Fremantle to Bali Rally me save my dog...'missing' sailor causes rescue havoc...'Unsinkable' Abby Sunderland tells...Shooting Stars and Flying Fish...Charly Bravo mooring springs...and much more...

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 28 Apr 2011

From curious to irresponsible, from adventurous to heroic

Gotta keep the beer cold! Marco Polo in Geraldton for refrigeration repairs. - Visit Indonesia Fremantle Bali 2011  Bernie Kaaks
Up the West Coast of Australia this week there are a bunch of boats having the time of their lives sailing to Bali in the Fremantle to Bali Rally - great reports from Bernie Kaaks, and some excellent photos too.

The Cruising Yacht Club is promoting its latest information night - and guess what, it's on my book just released of the round-world sailing - and other - adventures of my own Captain Bligh and myself. It's called 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish', and is out just in time for a Mother's Day gift for sailing-prone mothers!

So many tales from the seven seas this week - from the curious to the irresponsible, from the adventurous to the heroic.

I loved the story of the sailor who refused to be rescued without his dog and defiantly jumped into the sea clutching him for the lift into a helicopter. Another incident was a stark reminder of the dangers - two sailors had to jump for their lives from their burning yacht, luckily not far from shore. Then there is the British sailor, his radio and mobile turned off, who caused a multi-station scramble as they searched for him, happily moored in a remote bay, but NOT where he said he was headed.

On a more serious note, one of the cruising sailors who were caught in the Maldives wanting to reach Europe tells a gripping tale of how they solved problems of disintegrating rallies and confusing information to finally cross through Somali pirate waters successfully.

Two books featured this week: Ted Danson's book 'Oceana' on the state of the Oceans, and sixteen-year-old Abby Sunderland's ghosted book on her rescue from the south Indian Ocean. Talking of teen sailors, read how Laura Dekker has embarked quietly on her second great ocean, the Pacific.

This week's product of the week is a mooring spring that will let you sleep well at night no matter how bad the weather, and if you want to be envious, read the blissful tale of 'Eye Candy', who have just started their summer cruising from Tunisia, heading for the Italian coastline.

Much more too, so browse the stories to find your interest.

Sweet Sailing!

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Seasickness in slow Bali Rally
Bernie Kaaks,
A heavy Indian Ocean swell combined with light winds are not the most comfortable combination, particularly at night, so it was no surprise that on the first night at sea, several yachts reported crew members with seasickness.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Charly Bravo-mooring so you can sleep at night
Sail-World Cruising,
Berthing your boat so that you can leave it and sleep at night knowing that no matter how hard the winds blow it will not come to grief is every sailor's dream. So finding mooring lines that can do the job well is vital. Hence this Product of the Week, Charly Bravo.... [more]
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'Missing' sailor with radio turned off causes wide search
Sail-World Cruising,
A yacht that went 'missing' and alarmed his colleague sailors and caused much unnecessary searching by UK coastguard personnel has caused authorities to plead with leisure sailors to register their yachts and communicate with coastguards. While the incident happened in the UK this time, the plea is valid worldwide.... [more]
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Lizard Island: Lair of the Honeymooning Royals?
Jeni Bone,
Plenty of rumours abound as to the destination of William and Kate post-nuptials. And Lizard Island tops the list. Considering the global TV audience will top 2 billion, the Royal couple will no doubt be in need of some R&R on an extreme scale.... [more]
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CYCA Cruising Event - 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish'
David Champtaloup/Sail-World,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) is to hold an event on 24th May where Sail-World's Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and Ted Nobbs will share their story about swapping the boardroom for the seven seas as published in Knudsen's just-about-to-be-released book ‘Shooting Starts and Flying Fish'.... [more]
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Cruising sailor tells: How we survived the Somali pirate zone
Graeme Mulcahy, SY Kathleen Love/Sail-World,
As the range and ferocity of Indian Ocean piracy rapidly increased this year, scores of cruising sailors became trapped in the Maldives and India. Their plans of how to transit the danger zone, derived from successful transits of convoys from earlier years, had to be scrapped. What was meant to be the adventure of a lifetime had become a nightmare. Graeme Mulcahy tells their tale.... [more]
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Indian children go for sailing in a big way
Deccan Chronicle/Sail-World,
The world of sailing grows larger every day, and, like many other areas of India, children in the Tamil Nadir capital city of Chennai (ex-Madras, on India's south eastern coast) have taken up sailing in a big way. The Tamil Nadu Sailing Association (TNSA) is overwhelmed by the kind of response it has received for its seven-day summer camp, which begins today.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show - Multihull Solutions expands its display
Kate Elkington,
In response to the increasingly strong interest in catamarans, Multihull Solutions has announced it is expanding its presence at the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show 2011.... [more]
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Sturrocks Balmain Closing Down Sale - up to 75% off
Brendan Maxwell,
in 2009, Sturrocks Boatique was rebranded as 'Sturrocks' and Evan Sturrock opened the doors of Sturrocks second store at 254 Darling Street, Balmain in Sydney's inner west. It featured all the top brands including Musto, Zhik, Helly Hansen, Sail Racer, Dubarry, Murphy and Nye,North Sails clothing, Sail Racing. But now Evan Sturrock is closing the Balmain store next Sunday May 1st. With clo... [more]
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Sailing with Eye Candy: Monastir to Malta
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne, after a break for the winter, are back on their sailing yacht Eye Candy in the Mediterranean, which has been berthed in Tunisia over the cold months. What will they find after the instability of the past months in this normally peaceful country?... [more]
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Crew rescued just in time from burning boat
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
In a nightmare scenario that all sailors dread, two crew have been rescued this week from a yacht, Toucan Tango, which caught fire and sank.... [more]
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Rally yachts head for Bali
Bernie Kaaks,
Fifteen yachts began their rally of a lifetime in the Visit Indonesia Fremantle Bali event at noon today – fourteen of them from Fremantle and the fifteenth from Darwin – go figure! They were escorted for the first few miles by most of the yachts from the racing fleet, who have to wait until noon on Tuesday for their turn to start.... [more]
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'Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas
Zeke Barlow, VCStar/Sail-World Cruising,
While 15-year-old Dutch sailor Laura Dekker is still amble-sailing her way around the world, 16-year-old American sailor Abby Sunderland, who had to be rescued from the South Indian Ocean in her non-stop attempt has written a book about her attempt at the 'youngest' record. Just released, it's called 'Unsinkable: A Young Woman's Courageous Battle on the High Seas.'... [more]
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Laura Dekker, 15-year-old solo sailor, takes on the Pacific
Nancy Knudsen,
Laura Dekker, 15-year-old Dutch solo sailor on her way round the world, is out to conquer a new ocean. Having sailed the Atlantic without incident, then transited the Panama Canal more than a week ago, Laura has prepared and provisioned for her long passage to Galapagos, and departed Las Perlas Islands.... [more]
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'Save me save my dog': but rescued yachtsman calls it a day
Lee Mylchreest,
Keen British sailor Mark Hughes was attempting to sail to the Australia with pet dog Sheila when the vessel lost its mast and the engine failed near the Canary Islands. After an SOS call he was picked up by Spain's air-sea rescue service 'They only sent down one rope,' he said, 'but I refused to leave Sheila because she is the love of my life.'... [more]
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IMO pleads with ISAF to keep cruising sailors away from Somali waters
Sail-World Cruising,
In spite of the fact that ISAF, the IMO and the various navies who are patrolling the region have been strongly advising leisure yachts to avoid the piracy zone of the Indian Ocean, the recent tragedy of four American cruising sailors killed by pirates and the kidnapping of a Danish family including three children has prompted more action by the IMO... [more]
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Lewmar Safety Notice
Lewmar Marine,
On 5 March 2011, an accident occurred aboard a 2006 Amel 54 in Jolly Harbour Marina, Antigua while carrying out the lifting operation of a crew member using a self-tailing winch. Currently, an investigation is underway.... [more]
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Yachting Australia to host IRC Owners' Forums in May
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia will be hosting two owner-focused IRC forums in May to coincide with a visit from RORC Chief Measurer, James Dadd, from the UK. The forums will cater to owners of both existing and potential IRC-rated boats.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali 2011 rally yachts make social calls
Bernie Kaaks,
Yesterday it was A'Bientot and Ice Cube which made unscheduled stops, today it was the turn of Bob Kucera's Marco Polo and Peter Spencer's Farruca which decided to break the journey, with both calling into Geraldton for repairs, Marco Polo with refrigeration problems and Farruca with what appears to be a generator problem.... [more]
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