eBook '101 Dollar Saving Tips'...Welcome mat from Indonesia...theory of righting moments...solar sail to cruise space..Calling catalinas to Lake Macquarie...schooners on the coast of Madagascar...when to reef...and much more

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 15 Dec 2011

A Welcome mat from Indonesia

Sailing Indonesia's 18,000 islands now easier  .. .
For cruising sailors thinking of heading north from Australia the best news of the week is that Indonesia has confirmed yachts will be welcome for three months to three years, AND with a minimum of paperwork. The Indonesian archipelago is a sailing heaven of around 18,000 islands (yes, that's right - 18,000!) just waiting to be discovered, so Thailand will have some stiff competition if Indonesia lives up to its word.

It's a great time for planning next year's sailing-related activities – if you sail a Catalina Lake Macquarie is a great place to head in January for the Catalina Rendezvous, and read about the vintage sailing event on Italy's beautiful Lake Como next July - there's plenty of time to plan to be there...

Some great products featured this week – an innovative DryAfloat bag, a luxuriously illustrated coffee table book on yacht design, and an ebook that any sailor will want to read, with no less than 101 dollar-saving tips! Any of them would be good Christmas presents and they're all available online.

Lots of other stories as well – read how multihulls are taking the market by storm; a sweet tale of the cargo sailing ships that have continuously plied the coast of Madagascar for hundreds of years; an excellent piece on the theory of righting moments and, importantly, when to reef.

Much more too, so run your eyes down the headlines to choose your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

'New Era' as Indonesia welcomes yachts up to three years
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Could it become as popular as Thailand? A meeting between a superyacht organisation and an Indonesian Head of Customs confirms the willingness of Indonesia to welcome cruising yachts to their country, which has long been infamous for expense and bureaucratic difficulty to obtain permission to cruise the extraordinary coastline.... [more]
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Catalina Yachts Lake Macquarie Rendezvous 2012
Rod Mackay,
The Catalina Yachts Lake Macquarie Rendezvous ( 7) will be held from January 6-8, 2012 at Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto, NSW.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Lake Macquarie exclusive use this Saturday
Penny Robins,
Fireworks display - NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of the event on Lake Macquarie this Saturday night.... [more]
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Lake Como Italy for Vintage Yachting Games in 2012
Nancy Knudsen,
If you are going to be, or can arrange to be, anywhere near Italy's most beautiful of all lakes, Lake Como, next July, AND you love classic yachts, then you shouldn't miss the 2012 Vintage Yachting Games. There you will be able to see sailing boats such as the Europe, 12' Dinghy, O-Jolle, Flying Dutchman, Yngling, Tempest, Soling, Dragon and 5.5 Metre.... [more]
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An eBook for just $10: '101 Dollar Saving Tips for Sailors'
Nancy Knudsen,
Whether you are already sailing oceans or simply planning your first overnight adventure, there's an ebook that you won't want to be without. Most cruising sailors are not on an unlimited budget, that's why you'll value Vincent Bossley's ebook, '101 Dollar Saving Tips for Sailors'. The sailor in your family might thank you forever, and right now a special offer means the ebook is only $10.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show reduces rates and adds options for 2012
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Brands and marketers from the boating and marine lifestyle sectors now have four very good reasons to get their applications in to reserve space for the 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Dugong protection sparks rule changes
The Dugong populations off Townsville will benefit from changes to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park regulations on commercial net fishing, which will become effective from today. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said Burdekin commercial fishers proposed the changes to the Species Conservation Area... [more]
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When to reef and the theory of righting moments
Grant Headifen, NauticEd,
When do you reef a boat when bay, lake or harbour sailing? Any why? Have you ever REALLY understood why a keel boat on a level sea simply cannot roll over? Here Grant Headifen of NauticEd gives a few tips for both skippers and crew for when out day sailing.... [more]
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Product of the Week: DryAfloat bag
Peter Franklin,
Never have to worry about losing your mobile phone or your keys overboard again! Sea-Things, who design and market eco-friendly carrying bags specifically for life on the water, have announced a new product with a very user friendly application and wallet friendly price tag! Great Christmas present too!... [more]
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Schooners ply the coast of Madagascar
Alex Hamel/AFP/Sail-World,
While modern ships are searching for ways to reduce their carbon footprint by using sails to assist their passage across oceans, there's one corner of the world where the sailing ship has continued its dominance of the commercial maritime world - it's Madagascar.... [more]
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The Multihull Effect – the rise and rise of these all-rounders
Jeni Bone,
Multihulls are enjoying record sales and popularity at all levels of the market, thanks in part to acceptance in the 34th America's Cup which has added to their reputation as performance craft, and the rise of the affluent Chinese consumer whose preference is for their stability, space and comfort.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions celebrates strong year despite sluggish market
Kate Elkington,
Multihull Solutions has recorded a remarkable year despite a punishing market with new and pre-owned boat sales continuing to soar.... [more]
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Huge solar sail to cruise beyond the earth's orbit
NASA/Sail-World Cruising,
Not long after the 'little solar sail that wouldn't give up', NanoSail-D, re-entered the Earth's atmosphere recently and burned up (see Sail-World story), another solar sail is in the planning, but this time it will be seven times larger and will go far beyond the Earth's orbit.... [more]
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Caribbean Rendezvous March 2012 - a Gathering of the Swans
Kate Holmes,
Nautor's Swan is pleased to open entries for the annual ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous which will take place from 12 – 17 March 2012 in the British Virgin Islands. A diverse range of Swan's take part in the Rendezvous each spring.... [more]
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'Yacht to be Green' offers free energy audit:
Lee Mylchreest,
Everywhere there are new initiatives beginning to help yacht owners to be green. In the USA the Yacht to be Green Consortium is set to offer yachts a free energy audit. In an example, which could well be copied in Australia, the Yacht to be Green™ consortium will launch a new initiative in the coming months that enables a boat owner to implement the safest, most efficient energy plan afloat... [more]
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Book Review: A Passion for Design
Lee Mylchreest,
Looking for something really special for that yacht-mad sailor at Christmas? You can't go past the 200 page, spectacularly illustrated coffee table book, 'A Passion for Design.' Germán Frers is one of the top names within an elite group of international yacht designers with Nautor Swan and Hallberg Rassy in the portfolio.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Manning River exclusive use this weekend
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of barefoot ski races on Manning River this weekend. NSW Maritime Regional Manager North Coast James Green said boaters should avoid the area of Manning River at Taree adjacent to Manning Waters Estate, Taree West between 9am and 5pm on both days of the weekend.... [more]
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Time for the Light Parades - a long yachting tradition
Lee Mylchreest,
Right across the USA it's time for the iconic boat parades, and it's not only the kids that look forward to it every year. Decorating your sailing boat is not only good fun it can win prizes and accolades and give others a great night out..... [more]
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