Mooloolaba Yacht Club evicted...135 yachts gather in Darwin...Whitsunday Seawind Regatta...mystery yacht found floating...folding bikes - don't go cruising without one... and much more...

25 Jun 2009

Diary Dates


Zac Sunderland set back but bashing on...

Zac Sunderland arriving Puerto Vallarta in Mexico
Zac Sunderland, that intrepid teenager on a yacht by the same name who is bashing his way up the coast of Mexico, hit a wave a couple of nights ago which has cracked the chain plates securing his port shroud and threatened his rig.

Intrepid as he is, he has jury-rigged a fix and made it to the holiday resort of Puerto Vallarta where he will make repairs. As he nears the end of his voyage that will make him the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate, the tension rises, as do the good wishes of the many thousands who now follow his journey.

The dramatic photo on the left is by his camp-following photographer, Jen Edney, as he arrives Puerto Vallarta.

This has been a good news/bad news week. The good news is that so many sailors are having fun in the sun even though we're in the middle of winter. Don't feel sorry for those participating in the Seawind Rally in the Whitsundays, or for the 135 yachts who have registered for the rally from Darwin to Indonesia.

Much sadder is the final eviction of the Mooloolaba Yacht Club from its premises after 42 years, and worse is the mystery surrounding the French yacht L'Actuel, found drifting without crew in the Atlantic.

Several interesting practical articles this week – 'String' sails and whether they have – or will ever have – an application for the cruising sailor; some very sound advice from Martin Peters for when you acquire that new outboard for the dinghy; and the story about folding bikes with my view that they are a vital addition to the gear on a cruising boat.

...and that's not all, so skip through the headlines to choose what interests you.

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Mooloolaba Yacht Club evicted from Mooloolah River premises
Bill Hoffman, The Daily/Sail-World Cruising,
Dispossessed but unbowed, the Mooloolaba Yacht Club will by order this morning vacate the clubhouse it has occupied just inside the entrance of the Mooloolah River on the Sunshine Coast for the past 42 years... [more]
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Calling all photographers: Sydney Boat Show chance for exposure
The Sydney International Boat Show, for the first time this year, is offering budding snappers the chance to display their best marine images alongside two of Australia's leading marine photographers, Andrea Francolini and Christophe Launay, as well have their photographs published in Digital Photography & Design Magazine.... [more]
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'E-passports' for yacht safety - is Emirates leading the world?
Haneen Dajani, The National/Sail-World Cruising,
Abu Dhabi's new and revolutionary boating regulations that require all yachts to carry an E-passport has run into trouble with local yacht-owners because of the battery-power the new system uses. Boat owners will be fined if they do not fit electronic trackers used to help coastguards find them in an emergency, security officials said yesterday.... [more]
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Melbourne Boat Show - coming soon with great prizes
BW Media,
If you are to be anywhere near Melbourne between 2nd and 6th July, it will be worth turning up at the Melbourne International Boat Show, even if it's just for the prizes you can win. The show takes place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), which stretches for half a kilometre along the banks of the Yarra River in the very heart of Melbourne.... [more]
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Folding Bikes - Don't leave home without one...
Nancy Knudsen,
When the two of us embarked from Sydney on a sailing adventure which was eventually to take us round the world, we had spent so much on new equipment and preparation of the boat itself that we thought we couldn't afford folding bikes. This, if nothing else, showed how little we knew about long-range cruising.... [more]
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Mystery yacht found floating without crew
Globe and Mail/Sail-World,
There was just a light breeze by the time the Belgian yacht Genesis spotted the white-hulled sailboat adrift in the middle of the Atlantic. The drifting boat, a French vessel named L'Actuel, was upright, the mainsail still on the mast. The headsail was torn and partly furled. Lines trailed in the water.... [more]
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Pirates report seven yacht crew released
Alertnet/Sail-World Cruising,
Reports are rife from several sources in Africa that the seven crew of the yacht Indian Ocean Explorer, kidnapped at the end of March this year, have been freed and are on their way home.... [more]
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Buying a new outboard - warranties and maintenance
Martin Peters/Sail-World Cruising,
Having your outboard break down just when you're in the middle of a cruising adventure is likely to spoil your day, if not your whole holiday. So when the time comes to buy a new outboard for your dinghy, you certainly want to have some assurance that it is going to work as the manufacturer promised..... but you have some responsibilities too..... [more]
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135 yachts gather in Darwin for Sail Indonesia Rally
Nancy Knudsen,
There's a lot of painting and cleaning and boat repairing going on in Darwin at the moment. As July 18 gets closer there'll be much partying as well, as 135 yachts gather in the northern port. They are gathering to join the Sail Indonesia Rally that allows them to enter and sail the magic coastlines and islands of Indonesia with a minimum of fuss - they hope.... [more]
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Tough - but someone has to do it! - Seawind Whitsunday Rally
Brent Vaughan,
The third annual Seawind Whitsunday Rally set sail from Shute Harbour last Saturday June 20 for a week of racing and partying around the Whitsunday Islands onboard 14 Seawind catamarans.... [more]
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Quad sailor Hilary Lister - North along the Irish coast
Sail-World Cruising,
Hilary Lister is aiming to be the 1st disabled sailor to sail solo around Britain. She started in 2008, but mechanical delays caused a delay over winter. She has begun again this year, sailing from Plymouth on the 21st May 2009. Hilary is currently sailing northward along the Irish coast reaching Howth on 21st June. Here is her account of the testing sail across the Irish Sea to Arklow... [more]
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Yacht crew thrown overboard, yacht stolen
The chic Posilippo district in the Bay of Naples was the unlikely scene of a 'pirate' attack this week. An armed gang stole a yacht in the Bay of Naples Thursday night after ramming the vessel and throwing its occupants overboard, police said.... [more]
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Expedition ship Phoenicia sails into the pirate zone
Blackwattle Studios,
The Phoenicia Expedition, Captained by Philip Beale, an English ex-Navy sailor, is attempting to recreate the first circumnavigation of Africa, accomplished by Phoenician mariners in 600BC, in a replica Phoenician/Mediterranean vessel, called, appropriately enough, Phoenicia. They have just completed a four day sail from Hodeidah on the Red Sea coast of Yemen to Aden on the southern coast.... [more]
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Help on the way for ‘stressed' coral
Queensland Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin has announced an innovative plan to help coral reefs affected by stress. 'At these times the Coral Stress Response Plan aims to promote recovery by reducing any further stress that may result from harvesting coral and aquarium fish.'... [more]
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Whale visitor causes alarm for spectators' safety
The Log/Sail-World Cruising,
The Log has reported that a 25ft whale has taken up residence in such a busy channel in Marina del Rey in Los Angeles that it is impossible for boats and ships to obey the '100 yard' separation regulation, and it has been causing marine mammal experts concern for spectators safety.... [more]
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Some Ningaloo Reef fish are 'homebodies'
New research shows that some fish species in Western Australia's Ningaloo Marine Park spend most of their time close to home, staying on the reef rather than travelling significant distances, as was previously thought.... [more]
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Zac Sunderland runs for cover from tropical storm
Pete Thomas, LATimes,
A disturbance in the eastern Pacific is expected to develop into the season's first tropical storm and it's forcing Zac Sunderland to sail for shelter at the Mexican port city of Manzanillo.... [more]
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Stack and store kayaks at d'Albora Marinas The Spit
d'Albora Marinas,
Kayakers will soon be able to get out more often and make the most of their time on the water, with all the convenience of being able to store your boats, securely and adjacent to one of the most picturesque and protected locations on the northside.... [more]
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New Seawind Dealer appointed in Victoria
Brent Vaughan,
Following Seawind's growing presence in the southern states of Australia, the company is pleased to announce Terry Jones as the new Seawind distributor for Victoria, covering popular sailing destinations such as Port Phillip Bay and the Gippsland Lakes.... [more]
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Gear Bans can help save reefs
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world's coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change. Around the world corals have been dying at alarming rates, due to unusually warm water events resulting from global warming.... [more]
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