European 'Catamaran of the Year' for, MINE's bigger...Melbournites, romance your Valentine at Docklands!...desperate plight of kidnapped sailors...folding cleats for clumsy foredeck hands...and much more...

11 Feb 2010                                         If you have trouble reading this email CLICK HERE           To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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America's Cup - they've changed it to a sailing event?

...but these are sailing boats - where are the lawyers?  .
I'm confused.

There's something quite odd going on in the competitive sailing world – the America's Cup is using yachts, yes they're actually in the water and moving. I thought that the America's Cup was a legal challenge. You just can't depend on people to be consistent these days.

In the non-competitive sailing world, however, there's much excitement going on, and we bring it all to you below. Slot registration for our 'Around Australia Rally', have reached 250 participants a full thirteen months ahead of the departure date. Up in the Atlantic as well, the organisers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers are super-excited because their reservations have reached 150 nine months ahead of departure. The numbers are extraordinary, and demonstrate – apart from good early promotion and alluring ideas – the growing popularity of rallies in general.

I couldn't help commenting on the growing maturity of our 16-year-old Queenslander Jessica Watson as she drives her boat north in the Atlantic away from systems in the south. Over off the coast of Mexico, her opposite number, Californian Abby Sunderland, has left Mexico to re-start her aborted circumnavigation, and is heading for the Horn.

There are many more articles of interest – Mariner Boating's Maggie Joyce has written and engaging article on cruising in the Anndaman Sea; Some volunteer coast guards earned their keep saving a poor sailor who set off for Noumea but sank dramatically off Moreton Island; a profile of a European Yacht of the Year may give new catamaran purchasers some new ideas; a new site for women cruisers should prove popular; there's good news for clumsy-footed foredeck hands; and the sad sad story of kidnapped sailors Rachel and Paul Chandler goes on, and on, and on...

Browse your way down the headlines, have a good week, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Romance your Valentine at Docklands, Melbourne
AAP/Greg Shoemark,
Not only can boaties luxuriate aboard their own boat, but there are still berths available for the Valentine's Day weekend for just $35 a night... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year (multihull) - the Outremer 49
Sail-World Cruising,
In the multihull section of the European Yacht of the Year, just announced at Boot, the annual Dusseldorf Boat Show, the Outremer 49 outperformed all other finalists - the Catana 41, the Dragonfly 28, the Lagoon 400 and the Lipari 41. At least that was the combined opinion of the 11 sailing journalist judges, who sailed in all the yachts to come up with their judgement. So what is she like?... [more]
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This Week's Product:Folding Cleats - for clumsy footed foredeck hands
Des Ryan,
It's the tropics. It's hot, humid. Running around the foredeck I want to be running barefoot. But when I do, all the sharp edges seem to aim directly for my feet. So I end up sailing with my mouth constantly 'O' shaped, and emitting a series of silent screams. That's when folding cleats seem the best idea in the world, so this week's 'Product of the Week' is Accon Marine's Folding Cleats.... [more]
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Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally Entries Tops 250!
Bob Williams,
Another major milestone reached in what is being hailed as Australia's ‘Tour de France' on the water. The ‘2011 Around Australia Ocean Race' and ‘2011-12 Around Australia Ocean Rally' events announces that less than eight months after launching and nine months before Rally entries, and 13 months before Race entries close, collective slot reservations have now topped 250.... [more]
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America's Cup: Streaming on - Previews, Live + Reviews
Richard Gladwell.,
Watch Live Streaming from Valencia via the BMW ORACLE Racing Race Day video player here on Coverage starts at 0810hrs Valencia time, with Martin Tasker and Peter Lester hosting the BMW ORACLE Racing dock out. Live coverage from the team then continues throughout the sailing day here on [more]
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Marine Rescue chief calls on skippers for greater boating safety care
Ken McManus,
A tragic run of drownings in recent boating accidents has prompted Glenn Finniss, Acting Commissioner of Marine Rescue NSW, to call on skippers to take greater care when boating.... [more]
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Feedback invited on Special Regulations Audit Forms
Yachting Australia,
Yachting Australia is seeking feedback on the draft Yachting Australia Special Regulations Audit Forms which are designed to be used to perform equipment inspections on yachts and off the beach boats... [more]
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All at Sea in the Andaman
Maggie Joyce,
The Southern end of the Andaman Sea between Phuket and Malaysian Langkawi offers warm safe water, spectacular scenery, fiery cuisine, friendly folks and some great sailing.... [more]
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Sail to Noumea ends in sinking off Moreton Island
Sail-World Cruising,
It was a rueful sailor who was returned to Brisbane by the volunteer Coastguard after his sailing boat sank off the coast of Moreton Island on a trip that had been planned to end in Noumea.... [more]
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Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC):150 entries and still 9 months to go
Jeremy Wyatt,
It's still nine months from departure date, and Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2010 registrations are flying along as World Cruising Club signs up the 150th entry.... [more]
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Medical Management for Mariners - a vital course for a longer voyage
Sail-World Cruising,
This is a course of vital importance for those who sail longer voyages. TWO PLACES are now available in the next course in Medical Management for Mariners, offered by Cruising Yacht Club (CYCA) and St Vincent's Hospital on 16th February, for those who already hold a basic first aid course. Why is this course so vital? - read on...... [more]
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Teen sailor update: Our Jessica matures...Abby back at sea
Nancy Knudsen,
There are many signs that Sunshine Coast teenager Jessica Watson is maturing as a cruising sailor as she approaches the 13,000th nautical mile of her circumnavigation, while Californian Abby Sunderland is still stuck in Cabo san Lucas before restarting her own attempt at a solo circumnavigation.... [more]
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GME Bonus Offer - Catch yourself a great Shimano deal
Matthew Heap,
GME and Shimano have joined together to offer a great bonus. Purchase a GME GP450X marine GPS plotter during the months of February and March 2010, and via redemption you will receive a Shimano fishing pack that includes a Shimano Gold Series Graphite fishing rod, a Shimano Sienna Reel and an Enviro Man Bag Valued at $129.00.... [more]
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Danes free ship, Somali Government appeals for release of sailors
Sail-World Cruising,
As Danish Special Forces stormed a hijacked ship and released the crew, a member of the Somali Government has appealed to pirates to free the British crew of a yacht now held for more than three months. He made the appeal during a press conference at the Presidential Palace.... [more]
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Local Sailing News from Sail-World on Twitter
Brendan Maxwell,, the largest online marine news network in the world is now delivering regional news on Twitter. Publisher Rob Kothe said today ‘Now sailors can get an exciting mix of Sail-World local news and major international news via local Twitter feeds, rather than getting more sailing news than they can possible handle via a one size fits all world news channel.'... [more]
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Australian east coast passage planner - don't leave home without it
Des Ryan,
Part of the challenge for the recreational cruising sailor is the amount of necessary research to undertake a passage, whether it be a day sail or a six month sojourn. The new version of 'Rob's Passage Planner' is now out for the east coast of Australia, with many upgrades over the previous version... [more]
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A Passion for cruising - a site for women cruising sailors
Lisa Mylchreest,
While there are some wonderful women cruisers out there sailing solo, sometimes dragging reluctant husbands, collecting crew as they go or taking friends as crew, the vast majority of women cruising follow their partner's dream, either gladly or tentatively. Now there's a web site that is devoted to the special angles that interest the women who have become, or are becoming, cruising sailors.... [more]
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Lifeboat crew honoured - full story of dramatic rescue off Scotland
Sail-World Cruising,
Once again at Sail-World we're delighted to announce that the members of a lifeboat crew, so often the neglected heroes of near-death escapes by seafarers, are to be honoured for their actions in coming to the rescue of the crew of a yacht in October last year.... [more]
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No, MINE's bigger - Emocean
Luxist/Sail-World Cruising,
Roman Abramovich's oceanic supremacy with his recently launched Eclipse may be short lived once the design for a 656ft gigayacht by Belgium based Emocean Yacht Design becomes a reality... [more]
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Whitsunday warning as disaster hits six yachts
Whitsunday Times/Sail-World,
After a disastrous weekend when six yachts were lost and four written off during bad weather, Whitsunday Sailing Club Commodore Kevin Fogarty has encouraged boat owners to move their boats to Shute Harbour in stormy weather conditions... [more]
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Plastiki: David Rothschild's dream becoming a reality - slowly
Nancy Knudsen,
She's finally afloat and test sailing. For well over a year now Sail-World has been reporting the progress of the construction of a very strange vessel at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. The appropriately named Plastiki, made of 12,000 reclaimed plastic soda bottles, was originally meant to cross the Pacific a year ago but the project proved more difficult than originally thought... [more]
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New theory could help save biodiversity
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Australian scientists have announced a major new finding that helps explain how natural systems like coral reefs and forests maintain the richness of their mix of species. The research also may help to explain why, in habitats fragmented by human activity, the loss of species can be especially high – despite our best attempts at conservation.... [more]
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