Teen sailors update...Berrimilla crew tell of NW Passage voyage...AIS-B, the bottom line...longest voyage in history almost over...skipper tells of iceberg hit and rescue...the innovatively designed Boat Bag...and much more...

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 20 May 2010

Teen solo sailors are NOT the only news...

Pink Lady moves up the harbour - Jessica Watson Homecoming  Dale Lorimer

There's been a lot in the news about solo teen sailors this week.

While we were giving our returning solo teen, Jessica Watson, a hero's welcome, and past teen circumnavigators Mike Perham and Jesse Martin were in the spotlight as well welcoming her home, Califoria's Abby Sunderland and her Open 40 Wild Eyes were almost ready for departure from Cape Town on the next leg of her circumnavigation.

The amazing mainstream media attention given to these teenager sailor adventurers might make you think there's nothing else happening out there on the oceans.

It's not true - there's lots of other news. Ian Thomson, sailing on his yacht Save Our Seas Ocean Racing, is on target to establish a world speed record for a non-stop unassisted circumnavigation of Australia. Even better news is his equal goal of drawing attention to the devastating effect plastic bags have on our our oceans and their fragile wildlife.

At the other end of the world, Reid Stowe is soon to sail into New York Harbour at the end of the longest non-stop non-resupplied voyage in the history of the world - a staggering 1152 days at sea. There's a grand welcome planned for him as well, including from his two-year-old son whom he's never met.

A British skipper tells the story behind his family's 'miracle' rescue in the Southern Ocean after they hit an iceberg which sank their boat, and Phoenica, the replica 600BC Phoenician sailing boat is half way up the Atlantic on its way to completing its circumnavigation of Africa, believed to have been achieved before, about 2,600 years ago.

If you're anywhere near Sydney, the Cruising Yacht Club in Rushcutters Bay is the place to be on June 16. That's when a self-styled 'couple of old geezers' will tell the tale of their latest circumnavigation, including the first Australian transit of the Northwest Passage. It's Alex Whitworth and Peter Crozier, sailing in their Brolga 33, Berrimilla.

Great practical stories this week too - a clever new design Boat Bag that will save you the expense of regular anti-fouling. It's also a another way of 'thinking green'. There's some good advice about emergency navigation lights, and a competition promising great prizes...

Browse down to find the stories that interest you, and...

Sweet Sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Jessica Watson – too young for 2010 Sydney to Hobart race?
On arrival in Sydney back in Sydney on Saturday Jessica Watson stated her desire to do some ocean racing. Don McIntyre the owner of the S&S 34, Ella's Pink Lady, which Jessica Watson just sailed into Sydney Harbour after 210 days at sea, has proposed that the boat should be sailed in the 2010 Sydney Hobart race by an all girl crew.... [more]
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Good start for 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Kate Duryea,
Bright sunshine and a gentle breeze for the first morning of the 2010 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show which opened this morning. Visitors can view boats and marine displays from 424 exhibitors. It is the third highest exhibitor tally in the Show's 22-year history. The four-day event, from today through to Sunday, May 23, is staged at Sanctuary Cove in the northern area of Queensland's... [more]
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Ian Thomson - Round Australia Solo record attempt – on Sat Phone
Thomson's SOS Ocean Racing is running down the coast of Western Australia having departed Airlie Beach on the fifth of May. In the wee small hours of the morning, we talked to him by sat. phone from the North West of Western Australia.... [more]
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'Miracle' rescue for family in the Southern Ocean
Nancy Knudsen,
The skipper of the yacht Hollinsclough which hit an iceberg in the Southern Ocean and was sinking, tells of the 'miracle' that saved him, his partner and their two teenaged children. The family, who comes from Derbyshire in England, sent a Mayday signal when the yacht started taking on water, and had suffered engine failure.... [more]
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AIS-B, the bottom line
Des Ryan,
Since the Class B AIS system was introduced for small vessels a couple of years ago, much confusion ensued. Could ships see you? Why did they sometimes say they couldn't? Could they 'turn it off'? These are still vital questions for the leisure sailor, and our recent experiential article by Glenn Tuttle produced an avalanche of emails. Here's the summary of an Australian Government study:... [more]
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Berrimilla's amazing voyages, including North West Passage - 16 June
John Keelty,
Sydney-siders will get a chance to hear Alex Whitworth and Peter Crozier share their story about the most recent circumnavigation adventures of Berrimilla, a Brolga 33, at the next CYCA Information Evening, on Wednesday 16 June, 2010 from 6.30pm No other yacht has sailed in both the Rolex Sydney Hobart in Australia and the Rolex Fastnet Race in England in the one year and then sailed back to co... [more]
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Marine Rescue volunteers - Kay Cottee urges support for levy
Sail-World Cruising,
In a move that supports the more than 2500 dedicated volunteers of Marine Rescue NSW that were honoured during last week's National Volunteer Week, the NSW Government has announced a plan to secure the long term financial future of the organisation, and famed round-world sailor Kay Cottee is urging sailors to vote for the levy.... [more]
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Think green, save anti-fouling, The new-design Boat Bag
Kate McCallum,
'I haven't anti-fouled my boat in years,' says Martin Ross. Yet Ross, an experienced year-round yachtsman, is like most boat owners and wants to keep his boat clean. 'For me, keeping the hull clean is paramount. I was having to antifoul, then pay for a diver every few weeks to scrub the hull.' That all changed, he says, when he started mooring his boat in a boat bag..... [more]
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76 Shelters made for Haiti!
Belinda Braidwood,
Well Thursday night was a big night in the North Sails Australia loft , we managed to sew 76 tarpaulins for the earthquake victims in Haiti. This will provide a few families with much needed shelter from the wet weather they are experiencing.... [more]
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Longest sea voyage in history almost over - 1152 days
Sail-World Cruising,
New York City artist, adventurer and sailor Reid Stowe, on his 70-ft. gaff-rigged schooner Anne, has less than one month left on his epic 1000+ Days non-stop and non-resupplied sea voyage.... [more]
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Enter NOW to win a PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! COMPETITION CLOSES SOON!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more]
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Portable emergency nav lights - don't leave shore without them!
Grant Headifen,
I recently received a request from a student to point out more, throughout our courses, the need to have on board emergency portable battery powered navigation lights in case of electrical failure – and we couldn't agree more.... [more]
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Can you imagine what a Gold Coast 16 metre berth will cost in 2030?
The Powerboat-World Team,
PAY ATTENTION NOW!! You are absolutely crazy if you don't enter the ‘Win a Lifetime of Free Berthing competition here today. The Prize is valued at over AUD$300,000 and it only runs to the end of Sanctuary Cove Boat Show in 9 days time!!.... [more]
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Belize - a dream for a bare-boat sailing holiday
Sail-World Cruising.,
The growing popularity of Belize as a sailing holiday destination has been shown in the steady increase in charter yachts available in the Central American country. Sitting on the eastern coast of the coastline facing the Caribbean Sea, Belize is a unique treasure in the sailing world, and world-wide charter company Sunsail has put their newest yacht charter base there, opening in November 2010... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing - 2189nm done 4631nm to go
Ian Grant,
Save Our Seas Ocean racing skipper Ian Thomson has continued to log a fast average speed in his attempt to smash the solo circumnavigation of Australia record.... [more]
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Jessica Watson and the image of a hardy sailor
Nancy Knudsen,
She looks too slender to put on a winch, not strong enough to pull in a spinnaker, not old enough to put on the wheel, and too frail for an ocean journey. If Jessica Watson walked down the wharf at any yacht club looking for a sail in a Saturday afternoon race, it's likely that most skippers would smile indulgently and tell her to come back next year.... [more]
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Phoenicia - four weeks in the Atlantic, heading for the Azores
Lisa Mylchreest,
It has been almost 4 weeks at sea since Phoenica, the replica 600 BC Phoenician sailing ship, left the Ascension Islands and she still has a very long way to go to reach the Azores. The ship is nearing the end of her journey to replicate a circumnavigation of Africa, thought to have been made in Phoenician times.... [more]
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US Thermal imaging company FLIR Systems buys Raymarine
US Thermal imaging company FLIR Systems announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with the Administrator of Raymarine plc to acquire all of the outstanding shares of its wholly owned subsidiary, Raymarine Holdings Limited. The transaction value of approximately $180 million includes repayment of all of Raymarine's indebtedness and approximately $24 million in proceeds to... [more]
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Chicken gybe for the smart sailor
Grant Headifen,
Remember in the movie back to the Future when Michael J. Fox hated being called 'Chicken'? ... but eventually he smartened up – didn't take the dare and changed his future for the good. Well ... sometimes in sailing it's equally as smart to NOT take the dare.... [more]
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Jessica Watson– a girl with a dream
A choppy swell slowed the arrival of 16 year old Jessica Watson as she sailed across the finish line between Sydney Heads today, 210 days after she left in a grey day last October. There was supposed to be an exclusion zone around the bright pink S&S 34 as Ella Pink Lady sailed into Sydney Harbour this afternoon, but it seemed like she was sailing amongst the Sydney to Hobart sp... [more]
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1120 days at sea and still sailing
Net News Publisher/Sail-World Cruising,
Most sailors who set out to sail around the world non-stop and unassisted, aim to do the circumnavigation and arrive home as soon as practicable. But when Australian teenager Jessica Watson arrives back in Sydney after clocking up her own 209 astonishing days in a solo circumnavigation, spare a thought for another sailor who's been sailing for 1,120 days, and still going...... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW – Support your Marine Rescue Volunteers
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue NSW wants you to show your support. In a move that supports the more than 2500 dedicated volunteers of Marine Rescue NSW during National Volunteer Week, the NSW Government has announced a plan to secure the long term financial future of the organisation.... [more]
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ISAF repeats anti-piracy recommendations
Military Authorities have issued further warnings of piracy attacks in the Gulf of Aden and the Northern Indian Ocean region. As a result the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) has re-issued advice on guidelines.... [more]
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Dennis Conner goes for solo sailing
Lisa Mylchreest,
Dennis Conner, the four times winner of the America's Cup, has long been an admirer - and sailor - of classic boats. Now he has a new toy to play with, and one he can handle without crew, once she is restored...... [more]
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Tornado's direct hit destroys marina and 250 boats
Sail-World Cruising,
When the wind blows and the seas are high, you can normally sleep secure that your yacht is safe in its marina - that's unless it has a direct hit by a passing tornado. So spare a thought for the owners of 275 boats who were in for a nasty surprise when they woke up one morning this week.... [more]
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