Sailrocket 2 readies for a record...Mackay yacht lost after fishermen boating skills simulator...every sailor's nightmare in pictures...Sanctuary Cove Boat show up and away...and much more...

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 05 May 2011

All the news from Australia's coastlines and the world's oceans

Vestas SailRocket 2 takes to the water  Vestas Sailrocket - copyright
It was a sharp reminder this week that if you leave your boat when in distress Australian marine rescuers may be powerless to take part in the rescue of the empty boat. Echoing the recent Queensland floods situation where many boats were lost for the same reason, read the story of how Dr Chris Murcutt lost his sinking boat on rocks because some fishermen rescued the crew.

Over in Namibia, Sailrocket 2 (pictured left), sailed by determined Australian sailor Paul Larson, is preparing for another attempt on the outright world speed sailing record; up on the Gold Coast it's full steam ahead for the next Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, and Jeni Bone puts paid to the evil scuttlebutt that's been circulating about the demise of Australia's largest boat show.

It's not only in Australia that sailors get passionate about how the sport is dealt with by authorities. There's an outcry in Britain about the proposed changes to the way the Coastguard operates and this week the Westerly Owners Association joins the fray.

It seems as though powerboat owners are finally seeing the light, perhaps pushed along by the rising cost of fuel, hopefully by a growing sense of the importance of our environment. A recent study has shown that sailing boat sales have almost doubled in the last year. With low prices overseas, lots of Australians are importing boats recently, and Yachting Australia has come out with some warnings about checking the Australian requirements before doing the deal.

There are some great practical articles too. There's a cautionary article about boatyards and the ins and outs of their liability while they have charge of your boat. Boat US has an excellent free boating simulator just out which you can download free. It's their gift to the sailing world - you don't have to be a member and you don't have to live in the USA! Then there are two new products featured: a natty extension arm for your wheel for comfortable cruising and a new wind meter with a wind vane.

Meghan Cleary writes delightfully about the many reasons why cruising sailors go long-range cruising, and our Book of the Week is 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish' by - yours truly!

Many more stories too, so browse down the headlines to find your interest...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Trimaran unsalvageable after hitting rocks - VMR deny help
Melissa Woods, Daily Mercury/Sail-World,
Once again the scope of Australian rescue authorities to assist yachts in trouble after their crew have abandoned them was called into question by a leisure sailor who lost his trimaran to rocks and waves last week. Dr Chris Murcutt lost his $20,000 trimaran after it sank off the Mackay Harbour last week after it sprang a leak and couldn't be returned to the Mackay marina... [more]
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Sailrocket 2 on the way to an outright world speed sailing record?
Paul Larsen,
In 2008, Paul Larson and his Vestas Sailrocket was on the way to an outright speed sailing record when his craft crashed in a spectacular fashion, damaging it badly. It has been a long road back, but Vestas Sailrocket 2 has arrived in Namibia for their next challenge. The aim of the team is to beat the outright world sailing speed record.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Shooting Stars and Flying Fish'
Des Ryan,
When Nancy Knudsen and her architect husband Ted Nobbs decide to escape their high-pressure corporate lives and follow a dream of sailing around the world together, little do they guess where their journey will lead them and the strange events which are to turn their lives upside-down.... [more]
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Ranking: The world's 15 most expensive marinas
Sail-World Cruising,
You think your marina berth is too expensive, or you wish they weren't so expensive so you could afford one? Read this article and you'll realise just how cheap your local marina berths are! The first surprising piece of news is that the three most expensive marinas in the world do not include the most famed of all luxury yachting destinations, Monaco-Monte Carlo. They are all located in Italy.... [more]
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Every sailor's nightmare - no wind, engine fails, on the rocks Cruising,
It's every sailor's worst nightmare - no engine, drifting onto rocks without wind. A couple, said to be competent sailors, were dramatically plucked to safety from their yacht this week after it ran aground off the coast of North Devon in the UK. Hundreds of people gathered as the drama unfolded yards off shore on Torquay seafront, and various onlookers captured these dramatic images.... [more]
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Boating skills simulator - and all free
BoatUS Foundation/Sail-World,
Simulators are a great way of skill building before the real thing, and BoatUS Foundation's new Boating simulator can give you hours of fun while you are learning skills without pain. The best thing is, it's all free, you don't have to be a member of BoatUS, and you don't have to even be in the USA! Granted there's no sailing, but the skills you'll practice are all highly valuable to any skipper.... [more]
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Yachting New South Wales teams up with New South Wales Maritime
Mainsheet Media,
As the state body for the sport of sailing, Yachting New South Wales has a regular program of courses designed to enhance the skills level and encourage participation of sailors at all levels of the sport. One of the key goals of the organisation is to assist sailing clubs across the state in running basic learn to sail programs. As part of this goal, a Dinghy Instructor and Powerboat Handling Cou... [more]
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Long life assured for Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Despite rumours in the media, from esteemed mastheads that should know better than to publish industry gossip, and from quarters of the industry who should also be above the 'scuttlebutt' as it was described, the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show is alive and well and fully supported by its owners, Mulpha Developments.... [more]
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Featured product: New quick-release extension arm for steering wheels
Sail-World Cruising,
There are many easy times when cruising, when a finger on the wheel is all you need - if your finger could only reach! There are also times when your visibility is better from the rail than from behind the wheel. Forespar's new quick-release Steering Control Arm extends your functional range when behind the wheel, whether for better visibility or greater comfort.... [more]
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Voyaging with Velella: 'Re-entering' the world
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
Continuing the Voyaging with Velella series by ASA writer-at-large Meghan Cleary. Meghan, Prescott and their cat Nessie are concluding an extended cruise along the coast of Mexico: We are anchored amongst a thicket of sailboats in La Paz. The sunsets here are look like a forest of masts on fire, trailing red smoking clouds across the evening sky. We've returned to the flock.... [more]
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Boatyards and their liability - can they contract it away?
Des Ryan,
If you sign a work order with a shipyard that absolves the shipyard from liability, what are the ramifications? Could this void the boat's insurance policy? Can the shipyard really be absolved from negligence? Des Ryan here discusses some of the issues in a cautionary and awareness-raising article for all yacht owners:... [more]
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Product of the Week: Windmeter with a wind vane
Sail-World Cruising,
There may be many times when you are sailing - or even standing on the shore - when you would like to know the wind speed, but just don't have the instruments within eyesight. That's where the first windmeter with a wind vane comes in. WeatherHawk's WM-200 incorporates a (USA-made) fluxgate compass for digital direction. It can calculate crosswind and head/tail wind readings.... [more]
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Westerly Owners Association speaks up on UK coastguard changes
Lee Mylchreest,
UK's strongly supported Westerly Owners' Association (WOA) has come out swinging against the government's plans to change the way that the coastguard operates on the coastlines of Britain.... [more]
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Sail power beating horse power in popularity
YPI/Sail-World Cruising,
The economic slowdown in the Western World may have produced an unexpected environmental benefit for the planet. According to leading yacht brokers YPI Group, 2010 saw sailing yacht sales almost double 2009's figures, and the trend is continuing.... [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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Sint Maarten arrests bode well for the island's future

There has been a collective sigh of relief by all in the yacht industry in Sint Maarten (St Martin), one of the great sailing venues of the Caribbean, after the arrest of three Domincan men for the grisley murder of 37-year-old French causcasian cook from the mega yacht Cheetah Moon, Ludivic Guillevin, in February.... [more]
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The little space sailing vessel that just won't sink. Cruising,
They were sailing vessels that first explored the oceans of the world without falling off the edge, and it seems sailing vessels could very well lead the way into space. There's a small sailing vessel that has been sailing in low orbiting space since its launch in November 2010 and was meant to sink from orbit and burn up round about now. But the little sailing vessel just won't give up... [more]
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Simrad launches Broadband 3G Radar
Rushton Gregory Communications,
Following the award-winning success of the BR24 Broadband Radar™, Simrad has launched its all-new Broadband 3G™ Radar.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week 2011 accommodation available
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation yet? Great options still available. Contact us for the best option to suit you. or 1300 653 997 - 7 days per week. Many options to choose from. Ranging from 2 bedroom apartments accommodation up to 7 from $500 per night. Or if you prefer luxury with a private pool - we have several houses to cho... [more]
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Ensuring Special Regulations compliance before buying a yacht
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is encouraging prospective buyers to check that imported yachts with CE Recreational Craft Directive plates actually meet the requirements of the Directive... [more]
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Fishing writers needed – now - freelance opportunity
Rob Kothe, Publisher, TetraMedia,
A ground floor opportunity, for specialist fishing writers in the Asia Pacific, who want to increase their profile into today's media. The largest online marine publication in the world, with a monthly readership of 220,000 is launching its first venture into the sport of fishing.... [more]
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Eddies found to be deep, powerful modes of ocean transport
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
Researchers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their colleagues have discovered that massive, swirling ocean eddies - known to be up to 500 kilometers across at the surface--can reach all the way to the ocean bottom at mid-ocean ridges, some 2,500 meters deep, transporting tiny sea creatures, chemicals, and heat from hydrothermal vents over large distances.... [more]
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For a safer Sydney Harbour - look to New Zealand
Simon Murphy,
In an unfortunate incident this weekend a young female passenger and an older male passenger on board a commercial Sydney Harbour jet boat ended up in hospital with back injuries (in the case of the women this turned out to be a fractured spine).... [more]
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