Abby's disappointment,Jessica charges on...the amazing quad sailor circumnavigating Australia...your yacht insurance, myths fossil-free yacht...Gin's Tonic...inspiring Southern Yacht Club...and much more...

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 29 Apr 2010

A week of inspiration, disappointment, achievement...

She came from country NSW, brought up a family in Hong Kong - then took her dog and a cat to sail the world - Gin's Tonic  .
As Jessica Watson nears the end of her sail around the world and a tumultuous welcome in Sydney, and her opposite number Californian Abby Sunderland is heading for Cape Town to have her autopilot repaired, thus ending her 'non-stop and unassisted' quest, there are two other Australian circumnavigators out there right now to read about.

First, the amazing Jamie Dunross, the quad sailor right now heading for Sydney after a successful trip from Western Australia. He has ambitions to sail around the world and is 'merely' using a circumnavigation of Australia as practice. From the Whitsundays, read about Ian Thompson who is just about depart to challenge the record for the fastest circumnavigation of Australia. Unlike the teen sailors, this will be a real record, and will be ratified by the World Speed Sailing Record Council. He's also out to challenge all Australians who use plastic bags!

Feel like getting involved in a yachting celebration with a difference? The Australian Wooden Boat Festival are looking for volunteers. Worried about your boat insurance? read some healthy advice which would apply in any country from BoatUS, the USA's largest boat owning association.

The news from the oceans of the world is as fascinating as ever and it's a week full of inspiring stories. One is the account of how the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans has rebounded from Katrina, and another is contained in the book by Ginni MacRobert, from country New South Wales, who raised a family in Hong Kong and then set out with her dog and cat and occasional crew to circumnavigate the world.

Then there's the Vasco da Gama Rally which is resting and sailing along the coast of India. They've just completed their voyage from Turkey through the Red Sea, travelling through the Gulf of Aden about 10 miles from the Yemeni shore. Yacht Ketoro tells of their sailing from Chagos to the Maldives, and Pat Goldstiver tells of her sailing to one of the most remote but famous islands of Polynesia – Pitcairn Island.

Much more too, so browse down the stories to see what interests you, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Abby Sunderland is sailing towards Cape Town, ending non-stop quest
Nancy Knudsen,
16-year-old Californian sailor Abby Sunderland is heading for Cape Town for repairs to her auto-pilot, thus ending her quest to complete a non-stop unassisted circumnavigation.... [more]
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Gin's Tonic: Ocean Voyage, Inner Journey
Nancy Knudsen,
She was just a little girl when she began to dream, and it took decades to come to fruition. Ginni McRobert grew up, married, moved to Hong Kong, raised a family. But she never forgot. And one day she took Henry the Dog, Coco the Cat and sailed away solo to circumnavigate the world. 'Gin's Tonic: Ocean Voyage, Inner Journey' is the real story of her voyage with various crew members.... [more]
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Another knock-down for Jessica Watson
Sail-World Cruising,
Jessica Watson, on the home stretch of her non-stop unassisted circumnavigation, has had another knock-down as the first of several forecast systems pass. Jessica is roughly in line with Ceduna in South Australia and heading to round the most southerly tip of Tasmania. A Customs aircraft flew over just after the knock-down. What did they say? 'Don't forget to check-in on arrival Ms Watson.'... [more]
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Ian Thomson starts Sunday for fastest circumnavigation of Australia
SOS Media,
As one Australian finishes her round the world journey, another Aussie is about to depart to break a record. Jessica Watson is due home in the early stages of May, but Ian Thomson is about to begin his circumnavigation of Australia, setting out to be the fastest ever. The departure is most likely to be this Sunday 2nd May at 10am from the Whitsunday Sailing Club.... [more]
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Quad sailor circumnavigating Australia.
Nancy Knudsen,
'I've been flying up the coast in 20 knot following winds, with sunshine on my face, and managing 6-7 knot speeds. In short, great sailing.' Sound familiar? - any solo sailor in love with the ocean. But there's just one difference. Jamie Dunross is a C5 quadriplegic solo circumnavigating Australia. He is scheduled to arrive Sydney on Thursday or Friday of this week.... [more]
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Massive Southern Ocean current discovered
A deep ocean current with a volume equivalent to 40 Amazon Rivers has been discovered by Japanese and Australian scientists near the Kerguelen plateau, in the Indian Ocean sector of the Southern Ocean, 4,200 kilometres south-west of Perth.... [more]
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Yacht designers prepare for fossil-fuel-free future
Des Ryan,
While politicians wrangle about global warming and the lobbies on both sides of the Green fence battle for the world's attention in competing and contradictory science, yacht designers at many levels and of many flags are quietly preparing for a world without fossil fuel. Here's another - this time for the superyachties.... [more]
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Sailing with Ketoro: Chagos through the Maldives
Irene and Rolf Fricke,
Irene and Rolf Fricke are sailing the Indian Ocean on their catamaran Ketoro. Here is their tale of the leg from Chagos Archipelago and through the Maldives to the capital of Male. The grib files predicted light S/SW winds, so we saw in our heads gentle sailing under our beautiful code zero, a 'crossing the line' ceremony with swimming in the sea and then smooth passage north... [more]
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Your yacht insurance - two myths debunked
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
You can become a more informed consumer of yacht insurance and choose the right policy for your boat if you don't believe some of the myths. Here are two myths debunked by BoatUS, and the advice will apply no matter in which country you sail... [more]
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Hobart's Wooden Boat Festival - volunteer now, there's 40 weeks to go
Lisa Mylchreest,
Hobart's Australian Wooden Boat Festival has blossomed into a top maritime event. The Festival celebrates the strong maritime links Australia has with the sea, its early history and its current expertise in boat building. Staged on historic Sullivan's Cove waterfront docks, the scene is alive with maritime activity.... [more]
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A Pitcairn sailing adventure in 2010
Pat Goldstiver,
It all started with a lady falling into a ditch. Her name is Chrissie and she is the partner of Paul who owns an elderly ketch called “Southern Cross” and the ditch she fell in just happened to be in Rikitea, the only town on Mangareva Island, the main island in the French Polynesian group called Gambier Islands, which are about as far away from Tahiti as you can get... [more]
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Nautical Knowledge – What every boater needs to know to keep safe
Jim Murrant,
The knowledge every boater needs, whether cruising or racing, offshore or inshore.... [more]
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Melbourne to Vanuatu - Wishing Well
John Curnow,
Yes. She certainly is a human Trevi Fountain. Sue Clinnick and her daughters, Kate and Lauren, have amassed a sizeable little collection to go in the container for the Vanuatu Humanitarian Aid project. Her husband, Greg, drives the Sydney 38, Audacious, who are the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria's current Happiest Crew on the Water holders.... [more]
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Yachting NSW Winter Training
Daniel Williams,
It's that time of year and the majority of sailors are hanging up their harnesses, putting away their summer fun sailing gear and for the lucky ones putting a cover over their much loved sailing boat for the cold months.... [more]
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India welcomes first marina
Ocean Blue/Sail-World Cruising,
The good news for cruising and circumnavigating yachts is that India has finally finished her first marina - 37 berths in Kochi in the rich south western coastal state of Kerala. The bad news is that because of the piracy in the waters off Somalia not many sailors these days are heading to or from the Red Sea.... [more]
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Haydyn Johns takes the halyards at Southport Yacht Club
Bob Wonders,
Southport Yacht Club CEO enjoys a 'new lease on life.' Johns officially joined the club on March 29; still a home owner in Brisbane, he was commuting initially, but has now rented an apartment only a short walk form the club and will look at buying a property in the next few months.... [more]
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New York, New York: A sailing summer for Manhattan
Lisa Mylchreest,
New York, New York. You think of Manhattan - forests of buildings, great restaurants, Statue of Liberty, amazing nightlife, Broadway, off-Broadway, the UN, the 24/7 buzz of the snazziest city in the world - you don't think much about sailing...but something HUGE is happening a the Manhattan Sailing School this summer.... [more]
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Catamaran Cruising Podcast - Cyclonic Sailing to Lord Howe Island

In episode 8 of the Catamaran Cruising Podcast, there is an exciting tale of high seas and adventure, as we interview Ron Bickerstaff, part owner of a Syndicated Seawind 1000 'Dejavue'. Ron, along with fellow owner Keith Lawrence recently Sydney to world heritage listed Lord Howe Island. Several days in they ran into cyclonic conditions.... [more]
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Vasco da Gama Rally reaches India
Lisa Mylchreest,
The latest Vasco Da Gama Rally has left Mumbai on its way to Goa and Cochin after another successful journey from the Mediterranean through the Red Sea from Turkey.... [more]
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