Miracle rescue...hoax distress signals...Laura Dekker out of cash...'101 Dollar Saving Tips'...life jacket safety warning...Ron Holland's latest yacht...and much more...

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 30 Dec 2010

Happy New Year from Sail-World Cruising!

All smiles now - Daryl Hewer and Jinney Neale after their rescue off Fjordland NZ - photo by Stuart Burnby  .
She clung to rocks above a boiling ocean all night, while her partner huddled on the beach in company with a rescue officer in a sleeping bag dropped by helicopter.

They didn't know if she would survive the night but they couldn't get to her.

The yacht was lost to the sea.

It's a story straight from fiction, but it's true and it happened on the south coast of New Zealand, just this last week.

Closer to home, the volunteers are doing a great job of standing-by while we all spend our holidays on the water - day sailing, or longer coastal cruising, or even heading for Tasmania - it's certainly the right time to go...

Featured yacht this week is the SY Christopher, Ron Holland's latest design, and the product of the week is the simple wristband for seasickness – drug free and effective!

Sydney-sider and long range cruising sailor Vincent Bossley has written a valuable yet inexpensive E-Book called '101 Dollar Saving Tips for Sailors', and commendations are due to the Barcelona World Race for holding the 'First International Congress of Ocean Sailing and the Environment', just before the departure of the race.

Many rallies in the news this week - time to start planning; and there's a life jacket safety warning, so you'll need to check your brand.

Finally, we tell how 15-year-old Laura Dekker, the Dutch sailor embarked on a solo round-world journey, has run out of cash, and her father is making an appeal.

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Here's wishing you a Happy New Year and that you'll get some great sailing in 2011!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Miracle rescue for ship-wrecked sailors off south coast of New Zealand
Ellie Constantine, Otago Daily Times,
As Jinney Neale clung barefoot to rocks with a 5m swell lashing around her, Te Anau search and rescue member Stewart Burnby feared she would die. Ms Neale and her partner, Daryl Hewer, had been attempting to sail from Dunedin on the east coast of the south island of New Zealand to Jackson Bay on the west this week but abandoned their boat in rough weather off Fiordland on the southern coast... [more]
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Volunteer rescue services - on the job while the rest of us holiday
Ron Cole/Sail-World Cruising,
While there are no rescues of sailing boats in this story, the newly amalgamated Volunteer Marine Rescue NSW has been 'on the job' providing vital services so that others can enjoy their holidays on the water with peace of mind.... [more]
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First International Congress of Ocean Sailing and the Environment
Nancy Knudsen,
This week one of the the world's great races has taken a big step in leadership and for the environment. The Barcelona World Race (departure 31st December) is holding the first International Congress of Ocean Sailing and the Environment in the last few days leading up to the departure, 28-30 December.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Sydney - Hoax distress calls are not a joke
Simon Denneen,
The annual onset of the 'silly season' unfortunately means a marked increase in hoax distress calls. 'False distress calls are both dangerous and a waste of resources,' said Marine Rescue Terrey Hills Unit Commander Ron Woosey.... [more]
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Life Jacket marine safety warning
Sail-World Cruising,
A Marine Safety Alert has been issued warning about a number of Type I (Offshore) PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices) manufactured by Kent, which are often preferred by off-shore cruisers. They have been assembled in a way that could prevent donning the PFD in the event of an emergency.... [more]
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Round-world teen sailor's father appeals for cash
Nancy Knudsen,
The 15-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker who has embarked on a round world sailing journey is in need of cash and looking for new financial sponsors.... [more]
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E-book: '101 Dollar Saving Tips for Sailors'
Lee Mylchreest,
Cruising sailors who spend years at sea accumulate a lot of knowledge - not so much of sailing skills, but that higher knowledge of seamanship and a myriad of clever ways to save dollars as they travel. They are always willing to pass on this knowledge, but not many of them compile it into simple to absorb practical tips which are easily accessible - and this is just what Vincent Bossley has done... [more]
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Product of the week: The simple wristband for seasickness
Sail-World Cruising,
There's nothing like seasickness to turn a good crew member into a comatose liability, and in the worst cases it can be life threatening. So what do you keep on board your boat or carry in your duffel bag against this perennial challenge for some of those who go to sea? One great non-drug solution is the wristband.... [more]
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World ARC 2012 - the fleet is growing!
World Cruising Club,
Reservations and entries are coming through strongly for World ARC 2012 and we expect at least 30 boats to be joining us in Saint Lucia in January 2012 for the first leg of this round-the-world adventure.... [more]
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Drowned sailor commended for bravery by coroner
EDP24/Sail-World Cruising,
A long range sailor, 64, who insisted his fellow sailor, 43, go first when they were being rescued in the Atlantic Ocean, has been commended by a British coroner for his selfless act of bravery that enabled the younger man to survive.... [more]
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Round-world rally starts St Lucia January 2012 - or join in Australia
Des Ryan,
World ARC 2012, run by the World Cruising Club, doesn't start until more than a year from now, but already there are 24 boats who have either confirmed or paid their deposits. While 30 yachts are expected to join at the starting point in St Lucia in the Caribbean and complete the whole journey, other yachts will be joining or departing in Australia.... [more]
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Featured yacht: 46m SY Christopher, Ron Holland's latest
Sail-World Cruising,
Launched in December and due to be finished in January, this week's featured yacht is the 46m (150ft) ketch the SY Christopher, Ron Holland's latest design. She was launched in the UK's Falmouth waters in early December by ship builders Pendennis, who partnered with Ron Holland Design and Palm Beach Yachts International to build the new yacht. .... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella: On night sailing
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
One of the most frequent questions asked by non-sailors or day-sailors about long range cruising is how one copes with the night. A reader has asked American Sailing Association writer-at-large Meghan Cleary just such a question, and Meghan here answers. (Meghan is on a nine-month cruise in the tropics on sv Velella.)... [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, suitable for anyone within striking distance of Singapore. It reminded Sail-World's Asia Editor, Guy Nowell, of a 'Swallow and Amazons' adventure:... [more]
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New staff appointment at BIA NSW
Bob Wonders,
Natalie Walker tipped to deliver fresh ideas and enthusiasm to BIA team. She's no stranger to the boating lifestyle, having worked on luxury cruise boats on the Mediterranean.... [more]
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Earthquake 7.3-magnitude near Vanuatu
A significant 7.3-magnitude quake struck near Vanuatu in the western Pacific overnight, generating a small tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) in Hawaii has advised.... [more]
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