Rogue Waves - they're not myths...New safety net for sailors... yacht explodes off Ballina... Roman Abramovich's Final Pirate Solution...Blue Water Rally...and much more...

04 Dec 2008

Diary Dates


Rogue Waves and the Myths they are not

Roman Abramovich - not to be caught by pirates  .
Have you ever experienced a rogue wave? I've experienced a small rogue wave in deep waters in the Pacific – one that pooped our 46ft boat in one metre seas when five metre swells could never do it– but nothing like the 80 foot waves that the scientists are now saying are not myths, but real. Read about some of the incredible rogue waves of the past, and see the amazing pictures.

New South Wales sailors will have a better safety net with the new methods of handling yacht reporting up and down the coast, and this week we profile one of the remotest yacht clubs in Australia - in Carnarvon..

In the tropics the sailing fun goes on – read the Treleavens' Letter from the Indies – they're in Antigua this week, and the round world Blue Water Rally, which four Australian boats joined in Darwin, is finally in South East Asian waters, enjoying the warm weather and fascinating wildlife and cultures.

The quirkiest story of the week, though not much fun for the skipper, was the aircraft that brought down the mast of Ed Allen's 37ft boat while he was happily sailing along in good weather over in Florida, not a danger in sight. His reaction must also be the comment of the week: 'It was a really strange experience.' Yes, Ed, we believe you. And what happened to the pilot? Read the story! Closer to home, a Ballina sailor missed a narrow escape from death when his yacht exploded six miles out to sea. He got into his dinghy - just in time.

The piracy issue in Somalia has some strange by-products – read about how that poor Russian Billionaire Roman Abramovich is coping....

In practical news there's a good new marine search engine and database to help you find that marine product that's stumped you, and, for longer range cruisers, there's a new warning about Ecuador.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sail Happy!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Yacht Explodes off Ballina-Sailor in Dinghy Escape
Graham Broadhead, Northern Star,
IT WAS a jittery walk along the small pier at the back of the Ballina Jet Boat Surf Rescue base for a 77-year-old yachtie yesterday. But it was one he was extremely lucky to be able to make after the 12m yacht he was sailing in was ripped apart in a massive explosion when it was six nautical miles off the coast of Ballina.... [more]

New Safety Net for NSW Sailors
Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol Media,
Are you aware of the new safety net procedures that can make your vessel better tracked as you sail up and down the NSW coast? After considerable input, the new procedures (which in some ways recollect the VERY old procedures) mean that a boat can be tracked and checked from station to station, with a handover between stations. What is immediately obvious as different is that skippers can choo... [more]

Abramovich's Superyacht Solution against Piracy
Console Community/Sail-World,
One of the biggest issues for merchant shipping trying to deal with the Somalian pirates is the fact that it is against international maritime law for merchant ships to carry arms. This is not so for cruising sailors. (although there are immense difficulties when travelling from port to port.) So when you have a billion or two (or eleven) you might think about spending a little on pirate deter... [more]

Sailors, Divers: Underwater Wrecks to be Preserved
BW Media,
Not only sailors who cherish our maritime history, but divers and many other historians will be gladdened by the money to be devoted to preserving Australia's wrecks around our coastline. Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett has announced $440,000 in funding from the Australian Government's Historic Shipwrecks Program to protect the nation's underwater cultural heri... [more]

Hot, dry, wet, high temps - coming soon!
Jeni Bone,
While the omnipotent Weather Bureau is predicting a hotter than usual summer for South Australia, Queenslanders should be battening the hatches for a windy, wet and wild summer.... [more]

Science Speaks: Rogue Waves are Real
Live Science/Sail-World,
Every year sound sailing boats, well equipped with safety gear, with experienced crew on board, go missing. Their loved ones are forever left wondering: Was it a whale? a floating container? a rogue wave?... [more]

The Blue Water Rally - Cruising from Oz to Phuket
Peter Seymour,
For the last three months the Blue Water Rally, which departed Gibraltar in November 2007, has been cruising from Darwin to Phuket. Boosted by four new entrants from 'Downunder' the rally left Darwin in late September bound for the new cultures and countries of the Far East.... [more]

Piracy Warning for Ecuador
Nancy Knudsen,
While continual piracy attacks keep the watching world's focus on Somalia, another coastline the long range cruising sailor should be aware of is that of Ecuador. Owing to a recent incident of piracy off the coast of Ecuador, the U.S. Consulate Guayaquil has now issued a piracy warning for that coastline.... [more]

Profile of a Marina: Carnarvon Yacht Club
Fiona Harper,
Entering the Fascine Channel at Carnarvon on the mid West Australian coast, vessels are spoilt for anchorage choices. Those prepared to work the tide have the preferred option of heading north into the channel, navigating around mud banks that dry at low tide. Don't be discouraged though, because the reward of berthing at the Carnarvon Yacht Club marina is well worth any navigational anxiety.... [more]

Where will I find it? Product of the Week
Blackwattle Studios,
These days most sailors - and non-sailors - start a search for whatever they need in one place - the internet! This 'Product of the Week', if you aren't using it already, just might make it easier:... [more]

Letter from the Indies - Antigua
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven have been cruising in the Caribbean accompanied by their daughter Jane. As she leaves, they continue with their tales of sailing Guadeloupe and Antigua.... [more]

Sailing - Things you have to do before you die!!,
I'd like to sail around Australia before I die! For every 1000 Australian sailors who've said that 999 have sailed off into the sunset without completing that dream. But it does not have to be in your case, maybe. And of course you dont have to be a local to sail around the Big Island. Would you like to help design an event to allow you to race/rally around Australia? There is a survey here..... [more]

Hawaii Yacht Club - Spectacular Parade
Ray Pendleton/Sail-World,
Over in Honolulu, they know how to sail, and they know how to party. Put it together and you have a Flashy Flotilla planned as a Christmas Celebration Parade this year, with great prizes for the flashiest boat, and a great formula which yacht clubs round the world could do worse than copy.... [more]

Paradise Point Sailing Club launches Holiday Camps
Frank Karlovecz,
In line with the Paradise Point Sailing Club's philosophy and commitment to fostering sailing as a lifestyle, the Club has launched its school holiday camp program.... [more]

Please Don't Stop me Sipping while I Sail!
Sail-World Cruising,
Proposals to introduce active drink-driving laws for leisure sailors and boaters in the UK have been meeting with resistance by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and the British Marine Federation (BMF).... [more]

Sailing Boat Mast Hit by Low Aircraft Cruising,
They say good seamanship means good preparation - but there are just some things a sailor can't prepare for! 'It was a really strange experience,' said the Skipper in a masterpiece of understatement. An aircraft had just hit the mast of Ed Allen's thirty-seven foot yacht Windseeker, as he sailed it south to the David Island Yacht Club in Tampa in Florida yesterday.... [more]

Millionaire Yacht Owner Killed in Mumbai
BW Media,
Cyprus born pastry seller and self made yachting millionaire Andreas Liveras was one of those shot dead in the Taj Hotel. Owner of Liveras Yachts, which owns and charters luxury yachts, Andreas had come to Mumbai to scout for business opportunities... [more]

Win a Mariner Boating trip to Croatia Yacht Rally
Sandman PR,
Mariner Boating Holidays has put up for grabs a trip for two to the Croatia Yacht Rally as part of its support of the 2009 Variety Splash.... [more]

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