Aussie family shipwrecked, stranded on remote island...Birkenhead Seawind Sailing of Addiction on the bar in Apollo Bay...quad sailor to circumnavigate Australia... DinghyRack Product of the Week...and much more...

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Pictures tell the stories...

It came down in an ocean near you  Peter Idoine
A picture tells a story better than any other. This week see the photos of the grounding of Addiction in Apollo Bay, and see actual photos caught in the Tasman Sea of a satellite plunging into the ocean ('I'm glad I wasn't sailing under THAT one!')

If you're anywhere near Sydney and interested in catamarans, you won't want to miss the first ever Seawind Sailing Show at Birkenhead Point this weekend. Seawind have been winning accolades both overseas and here in Australia for years now, so they must be doing something right!

As it often nauseates me when I hear tell of the amount of fuel that some motor yachts use, I was delighted by a new super solar yacht - harbinger of a good solar future for yachting.

While talking Green, you may want to think seriously about two amazingly simple and inexpensive small Green inventions by an astro- geo-physicist in his spare time that you can adopt if you're handy – an outboard motor that runs by solar power, and Do-It-Yourself-on-a-Budget solar navigation lights for the bow. Continuing the theme of good inventions, this issue's Product of the Week is the clever DinghyRack to keep your dinghy secure on the bow in any weather.

The sailing adventurers are out and active – read about the West Australian family that was shipwrecked on a remote island, but are determined to stay there and rebuild their catamaran. Following in the footsteps of Britain's Hilary Lister and Geoff Holt, Australia's quadriplegic sailor Jamie Dunross, also from West Australia, has just set out to circumnavigate Australia – but he has his sights set on the world!

Reports back from Haiti say that the world's sailors are doing a wonderful job of donating old sails and rope to make tents – and there's still time for you to join them if you have any old sails.

Finally, first the Seychelles and now Holland are leading the war against pirates – read about the recent dramatic rescue. However, don't be encouraged yet that the western Indian Ocean is anywhere near safe enough for the prudent yachtie.

Read on, enjoy, and...

...Sweet Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Sheltering yacht runs aground in Apollo Bay - new pictures
The yacht Addiction, from the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, ran aground on Easter Sunday morning in the narrow entrance to Victoria's Apollo Bay harbour and washed into shallow water, and we bring you the pictures.... [more]
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The first Seawind Sailing Show at Birkenhead this weekend
Brent Vaughan,
Seawind Catamarans are excited to be hosting the very first Seawind Sailing Show at Birkenhead Point Marina, Drummoyne, Sydney on Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 April from 10am -3pm.... [more]
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Dutch Commandos drop from the sky to storm pirates
Sail-World Cruising,
The Seychelles was showing the world how to deal with pirates last week, this week it's the Dutch. Armed Dutch commandos have abseiled from a helicopter onto the deck of a German cargo ship to attack and arrest Somali pirates and free the crew... [more]
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Run your outboard from your solar panels? Yes, you can!
Nancy Knudsen,
Around the world innovative thinkers are trying to solve the world's greenhouse emissions problems. Not all of them are using mega-dollars, and here we bring you an amateur video of Canadian astro- and geo-physics and oceanographic design engineer Jim Harrington. Jim, in his spare time, has invented an outboard engine which will run from your solar panels... [more]
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Swiss Family Robinson - no it's Barrie and they're Australian
Sail-World Cruising,
...but they are shipwrecked on one of the most isolated islands in the world, and it's not as romantic as the original. Jennie and Andrew Barrie and their two children Diana, 12, and Shannon, 10, were on an idyllic two year family cruise last month when hit by an unexpected typhoon and, after their anchors gave way, they were washed onto the shore of Mog Mog Atoll in Micronesia.... [more]
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The quads excel: Hilary Lister, Geoff Holt, now there's Jamie Dunross
Nancy Knudsen,
While teenaged sailors are surprising all and frightening many with their spirit of adventure, disabled sailors are also inspiring the sailing world with their AAAbility. Quadriplegic Geoff Holt has just sailed solo across the Atlantic, brave quad Hilary Lister has circumnavigated Britain, and now there's an Antipodean quad, Jamie Dunross, who has just begun circumnavigating Australia solo.... [more]
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Ten Lies that old yachties tell their spouses - and themselves...
Sail-World Cruising,
There's nothing like a good belly laugh early in the morning, and I have to share with you SAIL Magazine's TEN LIES that old yachties tell their spouses - and themselves:... [more]
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Hope for the future with mighty solar yacht
Sail-World Cruising/the Guardian.,
Everything begins with a dream, and the world's largest ever solar yacht is no different. Called Turanor, which is borrowed from Tolkien's famed 'Lord of the Rings' and means 'power of the sun', the yacht's goal is to circumnavigate the world in - no not 80, like Phileas Fogg, maybe that'll be the next dream - but in 160 days..... [more]
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Cities of Sails are reaching for Haiti
Lynn Fitzpatrick/Sail-World Cruising,
The call for sails for tent making to the world's sailors has resulted in the many tons of sails arriving in Miami ready for shipment to Haiti devastated by earthquake on 12th January. Since the first shipment went to the needy people of Haiti, sails from around the world, including Australia, have been donated out of the sails lockers of generous leisure sailors - and more are needed.... [more]
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Yachting Australia - a move for more Safety and Sea Survival Courses
Craid Heydon,
Yachting Australia is creating a new group of home-grown Safety and Sea Survival Course Instructors, the first time in a number of years that such a course has been held in the country. The new course is a major development for instructor training in Australia and those who take part will play a vital role in delivering training to save lives.... [more]
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National Oil Spill response activated on Great Barrier Reef
QLD Gov - Minister Anna Bligh,
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today said the State and Federal governments were working together to assess how best to salvage the Shen Neng 1 and limit further oil seepage into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.... [more]
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DIY Solar LED Navigation Lights
Jim Harrington/Sail-World Cruising,
A sailor and inventor who just eighteen months ago won a prestigious Premier's Award from Loyalist College in Ontario Canada for his work in inventing a hydrogen assisted sailing boat, has come up with an idea for a set of do-it-yourself navigation lights for the bow..... [more]
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Product of the Week: DinghyRack
Andy Gleick/Sail-World Cruising,
Lifting your dinghy on and off the deck can eventually result in damage to the surface. Sometimes in a hard blow, no matter how good your lashing, a dinghy secured to an uneven slippery surface can move or become loose, requiring an unwelcome extra trip onto the foredeck to re-secure it. The inexpensive DinghyRack has the potential to solve both of these problems.... [more]
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Scientists warn 'Evil twin' threatens world's oceans
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The rise in human emissions of carbon dioxide is driving fundamental and dangerous changes in the chemistry and ecosystems of the world's oceans, international marine scientists warned... [more]
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Fore!! Dramatic images of satellite plunging into the Tasman Sea?
Peter Idoine,
Photographer Peter Idoine, took these images around 1930hrs this evening NZT of what is believed to be a satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and plunging into the Tasman Sea, an estimated 75kms off the coast. These images were shot from Auckland's Piha coast at a point about 150metres above sea level. The disintegration was observed over an eight minute period right on dusk... [more]
Share this story - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell,,
Whether its information about yachts, catamarans or dinghies, or tales of your adventures on the water, there is always a story waiting to be told. Sail-World is happy to receive your articles - be it profiles of people and boats, techniques, safety or seamanship. Read on for the guidelines for submitting an article, including commercial articles - if the information is of value to our readers... [more]
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Swan tests the water in India
Jeni Bone,
Ferragamo may be among the myriad of luxury brands making a splash in affluent and avaricious circles in India, but a new product line from the Italian fashion group is about to launch in India, luxury yachts under the brand Swan.... [more]
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Jean-Louis Etienne lifts off on First Pole Crossing by Balloon
Mer Media,
Sailor Jean-Louis Etienne took off at 06.10 this morning from Longyearbyen, in Spitsbergen aboard Generali Arctic Observer, to carry out the first crossing of the North Pole by balloon. This flight represents the third part of his Arctic trilogy, which began on foot, then by boat, before he took to the air today. With the support of Zinedine Zidane, the expedition's godfather, Jean-Louis Etienne t... [more]
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The sinking of Concordia: 'It WAS a microburst,' says expert
Canadian Press/Sail-World Cruising,
A U.S. meteorologist who studies rare weather phenomena says he is now convinced a Canadian-based 'sailing school' was hit by an intense blast of air moments before it sank off the Brazilian coast. The crew and students who were sailing on the tall ship Concordia on February 17th this year as part of their studies, were rescued 40 hours after taking to life rafts as the ship sank... [more]
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Pest fish is still a threat in Northern NSW
NSW Dept I & I,
A popular aquarium fish on the loose in northern NSW, continues to put native fish populations at risk, Melissa Walker, Industry & Investment (I&I) NSW Acting Manager Aquatic Biosecurity and Risk Management, said today.... [more]
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