Jessica Watson in damaging storm...rival Abby Sunderland sets off... this week's product, Rescue Streamer...3 volunteers honoured on Australia Day...CYC offers Medical Management for Mariners...why not to trust your EPIRB test button...and much else...

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

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What a lot has happened!...

Twisted targa - Some of the damage from Jessica's first serious storm  .
What a lot can happen in just a week on our coastlines and oceans!

Jessica Watson has just had her most serious and damaging storm so far, but was then buoyed by a telephone call from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Australia Day.

In the meantime, her friendly rival, fellow sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland, has just set off from California and is now skipping down the west coast of America in her Open 40 Wild Eyes, heading for the Horn.

Both girls, as you probably know already, are vying for the title of 'youngest round-world non-stop solo sailor.'

Up on the Gold Coast, things have never looked better in boating, in spite of the recent financial crisis, and on Australia Day it was also VERY nice to see three Marine Rescue volunteers recognised in the Australia Day Honours.

Environment consciousness-raising yacht Ocean Watch has just rounded the Horn, after sailing the North West Passage last summer, and the Conti family – Maurice and Sophie – have received yet another award for their heroic rescue of a four sailors near Fiji.

All the news isn't good however - Paul and Rachel Chandler are still languishing in Somalia fearing for their lives as the pirates grow impatient for a ransom. As for the earthquake in Haiti, better news is that there's a group of generous sailors on(now) at least 15 sailing boats loaded with supplies and heading for difficult-to-reach Haitian villages.

You could find this edition really useful too. There's a fabulous new safety product featured – the Rescue Streamer, an article reminding us about testing our signal flares, and a very interesting piece on why you should NOT merely trust your EPIRB test button.

You may be a good sailor, but how good are you at planning and organising the boat and the crew? – You'll find this article a useful checklist of information, no matter how long you've been sailing.

Thinking of a longer voyage? 16th February is the next Medical Management for Mariners Course put on by Sydney's Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, and there are still some places. See all the details below...

Much other news as well - whatever is happening of note in non-competitive sailing, it will be featured somewhere in this cruising magazine, so browse down and choose the articles that interest you.....

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Cruising sailors in Somali pirates hands believe the end is near
Cruising sailors Paul Chandler and his wife, Rachel, have appealed for help, believing their captors are losing patience and may kill them, not in March, as one pirate said previously, but within a few days.... [more]
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50 days around Australia to Save Our Seas
SOS Ocean Racing,
Whitsunday Sailing Club Member and commercial skipper Ian 'Thommo' Thomson will set off in late April to break the world record for sailing non stop solo unassisted around Australia. The campaign is to raise awareness for the damage that plastic bags are doing to our environment.... [more]
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Jessica Watson pounded by 70knots, Abby Sunderland sets off
Nancy Knudsen,
While our Sunshine coast teenager, 16-year-old Jessica Watson has just received her worst pounding so far, with 70 knot winds and three knock-downs during the gale, Californian sailor, the slightly younger 16-year-old Abby Sunderland, has just departed Marina del Ray in California on a similar quest to that of Jessica - to be the youngest sailor to sail non-stop and unassisted around the world.... [more]
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Why you should not trust your EPIRB test button
Peter Forey, Sartech,
You've bought the EPIRB, put it in a good position, instructed the crew on its use and care, and before you venture out on a voyage, you always test it to make sure it's still working. You're doing the wise thing, right? The answer is 'NO! you're not doing the right thing,' and Peter Forey, of Sartech, search and rescue technology consultants, tells why:... [more]
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Ocean Watch - another thrilling milestone as it rounds the Horn
Sail-World Cruising,
The height of summer in the southern hemisphere is the time for all prudent sailors to round the Horn. Ocean Watch, the Roberts 64-foot steel cutter and flagship of the Around the Americas Expedition skippered by Mark Schrader, has reached this, another thrilling milestone in its mission to round the Americas and draw attention to the fragility of our oceans.... [more]
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This week's product - RescueStreamer
Sail-World Cruising,
'We kept wondering why they couldn't see us.' It's an all-too-common scenario in search and rescue missions; aircraft fly overhead, unable to see survivors. No matter how much they flail their arms, people are little more than a speck. Now there's one of those inventions that are so obvious that one must wonder why it hadn't been thought of before - it's called the RescueStreamer.... [more]
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Tetsuya launches Great Barrier Feast Series at Hamilton Island YC
Rob Mundle,
The magnificent new Hamilton Island Yacht Club is one of the exceptional venues chosen for internationally acclaimed chef, Tetsuya Wakuda, when he hosts the launch of the new Great Barrier Feast Series on Hamilton Island in March.... [more]
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Australia Day Honours for three Marine Rescue NSW volunteers
Marine Rescue NSW,
Commodore Mike Stringer ESM OAM, has been honoured as a Member (AM) in the Order of Australia in the 2010 Australia Day honours list. Commodore Peter Campton of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard North NSW Squadron was awarded the Emergency Services Medal (ESM). Commodore Kevin Hill of Marine Rescue Jervis Bay, was also awarded the Emergency Services Medal (ESM).... [more]
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Don't Miss The Boat! – Enter BoatGearDirect NOW!!
Jay Pettifer,
Entries close on Thursday!! With hundreds of entries into our T-Shirt slogan competition from not just Australia, but from around the globe, the entries are rounding up fast. This online competition is a great opportunity for someone out there to become a ‘legend' at their local yacht or fishing club.... [more]
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A Reason to Check Your Signal Flares
Out of sight, out of mind? Unfortunately for a lot of recreational boaters, that's the reality when it comes to handheld signal flares. Stored aboard in some dark corner of the boat, most boaters don't think twice about their condition until they really need them.... [more]
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Marina Profile: Marina Yarras Edge, Docklands Melbourne
Fiona Harper,
Marina Yarras Edge, on the south bank of the Yarra River just downstream from the Charles Grime Bridge, with the Melbourne CBD beyond, is in the heart of Docklands entertainment precinct. It's a modern, welcoming marina with dedicated visitor berths, making it a perfect weekend destination in the city.... [more]
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Alessandro di Benedetto - solo round the world in a 21ft boat
Nancy Knudsen,
Back in September 2009, Australian sailing teenager Jessica Watson was inadvertently becoming a world sailing sensation in mainstream news by hitting a container ship, and a Dutch Court was threatening to forbid another teenager, 13-year-old Laura Dekker, from going sailing. This all took the attention from other zany adventurers, and one of them is Italian adventure sailor Alessandro di Benedetto... [more]
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The J Class ‘Ranger' and Mothership MY ‘Vita' – for sale or charter
Titch Blachford,
Ranger has a proven racing record, having won the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and Antigua Classics. She is available fully race prepared or ready for luxury cruising.... [more]
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OceansWatch needs a Skipper for the 2010 season in the SW Pacific
Jane Pares,
If you want to help the ocean environment, and have yachting skills, here is an amazing opportunity. OceansWatch is looking for an experienced skipper to run their flagship, Magic Roundabout. Someone with a love of the ocean and a proven conservation background. Minimum qualification is the RYA / MCA Ocean Yachtmaster and PADI Open Water diver.... [more]
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Planning and organising - one of the vital keys to good seamanship
Canadian Yachting,
When you sail - or plan to sail- on an overnight voyage, how are your planning and organising skills? One of the keys to good seamanship is planning and organisation for both the boat and the crew, so check your own skills here, by reading on:... [more]
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Medical Management for Mariners - a vital course for a longer voyage
Sail-World Cruising,
The next course in Medical Management for Mariners, offered by Cruising Yacht Club (CYCA) and St Vincent's Hospital commences 16th February, and there are still places available... [more]
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Playmates for Sydney's resident wobbegong sharks
NSW Dept Primary Industries,
Another ten wobbegong shark pups were released in Sydney waters on Friday 22nd January, as part of an Australian first study to unlock the secret life of the iconic shark species, NSW Primary Industries Minister, Steve Whan, said. his is in addition to the ten Wobbegong shark pups released at the same location in 2008.... [more]
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Gold Coast families lead boating boom
Marine Gold Coast,
Sales of family boats over the past 12 months have demonstrated that Queensland families' love of the water has been greater than the disastrous effects of the global financial crisis.... [more]
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Loggerhead Turtles return to Queensland in record numbers
The Honourable Paul Lucas - QLD,
Loggerhead turtles are returning to Queensland beaches in record numbers, with the highest number of recorded adult females returning to lay eggs since 1984.... [more]
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Cruising Club of America Award to cruising heroes
CCA/Sail-World Cruising,
It's official. The Cruising Club of America has just announced that Maurice and Sophie Conti are to receive the 2009 Rod Stephens Trophy for their heroic rescue in the most dangerous of circumstances of the crew of the 10m ketch Timella, on October 12, 2008.... [more]
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Haiti: Sailing boats join the rescue - and you can help too!
Sail-World Cruising,
Two well-known organisations of cruising sailors are joining to help the aid work in Haiti. OceansWatch, an organisation of sailors who are already geared to deliver marine conservation and humanitarian aid, and the Seven Seas Cruising Association, oldest and largest worldwide organization supporting the liveaboard cruising lifestyle, are joining together in the effort.... [more]
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Going Green in 2010 - New Year Resolutions
Sail-World Cruising,
So you think that whatever you do won't make a difference to the Greening of the world's oceans? Not true. Here are eight New Year Resolutions, which if all sailors kept, would result in a distinctly purer ocean. The question is not how much difference they will make, but can you afford NOT to?... [more]
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Jessica Watson's damaging storm - EPIRB set off
Nancy Knudsen,
Four knock-downs and a 70+ knot gale have damaged Ella's Pink Lady, and set off the EPIRB to give the support team and her family some worrying moments before she called to say she was okay. The tough little boat has survived its worst storm so far, but suffered some significant damage.... [more]
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CCA selects Annie Hill & Trevor Robertson to receive Blue Water Medal
Barbie MacGowan,
The Cruising Club of America has selected Annie Hill and Trevor Robertson to receive its prestigious 2009 Blue Water Medal in recognition of a life of cruising and voyaging that best exemplifies the objects and goals of the CCA... [more]
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Ningaloo Coast (WA) is nominated for World Heritage listing
Australian Federal Government,
The announcement that the nomination is being sent to the World Heritage Centre in Paris was made today in Perth by the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, Peter Garrett and WA Environment Minister Donna Faragher.... [more]
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RQYS – the jewel in the Moreton Bay crown
Bob Wonders,
Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron makes excellent use of its stunning location. Dominating the Moreton Bay shoreline at Manly, only a short drive east of the state capital, Brisbane, the RQYS boasts a history dating back more than 120-years.... [more]
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Win for the fishos: Garrett retreats
Media Services,
Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, said today the Government would move to introduce legislative amendments to ensure that international changes to the status of mako sharks would not affect recreational fishing activities in Australia.... [more]
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