Around Australia Rally 2011...Zac Sunderland, youngest solo round world sailor - and the rest...iPhone and more sailing a free marina berth...what would you do if caught anchored with a tsunami warning...and much more...

16 Jul 2009

Diary Dates


Zac Sunderland, record breaker yes, but also a fine cruising sailor

Zac looking like a winner - photo by Lisa Gizara,  .
Last week a slip of the finger(mine) meant that you were unable to read the story of the 2011 Around Australia Race and Rally (meaning the 'more' button didn't work). It's going to be a momentous event, so click that 'more' button this week and read all about it.

The big news of the week is that the hardy 17-year-old Californian Zac Sunderland is, as I write this, sailing towards Los Angeles on a long tack that will have him arriving around 10.00am local time into Marina del Rey, where he left more than 13 months ago.

The way he has conducted himself over the last thirteen months has shown him as much more than the youngest sailor ever to solo circumnavigate the planet. He has shown excellent seamanship, that valuable attribute that is a combination of cool headedness, practicality, good judgement, along with long experience and good sailing skills. To be able to have displayed these characteristics at such an age is a remarkable achievement in itself.

He has had major damage to his 36ft boat several times as a result of bad weather, and on each occasion he has been able to jury rig his boat sufficiently to reach the next port for repairs. He has shown great level-headedness on each occasion, matched by perseverence and determination.

Neither has he been just a record-chaser. He spent quality time in many of the ports where he stopped, adding immeasureably to his life experience. This journey took him a full 13 months, whereas his predecessor, David Dicks, who has held the record since 1996, took just eight months to complete his voyage. Mike Perham, who set out from England to do a non-stop unassisted circumnavigation in a 55ft racing yacht but only got as far as Canary Islands before having to stop for repairs, will complete his journey much faster, and may take the 'youngest' record from Zac.

But nothing can ever take away from the fact that Zac Sunderland can truly be called one of the world's finest of cruising sailors.

That's not ALL the news this week – there is a great round-up of non-competitive sailing news from Australia and the world, specially the Around Australia Rally.

What, for instance, would you do if you were anchored in a bay on the coast of Australia and you heard a tsunami warning, as happened yesterday? Read about what sensible sailors in Phuket did in 2004 and saved their boats.

Browse down the headlines, and see those that interest YOU.

Smooth Sailing

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

It's happening - the Great Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally
Nancy Knudsen,
Cruising rallies are growing in popularity round the world, so that almost anywhere the cruising sailor wants to go it's possible to join an organised rally, enriching the voyage for the participants, and adding much local knowledge to ease the passage-making. Now there's a new one, one of the most interesting rallies every to be created – the 2011 Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally.... [more]
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New Zealand tremor causes tsunami warnings
BW Media,
Alarm bells rang for the South East Australian coast weather forecasters yesterday when a New Zealand earthquake centred near Invercargill sent shock waves across the Tasman, and coastguard services quickly issued tsunami warnings.... [more]
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Nothing can stop him now! - youngest round-world solo
Nancy Knudsen,
There's nothing that canstop him now!! Barring almost impossible-to-imagine events, Californian 17-year-old Zac Sunderland is about to become the youngest sailor on earth to circumnavigate the world solo. He will break the record held since November 1996 by Australian David Dicks who completed his eight month trip when he was 18 years and 41 days old.... [more]
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Perfect all-in-one sailing gadget, the iPhone - Part 2
Mark Cherrington,
Apple's much-hyped iPhone has attracted much attention since the global release of the 3G in 2008, with tens of thousands of applications, and more coming. Buried among the many, some of which are rubbish, are others that are excellent and purpose-designed for sailors, as Mark Cherrington describes. This is Part 2 of a 3 Part Series.... [more]
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Top Australian Marinas Award

It's good to know in advance that the marina you about to use has a good reputation, and two marinas - adjacent to each other geographically - have won the title of 'Australian Marina of the Year' in their own class for 2009... [more]
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Win $5000 worth of Marina Berthing at any d'Albora location!
Natasha Jacobs,
Don't miss out on your chance to win $5000 worth of berthing at any of our seven d'Albora Marinas located on prime waterways throughout Sydney, Port Stephens and Melbourne. Akuna Bay, Sydney, Cabarita Point, Sydney, The Spit, Mosman, Sydney, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens, Pier 35, Melbourne, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney and Victoria Harbour Docklands, Melbourne... [more]
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Nominations now open for NSW Maritime Medals
NSW Maritime,
Nominations are now open for the NSW Maritime Medals and nominations close at 5 pm on the third Friday in August.!Click_here_to_download nomination_forms!new... [more]
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Excalibur Boatbuilder to appeal sentence
Marine Business News,
Melbourne boat builder Alex Cittadini was last week sentenced in the NSW Supreme Court over the deaths of Christopher Heyes, 51, Peter McLeod, Anne-Maree Pope, 30 and Tracey Luke, 32, , who were on board the 15m racing sloop Excalibur when her stainless-steel keel bent then broke away and the vessel capsized off Port Stephens on the NSW mid-north coast in 2002, on a delivery passage south.... [more]
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Pandering to pirate paranoia
Blackwattle Studios,
The world's richest people are spending millions arming their super-yachts with military-style technology and trained personnel to fight off potential attackers. But are they simply being vulnerable to scare tactics used by security firms to drum up business?... [more]
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Ten Tips for the trailer sailer - don't end up like this!
Ruth Manuel-Logan,,
So your new sailing boat is a trailer sailer, and you've never towed a trailer before. Not to worry, all you need is a little practice, and here are 10 safety tips so that you don't end up like this!... [more]
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Tasmanian Premier launches Sydney Hobart book
Peter Campbell,
Anyone who loves sailing, be it racing or cruising, cannot help but be fascinated by accounts of Australia's iconic yacht race, the Sydney to Hobart. Tasmania's Premier David Bartlett last week launched Michael Ludeke's second edition of his book ‘Sydney Hobart', the most comprehensive publication compiled and written specifically about the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]
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Graphic Artist – online media – entry level position (part time)
Part time position for graphic artist, work from home, flexible times. Mostly in production of animated gif and some Flash advertising banners. Entry level position requiring working knowledge Photoshop, Flash, Microsoft Office. Successful candidate may have come from print industry background and be keen to make transition to the online world.... [more]
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The new book that solves the mystery of HMAS Sydney
Mainsheet Media,
This new book, based on the author's decryption and interpretation of German coded accounts and interviews with German survivors, pieces together the desperate fight to the death between the two ships whose wrecks were finally located on the seabed in March 2008.... [more]
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Seawind at Sydney Boat Show
Brent Vaughan,
Seawind Catamarans are looking forward to an exciting Sydney Boat Show with a brand new Seawind 1000XL and Seawind 1160 on display located in berths 57 & 58 of the marina at Darling Harbour (near Pyrmont Bridge).... [more]
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Seawind Whitsunday Rally a Super Success
Brent Vaughan,
A total of 16 boats and over 70 people participated in the 3rd Seawind Whitsunday Rally held recently from June 20 – 27, finishing in perfect Whitsunday weather with beautiful warm sunshine and calm seas.... [more]
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So close and yet so far - near miss for Zac Sunderland
Nancy Knudsen,
Surely nothing can stop him now - but you're never home until you're home. Even as the excitement rises in the sailing circles of Zac Sunderland's home state of California, Zac, within days of becoming the youngest sailor ever to circumnavigate the world solo, has had a near miss with a ship at sea.... [more]
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Sailing Incident Series No. 2 - Can you identify the lessons?
MAIB/Sail-World Cruising,
Judgment is for God, but the best mistakes to learn by are other people's. This is especially so with sailing. In this anecdote, the second of a series, we present a real sailing situation which was investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and some lessons deduced. Can you identify the lessons? (Find answers at the end of the story)... [more]
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A marathon sail - for charity - can one man make a difference?
Robert Dowling/,
Rob Dowling is a man who believes 'one man can make a difference'. Driven by his passion and desire to help the children of the Amazon River basin and his love of sailing, Rob undertook on the 3-4th July, a marathon sail around an estuary in Northern Ireland. This is part one of his story.... [more]
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2011-2012 Around Australia Rally - Bob Williams talks about the Rally
Media Services,
Bob Williams, from Ocean Events talks about the 2011-2012 Rally and the optimum times of the year for cruisers to be on various places on the Australian coastline.... [more]
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Kids who learn to sail in the holidays
Ron Smith, Recorder & Times/Sail-World,
It's healthier than playing Nintendo, it's smarter than watching television, it's certainly better than football. It is not only a sport and possibly a lifestyle, it increases independence and self-reliance. All over the world, during school holidays, kids are learning to sail.... [more]
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35% off Whitsunday sailing holidays
BW Media,
Holidaymakers who are happy to take their holiday at short notice can benefit from an extraordinary deal thanks to Sunsail Yacht Charters. Sunsail turns 35 this year and to celebrate, it is giving customers a whopping 35% off selected last-minute bookings from their base in the Whitsundays, north Queensland.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie - Mykonos and Santorini
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in the Greek Islands - this time in some of Greece's most renowned treasures of resorts, Mykonos and Santorini.... [more]
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Catamaran SV Serenity still held by pirates after four months
Nancy Knudsen,
It is now more than four months since the sailing catamaran SV Serenity left the Seychelles for Madagascar and was hijacked by Somali pirates soon after with three crew on board.... [more]
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What does it take to sail away? - The 'X' Factor...
Shlomit Auciello, Herald Gazette/Sail-World,
A young man, a big dream, some luck, and the 'X' factor. Patrick DiLalla left home in Rockland, Maine, USA with a friend in the summer of 2006 in a 26foot wooden sloop to cross the Atlantic. Since then he has sailed far, and now returned home. There are many young men who dream of sailing away, but only some of them do. What is the difference? Read Patrick's story and decide...... [more]
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Crysalis-T salvage story

'Dad can I have the keys to the yacht? ' Phuket is no different...The 77-foot yacht the Chrysalis-T, which was left floundering on the sands of Maya Bay in Thailand last month after the yacht owner's 21-year-old son ran it aground during a joy-sail with friends, has been successfully re-floated and is now back in Phuket and being repaired at the Boat Lagoon.... [more]
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Aquapro overstocked clearance sale
Media Services,
Up to 50% off new Inflatables. Slat floors, air floors, RIB's, console boats all must clear. Once only sale. Call 02-9622-0222 for prices. Aquapro Clearance Sale. RFD are overstocked with new Aquapro inflatables and Family Boats Blacktown are clearing out all excess stock at up to 50% off retail prices, all are below wholesale price. We will ship Australia wide at discount freight rates.... [more]
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Saving the Ironclad Cerberus
Ted Browne,
in the 1870's HMVS Cerberus was the pride of the New Navy of the colony of Victoria & perhaps the most powerful warship in the Southern Hemisphere. Today the owner & artists of Pivotal Galleries are joining with sailors & historians to try to save this unique piece of Australian & maritime heritage. Save the Cerberus will run from 7-18 October 2009 & feature over a dozen new original art works.... [more]
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