Laura Dekker three oceans conquered...three days rowing after yacht sinks...Port2Port arrives Bundaberg...Porthole/portlight wins DAME Design Awards...New Mariner Boating Rally in Croatia...and much more...

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 17 Nov 2011

Dekker/Moitessier and other amazing adventures

Laura Dekker - reluctant to reach land after 47 days peacefully at sea  .
It's our promise always to bring you the news as you'd like to have it – relevant to the you as a cruising sailor, in the level of detail that you would like and from the perspective you would like.

This week, as ever, there's plenty of it. OceansWatch is calling for sailors interested in getting involved in saving our oceans to meet in Mooloolaba. If you are anywhere close it's a great opportunity. Read how Tasmania is developing some new infrastructure for yachties, and that great boating company Mariner Boating Holidays has a brand new adventure to talk about in Croatia.

Two adventure sailing expeditions worth mentioning: First there's the arrival of 16-year-old Laura Dekker in to Durban after a 47-day journey across the Indian Ocean. What a cool sailor she is...the only thing that seems to ruffle her is having to give up life on the ocean to approach land and cope with too much attention – shades of Bernard Moitessier. He was so reluctant to become the first winner of a round-world yacht race that he just kept on sailing instead and finished his life in Tahiti.

The other amazing adventure, begun in 2002, not only encompasses Seven Oceans but also Seven Peaks. It is by the six members of Swiss Family Schwörer, four of whom were, wait for it, born during the voyage!

Bernard Moitessier - so reluctant for fame that he sailed away to the South Pacific  .. .
Both of these expeditions are being carried out by very able seafarers, but, blame the GPS and all the other gizmos that are meant to make sailing easier if you like, but there are far too many sailors with insufficient skills out there on our oceans, too often requiring rescue when they should be able to get home themselves. Read my opinion piece.

There is so much new gear on the market these days, so many advances in both technology and materials, that it's hard to keep up with the options. The DAME marine design awards were announced this week, (sadly no awards for Australian inventions) and some really amazing innovations are among the winners. At first I thought that giving the overall award to a port-hole window was a bit trivial and trite, but changed my mind when I saw just how it could potentially revolutionise portholes in new yacht designs.

Two rallies featured this week – the ARC Rally is just about to depart to cross the Atlantic and our own Port2Port Rally is just finishing after a South Pacific crossing, organised by the hard-working people at the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club.

Finally, some rescues are recounted. We usually choose to include a rescue stories if there is a lesson to be learned, and one of the wonderful things about cruising is that you never, never stop learning.

These were just a few highlights – plenty more there, so browse the headlines.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Solo teen sailor reaches Durban South Africa
Nancy Knudsen,
Sixteen year old solo sailor Laura Dekker has successfully crossed the Indian Ocean and arrived in Durban, South Africa. After 47 days of non-stop sailing, the young sailor has now three oceans to her credit, and answered the question that so many had been asking - she has avoided the pirate zone and is taking the Africa route... [more]
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'Port2Port' Rally arrives Australia from Vanuatu
Des Ryan,
More than eighty yachts taking part in the Annual 'Port2Port' Rally - Port Vila in Vanuatu to the Port of Bundaberg in Queensland, have arrived in Australia, with the last stragglers soon to arrive.... [more]
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Three days rowing after yacht sinks - survivors tell their story
Sun Sentinel/Sail-World Cruising,
Have you ever had nightmares about what you would do if your boat hit an unknown object mid-ocean and sank suddenly? What if your radios were flooded, your EPIRB didn't work, you couldn't reach your liferaft and you ended up in your dinghy? Well it's happened to two men who lived to tell the tale by rowing for three days.... [more]
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Sunken yacht headache for Brisbane's new Riverwalk
Lee Mylchreest,
When the Brisbane River flooded last January, the resulting chaos caused huge damage to the Brisbane River and washed many yachts and fixed structures downstream. Now a yacht has been located still on the bed of the Brisbane River, just where authorities want to erect a new Riverwalk.... [more]
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DAME Design Awards - Revolving portlight/porthole earns top honours
Sail-World Cruising,
Overall Winner of the DAME Design Award 2011, just announced at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) in Amsterdam, is the Italian-produced Revolving Portlight of S.C.M. (Stampaggio Costruzioni Meccaniche). The Jury felt that the Revolving Portlight from S.C.M. delivered an outstanding combination of inspired practicality, delightful aesthetics and first-class engineering.... [more]
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Book of the Week: DIY guide to replacing your boat's engine
Sail-World Cruising,
There's nothing worse than instruction manuals which read as though they were written badly in another language and then translated by a someone who doesn't understand the subject. If this frustrates you too, then you'll relate to this book. It is a practical, step-by-step illustrated guide to replacing a boat's engine, aimed at the DIY boat repairer.... [more]
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NSW Maritime cuts red tape and sea training time requirements
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime Deputy Chief Executive Tony Middleton said the boating safety regulator has reduced the amount of time required for Coxswain and Masters qualifications.... [more]
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Off again: World's largest ocean rally prepares to depart
World Cruising Club/Sail-World Cruising,
With one week to go before the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) 2011 fleet leave Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands to cross the Atlantic heading for for Rodney Bay in Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, crews from across the world marched and danced behind their national flags in a stirring parade around Las Palmas Marina.... [more]
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Tasmania to welcome a $3m marina
Media Services,
Lara Giddings, premier of Tasmania, has announced a new A$3m marina in Prince of Wales Bay,Tasmania.... [more]
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Call to ocean-loving sailors - event in Mooloolaba
Nancy Knudsen,
If you are a sailor interested in your ocean environment and its health, would like to help its future and are anywhere within reach of Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast just north of Brisbane, here is an event that could be rewarding both to you and your ocean.... [more]
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Green world-challenge sailors reach South Africa
Nancy Knudsen,
Pachamama, 15m expedition yacht sailed by Swiss Family Schwörer and volunteers since the beginning of their ambitious 'TOPtoTOP Global Climate Expedition', arrived last week in Richards Bay in South Africa. Since the couple began their mammoth endeavour in 2002, to sail the seven oceans of the world and scale the seven top peaks, four children have been born on the boat as they travelled... [more]
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New 'One-Design' Rally discovers the Croatia less travelled
Maggie Joyce,
This new flotilla sailing event from Mariner Boating Holidays in August/September next year will take you to the world famaous Kornati Islands of Croatia, famous for the large area of stark National Parks, clear water and fair winds. We will use a matched fleet of one design, three cabin 47 foot yachts.... [more]
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Yacht explosion expected in Xiamen China - 20,000 new berths
WhatsonXiamen/Sail-World Cruising,
Xiamen, Chinese coastal city positioned directly opposite Taiwan and known as the 'Garden on the Sea' must be planning on an explosion in yachting activities. The city plans to carry out no less than seven separate yachting projects, which are expected to offer a total of 20,300 new berths for yachts.... [more]
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Product of the Week: iAIS, linking with your iPhone or iPad
Des Ryan,
If you don't have an AIS yet, or are ready to get a new one, it's worth considering the world's first wireless AIS receiver, which links with all the latest iPhones, iPad or other iTouch devices, giving you a greater flexibility of movement than you would have with a normal receiver.... [more]
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Great Barrier Reef turtle tracking
Five turtles will have satellite tags attached to them as part of a research project. GBRMPA Species Conservation Expert Mark Read said the project would help scientists understand how green turtles use their habitat.... [more]
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Ocean Incompetence Inc. - an opinion piece
Nancy Knudsen,
As a passionate sailor believing in good seamanship, and a journalist writing about sailing every day, I am often struck by how stories of poor seamanship and needless rescues are reported as of brave survivors, battling the elements against all odds. Mostly I try to ignore these tales of woe, but sometimes the degree of proud incompetence from sailors is too extreme to dismiss. Here's a story...... [more]
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Lifesling, life jacket, light, whistle -all praised in medal award
Jake Fish, US Sailing/Sail-World Cruising,
'A life jacket, a whistle and a light. My God, how simple it can be? But that's what it was,' the words of Robert Arzbaecher, receiving the Hanson Rescue Medal in Chicago this week. During the awards ceremony Arzbaecher marveled at how effective basic mandatory equipment was, including the simple Lifesling that many yachts have onboard hoping they will never have to use it.... [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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International Team to drill beneath glacier in Antarctica
The Pine Island Glacier is the area of Antarctica that concerns scientists most because of its potential to cause a rapid rise in sea level. Satellite measurements have shown this area is losing ice and surrounding glaciers are thinning, raising the possibility the ice could flow rapidly out to sea.... [more]
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Manson introduces new Manson Boss Anchor at METS 2011
New anchor from Manson 20-25% more holding power than Manson Supreme anchor in most seabeds. 2011 seen the end of two years of research, design and rigorous testing for Manson Anchors which has culminated in yet another milestone. Today Manson proudly launches the most robust, technically advanced, and safest anchor to ever hit the world market.... [more]
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