Wild Ride for Zac...furling genoas....Classic Aussie Barbecue in Lord Howe...new electric outboard motor...yacht sold for $30... and more

16 Oct 2008
Diary Dates


The Ocean as Teacher - How to do better next time?

Photo of the week - the joy of Shipwreck survivors  .
As a passionate cruising sailor, every time I go to sea, and encounter a problem, I ask the question – what have we learnt? How could we have prepared to avoid that particular problem? What better actions or decisions could we have taken at the time? I don't know how many hundreds of thousands of miles it will take before the answer is 'nothing', but maybe that's the fascination of long range cruising....

An easier way to learn is by other people's incidents. Analysing the story of the three sailors who were rescued off the coast of Fiji this week, how could they have prepared to avoid some/any of the multiple problems they encountered? – the storm, the engine failure? The lack of an adequate life-raft speaks for itself. What better decisions could they have made at the time? Should they have diverted or should they have kept their course – and why?

An avalanche of news from all round Australia and the rest of the world this week – there are some Australian marine companies which are doing well, and we feature their achievements, the product of the week is the green electric motor for your dinghy which charges overnight, and Neil Langford up in Asia describes his installation experience with a new AIS. We also hail a commercial fisherman in the USA who is saving US$3000 per month AND helping the planet by using used cooking oil instead of diesel in his fishing boat.

There are some tempting offers – everything from 'Try Sailing Day' to sailing the Atlantic as a crewmember on a tall ship; If you are experienced enough to charter a yacht, think about lazing away a holiday on a sailing 'Greek Island Odyssey'; or you might consider sailing to Lord Howe to join the 'Classic Barbecue' in loose company with other yachts.

Read the comically horrifying story of the German sailor who sold his yacht for US$30 – accidentally; or how an abandoned 'mutiny' New Zealand yacht has sailed itself from New Zealand to Norfolk Island, more than 800 miles!

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sail happy!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Wild Ride for Zac Sunderland into Cocos Keeling
Karen Earnshaw, Pacific Magazine/Sail-World,
With a snapped boom, a broken tiller and continuing fuel problems, teen solo sailor Zac Sunderland, trying to become the youngest ever circumnavigator, limped into Cocos Keeling in the eastern Indian Ocean on Wednesday. The last few days before making landfall at the Australian territory, which has a population of just 600, have been tough for Zac as he ran before 25 knots winds and 10-foot seas.... [more]

Lord Howe Classic Barbecue - just a sail away
Nancy Knudsen,
'If your interest is classic yachts, or you simply fancy yourself a classic yachtie, you'll be making your own way to Ned's Beach, Lord Howe Island for a sausage or two for our annual Classic Australian Barbecue. November 11th 4.30pm is the time, and all proceeds go to the Lord Howe Island Central School'... [more]

Bellingham Marina Builder Declared 'Green'
BW Media,
One of Australia's foremost marina builders, Bellingham Marine Australia, has been awarded certification as a 'low carbon marina industries business' by the Queensland government. Minister for Tourism, Regional Development and Industry Desley Boyle congratulated the company on becoming the first marina industries company to gain certification under the initiative.... [more]

Bird's-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef launched
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,
A bird's-eye view of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is now possible, thanks to innovative online mapping technology officially launched on Wednesday 1 October. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Russell Reichelt welcomed the addition of the new map data and satellite imagery of the world's largest coral reef system to Google Maps.... [more]

Marten Rides Wave of Success
Martine Ballantyne,
Marten Yachts has announced the sale of two Marten 49s, further fueling its position as one of the premier yacht brands in the world. Testament to the core strength of the brand, the Australian owned company has exceeded sales targets, contracting five Marten 49s and a Marten 67 so far this year.... [more]

North Sails New Australian Website
Susan Veal,
North Sails Australia is proud to announce the launching of the new Australian website. Found at the same URL address www.northsails.com.au this website is fresh and exciting with information for all members of the sailing community.... [more]

Twilight/Racing-yacht PBS Boat Show
Lee Condell,
Performance Boating Sales at Gibson Marina on Pittwater are to host an open weekend to display a selection of twilight, cruiser/racer and racing yachts currently available.... [more]

New, Green and Electric - It's the latest Whisper!
Market Watch, Sail-World,
It's new, it's environmentally friendly and it needs no gasoline. The Calypso 23e, powered by the Whisper XT electric outboard can cruise up to 8.5 mph, is powered by 600 pounds of military grade Odyssey advanced AGM dry-cell batteries and can be charged overnight from a standard 115 volt outlet... [more]

Sailing industry's annual ‘Try Sailing Day'
Bob Wonders,
An initiative of the Sailing Industry Association, a hard-working sub group of the Boating Industry Association of NSW (BIA), the Try Sailing Day program has introduced many hundreds of people to the thrill of boating under sail.... [more]

AIS-One Cruiser's Experience- Part 2, Installation
Neil Langford,
Neil Langford here continues his experience with acquiring and installing an AIS: I met a cruising sailor last night who said that my first AIS story was very technical - oops, I guess it is a technical subject. Not sure that I can eliminate the technicalities, but I will try to explain them. To the left is the screen as it works on the AIS (Automatic Identification System).... [more]

Sailors Shipwreck after Running for Cover
Erin Tennant, ninemsn/Sail-World Cruising,
Ninemsn's story here of three sailors, two Australians and a New Zealander, who made a decision to seek cover through a pass to avoid rough weather after their engine failed, show just how close disaster can be if you don't make the right decisions. While it might be counterintuitive, staying 'out there' when the seas are high can often be much safer than seeking cover:... [more]

compasscard launched
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sailors and marine industry heavyweights gathered at Woolwich Dock last week for the launch of compasscard, the latest addition to the expanding Noakes Group that will deliver greater consistency to boat owners regardless of which site they utilise.... [more]

Simrad NAIS-300 Class B AIS
Sandman PR,
The new Simrad NAIS-300 Class B AIS (Automatic Identification System) black box transponder has been engineered to provide advanced AIS functionality to a new generation of Simrad multifunction displays.... [more]

Cooking Oil instead of Diesel - yes you can do it!
Melissa Yeager, WINK News/Sail-World,
A Florida boat captain is leading the way by example, using cooking oil in his commercial fishing boat instead of the regular diesel. His example is drawing lots of attention, even from Florida senators. From the dock, Captain Ramsey Drummond's boat looks like all the others. Once you step on board, you'll notice it smells a little like french fries.... [more]

Join a Tall Ship to Cross the Atlantic
Bw Media,
Want to put some more hours at sea under your belt? OR, never been sailing but up for the adventure? Next year you could be sailing on a tall ship across the Atlantic Ocean. Not much time off? You can choose one or more legs of the journey, anytime between May and the middle of August 2009 and fly from Australia just in time for one of the legs shown in the route to the left.... [more]

Discover more-Charter Boat investments-Syndicates
Bob Maxwell,
Catamaran builder Seawind has opportunities for Charter Boat investments as well as boating syndicates. Seawind has been using seminars to provide information to small audiences in an informal manner. Now the Internet is making this faster and easier, without travel and consumers can get large amounts of information on line by attending a Webinar... [more]

Elan Yachts and sailing in Croatia
Jim Sismanes,
Come and join the crew at Premier Yachting for a fantastic view of the Adriatic from the water on your own Elan yacht for two weeks in June 2009. With a strong emphasis on service and a cap on the amount of yachts taking part Premier Yachting offers a personalized small flotilla sailing experience .Add to this the availability of a Yachtmaster for tips and advice...What more do you need?... [more]

Doyle Sails Loft seminar - Electronics Tues night
Doyle Sails Loft is running a seminar on Tuesday, October 14 from 7.00pm at the Doyle Sails Loft, Neild Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney including a computers and programs talk for onboard sailing by Frank Walker and Jeff Lenton.... [more]

Jean Whiter of Eden RVCP signs off for last time
Peter Campbell,
Sailors who have made radio contact with the Eden branch of the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol during the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race or on their return passage will be saddened to learn of the death last Friday of Jean Whiter after a brief illness, at the age of 88.... [more]

3 Ways to Sail your own Yacht without being Rich
Kevinor Moore/Sail-World Cruising,
Kevinor Moore here offers solutions for the dreaming sailor who can't easily dole out the large sums of money usually associated with yacht ownership... [more]

Cruising World/Sailing World Nominees for '09 BOTY
Sailing World & Cruising World,
For the past quarter-century, the sailboat industry has recognized the best in sailboat building through Sailing World and Cruising World's annual Boat of the Year awards. Today at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., the '09 BOTY awards took center stage as the two magazines announced the latest nominees.... [more]

The Greek Island Odyssey
Trevor Joyce,
In Mycenaean times the Ithacan ruler Odysseus was conscripted by chief honcho of the time Manelaus to fight the Trojan wars in Asia in revenge for the alleged abduction of his wife Helen by Paris, son of the Persian ruler Hector.... [more]

US$16,000 Yacht Sold for $30 - Accidentally
Des Ryan,
Someone bidding for a yacht on the internet has just scored a Bonanza! - A warning to be careful to complete the 'minimum price' section when selling gear on the internet...... [more]

Sale Price for JF Kennedy's Yacht
E.B. Furgurson III, Annapolis/Sail-World,
It's not only you and me who are feeling the pinch in the current economic climate - JF Kennedy's yacht is now advertised for sale at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, discounted a whopping $700,000 from its original price in June this year (See Sail-World http://www.one.sail-world.com/Cruising/JFKs-Classic-Yawl-is-up-for-Sale/45285!story!new with more pictures of Manitou sailing)... [more]

Seawind Charter Investment & Syndicate Webinars
Brent Vaughan,
Following the overwhelming attendance of the Seawind Seminars at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, Seawind are now taking the show ‘online' with a series of Webinars on both Charter Boat Investments and Seawind Syndicates.... [more]

Boost for tsunami detection capability in WA
Australian Dept of Environment,
Australia's tsunami detection capability has been further enhanced with the deployment of another two Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami , DART (TM), buoys off the northwest coast of Australia, Environment Minister Peter Garrett said today.... [more]

Boarded, Bound and Robbed - Cruising the Rio Dulce
Mark Wheeler,
Mark and Susan Wheeler left Idaho on Jan. 6 with their children to pursue a longtime dream of sailing the Caribbean on their yacht Mima. Sail-World has followed their progress, which has taken them northwards from Panama to Guatemala. Most of what they have experienced has been 'fun and exciting ... not all'. Here Mark Wheeler tells how fellow cruisers find the dangers of Guatemala's Rio Dulce... [more]

Furling Genoas: What you need to know
Andrew Dove, Area Manager for North Sails Caraibes,
Today, a majority of boats have furling Genoas, hence as a sailmaker I am daily asked about these. I would like to give some broad basic tips on this subject to give thought about this basic ‘work horse' that often we furl away and forget about.... [more]

'Mutiny' Yacht Found Sailing near Norfolk Island
Charles Anderson, Nelson Mail/Sail-World,
Remember the story of the three crew who mutinied against their skipper, set off an EPIRB and forced the abandonment of the yacht? If you don't remember, it's not surprising as it happened over seven months ago,(See http://www.one.sail-world.com/CruisingAus/It-was-Certainly-Mutiny,-but-was-it-Justified?/43113!Story!new). Bill Heritage's Yacht, Air Apparent, has just been found - still sailing!... [more]

Dick Smidlin sails his last race
Peter Campbell,
'Doctor Dick' Smidlin, the much-liked retired medico and yachtsman died in Sydney on Monday after a protracted battle with cancer that stopped him sailing only in the past few months. Dick owned and successfully raced several yachts over the years, including the Northshore 38 Invincible and Trim, a Northshore 369 which he was still sailing, with the help of his crew, earlier this year.... [more]

Try Sailing in Southport
Sail-World Cruising,
If you're between nine years and 21 years, fancy learning to sail, and are situated within easy distance of Southport on Queensland's Gold Coast, this could be your chance. This Saturday 11 October from 9am to 12pm Southport School Sailing Club and Sail Training Centre will be holding a Try Sailing Day... [more]

39th US Sailboat Show - World's Largest
Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors from around the world converged in Annapolis this weekend as the city hosts the 39th annual United States Sailboat Show, said to be the largest boatshow of its kind in the world... [more]

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