Tearaway sailors...heritage blues...'Beyond First Aid'...and more...

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 01 Mar 2012

Tearaway sailors...heritage blues...'Beyond First Aid'...and more...

Laura Dekker - a huge achievement and now back to school, but not to the Netherlands  .. .
A smorgasbord of news from the world's oceans again this week... tales from the adventurers, both admirable and reprehensible. While outrageous Norwegian Jarle Andhoey finishes his illegal voyage to Antarctic and takes his stowaway towards South America, diminutive Dutch teen Laura Dekker is merely going back to school after becoming the youngest ever circumnavigator - but not in her home country.

Most people who love 'messing about in boats' also want their boating heritage preserved. Over in Egypt they are to restore a 4,500-year-old boat with a helping grant from Japan, but it's not always as easy as this. A South Australian consortium has raised sufficient money and become the favoured syndicate to restore the world's oldest Clipper, the City of Adelaide. They have even sent a cradle over there to start the job. But that's not good enough for the good people of Sunderland, where the sailing ship was built, and the squabble goes on!

If you are anywhere near enough to attend the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia in Sydney's Rushcutter's Bay on the 3rd April, you'll find the one-seminar-only 'Beyond First Aid' course vital for your ongoing sailing plans. 'Normal' First Aid courses, good though they are, are of only marginal help for the medical emergency at sea.

On a more practical plane, Caroline Ajootian gives us some warnings about the traps of buying a boat at a distance (and there are many many Australians doing that at the moment); some quick tips to check you have a couple of simple pieces of 'jack-gear' to make the cruising life easier and safer; and a Coast Guard veteran gives some reminders about those all-important briefings for guests (and occasional crew) on your boat.

Much more news too, so run you eye down the headlines to find what interests you, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Youngest solo circumnavigator - school but no Netherlands
Nancy Knudsen,
What next for a sailor who finishes a circumnavigation at the age of 16? Australia's Jessica Watson became an instant celebrity, was made Young Australian of the year, endorsed multiple products, entered the world of racing by sailing a Sydney to Hobart. Dutch sailor Laura Dekker is just 'going back to school'. She is not even returning to her home country, which tried to prevent her journey.... [more]
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'City of Adelaide' - heading for Australia, but squabble goes on
Lee Mylchreest/Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A one-man sit-in protest is being staged in Scotland over the impending removal of the world's oldest clipper ship, the City of Adelaide, to Australia - for the second time.... [more]
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Boat buying: Don't get lured into a deal that's too good!
Caroline Ajootian,
With plummeting boat prices round the world, many Australian yacht buyers are tempted to pick up a bargain overseas. This article by Caroline Ajootian, which recently won a Boating Writers International (BWI) award, originally appeared in August/September 2011 BoatU.S. Magazine, the largest-circulation boating magazine in the United States. It is here reprinted with their kind permission.... [more]
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Radio repeater invaluable in offshore rescue
Ken McManus,
A new marine radio upgrade for the NSW South Coast proved invaluable in a marathon night rescue trip for volunteers from Marine Rescue Ulladulla and a crippled cruiser adrift 30 nautical miles off the coast. Marine Rescue Ulladulla's 52ft offshore rescue vessel, Encounter, made a 60 nautical mile round trip to tow the cruiser to safety when it broke down off Jervis Bay on Thursday afternoon.... [more]
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NSW Maritime Flood Alert
NSW Roads and Maritime Services,
Boat owners and skippers are advised to keep clear of flood affected waterways which are impacting much of NSW, according to Roads and Maritime Services.... [more]
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The onboard briefing - is yours good enough?
John Malatak/Sail-World Cruising,
John Malatak, Chief of Program Operations, US Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, offers a reminder about how important safety briefings are on board a sailing boat, and what should be included:... [more]
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Tearaway Norwegian sailor departs Antarctic with 'new questions'
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Tearaway Norwegian adventure sailor Jarle Andhoey has left Antarctica and is headed for South America, with New Zealand 'stowaway' Busby Noble still on board, 'mission accomplished'. He has NOT told Norwegian media that he has found anything of note about what happened to his lost yacht the Beserk. Neither have they ridden their quad bikes to the South Pole.... [more]
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Quick tips: Jack Lines and Lazy Jacks for the short-handed sailor
Des Ryan,
If you are a cruising sailor there will always be the time when you are short-handed (meaning one or two crew), even if you generally sail with a larger crew. There are two things that are essential for any short-handed sailor and it's all about Jack.... [more]
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Ice detection with FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras
Drew Valentine,
Thanks to FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras can help today's arctic mariners find the safest way through the ice. Ice detection tests were carried out by FLIR in Greenland using the FLIR models M-612L and M-625L. The FLIR M-Series thermal imaging camera is available with a variety of sensors and resolutions to meet a wide range of maritime needs.... [more]
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Stunning new Catana 47 to launch at Sanctuary Cove Boat Show
Multihull Solutions,
The new high performance Catana 47 has been launched to international acclaim and will soon be turning heads in Australia, launching at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May.... [more]
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'Beyond First Aid' - vital course for sailors in Sydney
John Keelty/ Sail-World Cruising,
Whether racing, cruising or simply messing about on the water there is nothing more isolated than a vessel at sea should an accident medical emergency arise. The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) will be presenting a one-session-only course, open to all, entitled 'Beyond First Aid' on 3rd April at the club house in Rushcutters Bay.... [more]
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Whatever happened to the award-winning ETAP?
Des Ryan,
Whatever happened to ETAP? Founded in 1970 by Belgian entrepreneur Norbert Joris, ETAP built boats that were universally praised as innovative and ahead of their time, foam in their construction making them unsinkable. However, in January 2009, the company that made the unsinkable boat itself sank..... [more]
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Ancient barque to be reconstructed for museum
Renate Johns,
A Japanese University has provided a $10million grant to help see the reconstruction of one of the oldest known boats in the world near the Giza Pyramid. Archaeologists on Monday began restoration on the 4,500-year-old almost 43m barque, which was used during the life of its owner Khufu,(King Cheops), but was apparently also meant to carry him into the afterlife.... [more]
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Short-Handed Man-Overboard Manoeuvre - the 'Williamson Turn'
John Jamieson,
John Jamieson (Captain John) paints a picture that is quoted as a nightmare for many short-handed sailors, which includes a majority of the cruising sailors of the world... [more]
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Curiouser and curiouser - Why did super yacht Yogi sink?
Lee Mylchreest,
Eight days after the mystery sinking of the superacht Yogi off Skyros, Greece, the Turkish Shipyard that built the yacht admits they are no nearer knowing why it sank as they and their lawyers have been unable to interview the Captain and crew or obtain written statements. This is in spite of an earlier statement that they were to talk to the Captain and crew two days after the incident. .... [more]
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Could you sail through this? Giant underwater storm detected
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Could you sail through this? The answer is yes, even though this is an underwater storm that rivals the scale and size of a tropical cyclone, this storm is actually a deep eddy and the blue colour is created by blooms of phytoplankton, fertilised by the nutrient-rich deep water drawn up by the 80 nautical-mile-wide eddy.... [more]
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Scientists call for no-take Coral Sea park
ARC Centre of Excellence Coral Reef Studies,
More than 300 eminent scientists from 21 other countries around the world have urged the Australian Federal Government to create the world's largest no-take marine reserve in the Coral Sea.... [more]
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Win an iPad 2! - complete the Awlgrip and International Paint Survey
Chris Toole,
High Standards – We have them, you have them, but do they agree? Now, more than ever, customer satisfaction is the key to a successful business. Many companies talk about improving it, many claim to ‘understand' their customers. How many bother to actually ask!... [more]
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South African yacht deploys ocean profiling robots in Indian Ocean
CSIRO chartered a 20-metre South African yacht which has completed an epic voyage around the Indian Ocean deploying 55 ocean profiling robots that are securing valuable ocean and climate data for Australian science. The Lady Amber reached Fremantle in Western Australia last week, ending a six-month voyage during which she deployed the profiling Argo robotic sensors... [more]
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British marine electronics icon Raymarine – full speed ahead
Rob Kothe, Marine Business-World.com,
Now part of the giant FLIR empire, Raymarine is powering along in open water with good speed, launching an impressive range of new products.... [more]
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