missing sailors found: 'We didn't know...' product recall... neat trick to balance your mast...new yacht club for Hamilton...mystery deaths of cruising sailors...Letter from the Indies with the Treleavens...and much more...

11 Jun 2009

Diary Dates


Too much information on the Internet - and much is WRONG

'..but I thought I was doing the right thing.'  .
There's TOO much information on the Internet., and much of it is wildly inaccurate. That's why we at Sail-World Cruising serve a valuable role for the cruising sailor, in bringing you responsible, up-to-date news from Australia and the world, gathered into one easy to read format.

..and that news is sometimes vital to your interests (this week a product recall), sometimes merely amusing. This week is no different. If you're interested in non-competitive sailing – just being out there in all that freedom and loving it – then you'll be interested in some of the tales of others doing the same.

Highlights this week include vital news on the health of our Great Barrier Reef, stories of sailors setting out to sail the North-West passage, some Filipinos in a traditional craft setting out for a circumnavigation and the hedonistic Treleavens with more gorgeous tales of their Caribbean experiences.

Then there is a great tip on how to balance your mast the easy way; a new Yacht Club for Hamilton Island ... and the story of the Labrador – they were never renowned for their high IQ.

Read on, enjoy, and.....

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Ocean Watch - the big adventure-with-a-mission starts
Nancy Knudsen,
Ocean Watch, the Sailors for the Sea's Bruce Roberts sailing boat, long in preparation, has left on its voyage to circumnavigate the Americas. See previous http://www.one.sail-world.com/Cruising/Around-the-Americas--High-Adventure-with-a-Mission/51770!Sail-World_story. The steel cutter-rigged sailboat is on a one-of-kind mission to raise ocean awareness and spread environmental activism across tw... [more]
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Mystery Deaths of Cruising Sailors in popular anchorage
La Estrella/Sail-World Cruising,
Authorities are mystified by the deaths of two cruising sailors on their yacht Advayta at Amador, an anchorage at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal.... [more]
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Smoke alarm saves family as boat destroyed by fire
Hayley Sultanie & Stephanie Bedo, goldcoast.com.au,
The lives of a Gold Coast family were saved by their smoke alarm when their luxury cruiser caught fire and sank in the Broadwater at Biggera Waters early yesterday.... [more]
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Yacht designer Prof Peter Joubert honoured in Queen's Birthday Honours
Peter Campbell,
Professor Peter Numa Joubert OAM, the distinguished academic and noted authority on fluid mechanics and the only ‘amateur' yacht designer to have designed an overall winner of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has been made an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Queen's Birthday Honours.... [more]
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Cairns tourism operators help keep eye on the Reef
Tourism operators in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park near Cairns will be better equipped to keep an eye on the Reef after comprehensive training in reef health monitoring by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA)... [more]
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It's Official: UN declares 'World Oceans Day' for June 08
Nancy Knudsen,
It didn't get the locals all steamed up around my way, but it's a start. The United Nations has declared June 8th as World Oceans Day, and organisations world wide are being encouraged to celebrate the day to preserve our oceans. Maybe World Oceans Day will make more of a 'splash' in 2010.... [more]
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Boat Maintenance Quotations in One Click
d'Albora Marinas,
Berthing customers of d'Albora Marinas have long been familiar with the convenience and competitive pricing of the maintenance experts onsite, and now, all boat owners in need of timely, value-for-money boat maintenance can access their superior service, starting with quick, simple online ‘no obligation' quotations.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Yacht Club destined for icon status
Jeni Bone,
Due to open in time for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (21-29 August 2009), the perfectly positioned Hamilton Island Yacht Club is destined to become an iconic hub of boating and an attraction with international appeal.... [more]
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A neat trick to balance your mast
Nancy Knudsen,
Getting in the dinghy and eyeing off your mast is not the most accurate way to ensure that your boat is properly balanced, but balancing the mast is important to ensure that you go equally well on both tacks.... [more]
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The tale of the Yellow Labrador - loyal, brave, but not very bright

Labradors were always renowned for their bravery, loyalty and friendliness but never for their Mensa standard IQ, and a yellow labrador has just proved the reputation beyond all doubt by protecting his master's runaway yacht so well from coastguards that it ended up on the beach... [more]
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Vampire's 50th birthday... and everyone is invited for cake!!
Bill Richards,
One of Sydney Harbour's best known vessels, the destroyer HMAS Vampire, is approaching its big Five-O and everyone is invited to the birthday celebrations! This popular attraction at the Australian National Maritime Museum was built at Sydney's famous Cockatoo Dock in the years 1952-56 and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy on 23 June 1959.... [more]
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Partnership improves species management on Great Barrier Reef
Dugongs and marine turtles in the Cape York area will be better protected thanks to an innovative partnership between marine managers, Traditional Owners and researchers.... [more]
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Letter from the Indies: Rio Dulce and Guatemala
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven finish their tales for the season of sailing in the Caribbean in their yacht Cape Finisterre: Our entrance over the shallow sandbar into the Rio Dulce is unexpectedly dramatic and the captain's blood pressure rises. Twelve yachts assume the spring high tide to be enough water to cross but three of us don't make it.... [more]
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Butuan boat ready to circumnavigate the world
Not all the sailing vessels that set out to circumnavigate the world come from America, Australia, New Zealand or Europe. Up in the Philippines, on June 5 after 40 days of construction, the traditional Filipino sailing craft Balanghai (pronounced as Ba-la-ngay) Boat was completed. It will then set sail on June 24 in time for the Araw ng Maynila... [more]
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Dominican Republic - changed regulations to stop bribery
Sail-World Cruising,
Dominican Republic, that 'other half of the Caribbean island of Haiti and long infamous for the bribery necessary for cruising sailors to check into the troubled country, has changed its rules to allow local marinas to carry out the procedures. This has been the result of a long campaign by marinas in the country.... [more]
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Missing sailors found: 'We didn't know what we were getting into..'
Amber Lee, KSBY/Sail-World Cruising,
Two novice Californian sailors who set off from California's Avalon Beach in a 27ft Coronado sailing boat on Thursday 4th June and triggered a search at sea covering over 22,000 miles and involving one aeroplane and two helicopters say they don't plan to stop sailing, and will set off again as soon as the citations against them by coast guard are satisfied.... [more]
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Brave quad Hilary rescued from Force 5 winds
Quad sailor Hilary Lister has had to be rescued when she and her support boat were caught in Force 5 wind against tide conditions, the Royal National Lifeboat Instititute announced today. Hilary is trying to become the first quad sailor to circumnavigate Britain... [more]
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Yacht Silent Sound sets off to transit the North-West Passage
BW Media,
Today is the day that yacht Silent Sound is to depart from Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, to transit the North West Passage and bear witness to the signs of climate change. The name of the expedition is the Open Passage Expedition, and they want to reach the Beaufort Sea as the ice opens, which normally occurs in mid- to late-July.... [more]
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Graduates of Yacht Restoration School sail their creations
IYRS/Nancy Knudsen,
June 06 is 'Launch Day' for the non-profit International Yacht Restoration School in Newport Rhode Island, when graduates of the school will launch and sail the boats they have restored over the year to see how their workmanship fares under sail.... [more]
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'The Plastiki' on target for recycle journey
Jeni Bone,
As written about in Sail-World Cruising before, there are sad garbage patches in the the oceans of the world, the worst of which is the North Pacific gyre – detritus from the world's habit of throwing rather than stowing its non-biodegradable junk caught in the circular currents of the ocean. The resourceful Plastiki expedition to highlight the problem is on target to leave.... [more]
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