New adventures, innovations, technology updates, safety warnings, more
Every week all the news about non-competitive sailing in Australia and around the world is right here!
There are the challenges, the amazing feats, hedonistic opportunities and technological advances. Sail-World cruising brings you information about everything of interest to the cruising sailor - innovations in yachts and gear, hints on aspects of sailing, serious safety warnings or just quirky stories about what's happening on our oceans.
Inflatable life jackets - dispelling the myths .. .
This week there are serious concerns that, in spite of all the warnings, there are still cruising sailors prepared to put their lives at risk by sailing the pirate-infested waters of the Indian Ocean - some of these are Australians; there's also concern that visitors, including Australian expedition yachts and their paying crews, are taking invasive alien species into the fragile ecosystem of the Antarctic; and there's timely advice dispelling some of the myths that convince people they don't need an inflatable life jacket.
Hallberg-Rassy 372 cockpit view .. .
In practical news, there's a great piece on how to berth in a tight space – it's a knack and has to be practised, but the theory comes first. On the technology side PredictWind have a new App this week and Navionics have announced a 'Freshest Data' program update. The featured yacht is the aft-cockpit Hallberg-Rassy 372; and what about an opportunity to sail around the coastline of Scotland in a rally (yes you can charter a boat there for the purpose).
An example of the helicopter's perspective .. .
Read the sweet-sad story of some Kiwi cruising sailors making a special voyage to pay last respects to wrecked fellow-Kiwi yacht Chinook Wind, with whom they had sailed happily during the season.
One can't help appreciating the constant bravery necessary in helicopter crewmen in their rescues of yacht crews, particularly when you hear the story from their side - again this story comes from New Zealand.
Sydney-sider sailors will be heading to the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club in Newport in Sydney in droves this weekend - read why, and make sure you are with them if you are anywhere within reach.
Scotch Bonnet as discovered - photo by Scott Fletcher .. .
Don't you love it when faithful yachts just won't give in after being abandoned by their crews? There's another one this week, Scotch Bonnet, which drifted safely across the Tasman Sea through all weathers to land on a beach in Brunswick Heads.
Finally I did think it was cute that the survey just completed by Yachting Australia, which focuses its activities and concentration almost solely on competitive sailing, was told by would-be sailors (among other less surprising things) to 'get less competitive'. Yes, there ARE people in the sailing world, just like the skiing and surfing world, who love the sport for its own sake and have no desire to enter races - in fact, maybe the majority. Perhaps realising this will stop the flight away from the sport by those who find it 'too competitive'.
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