Piracy nerves, NSW Maritime gets serious, sea-lion who came to dinner
brand new boat in Sydney Harbour - a beautiful, classically lined day sailor, and guess where it was made? Burma! See the first photos...
With global warming making the Antarctic more navigable, it's likely that yachts will penetrate further and further south as the ice breaks up - but which is the most southerly sailing yacht? - some fallacious claims have been made and Andrew Troup sets the record straight.
NSW Maritime boating Safety Officers are getting serious about safety on boats, with particular emphasis on lighting. 161 fines have been given recently in random checks, not to mention a larger number of formal warnings. Read the details about where this has occurred.
The Indian Ocean is in the news this week – general piracy nerves quickly produced a search-and-rescue operation when the communications on a catamaran off the African coast failed; up in India sailing is taking off in a big way, especially with the children of Kerala where the vast inland waters make ideal sailing grounds; and in Sri Lanka they are about to build their very first marina for the growing leisure boating activity along the coastlines.
Due to arrive back in Annapolis in Maryland USA in the next few days is Matt Rutherford who has just completed an extraordinary feat – the solo circumnavigation of the Americas on an old sailing boat that sounds as if it may fall apart soon after he arrives at the dock.
There's another adventure almost over too, though this one has a strong environmental message for the world. The first ever totally solar-powered yacht PlanetSolar has almost completed its circumnavigation.
Speaking of adventure sailing and environmental messages, Cameron Dueck's book on the North West Passage crossing of Silent Sound is out – and a worthwhile read.
On a practical level, there's an article on the importance of having at least ONE crew member on your boat who is not prone to seasickness, and why; and a long time yacht delivery skipper offers ten tips for passage making that you WON'T learn at sailing school.
...but my favourite quirky tale of the week is of the sea lion who seemed determined to come to dinner, and what obstacles he had to overcome to make it to the table.
Guess who's coming to dinner .. .
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