Questions after tallship sinking...solo 16-year-olds going well...Tasmania circumnavigation rally at CYC...Darwin to Dili Rally on again...Geelong Wooden Boat Festival...Sanctuary Cove Boat Show... and much more...

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Tall ship sinking - the question that will linger...

Concordia - so many questions, but only one has wider ramifications  West Island College Class Afloat
QUESTIONS about the sinking of the Concordia, the floating classroom tallship that sank in waters off Brazil this week – but with all 64 on board rescued safely - will go on for a long time.

There will be questions about the microburst explanation by the Captain, questions about why the rescue was so delayed, and questions about the safety gear and processes aboard the sailing vessel.

However, the question that will have the most ramifications into the future will be the question of the righting moment of tall ships in general, both here in Australia and internationally. The righting moment of a yacht – its stability under pressure from wind - is already high on the priority list for the organisers of yacht races.

In the days when tall ships commanded the seas they were most often used for cargo, and their stability aided by the weight of the cargo. Many tall ships were lost with all hands and no-one to tell the tale, and it wasn't always because they hit rocks. The sinking of the German tallship Pamir back in 1957 caused some serious thinking about stability, but the Pamir, whose cargo shifted, was overwhelmed in a hurricane, not merely rough weather.

I anticipate that we will be hearing for a long time about the sinking of the Concordia, but the fact that there was no loss of life this week is to be celebrated for all its reasons.

There's a wonderful smorgasbord of news and articles again – Jessica Watson and her Californian counterpart Abby Sunderland are sailing well and ticking off their milestones; Glenn Finness from Marine NSW pleads for the wearing of life jackets after five lucky men were rescued off Port Stephens; there are a couple of good products introduced; the Darwin to Dili Rally has been reborn; and we report on an online competition that might win you some chandlery goods.

And there's much much more too, so browse down the headlines to find the subjects that interest you.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Microburst blamed for sinking of tall ship Concordia, all 64 rescued
Sail-World Cruising,
48 students and the 16 professional crew and teachers from the Concordia, which sank 300 miles off the coast of Brazil, have been rescued successfully. The story of their rescue might be worthy of a scene in a novel, but it's also a good example of well-trained sailors.... [more]
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A rally reborn, and open now: Darwin to Dili Rally
Nancy Knudsen,
A rally that was begun as an annual rally in 1973, found instant success for both international circumnavigators and local boats, then disappeared a couple of years later when political upheaval overtook the region, is about to be reborn. Timor Leste is about to reintroduce the Darwin to Dili Rally, to coincide with the flood of yachts that depart Darwin around July bound for South East Asia.... [more]
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Van Dieman's Land Circumnavigation at the Cruising Yacht Club
David Champtaloup,
On Tuesday, 2 March at 6.30 pm, the Van Dieman's Land Circumnavigation will be the subject of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's (CYCA) first Information Night for the year to be held in the Freya Room at the Club.... [more]
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Jessica Watson at Cape Agulhas, Abby Sunderland over the equator
Nancy Knudsen,
Latest Photos from the ocean: Teen solo sailors Jessica Watson and Abby Sunderland have each reached a milestone in their voyages this week. Jessica has reached the most southerly point of Africa, Cape Agulhas, and is crossing into the Indian Ocean. Abby has crossed into the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show launches
Jeni Bone,
If you're a boat show junkie, or even if you're not, you might pencil May 20-23 into your diary, as the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is promising to be a lulu..... [more]
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Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong will be quite an eye-opener
Bob Appleton,
What an eye-opener there'll be at Geelong's display of well-loved wooden boats on the sixth, & seventh, March 2010! Tall ships, small ships, sail boats, motor boats, steam boats, sail craft, paddle craft, old winners, many grinners! History galore in boats that were built in 1873, 1897 and the early 1900's. Plus recently built boats, in the styles of days gone by and with the skills to match.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Yacht Sentinel (Don't let this happen to you!)
Sail-World Cruising,
Our boats are commonly the second largest investment we make after our house. Yet many of us rely on good fortune, rather than good planning, for our prized possession to stay anchored and above water. It could sink, it could be robbed, it could be stolen - but not with a Yacht Sentinel.... [more]
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Lucky rescue for Five without lifejackets in capsize
Ken McManus - Marine Rescue,
Yet another lucky escape was experienced by five men whose 6m boat capsized on Monday night near Broughton Island off Port Stephens on the NSW Hunter Coast. Once again this highlights the critical need to wear lifejackets at sea. Monday's incident occurred at around 5:30pm and the men stayed with the upturned boat for about an hour........ [more]
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Variety Splash - Setting sail for Children
Renee Greaves,
Variety Splash is similar in style to the infamous Variety Bash involving roads and cars but instead is about water and boats! The charity event aims to have fun on the water through social and fun filled activities whilst raising much needed funds for Variety – The Children's Charity.... [more]
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Marine reserves mend food chains, link by link
Conservation managers need to take a long-term view when assessing the value of marine protected areas, according to a paper in today's Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.... [more]
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NATO Commander warns off seafarers from the Gulf of Aden
Sail-World Cruising,
Yachts are advised not to enter the Gulf of Aden at all, but Admiral Sir Trevor Soar has warned the maritime world against 'complacency' because of the reduction in the number of successful pirate attacks... [more]
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America's Cup - a waste of time, or will I benefit?
Sail-World/Aaron Kuriloff,
Was the America's Cup a waste of time? Years of wrangling and then just two races? Were you 'over it' by the time od the tenth court visit? Aaron Kuriloff suggests that cruising sailors might benefit in the future from the extravagances of the lead up to the race:... [more]
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Product of the Week: Ultra Solar,green antifouling without shore power
Tina Mansell/Sail-World Cruising,
Maybe you already know about ultrasonic antifouling. For the health of the water where you sail, you'd like to use ultrasonic antifouling. However, you're not in a marina and can't connect to shore power. Now Ultrasonic Antifouling has the answer. 'But anyway,' you might be saying if you haven't encountered it, 'what is ultrasonic antifouling, how does it work and why should I use it?'... [more]
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'The Great Loop' - 7,500 miles cruising and not one sail
Lisa Mylchreest,
It's usually not a voyage by sail but the camaraderie is the same. It's not a rally, but there's lots of help from fellow cruisers. It's called a circumnavigation but it doesn't encircle anything. It's a journey that covers up to 7,500 miles of water, yet it's reputed to be the safest voyage in the world. It's called 'The Great Loop'.... [more]
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Enter the online competition now
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer.... [more]
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BoatU.S. EPIRB rental great for USA boaters - and getting better
Sail-World Cruising,
A rental program for EPIRB's from the Boat Owner's Association of the USA has been benefiting American boaters to the tune of 62 lives saved over the last 14 years. Now the system, which could well be copied by other sailing nations of the world, is getting better, with GPS enabled models.... [more]
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Another pirate attack in Venezuelan waters
Des Ryan,
Cruising sailors are attempting to spread the word on pirate attacks in Venezuelan waters, and complain that the Yacht Services Association of Trinidad and Tobago are not communicating with cruisers about the security situation. A piracy attack on SV Triton that is only now coming to light was reported by cruising sailor Dennis Pelletier on SV Sweet Dreams:... [more]
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Spirit in Mystery: The final Australian leg
Neil Patchett,
The replica Cornish fishing lugger Spirit of Mystery sets sail on Sunday morning (approx 0700hrs, 21 February 2010) on the last leg of its stay in Australia. Spirit of Mystery will sail southward from Sydney on a short offshore run to Port Kembla where it will be readied for ship transport back to England.... [more]
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2010 Ports of the World - out now
Sail-World Cruising,
As a cruising sailor, you'll already know the importance of accurate, up-to-date information. But if you are going further afield than your local cruising ground, a well-found yacht library is a great boon. For instance, cruising and marina guides are one thing, but do you know where to find key contact details for the world's commercial port facilities and services?... [more]
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Ady Gil's Bethune boarding of Shonan Maru 2 not illegal at law
The whalers decried the boarding as illegal. However, Donald Rothwell, a professor of international and maritime law at the Australian National University, said Bethune's boarding was not illegal under international law unless he planned to do harm to the crew or imperil the safety of the Shonan Maru 2. Merely making a demand or presenting a letter and a bill did not constitute terrorism or piracy... [more]
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Vicsail - Beneteau NSW can offer the First 35 with new Teak Interior
Lucy Hogan,
First 35: for the pure pleasure of high - performance cruising. Vicsail - Beneteau NSW can offer the First 35 with new Teak Interior for $239,000 AUD... [more]
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Glowfast Cruising Series – Just as bright, half the price
Brita Fowler,
At Glowfast we're always working on making our products better, brighter, more durable and of course more cost effective which is why we're thrilled to announce the release of Glowfast Luminous Draft Stripes – Cruising Series. The Cruising Series will be a permanent addition to our range offering the same high quality glow for half the price of the original.... [more]
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Burke Marine's new EVO Thermal Skins...Warmth, Protection and Comfort
Colin Burgess,
Burke Marine have geared up for the colder months ahead by releasing their EVO Thermal Skin garments.... [more]
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