Summer season prizes from's your anchoring etiquette... which dinghy should you buy?...did the Chinese discover America before Columbus?...and much more...

08 Jan 2009

Diary Dates


Ahoy 2009! What's Ahead?

On the way to proving that ancient seafaring tales of the Chinese are feasible  .
As 2009 begins, one can't help asking questions about where we'll all be by the end of it. 'Gone sailing!' might be the best answer for many. With the Middle East in conflagration, our economy doing a nosedive along with the rest of the world, and the future of the very existence life on earth as we know it being called into continual question by the world's scientists, 'going sailing' might be the happiest answer available.

...and they're having so much FUN out there. The hedonistic Treleavens are back this week with tales of St Martin in the Caribbean, and the World ARC and Blue Water Round World Rally have both sent reports on their progress. There's a feature on the two teenagers (not) vying for title of World's Youngest Circumnavigator, and an inspiring story of a Chinese Junk that is on its way across the northern Pacific, seeking to prove the tales of ancestors.

Selecting the right dinghy for your boat may have more ramifications that you think, and there's some good advice on that this week.

How is your anchoring etiquette? Are you driving your fellow sailors crazy? Find out with our Eight Rules of the Etiquette of Anchoring, inspired by Daria and Alex Blackwell, of Happy Hooking fame.

There's more, much more: just for starters there's a great competition by Burke Marine, news of the Melbourne Summer Boat Show and a marina in Tasmania is profiled.... so read on, enjoy, and....

Sail Happy!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Melbourne's Mega Summer Boat Show
Sandman PR,
The 2009 Melbourne International Boat & Lifestyle Show is shaping up as the fastest-growing lifestyle event of its type in Australia with more than $100 million of boats expected to be on the water. To be held at Docklands, 30 January to 1 February, some of the largest and most luxurious boats in the country will create a spectacular on-water display.... [more]

Win a Southerly Offshore Jacket, a Seabrake or an inflatable PFD
To celebrate the 2008-2009 sailing season, Burke Marine are running their first ever Sail-World online competition. You can win a Southerly offshore jacket, a Seabrake or a Burke Marine Inflatable PFD in the latest Sail-World online Competition... [more]

Celebrate Australia Day at the National Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Museum,
The National Maritime Museum, at Darling Harbour, will be offering several special attractions on Australia Day, Monday, 26 January.... [more]

Great Oranges, but Don't leave your Yacht there!
Fiona Govan, Telegraph/Sail-World Cruising,
They make a great orange, hold a pretty good Americas Cup, produce Popes and Kings and the weather is superb, but - don't leave your boat in Valencia! The port city on Spain's Mediterranean coast is turning on its foreign boat owners and suddenly confiscating their boats, demanding a massive tax that is enforced nowhere else in the EU.... [more]

Did the Chinese Sail to America before Columbus?
Leonard Novarro/Sail-World Cruising,
It's a theory. Now, someone is more than half way to proving that it probably happened. The Chinese Junk, the Tai Ping, manufactured and sailed as Chinese Junks were 600 years ago, has arrived in Hawaii half way across the Pacific on its return journey.... [more]

Letter from the Indies - St Martin
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Christmas, Caribbean and Cruising and what do we get? Christmas winds of 35 knots, more waves up to 4 metres and some rain for three days so we are unable to leave the lagoon on St Martin.... [more]

Marina Profile: Wooden Boat Centre Marina, Franklin TAS
Fiona Harper,
Located on the Huon River south of Hobart, and bounded by the rugged peaks of the Hartz Mountains National Park, the Wooden Boat Centre Marina is in a tranquil location that few cruisers get to visit... [more]

Anchor Etiquette,The Eight Rules(Why is that guy glowering at me?)
Nancy Knudsen,
Have we done something wrong? Not enough chain? too much chain? Why is the guy on the next boat glowering? Am I on top of his anchor? Will I swing into him? Doesn't he like the smell of sausages on the barbecue? Anchoring, particularly where the anchorage is tight with boats, is a matter of etiquette, and if you don't get it right, you may not have many friends left in the anchorage.... [more]

Selecting the Right Dinghy for you - the Three Steps
West Marine/Sail-World Cruising,
How do you select the boat that best meets your requirements with so many available choices? After all, some of your best memories just might come from the dinghy. There are three main steps:... [more]

Teen Solos - Where are they now?
Nancy Knudsen,
While you're sailing away the lazy days of summer in the Antipodes, or toasting chestnuts round the fire in the Northern Hemisphere, there are two teenagers - one sixteen, the other just turned seventeen - who are having the adventure of their lives, sailing the world solo.... [more]

The Blue Water Rally heads for Sri Lanka
Peter Seymour,
After leaving Singapore in mid November Rally Yachts cruised independently up the Malaysian coast to Phuket, taking their departure from that country in Langkawi - and certainly not forgetting to take their 'duty-frees'! Phuket has seen their second Christmas away from home for Rally crews who spent last December in the Caribbean. In early January it's time to set sail again - this time to Sri La... [more]

World ARC Heads for the South Atlantic
Peta Stuart Hunt,
It was farewell to Cape Town for the World ARC fleet this week, including some Australian participants, eight weeks after arriving in South Africa at Richards Bay, Kwazulu-Natal. Ahead lies a voyage of 3,330nm across the South Atlantic Ocean, which will see the yachts call at the isolated mid-Atlantic island of St.Helena, before making landfall at Salvador de Bahia on the Brazilian coast... [more]

Ian (Bugsy) Potter, a Racing Cruising Sailor
Rob Kothe/Sail-World Cruising,
The line between racing and cruising sailor gets blurry sometimes, when the cruiser's love of the sea and its capricious beauty crosses over with the love of a fast sail in a boat that goes like a blur. This was pretty evident when Rob Kothe interviewed 29 times Hobart racer, Ian (Bugsy) Potter. However, it wasn't the Hobart that dominated the conversation when he met with Sail-World's Rob Kothe... [more]

Going with the Wind in Malaysia - and not just if you're rich
Tan Ee Loo,the Star/Sail-World Cruising,
Malaysians are taking up sailing as never before, and, as Malaysia's facilities improve, so will the enthusiasm of all sailors for sailing the peaceful shores of that beautiful country. One person who is doing a lot to promote sailing in Malaysia is Antony Sobey.... [more]

Garbage soup: secrets spewed up by the trash vortex
Jeni Bone,
Discovered by a sailor in 1997, the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' or 'trash vortex' that floats around in oceanic gyres is now of great interest to scientists, biologists, weather forecasters and marine researchers for the information it reveals about ocean currents.... [more]

Hatfield limps into Hobart from Southern Ocean
Nancy Knudsen,
If you are around the Hobart docks (or make sure you are) on Sunday(4th Jan 2009), you may be in for an unusual sight. It will be one solo yachtsman on a fast Open 60 racing boat limping (which means a mere 8 knots) up the Derwent River.... [more]

February 01 - Deadline for 406 EPIRBS
Connie Terrell/Sail-World Cruising,
On 1st February, satellites will no longer receive analog transmissions so your 121.5 or 243 MHz EPIRBs will be fit for the scrap heap. Coast Guard is therefore urging mariners to start the year off right and make the switch to a digital emergency beacon.... [more]

Proposed new definition of ‘Seawater'
A proposed new definition of ‘seawater' is drawing the attention of the world's oceanographic community in a change that will advance the accuracy of climate science projections... [more]

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