Australia Day - time for all the cruising news...

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 26 Jan 2012

Australia Day - time for all the cruising news...

Our own revered Jessica Watson has had an excellent PR team to keep her in the limelight and leverage her fame for commercial success – everything from tourism promotion to advertising cherries. She might have lost her (unofficial) world title now as the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world (a little short but we won't go into that) but she will still always be recognised here as an iconic young heroine, as shown yet again in the New Year's Honours. It's hard to see that happening any time soon for Laura in the Netherlands.

Jarle Andhoey is the other sailor in the news at the moment – the Norwegian tearaway TV celebrity who sailed last year to the Antarctic without the relevant permissions. He hit world headlines when his boat and three crew were lost while he was riding a quad bike to the South Pole. Now he's taking a second illegal voyage down there and the authorities are out to catch him.

There's a buzz out there on the world's oceans with so much going on. This week we tell of two Greek sailors who sailed the Aegean in a Tornado; then how another fatality in a dinghy gives heavy relevance to John Jamieson's article on three ways to approach your yacht by dinghy; and the European Yachts of the Year for 2012 have been announced.

John Rozema's article on 'why cruisers should race' is very worth a read; see about how much berthing tax you will now pay the Italian government if you want to sail Italy from now on, and Jack Binder in Tasmania tells about a very different kind of cruisers' adventure.

This is just the beginning, so skip down the headlines to find what catches your interest, and...

Enjoy Australia Day!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Troubled Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhoy heads for Antarctica again
Lee Mylchreest,
Have you seen this yacht? Unless you are on your way to Antarctica, probably not. The self-proclaimed Viking sailor who embarked on an illegal journey to Antarctica last year which ended in the death of three of his crew and the loss of his boat, is at it again.... [more]
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Helly Hansen Summer Sailing Collection available now
Jess Mulquiney,
Sailors worldwide rely on Helly Hansen for formidable waterproof breathable protection on rough seas. The Crew Midlayer Jacket is a transformable jacket suitable for the full range of sailing activities and conditions.... [more]
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European Yachts of the Year: Beneteau, Oyster, Pogo and Esse
Des Ryan,
The four categories of 'European Boat of the Year', announced at BOOT yacht show in Dusseldorf, have been taken out by two French manufacturers, one British and one Swiss.... [more]
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New Italian berthing tax offers a break for sailing boats
Nancy Knudsen,
In introducing their new berthing surtax for yachts, the Italians have delivered a mini-coup to the sailing fraternity and the environment by halving the tax for sailing boats. The new tax, which is to come into play from 1st May this year, will be, for instance, five euro per day for a new sailing boat between 14 and 17 metres, but reduces to 3.5 euro if the same sailing boat is 10 years old.... [more]
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Internet outstripping print as preferred medium
Jeni Bone,
Around the world, as internet connectivity leaps ahead with the popularity of Smart phones and tablet technology, as well as soon to be commonplace web-enabled TV, online advertising is outstripping all print media.... [more]
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Southern Spars opens new website
Josh Impey,
Southern Spars has launched a brand-new website at With an emphasis on quality information, imagery and interactive elements, the new website provides existing and prospective customers and suppliers with considerably more detail about the Southern Spars' global operation than the previous version of the site.... [more]
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This Australia Day sail on the legendary KA5 Australia
Australian 12m Historic Trust,
During the Newcastle Australia Day festivities, America's Cup sailing experiences will be taking place. The KA5 Australia and KA14 Steak n Kidney will be on show at the Newcastle Maritime Museum wharves, Australia Day, where you can take a step back in time and experience the thrill and excitement of 12 metre America's Cup racing of the 1980's.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Areas granted Exclusive Use for Australia Day
NSW Maritime,
The following areas have been granted Exclusive Use by NSW Maritime. Lake Talbot and Lake Mulwala, Hunter regions areas and Wollongong Harbour. Full details below.... [more]
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A sailing adventure: Late Night Visitor
Jack Binder,
All the adventures cruising sailors have don't relate to horrendous seas or idyllic anchorages. Every now and then a cruising sailor, moving from strange anchorage to strange anchorage and strange marina to strange marina comes upon a human dilemma. Jack Binder, sailing the Australian coastline with his wife Jude, here tells a moving story of a late night visitor in a marina.... [more]
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Another dinghy death as sailor tries to save his dragging yacht
Times Colonist/Sail-World Cruising,
It started as a mystery and ended with an all-too-familiar explanation. The long-time sailor had rowed his dinghy to his yacht in high winds and without a life jacket, probably because the anchor was dragging, then lost his footing and was drowned in the turbulent seas, his dinghy tied to the yacht but found upside down.... [more]
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Flotilla Cruise through the Greek Islands
Capt. Valerie Weingrad,
Our flotilla began on July 16th, a warm and sunny afternoon. My boat, Maya, known as 'the girlie boat,' was ready, as were the other 5 boats. We met in Alimos Marina in Athens at a café at the end of the pier. Alimos is one of the largest marinas in all of Greece and perhaps the Med, with hundreds of boats lined up Med moored on numerous piers.... [more]
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Boat Books - recreational and commercial there's no source like it!
Jeni Bone,
Boat Books has been around for three decades, carving a niche for its products and proving books are still vital for every sort of boatie!... [more]
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What an sell lemonade for the rescuers.
Lee Mylchreest,
With so many nations' rescue authorities depending on volunteers, a bunch of Californian kids have set an example for the rest of the world by getting together to raise money for the Coast Guard Foundation, which itself supports those who often risk their lives saving sailors in trouble at sea... [more]
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Why cruising sailors should race
John Rozema/Sail-World Cruising,
Many cruising sailors who have no desire except a leisurely cruise around the lake with no destination in mind are not interested in racing. They might say, 'When I go racing it is so stressful and not fun at all... I only go out if the weather is right... If I cruise I will only go when I have great conditions.'... [more]
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Laura Dekker completes solo circumnavigation at 16 years and 123 days
Nancy Knudsen,
This week (Saturday 21st January) Laura Dekker, 16-year-old Dutch/New Zealander solo sailor, quietly sailed between islands in pleasant seas into the Dutch island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean, completing a solo odyssey around the world in a year and a day. There were merely dozens, not thousands, of people at the wharf to greet her.... [more]
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How to get a tall mast under a small bridge
Mark Cherrington,
A long range cruiser - even a short range cruiser - is often presented with some curly problems to solve, and getting your yacht past a bridge that is too low for it is one of those challenges which many cruisers would just rather not tackle. But watching this video will show you how getting an 80ft rig under a 65ft span is not only possible, but easy - when you know how.... [more]
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Not shark 'attack', it's an 'accident' + Video
Media Services,
The concept of the 'rogue' shark, seeking revenge on its human nemesis is nothing more than Hollywood fodder, say experts, including Christopher Neff, a researcher at the University of Sydney carrying out the world's first PhD on the politics of 'shark bite incidents'.... [more]
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Annual world report on piracy
Pirate attacks against vessels in East and West Africa accounted for the majority of world attacks in 2011, signalling a rising trend, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) global piracy report revealed today.... [more]
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Buizen 52 - off the drawing board into the water
Lee Mylchreest,
A Buizen has always had a reputation of being a quality pilot house cruising vessel, and now the company's plans to establish a three-model pilot house range of top quality cruising yachts are coming to fruition, with the introduction this year of the Buizen 52. Anyone thinking of a new yacht of that size would be ill-advised not to do an inspection.... [more]
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Three ways to approach your sailboat by dinghy
John Jamieson,
How many times have you found your boat dinghy tough to control in wind or current? Do you know the three approach choices you can make for a perfect landing every time? Follow these easy steps in any marine weather.... [more]
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No nav aids and across the Aegean by Tornado
Just like the first sailors in ancient history, two Greek tornado sailors, Iordanis Paschalides and Kostas Trigonis, challenged their stamina managing to complete a unprecedented sea marathon across the Aegean from Thesalonika to Chania without any modern navigational techniques. With Greece 'going through a critical phase in history', in the sailors' words, they were proud to meet the challenge... [more]
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Learn to sail with Tackers - Queensland dates, Sundays and holidays
Andrew Gough,
Great for school holidays...Tackers is essentially a Yachting Australia program aimed at getting kids aged 7- 12 into sailing. The Queensland Tackers Intro Day starts Sundays from 29th January and Tackers Training camp begins on Sunday the 25th of March. The kids will begin at 9am and finish the day at 4pm.... [more]
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Keep an eye out for nesting turtles
Those who visit the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are urged to keep their eyes open for marine turtles and their hatchlings during the summer months. With marine turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs and baby hatchlings making their way to the water, people are likely to encounter one of nature's most ancient and fascinating creatures.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - Lake Albert exclusive use this Sunday
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime has granted an exclusive use aquatic licence for the safe staging of fireworks on Lake Albert at Wagga Wagga on Sunday (22 January). NSW Maritime Regional Manager Murray/ Inland Scott Kidd said boaters should avoid the lake in a 300 metre radius from a pontoon that will be used to stage the fireworks between 5.30pm and 8.45pm.... [more]
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