Lake Eyre sailing - will they be prosecuted?...68-year-old solo woman sailor goes for the record...sailing the Great Australian Bight...the magic of spring to improve a cruising genny...and much more...

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 21 Apr 2011

Sailing Lake Eyre - will they be prosecuted?

Sailing Lake Eyre - will they be prosecuted?  .. .
There's much happening to talk about around our coastlines this week.

In Western Australia, the Fremantle to Bali Rally (there's a race too) is about to depart and in Central Australia several sailors are believed to be risking prosecution by sailing in Lake Eyre.

There's news of that bigger than big Sanctuary Cove Yacht Show and a feisty tale of a feisty passage across the Great Australian Bight by Jack and Jude on Bandanyah.

You'll also find lots of advice from our marine authorities about having a safe Easter holiday.

Read how classic sailing ship Endeavour has just started another circumnavigation of Australia, and talking of circumnavigations, the most heart-warming, but scary, cruising tale of the week is of solo sailor 68-year-old Jeanne Socrates on Nereida in the southern Atlantic.

Jeanne Socrates - going for a record  .. .
She's currently trailing a drogue in high seas, mending her engine and waiting for another low pressure to arrive, heading for Cape Town where she expects to arrive in early May, becoming the oldest woman to circumnavigate solo, by accident. By accident? Read why.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, as cruising tales go, Meghan Cleary, luxuriating in the tropics on Velella, tells what it's like to go cruising with her cat, Nessie.

On the practical side, I have heard even long experienced ocean sailors confess their ongoing nervousness with positioning their precious boat in closed waters – there's an excellent piece this week with some great pointers about the use of springs for close manoeuvring. UK-Halsey Sailmakers also give some good advice on making a cruising genoa last longer, and how they've achieved it in their sailmaking.

There's nothing like declaring a 'Day' to promote an idea, and this week there are two to watch out for – 'Ready Set Inflate Day' – when sailors across the world will simultaneously inflate their life jackets (remember last year when Jessica Watson led them all?), and 'World Ocean Day', drawing attention to the vital part the ocean plays in all our lives, not just sailors'. Look them up to see how you can play a part...

Many more stories too – from the story of yacht owners who are taking marinas to court over fee rises to the latest from pirate waters. So browse down the headlines to see what interests you.

(and don't forget if YOU have a good story to tell that's of interest to non-competitive sailing and sailors, we'd love to hear it!)

Sweet sailing.

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Lake Eyre Yacht Club Commodore to defy sailing ban
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
If you search carefully this week, you just might find Lake Eyre Yacht Club commodore Bob Backway sailing on Lake Eyre. He says he plans to defy a boating ban and sail on the desert waterway this week.... [more]
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Sea-Monster Kitten Nessie cruises the tropics
Meghan Cleary,
Do you have a cat on your boat? Have you ever thought about it? ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary, her fiance Prescott, and their Sea-Monster kitten Nessie are on a planned 9-month cruise in the tropics on their yacht Velella, and this week Meghan writes about Nessie and her boating skills.... [more]
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Grandmother sailor heads for a record circumnavigation
Nancy Knudsen,
Jeanne Socrates, 67-year-old grandmother, is currently stopped in a gale in the middle of the Southern Atlantic Ocean, drogue deployed, as a system passes over her, but she is headed for Cape Town and the completion of a triumphant circumnavigation as the oldest woman to complete a round-world voyage via the Horn. But in a way, it's an accident...... [more]
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Bandanyah's feisty crossing of the Great Australian Bight
Jack Binder,
Jack and Jude Binder are circumnavigating Australia on their yacht Banyandah, and they have just completed a crossing from Albany across the Great Australian Bight to Portland in Victoria: Oow, my head still hurts like it's going to shatter. Aye, from too much celebrating.... [more]
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Spring lines and their magic capabilities
Capt. John Jamieson/Sail-World.,
Manoeuvring in close quarters can sometimes frighten an ocean sailor more than an approaching gale. For instance: Two powerboats are docked flush against the fuel dock. The dock master says to fit between them - there'll be about a foot on each side spare. How can you do it? Here is some excellent advice from Captain John Jamieson, using those magic aids - spring lines.... [more]
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How to make a great cruising genoa last even longer
Adam Loory, UK-Halsey Sailmakers/Sail-World,
Getting a great furling jib to be a better furling jib is what this article is all about. UK-Halsey Sailmakers' lightweight Passagemaker II is the ultimate sail for the cruising sailor who wants a sail designed to reef and keep its shape over a great range of wind conditions and sail configurations. So what's the improvement? Adam Loory tells:... [more]
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Top 10 check list for Easter boating safety from Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus,
Easter is always busy on the water and this extra long Easter and Anzac Day weekend could be even busier than ever and the more boats there are on the water, the more risk there is for something to go wrong. So Marine Rescue NSW has prepared a Top 10 Check List for Easter Boating Safety.... [more]
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Farewell party for the Fremantle to Bali Yacht Rally
Sail-World Cruising,
After an absence of many years, the advance contingent rally of the Fremantle to Bali Yacht Race will depart the Fremantle Sailing Club Western Australia on Saturday, April 23, 2011 between 11:00 and 11:30 am aiming to cross the starting line at 12:00 noon, and there's a public farewell party!... [more]
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Violent Somali piracy at an all-time high
Sail-World Cruising,
It is not only the long range cruising sailor who is now on high alert about the piracy danger of the Indian Ocean. The murder of four American sailors changed the game effectively for any would-be circumnavigators, but violence and the number of murders are also higher than ever in the commercial maritime world.... [more]
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Action packed activities at 23rd Sanctuary Cove Show
Kate Duryea,
More than 70 world and Australian marine product launches are confirmed with a month to go before the four-day Show starts on Thursday, May 19. On-water stars include the world release of the Alaska 60ft Pilothouse Yacht-Fisher and the Alaska 46 Flybridge mid-cabin; the world release of Coral Sea Marine's new 55ft power catamaran; and Horizon Motor Yachts Australia's world launch of the Horizon Q7... [more]
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Operation Safe Speed on the water this Easter
Penny Robins,
Speed will be the focus of the NSW Maritime safety campaign over the Easter long weekend. NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said it was important boaters had an enjoyable and safe Easter and operated at a ‘safe speed for the conditions' which is a key part of every skipper's responsibility.... [more]
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Sailors for World Ocean Day - join an event or make your own
Alyssa Isakower,
June 8th of every year marks the official, United Nations-recognized celebration of World Oceans Day, and thousands of individuals and organisations that value the ocean - yacht clubs, aquariums, zoos, museums and conservation organisations around the world will participate with fun, inspirational, and educational events.... [more]
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Ireland's lost tall ship Asgard II - hope for a replacement Cruising,
She was Ireland's pride. Like America's Eagle, Australia's Young Endeavour, Portugal's Sagres III and a host of other nation's tall ships used for training, Asgard II for 27 years provided very special experiences for young Irish sailors - until she sank, ingloriously, in the Bay of Biscay in September of 2008. But now there's hope of another...... [more]
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Pirate researched cruising sailors blog to establish ransom
TPM/Sail-World Cruising,
The fact that a pirate in a leadership role used the Internet to research the four Americans on board the yacht Quest, who were killed by the boarding team of 14 pirates, sends an alarming message to cruising sailors who divulge a lot of information about themselves in cruising blogs.... [more]
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American sailors keep their butts out of the water
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
You might comment that it would be better if they gave up smoking altogether, but in a move that could well be copied around the world, American boaters are keeping their butts out of the water - and not the kind in swim trunks.... [more]
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Customer demand for digital surpasses print
Jeni Bone,
Your market is online - why aren't you? Advertisers are flocking to digital, aware their most active consumers are looking for news and researching before buying using the Internet as their preferred medium. And for the first time, figures show digital has surpassed print as the preferred medium for news.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Rally off on 23rd April
Sail-World Cruising,
The Visit Indonesia Fremantle to Bali rally and racing fleets will commence their marathon adventure in just a few days. To celebrate the event's return and to farewell the sailors in style, the Fremantle Sailing Club would like to invite the public along on Saturday 23 April, so if you are anywhere near Fremantle it's an opportunity too good to miss.... [more]
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World first for Yanmar in New Zealand
Connexion PR,
The three-masted barquentine Spirit of New Zealand is believed to be probably the world's busiest youth ship. Commissioned in 1986, the ‘Spirit' spends around 340 days at sea. In September 2010 ‘Spirit' commenced an 11 week refit in Whangarei New Zealand. Central to the repower was a new Yanmar 6AYM-STE (rated at 490 kW at 1900 rpm continuous).... [more]
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Ocean warming detrimental to inshore fish species
The findings of a study published today in Nature Climate Change indicate negative effects on the growth of a long-lived south-east Australian and New Zealand inshore species – the banded morwong... [more]
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Yacht owners revolt - don't increase our berthing fees
Independent Online/Sail-World Cruising,
Don't like the increases in your mooring/berthing fees? Don't grumble, do what the yacht owners in Malta did, and you just may win! Two Malta lawyers have taken up the cudgel on behalf of the sailing-mad yacht owners of Malta (why wouldn't they be? right in the middle of the Mediterranean) and they are doing well.... [more]
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Velux 5 Oceans - at the heart of sustainable power
Velux 5 Oceans,
As the world, including the world of the cruising sailor, begins looking at sustainability and alternative forms of power to fossil fuel, so are round-world racing sailing teams. Here is a look at the lengths the Velux 5 Oceans racers go to in order to manage their consumption sustainably while racing the world's oceans.... [more]
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Scientists join forces to investigate marine ‘heatwave'
Department of Fisheries,
An unprecedented marine 'heatwave' being experienced along the Western Australian coastline will come under the spotlight at a meeting of scientists next month.... [more]
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Ensign Ship Brokers 30-day race against the clock sale
Ensign Ship Brokers,
Get ready to embark on Queensland Beneteau importers Ensign Ship Brokers 30-day race against the clock sale. With 30 different hulls to choose from, there is guaranteed to be a boat to suit your needs.... [more]
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Big marine parks 'save money and oceans'
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Big marine protected areas (MPAs) are cheaper to manage per hectare than small ones, and no-fishing zones are cheaper to manage than multiple-use zones, a new study has found... [more]
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