Med changes, tether danger, Seawind's latest, boatyard goof-ups

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 15 Mar 2012

Med changes, tether danger, Seawind's latest, boatyard goof-ups

Missing in Mexico waters  .. .
If you're thinking of cruising the Med any time soon, there's more news this week about the cruising situation – Greece's yachts are leaving it in droves for Turkey and sometimes Montenegro where the welcome is warmer and less expensive, but in Turkey too the regulations are not quite as yacht-friendly as they used to be as cruising sailors are caught up in the new 90-day-out-of-180-day visa regulations. Italy, on the other hand, has seen the light and removed any new tax on visiting yachts.

It's amazing that the life-jacket-message is still not getting through, but Penny Robins story is explicit after two boating incidents in Port Stephens this week.

AMVER (who? - read the story!) is in the news for yet another rescue of cruising sailors, and a MAIB report on a sailing incident throws some light, among other things, on the potential danger of tethers if they are not used at the shorter length when possible.

Much good practical information and reminders this week too. A piece on safety in the boatyard, making the point that concrete is harder than water, John Jamieson talks about small easy things you can do so that you're always ready for an emergency; and some reminders about shore-power cords and their own safety issues.

You may not be immediately in the market for a 106ft yacht, but drooling over Ron Holland's new Kestrel is free, and the missing sailor who sailed solo into waters known to be a haven for drug deals is a salient reminder that while Australia may be usually safe, this doesn't necessarily apply to some foreign waters. A little research could save your life.

Finally, Ocean Watch's Essay on Climate Change misconceptions and realities is a must-read for all, the new Seawind Trans-Pacific model is worth checking out and if you're anywhere near Sydney this is your last chance to see the sailing ship Duyfken before it sails north.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Solo cruising sailor missing in drug waters of Mexico
Lee Mylchreest,
In mid-January a young house-builder and sailor, Donn Pinkney set off for an adventure sailing trip south from Dana Point in California with a friend on his 27ft Catalina sailing boat Finesse. By 20th February they had reached Manzanillo in Mexico, but his friend couldn't go any further. He set out alone anyway and hasn't been seen since.... [more]
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Italy saw the light, but Greece drives visiting yachts away
Sail-World Cruising/Southeast Europe Times,
Italy may have just seen the light and eliminated a proposed berthing tax on foreign yachts, but Greece, among all its other problems, is still suffering from a bureaucracy which is driving would-be visiting yachts away to easier and cheaper countries like Turkey and Montenegro.... [more]
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Yacht feature: Ron Holland's Kestrel 106 - pace, space and grace!
Des Ryan,
Port Vauban in Antibes will be the venue for the Antibes Yacht Show 12-15 April, where Ron Holland's newest contribution to the sailing world will be launched, the Kestrel 106.... [more]
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Another rescue by AMVER ship Northern Star - thank you AMVER!
Nancy Knudsen,
One of the main positive reasons for studying incidents at sea and rescues is to discover what can be learned vicariously, but the following story of a rescue has an equally important reason - the recognition of the vital global role that AMVER (Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System) plays in modern rescues. Read this latest anecdote first:... [more]
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Climate Change misconceptions and realities - an Ocean Watch Essay
Ocean Watch/Sail-World Cruising,
The issue of climate change has received so much attention in recent years that it has become difficult for interested policymakers to separate facts from fiction, let alone the cruising sailor. But the natural world and its health is vital to the world of the cruising sailor, so we reprint this Ocean Watch Essay... [more]
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Lifejackets can make a difference
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services have issued an urgent reminder of the importance of wearing lifejackets after two serious boating accidents occurred over two days in Port Stephens.... [more]
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New Seawind Trans-Pacific model feature-packed
Brent Vaughan,
To celebrate 30 years of multihull designing and manufacturing, Seawind Catamarans are pleased to announce the new Seawind 1250 Platinum Trans-Pacific (XPac) model, featuring the world's most comprehensive list of standard features found on a production cruising catamaran.... [more]
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How to pre-prepare for a sailing emergency
Captain John Jamieson/Sail-World Cruising,
You're heading home through the channel after a successful day out sailng. It's thick with boat traffic in both directions. Your engine coughs, spits, sputters, burps, and dies with a shudder. You push the starter button again and again. Nothing doing - you need to get out of the channel right now! But which way to turn? There are sand banks to the left and the right...... [more]
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Shore-power cords - are yours safe? - A checklist
Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising,
Shore power cords, and the electricity they transfer, help bring convenience and comfort aboard boats, yet can become dangerous fire and electrocution risks if they fail. Care should be taken when selecting shore power cords to ensure reliability and safety are the top considerations. Check out these points:... [more]
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How to stay sailing longer than 90 days in the Med
Nancy Knudsen,
Sailors cruising in the Mediterranean this spring are likely to feel a little cramped for room. Turkey, without the three month limit on visitors to Europe (a three month 'revolving door' visa), has long been a haven for those who want to escape from EU regulations and remain sailing in Europe longer than three months. While Turkey's new regime is a bit of a game-changer, there IS a way..... [more]
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Boatyard goof-ups can cause injuries - are you guilty?
BoatUS/Sail-World Cruising,
Let's admit it. We've all made mistakes. And when it comes to boating goof-ups that can cause a little pain, the folks at BoatUS Marine Insurance have seen them all, handling hundreds of claims each year by DIY boat owners. So here's a look inside the claims files for some of the common and more preventable mistakes that cause injuries around the boat yard, and some tips to avoid them:... [more]
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Wooden Boat Festival 2012 - Teri Dodds Images
Teri Dodds,
Royal Geelong Yacht Club put on a wonderful display of wooden boats and weather to match, over the Labour Day long weekend. With an assortment of over 100 classic and modern boats on show, Nautical displays and Historical Exhibits, local sailing photographer Teri Dodds couldn't resist taking some images for you to enjoy of this unique nautical event.... [more]
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Last days to see the historic replica ship, the Duyfken
Jude Timms/Sail-World,
If you had an Australian school life you no doubt will have learned of Dutch sailor and explorer Captain Willem Janszoon who, long before Captain Cook's arrival - in 1606 - charted the western coastline of Cape York Peninsula. If you're anywhere within reach of Sydney your time is running out to walk on board the beautiful replica of his ship, the Duyfken (Little Dove).... [more]
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Sydney Harbour Regatta - A great day
Jess Mulquiney,
All eyes were on the Sydney Harbour Regatta on March 10th and 11th as 237 of Australia's finest racing yachts competed for the 2012 Champion's title.... [more]
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Parenting comes at a price for male fish
ARC Centre of Excellence Coarl Reef Studies,
Being a great dad can mean starving to protect the kids, putting up with a jealous spouse – and often, dying young. At least, if you're a cardinalfish.... [more]
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Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club seeking a Sailing Administrator
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club,
Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club (NCYC), one of Australia's newest yacht clubs, located on the Hunter River in Newcastle NSW, seeks in confidence expressions of interest for a Sailing Administrator to join its growing team.... [more]
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Ensign Yachts Mooloolaba is now open at Mooloolaba Marina, Parkyn Pde
Florian Coroller,
Gold Coast's Ensign Yachts main office takes great pleasure in announcing that they have recently opened up there new office in Mooloolaba and will be operating seven days a week.... [more]
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MAIB report raises safety issues after MOB fatal incident
Des Ryan,
It happened during a race but the ramifications for cruising sailors - indeed all sailors - are vital. The UK's Marine Accident Investigation Branch has published a report (8th March) into the death of a skipper who fell overboard during a race across the English Channel and lost his life as a result, even though he was tethered to the yacht.... [more]
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Notices to Mariners issued for Southport pilotage area
Maritime Safety Queensland,
Maritime Safety Queensland has issued the following notices for the Southport pilotage area: Mariners are advised that the unlit special beacon established to mark an underwater obstruction in position latitude 27° 56.5488' S, longitude 153° 25.35.06' E has been withdrawn. The obstruction located at the north western end of the Marine Stadium has been removed.... [more]
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12th annual Summer Sailstice - weekend of June 23rd, 2012
Ken Quant/Sail-World Cruising,
In Shanghai and in San Francisco, in Sicily and even Sydney, sailors around the world will celebrate the 12th annual Summer Sailstice on the weekend of June 23rd, 2012. Traditionally held the weekend closest to the summer solstice, this global celebration of sailing invites all sailors to sail ‘together' regardless of where or what they sail, even if for some it's the shortest day.... [more]
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