Yachties in drug haul...trimaran circles the Arctic in one season...new Hanse yacht...Australian Yachting Awards...do you check your stopper knots?... and much more...

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 21 Oct 2010

New feats, new discoveries, new tales from the ocean...

New sailing feat - Circumnavigating the Arctic in a single season  .
Apart from the lure of sailing our coastlines and maybe crossing an ocean or two, the Australian coastlines and the world's oceans are also never-endingly full of new stories, new discoveries and new feats by intrepid sailors.

This week we bring word of the trimaran that is the first ever to circle the North Pole through the Arctic in a single season. What an amazing feat, and one that would not have been possible a few years ago.

The Australian Yachting Awards are out, and the only cruising sailor recognised is Jessica Watson, and it's certainly great that she was recognised. But in spite of some amazing non-racing feats during the year, there were no other nominations for non-competition sailors. I am personally disappointed that Jamie Dunross, the brave quad who this year circumnavigated Australia solo, his last leg being a 2000 mile one, did not even get a nomination. How could he possibly have been missed out?!

Lots of other interesting articles in this edition too. There are reports of new products, incident accounts we can learn from, and sailing tips to hone your sailing skills.

Read of the immobiliser that might save your dinghy being stolen, of the new 545 yacht from Hanse, an incident account off Cape Town, and the sailing tip of the week: It seems so simple – the stopper knot – but do you remember always to check all of yours before you leave the marina or mooring?

We also bring you Sailors for the Sea's article to clear up some of the misconceptions on Global Warming, and there's a chance to win a $4000 holiday simply by joining Save our Seas.

...and much more too, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing always!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Yachties in Australia's third-largest police drug haul
Brisbane Times/Sail-World Cruising,
'If he's a yachtie he must be okay.': There is an ongoing trust among yachties that the guy who just berthed beside you, whose lines you took and who will probably let yours off tomorrow, must be 'okay'. Ninety-nine percent of the time the adage holds, but sometimes it would be just as well not to be having a casual drink with the crew when the police arrive.... [more]
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Trimaran circles the Arctic in a single season
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
A trimaran sailing boat has circled the North Pole in a single summer season, a feat made possible by global warming and the melting of the Arctic ice cap, the boat's international crew said this week.... [more]
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2010 Australian Yachting Awards - Excellence in sailing recognised
Craig Heydon,
Excellence in sailing recognised at 2010 Australian Yachting Awards - James Spithill was named Male Sailor of the Year after becoming the first Australian since John Bertrand in 1983 to helm an America's Cup winning boat. Spithill is a worthy recipient of the award after taking charge of the giant 90-foot multihull, USA-17, in the Deed-Of-Gift match against Alinghi in Valencia in February.... [more]
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Support Save Our Seas for a chance to win a holiday valued at $4,180
Save Our Seas,
Save Our Seas are on a membership drive. By simply visiting their website (www.saveourseasaustralia.com) and joining you could win yourself a holiday for two valued at $4,180 at Paradise Bay Eco Lodge in the tropical Whitsundays. Save Our Seas are out to raise awareness of the damage plastics and plastic bags are doing to the environment. Your membership helps them achieve this goal.... [more]
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Hanse Yachts debuts the new 545
Hanse Yachts,
Hanse Yachts debuts the new Windcraft - From 32 ft to 54ft the yachts designed by Judel –Vrolijk & Co in cooperation with the Hanse engineering and boat building team are again setting trends for production boat design.... [more]
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Phoenicia proves the skeptics wrong by circumnavigating Africa
Lee Mylchreest,
On the morning of Friday 15th October Phoenicia sailed in to Port Beirut, Lebanon at the end of their magnificent circumnavigation of Africa. After 20,000 miles and two years at sea, the arrival sees the triumphant completion of their voyage in the replica 600 BC ship - of enormous significance to historians and archeologists as it ends speculation that such journeys were possible... [more]
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Go Sailing Day - Record number of Clubs participating in 2010 edition
Mike Sabey,
Go Sailing Day - A record thirty five Port Phillip and regional yacht clubs are set to put out the welcome mat for this year's free annual community Go Sailing Day to be staged on Sunday seventh of November. Organised by Yachting Victoria, its being held on the first Sunday in November from 10am – 3pm*.... [more]
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Worst coral death strikes at South East Asia
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Many reefs are dead or dying across the Indian Ocean and into the Coral Triangle following a bleaching event that extends from the Seychelles in the west to Sulawesi and the Philippines in the east and include reefs in Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and many sites in western and eastern Indonesia.... [more]
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Beneteau and Lagoon Cup – Excellent day lined up
Beneteau and Lagoon Cup, Vicsail's annual regatta is scheduled for Friday the 19th of November. To be held at the CYCA Sydney, we have a great day lined up with plenty of entertainment on and off the water and no doubt a challenging day on the water, doing battle with owner's alike.... [more]
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Sailing Tip of the Week: Don't forget the simple stopper knot
Grant Headifen,
Whether you're learning to sail or are an advanced sailor, this tip is basic stuff but excellent to remember if you don't like going up the mast....and the tip is: Never forget to check all your stopper knots are in place (Also instructions on how to tie one)... [more]
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AISnet Base Station makes AIS data available on the web
Sail-World Cruising,
Digital Yacht, British manufacturer of marine navigation and communication equipment, has developed a new shore-side AIS network receiver named AISnet, which, for instance, your marina could install.... [more]
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Go sailing without sailing - with the Tahina Expedition
Des Ryan,
Want to sail around the world without sailing around the world? The Tahina Expedition is offering you just that - and you'll be helping raise awareness of issues facing the oceans and marine life as well. Frank Taylor is the founder of Google Earth Blog, and you'll be able to follow Tahina's expedition around the world in Google Earth views, GPS, maps and a host of photographs... [more]
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Up your sailing skills in a Caribbean holiday
Sail-World Cruising,
There's nothing like learning while you are having the best time in your life, and sailing is no exception. Complete beginner sailors and those who are out to improve their skills alike are to benefit from custom designed, RYA certificated sailing adventure holidays in the Leeward & Windward Islands of the Caribbean... [more]
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Product of the Week: GOST immobiliser, to help prevent dinghy theft
Sail-World Cruising,
Worried about security for your dinghy? Maybe you need, not a ghost, but a GOST on board... The GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies - formerly Paradox Marine) Immobilizer is a start up prevention system for single-engine outboard boats, yacht tenders, RIBs and PWCs.... [more]
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Incident off Cape Town: The sailors tell
Michelle Solomon, Daily Dispatch/Sail-World,
The steering was the first to go when the main sheet wrapped around the steering pedestal-as the wind caught the sail it ripped the pedestal from the deck. Trying to make port under motor, a green wave from the seven metre swells came over the back and completely drenched the electronics, radios, everything. This is how Marius Saunders describes their incident in the Southern Ocean off Capetown.... [more]
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Flotilla sailing in Croatia: Episode 3
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
The American Sailing Association is flotilla sailing in Croatia. Following on the first and second episodes, here Meghan Cleary takes up her description of their experiences. Enjoy the description and the stunning images: The sail between Komiza and Hvar was a stretch in and out of lulls and wind alleys, which made for an active day at the helm.... [more]
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Kidnapped Briton 'on mission to free the kidnapped cruising sailors'
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
The British press are reporting that the Aid worker kidnapped in Somalia near Adado was on a mission to negotiate the release of cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were kidnapped from their yacht and held for ransom on 22nd October 2009, and are still being held. Little has been heard of the kidnapped sailors in the last six months... [more]
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Sailors for the Sea: Climate Change Misconceptions and Realities

Through their Ocean Watch program, Sailors for the Sea, the action-oriented, nonprofit organisation dedicated to preservation of the waters we sail in, periodically produce essays on matters related to the ocean environment. Here is their latest offering, Climate Change Misconceptions and Realities:... [more]
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Whale or container blamed for sinking of sail training ship
Des Ryan,
The investigation into the loss of the Irish sail training vessel Asgard II more than two years ago off the northwest French coast has found that the ship may have collided with a container or another object such as a whale.... [more]
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'Dry Boat Simulator' wins design award for student
BBC Northwestwales/Sail-World,
An engineering student has won a design award for a 'dry land boat simulator' to teach beginners to learn to sail without getting wet. 'It's to teach children how to sail on dry land,' explained Welsh sailor Bleddyn Môn... [more]
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Going high-tech to probe deeper into oceans
Australian scientists are preparing to use the data from a new $22m array of high-tech equipment to help them probe deeper into the nation's surrounding oceans.... [more]
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