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.
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