70 yachts lost in Bundaberg...10 top cruising sailors and amazing rescues in 2010...new webinars to up your seamanship skills...new App for Skippers for iPhone and other i- gadgets...and much more...

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 06 Jan 2011

Carry, wear, clip and read

Floods in Bundaberg's Burnett River - up to 70 boats washed away  .
If I had a New Year wish it would be that every cruising sailor carried a personal EPIRB, wore a life jacket, clipped on at sea and read weather reports.

I spend a good part of my year reporting on rescues or tragic non-rescues. What stands out like a lighthouse on a clear night is that it is the lack of these four actions – carry, wear, clip and read – that are responsible for the greatest majority of incidents at sea.

Apart from the terrible general mayhem of the floods in Queensland, every cruising sailor will empathise with the 70 or so sailors whose yachts were crushed or washed to sea as the Burdekin River broke its banks this week - read the story.

Talking of floods and weather generally, the CSIRO, like many other scientists who have watched despairingly as their dire forecasts have been ignored or laughed at by many of the general public, have come out this week to cut any conjecture that recent floods or cool weather are a sign that global warming is a myth. They forecast that natural variations will continue to happen, against a general background of warming.

In this edition there are two reviews of the past year: a Sail-World tribute to ten of the top cruising(non-competitive) sailors in the world for 2010 and we also look at the ten most amazing rescues for 2010.

There are many Australians who keep or dream of keeping their yacht in the Mediterranean. Yachts in or visiting Europe (or Canada or Russia) from this week will need to take note for the next six months or so on how authorities in different countries are interpreting the new 100% inspection rule for ships or yachts. Until now yachts escaped inspection because there was only a 25% inspection regime and yachts 'passed under the radar'. Our article in this issue has more details.

Read how 15-year-old Dutch solo sailor Laura Dekker isn't so strapped for cash any more, and how another cruising sailor, kidnapped and escaped, is now to testify against his alleged pirate kidnappers.

Much more too – excellent webinars coming up from the Seven Seas Cruising Association to improve your seamanship skills, and if you're an iPhone or some other kind of i- addict, there's a new great app for skippers to replace most of the heavy books and manuals on your boat. Read this story and maybe you'll be rushing to the store to become an i- addict!

Whether you're waiting for the contrary winds to die down to continue your holiday cruising or lying sunbaking on the deck with an iPad, browse the headlines and enjoy the read!

Do you have an good story to tell? A product that's new and innovative? Tips you have learned you'd like to share with others? We're always looking for good contributions, and, what's better, you can send your story and images direct to Sail-World, by clicking HERE.

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Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Up to 70 yachts lost in Bundaberg's Burnett River floods
Sail-World Cruising roundup,
While Bundaberg Port Marina, where many cruising yachties stop along their way, was unaffected by the recent flooding in Bundaberg, many other yachts, particularly those anchored in the narrower part of the river close to the centre of town, have been washed down the river and destroyed. Up to 70 yachts are believed to have been affected.... [more]
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Climate is warming – despite 'ups and downs'
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Barrie Hunt, says 'Despite 2010 being a very warm year globally, the severity of the 2009-2010 northern winter and a wetter and cooler Australia in 2010 relative to the past few years have been misinterpreted by some to imply that climate change is not occurring.'... [more]
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The App to replace heavy books on your boat
Sail-World Cruising,
It had to happen. No more heavy weight of paper, mildew or soggy pages. A megayacht captain and a computer programmer who loves sailing have combined their expertise to create an Application (app) that anyone from the weekend sailor to the professional master mariner will find a vitally useful help to their days on the water - and it only costs $4.99!... [more]
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Sailing of another era on Lake Geneva
Jean Philippe Jobé,
Now that the racing boats are ashore for the winter, it gives me the opportunity to talk about the old sailing barges that were used on the lake in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of those still exist and a group of enthusiastic sailors have built a replica called La Demoiselle which is now one of the biggest sailing craft in Switzerland.... [more]
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15-year-old solo sailor Dekker grateful for donations
Nancy Knudsen,
15-year-old solo sailor Laura Dekker has been overwhelmed by the number of people who have made donations in the past two weeks to help her achieve her wish to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe alone... [more]
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Sail-World's tributes to ten top cruising sailors for 2010
Nancy Knudsen,
Some are unknown, some are household words. Some went solo, some took a crew on an amazing voyage. Some overcame the greatest of odds to achieve their ambition.They all share one thing: the ability to think outside the square to live their dreams and to inspire the rest of us to try to do the same. Sail-World's top ten cruising sailors of the year, from our news stories throughout the year, are:... [more]
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Cruising sailor to testify against Somali pirates in the Netherlands
Sail-World Cruising,
A South African cruising sailor who was held captive by pirates for thirteen days in October is to fly to the Netherlands to give testimony against Somalis alleged to be involved in his kidnap. Peter Eldridge was forced to drive his yacht north along the east African coastline until the motor seized and he escaped, but his two crew have never been seen again.... [more]
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Megayacht crew save runaway yacht for German sailors.
Lee Mylchreest,
Worrying about your anchor dragging is bad enough when you are on board, and worrying about it when you are ashore for dinner is something to make the cautious sailor only leave the boat when the anchor is secure and the night is calm. But it was Christmas! So spare a thought for the couple that went to dinner on 25th December at Bequia in the Caribbean. It could have been you or me.... [more]
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Sailors on a mission - saving our oceans in 2010
Nancy Knudsen,
The bad news is that it's becoming increasingly clear how much trouble the oceans that we sailors cherish are in. One cannot deny the disturbing news of plastic out of control, acidification and over-fishing, just to name a few of the challenges. The good news is... [more]
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Yachts in Europe: new marine safety inspections from Jan 2011
Sail-World/Capt. Jake DesVergers, The Triton,
Yacht owners in or intending to visit Europe Russia or Canada take note. From Jan. 1, 2011, the member states of the Paris 'Memorandum of Understanding' (MOU - an administrative agreement between 27 mostly European maritime authorities) will implement a New Inspection Regime (NIR) for ships and could have a significant impact on yachts, according to a chief surveyor for International Yacht Bureau... [more]
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How to build your offshore inventory: a webinar by Beth Leonard
Nancy Knudsen,
Building your offshore inventory - A Seven Seas U webinar with Beth Leonard. The Seven Seas webinars from the Seven Seas Cruising Association are a brilliant way to up your skills in many aspects of seamanship, and all you need is a connection to the internet!... [more]
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The amazing rescues of 2010
Nancy Knudsen,
None were racing. Some were families, some solo sailors, some were professionals and others novices. Some were rescued from the Southern Ocean in freezing temperatures, some had hit submerged objects and their vessels sank under them, others lost way and were rescued from rocks, some were rescued with significant danger to the rescuer.... [more]
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Thousands on boats, but nothing on distress beacons: Rescuer marvels
Sail-World Cruising,
Three men who were eventually rescued, one in a life-threatening condition, could have been rescued within an hour if only they'd had a distress beacon, according to a New Zealand Rescuer coordinator, who described people's actions as 'extraordinary'.... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella: Sailing by the wind in Mexican waters
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
American Sailing Association writer-at-large Meghan Cleary continues her tales of sailing in Velella, this week throwing plans away and deciding to stay in Mexico. Meghan,her partner Prescott and their kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics.... [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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Burke Marine releases New PFD
Colin Burgess,
With the introduction of the new Australian standards for PFDs (AS4758.1) the team at Burke Marine have released the first in their new range: the Burke AP50.... [more]
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Raymarine upgrades product warranties to three years
Jim Hands,
Raymarine's commitment to excellence in service standards and customer support is being further extended with its new three-year warranty.... [more]
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