Tsunami warning for the Pacific.. Bruce Arms, solo round Australia, goes for record...world's largest sailing cat...book review Shooting Stars and Flying Fish...five secrets to preserve your running rigging...'Active Captain' reviewed...and much more...

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 07 Jul 2011

Cruising news from Australia and the World...

Pacific Vision, still on Llewellyn Reef off Gladstone  .. .
Tragedy hit two cruising sailors this week when their successful trans-Pacific voyage was destroyed along with their boat when just an overnight sail from Australia.

However, there's much good news in this edition, from those sailing by Australian shores and from cruising sailors world-wide.

The Endeavour, replica of Captain Cook's sailing ship, is again sailing round Australia with indigenous crew on board in a spirit of reconciliation; Brian Golland goes on with his tale of circumnavigating Tasmania with a flotilla of like-minded cruising sailors, and then there's New Zealand yacht Balvenie with her crew reporting about sailing the Spanish coastline.

Over in Bermuda members of the Cruising Club of America stayed longer than usual and tell how they discovered a Bermuda they didn't know existed; in Cowes on the Isle of Wight there's tell of one of the biggest celebrations of the year for all yachting enthusiasts, Cowes Week Regatta, coming soon; and talking of parties, the biggest Tall Ship gathering and party of the year is about to happen in Waterford, Ireland, better known for its crystal.

Crossing the Atlantic right now sailor James Burwick, better known for his exhausting solo adventures, is attempting another speed record - but this time with his entire family on board, the youngest being nine months.

There's also a range of practical articles – John Jamieson writes on how to add life to your costly running rigging, Grant Headifen examines the value of using a jockey pole, Des Ryan reports on the improving technology in in-boom furling, and Tom Lochhaas reviews the wonderful technological world of 'Active Captain.' - This is a 'must read'!

Much more too, so browse the stories to choose your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Tsunami warning after 7.8 quake 800km north of New Zealand
The New Zealand Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management (MCDEM) this morning issued a Tsunami warning, later withdrawn after a powerful 7.6 earthquake struck off the Kermadec Islands, 800km north of New Zealand, but a marine surge warning remains.... [more]
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Solo Around Australia sailor Bruce Arms confirms start date
Suzanne Arms,
Bruce Arms has confirmed he will be departing for his Solo Around Australia world record attempt from The Yacht Club at Mooloolaba Marina on Sunday 10 July at 12 noon. Arms, after months of hard work and preparation, said today he is ready to embark on the epic voyage. He aims to create a world record by sailing solo around Australia in just 35 days in his 14 metre catamaran, Big Wave Rider.... [more]
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Boat Shows need feedback - win a $14,000 holiday and boat NOW!!
Most boaters and fishers have been to many boat shows, finding it a rewarding, informative and fun experience. The Marine industry needs that to be the case. Boat Show organisers spend the entire year working to deliver a better experience for showgoers and exhibitors alike. To make sure they are putting their emphasis on the things that will have you coming back they need to understand the... [more]
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'Active Captain' - a Review by Tom Lochhaas
Sail-World Cruising,
Tom Lochhaas of about.com.sailing here writes a review of 'Active Captain' a website that covers a range of valuable information that your electronic charting system does not provide: Of all the websites and apps providing cruising sailors and boaters with information about marinas, anchorages, and local features, ActiveCaptain is the best.... [more]
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Voyage of Reconciliation
Fiona Harper,
'The ship struck and stuck fast,' so notes James Cook, unceremoniously ‘discovering' the Great Barrier Reef as HMB Endeavour struck the reef near Cairns. The 18th century replica of Cook's ship is circumnavigating Australia on a voyage of friendship and reconciliation. It's particularly relevant to indigenous crew, given that relations weren't always quite as congenial during the original voyage.... [more]
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In-mast and in-boom furling - improving all the time
Des Ryan,
The allure of in-mast furling has always been the speed and lack of effort to get the sail up and down quickly. The problem, as expressed by many cruising sailors, is 'What if the mechanism gets stuck?' This has prevented many a sailor who can afford the expensive option to hang back. But the designers have been aware of this, and the technology is improving all the time.... [more]
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The Lycian Coast Yacht Rally - Turkey: 21 Sept - 06 Oct 2012
Maggie Joyce,
The Lycian Coast Yacht Rally - Turkey. 21 September - 06 October 2012 The Mariner rally concept was born on this coast in 1998 and the route for 2012 will be the same; sail from Marmaris in an easterly direction along the coast to Finike and then by land to Antalya.... [more]
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CEO appointed to lead Marine Rescue NSW
Ken McManus,
Chairman of the Board of Marine Rescue NSW, James Glissan QC, has announced the appointment of Stacey Tannos ESM as the organisation's Chief Executive Officer. Mr Tannos has had a long and distinguished history of service in the NSW Emergency Management sector, most recently as Chief Executive of Emergency Management NSW and the first State Emergency Recovery Controller.... [more]
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Book of the Week: 'Understanding a Nautical Chart'
Rob Tickner/Sail-World Cruising,
Book of the Week, 'Understanding a Nautical Chart', is a handy guide to making sense of a nautical chart. Whether they are paper or electronic, charts are the most fundamental navigational tool.... [more]
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Book Review – Shooting Stars and Flying Fish written by Nancy Knudsen
Allen & Unwin,
Book Review – Shooting Stars and Flying Fish. A light-hearted but inspirational memoir about a remarkable couple who left behind the corporate rat-race to follow their dream of sailing around the world - a story that demonstrates the rewards of taking risks to follow one's star.... [more]
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Biggest Tall Ship party for 2011 - in Waterford, Ireland
Lee Mylchreest,
Whenever Tall Ships congregate it make for a spectacular sight and it's always time to think about partying. The Irish feel the same. This weekend they will welcome over 50 majestic Tall Ships from 12 countries, some 1,400 sail trainees and an anticipated 500,000 maritime, music and festival fans to the quays of Waterford City, better known for its crystal, for the biggest party of 2011.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie: Departing from Cartagena in Spain
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
New Zealander cruising couple Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue to cruise in their yacht Balvenie, a 47foot fractional rigged, centre cockpit, sailing sloop built in 1991. After making a winter home for Balvenie in Cartagena in Southern Spain, they are back for the sailing season, and it's time to leave... [more]
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Van Diemen's Land Circumnavigation Cruise - Episode 2
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 the second episode of his account, presented on Sail-World as a multiple-part series... [more]
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San Diego to Australia, but yacht lost on reef when almost there
Des Ryan,
At the end of a long but successful voyage across the Pacific two long range cruising sailors had to be airlifted to safety by RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue (Rescue 300) after their yacht ran aground Llewellyn Reef early Sunday morning of this week, just short of the Australian coastline.... [more]
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Anasazi Girl - family in Atlantic Open 40 record attempt
Nancy Knudsen,
James Burwick is a professional sailor with a long history of sailing exhausting solo adventures. He also spent 32 years as a professional mountain guide. But that doesn't explain why James is attempting a new Open 40 record across the Atlantic with whole family on board, his partner Somira Sao, daughter Tormentina (3) and Raivo (9 months.)... [more]
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World's largest sailing catamaran, coming soon...
Superyacht Times,
Superyacht Times reports that Hemisphere, the yachting world's most eagerly awaited sailing catamaran, has commenced sea trials in the UK. Delivery from Pendennis Shipyard is set for late July. With a length overall of 44.2m (145ft) and a gross tonnage of just under 500, Hemisphere will scoop the record as the world's largest luxury sailing catamaran.... [more]
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Cowes Week Regatta 2011 - a place for all yachting enthusiasts
Sail-World Cruising,
>If you're going to be anywhere near southern England at the beginning of August, as a sailor there's one place you'll want to be, and you'll be joining 100,000 like-minded souls to share the festivities surrounding one of the oldest regattas in the world.... [more]
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One size doesn't fit all in lifejacket laws
Mark Rothfield,
Marine authorities in South Australia and Western Australian prefer recommendation over regulation, whereas Tasmania, Victoria and NSW have arguably the toughest laws of all. Really, it's the skipper who should take ultimate responsibility.... [more]
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Hot off the press - Beneteau announces three new models
Amanda Drover,
Number one yacht brand Beneteau has just released information on a new range of Oceanis yachts. The Oceanis has been reinvented with the introduction of the 41, 45 and 48 models – the product of two long years of hard work by Beneteau's research and development team.... [more]
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Five secrets to add life to your costly running rigging
Captain John Jamieson,
Your expensive sailing rope has a tough time against its five deadliest enemies--sunlight, dirt, salt, chafe, and shock! Captain John Jamieson of skippertips.com shows you five simple ways to extend the life of your costly halyards, sheets, traveler lines, mainsheets, and any other rope used for sailing, anchoring, or docking.... [more]
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Using a jocky pole
Grant Headifen, Nauticed/Sail-World,
There are many reasons why a cruising boat would want to go faster than usual - to beat a storm at sea or to get somewhere before dark. How well does your boat do on a beam or a broad reach? If the answer is 'not very well', then there's a way of using spinnaker to make your boat perform better - using it like a gennaker. But that's where the problem can arise, solved by the jockey pole.... [more]
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Hurry! Sydney International Boat Show Photo Comp closing 8th July
Lee Mylchreest,
The countdown has begun to the Sydney International Boat Show at Darling Harbour 28 July to 1st August. Not only will there be over 1000 boats on show, the Better Boating Stage will have a line-up of yachting stars, your favourite sailing authors will be there signing their books - and NOW is the time to act on the Photography Competition, closing 8th July.... [more]
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Yachting Australia issues Amendment 9 for PFD Special Regulations
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia has issued Amendment 9 for the Special Regulations Part 1 for yachts, and Part 2 for off the beach boats, for personal flotation devices.... [more]
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Six brand new Beneteaus to arrive in Queensland
Ensign Ship Brokers,
Ensign Ship Brokers are receiving six new Beneteaus in the next few months, the procession of yacht deliveries being kicked-off with a First 40 due on July 5. Also due to arrive around August and September are three of the best-selling boats Beneteau has ever built, the Oceanis 40.... [more]
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