Give the gift of safety...Laura Dekker across the Atlantic...Plastic bag campaigner off round Australia again...Beagle Channel yacht tragedy...and much much more...

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 23 Dec 2010

Ian Thomson, plastic bag campaigner, to round Australia again

Ian Thomson, plastic bag campaigning sailor - going again. Photo by Sailing Images  .
The Silly Season is here and if you don't have all your Christmas presents yet, read NSW Marine Rescue's suggestions to give a great present and increase the safety of your loved ones.

The best present you can give Australia and its oceans this year is to help in the campaign to remove single-use plastic from our lives.

Ian Thomson, the plastic bag campaigner who solo sailed around Australia last year as part of his campaign, is to circumnavigate the country again, this time in Brindabella with a full crew and they want to break the speed record. Read the story, and be in it to help him!

2011 is almost here, and it seems organisers are promoting cruising rallies in every corner of the world for 2011. There's still time to get involved in all of them:

The annual 'Gathering of the Swans' is happening in Cowes when the weather is warmer, in Asia they are including both sailing and motor boats in their adventure from Singapore to the equator and back, over in the Atlantic the Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race is gathering steam and in January they are even holding a yacht festival up in Vietnam.

In the Atlantic, while teen sailor Laura Dekker has successfully crossed the Atlantic with a minimum of fuss in 17 days, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers has reached its usual stunning climax of partying and celebrations with only a few of the inevitable incidents to mar the event.

Two yachts are featured this week, at totally different ends of the yachting market - the Neel 45 trimaran is a long range cruising vessel with every comfort imaginable, and the Focus 800 is a little beauty of a day sailor that would be perfect at the end of anyone's garden.

Lots of other news – they actually closed the Panama Canal this week, sy Velella entertains with vivid descriptions of their adventures, and the UK is reorganising its coast guard activities with a loss of a staggering 226 personnel.

Saddest of the week was the loss of two cruising sailors in the Beagle Channel after a voyage to Antarctica – read how it happened...

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Plastic bag campaigner set for round Australia crewed challenge
SOS Media/Sail-World Cruising,
Save Our Seas Ocean Racing, the organisation started by plastic bag campaigner Ian Thomson, has accepted over 100 applications for it's 2011 Around Australia speed record attempt in famed racing boat Brindabella.... [more]
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Laura Dekker is across the Atlantic
Nancy Knudsen,
Three months after departing Europe Laura Dekker, 15-year-old Dutch cruising sailor, has arrived on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten after sailing the Atlantic in 17 days(not to be the longest leg of her circumnavigation) from the Cape Verde Islands. She arrived after dark at the end of the 2200 nautical mile crossing, having experienced excellent winds during the last couple of days.... [more]
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Featured yacht of the week: The Neel 45
Des Ryan,
The Neel 50 was created in 2009 by Eric Bruneel of Neel-Trimarans based in La Rochelle in France. Now the company has introduced the smaller version, the newly born Neel 45.... [more]
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Marine Rescue - Give the gift of safety to the boaties in your family
Marine Rescue NSW,
Marine Rescue NSW wishes everyone who goes boating a safe and happy holiday season and suggests a few gift ideas for anyone who goes offshore fishing or sailing.... [more]
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And now for the good news - Ozone Layer heals itself
Jeni Bone,
Earth's upper ozone layer has stopped thinning and could be restored by mid-century, according to the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2010 report from the UN, released last month.... [more]
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Beagle Channel yacht tragedy
Sail-World Round-up,
World cruising yacht Nashchata has this week smashed into rocks in the Beagle Channel during a violent storm, and two of the crew have been killed. The 16.1 metre steel expedition yacht was in the middle of a world cruise and just returned from Antarctica when it lost power during the 60knot storm and decided to try to take cover in Sloggett Bay... [more]
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The Gathering of the Swans in Europe, July 9 - 15, 2011
Nancy Knudsen,
The UK shores of Cowes on the Isle of Wight, that name that is synonymous with sailing almost ever since the leisure sport of sailing began, will be home next year to the next Gathering of the Swans. Otherwise known as the Swan European Nautor's Regatta, it will be held from July 9 - 15.... [more]
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A yacht to dream about: The Focus 800
Des Ryan,
Crossing oceans may be a fantastic experience and achievement, but setting off for a simple day sail in a superbly crafted piece of good naval design must be the apogee of sailing experiences, and even better if you can do it single handed. And that's just what the Focus 800 is all about...... [more]
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25th ARC finishes in style
Jeremy Wyatt, World Cruising Club,
The 25th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) finished in fine style on Saturday 18 December with a spectacular awards ceremony at the Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, near Rodney Bay Marina, Saint Lucia. After a slow start, 217 yachts had finished by the prize giving, with the remainder due to arrive over the next few days.... [more]
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Fire system: The argument for a fixed system on a sailing boat
Canadian Yachting/Sail-World Cruisin,
Engine room fires are mercifully rare on sailing boats, but every so often, one does occur. The engine room is the most likely place on your boat for a fire to get started and if the fire breaks out while you are out on the water, the lives of everyone on board are at risk.... [more]
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Ullman proud of round-world feat of two cruising sailors
Ullman Sails/Sail-World Cruising.,
Ullman Sails, whose Voyager Hydra Net Radial cruising inventory Michael Lawler and Barbara Burdick chose for a three year round-the-world sailing trip, were pleased to welcome the couple back on their return to Southern California. Their yacht Traveler, which bore them safely and securely through many adventures, is a North Wind 47.... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella - Wildlife highway
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
Continuing the 'Voyaging with Velella' series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics: We sailed into Chacala on the western coastline of Mexico before sunset, escorted all the way in to our anchoring spot by the most enormous dolphins I've ever seen... [more]
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Panama Canal closed!
Nancy Knudsen,
Never before has it happened! The Panama Canal, that lifeline between the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean for thousands of ships a year as well as the cruising sailor, has had to be closed because of flooding.... [more]
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Sign of things to come?UK Coastguard to make drastic cuts in personnel
MCA/Sail-World Cruising,
Is this the sign of things to come for coast guard operations around the world? The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) have just announced that they intend to 'modernise' the coastguard by rationalising the number of coast guard officers employed from the current 596 to 370 and reduce operational centres to six.... [more]
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Deep Submergence Facility Vehicles assist in response to oil spill
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The U.S. National Deep Submergence Facility (NDSF) has had a growing and important role in the ocean science community's response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.... [more]
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NSW Maritime's Operation ‘Lights On' targets boaters this weekend
Penny Robbins,
NSW Maritime will launch Operation Lights On this weekend to ensure boaters are aware of the need to display correct navigation lights for safety when operating at night.... [more]
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Don't snag a fine this Christmas
While hundreds of fishers throw a line overboard in hope of the perfect Christmas catch, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority reminds those heading out on the water to grab a free zoning map.... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW - Terry Hills unit weekly roundup
Simon Denneen,
Marine Rescue NSW - Terry Hills unit weekly roundup - As the holiday season draws nearer the amount of radio traffic and calls for assistance is increasing. This week has seen a diverse number of calls for assistance which are listed.... [more]
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Neptune Regatta 2011- preparing the way for the Race(?) to the Equator
Guy Nowell, Neptune Regatta Media,
Neptune Regatta 2011 - they've called it a race, but it looks more like a magnificent cruising holiday-in-company, a rally in other words, suitable for anyone within striking distance of Singapore. It reminded Sail-World's Asia Editor and magnificent photographer (see the photos in this story) Guy Nowell of a 'Swallow and Amazons' adventure:... [more]
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Lewmar – the turn around Pt.II
John Curnow,
In Part I, we saw how Lewmar, the British leisure marine equipment supplier who designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products including anchors, winches, windlasses, hatches, hardware, rigging, steering and thrusters, had not long ago had its back up against the wall.... [more]
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Yachting festival for Mui Ne in Vietnam - January 2011
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
Apart from the Hong Kong to Nha Trang Race and a few intrepid cruisers, there has been very little activity for private yachts in Vietnam. However now an international yacht festival will take place in the central province of Binh Thuan, from January 15-18, 2011, Ngo Minh Chinh, Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism said on December 20.... [more]
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