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 07 Apr 2011

Circumnavigations, cautions, rescues and Hooray for the Poles!

Bruce and Suzanne Arms aboard Big Wave Rider.  Lindsay Wright
Heading this week's Australian cruising news is how well-known Mooloolaba-based yachtie, Bruce Arms, is scheduled for a solo odyssey circumnavigating Australia.

He will attempt a new solo sailing record, currently held by Ian Thomson, who sailed round our island-continent while raising awareness of the damage that plastic bags do to the environment.

Also read how Bruce's protege, Jessica Watson is still in the news, this time lending her now-famous face to assist Queensland's Season of Sailing.

It's good to know that there is a cruising division at the Port Stephens regatta, which has passed the 100 registration mark by the time registrations closed. You'll enjoy Lisa Ratcliff's amusing attempt to incorporate the names of all the participant boats in her account of the festivities to come.

The bulk of cruising boats sailing the world come from a narrow range of countries, with Australia batting way above its population base. France, Britain, Norway, North America, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands are also prime countries.
Solanus achievement - sailors celebrate their rounding of the Horn  .. .
So it's fantastic to be able to congratulate the Polish crew on the yacht Solanus who have just negotiated both the North West Passage and rounded the Horn on their way to a circumnavigation of the Americas - and what a nice crusty old bunch of seasoned mariners they look too!

There are two news stories in this week's edition on how technology led to the rescue of sailors, both incidents occurring in the Atlantic, south and north. One crew's inmarsat tracker told their shore team that the yacht was behaving strangely and the other crew set off of a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) carried by one crew member. Sadly, both yachts were abandoned.

On this subject, rescue authorities spend much time these days reminding leisure sailors of the importance of carrying automatic distress beacons. While this is excellent and much needed, I hope that this never has the effect of lowering cruising sailors' standards of good seamanship in preparing meticulously for a voyage, or encouraging those without the necessary skills to venture across oceans.

Laura Dekker, the Dutch 15-year-old embarked on a circumnavigation, has been subjected to some flak this week for irritation she confesses to feeling about the media. We ask what you think.

It appears that the demise of the round-world Blue Water Rally, for whom the killing of four crew who had been part of their rally by pirates seems to have been the last straw, has thrown the baton to the World Cruising Club. They have just announced that their World ARC has so many entries it will in future be annual instead of biennial.

The Book of the Week, Batavia, from Boat Books, is one of the most horrifying and gripping of tales, and the Product of the Week is the unromantic, but vital, bilge-pump. Our yacht feature is the fabulous daysailer the Saffier Se 23, one of the European Yachts of the Year, and there's a salient reminder about the continued need for caution sailing on waters in South East Queensland after the floods.

Much more too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Mooloolaba-based boatbuilder to go for solo record round Australia
Sail-World Cruising,
In June this year, Mooloolaba-based Bruce Arms will embark on a mission to be the first person to sail a multihull solo, nonstop and unassisted around Australia in a record-breaking 35 days, and he will be sponsored by well known cruising catamaran specialists Multihull Solutions.... [more]
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Ocean Racing Club of Victoria Rip Tour
John Curnow,
The infamous Rip is the narrow, 1.5nm stretch of water that separates Melbourne's Port Phillip from the equally world renowned, Bass Strait. On April 10, the Ocean Racing Club of Victoria will run its next Rip Tour, suitable for all sailors, not only racers. This guided training event goes through the main elements of safe navigation in the area and some of the pertinent historical facts.... [more]
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Jessica Watson to front Queensland's Season of Sailing
Sunshine Coast Daily/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailing is playing a part in the recovery of Queensland from a spate of natural disasters, and teen-aged solo round-world sailor Jessica Watson has lent her now famous face to assist the state in its $100,000 2011 Season of Sailing Campaign. Jessica, who also won Young Australian of the Year will personally promote all the 2011 Season of Sailing events.... [more]
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Sail Port Stephens - all in a name - a Tale with a Twist
Lisa Ratcliff,
Sail Port Stephens 2011 - The Performance Racing and Performance Cruising divisions will compete for the Port Stephens Trophy at this year's Sail Port Stephens regatta, which has cracked the 100 boat mark and is on track for a bumper fleet.... [more]
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World ARC circumnavigation rally an annual event
World Cruising Club,
World ARC is currently a biennial event, starting in January and finishing 15 months later. The current event started in January 2010 and the next will start in January 2012. World Cruising Club are delighted to announce that from 2014 the World ARC round-the-world sailing rally will become an annual event; starting every January from Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia.... [more]
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Teen sailor Laura Dekker lashes out against media
Pete Thomas Outdoors,
Pete Thomas, author of the online eMagazine, 'Outdoors', writes about the 15-year-old Dutch/New Zealander solo sailor who has sailed from Europe across the Atlantic as part of her planned circumnavigation:... [more]
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Convoy of cruising yachts successfully transit Somali pirate zone
Nancy Knudsen,
The Thailand to Turkey Convoy (TTT), led by Rene Tiemessen, rejected for escort by the combined navies, has safely transited the pirate zone around Somalia, which has now spread so wide that vast stretches of the Indian Ocean have been deemed dangerous for cruising sailors.... [more]
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Book of the Week: Batavia, gripping, horrifying, the best read!
Rob Tickner/Sail-World Cruising,
The story of the Batavia must be one of the most fascinating, if horrifying sailing shipwreck stories of all time. It combines a tale of sea-faring adventure, mutiny, love, lust, criminality, a reign of terror, murders most foul, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue, first contact with native peoples with the unlikely tale of the birth of the world's first corporation... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Saffier Se 23, European Yacht of the Year
Nancy Knudsen,
On 22nd January this year, the Saffier Se 23 beat the Corsair 750 DASH, the J 95, the Knierim P33 and the M 34 as the European Yacht of the Year in the 'special yacht' class. Dennis and Dean Hennevanger received the prize on behalf of the company. So what made 10 journalists from European magazines, choose the Saffier 23 for this prestigious prize?... [more]
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Polish yacht - North West Passage and Cape Horn in a single journey
Nancy Knudsen,
Last year the steel expedition yacht Ocean Watch completed a circumnavigation of the Americas, clockwise, and at the time it was thought they were the first yacht to achieve such a challenge. Now a Polish yacht is on its way to achieving the same challenge, anti-clockwise, and has just rounded Cape Horn... [more]
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The PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) that saved their lives
Des Ryan,
It fitted in his pocket, but it saved his and his three crew mates' lives when they had a problem in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It was a McMurdo PLB that saved the lives of the four yachtsmen, who were successfully rescued this week when they activated the beacon following a problem onboard their sailing yacht... [more]
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McConaghy's MC2 is redefining speed and luxury
McConaghy News,
McConaghy has teamed up with racing multihull specialist Banuls Design to launch a new range of semi-custom high-performance catamarans.... [more]
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Highly awarded Californian hero sailors now win New Zealand award
Otago Daily Times/Sail-World Cruising,
They have already won an International Marine Organisation (IMO) award for bravery, a Cruising Club of America Award, and Sail-World made them one of the To Ten Heroes of the Year and now the Californian couple have been honoured for their courage and superb seamanship in rescuing three people, including a New Zealand woman, off a stricken yacht south of Fiji.... [more]
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Mediterranean inspection warning this season: yachts are included
Stuart Biesel, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising,
There is quite a stir in the air these days about the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and vessels being detained in the Mediterranean. There are Flag State circulars, various management company memos, e-mails and media articles all with warnings. Let's have a look at the who, what, where and why of the Paris MoU and how this may impact yachts in the Mediterranean this summer.... [more]
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How Albatrosses fly such vast distances - tacking upwind
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
The answer, says Philip L. Richardson of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), lies in a concept called dynamic soaring, in which the large bird utilizes the power of above-ocean wind shear while tacking like an airborne sailboat.... [more]
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Work begins on Australia's best yet climate projections
Australian scientists have begun the process of delivering the most detailed national climate change projections yet. In three years, Australians will have the latest climate projections for the 21st Century for a range of factors including; sea levels, seasonal-average temperatures, rainfall, as well as extreme weather events such as heatwaves, fires, droughts, floods, and cyclones.... [more]
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AIMEX announces 2011 Export Awards Judging Panel
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) has announced the judging panel for the 2011 Club Marine Australian Marine Industry Export Awards.... [more]
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Product of the Week: New 'tight-space' automatic bilge pump
Home Port/Sail-World Cruising,
It's not the most romantic aspect of a sailor's life, but you don't want to find out that your boat is sinking by putting your feet out of the bunk into water in the morning. Here's a new product by an Irish company that will fit into the most confined of spaces and give you peace of mind about your engine room.... [more]
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Sydney's bull shark heads north for the winter
Industry & Investment NSW,
A 2.5 metre bull shark tagged by Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) researchers in Sydney Harbour has travelled over 5000 kilometres to locations as far as Lady Elliot Island and Townsville... [more]
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Inmarsat satellite tracker led to yacht's rescue
Geo Express/Sail-World Cruising,
A stranded Cape Town yacht and its young crew were successfully located and rescued, not because they had set off a distress beacon, but because of a tracking device which had been placed on the yacht when it entered a Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro Race last month. Xtra-Link supplied the Royal Cape Town Yacht club with 20 tracking units - enabling them to fit every yacht participating in the event.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Safety alert: Buoys and bales
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime has warned boaters of the need for continued caution on flood-affected South Coast waters, some of which have been stripped of navigation markers.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Advisory - Scuttling of Ex-HMAS Adelaide
NSW Maritime,
Strict boating safety controls will apply for the April 13 scuttling of the Ex-HMAS Adelaide off Avoca Beach on the Central Coast. The decommissioned Australian Navy escort frigate will be towed from Sydney to a position off Avoca Beach, where it will be scuttled, subject to weather conditions.... [more]
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Ensign Ship Brokers debut Beneteau First 30 at Sanctuary Cove
Ensign Ship Brokers,
Ensign Ship Brokers are bringing a beauty to this year's Sanctuary Cove International Boat show, with the new release Beneteau First 30 yacht on debut in Australia.... [more]
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Mine's bigger - the world's largest line.
Ken Quant/Sail-World Cruising,
The phrase 'Mine's bigger' was never truer. A US company has recently produced the world's largest rope, designed to make your heaviest mainsheet look like a piece of sewing cotton.... [more]
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Sodebo crosses the finish line
Corine Renié-Péretié,
Thomas Coville on Sodebo crossed the finish line off Ushant today, Thursday 31 March 2011 at 12h15 (GMT) after 61 days, seven minutes and 32 seconds at sea after setting out on Saturday 29 January at 11h07'28' (GMT) on the solo round the world record attempt.... [more]
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Coastal council meets to help protect the Great Barrier Reef
Both mayors and senior staff from councils along the Great Barrier Reef coastline will meet in Cairns over the next two days to help shape the direction of the GBRMPA's Reef Guardian Council program.... [more]
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