A gripping promise as the adventure unfolds

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 09 Feb 2012

A gripping promise as the adventure unfolds

'The Wild Viking' - Skipper Jarle Andhoey  .. .
It reads like the beginning of a crime adventure novel.

He went down to the marina to do an anchor repair on one of the boats, the type of task he carried out every day as part of his job. He was in the anchor locker when he felt and heard the boat start moving.

What was going through his mind? There was time then to get off, even jump in the water, but maybe he thought it was merely being moved from berth to berth.

But the boat was on its way to Antarctica and there was no way it would turn back. Norwegian skipper Jarle Andhoey had just been deported from New Zealand, before they found out he was headed for Antarctica, where he didn't have permission to go. New Zealand Customs, having just deported him, were now after him to try to prevent his voyage to Antarctica, so there was no way that Andhoey would return to New Zealand. Whether he liked it or not the anchor repairer was on his way to Antarctica, an inadvertent stowaway!
What he didn't know yet was that Andhoey intentionally carried no EPIRB as they didn't want rescuing if something went wrong.

The tale so far is full of gripping promise, but you'll have to wait, as the rest of the story is just now being written, somewhere down in the Southern Ocean.

The rest of the articles in this week's edition don't carry the same tension and drama, and maybe that is just as well.

Operation Blue Water in NSW is trying to prevent incidents for boats heading for blue water, particularly for those crossing bars. You'll find the statistics horrifying, among them the fact that ALL fatalities involved people not wearing life jackets.

The Oyster 625 is profiled the European Yacht of the Year in the luxury cruiser category, and what a boat it is.. Mackay in Queensland is vying with the Port of Bundaberg as the port of choice for arriving international yachts, declaring they have won another international rally. The world's largest solar-powered yacht, PlanetSolar, has just headed for the Gulf of Aden's pirate zone with security guards on board, and talking of pirates, those arrested are not all guilty, but read how the innocent are sometimes treated.

Royal Geelong Yacht Club will be the venue for the Wooden Boat Festival in March, being attended by renowned cruising sailors and authors Lin and Larry Pardey. Read how many Australian yachtiesare having a bonanza, buying up foreign yachts and having them transported back home - and read why...

In practical news, the Product of the Week will stop the dreaded diesel spillage on your decks and Carolyn Shearlock tells why you need to read her blog about everything to do with the Boat Galley.

Much more too, so run down the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

No rescue for stowaway sailor headed for the Antarctic
The New Zealand Government have said they will not take action to rescue a a boat maintenance worker who was apparently accidentally taken to sea on board a Norwegian yacht whose skipper had just been deported. The yacht has no EPIRB on board and was headed to the Antarctic. Depending on weather conditions, the yacht may have already reached the Southern continent.... [more]
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Operation Blue Water NSW commences February 11
Roads and Maritime NSW,
Operation Blue Water will run from this Saturday February 11 until February 19. The campaign will see NSW Boating Safety Officers out in force.... [more]
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World's largest solar craft heads through the pirate zone
Nancy Knudsen,
After stopping for a few days in Doha, Qatar, for Christmas, PlanetSolar crossed the Persian Gulf and sailed toAbu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where they were the guests of honour at the World Future Energy Summit 2012. This was a contrasting prelude to what they have now undertaken, the crossing of the Gulf of Aden, through the deadly pirate zone to the Red Sea, silent for the journey... [more]
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Galileo's new first mate from FLIR
Drew Valentine,
The new First Mate MS uses the same thermal imaging technology as FLIR's best-in-class Navigator 11, Voyager 11 and M-Series thermal night vision systems but now its even smaller, lighter and from under $2500, it's even more affordable than ever before.... [more]
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European Yacht of the Year 2012: the Oyster 625
Des Ryan,
Oyster, long a revered yacht in the luxury class, has just been honoured again with their new Oyster 625 winning 'Best Luxury Cruiser' in the 2012 European Yacht of the Year awards. So what is the new Oyster like?... [more]
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Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong preview
Bob Appleton,
The Whyte, Just and Moore Wooden Boat Festival - An amazing display of well loved and absolutely classic wooden boats have been beautifully restored and maintained for you to cast your eyes over. All purposely but painstakingly popped alongside piers or into pens by their particularly patient owners!... [more]
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Product of the Week: New deck-entry product stops diesel spillage
Lee Mylchreest,
A bucket of salt water on the deck used to be the only sensible way to alleviate some effects of the diesel spills that inevitably hit the deck when filling your tanks. This is especially if you are in a place where the flow is meant for a 50,000 tonne ship rather than a 40ft sailing boat. Now a new small product may solve many of the problems associated with filling your sailing boat's tanks.... [more]
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Mackay Marina confirmed for ICA's Western Pacific Rally
Mackay Marina,
Mackay Marina has again shown that it is the preferred port for international yachting rallies with the Island Cruising Association (ICA), confirming Mackay as the official Port of Entry for the Australian leg of their 2012/13 Western Pacific Rally.... [more]
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Weedy seabed could have caused boat disaster
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A weedy seabed may have been the cause of an experienced Victorian crew's narrow escape when their yacht grounded in severe weather on rocks at East Kangaroo Island, just to the east of Flinders Island in Bass Strait.... [more]
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Sydney By Sail joins forces with International Yacht Training
Sydney by Sail,
Sydney By Sail based at the Australian National Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour is proud to announce that it has gained accreditation from the prestigious International Yacht Training Worldwide, to conduct sailing courses on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Far Horizons Award 2011 to sailors who 'helped out island schools'
The Cruising Club of America (CCA) has selected Brian and Mary Alice O'Neill (Bainbridge Island, WA) to receive its Far Horizons Award for an admirable 25-month cruise circumnavigating the Pacific Rim, North Pacific Ocean. En route the two delivered school supplies to those in need and toured WWII sites. .... [more]
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Jay's tale of a mis-adventurous rescue
Jay Barry and Carol Martini, Gandalf,
Circumnavigating cruising couple Jay Barry and Carol Martini from Gandalf spent time in one of many long range cruisers' most popular spots, Langkawi in Malaysia. Jay, who numbers among his many qualifications being a do-nut gourmet, tells this tale, which, as he says, includes all the best things and worst things about the life of a cruising sailor.... [more]
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The Boat Galley – helping you get the most out of your boat's kitchen
Like to eat on your boat? Sure, we all do. It just adds to the fun! What's better than eating dinner and watching the sun set over the water . . .... [more]
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Brisbane sailor missing in mystery incident
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Mystery surrounds the disappearance overboard of a Manly (Brisbane) sailor and his life jacket from his yacht Woden V. With their boat taking on water after having struck rocks, Des Stanaway, a member of the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, told his rescuers not to worry, that Woden V would wait on a sandbank overnight and arrange to be towed home in the morning.... [more]
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Proven fisherman not pirate, but 3 years in prison- the Somali problem
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
>The complex world of how to deal with Somali pirate issue is revealed in a recent French case. Cruising sailors from Tahiti Bernadette and Jean-Yves Delanne, of the yacht Carre d'As IV, delivered their own verdict on some of the pirates who abducted them back in September 2008, acquitting one, Abdulahi Ahmed Guelleh, whom they claimed was a genuine fisherman caught up in the events.... [more]
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Strong Australian dollar pushes yacht transport
Lee Mylchreest,
Yacht transport companies are finding new business from the effect that currencies have on the yacht market. With a strong Australian dollar pushing sailors Downunder to purchase yachts overseas, especially in the USA, Dutch company Sevenstar Yacht Transport achieved no less than 23 sailings for loading and discharge in Australia in 2011.... [more]
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KVH introduces Dual-band Maritime VSAT solution with global broadband
Jane Arakawa,
Maritime VSAT market leader KVH Industries, Inc., have announced a major upgrade to its mini-VSAT BroadbandSM network with the addition of global C-band satellite coverage overlaying its industry-leading Ku-band footprint. This first-of-a-kind, unified dual-band maritime satellite communications network will provide multi-megabit service covering 95% of the Earth's surface... [more]
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Multiple partners not the only way for corals to stay cool
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Recently conducted experiments at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AMS), produced striking results that showed for the first time, that corals hosting a single type of 'zooxanthellae' can have different levels of thermal tolerance - a feature that was only known previously for corals with a mix of zooxanthellae.... [more]
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Super new superyacht pavilion at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
Brand new, not only to this year's boat show, but the first of its kind in Australia, exhibitors will have a revolutionary new marquee that will serve as the Superyacht Pavilion.... [more]
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Neutral Bay wharf closed for demolition and rebuilding
NSW Government,
Neutral Bay ferry wharf on Sydney's north harbour shore will be demolished and replaced by an all-weather, disabled-access wharf in an $8.3 million upgrade starting this month. 'The existing wharf and jetty structure will be completely demolished during the closure to make way for the new facility, while the heritage archway will be retained' NSW Roads and Ports Minister Duncan Gay said.... [more]
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Sailing voyage experiment to cure drug and alcohol addiction
Lee Mylchreest,
There's many a cruising sailor who can attest to the life and attitude changing effect of letting go of the rat race and going sailing - even for a weekend sometimes. Now a voyage on a 1929 gaff-rigged sailing boat is to be used to try to achieve the same effect for drug and alcohol addicts in Britain. The outcome is to be studied by several universities.... [more]
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Rising carbon dioxide levels alter fish behaviour
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
An international scientific team has found that rising human carbon dioxide emissions may be affecting the brains and central nervous system of sea fishes with serious consequences for their survival. Carbon dioxide concentrations predicted to occur in the ocean by the end of this century will interfere with fishes' ability to hear, smell, turn and evade predators, says Professor Philip Munday... [more]
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Whales, whales and more whales in Southern California
The Log/Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors in Southern California are being treated to the magnificent sight of hundreds of whales off the coastline this year,quoted as the best sightings in 10 years. Gray whales are migrating south in record numbers and killer whales -- or orcas -- are also making sporadic showings.... [more]
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High level blue-green algal alert issued for Myall Lakes NSW
Penny Robins,
A high level blue-green algal alert has been issued today for the Bombah Broadwater foreshore, Bombah Point and lower Myall River above Tea Gardens - Myall Lakes, by the NSW Hunter Regional Algal Coordinating Committee. Recent sampling has found that algae numbers are in the high range and are a potential health risk to people.... [more]
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