Southern Ocean collision...Jessica Watson latest sail raft 150km down the Hawkesbury...whale swims 2,500 miles with line and anchor a free Rally to Croatia...and much more...

07 Jan 2010                                                                                                        If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE

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2010 is up and running...

Collision in the Southern Ocean - photo by JoAnne McArthur  .
As the New Year stops being just a celebration and turns into a reality, Sail-World Cruising brings lots of opportunities for readers this week.

If you feel like sailing the Whitsundays, Sunsail has some great offers, and you can win a free Rally to Croatia in an online competition.

The CYCA is running some excellent seminars on 'Medical Management for Mariners' which no longer range cruiser should be without, and if you are thinking of cruising the South Pacific this year, you should check whether one of the Island Cruising Rallies will suit you - this week we publish their preparation seminars.

The Southern Ocean is much in the news too, as many kinds of craft head down there while summer brings the mildest possible conditions.

That's still not very mild, and neither are the events that are occurring in the frosty waters. That 'on-the-edge-of-the-law' whale action man Paul Watson from Sea Shepherd is doing plenty of complaining about one of his vessels – Ady Gil, the former Earthrace – being rammed by the Japanese: see the story and video!

Mild is not the word either for the weather our own sailing-teen Jessica Watson is experiencing as she heads for the Horn by headsail only and with no heater; Then there's that indomitable French sailor Isabelle Autissier who has just left South America for the Antarctic in a much sturdier yacht with five crew on a double mission scientific/adventure journey.

Finally, Larry Janke winds up his excellent and comprehensive series on how to care for your batteries when away from professional help.

Browse down all the stories to see what interests you, and, wherever you are...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Video of Ady Gil - formerly Earthrace - rammed by Japanese whalers?,
This video shot from the protest vessel Bob Barker appears to show the Shonan Maru 2 steering directly at the carbon fibre trimaran Ady Gil, formerly Earthrace.... [more]
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Jessica Watson (and others) update - no heater and no main
Nancy Knudsen,
Australian sixteen-year-old solo sailor Jessica Watson is still sounding upbeat as she approaches the Southern Ocean and heads to round Cape Horn, in spite of her yacht's heater having broken down and a broken or twisted block depriving her of the use of the main... [more]
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Whitsunday Rent A Yacht relaxes 'Best Job in the World' Ben Southall
Ben Southall and,
Even the holder of 'The Best Job in the World', Ben Southall, has to relax sometime. Ben chose Whitsunday Rent A Yacht, to take himself, his Mum and Dad for a short charter holiday onboard one of their luxury catamarans.... [more]
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Family sail raft 150km down the Hawkesbury
Mark Cherrington,
If you are anywhere near the Hawkesbury River just north of Sydney in the next few days, look out for five cramped people in a strange craft with a square-rigged sail... [more]
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West Australian yacht ends up on the sand
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It was a sad sight on Boodjidup Beach near the Margaret River in Western Australia this week when one cruiser's dreams ended up on the rocks - or rather the sand.... [more]
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Medical Management for Mariners - a vital course for a longer voyage
Sail-World Cruising,
All sensible sailors take a First Aid course as preparation for sailing. However, good as they are, these courses typically deal with how to react to a medical emergency in the first half hour or so before the paramedic arrives. This is not sufficient for sailing journeys, and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) is seeking to fill this knowledge gap with 'Medical Management for Mariners'... [more]
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Marina Profile: Port Stephens
Fiona Harper,
The expansive body of water known as Port Stephens penetrates far inland, creating a popular cruising destination north of Sydney, with all weather refuge for mariners.... [more]
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Proposed lifejacket rules - have your say Now! before January 8
NSW Government,
NSW Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay is urging the boating community to have their say on proposed changes to lifejacket rules with the deadline for submissions due to close this Friday (January 8).... [more]
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Successful operational launch of Marine Rescue NSW
NSW Governemnt Media,
Ports and Waterways Minister Paul McLeay has joined with Emergency Services Minister Steve Whan to congratulate the board, management, staff and volunteers of Marine Rescue NSW following their successful operational launch on New Year's Day. 'I would like to offer my personal congratulations and appreciation to all those involved and wish Marine Rescue NSW much success in its operations.... [more]
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Free nights in the Whitsundays - Sunsail summer bonus
Kim Silcock,
It's not often you get something for nothing but the world's largest sailing holiday company is giving away free nights! If you fancy sailing around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands for a few days or a week, now is the time, as Sunsail Sailing Holidays is giving away bonus nights for Whitsunday departures between January 9 and March 31... [more]
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Win a Trip for two in the Croatia Yacht Rally in September 2010
Maggie Joyce,
Win a Trip for two in the Croatia Yacht Rally in September 2010 worth $15,000. Mariner Boating Holidays and Yachting Victoria proudly announce their support for Variety Splash with a chance for you to win an all-inclusive trip for two on Mariner Boating Holidays 2010 Croatia Yacht Rally. Purchase tickets on line – follow the link - [more]
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Whale swims from Alaska to Hawaii dragging fishing line and anchor
Rob Shikina, Democratic Underground/Sail-World,
Ed Lyman, marine mammal response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Hawaii estimated that a whale found in Hawaiian waters with a fishing line and anchor trailing some 60 feet behind it had swum from Alaska trailing the line.... [more]
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Cruise planning for South Pacific Rallies 2010
David McKay/Sail-World Cruising,
The Island Cruising Association runs rallies around South Pacific Islands and to and from New Zealand, a leg which, depending on the whim of the weather gods, is known to be potentially difficult. John and Lyn Martin, who run the association, are offering prep courses for the 2010 series of rallies. David and Andrea Mackay joined one of these rallies a couple of year ago, and here is their story... [more]
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Inexpensive Cruising Guides for Central and South America
Cruisers Network Online/Sail-World,
South and Central America has long been a difficult area for obtaining cruising guides, and the guides available are often either dated, don't cover all the region or are not published in English. The one thing they usually have in common is that they are expensive. Here are some inexpensive - or free - solutions... [more]
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Knowing your batteries - Final Part 6, Some Procedures
Larry Janke,
This is Part 6, the final Part of a series by Larry Janke from Southeast Marine Services, all essential reading if you want to be able to maintain your batteries yourself while cruising. This week he offers some procedures - determining appropriate absorption time settings for charging flooded lead acid batteries and for Equalisation... [more]
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When a rescue is more than a rescue
Sail-World Cruising,
The word rescue when applied to the sailing world can have a host of meanings, but this week when New Zealand's Bay of Islands Coastguard went to the rescue of a yacht with six people on board, the crew of eight went beyond the call of duty and did much more than merely rescue the six, which included two children.... [more]
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Skype - key communication tool for Marine Industry and Offshore Racing
TetraMedia's IT Team,
Two Swedish techno-nerds Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis spent the noughties revolutionizing music distribution and telephony in the 21st century.... [more]
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CYCA SOLAS Trusts pledges $20,000 to St Helens Marine Rescue
Jennifer Crooks,
In its 10th anniversary year, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS) has made a pledge to St Helens Marine Rescue Association Inc (TAS) of $20,000 as seed funding for the purchase of a new RIB.... [more]
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Ancient giant clams issue El Niño warning
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
A 35-year window into the climate of one of the longest interglacial periods of the last million years has sounded a warning that El Niño events were half as frequent then as they are today.... [more]
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X-Yachts appoint new Australian Dealer
Andrew Parkes,
X-Yachts of Denmark have appointed a new dealer to represent the company's complete range of sailing yachts in Australia. Headed by Managing Director Andrew Parkes, X-Yachts Australia is based at Birkenhead Point Marina on Sydney Harbour, where it offers sales and customer support services for new and existing clients.... [more]
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Isabelle Autissier departs for Antarctic to test 'Growler' detection
Des Ryan,
The Ada 2, skippered by famed French sailor Isabelle Autissier, this week departed Ushuaia in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego for Antarctica on a mission which will be of huge potential benefit to adventurous cruising sailors - the detection of icebergs and growlers beneath the surface of the water. The system will be tested during the 'No Man's Land Project', a sailing/mountain climbing expedition.... [more]
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Adopt a humphead wrasse, sponsor a shark, or keep tabs on a turtle
Marine animals at Reef HQ Aquarium are now up for adoption with the start of the aquarium's new 'Adopt a Reef Creature' program. The new program will allow people around Australia and the world to adopt a humphead wrasse, sponsor a shark, or keep tabs on a turtle... [more]
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70 knot storm brings end to Antarctica dream
Nancy Knudsen,
A Swiss professional boat builder, who had a dream of sailing to Antarctica and then around the world, is out of sails and out of cash after his four-year dream was dashed by a 70knot storm in the Southern Ocean. Unable to fund his adventure further, the 33-year-old would-be-circumnavigator will sell his boat and go home to Switzerland... [more]
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