Somali pirates and why they started preying on yachts...Bruce Arms starts Oz circumnavigation...Darwin-Dili Rally...rescuer 'thought his time was up'...volunteer frustration with sailors...making your yacht visible...and much more...

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 14 Jul 2011

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Another adventurer is off to a running start. Bruce Arms started from Mooloolaba this week in an attempt to circumnavigate Australia in 35 days. That's harder than crossing an ocean, with all the navigational hazards that abound in our coastal waters. Sail-World wishes you a safe and fast voyage Bruce.

It always saddens me when volunteers, who often risk their lives for the safety of others, show their ongoing frustration with the irresponsibility of boat skippers who are careless of the protocol of the sea. Incidents where they have long chats on Channel 16, don't register their EPIRBs or don't log on when undertaking a voyage, or worse, don't carry the necessary safety equipment for a sea voyage.

This week there were two incidents, at opposite ends of the planet - one here off the Tweed Coast (admittedly it was a powerboat), and one in the UK, which frustrated volunteers to the point that they complained to the media. It's ironic that this happens in the same week of another dramatic rescue story where a rescuer admits he 'thought his time was up'.

The Darwin to Dili Rally was started with a bang this week too, and the lucky yachts are off for a 400 mile crossing followed by some serious partying. Good luck all of you!

The moral of the another news item could be 'be careful buying your yacht from an Italian', but I guess that would be unfair to the many fine Italian yacht brokers. Nevertheless the amazing tale of the Italian fraudster who sold the same yachts multiple times and has since escaped into the murky world of post-revolt Libya makes fascinating reading.

Another avalanche of varied news this week from the world's oceans – an expert's opinion on why Somali pirates started targeting yachts, new and better tide information, idyllic sailing tales, and lots of practical news and articles as well.

Browse down the headlines to see what takes your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Solo Around Australia's Bruce Arms gentle start to record attempt
Tracey Johnstone,
It may have been picture perfect for the spectators, but for Solo Around Australia's Bruce Arms it must have been a frutstrating start to his record attempt as he crossed the official line on Mooloolaba Bay at 12pm sailing north in a gentle four knot north-easterly; a nice south-easter would have made for better speed for the Big Wave Rider.... [more]
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Somali pirates - why do they prey on cruising yachts?
Michael Howorth, AW Yacht Management/Sail-World,
Why did Somali pirates suddenly start preying on cruising sailors in comparatively small sailing yachts, which could hardly be expected to yield the kind of ransom that a supertanker could? Here is how Maritime risks expert and founder of c-level Maritime Risks, a US-based emerging risks consultancy, Michael Frodl explained it when interviewed... [more]
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Better Boating Lounge stage at the Sydney Boat Show- Who's appearing
Lee Mylchreest,
Planning to go to the Sydney International Boat Show, (28 Aug to 01 Sep) at Darling Harbour? Make sure you don't miss the fun, entertainment and information that will be yours on stage at the Better Boating Lounge! While the non-stop show lasts from 11.30am daily, for sailors there are some special highlights. So grab a coffee, find a seat, relax and be entertained at the following times:... [more]
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Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation - special rates available
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your accommodation for Hamilton Island Race Week? As there is only five weeks until Race Week, we have reduced rates and are happy to negotiate a rate. Call 1300 653 997. We have several options to choose from. Ranging from 1 bedroom apartments through to luxury homes. View all options on or call us on 1300 653 997 to negotiate a rate.... [more]
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Coastguard frustration after unlogged cruising boat incident
Nancy Knudsen,
Volunteer Marine Rescue is once again pleading with skippers of all yachts, large and small, to log their trips, after a yacht - it was a powerboat - exploded and sank off the Tweed coast yesterday.... [more]
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New technology dramatically improves tide info
Des Ryan,
As technology advances, information systems on tidal effects become more and more sophisticated, and greater and greater help to the cruising sailor trying to negotiate areas that are particularly affected by tidal flows.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Point Danger rescues three from burning cruiser
Ken McManus,
At around 11am today, Tuesday 12 July, a 40ft cruiser at sea 11nm off the coast at Tweed Heads, caught fire and the crew was forced to abandon ship. The three people on the vessel, two men and a woman, launched a Jet Ski that was carried on board and escaped from the burning boat.... [more]
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Sail-World on Facebook
Sail-World,, the world's international sailing network has today launched its Facebook site, on Facebook you can find it by searching for Sail-World. Jeraldine Kennedy, Sail-World UK and European Editor explained 'Sail-World's Facebook wall will have key selections from the nine Sail-World sites world-wide posted as well as providing the opportunity for Fans to get to know the Editors.... [more]
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Darwin Dili Rally 2011 starts with a bang
Nancy Knudsen,
The Darwin to Dili rally departed on Saturday (9th July) with participants setting sail in brisk south-easterly conditions. The Darwin-based 15 metre yacht 'Parlay',one of the largest in the rally and skippered by Ray Jones, was the quickest away, followed closely by the other boats. It was started by the Hon. Gil Alves, Timor-Leste Minister for Industry Commerce and Tourism.... [more]
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Sailing with Eye Candy: The French Riviera
Andrew and Clare Payne,
Andrew and Clare Payne are sailing the Mediterranean in their yacht Eye Candy, and here tell tales of their sailing visit to the French Riviera: We arrived at Saint Jean Cap Ferrat in France on a Friday afternoon. We had a good 27 mile sail from San Remo, tacking along the coast close to shore giving us a good view of Monaco as we passed... [more]
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Port of Airlie Beach open
Jamie Martin,
The Hon Minister for Tourism, Manufacturing and Small Business, Jan Jarratt along with Whitsunday Mayor Mike Brunker and Meridien Managing Director, Mr Russell McCart today officially opened Airlie Beach's first full tidal beach, Boathaven Beach. 'This exciting project adds to the spectacular beauty of Airlie Beach by diversifying our product offerings and enhancing visitor experiences'.... [more]
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Animated Knots by Grog - Part 1
Jeraldine Kennedy,
By far the most popular way of learning how to tie knots, be it for boating, fishing or climbing, is via the internet where the animation allows you to see and follow every twist and turn. The website and now iPhone app that leads the way is Animated Knots by Grog. You can click through to those animated knots on our website where you will also find links to the iPhone apps.... [more]
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Animated Knots by Grog - Part 2
Jeraldine Kennedy,
The website and now iPhone app that leads the way is Animated Knots by Grog. You can click through to those animated knots on our website, as well finding links to the iPhone apps. Here is part two of our interview with Grog himself.... [more]
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Traveller repair: Turning a $2000+ replacement into a $360 repair
Vincent Bossley,
Vincent Bossley here describes how a little perseverance and ingenuity, together with some pleasant time in the sun, turned a $2000 replacement into a $360 repair: The mainsheet traveller on a friends 43ft (13mtre) sailboat was showing signs of wear. The traveller was installed on the yacht when it was built and so now was twenty two years young.... [more]
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Yacht distress hoaxer diverts coastguard from real incident
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Once again UK emergency services have been hindered because of the irresponsible acts, this time by a 12-year-old child. It is less than a year since the coastguard in Britain warned that there were too many incidents causing interruption to radio reception on Channel 16. Now a hoax distress call could have cost lives during emergency services response to an air crash.... [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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Night drama as two Dutch sailors rescued by British Royal Navy
Sail-World Cruising,
At night this week Two Dutch sailors were rescued this week in rough conditions and at great risk to the rescuer when their yacht was damaged in gale force winds. They were approximately 75 miles west of the Isles of Scilly, off Land's End, the south western tip of England, when the life threatening drama occurred.... [more]
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Italian yacht fraudster with many lives - where is he now?
Lee Mylchreest,
For a while it was a very successful scam - movie material almost - and yacht purchasers in Italy didn't suspect that the yacht they had just bought had already been sold to several other purchasers before. But now yacht dealer Giulio Lolli, ex-President of Rimini Yachts, is in more trouble than he ever bargained for.... [more]
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DeckHardware go big at the Sydney International Boat Show for sailors
Melissa Yeomans,
The DeckHardware Team is excited about presenting our biggest stand ever at this year's Sydney International Boat Show. DeckHardware will be in Hall 2 on Stand 206A. Many of the products on display will be available for purchase on the stand and we will also have some specials available. Look for the sail to find the DeckHardware stand as we will have a Dinghy on show!... [more]
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Community invited to grey nurse shark information sessions
Alyssa Fitzgerald,
NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) will be holding a series of community information sessions along the North Coast to answer questions relating to the current review of grey nurse shark protection in NSW. NSW DPI, Manager Fisheries Ecosystems, Sarah Fairfull, said NSW DPI officers will be on hand at the sessions to provide copies of the discussion paper and answer any questions.... [more]
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Gene secrets of the Great Barrier Reef revealed
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Australian scientists announced they have sequenced the genome of the staghorn coral Acropora millepora, a major component of the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide. This is the first animal genome project to be carried out entirely in Australia, and is an important milestone in Australian biotechnology and in the study of coral reefs.... [more]
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How to make your cruising sailboat visible to sea monsters!
Captain John Jamieson,
Do you use boat radar reflectors to make sure you can be seen by ships when sailing near busy shipping lanes? Did you realize a ships radar might not see your small cruising boat until you are one to three miles away? Captain John Jamieson shows you just what you need to know to boost your sailing safety in coastal or offshore waters.... [more]
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Northern NSW bar crossing rescues – Day of drama
Stephen Reading,
Sunday 3rd July 2011 saw Marine Rescue Units at Brunswick and Ballina respond to overturned vessels on their river bars. Brunswick rescue vessel BR 20 responded to the incident, picked up one of the survivors - the other two being brought in by Brunswick SLSA. At Ballina the same day, the Unit was stretched to the limit responding to three call outs within several hours.... [more]
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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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Underwater Antarctic volcanoes discovered in the Southern Ocean
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have discovered previously unknown volcanoes in the ocean waters around the remote South Sandwich Islands. Using ship-borne sea-floor mapping technology during research cruises onboard the RRS James Clark Ross, the scientists found 12 volcanoes beneath the sea surface — some up to 3km high.... [more]
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