All the news about what to do and see at Sydney International Boat Show...European Yachts of the Year finalists announced...Jesse Martin's film iPhone as a sailing gadget article...browse the stories...

30 Jul 2009

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See you at the Sydney International Boat Show?

Dreamy tales of the Greek Islands from yacht Balvenie  Yacht Balvenie
Any boat show acts like a magnet for the sailing-mad among us, but the Sydney International Boat Show, staged in the visually dramatic Darling Harbour, must be the most spectacular and rewarding for the show-goer.

If YOU are anywhere near Sydney, don't miss it - it starts today, and right through this edition of Sail-World Cruising you'll find stories about different aspects of the show!

Meanwhile in Melbourne Jesse Martin, the young sailor who still holds the youngest non-stop unassisted circumnavigation record, has his new film opening - the story of a much more disastrous yoyage than the one that made him famous.

Piracy is back in the news, with a pirate attack on the Amazon River, and a new – o so simple – pirate deterrent for the Gulf of Aden.

Venezuelan waters are again on the warning list because of instability in that country; down in the South Pacific there's a group of keen sailors making a real difference to the local people; and an inquest has found that two recreant cruising sailors really did starve to death on their yacht.

In happier news, you can follow the dreamy tales of sailing in the Greek Islands with the Australian yachties on Balvenie; the Aspen Yacht Club(yes, it's real) shares some of its enjoyment secrets; and a young designer is looking for $65 million to turn his greenest-of-green superyacht design into reality.

Closer to home, there are articles of practical use.... Balmain's Mark Cherrington continues his series on the iPhone as a sailing gadget, the world's first codeable lock seems like a great invention for yachties, and our Sailing Incident Series which has proved so popular is throwing out another incident and another challenge.

Browse through the stories, choose those that interest you, and here's wishing you ....

Smooth Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

European Yacht of the Year - the shortlist
Sail-World Cruising,
If you're thinking of getting a new yacht any time soon - or even a second hand one, keeping an eye on who is doing well according to the 'experts' is all part of the research. The shortlist for the 2009/10 European Yacht of the Year awards has been finalised... [more]
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Into boats? Then set your course for Darling Harbour
Bob Wonders,
Sydney International Boat Show, 2009, opening today, is on track for a bumper edition. For show visitors, and there could be anywhere from 70-80,000 of them, the show will reveal a smorgasbord of nautical delights when the show opens today at Darling Harbour.... [more]
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How yachties from Oceans Watch are making a difference
Nancy Knudsen,
Sailors on yachts in remote areas are making a difference. Oceans Watch, that organisation of sailors on yachts, which was formed to assist local people in remote coastal areas to conserve and build their ocean resources, is doing just that - and this story is one example of just how successful they are.... [more]
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Cat Capsize, Sailing Incident 4 - 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 fourth in the 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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Product of the Week: World's First Codeable Lock
Sail-World Cruising,
Does your bunch of keys look like the picture? Are you tired of having keys for, not only the house, the car, the garage and the shed, but also the boat, the dinghy, the outboard motor and the deck lazarette? Now there's an amazing innovative solution that could cut your key chain by half... [more]
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Great Barrier Reef among finalists for New 7 Wonders of Nature listing
Australian Institute of Marine Science,
The Great Barrier Reef is among the finalists for the title of 'New 7 Wonders of Nature'. The GBR has progressed to stage 3 of the process, moving from the stage 2 list of 77 nominees to be among the 28 finalists that will be put to a global popular vote to decide the final seven in 2011. The process is being conducted by the New 7 Wonders Foundation.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie - Westwards thru the Corinth Canal and onward
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in Greece on their 47ft sloop Balvenie. In this episode they sail westward through the Corinth Canal and then to Mesolongi, Ancient Olympia and Diakofto.... [more]
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Maritime treasure hunt at Sydney Boat Show
Brad Schmitt,
Children and families will be able to 'hunt' for prizes – and learn all there is to know about safe and responsible boating – when the Sydney International Boat Show gets underway at Darling Harbour tomorrow (Thursday July 30).... [more]
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Five new safety patrol craft for NSW waterways
Brad Schmitt,
NSW Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said today the purchase of five new patrol boats at a cost of almost $750,000 will provide NSW Maritime safety officers with an increased presence on the State's waterways.... [more]
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Humans 'damaging the oceans' - evidence mounts
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world's oceans in profound and damaging ways is outlined in a new scientific discussion paper released today.... [more]
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Sunsail special offers at Sydney International Boat Show
Sunsail Media,
Sunsail Yacht Charters, which celebrates 35 years this year, will be exhibiting inside the main exhibition halls at the Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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MOB - She couldn't pull him back on board
Des Ryan,
A romantic boat trip to mark a wedding anniversary that turned into a dramatic rescue operation this week shows again how difficult it is to get someone back on board a sailing boat once he or she (particularly he) has fallen overboard... [more]
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Five lost at sea: Jesse Martin's new film
Nancy Knudsen,
If you are anywhere round Melbourne this weekend, you could do worse than going to the Greater Union, Russell Street, at 12.45pm on Sunday. Showing will be the result of Jesse Martin's disastrous (his words) journey with a young crew who set off aboard the Kijana for a world circumnavigation in 2002.... [more]
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Pirates strike on the Amazon
BW Media,
When New Zealand's revered Sir Peter Blake was killed by pirates in 2001 on the Amazon River, it was thought to be a one-off experience, but yachts thinking of venturing up the Amazon River should be aware that a tourist vessel has been raided by pirates and the passengers robbed this week on the Amazon River.... [more]
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Perfect all-in-one sailing gadget, the iPhone - Part 3
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 3 of a 3 Part Series.... [more]
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Storm clouds clearing in marine credit storm: Finlease
Jeni Bone,
Specialist boat finance company, Finlease observes that there are glimmers of hope on the financial horizon - including rising consumer sentiment and improving conditions for investment.... [more]
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Razor Barbed wire found to deter pirates
Des Ryan,,
Whoever said the best ideas were the simplest knew a thing or two. Solo circumnavigating sailor Joshua Slocum back in the 19th Century used tacks on the deck of his yacht Spray to deter marauding natives in the Beagle Channel in South America, and now Danish ships have discovered that simple barbed wire is an effective deterrent agains pirates.... [more]
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Sailor/student-designer of super-green super-yacht needs $65m
Blackwattle Studios,
He grew up a sailor, so keen he won the Sir Peter Blake Achievement in Sailing award in 2003. He wanted to be a designer, so he took a boat design degree at Coventry University and won their Boat Designer of the Year Award for 2009. Now Alastair Callender has designed a super-green super-yacht, but there's no-one yet put up the $65 million required to build it.... [more]
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It wasn't pirates, but a grisley end for sailors found adrift.

When Senegalese fishermen found the apparently abandoned yacht Skipper VII drifting 12 miles of the coast of Senegal, the yacht's rudder was jammed and the sails torn and the hull was encrusted with shellfish. When the fishermen then found the bodies of the two crew on board, it was thought that the couple had been killed by pirates. However, when a diary was found all that changed.... [more]
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SpliceRight at Sydney Boat Show
Melissa Yeomans,
DeckHardware in conjunction with SpliceRight will be displaying their new Australian product a Splicing Kit at the 2009 Sydney International Boatshow. The SpliceRight kit is based on tweezer type tools that can enter the core of the rope to be spliced, allowing for fast and easy terminations. The kit is aimed at those who do their own handy work with the modern styles of rope.... [more]
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Mariner Boating Holidays announce the release of the 2010 brochure
Maggie Joyce,
Pick up a copy of our new brochure at the Sydney International Boat Show from July 30. We are in HALL 1, stand 186. While there enter your details for a chance to win Jim Murrant's Boating Bible CD, or one of 5 sail training and reference CDs. One lucky winner will also receive the Joys of Sailing DVD.... [more]
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Unusual Yacht Clubs of the World - Aspen Yacht Club
Will Grant, Aspen Daily News/Sail-World,
Aspen is known for lots of snow, and for its skiing. It's definitely not known for its sailing. However, the Aspen Yacht Club is not a joke. It did start as a joke, and people often think it's a joke, but it's not. It's an actual yacht club, complete with yachts, docks, skippers, logbooks and membership fees... [more]
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Australia's Azzura Marine wins Trinity Superyacht contract
Azzura Marine Media,
Trinity Yachts, the United States' largest luxury superyacht builder, has sought the expertise of Australian custom yacht builders Azzura Marine to construct the interior of its brand new 57 metre luxury superyacht.... [more]
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DataDotdna – the most efficient way to deter thieves
Bob Wonders,
Clever technology now offering specific advantage to the marine industry. A DataDotdna marine kit is now available for individuals to easily apply to boats, trailers, outboard engines and general marine equipment.... [more]
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