News from the seven oceans doesn't normally include news from any deserts, but this week because of the rare filling of Lake Eyre, one of the strangest yacht clubs in the world will start sailing again.
If you, or anyone you know, is heading for the Red Sea in the near future, there is some very good advice from a bunch of yachts who have just transited the Gulf of Aden.
In this issue a great new marina in South Australia is just about to be opened by the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia; Sailors Radio, compered by the irrepressible Andrew Powell, has been dropped for a week for too much bawdiness; and we mourn the tragic yachting death of a Darwin teenager in Phuket.
Asgard II sinking in the English Channel .. .
So much to read about - how to save money on boat insurance, the wild range of solutions from readers to keep people from chatting on Channel 16, and the yacht designer with the penchant for the luxurious.
Ireland grieved when its national sail training ship sank off the coast of France last year, but now, contrary to all expectations, a salvage attempt may come from a most unusual source.
There are tales of idyllic days in the Virgin Islands by our own Treleavens, and a review of the inevitiable book about Judy Sleavin's amazing survival after her yacht hit a ship and sank in the Tasman Sea.
Read on, enjoy, and...
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
Safety equipment checks on Sydney Harbour Neill Patchett, NSW Maritime officers will be out on Sydney Harbour on the weekend of 7-8 March conducting random safety equipment checks on boats on the waterways.... [more]
Asgard II - Salvage off again on again... Blackwattle Studios, It was only on 23rd February that the Board of Coiste, in discussing the future of Ireland's tragically sunken Asgard II sail training ship, decided not to pursue its salvage. This caused an angry reaction in Ireland, and now, already a solution might have been found... [more]
Gulf of Aden's Pirate Zone - how the yachts are getting through Peter Seymour/Sail-World, For yachts wishing to reach the Mediterranean from Asia, it's a vexed question - round the Cape of Good Hope, which normally then involves crossing the Atlantic twice to catch prevailing winds? or through pirate infested Gulf of Aden? If those who decide on the Gulf of Aden, there is some good news.... [more]
Marina West - South Australia's newest marina to open Silvia Knoppien, On March 28, the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA) will begin a new era of boating with the opening of its Marina West at North Haven which offers the biggest berths in the state to boat enthusiasts.... [more]
Sturrocks Boatique - North Sails nautical fashion exclusive Media Services, The Sturrocks Boatique located in Mosman, Sydney is proud to announce the new season's collection of highly sought after Italian nautical fashion brand North Sails. March is the month that sees the famous Sturrocks's Military Road windows transform to bring this high street fashion brand to life and is the feature brand for the month.... [more]
Yacht designer of the 21st Century Lisa Mylchreest, He is called Espen Oeino, and he is a Norwegian yacht designer, but not your ordinary run-of-the-mill yacht designer. In fact some call him a genius. He is also the designer that perhaps couldn't have existed at any other time in the history of the world except for the last 20 years. Oeino has very special talents.... [more]
Win a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo or a Line 7 jacket or pants Sail-World.com, Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece. http://www.one.sail-world.com/sweepstakes_form.cfm?SSid=31!Enter_here_NOW!new!... [more]
Marina berths in Rushcutters? Call d'Albora Colin Patterson, It's perhaps fitting that a marina on the most beautiful harbour in the world, in one of the most exclusive locations, should be firmly committed to the annual Clean up Australia Day on Sunday 1st March. Along with thousands of Australians, d'Albora Marinas staff at Rushcutters Bay spent extra time yesterday removing rubbish around the marina and waterways, with posters on display that encouraged... [more]
How DOES a sailboat go faster than the wind? Des Ryan, One of the intriguing aspects of sailing is that a sailing boat can actually sail faster than the wind, given the right conditions. While even a novice sailor soons learns that this is possible, many a very experienced sailor can't really explain the physics of it. If this applies to you, read on.... [more]
Letter from the Indies: Puerto Rico Andrea and Ian Treleaven, Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue their tales of sailing in the West Indies on their yacht Cape Finisterre: We are now on our way crossing the Mona Passage, an 80nm strait between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Renowned for its strong currents it is a very unpredictable stretch of water... [more]
Autopilot steers couture gown down runway Jane Arakawa, Presented with a brief to create an ‘industrial' couture gown without using typical evening fabrics and themed to ‘Night of the Witches' would have daunted most students; however, Louise Maniscalco, a recent graduate of East Sydney Fashion Design Studio, found inspiration in sensor covers and superseded analogue compass gaskets at marine manufacturer Coursemaster Autopilots.... [more]
Channel 16 - the dilemma of how to keep it clear... Nancy Knudsen, Last week we published a story which told of a Coast Guard's problems caused by 'Chattering' on Channel 16 during the rescue of a seriously injured yachtman. We asked for responses to how Channel 16 can be protected from irresponsible use. The result was a number of responses, and here is a sample:... [more]
Freak yachting accident kills Darwin teenager BW Media, A freak yachting accident has claimed the life of a 16-year-old Darwin girl in Phuket Thailand.... [more]
Ten Degrees of Reckoning Jessica Harrison, In November 1995, Judy Sleavin, her husband, Mike, and their two young children, 9-year-old Ben and 7-year-old Annie, were sailing off the coast of New Zealand when a merchant ship altered its course 10 degrees and rammed their 47-foot bluewater sailboat, the Melinda Lee.... [more]
Caught whale blocks New York shipping channel BW Media, Last year a baby whale made world headlines by keeping Australian authorities and marine biologists busy for days trying to solve the problem of an orphaned baby whale in Sydney waters. Now New York has an adult whale caught in the main shipping channel into the port of New York, disrupting the shipping route. Ships are having to deviate to avoid colliding with the whale.... [more]
The World's strangest yacht club to sail again Tim Dornin, Independent Weekly/Sail-World, They sail on pink oil, they fly from every corner of the world for the opportunity, they sail only catamarans, and they're delighted if they can get a sail at least every couple of years. It's the Lake Eyre Yacht Club, and they are looking towards a sail 'very soon'.... [more]
Fifteen years old and in training for the 'Big One'
Having sailed on the ocean racing catamaran 'Big Wave Rider' down the east Australian coast, 15 year-old Jessica Watson is getting some Antarctic experience before her attempt to be the youngest person to sail around the world, alone and unassisted.... [more]
OceansWatch returns to Papua New Guinea Jane Pares, In close co-operation with the world's sailors, divers and academics, OceansWatch undertakes marine conservation projects and offers humanitarian aid to coastal communities in developing countries. Magic Roundabout, OceansWatch lead boat, spent August - October 2008 in Papua New Guinea successfully building relationships with coastal communities and government departments, visiting schools... [more]
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