D-Day for Epirbs...the cheap alternative, buy a boat and sail it home...Treleavens are back...crossing a bar safely...Doyle's free weather seminar...and much more...

13 Nov 2008

Diary Dates


Don't blame Customs when they are Heavy Handed

Treleavens in Salt Whistle Bay, West Indies  Ian & Andrea Treleaven
Long range cruising yachts world-wide may find they will be subject to tighter and tighter Customs scrutiny if yachts continue to be used for drug smuggling. Just this week three sailors were arrested on a yacht off Ireland with half a billion Euro's worth of cocaine on board.

If you're out ocean sailing, look out for Japanese sailor Minoru Saito, who is right now sailing solo southwards along our east coast! Surely no cruising sailor is more admirable than the 74 year old who is on his eighth circumnavigation. Read the story.

Read some interesting advice from Marine Safety Queensland about how to cross a bar with a minimum of fuss; and about an entrepreneurial yacht importer has come up with a new kind of rally. It's designed for the flock of Australians who are flying to the USA to purchase the cheaper boats there, and sailing them back across the Pacific

There's a piece about the lovely destination of Malta and its allure for yachts, how Thai villagers are working to make life more comfortable for the cruising yachtie, and great news for those crossing the Indian Ocean where facilities are sparse – a new marina in Cochin (Kochi) in India, to break your crossing and make repairs.

One story you shouldn't miss this week is Marlin Bree's tale which has just won the Boating Writers International Award for 2008, called 'The Old Man and the Inland Sea'. It's longer than our usual stories, but gripping, so allow plenty of time.

Ovni is not a yacht brand that is very familiar to Australians, but there's a new model out for this hardy aluminium long range cruising yacht with the lifting keel, and we feature it here.

News from Aussie sailors abroad: From Crystal Blues in South East Asia comes Part 3 of their experiences with an AIS, and Andrea and Ian Treleaven, those hardy perennial cruisers, are back in the Caribbean again, with tales you make you green with envy (or maybe determined to go long range cruising yourself)

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail Happy!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Next Doyle's weather seminar Tuesday November 18
Media Services,
Doyle Sailmakers will host a free Yachting Weather Seminar at their premises at 6 Neild Avenue Rushcutters Bay on Tuesday 18 November at 7.00pm... [more]

The Do's and Don'ts of Crossing a Bar
Fiona Harper,
Every year, boats are damaged or destroyed, and people have been killed or injured attempting to seek safe harbour by crossing a bar. Marine Safety Queensland offers the following guidelines for a safe bar crossing, the recommendations being appropriate for many different kinds of craft, but including sailing boats:... [more]

New Ovni Cruising Yacht at Paris Boat Show
Nancy Knudsen,
OVNI is Spanish or French for UFO(Unidentified Flying Object), but unless you're a Spanish or French landlubber it's better known as the name of those sleek little aluminium yachts you see flying French flags all over the cruising world. They're well designed, have a lifting keel which apparently works without giving trouble, and they sail like a superstar.... [more]

Phuket Villagers - Loving the Yachtie Visitors
Lisa Mylchreest,
Phuket in Thailand always boasted one of the cruising grounds that land-bound sailors dream about visiting - gentle breezes, azure skies, warm weather, easy swiming and diving in pristine aqua coloured water. Now, three years after the devastating tsunami which ravaged the area, the local villagers are working to retain the beauty and naturalness of their home - to the benefit of visiting yachts... [more]

Try Sailing Day proves a winner
Bob Wonders,
More clubs than ever before support industry's Try Sailing Day, with a strong turnout reported across NSW and the ACT. Prominent industry identity and BIA Life Member, Mr Bob Basham, the driving force behind the establishment of the program, said the original idea behind the Try Sailing Day was not necessarily to unearth competitive yachtsmen and women, but to demonstrate first hand the enjoyme... [more]

Destination of the Week: Malta
Nancy Knudsen,
Malta, that stony island with the long military history and the picturesque architecture, has always had a sailing-mad community, and flocks of visiting yachts from other parts of the Mediterranean. Now it's also becoming more and more a favourite destination for super yachts.... [more]

Letter from the Indies: Grenada, Caribbean Islands
Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
Ian and Andrea Treleaven, who have been entertaining Sail-World readers for years now with their tales of sailing in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, begin writing again from the start of their latest cruise aboard Cape Finisterre... [more]

Marina Facilities for Cochin (Kochi) in India
Hindu News/ Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors cruising the Indian Ocean (why don't more people do THAT?) or transiting the Indian Ocean on their way to other parts will be delighted to learn that there are soon to be marina facilities in the charismatic port of Kochi. The 'Marina', claimed to be the first facility in India where transiting yachts can be berthed is fast nearing completion at Bolgatty Island.... [more]

AIS - One Cruiser's Experience, Part 3
Neil Langford,
Neil and Ley Langford have been cruising in South East Asia on their yacht Crystal Blues for many years now, and entertaining Sail-World readers with their adventures. Here Neil gives us Part 3 of their personal experiences with obtaining, installing and using an Automatic Identification System (AIS).... [more]

65ft Yacht Stormed in Irish Waters for Drug Haul
BW Media News Roundup,
It was a moment of high drama this week when armed teams stormed the 65ft yacht in the Atlantic Ocean 150 nautical miles off the south west coast of Ireland in gale force winds and seven metre waves. On board they found what they were looking for - 75 bales of Cocaine valued at over half a billion Euro.... [more]

D-day for EPIRBs
Bob Wonders,
Boat owners required to have 406MHz digital emergency beacons on board whenever operating more than two miles offshore. Simply purchasing a 406MHz EPIRB and placing it aboard is not enough; the unit must be registered with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre.... [more]

Old Man and the Inland Sea - 2008 Winning Article
Marlin Bree,
"The Old Man and the Inland Sea': The story of Helmer Aakvik's courage to go out in a rising ice storm to save his young friend and his resourcefulness in surviving against great odds in the November waters of the USA's Lake Superior has won the Boating Writers International's 2008 West Marine Writer's Award. We here reprint the story in full with the kind permission of the author.... [more]

Product of the Week: Portable Cable Ramp
BW Media,
Worried about other sailors or workmen tripping over your shore power cables? US company Furrion have come up with an excellent solution - it's a portable ramp which gives an alert that a cable is present, protects the cable and provides a ramp over it to prevent trips and falls. When you leave, just pick it up and take it with you - it's our Product of the Week.... [more]

East Coast Sailors: Watch out for Minoru Saito
Nancy Knudsen,
74 year-old Minoru Saito, on his eighth circumnavigation, after 38 days from Yokohama has reached the coastline of Australia, and is travelling south roughly parallel with the coast. Sailors on the east coast of Australia, watch out for Saito-San, surely one of the most incredible sailors in all leisure sailing history.... [more]

Buy a Yacht, Sail it Home- Trans Pacific Rally '09
Ani Linton/Sail-World,
Comparison of yacht markets between the USA and Australia reveals that similar yachts are much less expensive in the USA. Would-be boat purchasers are flying to the States in ever increasing numbers, purchasing a boat and then sailing it back, enjoying a romantic and exciting holiday on the way. Now there's a Transpacific Rally to make the process much easier... [more]

Flares Banned over Safety Fears
Luke Salkeld,Mailonline/Sail-World,
Coastguards in the United Kingdom have been banned from using flares in rescue missions after they were claimed to be a risk to health and safety. A spokesman for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency told Daily Mail that the devices, which are used to illuminate large areas of land and sea during night-time searches, could cause 'considerable injury'... [more]

Discovery Route record for Francis Joyon
Francis Joyon on maxi trimaran IDEC has set a new Discovery Route record of 9 days, 20 hours, 35 minutes. He crossed the finish line of the Discovery Route in San Salvador in the Bahamas today to 02 hours, 06 minutes Friday morning... [more]

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