Ian Thomson tries for another around-Australia sailing record...Go Sailing Day hailed as success...Sunsail lures to the Whitsundays with great offers...sailboat engine secrets...and much more...

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 10 Nov 2011

Go Sailing Day and spilled containers, windfarms and sailing ships

Ian Thomson - he's giving it another go  .
Ian Thomson, who lost the around-Australia solo sailing record to fellow plastic bag activist and buddy Bruce Arms in August this year, has decided to try to break the record again.

Read the hurdles that he must jump to make it to the start.

It was great to see so many would-be sailors turn out for Go Sailing Day at clubs in Victoria - not all of them will want to be speed champions either, a good few will enjoy the sea for its own sake I hope.

Along with all the breaking news for leisure sailors, this week there are some great practical articles to enrich your sailing life. There's a great article on the best use of Dyneema for lifelines; some secrets on keeping your engine cool; and the tidal chronoscope will give you the tide where you are right now with a touch of a button.

Container floating higher than usual, discovered by Greenpeace  .. .
Sadly, however, not everything about today's oceans is positive. Just when the rumour was gaining credibility that containers spilled from container ships no longer float for very long before sinking, a second yacht sinking in two weeks from a collision with a suspected container has dashed these hopes. No matter where you sail, if you are outside the heads or the bar, the fear of containers seems an ever present concern (see photo).

As the world shifts ever-so-slowly to a no-oil-no-coal based future it is changing the status quo in the way that sailing is incorporated into our daily lives, as described in some of this week's articles.

In Britain, to the outcries of many whinging bloggers who still believe that sailing is an elite sport, sailors are complaining that the proposed windfarms on the south coast will impinge on their sailing space.

In the meantime another arm of government is encouraging the introduction of sails on British ships. It is not unforeseeable that one day the two strands may collide.

Don't forget to look up the great deals that Sunsail is offering during the summer to the Whitsundays...Much more too, so, as usual, browse down the headlines to find the stories that interest you!

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

First photos - the pirate attack on SY Tribal Kat
EU NAVFOR Coastweek report/Sail-World,
Christian Colombo, a former French Navy sailor and his wife were on their way to fulfil their dream of sailing the world until their yacht, the SY Tribal Kat was attacked by Somali suspect criminals off the coast of Yemen while passing through the Gulf of Aden.... [more]
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Dragon boat races on Tweed River - Exclusive use this Sunday
Penny Robins,
Dragon boat races are being held on Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed River, this Sunday. NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event. NSW Maritime Regional Manager North Coast James Green said boaters should avoid the buoyed area within Jack Evans Boat Harbour between 8am and 5pm this Sunday, 13 November.... [more]
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Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic - Exclusive use of Hawkesbury River
Penny Robins,
Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic 2011 is being held this weekend on the Hawkesbury River. NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event. NSW Maritime Acting Regional Manager Hawkesbury/Broken Bay Hendrik Clasie said boaters should avoid the area from Sackville Ski Gardens to Windsor Bridge between 8am and 2pm on Saturday.... [more]
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Respect the rope: Dyneema lifeline guidelines
Colligo Marine,
Courtesy of Colligo Marine, we here present the first of a series of educational documents that highlight the usage of Dyneema for all aspects of rigging on a sailboat. This Respect the Rope series will discuss the many uses of Dyneema with an emphasis on getting the most value from this great product, showing key attributes and limitations. The first concerns lifeline guidelines:... [more]
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SOS Ocean Racing setting up another Round Australia record attempt
Brendan Maxwell,
Never one to sit still, SOS Ocean Racing's founder is at it again. Ian Thomson is keen to put together another Around Australia World Record attempt.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show survey winner - family thrilled with prizes!
Jeni Bone,
It was a picture-perfect boating day yesterday as the Sanctuary Cove Boat Show team handed over the superb prize package to grateful winner, Geoffrey Folliott, the Brisbane dad and former-superyacht Captain who is an avid boat show visitor.... [more]
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Sunsail special summer sailing offer 'too good to resist'
Mark Windsor,
The Whitsunday Islands make an amazing sailing holiday at the worst of times, but now, Sunsail, the world's largest boat charter company, have just released a special that could make a summer holiday in this sailing heaven too good to resist... [more]
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Sailboat Engine Secrets - Change Your Impeller to Keep a Cool Engine!
John Jamieson,
When was the last time you checked your sailboat engine raw-water impeller? It's one vital part that keeps your engine cool and happy all season long. In this article, John Jamieson (Captain John) of SkipperTips.com shows you how to make this task simple and easy as 1-2-3..... [more]
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Go Sailing Day in Victoria hailed a great success
Mike Sabey,
Go Sailing Day - More than 30 Port Phillip and regional yacht clubs have enjoyed a bumper day, hosting thousands of would be Malcolm Page Olympic champions for this year's annual Victorian community event.... [more]
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After SOS, how to keep up morale? Rescued sailors tell.
IOL/Sail-World Cruising,
You're on the high seas with an insurmountable problem. You've called the rescue authorities. Now you're waiting for help. While we all hope that will never happen to us, there's the question: What do you do to keep up morale?... [more]
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British sailors complain about planned wind farms in yachting area
Daily Echo/Sail-World Cruising,
Is it the sign of things to come? Unable to find suitable places onshore, wind farm companies are more and more going offshore, upsetting local sailors. On Britain's southern coastline, yacht owners are gathering to complain about proposed wind farms off the coast of Christchurch in Dorset. 'They couldn't have picked a worse place in the British Isles.'... [more]
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New container collision incident off South Africa
Des Ryan round-up,
Don't believe that containers are no longer a threat to cruising sailors. Only two weeks ago solo French racing sailor Mathieu Claveau's small yacht hit a 'hard object' in the middle of the Atlantic and sank. Now five South African sailors are lucky to be alive after their yacht struck what they believe was a container and sank off Maputo in Mozambique this week.... [more]
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Introducing Tidal Chronoscope App for iPhone and Android
A new app for Android and iPhone has been released from ChronGlobal called Tidal Chronoscope® that is slated to give the ability to know GPS Tide predictions as easily as the time. Designing this App came with one goal: Create an incredibly easy and simple way to instantly give you tide information at your very location at the touch of a screen, along with lunar and solar positions.... [more]
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Dream sail ends in disaster - WA family rescued
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The waters around Mackay are having more than their share of sinkings and rescues at the moment. Just a week after a lone sailor had to be rescued by helicopter after his yacht sank of the Percy Group of islands, a West Australian family's catamaran has sunk not far south of the Percy's, in Shoalwater Bay.... [more]
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Xceeding all Xpectations GC Marine Expo abuzz as thousands enjoy Day 1
Stephen Milne,
Thousands of boating enthusiasts have converged at Riviera and the Gold Coast City Marina in Coomera for day one of the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo, which was officially opened by avid boater and Australian V8 Supercar driver Russell Ingall and his family.... [more]
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Gold Coast Marine Expo - Carnivale of Colour fireworks display
Stephen Milne,
Gold Coast Marine Expo - Carnivale of Colour is a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the sky above the Coomera River on November 5. The Club Marine Carnivale of Colour will wrap up the second day of the Gold Coast Marine Expo beginning with a live performance by well-known local band Kick, followed by a fundraising art auction and then a sensational free fireworks display at 7.15pm... [more]
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Jetskier gets sentence suspended
Neil Patchett,
A man from Queensland was this week given a suspended six month imprisonment sentence after operating a personal watercraft (PWC) while being both unlicensed and unqualified. The forty year old man was sentenced in the Sutherland Local Court.... [more]
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Britain set to introduce sailing ships to counter emissions
Nancy Knudsen,
It's official. The days of sail may be just about to recommence. The UK's Committee on Climate Change has come out with a report that recommends 'installing supplementary power systems to make use of solar or wind power' on British ships.... [more]
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Hundreds of exhibits to Xplore at the Gold Coast Marine Expo
Stephen Milne,
There will be hundreds of exhibits from the world's best boating brands to explore sprawled over 36 hectares at the inaugural Gold Coast Marine Expo that opens tomorrow, Friday November 4 and runs until Sunday November 6.... [more]
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Solar-powered catamaran skirts the Somali pirate zone
Raphaël Domjan/Sail-World Cruising,
Turanor Planet Solar, the extraordinary solar-powered yacht circumnavigating the world, is just about to cross the deadly Pirate Zone - now swelled to include most of the West Indian Ocean - hoping to reach the Red Sea. The craft had been a year at sea when it arrived in Singapore for maintenance, which has now been carried out, and Raphaël Domjan, Founder & Expedition leader, continues the story... [more]
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DAME Awards 2011 - nominations now, winners soon
Sail-World Cruising,
Cruising sailors are constantly benefiting from the innovations and inventions which are so much part of the modern sailing world. This year again, on 15th November, the prestigious DAME design awards will be announced from the 43 nominations already announced.... [more]
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