New Zealander and Norwegian missing in the Atlantic...SOS Danbuoy wins more awards...Sabang International Regatta...murdered Americans 'took the risk' say colleagues...Polynesians sail the Pacific by sailing canoes...and much more...

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 22 Sep 2011

Awards, adventures, discoveries - the vibrant sailing scene

Pacific Voyage Some of the Vaka on their way, photo by Magnus Danbolt  .. .
What a vibrant sphere is the world of sailing - with adventurers, inventions, innovations, discoveries, tales of idyllic cruising and amazing heroism all competing for attention, both here and overseas.

Australians are out there doing their thing in the sailing scene. A couple of Australians are midway through their transit of the once-dreaded North West Passage and another rally is happening as I write in South East Asia with more than a few Aussie participants. Then there's Oceans Watch, now boasting to be an international organisation but having their genesis in the antipodes. Read their sailing tales of how they are helping Pacific Islanders to live sustainably and protect their heritage.

It's always a pleasure to know about Australian companies being ahead of the game. Read about how many awards the SOS Danbuoy has won, this week yet another - not only that, it's bound to excel internationally as it is the only flotation device in the world that has been tested to international lifejacket standard, ISO 12402.

Out in the Pacific there are some more sailors taking up the challenge of a grand adventure. Read about the 16 Polynesian sailors who are in the middle of a double crossing of the Pacific in their traditional sailing canoes, vakas.

On the practical side we suggest some great techniques for sailing when there's no visibility, and there's an App for your iPhone which will allow you to tell the tide as easily as tell the time.

Many more stories too, so, as usual, you need to browse through the headlines to find your own interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Australian adventure sailors challenge the North West Passage
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Two young Australian cruising sailors have begun a voyage through the North West Passage - that alluring passage that has so fascinated sailor for centuries and led explorer, sometimes to their deaths, for 160 years until it was finally conquered by Roald Amundsen in 1906.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Know the Tides as easily as the Time
Marine News Wire,
The Tidal Chronoscope has climbed quickly to hit Number One for 'New' Navigation Apps. A Miami Beach-based company is the developer behind the ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope application for iPhone, one of the fastest growing paid iPhone applications.... [more]
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More awards for the SOS Dan Buoy
AIMEX/Sail-World Cruising,
Once again Aussie-made SOS Dan Buoy is honoured with an award. Already recipient of 2011 Australian Marine Export Award for Most Innovative Marine Industry Exported Product, the 2011 Australian Business award Product Excellence and Best New Product, the product has now won the Excellence Award for the Welfare, Health and Safety category in the Sydney Division of Engineering Excellence Awards..... [more]
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Oceans Watch and Cat Knapp at work in the Pacific
Oceans Watch/Sail-World Cruising,
Cat Knapp, the sailing boat being used by Oceans Watch to assist in their goal of achieving Healthy Oceans and Sustainable Island Communities in the Pacific, has had a busy couple of months.... [more]
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Seven low visibility sailing tips for safety
John Jamieson,
Not many things cause as much tension underway as low visibility. You need to make sure that you are ready to deal with pea-soup fog or a blinding rain squall. Captain John Jamieson (Captain John) shows short-handed crews the seven top sailing tips they need to know to meet this weather challenge with confidence--and peace-of-mind.... [more]
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Polynesians sail the Pacific to save their ocean
Sail-world Cruising round-up,
A group of Pacific Islanders are in the midst of one of the most imaginative cruising sailing adventures ever. They have been sailing eastwards across the Pacific in seven Vaka, traditional Polynesian sailing canoes. The goal of the voyage is to 'strengthen their ties with the sea', remind the world of the importance of the ocean environment, and 'honour their ancestors.'... [more]
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Victoria's dolphins recognised as unique breed
Monash University/Sail-World Cruising,
If you are a sailor in Victoria, next time you see a pod of dolphins playing off the bow you just may be watching a unique breed of dolphin which, genetically, split from the other world's dolphins a very long time ago. Following an amazing discovery by a Monash University researcher, Victoria's dolphins have been formally recognised as a new species... [more]
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Possible future sea-level changes hinted by new coral dating methods
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution,
New evidence of sea-level oscillations during a warm period that started about 125,000 years ago raises the possibility of a similar scenario if the planet continues its more recent warming trend, says a research team led by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).... [more]
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MRNSW volunteers recognised for 150 years' service on the water
Ken McManus,
Twelve Marine Rescue NSW volunteers who have given a total of 150 years' dedicated service to the NSW boating community were recognised in a ceremony at Sussex Inlet this afternoon. Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos presented Long Service Medals to the members of Marine Rescue Sussex Inlet to acknowledge their long and diligent service.... [more]
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Inaugural Sabang International Regatta 2011
Des Ryan,
Asia is gearing up as a great place to go rallying for the cruising sailor. On right now is the latest rally, the Inaugural Sabang International Ragatta being held between the 15th and 25th September.... [more]
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Youngest world solo sailor Laura Dekker turns 16
Lyall Mercer,
After a year at sea, solo-sailor Laura Dekker celebrates her 16th birthday in Australia this week on Tuesday Sept 20. The New Zealand born and Dutch raised teenager left Gibraltar just short of her 15th birthday. She has already crossed two oceans and expects to finish the journey by May 2012, three months younger than Australia's non-stop Southern Ocean circumnavigator, Jessica Watson.... [more]
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Discovery of English shipwreck at the mouth of the Thames
Sail-World Cruising,
A mystery sunken sailing ship lying in 110 metres of water at the entrance to the Thames River is tipped to be a ship of the English Royal Africa Company, according to items retrieved from the vessel. This is the conclusion of the discoverer of the items, Odyssey Marine Exploration, a world leader in deep-ocean shipwreck exploration.... [more]
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Very busy weekend for Marine Rescue Hawkesbury
Ken McManus,
Last Friday night, most of the duty volunteers at Marine Rescue Hawkesbury were enjoying an eagerly anticipated sleep after a full day's work painting Hawkesbury 70, one of only two accredited Water Ambulances in NSW. Then at 10:30pm came a call from Broken Bay Water Police. A vessel was stranded on rocks some 500m west of the F3 road bridge.... [more]
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Zero emissions and can travel forever - the wave-powered boat.
Des Ryan,
If you have plenty of time there's a potential boat which is simpler than a sailing boat, quieter than a sailing boat and can sail forever. Impossible? It's the wave-powered boat. At the moment wave-powered boats are robotic and used for ocean monitoring, but Liquid Robotics has a big imagination, and to make their dreams come true, they have hired a one-time astronaut, Ed Lu.... [more]
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Murdered American cruising sailors 'took a short cut'
Lee Mylchreest,
Two British sailors who have just completed a circumnavigation have spoken out about the four American cruising sailors who were murdered by Somali pirates in February this year. They believe that the four, Phyllis Macay, Robert Riggle and Jean and Scott Adam on their yacht Quest had 'taken a short cut and sailed further out into the Indian ocean where it was boarded and the tragedy took place.'... [more]
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Auckland International Boat Show: Around the Stands - Gallery 1
Richard Gladwell,
Sail-World's camera did a quick lap of the Auckland International Boat Show, and captured some of the stands, boats and action. Here's the first gallery. The Auckland International Boat Show is open until Sunday.... [more]
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Auckland Int Boat Show: Prime Minister opens Show and Skippers Forum
Richard Gladwell,
New Zealand's Prime Minister, John Key, was on hand last night to open the Auckland International Boat Show and welcome delegates to the Superyacht Captains Forum. The show is underway at Auckland's Viaduct Basin and is the first major event into the new Events Centre. The show's footprint extents from the bars in the downtown Auckland to the bars and cafes in the new North Wharf, and is a mix... [more]
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Victorian Minister for Ports reacts to BIA Victoria claims
Victorian Minister for Ports The Hon Dr Denis Napt,
Victorian Boaters will not be forced to pay exorbitant fines or licensing fees as the Boating Industry Association of Victoria (BIAV) has incorrectly claimed says Victorian Minister for Ports The Hon Dr Denis Napthine MLA... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait 2011 Welcome Dinner - Book NOW!!
Heaven Can Wait media,
The 2011 Heaven Can Wait 24 Hour Race and One Lap Dash, being sailed on Lake Macquarie is just over a week away and entries are flooding in. The Royal Motor Yacht Club, at Toronto on the western shore of the Lake will be abuzz and the Heaven Can Wait Friday Night Welcome Dinner is keenly anticipated.... [more]
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