Cruise to Tasmania with the CYCA...Eight top tips on boat insurance...largest ever solar yacht across the Atlantic...killing of Canadian cruising sailor 'a mistake'...the lowdown of vacuum packing for that longer cruise...and much more...

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 16 Dec 2010

Greening it in the next decade

Turanor crossed the Atlantic - but without cargo  .
The ocean, a sailor's last freedom, is in danger from many directions - over-fishing, bleaching coral, acidification - and I have never forgotten the day I saw an island, which had been reconfirmed on the chart only 12 months before, vanished into a mere slurry as the current passed over where it had once been.

So as we approach the second decade of the 21st Century it's good news for sailors as well as the rest of the world that progress, albeit modest, was made at the Cancun climate change summit. It was equally symbolic that the largest solar yacht in the world visited the conference. While the Turanor has not proven that solar ships are practical any day soon, the fact that the craft has crossed the Atlantic in 2010 is a sign that we can find alternative energy sources if we pay careful attention.

While Sydney was basking in hot weather and sunshine and taking Oprah Winfrey sailing this week, the east coast of America was experiencing dangerous waters for sailors, and up in the UK RNLI volunteers were again preparing to miss Christmas dinner if necessary to save the foolhardy or the unlucky.

Champion misadventure tale of the week was the pair that took a month to sail from Sydney to Melbourne non-stop and unassisted, then had to be rescued when they were almost home safe. The dry wit of the skipper added to the story.

Thinking of cruising to Tasmania while the weather's perfect down there? Why not join the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia's rendezvous cruise? Read the details below...

The Opti winners have been announced, and it's good news for young sailors in Bundaberg, Queensland!

In world news, there's a tragic story of a collision between a fishing boat and a sailing boat in Malta, and the equally tragic news that a Canadian cruising sailor was killed by mistake in Honduras by a nervous robber who had boarded his boat with three others to rob them.

In practical news, the product of the week is a valuable one for extended cruising – the vacuum seal packager; Des Ryan brings you eight great tips for the next time you renew your yacht insurance; and the featured boat is the Dufour 405.

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See you on the water sometime!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

January start for CYCA rendezvous cruising to Tasmania
Nancy Knudsen,
The sweetest time of the year to go south is when the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, these days better known for its racing, is starting its rendezvous cruising to Tasmania. There's still time to join the intimate cruising event, which will not only sail to Tasmania, but enjoy the beauty of the stops along the way, and then choose an easy weather window to cross Bass Strait... [more]
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Eight Top Tips on Yacht Insurance
Des Ryan,
Sailing into the sunset will be a happier experience if you have insured well. Insuring your new yacht is not much different from buying car insurance, and the same common sense principles apply. However, there are a few notable exceptions, so here are some issues to consider:... [more]
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Boat Review: The Dufour 405
John Kerr/Sail-World,
If winning the European boat of the year in the Family Cruising category in 2010 was not enough, the pent up demand for the Dufour 405 must have been a nice surprise.... [more]
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Sydney to Melbourne, non-stop and almost unassisted, in a month
Frankston Standard/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailing Sydney to Melbourne - it took a month, but they made it, and only had to be rescued at the last minute. This week two sailors are safely on land after having to be rescued by the Coast Guard in Western Port.... [more]
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Sydney takes Oprah sailing
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
What else would sailing-mad Sydneysiders do to show visiting talk show star Oprah Winfrey the sights? Why take her sailing of course!... [more]
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Who won the Optis?,
The winner of the OziOpti Sail-World competition is Elijah Denman of Bundaberg in Queensland and he will receive an OziOpti ‘Regatta Mark IV' GRP racing boat complete valued at AUD$3,950 (or NZ$5,135).... [more]
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Largest ever solar yacht crosses Atlantic, visits climate conference
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Everything begins with a dream, and the dream to build the world's largest solar yacht and circumnavigate the earth with her is on its way to becoming true. Launched last April in Kiel in Germany, the 85 tonne catamaran T├╝ranor left Monaco in September and has just crossed the Atlantic Ocean, claiming a record for the fastest crossing powered purely by the sun.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Freshield vacuum seal packager
Sail-World Cruising,
This week's product will prove to be a great luxury when sailing for more than just a few nights. Deep freezers are heavy on power, and the vacuum seal packager is just the answer to conserve your provisions or keep rust out of spare parts.... [more]
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Mistake leads pirates to kill cruising sailor
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The daughter of a Canadian sailor who was shot and killed off the coast of Honduras last week tells how the pirates mistakenly thought her father was threatening them. Myda Egrmajer, daughter of Milan Egrmajer, an electrical engineer from Ottawa, told local reporters the details of what happened on their boat on what was to be a three month holiday.... [more]
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Boat of the Year Awards: Catalina 355 takes the prize

U.S. based yachting magazine Cruising World announced today the winners of its 18th annual Boat of the Year awards. Topping this year's list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the American sailboat industry were the Catalina 355 and the Discovery 50. The Catalina 355 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Discovery 50 was named Import Boat of the Year.... [more]
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Hamilton Island's warm marine welcome to Oprah and entourage
Jeni Bone,
Hamilton Island, long the dream destination for boaties and the water-obsessed, is still recovering from the attention and adulation from the visiting media magnate, Oprah Winfrey and 93 of her 300 viewers who travelled with her to Australia.... [more]
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Burke Marine's new Sprint Jacket in store now
Colin Burgess,
The Burke Sprint Jacket's close athletic fit features articulated sleeves and is complimented by the inclusion of a water resistant storm zip for full protection from spray and water over the decks... [more]
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Yachting vs conservationists in southwest England
Sail-World Cruising,
Anchoring as you will, that preciously guarded freedom of the cruising fraternity, could be under threat more and more as yachting organisations clash with conservation groups. The UK's Royal Yachting Association has entered the fray by announcing this week that it will not support the establishment of a Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) in a bay in Dorset if it involves a restriction on anchoring.... [more]
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Yacht runs down and kills fisherman - the story can now be told
Ariadne Massa, Times of Malta/Sail-World Cruising,
A tragic story of yachting misadventure that might, in other circumstances, happen to any of us, can now be told. In Malta in July yacht Sorcery ran into a frejgatina, a Maltese fishing boat. Fisherman Gatt Baldacchino, 81, drowned. After the collision, the yacht owners became separated from their yacht in the confusion of an attempted rescue and almost lost their own lives from drowning... [more]
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GBRMPA is keeping an eye on the Great Barrier Reef
Summer's here and marine managers & scientists are keeping a close eye on the Great Barrier Reef. High sea surface temperatures, cyclones and flood runoff are all associated with the Queensland summer and can pose a threat to the health of the Reef... [more]
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Book of the Week: Sea Dreams Sailing the Western Mediterranean
Keith Earngey,
This beautifully photographed book has a fascinating story that captures the essence of the Mediterranean lifestyle and its remarkable history. Most people who have travelled in Europe will, at some stage, have fallen in love with the Mediterranean. However, the voyage of Sea Dreams opens up a world that most of us can only dream of and almost every page has a photograph that tells a story... [more]
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Falmouth coordinates rescue of yacht after fishing boat collision
Fred Caygill/Sail-World Cruising,
The danger of fishing boats to yachts was underlined last week when a cruising yacht was dismasted and holed in the Atlantic Ocean some 400 miles west of Cape Verde by a collision with a fishing boat.... [more]
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