That's if you're anywhere near enough to Sydney to make it to the Sydney International Boat Show, starting today. I'll be there every day at 2.00pm on the Better Boating Lounge stage, talking about preparing for a long range cruise. It's a big subject, so we, Ted Nobbs and I, will be talking about 'The vital Ten Tips we wish we had been told before we left the dock.'
The Boat Show is the largest in the southern hemisphere, so well worth a visit - don't miss it, it's on until Monday.
Lesley Grimminck, President of the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club, which runs the very popular Port2Port rally from Vanuatu to Bundaberg each year, has much to say in this edition about how international yachts are starting to avoid Australia because of our regulations and high charges, and she talks about some of the other inequities of Australian Maritime Regulations.
While we're on the subject of regulations, BoatUS's publisher Nancy Michelmas this week has some stern words on behalf of the boating community in the USA, whom she feels are bearing the brunt of regulatory force, while 'bigger fish' get off scot free. It's well worth a read because even though the issues are different 'picking on the little guy' is also a common complaint among sailors in Australia.
There's much else happening on our coastal waters and in the world's oceans. Bruce Arms is well on his way to breaking the record as the fastest yacht to circumnavigate Australia - but he's not there yet, so watch this space!
It's always nice to see an Australian marine product doing well, and so we congratulate SOS Marine for their double win in the Australian Business Awards for their SOS Dan Buoy. Well done!
Read the heart-warming story of how sailors turned rescuers at the end of a Pacific crossing, and a 'There-we-were-in-towering-seas' story of a trimaran meant for fast coastal sailing who survived a significant storm in the Tasman Sea.
There are always cruising rallies happening somewhere in the world. This week we tell of two – one in million-dollar-plus yachts by the New York Yacht Club in Connecticut, and the other by a wild variety of cruising and racing boats, between Darwin in Australia and Ambon in Indonesia. No matter how different the venue or the boats, the atmosphere is always the same - lots of camaraderie and the freedom of leaving the cares of daily life behind for a while.
So many other stories and articles too, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.
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