The Jessica story...Hostage sailors released by Somali Medical Mariners' Course at the CYC...Heaven Can Wait...the Lazy Combo for easy mainsail handling...and much more...

17 Sep 2009

Diary Dates


A PR company's dream...

If there was anyone in the sailing world unaware of Jessica Watson's bid to be the youngest person to sail round the world, her collision with a ship on her first night at sea corrected that.

Her PR company's job was reduced to managing, rather than encouraging, the media – a dream run for them.

Similarly the Dutch Court, which ruled 13-year-old Laura Dekker be taken into custody for two months to determine whether she was old enough to cross oceans, delivered a PR coup into the young sailor's hands. Last I heard Laura had not yet employed a PR company, but maybe her telephone is ringing now.

Whether either girl will actually go on to achieve anything of note is yet to be seen – at the moment they are famous for merely Wanting To.

Southport youth sailing is looking up with the generous donation of a new yacht, in Sydney there's a good opportunity to learn more about medical emergencies with the CYCA's Medical Management for Mariners Course; and if you want to practise your night sailing, be in Lake Macquarie for Heaven Can Wait. For what? - read about it.

The best news of the week is our story of the final release of three cruising sailors kidnapped on 9th March by Somali pirates. We hope to bring you their personal stories when they recover.

Lots of other news – sailing tales and images from the North West Passage, an excellent article on which boat suds to use on your boat, and the virtues of a Lazy Combo to handle your mainsail. ......AND read what a lawless lot the Canadians turned out to be!

Sweet sailing to you all!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Sailor hostages released from Somali pirates
Agence France-Presse/Sail-World,
Three sailors from SV Serenity, held as hostages since 9th March, who were freed by Somali pirates and arrested again by the authorities of Puntland, have been released and landed safely in Kenya, on their way home to the Seychelles.... [more]
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WA oil spill 'one of Australia's worst'
Jeni Bone,
An oil spill in the Timor Sea off Western Australia's northern coast is shaping as one of the nation's worst, according to scientists and green groups.The incident occurred at the West Atlas mobile offshore drilling unit, 250 kilometres north of Truscott, and 690 kilometres west of Darwin, last Friday morning.... [more]
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Jessica Watson - collision mystery
Nancy Knudsen,
Sadly, 16-year-old Jessica Watson's collision with a ship at sea in a shipping lane is just ordinary inexperience and miscalculation. Her AIS would have made her aware of it in good time. She therefore had the capacity to turn away, and, at a speed of probably 5 knots, get the hell out of there! Why didn't she do it?... [more]
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'Green, what a colour!' - after the North West Passage
Blackwattle Studios,
Last May, the expedition sailing yacht from Sailors for the Sea set out from Seattle to circumnavigation the Americas. Four months later, they have made it through the fabled North West Passage and have arrived at St Johns in Newfoundland, and their joy is palpable.... [more]
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Yacht presented For Southport's ‘Ocean Mentor' youth training program
Rob Mundle,
The generous donation of a Sydney 32 state-of-the-art offshore racing yacht to Southport Yacht Club will result in the ‘Ocean Mentor' youth training program being established on the Gold Coast.... [more]
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CYCA launches the CYCA Medical Management for Mariners Course (MMM)
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has launched the CYCA Medical Management for Mariners Course (MMM). The CYCA MMM course has been developed in conjunction with St Vincent's Hospital, and is a major initiative funded by the CYCA SOLAS Trusts in line with one of its objectives of funding research and training to improve safety and rescue procedures and equipment used in ocean races.... [more]
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8 million Canadians defy new boating licence law
Sail-World Cruising,
Canadians have always been thought of as pretty law abiding people, but they are refusing to get a boating licence. This week the new Canadian boating licence - called a 'Pleasure Craft Operator Card' - became law, and Canadian authorities estimate that 8 million out of a total of 10 million boaters in Canada have failed to take the test and get a licence.... [more]
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Jessica's collision - Australia has 'no jurisdiction'
BW Media roundup,
Investigations carried out by both State and Commonwealth authorities after teen sailor Jessica Watson's collision with a merchant ship last week have come to nothing, as the yacht and the merchant ship were in international waters at the time, 15 nautical miles off the coast.... [more]
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Incident No. 11 - A cheap but priceless early warning
MAIB/Sail-World Cruising,
The best mistakes to learn by are other people's. This is especially so with sailing. In this anecdote, the eleventh in the series, we present a real sailing situation which was investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and SIX lessons deduced. Can you identify the lessons? (Find answers at the end of the story)... [more]
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Lazy Combo - mainsail handling with the greatest of ease
Nancy Knudsen,
When choosing a mainsail handling system for our recent circumnavigation, we rejected both boom and inmast furling for the Lazy Combo. The biggest reason we rejected the first two, cost aside, was for the danger of not being able to solve mainsail problems in remote areas. The Lazy Combo was simple, cheap and seemed to have everything going for it. For our journey, this proved correct.... [more]
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'Turn to port, port, port, port...oh no...'
Royal Gazette/Sail-World Cruising,
The Spirit of Bermuda started the Schooner Festival in Massachusetts in fine spirit yesterday with a collision, with a schooner half its size. Spirit's 16 foot bow sprit punched through Perception's main boom and ripped into her lifelines about one third forward of her stern.... [more]
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Not all boat suds are created equal - but how to tell?
Most yacht owners are desirous to keep the water they sail in clean, and a quick scan of boat cleaning product labels at your local boating store reveals a daunting array of words, including non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally smart, and phosphate-free. But do so-called 'environmentally-friendly' boat cleaners get the job done or are boaters simply getting 'greenwashed'?... [more]
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Man-made Crises outrunning our ability to deal with them
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The world faces a compounding series of crises driven by human activity, which existing governments and institutions are increasingly powerless to cope with, a group of eminent environmental scientists and economists has warned.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait, but how's your night sailing?
BW Media,
Whether it's true technically or not, sailing at night carries additional risks for the leisure sailor, as ambitious 16-year-old Jessica Watson has just discovered, so it's a good idea to experience night sailing under friendly controlled circumstances when you first try it. Heaven Can Wait could be your answer. Why is is riskier and what on earth is 'Heaven can Wait'?,... [more]
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The Amazing New Arabian 100 Trimaran
Blackwattle Studios,
Collecting all the parts to make Oman Sail's new Arabian 100 come together was like convening an international summit, and is a long way from most leisure sailors' experience. The three hulls and connecting beams were made in Australia, the spars came from New Zealand, the Harken deck gear and winches came from Italy and the North Sails came from France. But finally, she's out there sailing!&nlid=<:nlid:>&tbl=<:tableName:>&pwd=<:password:>'>more]
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‘Brotherhood of the Sea' comes to Jessica Watson's aid
Bob Wonders,
Marine industry companies stand firm with Jessica Watson. Gold Coast City Marina's Leigh-Smith described the actions of the companies that stepped forward to assist as being a first class example of 'the Brotherhood of the Sea.'... [more]
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Solo teen sailor 'tried repeatedly to radio the ship.'
BW Roundup,
Our mainstream news media have been full of solo sailor Jessica Watson's collision with the 63,000 tonne Japanese cargo vessel Silver Yang on her first night at sea. The 34-foot Pink Lady, the boat in which Jessica hopes to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted, is now back in Southport on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Queen makes award to Derbyshire rescuer
BW Media,
Across the world every week there are sailors who, because of inexperience, carelessness or merely a long string of bad luck, get into trouble on the high seas, and it's the rescue personnel who often put their own lives in danger to effect a rescue.... [more]
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