15-month cruising adventure of a lifetime.... [more]

Roundworld Sailing:From 313 Days to 57 in 40 Years
By Adam Turinas,
Frenchman Francis Joyon in his trimaran IDEC has just set a new world record for the fastest solo 'downhill' time around the world, besting British Ellen MacArthur's record by an amazing 14 days. Here, Adam Turinas compares Joyon's feat with the that achieved by the much venerated Robin Knox-Johnston when he set the first record of a solo round the world journey in 1968... [more]

This Week's Gift Idea for the Boat Owner
By Sail-World Cruising,
Don't know what to give your sailing friend for their birthday? This idea may be a little like giving a friend a bar of soap for a present, but no real friend would take it as a hint that their boat is dirty – or would they? No, the Swobbit Deluxe Cleaning Kit will go to the heart of any boat-proud sailor.... [more]

A fine day for Cruisers at Skandia Geelong Week
By Traci Ayris,
With their collection of colourful kites, the Cruising with Spinnaker fleet were graceful on the bay. A 3 to 5 knot Nor'easterly land breeze filled the ballooning spinnakers and, even in race mode, they appeared to literally cruise around the course.... [more]

Australia Day at Geelong
For many Australian sailors, Australia Day means the 34 nautical mile Williamstown to Geelong Passage, racing for the racers, and just fun for the others, and a party at Royal Geelong Yacht Club, all part of the fun of Skandia Geelong Week.... [more]

Australia Day Cruising to Geelong
By Traci Ayris,
In the light winds which heralded the start of the historic Australia Day Williamstown to Geelong passage race, which was dominated by cruising boats, it was probably a good idea to have a well stocked galley and an esky on board while you whistled for the wind.... [more]

On Sydney Harbour for Australia Day
By Peter Campbell,
It was a magic day on Sydney Harbour today as thousands of Australians celebrated our National Day afloat. The warm and sunny day drew an estimated 2500 leisure craft, ferries, fire tugs, square-rigged tall ships, racing yachts and skiffs, even a P&O liner, on to the magnificent harbour that 220 years ago saw the First Fleet sail into Farm Cove.... [more]

Sydney Harbour Week - Saturday 1–Sunday 9 March
By NSW Maritime,
In conjunction with the Sydney Harbour Week Awards it provides a wide and varied aquatic program to engage and educate the community in caring for and sharing Sydney Harbour... [more]

Magic day on Sydney Harbour Australia Day Regatta
By Peter Campbell,
There is no other description. It was a magic day on Sydney Harbour as thousands of Australians celebrated their National Day afloat, including more than 800 sailors crewing some 120 yachts and skiffs that contested the 172nd Australia Day Regatta.... [more]

Cruisers prepare for historic passage race
By Skandia Geelong Week media,
The Corinthian spirit is well and truly alive at Skandia Geelong Week with more than two hundred cruising yachts expected to participate in the historic Williamstown to Geelong passage race on Australia Day.... [more]

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