Australian Yachting Awards waiting for non-competitive sailor nominations...15-year-old solo sailor conquers second ocean...New Zealand sailor fined for not giving way to ferry...Paul and RachelChandler tell their story...and much more...

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 01 Sep 2011

Yachting Awards, stoicism, hurricanes and just plain fun

IDEC, which capsized in the Atlantic, and Francis Joyon. "non, merci, I am not leaving!" he said - but this shot was taken after he arrived back in port  .
When is there going to be a good representation of cruising sailors among the nominations for the Australian Yachting Awards? Reading the lists of nominations over the years you could swear that unless you are a racing sailor it's not worth being on the water at all, and there are no feats worth mentioning that weren't as the result of a race (except for Jessica). Come on cruising sailors - nominate your other heroes!

You've got to admire their stoicism. While would-be Atlantic solo record-holder Francis Joyon showed an admirable spunk when he refused to be rescued from his upturned trimaran in the Atlantic, waiting on board for 36 hours to see it towed home carefully, a couple of oceans away 15-year-old Laura Dekker showed her own quiet brand of spunk by arriving in Darwin after crossing two oceans solo with a minimum of fuss.

The book that always had to be written is out now – the story of Paul and Rachel Chandler's experiences with Somali pirates, and we've made it the Book of the Week.

Sailors on the east coast of the USA are picking up the pieces – some of them literally picking up pieces of their boats – after one of the most damaging hurricanes ever to hit the Americas, Hurricane Irene. But some good always comes from crises. Boat US is able to show figures from Hurricane Irene that prove that hauling out your boat and securing it on land for the duration of a cyclone threat is definitely the way to go! Not everyone can find a mudberth.

Many other stories too – American sailor Matt Rutherford is almost through the North West Passage on his planned solo circumnavigation of the Americas; a New Zealand skipper has been fined big time for not giving way to a ferry; and it is fitting that the star of the film about the largest ever ship the Titanic, Leonardo DiCaprio, should be having fun sailing here in Australia on the largest ever yacht made in the southern hemisphere – that is if you are not superstitious...Nice yacht anyway, – see the pictures.

John Jamieson offers you seven steps to check whether your anchor and ground tackle are secure, before you go sailing, and there's yet another reminder that clipping your tether short may save your life in some conditions.

Read on, browse through the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Win a $14,000 holiday and boat - Enter NOW!! Last Chance,
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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Australian Yachting Awards: Can YOU nominate a cruising sailor?
Nancy Knudsen,
You only have days left to nominate the cruising sailor that you think deserves to be recognised in the Australian Yachting Awards. Do YOU know a sailor that has made an outstanding achievement in the past year? Who has sailed an unbelievable journey, contributed to their club or spent a lifetime selflessly helping their yachting club or other sailors?... [more]
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81-year-old Shady Lady lost to the deep between Indonesia and Darwin
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
He had followed the route many times before, and he enjoyed the annual Darwin to Ambon Race and Rally just as much in 2011 in Shady Lady - but he never could have guessed how soon he was about to lose his precious 81-year-old boat.... [more]
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Leo DiCaprio and Vertigo - two stars team up for some fun
Lee Mylchreest,
Hollywood superstar Leo DiCaprio is reportedly currently cruising on Vertigo, the Philippe Briand-designed 220ft (67.2m) ketch built by New Zealand's Alloy Yachts, their largest ever yacht. The magnificent yacht is apparently cruising somewhere off the coast of Australia, with DiCaprio the guest of the unnamed celebrity owner.... [more]
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Ferry has its day in court: New Zealand sailboat skipper fined
Maritime New Zealand,
A New Zealand skipper is convicted and fined for ignoring basic safety rules for the avoidance of collisions at sea. The skipper will have to pay over NZ$5,000 for his deliberate act.... [more]
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Teen solo sailor reaches Darwin after two ocean crossings
Nancy Knudsen,
15-year-old solo sailor Laura Dekker has arrived Darwin, her first stop after crossing the Pacific. With a shredded sail and only half an hour sleep in the last 48, the young sailor who will become the youngest ever solo circumnavigator if she completes her journey within a year from now, arrived into Darwin Friday, after one of her most difficult legs so far.... [more]
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Maxi trimaran IDEC flips in record challenge but solo sailor stays put,
Greater love hath no sailor but that he refuses to leave his sailing boat even though it's capsized in the Atlantic Ocean. Francis Joyon, standing on the keel of his upturned boat IDEC, in which he was trying to break a record across the Atlantic, refused to abandon ship, and spent an incredible 36 hours in its tiny cabin bobbing up and down in the rough waters off Long Island until a tow arrived... [more]
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Port Coogee Marina satisfies some of WA's appetite for berths
Media Services,
Perth's demand for boat pens is proving to be insatiable gauging by the overwhelming response to a public call for expressions of interest on the release of the first 60 boat pens for Australand's Port Coogee Marina, near Fremantle.... [more]
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Solo record at Mooloolaba awaits ratification
Bruce and Suzanne Arms,
Solo sailor Bruce Arms, in his 14 metre catamaran Big Wave Rider, crossed the finish line at Mooloolaba on the 18th August 2011 at 9:41:06 am AEST setting a new round Australia record. The new time is subject to official ratification by World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC).... [more]
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Book of the Week - Hostage: A Year at Gunpoint with Somali Gangsters
Nancy Knudsen,
The UK's Daily Mail is proud of their 'World Exclusive', a synopsis extract of the book that we always knew was coming. It's the book that has just been published by Paul and Rachel Chandler who became world figures when they were kidnapped by Somali Pirates and held for over a year until a ransom was paid for their release.... [more]
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Solo sailor nearly through the Northwest Passage!
Thomas Spitzer,
Here's an update from Matt Rutherford as he attempts to circumnavigate the Americas non-stop and alone: So, I was delivering a boat (Godspeed) to Antigua with Simon Edwards and Tag (Al Hunt). I was telling Tag about this idea I had during my second single-handed trans-Atlantic. I was thinking about trying to start a non-profit in Annapolis MD that would give sailing opportunities to the... [more]
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Short or long tether - it could be life or death
Des Ryan,
You're sailing solo. The wind is brisk but not dangerous and you're safety conscious as you work the foredeck with life jacket, harness and tether. You know your equipment is new and strong, and you feel secure in the knowledge that even if you fell overboard the tether would save you. But maybe not so...... [more]
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Hurricane Irene and the $500 million lesson: Haul out!
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
It is coastal areas that are usually the hardest hit when a hurricane strikes. However, early reports from Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) indicate that Hurricane Irene struck inland lake and river regions in New York and New England particularly hard. The big lesson is that hauling out is the way to go when any super storm threatens.... [more]
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...and the Coast Guardsmen on watch during Irene
First District Public Affairs,
Pilots, swimmers, flight surgeons and technicians stand the watch at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod as Hurricane Irene collides with the Northeastern United States. Rescue teams hover by the radios through the storm, an inadvertent symbol of the service's ideals, slightly modernized by the presence of electronics and computer screens displaying real-time weather data.... [more]
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Seven steps to ensure your ground tackle is secure
Captain John Jamieson,
When was the last time you made a careful inspection of your boat anchoring ground tackle? Are you sure it will hold your boat in a wind shift or in poor holding ground? For short-handed crews, the boat anchor serves as an extra hand aboard, to provide you with peace-of-mind and security. Make sure to put these seven boat anchoring tips on your 'pre-sail' checklist today!... [more]
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Extra funding helps Marine Rescue Cottage Point prevent serious fire
Ken McManus,
Increased funding provided through the NSW government to Marine Rescue as NSW's unified volunteer marine rescue organisation has seen extra safety patrols conducted in by Marine Rescue volunteers on the State's coast. This has significantly increased the safety footprint provided by Marine Rescue NSW and certainly paid off for one family helped last Saturday by Marine Rescue Cottage Point.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Medal 2011 nominations sought
Penny Robins,
Nominations for the 2011 NSW Maritime Medal to recognise outstanding contributions in the area of boating safety, the environment or the community are now being sought. 'These awards are a way of expressing our gratitude to those people, who are making extraordinary efforts for our community,' said Roads and Maritime Services Acting Deputy Chief Executive Steve Dunn.... [more]
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Welcome Brazil, latest sailing-mad nation
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
While the traditional prime sailing regions of the US and Europe languish in the mire of struggling economies and sales of high-end yachts have dropped by 70%, new markets are forging upward. Brazil is one of the most significant.... [more]
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New rescue vessel commissioned for Marine Rescue NSW volunteers
Ken McManus,
The formal commissioning ceremony for Shoalhaven 30, the latest addition to the Marine Rescue NSW fleet, a $680,000 Steber 38 offshore rescue vessel, took place today (Sunday 28 August) at Greenwell Point on the NSW Illawarra coast. Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos, said 'Shoalhaven 30, will be a valuable addition to marine search and rescue capability on the South Coast... [more]
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Sailing on sunshine: learning from the past
Alexandra Witze, Science News/Sail-World Cruising,
One of the oldest technologies of the human race emerges again. Sailing vessels sailed on the wind into the unknown to discover our oceans and the lands beyond them, and now sailing vessels are sailing on sunshine into the unknown to discover the mysteries of space. Alexandra Witze here writes of 'unfurling your jib and tacking your way into space' as a growing trend among space scientists.... [more]
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Commissioning new offshore Rescue Vessel for Marine Rescue Shoalhaven
Ken McManus,
A new Steber 38 rescue vessel for Marine Rescue Shoalhaven will be commissioned at 1:00pm on Sunday 28 August 2011 at the Greenwell Point Bowling Club. The new vessel, Marine Rescue Shoalhaven 30, will also carry the name A.M. McGilvray II, after the founder of the original volunteer marine rescue organisation in the area in the 1970's.... [more]
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The Marina Sanctuary Cove accredited Clean Marina Level 3
Sanctuary Cove,
The Marina Sanctuary Cove has attained Clean Marina Level 3 status, an indication of its commitment to 'rigorous environmental management systems'.... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot launches spectacular new Sanya 57
Kate Elkington,
Fountaine Pajot has launched a hallmark of elegance and innovation with the brand new Sanya 57 sailing catamaran.... [more]
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Jessica Watson heads for Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week
Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week Media,
Young Australian of the Year Jessica Watson will be visiting Townsville and Magnetic Island this week, in her role as Queensland's Season of Sailing Ambassador, for the start of the 2011 Sealink Magnetic Island Race Week on Thursday.... [more]
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Baptism of fire with rescue at sea at Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba
Ken McManus,
Iluka Yamba 30, the new offshore rescue vessel at Marine Rescue Iluka Yamba, had a baptism of fire when called to a burning trawler early this morning, 29 August. Unit Commander Barry Storey was contacted by NSW Police Marine Area Command (MAC) at 1am to rush to a trawler reported burning four nautical miles offshore from Broom Head.... [more]
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Memorial Service for Gary Ticehurst, Tuesday 30 August 2011, 11:30am,
Gary's widow Theresa, daughter Michelle and son Matthew, would like to advise that a memorial service for Gary will be held in Rushcutters Bay Park on Tuesday 30 August 2011, commencing at 11:30am.... [more]
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