Australian missing on training yacht...20 cruising sailors survive the Gulf of Aden...why boaters need towing...circumnavigating Australia with a mission...Najad scoops the pool... and much more...

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Cruising sailors brave the Gulf of Aden

Scene in the Port of Aden - taken by a recently arrived cruising sailor  .
The good news this week is of a convoy of 20 cruising yachts including some Australians that have, undeterred by the advice to stay clear of the pirate waters off Somalia, successfully sailed the Gulf of Aden to arrive into Aden in Yemen. The yachts are headed for the Red Sea and then the Mediterranean.

Sailing solo can be one of life's great experiences, but the lack of another person on board makes the enterprise more challenging when it comes to safety – there's no-one to see you fall overboard, no-one to assist if you injure yourself.

While our hardy 16-year-olds Jessica Watson and her American counterpart Abby Sunderland are both doing well in their non-stop solo circumnavigation attempts, and have undoubtedly been grilled in safety measures by the clutch of advisors who surround them both, others are not so fortunate. Two South African solo sailors have struck trouble this week, one drowned off Cape Town when he fell overboard without a life jacket, and there's a wide search out for the other who is well overdue off the east coast of New Zealand.

It's a news magazine bulging with news for the cruising sailor again, – some top tips for cleaning your boat (maybe you know most of them...), the top five reasons why boaters need a tow (make sure it's not you...) as well as tales of the adventure sailors of the world.

At last there's a solution about what to do with your out-dated flares in New South Wales, thanks to NSW Maritime; and talking of that embryonic body, two more VRA rescue units have become full NSW Maritime units.

Finally, if you are a yacht owner or a sailor and have some time to spare, OceansWatch needs you to go sailing and whale watching around the Polynesian island of Niue in the South Pacific. What an opportunity!

There's much more in this issue too, so browse through the headlines to see what interests you.

Sweet Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Australian circumnavigation attempt - the two day adventure
Craig Warhurst, Gympie Times/Sail-World Cruising,
A voyage which was to be one of the great adventures of a life time ended just two days after it started this week, in spite of valiant efforts by the Tin Can Bay Coast Guard.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Chief commends NSW new disposal system of old flares
Ken McManus,
'With this initiative the NSW Government has provided a really constructive solution to a problem that has affected the boating community for years,' said Acting Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW.... [more]
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Enter online competition now!!! LAST HOURS!
Media Services,
Melbourne base online Chandlery is providing a wide range of marine industry products for online buyer. Its online competition closes today, Wednesday 17th 2010 at midnight (AEST) - Enter NOW!!... [more]
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9th Century sailing ship reaches India from Oman
Sail-World Cruising,
The replica ninth century ‘Jewel of Muscat' square rigged sailing ship has completed the first leg on its way from Oman to Singapore, triumphantly arriving into the Indian port of Kochi to a great welcome..... [more]
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South African sailor missing off New Zealand
Sail-World Roundup,
Mystery surrounds the search for a sailor missing off East Cape on the North Island of New Zealand. Solo sailor Paul Van Rensburg has not been sighted since leaving Tauranga in his 11 metre yacht Tafadzwa heading for Gisborne last Friday 12th March. He is well overdue as the trip normally takes 32 - 36 hours, but none of his emergency apparatus has been set off.... [more]
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Australian missing on SS Columbia
Nancy Knudsen,
The British-flagged yacht SS Columbia, which Sail-World reported on last week as missing off the Chilean coastline (See Sail-World story below, published last Sunday), is now confirmed to have an Australian trainee sailor on board.l... [more]
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Cruising sailors successfully brave the Gulf of Aden
Sail-World Cruising,
In spite of all the warnings against transiting the Gulf of Aden, a convoy of 20 boats has just sailed into Aden after transiting the pirate riddled Gulf, arriving into the Yemeni port on 11th March.... [more]
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Raymarine delivers the best of both - with Hybrid Touch screens
Brendan Maxwell,
Touch screen technology is everywhere for many of us with the iPhone, soon the iPad and on laptop screens and now its moving into the marine world. On big flybridge boats there are few issues but when you want to use a sophisticated touch screen system on open decks on fishing boats or yachts, it's a real world challenge.... [more]
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Maryborough sailor awarded Cruising Club of America's Blue Water Medal
Dana Paxton, Media Pro Int'l,
Last week when the Cruising Club of America(CCA) presented its annual awards at a dinner held in New York, a former Maryborough boat builder was one of the recipients. Trevor Robertson and his wife Annie Hill, received the prestigious 2009 Blue Water Meda in recognition of 'a life of cruising and voyaging that best exemplifies the objects and goals of the CCA.'... [more]
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Are your flares out of date? New disposal system launched in NSW
Natalie Laharnar,
Expired flares can now be placed into special containers at NSW Maritime centres where they are stored for collection and transported to the Sterihealth facility at Silverwater, Sydney. The expired flares will then be destroyed at ultra-high temperature under strict environmental conditions.... [more]
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Two more former VRA units now aboard with Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus,
On Saturday 13 March, former VRA volunteer marine rescue units - Terrigal on the Central Coast and Tuross on the South Coast - began their first weekend as full units of Marine Rescue NSW.... [more]
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OceansWatch wants volunteer yachties for South Pacific whale project
Sail-World Cruising,
Are you longing for a sailing adventure and would love to be involved in a worthy cause? OceansWatch, the organisation of sailors who are dedicated to assisting scientific ocean research projects reach remote areas, is looking for enthusiastic yachties, skippers with yachts and those who wish to crew, wanting to participate in a whale research project in Niue between August and September 2010... [more]
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Seven top tips for cleaning your boat
Martin Flory.,
Here are seven top tips from Shurhold Industries to keep your boat cleaner, easier to keep clean and more valuable when you come to sell:... [more]
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Najad sailing boats scoop the pool in Swedish environmental awards
Nancy Knudsen,
If you are searching for a yacht that is environmentally the best, it seems that you may have to consider the Najad. The Swedish Yachting Association has selected the Najad 355 in the sailing boat category for the award Environmental Boat of the Year 2009, and the yacht has also received the award as Swedish Boating Association's Environmental Sailing Boat of the year.... [more]
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Two new schools vow to be guardians of the Reef
Collinsville State High School and St John Bosco Catholic School are also the first in Collinsville to sign up for the environmental education program Reef Guardian Schools.... [more]
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Solo Circumnavigators and the trouble they get into - Jeanne Socrates
Nancy Knudsen,
Jeanne Socrates, 60-something, and the female answer to Japan's eight-time-circumnavigator and 76-year-old Minoru Saito, has been forced to postpone her bid to sail solo around the world non-stop after being hit by engine problems. Jeanne is no stranger to disappointment, nor to triumph... [more]
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50 days around Australia with a message: Eliminate plastic bags!
Save Our Seas,
There's always another record to break, and Save Our Seas wants to make the world plastic-free. Put these two facts together, there's a winning project. Ian Thomson, Save Our Seas member, will set off in late April to break the world record for sailing non stop solo unassisted around Australia, to raise awareness of the damage that plastic bags do to our environment... [more]
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Swansea Channel - good for 2010 Heaven Can Wait 24 hour charity race
HCW Media,
A sustained dredging program of the Swansea Channel over the 2009-10 summer means that boats looking to participate in the 2010 Heaven Can Wait 24 hour charity yacht race on Lake Macquarie on the October long weekend (October 2-3) should have no problems coming up the coast and getting into the lake.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd to provide official technical clothing to F1 team
colin burgess,
Fresh from their successful partnership with Brawn GP, winners of the 2009 Formula One Constructors' and Drivers' Championships, Henri Lloyd have now applied their knowledge and experience to develop team clothing for the team in its new guise as Mercedes GP Petronas... [more]
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Mauri Pro Sailing – The global online chandlery
John Curnow,
Can't get the sailing gear you want at the local chandlery? Or too busy to get to the chandlery? Then why give Maurie Pro Sailing a try? This online international chandlery might be based in Dallas Texas, but they are anything but cowboys, and ship anywhere, worldwide, including Australia(see details at the end of the story), taking their mission very seriously.... [more]
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Top five reasons why boaters need a tow - and the rise of the battery
Sail-World Cruising,
The Boat Owners' Association of the United States (BoatU.S.) keep a great count of what they do. The result is statistics which tell a story that probably applies to the rest of the boating world. This time it's about why boaters - yachts and powerboats, need a tow. As many yachts cannot reach their mooring or dock without the help of their engine, yachts are well included in these numbers... [more]
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New West France Cruising Guide
Neville Featherstone, Wiley Nautical Almanac editor and cruising author, returns to West France to produce this revised and updated pilotage guide to one of Europe's most popular cruising areas.... [more]
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American solo sailor drowns after falling overboard off Cape Town
George Thomson, IOL/Sail-World Cruising,
A 36-year-old yachtsman who went sailing solo without a tether or a life jacket has been drowned in calm waters. Russell McKay went sailing from the False Bay Yacht Club in waters off Simon's Town near the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa on Saturday, but didn't return.... [more]
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Lloyd's Maritime Atlas - 25th Edition
Sail-World Cruising,
Cruising Guides do a magnificent job for the cruising sailor, but how can you get adequate and up-to-date information on the world's busy commercial ports. If you are to carry an atlas on your boat, why not carry one which gives you the kind of information you can use? - Lloyd's Maritime Atlas... [more]
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