The Day the dolphin came to visit...Sydney Harbour Ned can teach you to sail at home...five tips for 'cruisier cruising'...North West Passage opening, but is it a good idea... and much more...

13 Aug 2009

Diary Dates


The Sydney Harbour Hop

Ocean Watch - one of three yachts trying to sail the North West Passage this season  .
News from the world of non-competitive sailing never fails to fascinate with its huge range of subjects and newsworthy stories – the incidents, the heroes, the romance, the quirky, and the very very useful....

Our favourite sailing holiday people, Maggie and Trevor Joyce, have devised a great sailing way to enjoy the October long weekend – the Sydney Harbour Hop – including three, not one, sailing clubs – and talking of Fun, there's a great time coming up on 3rd September in Tonga, and 12th September at the Whitsunday Sailing Club – check it all out!

British teenager Mike Perham appears to be on a pretty easy (comparatively) home run to Portsmouth to become the youngest sailor to sail solo around the world, tipping Californian Zac Sunderland's recent achievement by merely a month or so.

There's a thought provoking article about the North West Passage this week by physics writer John Perlin. Three sailing boats that we know of are attempting to transit the fabled passage this season, and we'll be writing about them in the coming weeks.

This week Mark Cherrington offers five great tips for 'Cruisier Cruising', and if you want to brush up on your sailing skills before that testing passage, why not do it online? NED is a great way to increase your knowledge before the adrenaline is flowing and the issues are real.

That's just a taste, so read on,

Enjoy, and...

Smooth Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Tonga's Regatta Vava'u and Sail Week 2009 Inaugural event
Ben Newton,
The First Annual Tonga's Regatta Vava'u and Sail Week is set to kick off on 3 September and continue through 8 September 2009. This fun-filled week will take place in and around the Northern Island Group of Vava'u in the Kingdom of Tonga. Funds generated by events will go toward focusing awareness on conserving the local marine environment and donations will also go to local charities.... [more]

Five tips for Cruisier Cruising
Mark Cherrington,
Sure, sailing should be challenging – that's a great part of the appeal of it. But it should also be fun and not too stressful (after all, isn't that why we sail – to reduce stress?). These tips range from free to a couple of thousand dollars. They have all been aimed at making our sailing life simpler, easier and less stressful, as well as letting us do some tasks more quickly.... [more]

The day the dolphin came to visit
BW Media roundup,
Sailors crossing any ocean in the world are accustomed to finding flying fish on the deck in the morning, but how surprised was a Florida family the other day when a 6ft long, 120 pound bottlenosed dolphin leapt into their boat.... [more]

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]

Sydney Harbour Hop
Maggie Joyce,
Enjoy racing, entertainment and special events as we explore Sydney Harbour in an all out hop from the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and then on to the Middle Harbour Yacht Club.... [more]

CYCA Quiet Little Drink Cocktail Party - 25 and 40 Hobarts Awards
Tony Cable,
CYCA Quiet Little Drink Cocktail Party for the Youth Sailing Academy and to present 25 and 40 Hobarts Awards. This annual affair has been going for many years now. Back from the time it started in 1993, our efforts have been particularly directed to the YSA (Youth Sailing Academy).... [more]

North West Passage opening to traffic - but is it a good idea?
John Perlin,
There are several vessels who are trying to make it through the North West Passage this year - powerboats Bagan and Polar Bound, a trawler with David Scott Cowper alone on board. The sailing boats are Silent Sound, Fiona, and Ocean Watch. More and more vessels are attempting the passage - but is it a good idea for the fabled passage to open up to traffic? Maybe not so, says John Perlin:... [more]

How NED can teach you to sail - at home
Adam Loory, UK-Halsey Sailmakers,
Want to brush up on your sailing skills without the possibility of getting wet? Or maybe you have a friend who would like to start from scratch? NauticEd (or NED for short) might be the answer to your dreams.... [more]

Sailing with Balvenie - heading for the Greek mountains
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue with their tales of sailing in Greece on their yacht Balvenie - this week they have been more fortunate in their experiences...After rather a pleasant short sail up from our jinxed stop in Levkas Town we entered the channel into Preveza. The large free town quay had plenty of room.... [more]

Rotary Club of Sydney Cove donates $10,000 to CYCA SOLAS Trusts
Jennifer Crooks,
The Rotary Club of Sydney Cove has donated $10,000 to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS), from the monies that were raised as part of the annual Rotary Charity Regatta that the CYCA hosts each November. The CYCA has hosted the Rotary Charity Regatta for the past 11 years.... [more]

Trainees get real-life emergency experience
Amanda Dale, Royal Gazette/Sail-World,
There's nothing like the real thing to get the adrenline flowing. Trainees taking part in a 30-hour training program on the sailing sloop Spirit of Bermuda got more than they bargained for when they were called upon to respond to a Mayday and carry out a rescue this week.... [more]

Whitsunday Fun Race
Corrie Gardiner,
Not everything is about sailing. Sometimes it's just about having fun. And the Whitsunday Fun Race is the best party of the year. The Great Whitsunday Fun Race is the last bastion of the traditional yachting party. It was started in 1977 to celebrate Airlie Beach as the 'Mecca' of cruising yachts from around the world.... [more]

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]

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]

Mike Perham, two weeks from the record books
Nancy Knudsen,
While Zac Sunderland seems to be on a non-stop speaking tour after the circumnavigation which made him the youngest sailor every to solo circle the world, British teen Mike Perham has cleared the shipping lanes off the coast of the United States which kept him sleepless, and is headed straight for Portsmouth, home and the breaking of Zac's record, being 102 days younger than the Californian sailor... [more]

America's Cup defender's journey to the sea
Sail-World Cruising/ Photos: Carlo Borglenhi,
What a way to ferry a boat! See the pictures! Alinghi 5 is the 90-ft long 90-ft. beam catamaran built by Alinghi for the 33rd America's Cup. To get it from where it was launched, Lake Geneva, to where it would commence training in Genoa, it had to make a journey across the Italian Alps. The next America's Cup is to be held in Ras-Al-Khaimah, roughly 60 miles north-east of Dubai, in the UAE.... [more]

Irish to pocket €3.8million by not salvaging Asgard II
Lorna Siggins, Irish Times/Sail-World Cruising,
Even though the Asgard II sail training vessel is sits upright on the sea bed where she sank last September, and even though the Irish Government has collected €3.8million in insurance, and even though thousands have signed a petition begging for its salvage, the Irish Government is likely not to salvage the vessel, hence pocketing a one-off cash benefit of €3.8 million.... [more]

Incident 6:- Winter storm claims life - 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 fifth in the series, we present a real sailing situation which was investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and five lessons deduced. Can you identify the lessons? (Find answers at the end of the story)... [more]

Fatal fall from yacht mast
Sail-World Cruising,
A internationally well-known sailor and rigger died this week when he fell from the mast of a 73ft yacht he was rigging in Genoa. Giuliano Gallo, 48, Italian principal of the rigging firm Nautilia, was engaged in maintenance work 12 metres off the deck of the yacht.... [more]

Sailing with Balvenie - The Islands of the Ionian Sea

Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in their yacht Balvenie in the Greek Islands. If you think sailing the Greek Islands is all champagne and sunsets, read on, and be put off the Ionian islands for ever. Leaving Mesolongi, it was time to move on to the Ioanian Sea...... [more]


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