Yachting Australia Awards nominations open - get your thinking caps on...strategies for winter sailing...Van Diemen's Land Circumnavigation...chartering a catamaran, some great tips...and much more...

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 09 Jun 2011

Australian Yachting Awards: Get your thinking cap on...

Award time again - Angus MacGregor accepting his award last year  .. .
Nominations are now open for the 2011 Australian Yachting Awards, recognising outstanding achievements in sailing during the last year. Fine as they were last year, this year don't let it be almost totally dominated by those racing or associated with racing.

In 2010 the only nomination for a non-racing sailor was for Jessica Watson, and for the rest, you'd think that there were no other sailors out there at all.

Do you know a sailor who has done a mighty sail? Rescued another sailor? Gone where few others go? A great cruising volunteer? Put your thinking cap on and start nominating cruising sailors for their outstanding achievements! There's more to sailing than who gets to the mark first!

Here are the categories:
- Male Sailor of the Year
- Female Sailor of the Year
- Sailor of the Year with a Disability
- Youth Sailor of the Year
- Sport Promotion Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award
- Sport Professional Award
- Volunteer Award

For more information go to www.yachting.org.au

Marine Rescue has published some sensible strategies for winter sailing - they are worth browsing through to make sure there's not something you've missed in your preparations.

Yesterday was World Oceans Day. Did you celebrate? Did you remember? Did you even know? Well, don't worry - There's still plenty of time to do your bit over the next two years (that's the pledge) to make a difference to the declining health of the world's oceans by adopting the Seven C's – read the article on how.

If you have a sailing journey planned any time soon there's a great opportunity to take one or more of the famed weather guru Chris Parker's coming live webinars. It doesn't matter that you're here in Australia and he's in the USA, just go to the Seven Seas U to find the times and details. He's legendary there and I can personally recommend him, having had a great experience using his personal weather service while sailing off South America.

This week's account of a cruising rally comes from Tasmania - the Circumnavigate Van Diemen's Land Cruise that took place this last summer. Catamarans are in the news too, with a cat rally in the Caribbean to dream about from Mariner Boating and some great tips from Grant Headifen on how sailing a cat is sooo different from sailing a keel boat.

This week's edition sports some amusing incidents – read why the beautiful city of Venice is enraged by a Russian billionaire's yacht, how one schooner Captain ended up seriously embarrassed in front of his crew of students; and then there was the sad end to a vintage yacht's journey to a Festival, dumping her crew into the cold waters of the Solent.

...and the story about Beneteau's Dock & Go berthing system will have many of you pining for a new boat!

Much more too, so scroll down the page to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

$5 Million for better boating facilities
Emma Logan,
Duncan Gay, Minister for Roads and Ports, has called upon local councils, boating clubs and community groups to put up grant applications with NSW Maritime for new and/or improved boating infrastructure projects.... [more]
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Australian Yachting Awards 2011 nominations open
Craig Heydon,
The Australian Yachting Awards nominations are now open for 2011, The AYA recognises outstanding achievements in the sport of sailing during the past year.... [more]
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Chartering a catamaran - some great tips
Grant Headifen, Nauticed,
In this article Grant Headifen, Principal of Nauticed online sail training school, talks about bareboat chartering of a catamaran on a sailing vacation, and gives some great tips: Of the dozens of flotilla trips I've lead to the Mediterranean, Pacific and the Caribbean, I'd say it was about 50/50 between monohull charter and catamaran charter.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions releases deal of the year
Kate Elkington,
Multihull Solutions has listed what is arguably the marine industry's best deal of the year with a 2010 Summerland 40 power catamaran company demonstrator for sale for only $695,000.... [more]
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Boating safety strategies for winter
Ken McManus ESM,
'Every year the June long weekend is a great start to winter boating,' said Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW. 'Even with colder weather, the NSW coast can be a magical place for a day out or a longer cruise. But winter brings the need for skippers to take even greater care to avoid risks. Here are five easy strategies for safe winter boating.'... [more]
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Caribbean Canter Yacht Rally: 19 February - 05 March 2012
Maggie Joyce,
Caribbean Canter: 19 February - 05 March 2012. Mariner Boating Holidays have announced a new rally in the Caribbean timed to combine a cruise through the Leeward Islands from Antigua to St. Martin with the Heineken St. Marteen Regatta famous for the parties on the shore as for the sailing.... [more]
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Big boats are selling at Ensign Ship Brokers, Gold Coast
Amanda Drover,
Think what you may about the Gold Coast marine industry at the moment, but at one of the slowest times in the year, Ensign Ship Brokers are selling boats and big ones at that.... [more]
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Russian billionaire's yacht enrages Venice
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
It's not even his biggest boat, but the citizens of Venice are up in arms about Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his girlfriend Dasha Zhukova, who have cast a shadow over St Mark's Square in Venice during the Biennale, one of the peak events of the year in Venice.... [more]
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Beneteau's 'Dock & Go' - taking docking to a new level
Des Ryan,
Beneteau's new Dock & Go system really is both innovative and revolutionary, taking the process of docking to a new level. Taking the uncertainty out of the manoeuvring to bring your yacht into a dock, it provides the solution that will let you handle your boat in close quarters with ease, with just one hand.... [more]
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Operation Cold Water + hypothermia Video
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has issued a reminder to boaters of the dangers of cold weather and cold water. Hypothermia is experienced when the body's core temperature drops, which leads to confusion, disorientation and loss of consciousness. Hypothermia can increase your risk of drowning if you are in the water.... [more]
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Yacht charter savings available now with Sunsail
Sunsail Yacht Charters have has just released specials for all destinations to encourage holiday makers to take advantage of the strong Australian dollar.... [more]
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Van Diemen's Land Circumnavigation Cruise
Brian Golland,
The bi-annual 'Van Diemen's Land Circumnavigation Cruise' of Tasmania, arguably the most southerly rally in the world, has been a regular summer event since 1990. When the rally took place this year in February, Brian Golland was there on the yacht Tradition, and here is his account, the first in a multiple-part series:... [more]
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Lake Macquarie - as large as life
Mark Rothfield,
In the first of an occasional series about waterways that are close to home, and close to the heart, new Powerboat-world.com editor Mark Rothfield looks at Lake Macquarie near Newcastle in NSW.... [more]
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NSW Maritime reminds all skippers to take care
Neil Patchett,
NSW Maritime today reminded skippers to take extra care offshore following three separate boating incidents along the coast.... [more]
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Chris Parker to present five marine weather webinars at Seven Seas U
Thomas Theisen,
Chris Parker, Chief Forecaster for the USA's Marine Weather Center, has a passion for weather and boating and he shares his extensive knowledge through his vessel-specific weather forecasts and routing advice by radio and via live, interactive marine weather webinars at Seven Seas U. Chris will present five marine weather webinars. They're on the net so you can be anywhere in the world to benefit... [more]
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The embarrassing day of the Adventuress
Jeremy Schwartz, Northern Light/Sail-World,
The schooner Adventuress was in an embarrassing fix. Here she was with nineteen students on board, who were due to cross the border between the USA and Canada to attend a festival. However, border customs officials informed the schooner's Captain that she did not have the necessary permission to ferry the students, eighth-graders from Portland Waldorf School in Oregon, across the border.... [more]
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World Oceans Day
Nancy Knudsen,
World Oceans Day is almost here, and the world's oceans need your help. As sailors many of us see the degradation of the ocean at first hand - we are the canaries come back from the coalmine. Hundreds of sailors from countries around the world continually report the many symptoms of the declining health of our oceans - oceans without fish, oceans clogged with floating rubbish, oceans in trouble.... [more]
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Sailing with Eye Candy: Sicily to mainland Italy
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne are sailing the Mediterranean in their yacht Eye Candy, and are about to leave Sicily for the Italian coastline: In Siracusa we were moored with several boats that we knew from Malta or Tunisia - sundowners and good company is never far away when you are cruising... [more]
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Cornish luggers gather for historic regatta
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
There's nothing more splendid than seeing classic boats lovingly restored, back on the water, and the Cornish lugger is one of the favourite icons of Britain's sailing/fishing past. So once again this year Looe Bay in Cornwall will be filled with classic sailing/fishing boats. It's happening over this weekend, with most boats having already arrived today(Friday 3 June).... [more]
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Study reveals most biologically rich island in Southern Ocean
Oliver Hogg and Dave Barnes,
The first comprehensive study of sea creatures around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia reveals a region that is richer in biodiversity than even many tropical sites, such as the Galapagos Islands. The study provides an important benchmark to monitor how these species will respond to future environmental change... [more]
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Carbon Monoxide victim on Lake Macquarie
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime is now issuing a warning to boaters regarding the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning from engine exhausts. Carbon monoxide is colourless, odourless and tasteless.... [more]
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The Aegean Rally 18 May - 02 June 2012
Maggie Joyce,
The Unique combination of the Greek islands between Samos and Kos and the Mediterranean coast of Turkey between Bodrum and Marmaris provide the backdrop for this amazing sailing experience.... [more]
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Lewmar EVO Winch limited period Special offer
Lewmar are offering a free award-winning OneTouch winch handle with every EVO winch purchased at participating retailers. The EVO winch is easily converted to electric operation. And Lewmar is so confident with the reliability of the EVO Range, that it has a 7-year warranty.... [more]
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