Why the narrow band of winners in Australian Yachting Awards?...unmanned yacht crossing the Atlantic...cruising sailors invited for piracy input...Dehler nominated - profiled... and much more...

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 16 Sep 2010

Australian Yachting Awards

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Yachting Australia has almost exclusively paid attention to racing sailors in its annual awards process. They will be recognised at a gala event to be held on Friday 15 October at the Deckhouse in Woolwich in Sydney's inner west (See Sail-World story)

Male finalists were all traditional racers, but in the award for Female Sailor of the Year the no-brainer was the inclusion of Jessica Watson who wowed Australians, sailors and non-sailors alike, with her courageous voyage earlier this year.

Even in the disability stakes, there were no finalists except for traditional racing sailors. Jamie Dunross, quadriplegic sailor who recently completed one of the most challenging of solo voyages - circumnavigating Australia, the last leg of which was a non-stop 2000 mile voyage - did not even get a mention. He was the first quad sailor ever to complete this challenge.

There was recognition for some of the administrators, but no rescuers received awards even though there was great bravery during the year shown by some of our volunteers and coastguard members, without whom racing sailors would be involved in a much more life-risking sport.

Ian Thompson recently completed a record solo circumnavigation of Australia in a quest to plead with Australians not to use plastic bags. He didn't get a mention, nor was there any other environmental award.

Yachting Australia is a vital and important organisation for the proliferation of sailing in Australia, and generally does a great job. I just wish they would recognise a wider range of sailors and sailing supporters in their annual awards.

A great variety of articles again this week - what's going on among cruising sailors in Australia, cruising tales sent back from Australians in the world's oceans, practical articles you might find valuable, stories on our ocean environment and quirky news that might make you laugh.

Browse down the articles to choose what interests you.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Treleavens back in the Med - the drama, the beauty, and Schengen news
Andrea and Ian Treleaven/Sail-World,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven have a world of experience in sailing. They have written two books on their adventures, and know the art of cruising like very few other sailors - but even the most experienced get caught in difficult situations, as described below. In this account they also report on their latest experiences in the Med, including enforcement of the new Schengen rules for cruising sailors... [more]
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Product of the Week: Gullsweep
Sail-World Cruising,
Seagulls, those beautiful, aggressive ubiquitous seabirds that yachties love to hate, are so smart that they usually see through poor humans' efforts to dissuade them from pooping and nesting all over their boats. Yacht owners try nets, old CD's, mirrors, wooden owls and any number of tricks, but according to the fans of Gullsweep, that product is the surest answer.... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year Nomination: Dehler 32
Des Ryan,
If you're wanting a small boat that will be good for cruising but also competitive if you want to join the occasional race, it might pay to look at the new Dehler 32. The new Dehler 32 has been nominated in category performance cruiser for the prestigious international award of European Yacht of the Year. The yacht is a both a comfortable cruiser and a successful racer.... [more]
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Admiralty chart cut - does it signal the end of paper charts?
Sail-World Cruising,
Could the high use by leisure sailors of electronic charts eventually spell the end of paper charts as we know them? In a move that has alarmed and disappointed the UK's Royal Yachting Association(RYA), the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the discontinuation of some Admiralty charts, citing expense as the reason.... [more]
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Cruising sailors invited to piracy meeting in London
Sail-World Cruising,
Cruising sailors interested in sailing the Gulf of Aden any time soon, or those who have recent experience, are invited to participate in a unique meeting at the London headquarters of the Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa (MSCHOA). The meeting is to take place on the 19th October, at 2.00pm in the suburb of Northwood, London.... [more]
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International Award for vessels with hybrid propulsion launched
Sail-World Cruising,
Have you or your organisation invented an environmental vessel that you want recognised? Since 2007, The Royal Thames Mansura Trophy has recognised hybrid propulsion solutions for the maritime world, and the launching of the 2010 award took place this week at the Southampton Boat Show.... [more]
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Unmanned yacht sets out to cross the Atlantic
Des Ryan,
They have been working on the project since 2006, and it's finally happened. An unmanned robotic yacht called Pinta has launched off the Irish coast as part of the 'Microtransat Challenge'. Pinta is 3m long and was built by scientists at Aberystwyth University, who have carried out sea trials and taken part in competitions with other organisations seeking the same goal since June 20... [more]
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Save Our Seas Australia releases Dare to Dream Book
Ian Thomson,
Having broken the world record for sailing solo around Australia, Ian Thomson has just released his new book Dare to Dream. This is what another Author said about Ian's new book. This is a story of ocean racing against the clock ... a book about a great yachting achievement and the motivation behind. It is written for the average person, not just for yachties, and tells the inside story of w... [more]
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Climate change - the science is in and it's time to move on
The Australian Academy of Science recently released its report on the science of climate change, The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers. Not known for alarmist posturing, the Academy has stated clearly that the earth is changing because of climate change and that the changes in climate observed over the past century are due in large part to greenhouse gas emissions... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW and Coast Guard reach agreement on unification
Ken McManus,
On Monday 13th September 2010 MRNSW and AVCGA National signed an ‘in principle' agreement supporting a unification process. This agreement, with the approval of the AVCGA National membership, will permit willing NSW AVCGA Flotillas, including all their assets, cash at bank, licences and leases to be formally signed over with them when each Unit transfers to MRNSW.... [more]
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Meeting George...
Captain Jack Binder,
Jack and Jude Binder, sailing on their yacht Banyandah, tell their yarns about circumnavigating Australia in their book 'Two's a Crew'. This is one of 'Cap'n Jack's' tales:... [more]
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See My Sea: The boat swapping holiday-makers
Sail-World Cruising,
House-swapping has attained its niche in the holiday market, as like-minded people get together to benefit from experiencing another country without the huge expense normally involved in travelling. Now boat-swapping is taking off in a similar fashion.... [more]
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Mine's Bigger again. Sheikh to add beach to get world's longest yacht
Lee Mylchreest,
'Mine's Bigger', in spite of its cliche status, seems to be still the modus operandi for the world's mega-rich. It seems that one modern Sheikh will add a 'beach' to his mega-yacht to make it the world's longest again.... [more]
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Dave Ullman - yachting's elder Statesman (Pt.I).
John Curnow,
A lengthy and distinguished career has afforded Dave Ullman one formidable insight into both the art and business of sailing. As a direct result of his many achievements, Dave has a genuine interest in ensuring that future generations have access to the experiences and learnings of the past.... [more]
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Try Crewing Day outstanding success
Jeni Bone,
Try Crewing Day, an initiative of the BIA NSW, has been held at five Clubs around the state, attracting people keen to get a hands-on taste of crewing and sample the Club-lifestyle for themselves.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Shoalhaven assist at Shoalhaven River accident
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue Shoalhaven assist at Shoalhaven River accident - The collision between two motor vehicles at the northern end of the Nowra Bridge over the Shoalhaven River saw one of the vehicles catapulted into the river, trapping the driver inside the vehicle. A female passenger was rescued from the river by members of the public.... [more]
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Calypso - the greenest sailing boat of them all
Sail-World Cruising,
She looks like - and is - a traditional Contessa 32. But she has a deck of the new greener Kebony, a hybrid engine, solar panels and recycled fixture and fittings - and that's just the beginning. She's the greenest sailing boat in the world, and she's been finished just in time for the Southampton Boat Show.... [more]
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Steve White - solo round the world the 'wrong way'
Nancy Knudsen,
Dee Caffari has done it, now Steve White is setting out to do it too. He's going to sail solo, round the world, non-stop and unassisted, AND the 'wrong way', AND break the current record.... [more]
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A piece of sailing history for sale - Gipsy Moth IV
Des Ryan,
A piece of sailing history is for sale - and you get a pretty good yacht as well. Gipsy Moth IV', the 54 ft (16.2 m) ketch built by Camper and Nicholson, and made famous by Francis Chichester when he became the first man to circumnavigate the globe single-handed in 1966/7, is again for sale.... [more]
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RIB Promotional opps. for Manufacturers, Distributors and Importers
Jeni Bone,
Promotional opportunities for Australian Manufacturers Distributors and Importers at Charity Regatta. Successful regatta and fundraiser, Heaven Can Wait, is anticipating record crowds, entries, media and community interest and valuable funds raised for charities at this year's event, October 2-3. Counting among its competitors, Olympians, World Champions, sailing vessels of all kinds..... [more]
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Supercat and Charter Business on Lake Macquarie for sale
Rod Mackay,
Lake Macquarie charter vessel the 73' Supercat with ongoing business and summer bookings is on the market at the bargain price of $450,000. The present syndicate of owners have decided they have too many personal business interests to do the operation justice; due to the departure some time ago of their manager running the business.... [more]
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