New Rules for boating in NSW...Confessions of a Converted Landlubber...UN Acts on workshop 08June in Sydney...and more...

05 Jun 2008

Diary Dates


News from the Bow of Blackwattle

.  BW Media
A two year jail term if you're in charge of a boat which hurts someone figures as part of the new revolution in boating regulations just being introduced by NSW Minister Joe Tripodi, sparked (in spite of Tripodi's denial) by recent tragic fatalaties on Sydney Harbour.

The ongoing 'Sunny and Sailabout' story in this magazine also underlines just how important it is when you are crew or passenger to reassure yourself of the seaworthiness and compliance of a craft you're just about to step into.

'Sunny and Sailabout'? That's the one where some dimwitted(my word) individuals had to be saved for a second time when they tried to recover their rowing boat from which they'd just been rescued in the middle of the China Sea by setting off on a seriously bad forecast in a yacht without a liferaft and other essentials – this week, in good faith, we publish 'their' side of the story. Can you pick the holes?

Lots of other news - Over in South Australia read how the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron are helping to keep South Australia natural by objecting to unnecessary marinas, and up in the Whitsundays, you can now achieve a RYA approved qualification while having an idyllic holiday with Sunsail.

The biggest breakthrough in the fight against piracy came this week when the United Nations agreed - for a period of six months - to allow the navies of concerned nations to cross into territorial waters to pursue those suspected of piracy. This means there's at least some hope by next February, when the next big flock of sailing boats start transiting the 'pirate zone', that the waters may be safer.

Finally, a 'Converted Landlubber' tells us charmingly about her seven point plan for loving those long range passages. Do you know someone who needs this advice?

...and so much more news and information from home and around the world

So read on, enjoy, and....

Sail Safe!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Marine safety rules and practices to be overhauled
NSW Government Media,
NSW Minister for Ports and Waterways, Joe Tripodi today announced major reforms to marine safety laws. The reforms include the introduction of new penalties for dangerous behaviour and a compulsory practical component for aspiring boat skippers. They give NSW Maritime and Water Police officers new powers to direct skippers and enforce boating safety laws.more]

Why am I here?- Converted Landlubber's Confessions
Penny Kerr, Coastal Cruising Club,
The waves are large, the swell is lumpy, the wind strong, I feel slightly scared and quite sick, and even though I know I should eat and drink I cannot make the effort to prepare anything. The Captain seems no more inclined to go below than I do and we have finished all the 'easy' food.... [more]

The Sunny & Sailabout Saga: Rescue no 2 described
Stuart Pryke,
The whole series of events has attracted a certain amount of comment among sailors and other members of the 'marine community' here in Hong Kong - not all of it favourable. Received opinion is that the rescue services and associated personnel are to be complimented and congratulated, but a certain amount of censure has been directed at Stuart Pryke himself. Here is Pryke's story, in his own words:... [more]

Students Sail the High Seas on the Leeuwin II
Margaret River Your Guide,
IT felt at times like the Pirates of the Caribbean, but Gaby Bootsma (Year 11) and Alex Miller (Year 10) found their four-day trip on the training ship Leeuwin II to be a life-changing experience. The two Margaret River Senior High School Emergency Service cadets were sponsored by FESA and nominated by the school to sail on the ship.... [more]

Free workshop to care for precious old photos
Australian National Maritime Museum Media,
Free workshop shows you how to care for those precious old photos, Sunday, 8 June... [more]

UN Finally Acts on Piracy in Gulf of Aden
Earth Times/Sail-World Cruising,
It may be just the first step, and nobody thinks they were thinking of the cruising sailor, but it was ground breaking stuff when the UN Security Council finally unanimously voted Monday to authorize states to enter Somalia's territorial waters to fight piracy, which it said has become a threat to international and regional peace and security.... [more]

SA Yacht Squadron Opts for Nature not New Marina
Yorke Peninsula Country,
Members of the Cruising Committee of the Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron have thrown their support behind Stansbury's Oyster Bay Preservation Committee, opposing the development of a marina. Chairman of the Cruising Committee Adam Wynn said the committee had four main objections to the project, including the fact there is already a marina at Port Vincent and another at Wirrina.... [more]

Pirates Desert Malacca Straits for African Waters
Sail-World Cruising/Omoh Gabriel, Vanguard Nigeria,
It's not just in Somalian waters where long range cruisers must be concerned about piracy. Piracy has now become so rampant in Nigerian waters on the western coast of Africa that fishermen are not game to go fishing, and many have given up, saying that it is too dangerous to set out.... [more]

Californian Teen out to beat Jesse Martin's Feat
Alex Chadwick/,
Jesse Martin's record as the youngest non-stop solo circumnavigator will be under threat in a couple of weeks when Californian teenager Zac Sunderland sets off. The 16-year-old hopes to set a record as the youngest person to sail alone around the globe... [more]

Pacific Ocean Trash Patch - Solutions in Sight?
Nancy Knudsen,
We scuffed through deep trash on uninhabited Red Sea beaches and wept. We sailed Indian Ocean garbage patches, counting the left and right thongs to stop ourselves from weeping. We didn't even see the worst example - the North Pacific Gyre, but Ian Kiernan sailed through it, and researcher Charles Moore has been studying it for 10 years. Now a Canadian teenager has found a potential solution... [more]

Sunsail in New Alliance with Yachting Australia
BW Media,
Take a holiday in the Whitsundays to learn to sail and you can double the benefit by ending up with an internationally recognised sailing qualification. (There's even a discount in July) Sunsail Yacht Charters, based on Hamilton Island, has recently become recognised as a dual-branded Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and Yachting Australia Training Centre.... [more]

Strong Hurricane Seasons Forecast
Dan Shapely/Sail-World,
While Australia's Cyclone Season, which officially finished on April 30, produced only one significant Cyclone, Guba, and the Atlantic also experienced a particularly light year for hurricanes, sailors in the both hemispheres are being warned that a strong hurricane season is forecast this year.... [more]

Two Cows- Go Boating
Assorted contributors,
Some times, in the middle of winter, when the low pressure systems form off the coast and the ports are closed, its time to think of other things. Here is the Old Old Two Cows story...... [more]

New high performance yacht, Bristolian
Southern Spars Media,
Bristolian is a 120ft Briand designed performance cruiser. Constructed of composite materials, has a moderate beam and a draft of 5.25m which can be reduced to 3.25m with her lifting keel. The 5 spreader rig is made from high modulus carbon and the rigging is EC6 carbon rigging discontinuous, meaning it runs from spreader to spreader with tip-cups at the end of the spreaders.... [more]

Boating Alert for North Coast
NSW Maritime Media,
NSW Maritime advises the boating public of the north coast to be alert to swollen creeks, streams and rivers. The waterways of most concern are those north of the Nambucca River.... [more]

Tempus 2000 - For Medical Emergencies at Sea
BW Media,
If you've got everything else on board your yacht, then there's one more gizmo that could save a life. It's called Tempus 2000, and it can remotely detect the condition of a crew member or passenger who has suffered either an accident or a serious medical condition. It then transmits this information remotely to medical professionals - AND it can be operated by anyone with a little training.... [more]

Mariner Boating Holidays RPAYC Aegean Rally Update
Lauren White,
We are slowly settling into the Mediterranean pace and everyone is now ready for some sailing. After failing to start the first scheduled race of the rally due to the lack of wind, we definitely made up for lost time with 2 short races on the route between the beautiful Greek islands of Patmos to Kalimos.... [more]

Overboard Sailor Refuses Copter-'Send boat please'
An elderly British man who fell overboard from his yacht turned down a coastguard helicopter rescue and told the crew that a boat would be sufficient.... [more]

Thugs of the Caribbean Make 'Ghost Anchorages'
Nancy Knudsen,
'Give us your money or we will kill you,' is what the armed thugs said, boarding a yacht in Chateaubelair on the gorgeous island of St Vincent in the Caribbean.... [more]

Fishing Theory:Missing Danish Sailor Search Off,
Officials are speculating that a fishing line is clue to why a Danish sailor went missing from his empty sailing boat off the coast of Bahamas. US Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Sector Miami have suspended week long search efforts for Danish citizen Peer Steenburg, of the 36-foot sailing vessel Holo Ki Ki, missing since Sunday from his sailboat discovered empty off the Bahamas... [more]

World Premier in Royal Style
Robert McClelland,
His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark, visits X-Yachts and the Xc 45, hull No 1 - the first yacht in a new line of long distance cruisers has its World Premiere.... [more]

Learn your favourite marine skills this winter
BW Media,
Want to be able to maintain your own boat but need to be more skilled? Want to be able to build your own boat? This winter you could embark on a rich and fascinating holiday in one of the oldest and most traditional yachting centres in the world - New Port Rhode Island - and learn the skills you need at the same time. The International Yacht Restoration School(IYRS) is offering summer skills... [more]

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