Sydney Yacht Clubs embrace cruising...Laura reaches the Marquesas...Ten Golden Watchkeeping Rules - how do you measure up?...rallies rallies rallies...and much more...

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 26 May 2011

Top Sydney Yacht Clubs embrace cruising

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It's great news that the fastest growing group in the sailing scene - cruising sailors - are being recognised and catered for by some of Sydney's major clubs at last. The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has long been known principally for its high profile Sydney to Hobart Race. But last summer, after a trial the year before, their cruising division ran a very successful cruising rally to Tasmania, and more and better are planned.

Now the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club has announced that they too will be running what is to be called the 'Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Regatta and Rally', replacing the Pittwater to Coffs Race, in the coming summer.

If you want to drool about what others are doing or dream about your own next adventure there's a new sailing tale in the Med from Eye Candy and there are some stunning rallies you can join this year and in 2012. Now is
CYCA and RPAYC -waking up to cruising sailors  .. .
the time to start planning!

Fifteen-year-old Laura Dekker has just arrived today in the Marquesas after her longest passage so far. As the Marquesas loom above her, like the good sailor that she is, Laura recognises in her blog that the most dangerous thing in the ocean is – land.

The fifteen arrested pirates who tragically killed four American sailors in Somali waters are gradually pleading guilty to escape the death sentence – eight so far...

Lots of practical news this week too. You need to at least look at the new weather routing and receiving systems from PredictWind; the product of the week is the Autotether, great product with one obvious weakness – how to get too-casual sailors to weather the sensor; and why not check yourself out against the 'Ten Golden Watchkeeping Rules' to see how you measure up?

These are just some of the highlights. In addition there's news from the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show; some hot sailing gear; the plastic-bag-fate of those critters we love to swim with - the turtles; climate change news as it affects our shores - and much more. So browse down the stories to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

2012 Pittwater to Coffs Harbour, now rebadged Regatta and Rally
Damian Devine/Sail-World Cruising,
After thirty years of racing to Coffs Harbour every summer, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Pittwater is to change the format of the event to include a cruising rally. Reflecting the growth in the number of cruising boats the Club will rebadge their famous event in 2012, calling it the Pittwater to Coffs Harbour Regatta and Rally.... [more]
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The Ten Golden Watchkeeping Rules
Captain John Jamieson,
How good are you at keeping watch? What makes a valuable underway watchstander? Are you wondering why you weren't invited back after that last passage? Here Captain John Jamieson gives ten golden rules about how to be the best watch keeper and a good friend to your crew mates (even if there is only one) Check your own skills against this list:... [more]
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Club Marine's CEO Greg Fisher at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Sho,
Greg Fisher, CEO of the largest marine insurance company in Australia, Club Marine talks about the insurance giants response to the recent natural disasters.... [more]
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Solo sailing teen Laura Dekker approaches the Marquesas
Nancy Knudsen,
Laura Dekker, the teenager who defied seemingly unsurmountable barriers to her dream to go solo sailing, is now approaching the islands of the Marquesas, some of the most remote of French Polynesia in the Pacific. Once there, she will have completed what will most probably be the longest single voyage of her circumnavigation - and she's loving every minute.... [more]
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PredictWind demonstrates new weather routing and receiving systems
Richard Gladwell,
Jon Bilger of demonstrated their new onboard weather and wind package along with routing functions, yesterday aboard the ORMA60 TeamVodafoneSailing. For racers or cruisers, the system offers a very cost effective solution for wind and route prediction, with relatively low-cost reception units to receive email and weather data feeds, using the Iridium network.... [more]
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The 8th Mariner Boating Aegean Yacht Rally
Maggie Joyce,
The 8th Mariner Boating Aegean Yacht Rally goes from strength to strength The unique combination of Greek Islands and the coast of Turkey has offered participants in the 2011 rally some stark contrasts at the half way point in Bodrum, Turkey.... [more]
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Phuket to Langkawi Yacht Rally 05-22 January 2012 05 - 22 January
Maggie Joyce,
Mariner Boating Holidays announce details of the 2012 Phuket to Langkawi Rally, a one way slide from Phuket to Langkawi, across the prevailing north easterly wind.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Autotether, great - as long as worn!
Lee Mylchreest,
This week's product, the very clever invention Autotether, can give fellow sailors, those at home, and parents a great peace of mind to know that your sailor is still sailing and hasn't fallen overboard. However, it has one great drawback - how do you guarantee that your target sailor is wearing the necessary sensor?... [more]
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Sailing with Eye Candy: Malta and on to Sicily
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne are back on their sailing yacht Eye Candy in the Mediterranean, and have sailed from Tunisia to Malta, where they are berthed in the Msida Marina, finding many other cruising couples there to share experiences. We have a barbecue on the New Zealand boat Wired for Sound with a Kiwi (New Zealander) mate as well as Canadian couple Mike and Grace from 'Two Moons'... [more]
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Ensign Ship Brokers celebrate strong Sanctuary Cove - video interview
Amanda Drover,
Ensign Ship Brokers toasted a successful first day of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show on Thursday with the sale of a Beneteau Oceanis 40.... [more]
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Saving sea turtles at Solitary Islands Marine Park
Solitary Islands Marine Park's visitors are being asked to assist in the preservation of sea turtles by keeping plastic bags out of the water.... [more]
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Changing times for rivers and catchments
Suzie Gaynor /Miranda Harman,
In the 21st century we will see river flows and patterns of rainfall runoff change as the impacts of climate shifts are felt in Tasmania, detailed modelling by the Climate Futures for Tasmania project shows.... [more]
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Sailors' friends under threat - turtles and dugongs
Grant Banks, Torres News/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors love to swim among them or just marvel from the bow, but the future of turtles and dugongs is anything but certain, according to conservationist New Zealander Peter Bethune, best known for his arrest by the Japanese whalers after they rammed and sank his 'whale warrier' boat Ady Gil in the Southern Ocean.... [more]
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Now THAT's an anchor! Blackbeard's anchor to be retrieved
Lee Mylchreest,
When we upgraded our main anchor to 65kg and the line to 100metres of 10mm chain we thought we'd reached the big time. Blackbeard's anchor, due to be retrieved from its watery resting place this week, weighed 1,360kg. We have an electric windlass. They retrieved theirs by hand.... [more]
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Can anyone rescue the UK's Coastguard?
Emily Barr, Guardian/Sail-World Cruising,
Radical changes to the UK's Coastguard are planned by the British Government, and no-one is happy about it. Her Majesty's Coastguard is used by mariners the world over and has saved countless lives at sea. Here Emily Barr, writing for the Guardian, asks 'Why is the government intent on threatening its work?'... [more]
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Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2011
Margaret Ringgit, Borneo Post Online/Sail-World,
It's called the 'Eighth Borneo International Yachting Challenge', but as passing sailors know, there's hardly a local boat to be seen, so this is really a get together for cruising sailors. With inducements like free marina berths, air conditioned rooms and cash, there are yachts from USA, Switzerland, UK, the Philippines and Malaysia. Are YOU cruising in the area? - it's a great opportunity.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show brings quality buyers
Kate Duryea,
International exhibitors have claimed the quality of prospective buyers at the 23rd Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show was the best they have seen in 10 years, even though numbers were down. By 4pm on Sunday, visitor numbers were tallied at 36,504 – whille the final figures were 39,060 so there was a drop of 6.5% on 2010.... [more]
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Multihull Rendezvous Rally: Cruise Whitsundays 28 August-2 September
Lynette Chalmers,
It's Multihull Rendezvous time and the Abel Point Yacht Club invites you to spend a week sailing around the picturesque Whitsunday Islands in the company of fellow cruising yachties. This will be a week of fun, laughter and good company as you sail across the stunning aqua blue Whitsundays waters and anchor in the secluded bays of the scenic National Park Islands.... [more]
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Rescue authorities criticise yacht owner who 'chased his yacht'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
How far would you risk your safety to save your yacht? A desperate boat-owner has attracted criticism by rescue authorities for chasing his drifting yacht in a dinghy during a 'horrendous' 40 knot gale. The yacht had broken free of its moorings at the yacht club where it was berthed and was gradually drifting towards the shore where it would undoubtedly have been destroyed.... [more]
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Accused Somali pirate pleads guilty to murder of cruising sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
While the sailing community will remain sad and scarred by the deaths of four American cruising sailors at the hands of Somali pirates for some time to come, one chapter in the tragic tale appears to be nearing its end. Five Somali men have pleaded guilty to charges of piracy and hostage taking of the yacht Quest off the coast of Oman in February in a hijacking that left the four Americans dead.... [more]
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Bringing to life an R Boat, the classic, 1926-built Ruweida V
IYRS/Nancy Knudsen,
'It's amazing how much more finished a boat looks once you put a deck on it.' It has been a long journey in Newport Rhode Island since it was decided to bring to life one of the International Yacht Restoration School's most treasured yachts, an R boat called Ruweida V, but this understatement by one of the students working on her says it all.... [more]
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Watch great yachts in 'go-mode' in Queensland's winter sun
Tourism Queensland,
Like watching great yachts in 'go-mode'? Qld's Sunshine Coast will host the first winter event in the Season of Sailing. The sparkling blue waters of Mooloolaba Bay will be the setting for spectacular racing action from June 4 to 12, kicking off with Queensland's newest regatta, Sail Mooloolaba, and culminating with the 15th Musto Etchells Australasian Winter Championship from June 9 to 12.... [more]
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RAYC announce 2012 Sail Noumea offshore rally and race event
Matt Woodley,
New Zealand's Royal Akarana Yacht Club (RAYC) is proud to announce the 2012 Sail Noumea offshore event in conjunction with the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron and Cercle Nautique Caledonien. The three clubs have agreed to collaborate in the conduct of ocean races and passage cruise rallies from Auckland and Queensland to Noumea, with a post event cruise rally. Races will start from Auckland... [more]
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Rally Portugal - The ensuing high sea adventure
Andy Sinclair,
Rally Portugal's international field promises a colourful spectacle before setting off on a high seas adventure from Plymouth's Mayflower Marina.... [more]
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PSA Winter Clothing Clearance sale now on
Performance Sailcraft,
PSA are having a Winter Clothing Clearance. Huge Savings on all Neil Pryde and Laser/PSA clothing. Grab a bargain with prices up to 60% off, everything has been reduced. Products on offer include PFD's, spray tops, jackets, tees, polo's, hats, rash shirts, thermo tops and shorts, tech tees, wetsuits, hikers, boots + more. Mens, Womens and kids ranges reduced to clear.... [more]
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New Ladies Sailing Jacket from Henri Lloyd
colin burgess,
Henri Lloyd's TP1 fabric is breathable to keep you dry and comfortable, is 100% waterproof and windproof, remains comfortable and quick-drying thanks to a durable water repellence (DWR) finish which helps shed surface water... [more]
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Team Windcraft's Mary Bickley talks about Bear Cottage
Mary Bickley,
Supported by many of Australia's best known sailors, the Bear Cottage children's hospice is raffling the world's kindest yacht as part of its annual fund-raising campaign.... [more]
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Greg Elliott: From Sports boats to record holders and cruising tourers
Richard Gladwell,
Latterly Greg Elliott has been better known as the designer of the Elliott 6, the Womens Keelboat to be used for the 2012 Olympics. His focus on easily driven racing designs transfers well into Elliott's cruisers. 'Cruising boats to me are about safety, comfort and speed. Once you have sailed what I call the Tourer version, you'll never go back.'... [more]
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