New radar brings sweeping change...kidnapped yachtie returns to Somalia to repair Bavaria...making anchoring safer...ISAF piracy guidelines...and much more...

07 May 2009

Diary Dates


Sailing - the perfect escape....

Could this be you?  .
The woes of the world naturally seep into the world of sailing.

Manufacturers are finding the going tough, boat shows are cancelled and one isolated Pacific island this week decided to turn away yachts for fear of contracting Swine 'Flu.

However, from informal reports to Sail-World Cruising the number of people actually sailing hasn't diminished – rally numbers are holding up, twilights are booming and familiar waterways are just as crowded as ever.

The conclusion must be that sailing is providing the perfect escape from the pressures of landed living.

Perhaps this is even the time to go long range cruising? One could check back in a year or so to see if life on land had improved at all – and if not.... why just keep sailing.....

This week's edition is bulging with cruising news from Australia and around the world, so flick through to see what interests you. There are several useful practical advice stories, the new radar technology coming to Australia makes rivetting reading, and there's also the welcome publication by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) of piracy advice for sailing boats wishing to transit the Gulf of Aden.

Basically they are telling boats to: go in a convoy, sail up the median strip of the transit zone(keeps you away from the ships), keep your AIS on and pretty much everything else off, and let everyone know what you're doing. For me it's the year to sail around the Pacific!!

Read on, enjoy your week, and...

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

New radar technology brings sweeping change
Sandman PR,
Emitting less radiation than a mobile phone, a new radar system which is about to be released in Australia is destined to revolutionise the country's $7.8 billion recreational marine industry says the manufactrer... [more]

Kidnapped yachtie returns to Somaliland to claim his yacht
Nancy Knudsen,
What would you be prepared to do to go sailing? Many people give up their jobs, their families, their homes. But the most extraordinary story of all must be that of one German sailor who has braved a return to Somalia, where he had been kept a prisoner for 52 days by pirates, to mend and retrieve his boat.... [more]

Navigational charts - the easy way
Nancy Knudsen,
Wanting charts? Finding original charts expensive? Tempted to forget paper and rely soley on electronics? Don't forget about Bellinghams. While electronic navigation makes life simple, you only have to have one lightning strike to find out that paper charts just might be a better insurance policy than Lloyds of London.... [more]

Polar yacht crew rescued - three knock-downs in Force 12
Robert Booth, Guardian/Sail-World Cruising,
The British crew of a 'carbon neutral' polar expedition sailing across the North Atlantic have been rescued by an oil tanker after their yacht was caught in a Force 12 (64kts+) storm and knocked down three times in towering north Atlantic swells.... [more]

Bavaria Yachts launch the new Cruiser 55 at Palma Boat Show
Jamie Millar,
The new Bavaria Cruiser 55 was launched at the recent Palma International Boat Show. This newest sailing yacht from Bavaria, created in close cooperation with Farr Yacht Design and BMW Group DesignworksUSA, a subsidiary of the BMW Group, has been available for test sailing in Palma de Mallorca this week where dealers and international sailing press have been getting to know Bavaria's new flagship.... [more]

Letter from the Indies: Cienfuegos to Cayo Largo, Cuba
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their intriguing story of cruising in Cuban waters and mingling with the Cuban people on their yacht Cape Finnisterre, accompanied by their visiting friends, Pip and Geoff... [more]

Manson - making anchoring safer for you
Richard Gladwell,
Anchors have two uses - the most frequent is to give safe holding in your favored bay or fishing spot. The other is your last line of defence when all else has failed and you have to stop your boat drifting onto nearby rocks, until help arrives. Read this if every you have to anchor a boat; check your anchoring gear against the chart, and check out the awesome video on anchoring at Cape Horn.... [more]

Broadwater dredging to add land, not remedy silting
Jeni Bone,
Much is being said and written about current dredging on the Gold Coast Broadwater – part of a massive parkland project which will add nearly 4 hectares to public green space. After so many years of debate, the dredgers and their pumps are a welcome sight. But what then?... [more]

Mothers Day Special - Women Only Sailing Courses
Drew Hulton-Smith,
A woman who customarily sails with the male of the species may find it difficult to pick up sailing skills, particularly if those males are part of her family and love to do it all themselves. If you want the woman in your life to enjoy sailing and she isn't at the moment, maybe some 'women only' sailing classes could make a great Mothers' Day present... [more]

Pitcairn Island restricted entry because of Swine 'Flu - update
Sail-World Cruising,
Amendment: The residents of the tiny Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific Island, descendents of the mutineers of the Bounty, have now changed the 'closure' of the island to all incoming yachts for fear of Swine 'flu to a 'restriction'. If readers are aware of any yachts headed for the island, please notify them... [more]

The 2010 Whyte Just & Moore, Geelong Wooden Boat Festival!
Bob Appleton,
There's no doubt that this Geelong Wooden Boat Festival assembly of well loved wooden boats, ranging from clinker built dinghies, large topsail cutters, putt putts, dories, classic speedboats, yachts, fishing boats, old ocean racers, harbour greyhounds and ex-pilot launches will satisfy the most critical connoisseur in the world of wooden boats and even delight the casual viewer.... [more]

Evidence says French sailor killed by his own commandos
Henry Samuel/Sail-World,
While the French government has not fully admitted it, all the evidence now available tends to confirm that the French sailor held hostage by pirates was shot dead by his own country's special forces.... [more]

Phoenicia Expedition - the continuing journey
BW Media,
'Just like the Phoenicians, we will have to secure the ship and wait for the prevailing winds which will turn in August 2009.' These are the words of Philip Beale, leader of the Phoenicia Expedition which is recreating the first circumnavigation of Africa, believed to have taken place some 2500 years ago.... [more]

1000 Days at sea, and only eight months to go!
Sail-World Cruising,
Reid Stowe has been at sea so long it's easy to forget he's there at all. His goal is to stay sailing out of the sight of land for 1000 days. While the round world sailing record has been bettered, round world cruising rallies have started and finished, and dozens of crew have been air lifted off yachts when the going got too tough, Reid has been sailing, and sailing, and sailing.... [more]

Internet 101 - Hits are not people - understanding basic web stats
Rob Kothe,
While the internet is now 20 years old, confusion still abounds about the basic recording of visits to websites. When you are being told about the wonderful traffic a website receives, check to see if the claimant has been impressed by the hits, the page views or the unique visitors.... [more]

ISAF publish Guidelines for Prevention of Piracy
The International Sailing Federation (ISAF) announced today the publication of Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters. The International Regulations Commission has been established in accordance with Regulation 41 to provide advice on matters related to the regulation of recreational boats or craft by government actions or otherwise.... [more]

Top 10 boat names - and then the funniest
BoatU.S./ Sail-World Cruising,
How do you go about choosing your boat's name? -and what does a boat name tell you about the boat's owner? The latest list of most popular boat names has again been collected by that non-profit boat owners organisation, BoatU.S., together with suggestions about the boat owner's thinking. What do these names reveal to you?... [more]


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