50 days at sea for Jessica...Australian skipper charged after failing to declare weapon...Aussies take command in the pirate zone...knowing your batteries Part 3...Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia profile...and much more...

11 Dec 2009                                                                                                        If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE

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What a riveting, haphazard collection of events...

Bernt back on his yacht Horizons after towing it 500 nautical miles back to the south island of New Zealand  .
It constantly amazes me that every week there comes such a rich and haphazard collection of rivetting sailing stories from our own coastlines and across the planet.

It's hot news that the Australian Navy is taking control in the Somalian pirate zone, one unfortunate Brisbane sailor has just been released from hospital after nearly losing his life courtesy of a rare jelly fish sting, and over in Trinidad another Australian has been taken into custody for not declaring his weapons to authorities.

The most inspiring tale of the week is that of Swiss German sailor Bernt Luchtenborg, already known as an excellent long range sailor, who located his lost and crippled sailing boat and towed it an amazing 500 nautical miles to shore. With so many sailors these days simply getting rescued and leaving their boats to wash up on a distant shore later, reading his report is heady stuff, even though his dreams are dashed.

Read the latest on the teen would-be circumnavigators - Queenslander Jessica Watson, Californian Abby Sunderland and their younger colleague in spirit, Dutch Laura Dekker. The one with the genuine cruising heart seems to me to be the Dutch girl, who is not trying to break any records – having been born sailing, she's just dying to go back to sea, and there are many of us who can relate to that....

As long as you take note of the danger zones, sailing the world is probably safer than crossing a lot of streets, but there's always a sailor who will do crazy things. This week we tell of the embarrassment of the British five who strayed into Iranian waters as they return home, of a French solo sailor has just been turned back from sailing the coastline of Somalia, and of the almost-deal squashed by the British Government that would have freed hostage sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler.

This week Larry Janke explains why fewer and larger batteries are better on your boat, and we suggest another good Christmas present to stop getting fishblood on the cabinsole – a great one for your shipboard chef or fisherman.

...and there is much more too, so browse through the stories to see what interests YOU, and ...

...have a great week.

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

50 solo days at sea and heading for the Antarctic - Jessica Watson
Nancy Knudsen,
16-year-old Jessica Watson this week passed her 50th day at sea since her departure from Sydney in her attempt to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted.... [more]
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Australians take command in the pirate zone
Australian Navy/Sail-World,
If you're intending to sail the Gulf of Aden anytime soon, it just may be an Australian voice you hear on the HF or satphone when you report that you have been captured by the Somalis. A team of 25 Royal Australian Navy officers and sailors depart this week to form the command group of a Coalition Naval Task Force engaged in maritime security throughout the Somali pirate region and beyond.... [more]
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Sturrocks starts small but thinks big
Tracey Porter,
Multi-brand lifestyle apparel retail group Sturrocks has opened a second store in Sydney's busy Balmain shopping precinct. The 50-square metre store, which opened its doors officially last week, is located at 254 Darling Street and is mere metres away from the area's thriving retail, café and restaurant scene.... [more]
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Knowing your batteries - Part 3, Why fewer/bigger is better
Larry Janke,
This is Part 3 of a multipart series by Larry Janke from Southeast Marine Services. This week he examines the advantages of having fewer, and bigger batteries, rather then more, and smaller ones.... [more]
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Marina Profile: Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia
Fiona Harper,
Arguably one of the most progressive yacht clubs on the Great Australian Bight, members and guests are now enjoying the new waterfront facilities at the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia.... [more]
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Australian sailor on bail after weapon declaration charge
Nancy Knudsen,
Most Australian cruising sailors, when venturing away from home shores, do not carry a weapon for self defence. But if you did, would you declare weapons in each port, or hide them, as it is well known informally that many other sailors do? One Australian skipper, Michael Norman, Captain of Save Our Seas environmental boat, is on US$140,000 bail in Trinidad after failing to declare all weapons.... [more]
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Sydney's Aquatic Events 2009-2010 calendar now out
NSW Govenment Media,
Where to find the best vantage points for Sydney's New Years Eve celebrations and navigation restrictions for the start of the Sydney to Hobart race are among many handy tips contained in a free boating guide. The 28-page full-colour brochure, Sydney's Aquatic Events 2009-2010 – A Boating Guide, will be distributed free of charge by the State's boating safety authority, NSW Maritime... [more]
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Whitsunday sailor stung by jellyfish after yacht dive
Nancy Knudsen,
A fully protective 'stinger suit' was not enough to save a 29-year-old Brisbane sailor from being stung by the deadly Irukandji jelly fish when he dived head first off a yacht in the waters near South Molle Island this week.... [more]
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Perfect present for the Nautical Chef
Lisa Mylchreest,
Who is the chef on your sailing boat when it is heeled 30 degrees and someone needs to cut the tomatoes? The best cutting board in the world is the one that won't let the tomato juice drip all over the cabin sole and cause the Skipper to slip and break his neck before the day is over - and here it is, just in time for Christmas.... [more]
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New plan helps safeguard jewels of the Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority,
New industry standards, ensuring aquarium stocks are sustainably sourced from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, is officially unveiled in Townsville.... [more]
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New Lagoons for 2010
Lucy Hogan,
Presented by Lagoon - the new designed cruising catamaran..... Lagoon 400, 421 and 620. Contact VicSail for further details.... [more]
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EU issues pirate warning to lone French yachtsman
Msn/Sail-World Cruising,
In spite of dozens of warnings to cruising sailors to stay away from the pirate region anywhere near Somalia, still they come. A lone French sailor has just been warned out of the pirate region by the Dutch warship HNLMS Evertsen when he was discovered sailing alone in the in the Gulf of Aden, heading for Madagascar.... [more]
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Abandoned yacht retrieved after amazing 500nm tow
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The lone Swiss/German sailor attempting a non-stop double circumnavigation has retrieved his yacht by towing it an amazing 500nm with the help of a fisherman. The cray fishing boat called X.S., with four crew including the rescued sailor onboard located the lost yacht and successfully towed it back to land in a salvage operation that took 50 hours to complete... [more]
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Ullman Sails welcomes Tony Bull of Bull Sails to the team
Ullman Sails News,
Tony Bull a prominent Melbourne sailmaker of 'Bull Sails' in Geelong, formerly Quantum Sails, has joined the Ullman Sails team.... [more]
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Geoff Holt sets sail on bid to cross the Atlantic
Harriet Courage,
Geoff Holt has set out to become the first quadriplegic yachtsman to cross the Atlantic. Geoff hopes that his voyage will inspire others and show that anything is possible.... [more]
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Daring 'pirate' attack mars beautiful Cartagena
Cruisers Network Online/Sail-World,
This week a sailing boat was robbed by daring 'pirates' while entering the main shipping channel into the port of Cartagena in Colombia.... [more]
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Pirate deal 'blocked' and captured sailor 'getting frail'
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
A British negotiator has decided to go public because of his frustration with the British Government, whom he accuses of 'playing stupid games' and blocking a potential £100,00 deal that he had negotiated with Somali pirates to free the Chandlers, cruising sailors held captive by pirates since 23rd October this year.... [more]
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'Why did you do that you silly bugger?': Sailors' release from Iran
The Times/Nancy Knudsen,
That was the question that Oliver Smith's father asked when four of the five Brits who were arrested by Iran for straying into their waters returned to Britain, and behooves all sailors who venture to foreign waters to ensure that their charts contain sufficient information to keep them in friendly waters.... [more]
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