photos of yacht trying to cross Southport Bar...heli-rescue hapless yachties in Sydney and yacht shows...Sanctuary Cove photos...a day with Ballina Coastguard... and much more...

28 May 2009

Diary Dates


Not on an even keel...

Yacht attempting a bar crossing this week  .
There has been some exciting sailing – or non-sailing – this week, which has provided those on shore with everything from amusement to horror, and Sail-World with some fascinating pictures.

Up in the beautiful Chalong Bay in Phuket some normally excellent sailors had an embarrassing moment or two. The moral of the story is that it's not a good idea to turn turtle in a catamaran if the water isn't quite as deep as your mast is high.

Then there were the couple of yachties who were somewhere in Sydney Harbour, but didn't know where, and woke up on the rocks phoning 000 for help but unable to tell which rocks.

However, the prize series of photos of the week was the so-called 'sailor' who tried to cross the Southport Bay from the Broadwater out to sea in some of the worst conditions experienced this year. These photos sit more at the horror end of the spectrum.

Back to serious sailing news.

Keep up to date with what's relevant to you by by flicking through the various news items.

This week we bring you a wide range of news to inform and entertain: Among the subjects are, for instance, sailing tales from two Australian boats, Cape Finnisterre in Belize and Balvenie in the Greek Islands; What's new or upgraded in sailing boats; Piracy news; a nice small article about one day in the life of the Ballina coast guard; One of the world's most famous and expensive boats for sale.

Worth noting is that there's also more on one of the 'new generation' anchors. Whichever brand you choose, Spade, Rocna, Manson or some other copy, these should soon replace all previous anchors, such is their superiority over the older designs.

Read on, enjoy, and.....

Smooth sailing.

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Sailing with Balvenie - Heading North through Greece
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda and Mark are sailing their yacht Balvenie in the waters between Greece and Turkey, and share their experiences with us: Our plan is to thread our way north through the Dodecanese and Eastern Sporades, trying to zig-zag our way up depending on the winds. Good plan, just not always so easy to put into practice as the wind gods always have the last laugh!... [more]
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Yacht departs Southport - see the pictures and believe
Sail-World Cruising,
This 'sailor' decided to commence a passage from Southport to Yeppoon yesterday. The forecast was seas 9 to 10 mtrs with a storm warning with winds that had at times been recorded at 61 kts at the seaway. He attempted to go out the seaway at 3pm yesterday.... [more]
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Heli-rescue for hapless yachties aground in Sydney Harbour
BW Media roundup,
It was a surprise awakening for two hapless yachties who found themselves aground on the rocks near Manly in Sydney Harbour at 6.00am yesterday(Thursday).... [more]
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Just part of the daily routine - the rescues go on...
Joan Hurley/Sail-World,
Recent severe weather has led to busy times for the coast guards up and down the coast of New South Wales. Pictured is just one of the results of high winds and absent owners. The Ballina Coastguard were called to several assists in the Richmond River at Ballina, as high winds and big seas dragged vessels from their moorings.... [more]
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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]
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Iain Murray AM: of superyachts, sailing and the future of the sport
Jeni Bone,
From the time he was in trouble at school for doodling sketches of boats, Iain Murray AM, known affectionately in marine circles as “the big fella”, has been mad for yachting. At the recent Marine Industry luncheon on the Gold Coast, Murray spoke of his 40 years of sailing, achievements and dreams yet to be realised.... [more]
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Images from Sanctuary Cove,
The 21st annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show has been dominated by the weather. Here is a selection of images from the last few days.... [more]
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Letter from the Indies: Belize, north-west Caribbean

Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their tales of sailing in their yacht Cape Finnisterre:From West End on Roatan, Honduras, to the outer atolls of Belize, we have a perfect 80nm daylight sail and manage to hook two beautiful Dorado. As provisions have not been easy, we have become hunters not gatherers.... [more]
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Maritime miniatures: the ideal gift or showpiece
Sophie Cross,
A perfect talking point or design feature for any space – whether home, corporate or leisure – a Classic Maritime Replica model is also a fantastic gift idea for motor and boat enthusiasts or the person who has everything!... [more]
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Whale tagging tells previously unknown story
Australian Antarctic Division,
For the first time Australian scientists have recorded the path of humpback whales from the Australian coast to their feeding grounds near the Antarctic continent. Last October 16 whales were tagged near Eden in New South Wales and their route tracked for almost six months over an area covering around 4000 kilometres.... [more]
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What's in the news - yachts and yacht shows
Nancy Knudsen,
Out and about looking at what's on, what's new, what's going around and what's coming back - a look at four new products and updates and the shows where they are appearing: a new Marten at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, Passports first time appearing at the Helsinki Boat-Afloat, the Bavaria Cruiser 55 at the Palma de Mallorca Boat Show, and the Lagoon 500, winning awards in Shanghai... [more]
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More big job losses at Riviera - no entitlements being paid,
The Receivers and Managers of Riviera, Deloitte partners Chris Campbell, Vaughan Strawbridge and Richard Hughes, have today implemented the restructure of the Gold Coast - Coomera production facility, with big staff numbers going, this time without entitlements.... [more]
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Government funding for new 'blue-water' marine Research Vessel
The Federal Budget has delivered $120m in funds for a new 'blue-water' marine Research Vessel to replace the Southern Surveyor.... [more]
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Today's the day that Hilary starts her 'Dream Sail round Britain'

Today's the day when Hilary Lister, 36 year old quadroplegic, will recommence her journey in an attempt to become the first disabled woman to sail solo around Britain... [more]
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World's most famous yacht is for sale
BW Media,
One of the most amazing superyachts ever built is for sale. Built by Perini Navi for American venture capitalist Tom Perkins in 2006, the clipper sailing luxury yacht Maltese Falcon has been listed for sale on 'JamesList', a global online luxury marketplace.... [more]
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Sailor lost - the hazard of fishing vessels at sea
Roslina Mohamad, The Star/Sail-World Cruising,
The lack of proper lookout on many fishing trawlers was underlined this week when a fishing trawler collided with a yacht and continued without stopping. An American citizen is lost at sea presumed drowned after the collision.... [more]
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No advance info goes to Somalis - IMB
Sail-World Cruising,
Rumours have been circulating in the long range yachting fraternity for some time that the whereabouts of vessels is relayed in advance to Somali pirates, and this has given cause to sailors to avoid calling in at ports near the pirate zone, for instance in Eritrea, Oman or India. This was today denied by the International Maritime Bureau in a press release primarily aimed at commercial shipping... [more]
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Flip Cat - all at Sea (Living)
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
And how deep is the bay just there? 'Er, not quite deep enough.'We don't really have a good story to go with this, but thought you'd like it anyway. And we know that Peter Dyer (owner), and Mike Downard (driver) both have a good sense of humour and are still on speaking terms.... [more]
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48 hour arrival notification requirement now for Panama

Yachts contemplating being in Panama or wanting to transit the canal any time soon should know of a change in regulations. Joining other countries of the Pacific like Fiji and Australia, Panama is now requesting that yachts notify their arrival into Panama at least 48 hours before their arrival.... [more]
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Eye in the sky helps detect illegal activities on the Reef
GBRMP Authority,
Aerial surveillance by Border Protection Command has been praised for its role in helping protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park... [more]
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Study finds surprising new pathway for North Atlantic circulation
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Oceanographers have long known that the 20-year-old paradigm for describing the global ocean circulation – called the Great Ocean Conveyor – was an oversimplification. But while the conveyor belt paradigm establishes the melody, the subtleties and intricacies of the symphony of global ocean circulation largely remain a puzzle.... [more]
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Images from 'Bourne End Week'
Lisa Mylchreest/Thames Sailing Club,
Not long after the idea of leisure sailing came to be accepted as a fine thing for English gentlemen to indulge in, the Thames Sailing Club came into being in 1870, and the Thames Rater was born... [more]
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