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
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.
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