Solo sailor setting a new Oz circumnavigation record...solo teen sailor heads for dangerous first - a Sail-in Cinema...are we friendly enough to visiting international sailors?...Heaving-to - how often have you practised?...and much more...

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 18 Aug 2011

Arms set for record, teen sailor heads for the coral

Big Wave Rider (Chamberlin 46) is set to enter the record books for solo Australian circumnavigation  Paul Scambler
As I am writing this, Bruce Arms, Mooloolaba-based sailor is just one mile from entering Mooloolaba Harbour having set a new record for the fastest circumnavigation of Australia in his 46ft catamaran, Big Wave Rider. He will have taken a three-day chunk from the previous record, held by his friend and colleague Ian Thomson, who sailed the route last year in an Open 40 monohull. Congratulations Bruce, well sailed!

In the meantime, single-handed sailor Laura Dekker, 15 years old and with plenty of spirit, is sailing her bright red ketch into one of the most challenging parts of her round-world voyage. At times when the water is deep, when it's too remote for fishing boats and an AIS will warn of ships, it's possible for the solo sailor to have a good sleep every now and then.

But in front of Laura now lie many islands and reefs as she nears the coast of northern Queensland, heading for the tip of Cape York. Captain Cook memorably described this area as 'a labyrinth' of coral, and nothing much has changed in the intervening 241 years. Be vigilant Laura!

Whether Australia is too expensive, too bureaucracy-bound and just too unfriendly for the roving international sailor has been the subject of discussion among Australian sailing clubs and individual sailors for many years. Read the article where we publish differing views, headed by that of the long-time president of the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club which welcomes over 50 yachts every year in the Port2Port Rally from Vanuatu.

There's always something to be amazed at in the world of the cruising sailor – this week the first ever 'Sail-in' cinema in Britain was patronised by more than 100 yachts. On the other side of the world the ultimate in 'toys for the boys' was introduced to the market in the USA – an underwater Dive Scooter for those who don't care to swim but want to examine the world underwater. You'd have to have quite a large yacht, however, to stow one of these on the aft deck.

John Jamieson (Captain John) reminds us what a handy knot the rolling hitch is; Grant Headifen urges us all to practise heaving-to when there's no emergency, while imparting some heaving-to tricks; and Ley and Neil Langford share with us from Singapore the punishment meted out to them when they broke the cardinal sailor's rule of never leaving port on a Friday!

Many other articles and stories too to keep you amused, entertained or up to date with what's going on in the sailing world, so browse down the headlines to see what catches your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Strong Winds and Jessica Watson await Solo Sailor Bruce Arms
Terry Travers,
Queenslander Bruce Arms is within a day of completing what will become a record breaking solo, unassisted, circumnavigation of Australia... [more]
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Solo sailor Laura Dekker heads for our northern coral reefs
Nancy Knudsen,
It's coming up to a year since Dutch solo sailor Laura Dekker, now 15, left Gibraltar on her planned circumnavigation on 21st August 2010. She is now heading our way, having left Vanuatu on 8th August, but don't expect to see her on the east coast. She is heading straight for Darwin. To get there she will have to pass through the maze of coral reefs that surround the top of Australia... [more]
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Compact inexpensive send/receive satellite communicator turning heads
Charlie Conley/Sail-World Cruising,
An inexpensive satellite communicator not on the market yet is earning awards and turning heads in the USA. The Iridium-based inReach, a small unit that will send and receive text messages has just won major awards from both Outside Magazine and It could be very applicable for any sailor going out of reach of mobile phone coverage - receiving is the big breakthrough.... [more]
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Balvenie's red-letter-day: Goodbye to the Med
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell.,
New Zealander cruising couple Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue to cruise in their 47ft fractional rigged sloop Balvenie, in which they have already covered over 25,00nautical miles. They have been cruising in the Mediterranean, but the day has finally come...... [more]
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Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race & Rally – in the 'Bucket List of Races'
Robyn Dix,
The Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race & Rally 2011 has been a wonderful chance to visit the amazing Spice Islands of Indonesia and explore some of the amazing 17,000 islands of the Indonesian Archipelago. The 2011 Race attracted a large racing fleet, including national, international yachts, as well as the local crowd.... [more]
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Operation Icebreaker on Alpine Lakes
Neil Patchett,
Boaters not wearing lifejackets was the main safety concern arising from Operation Icebreaker over the weekend. NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers conducted on-water checks of 113 boats over the two days with a larger than normal number of boats on the water due to the early spring-like weather,' said Steve Dunn from NSW Maritime.... [more]
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The No.1 Most Important Hitch for Sailing and How to Use It!
John Jamieson,
Master rigger and author Brion Toss calls the rolling hitch the single most 'ridiculously underused' nautical knot today. And for good reason... Not many knots can be tied or untied under strain or loosened when wet, or will hold without slipping on a wet rail or spa r- or save your life when other less worthy knots might give way. Check out this list of uses for the super reliable rolling hitch... [more]
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Heaving-to: a simple skill that needs practice
Grant Headifen, Nauticed,
Have you ever had to heave-to? If your answer is 'yes', then you will have been glad that you had practiced first. If the answer is 'no', now is the time to practice, BEFORE the need arises. Here Nauticed's Grant Headifen offers some great hints about the subject:... [more]
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New job opportunies as top marine company expands
Multihull Solutions,
As a result of their continuing success, Multihull Solutions is on the look-out for a motivated and professional Administration Manager/Book Keeper to join their award-winning team.... [more]
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Australia for international cruisers - are we driving them away?
Nancy Knudsen,
Recently we printed an article by Lesley Grimminck, long time and highly respected president of the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club, (of Port2Port Rally fame), about the faulty way in which Australia greets international cruising sailors wishing to stop here on their way around the world. Here we print Lesley's original article, and two of the responses that represent a divided opinion on the issue... [more]
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Foreign yachts fined in Europe for 'wrong' fuel
Lucy Chabot Reed, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising,
Admittedly they were megayachts, but the warning is clear for all cruising sailors are headed for Europe after being in America, even for a short time. Two megayachts have been boarded and fined thousands of dollars by German customs officers in Kiel for having red-tinted fuel in their tanks.... [more]
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Never leave port on a Friday - a sad tale from Crystal Blues
Neil and Ley Langford,
Most of the time Sail-World's real-life tales from cruising sailors are of dreamy destinations, stimulating land adventures, stunning sunsets and good times with other cruising sailors. However, just to balance the equation, the following story may help to bring some reality to the dream. Neil and Ley Langford have been cruising for many years, with their fair share of exotica, but not this time:... [more]
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Sailors (new and old) find their dream boats with Find a Crew
Jeni Bone,
Find a Crew by Nautycal, the world's largest online marine crew and boat network, has one very important difference from its international rivals - the vigilant customer service pivot point between yachts and their potential crew mates, Kylie Gretener.... [more]
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A world first at Cowes - the Sail-in Cinema
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
First there were grand picture theatres, then there were drive-ins, then came the era of watch-it-at-home, and it seemed as though the days of the movie house were over. However, giant screens and 3D arrived to bring the movie industry back from the dead - but that was all long before a new world first which has just taken place - a Sail-in Cinema.... [more]
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An ultimate gizmo - the AS2 Underwater Dive Scooter!
Lee Mylchreest,
At Sail-World Cruising we like to bring you up-to-date with all the latest gizmos, even if you wouldn't have a use for them immediately. I know there will be some cruising sailors reading this who may NEVER opt for one of these, but when you next see it on the high seas, you can say 'We heard about it on Sail-World.' It's the AS2 Underwater Dive Scooter!... [more]
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Win a $14,000 holiday and boat - Enter 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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Aussie Skipper required for High Adventure
Graham Hughes,
Hi, my name is Graham Hughes. I'm currently in the midst of a rather epic challenge – one that I hope you might be interested in joining me in: I'm trying to step foot in every country in the world, and attempting to do so without flying. I'm doing this to raise funds and awareness for the international charity WaterAid.... [more]
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Sailor set to inspire us all with solo challenge
Lee Mylchreest,
There are some stories that are so engaging they are quite inspirational. The story of Dennis Howard is one of them. Dennis is a humble man who is about to take on one of the greatest challenges in the world - to sail around the world solo in a 20ft boat. The difference is that Dennis Howard, 62-year-old San Diego resident, has only 7% vision and is legally blind... [more]
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Melbourne's Tall Ship commences 2011-2012 season
Rod Thomas,
Melbourne's wooden topsail schooner Enterprize commences her new sailing season on Sunday 28 August. As part of Melbourne's 176th birthday celebration, Enterprize will be open for inspection at NAB Wharf in Docklands.... [more]
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Phuket ready to launch one-stop-shop online check-in for yachts
Phuket Gazette,
Karokot Khotcharit, a SIPA systems analyst, explained that the system will reduce the time it takes for yacht owners to submit forms to Immigration, Customs and the Marine Department. 'It combines three forms into a single form. Yacht owners can fill in their information in advance via the internet before they reach – or leave – Phuket,' Mr Karokot said.... [more]
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The Argus showcases Outback Marine's engineering solutions
Jeni Bone,
Gary Pacey is a dyed in the wool engineer, whose expertise extends to automotive, industrial and marine, with a particular penchant for boats. His new brand of catamaran, the Roger Hill designed Argus E35, is the showcase of the exceptional and innovative systems his company, Outback Marine in many cases has pioneered, imported and improved upon.... [more]
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Operation Icebreaker on Alpine Lakes this weekend
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime will conduct a joint boating safety operation with local police in the Alpine Lakes this weekend. Acting Deputy Chief Executive Maritime Services Steve Dunn said Operation Icebreaker would involve compliance checks with new lifejacket rules, random breath testing, safety equipment and fishing and boat licence checks.... [more]
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