Jessica waiting for Arrival Day...Oyster sunk, family saved...cruising sailor rescue islanders from hunger...Bob Fisher on Lies Damn Lies and PR, the shipyard and your insurance...Plastiki makes landfall...and much more...

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 13 May 2010

Waiting for Arrival Day

At least it's sunny out there  .. .
With only two days to go before still-sixteen-year-old Jessica Watson arrives - to a fan fare the like of which Sydney has never before given to an arriving sailor - one has to feel for the girl.

Why? Because, like Kay Cottee before her, after 200 days of solo sailing she can't sail in through the Heads as soon as she is able, but must time her arrival for the weekend to suit the sponsors, harbour authorities and media. Kay was worse off though because at the end of her circumnavigation it was raining heavily in the two days she sailed in circles, waiting.

At least the weather is sunny for Jessica. No-one is being told precisely where Jessica is, though there is agreement that she rounded the bottom of Tasmania about ten days ago. General belief is that she has been off the NSW south coast for five days or so.

Your weekly fix of news for the cruising sailor is packed again this week. Ian Thomson is giving us daily updates on his solo voyage circumnavigating Australia - he's trying for a record; a British family had a close call when their yacht sank after hitting an iceberg in the Southern Atlantic; some cruising sailors have come to the rescue of some starving islanders on an atoll in the Kiribati Islands; and Don MacIntyre and his crew have had some life-threatening near misses as they try to recreate Captain Bligh's amazing voyage in the Bounty Boat.

In a more practical vein, there's some good advice about insurance when you give your precious yacht to a shipyard, and Adam Loory goes into the fine techniques of how to reef efficiently and quickly. If you're anywhere near Sydney, June 16 is a date to put in your diary - to listen to Alex Whitworth's adventures through the Northwest Passage in Berrimilla at the Cruising Yacht Club.

Other stories too – some feedback from the Jessica Watson record controversy, the amusing, the useful, the quirky and the cruising tales.

Browse down the headlines to read what interests YOU.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Bounty Boat adventure - one near miss, one knock-down
Nancy Knudsen,
Little more than a week after setting out to recreate Captain Bligh's voyage on an open boat, Don McIntyre and his crew of three have had a terrifying near miss with a reef at night and their first knock down. Using the GPS on board, they have now located themselves on a tiny island to dry out and recover for a couple of days.... [more]
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Family rescued from Oyster after hitting iceberg in South Atlantic
Nancy Knudsen,
In a rescue that showed again how important it was for minders to route Jessica Watson and Abby Sunderland around the Horn in full summer, an English family of four have been rescued after their yacht hit an iceberg and sank in the south Atlantic. The Falklands protection warship HMS Clyde sailed 200 miles to rescue them after their distress call was picked up by the Falmouth coastguard in the... [more]
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You, the shipyard and your insurance policy
Danielle J. Butler,
Maritime Law is slightly different according to the country in which you are located, but there are some common pitfalls to look out between your insurance policy and your shipyard contract when you give your precious yacht to a shipyard. Here maritime lawyer Danielle J. Butler examines some of them:... [more]
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Cruising sailors rescue hungry islanders
Sail-World Cruising,
Some British cruising sailors who stopped off at a remote island 'because they liked the look of it' instead found the islanders in a state of stress because of the lack of food supplies. The island, Kanton, is part of the Kiribati group of islands in the South Pacific. Skipper Alex Bond is now helping co-ordinate an international rescue for the inhabitants.... [more]
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Reefing - Efficiently, quickly, and EARLY
Adam Loory, UK-Halsey Sailmakers/Nancy Knudsen,
If your boat is overpowered, it is slower because it is heeling too much. Excess heeling increases leeway and reduces the efficiency of your boat's keel and rudder. The boat goes slower because the rudder is fighting increased weather helm. To get the boat back under control, sail area has to be reduced.... [more]
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Lies, Damn Lies, and PR Spin
Bob Fisher,
I stand in awe at the achievement of Jessica Watson. That one so young has had the fortitude to withstand the elements of the oceans alone and unaided for the 200 plus-day duration of a voyage through some of the most hostile waters on the planet, should be more than enough to warrant our appreciation of her seamanship and raw guts. This is no easy voyage. It is one whose demands would leave th... [more]
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Aegean Yacht Rally gets under way again
Trevor Joyce,
The 2010 Mariner Boating Rally season gets under way in Turkey and Greece next week. The Aegean Yacht Rally will kick off from Kusadasi and cross immediately into Greece and Pythagorion on the Island of Samos.... [more]
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38 days at sea - Plastiki claims it's proof for 'PET'
Nancy Knudsen,
Plastiki, the 60ft sailing catamaran made from 20,000 plastic bottles is on its way again from Kiribati to Sydney, and its skipper says that the catamaran has already served one of its purposes. The yacht left San Francisco on March 20 this year to call attention to issues like bottled water and plastic waste, the expedition being a brain-child of banking heir David de Rothchild.... [more]
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Was it Spin? Reader feed back - You Decide,
Its been a tough week and we've received lots of emails and now our advertisers are being bombarded with hate mail. Was it Spin or did he never say that? Fascinating feedback - definitely worth a read. Some of the public seemed to have not noticed that the claims from the spinners have disappeared under the overall weight of some hard questioning from the mainstream media.... [more]
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A Mediterranean legend for sale
Des Ryan,
There's a Mediterranean Legend for sail. But if you can't come up with the listed 1.45million Euros to own her, then you might like to gloat over the classy, sexy lines of sailing yacht Agneta.... [more]
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Log on to secure the future of Marine Rescue NSW
Marine Rescue NSW,
'Marine Rescue NSW urges everyone who enjoys our magnificent boating waters in NSW to register their support for this funding model to secure the future of volunteer marine rescue in NSW.'... [more]
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Coastguard after rescue: Use the VHF, not the phone
Sail-World Cruising,
Coast Guard officials have warned sailors that a satellite phone does not substitute for VHF as a method of summoning aid, after a yacht had to be rescued and towed when 18 miles off shore this week... [more]
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Win Lifetime of Free Berthing- Prize value over AUD$300,000 -ENTER NOW,
Win a Lifetime of Free Berthing – Prize value over AUD$300,000. Enter now, closing next week!! The prize is, at maximum, a 16m berth at any of Meridien Marinas locations including Abel Point Marina at Airlie Beach, Port Douglas and the Gold Coast, for a term of up to 25 years.... [more]
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Alex Whitworth tells his story of the North West Passage- LIVE in June
John Keelty,
Under 50 yachts have ever sailed through the Northwest Passage above Canada, and Australia's Berrimilla, skippered by veteran yachtsman Alex Whitworth and two crew, negotiated it in 2008. While this is a great feat, he was only using it as a method of reaching the starting line for the Fastnet Race. Meet him and listen to his enthralling story at the Cruising Yacht Club in June... [more]
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Hot tips on getting the best from a boat swap
Sail-World Cruising,
First it was home swapping that swept the world - an inexpensive holiday by swapping your home with another in an exotic country. Now it's boat swapping that's burgeoning in popularity, and Sea My Sea, one of the world's leading companies offering organised boat swapping offers some tips about how to get the best of your boat swap... [more]
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Sick gray whale 'Waylon' visits San Diego Harbour to recover
The Log/Nancy Knudsen,
Sailors may have sighted the gray whale first in San Diego Harbour, but soon there were other boaters, tour boats and media helicopters, as a sickly whale took residency in the Harbour for a week during its migration, apparently to recover. After a week of eating on the Harbour seabed and then surfacing for eager locals, the whale left to continue its migration.... [more]
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OceansWatch Project Lead Boats Head for the Islands
Rachel Ward,
OceansWatch's project lead-boats, Moksha and Magic Roundabout, set sail from Opua, New Zealand on Monday 5th May. The yachts are first bound for Port Vila, Vanuatu where they will begin their six month expeditions to Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (PNG). They will be working alongside coastal communities providing marine conservation and sustainable livelihoods guidance.... [more]
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Ian Thomson Circumnavigation - Day 8 and back up to speed
Ian Thomson,
It is day eight into Ian Thomson's solo sailing SSSRC Round Australia record attempt. The yacht Save Our Seas Ocean Racing departed Airlie Beach on the fifth of May at 10:30:20 in an effort to break the record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia. Ian's mission is about raising awareness of what the damage plastic bags do to our environment.... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing Day Four - Around Australia
SOS Media,
Day four of Ian Thomson's solo sailing world record attempt. Save Our Seas Ocean Racing departed Airlie Beach on the fifth of May at 1030 in an effort to break the world record for sailing non-stop solo around Australia. Ian's mission is about raising awareness of the damage plastic bags do to our environment.... [more]
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Ian Thomson circumnavigating Oz - Day 7, A very 'interesting' morning
Ian Thomson,
'In a time period of three hours all before 6am this morning, I had to deal with a spinnaker wrapped around the forestay, a jammed tiller and a broken drive unit. Lets just say this morning has been interesting.' It is day seven into Ian Thomson's solo sailing world record attempt.... [more]
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Jessica Watson – no criticism of Jessica – just her PR Team
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The Sail-World team has attracted a lot of criticism for our coverage of the claims being made by Jessica Watson's PR team, while she is still battling the southern ocean. The three main threads of criticism have been as follows.... [more]
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Time to move on...
The Sail-World Team,
The magic dust is settling and the 5 Ocean PR claims have it seems disappeared or never were. here is a summary for those who have asked. No, Sail-World is not responsible for the WSSRC Rules, we are Southern hemisphere based, we run an online sailing publication and subscriptions are free. We made a host of attempts, by phone and email querying the route and the record claims with her PR team... [more]
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Raymarine's new products make Australian debut at SCIBS
Liza Sticpewich,
Also making its Australian debut at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be the Raymarine HD Digital Radome. Radar target detection has undergone massive changes in the last year, thanks to the introduction of High Definition Digital technology. Now the superior benefits of these new systems are available to even more boaters, with the launch of Raymarine's new HD Digital Radomes.... [more]
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