ATSB report - both cargo ship and Jessica Watson guilty...Ian Thomson in new Oz circumnavigation record...sailor in 1152 continuous days at sea...14-year-old sailor grounded for a month...and much more...

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 24 Jun 2010

Sailing adventure or exercise in masochism?

Sailor Reid Stowe,after 1152 days at sea, is reunited with his girlfriend Soanya Ahmad, and their son Darshen, 23 months, whom he'd not yet seen  .
The final ruling by the safety authorities have found that Jessica Watson and the cargo ship she hit both culpable for last year's collision incident. This was to be expected, and it's good to know that not only Jessica was found to be at fault.

The aftermath of Abby Sunderland's ill-fated voyage is still being told this week, and it has been speculated widely that the court's decision for Dutch 14-year-old Laura Dekker to be grounded for another month is related to Abby's dismasting.

However after this week we might actually get through a week or two without the world's most dramatic sailing story being about a 16-year-old or younger!

This week's most amazing adventure sounds more like masochism than any other sailing adventure I've heard of - over three years continually on a sailing boat, without touching land, and without resupplying. I love sailing more than any other activity in the world, but the contemplation of a voyage like that exceeds even my wildest imaginings!

You'll want to read about the new superyacht, manufactured in Australia, that has just arrived in Europe - the 24.5 metre Lutra 80, home grown, and ready to be replicated.

It's important to get the news out about the Navimo liferaft recall - it's confined to a number of liferafts manufactured from 2006 onwards.

For the rest, you'll find the widest range of interesting news, information, entertaining yarns and useful sailing hints, so browse the stories to find what interests you.

Good browsing, and sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

ATSB Report: Jessica Watson and cargo ship share blame
Sineva Toevai/ATSB,
Teenage sailor Jessica Watson and the watchkeepers of a Hong Kong-flagged bulk carrier were both to blame for a collision between their vessels in Queensland last year, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation has found.... [more]
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20 Seawind Catamarans arrive for Whitsunday Rally
Brent Vaughan,
The fourth annual Seawind Whitsunday Rally is about to sail into Airlie Beach with a record sized flotilla of 20 Seawind catamarans preparing for a week of social racing, parties and onshore activities around the Whitsunday islands starting this Saturday the 19th of June.... [more]
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Ian Thomson - New Solo Round Australia record, spoke to Australian Solo sailor Ian Thomson, just a few hours before he arrived back in Airlie Beach after his circumnavigation aboard his Welbourn 40 SOS Ocean Racing. SOS Ocean Racing stands for Save Our Seas and Ian's entire campaign is about raising awareness for the damage plastic bags are doing to our environment, in particular the marine environment where they are killing in... [more]
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Sailing Tip of the Week: Weather Helm vs Lee Helm- and how to use them
Grant Headifen,
Here Grant Headifen continues his sailing tips, this time considering Weather Helm vs Lee Helm: During the Americas' Cup campaign in New Zealand in 2003, I saw one of the best explanations of this on a TV interview with the Greg Butterworth, the Tactician for the Alingi Team, but the concepts are very useful for the cruising sailor.... [more]
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New Luxury European Superyacht arrives from Australia
Media Services,
There is a new arrival in Europe. Having waited for her to travel halfway around the world from her birthplace in Australia the anticipation of her owner is tangible. Singularity is no ordinary cargo and she is no ordinary yacht. At 24.5 metres (80-feet) with a maximum beam of 5.33m (17.49-feet), the Lutra 80 Singularity is a slender thoroughbred, conceived with performance and luxury in mind.... [more]
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Abby Sunderland, the 'inside scoop'
Pete Thomas,
Web reporter Pete Thomas has been in close communication with the Sunderland camp for some time now, and sailed with them on crucial legs during the preparation of her yacht. Here, for the Abby Sunderland news junkie, he gives his 'inside scoop' of life in the Sunderland Camp, after Abby's dismasting and rescue.... [more]
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Dinghy Danger
Nancy Knudsen,
When used the wrong way, dinghies can be dangerous vessels, as many incidents over the year have demonstrated. This was underlined again last week when Falmouth Coastguard were called upon to rescue five children, aged from four to eight when they were blown out to sea. However, some of the previous incidents were more serious...... [more]
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Boats collide, but life saved because of life jacket
Sail-World Cruising,
'Another example of an incident that may have had a much more serious outcome had he not been wearing a lifejacket.' It was just 10 minutes past noon, when Britain's Humber Coastguard received a VHF call from the six-metre vessel ‘Emma', reporting he had been knocked into the water following a collision with the 16 metre Shepherd Lad.... [more]
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Court extends ban on Dutch teen sailor
Nancy Knudsen,
After a new case brought by Dutch child care authorities, judges in a Dutch court have extended a ban on a 14-year-old schoolgirl's bid to do a circumnavigation by long range cruising by one month.... [more]
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A new course - Whitsunday Rent A Yacht goes for gold
Toni Lucke,
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht (WRAY) – the longest-operating, Australian-owned skipper-yourself charter company in the Whitsundays – has taken a new course with the launch of its first-ever package designed especially for the luxury bare boat charter market.... [more]
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Cruising with Eye Candy - Vulcano to Mainland Italy
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne continue their tales of sailing in the Mediterranean in their yacht Eye Candy, at the moment in Italy...When motoring the three miles from Lipari to the Island of Vulcano we had a radio call inviting us, on our arrival, to join the other cruisers in a mud bath.... [more]
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Dual Sydney Hobart winner Westward gifted to Maritime Museum in Hobart
Peter Campbell,
Tasmania's dual Sydney Hobart winner Westward has been gifted to Maritime Museum in Hobart. Jock Muir designed and built Westward for Hobart yachtsman George Gibson and was sailing master in her Sydney Hobart Race wins in 1947 and 1948.... [more]
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Yacht rescue after - Ouch!
NZ Herald/Sail-World Cruising,
It wasn't the wind or the the seas, it wasn't the loss of steering and GPS, it wasn't even the Skipper's broken wrist. No, it was the fish hook in the right buttock...Two people are in hospital - one with a fish hook in her right buttock - after being rescued from a stricken yacht off the west coast of New Zealand's South Island.... [more]
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Swiss Sailors in Russia - the voyage which became a message of hope
Julia Slater, swissinfo/Sail-World,
A voyage planned three years ago simply as an adventure for two, last summer brought a message of hope to hundreds in Russia and Switzerland..... [more]
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Navimo recalls XM Far Eastern built liferafts
Navimo will replace the XM liferafts with European manufactured products free of charge. The problem is confined to a limited batch of XM liferafts manufactured in the Far East carrying part numbers 53871 to 53876. This batch of rafts was manufactured from early 2006 onwards and were probably sold after June 2006.... [more]
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Gibraltar-Morocco Yacht Rally - 'the most sociable'
Sail-World Cruising,
Up to 50 yachts sailed from Gibraltar to Morocco last weekend in what has become THE yacht rally in the western Mediterranean. The Gibraltar-Morocco rally has grown in popularity every year.... [more]
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Sailor achieves 1152 continuous days at sea for new record
Nancy Knudsen,
A long long range cruising sailor is back on dry land after more than three years continually at sea. Artist and adventurer Reid Stowe had been 1152 days at sea without stopping and without being re-supplied with either food or fuel, establishing a new world record. .... [more]
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Win an Opti for the Kids and One for the Club &,
The winner of the OziOPti Sail-World competition will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135). AND They will ALSO win for their chosen sailing club an OziOpti ‘Tacker' Poly training boat valued at AUD$2,395 (or NZ$3,200). There will also be prizes of 10 x $100 ‘The Boatyard' vouchers.... [more]
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Lagoon Catamarans Australia,
The new website for Lagoon Catamarans Australia is now officially live! Our Lagoon Australia headquarters is based at d'Albora Marina, Rushcutters Bay Sydney with our agent network continuing to expand around Australia with current representatives in the Whitsunday's, Western Australia and Pittwater.... [more]
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Local tourism operators keeping an eye on Great Barrier Reef's health
Local tourism operators are keeping an eye on the Great Barrier Reef's health. GBRMPA Chairman Russell Reichelt said many marine tourism operators visit dedicated areas of the Reef on a weekly, if not daily, basis and are highly experienced and attuned to the areas they visit.... [more]
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Sons of Sindbad – Alan Villiers focuses on the maritime Middle East
Australian National Maritime Museum,
The beauty and traditions of sailing the Arabian Sea in the 1930s are beautifully captured in an exhibition of photographs by Alan Villiers opening at the Australian National Maritime Museum on 24 June. Villiers (1903-1982) decided to travel to Arabia in 1938 to record what he believed were the last days of merchant sailing.... [more]
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