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 07 Jun 2012

Sailing news from Australia and the world

Yachting Australia at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on 27th July.

If there are any issues that cruising sailors would like aired, like perhaps category requirements for cruising yachts or the annual sailing awards (which have no categories for cruising achievements), or any other item which is getting cruising skippers excited where you are, put the date in your diary after reading the article.

It was a wild week of weather, with much damage up and down the east coast, while in Queensland two solo sailors lost their yachts in separate incidents. And we're glad to pay tribute to some heroes from a Fijian resort, who could have ignored the SOS from a sinking Kiwi yacht, but instead put their own lives potentially at risk by responding to the call.

There's also a depth of practical advice in this edition, with two products making it as 'Product of the Week' – Self-fit terminals for your rigging have been upgraded and a very handy tide application is now available for iPads - which seem to be surging in popularity for many kinds of nautical use. Then there's the article on magic depth curves. What are they? Read it all from John Jamieson.

We couldn't ignore the 1,000 boat gathering for Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee (even though there was not a sail in sight) and there's some great images; if you ever embark on a long voyage where your physical attributes are not to be used you'll value the exercises suggested by The Triton; we congratulate Britain's RYA Sailing Club of the Year, as an example of the spirit which makes the sport of sailing strong; the west coast of Canada is highlighted as a great sailing destination; and Doina Cornell, daughter of that veteran of 13 books on sailing, Jimmy Cornell, has written a book of her own, about what it was like to spend a childhood sailing with her Dad.

Sailing Canada's west coast   .. .

Much more too, so browse down the headlines to catch your fancy, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Cruising yacht owners to have a say: Yachting Australia's meeting
Nancy Knudsen,
There's nothing on the agenda about non-competitive or adventure sailing as yet, but Yachting Australia will hold a national meeting of owners and interested parties, and they are asking for agenda items. What about cruising sailors suggesting that there should be recognition of non-competitive sailors and their sometimes amazing sailing achievements which go unrecognised?... [more]
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Resort heroes aid New Zealand sailors after yacht sinks
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Two New Zealand sailors, a man and a woman, have been rescued by the staff of a Fijian resort after the yacht they were sailing sank in waters between two Fijian Islands. The 14 metre yacht Touche hit a reef about 20nm east of Savusavu Harbour at the entrance to Somosomo Strait, between Taveuni island and Vanua Levu in Fiji, normally better known as an idyllic snorkeling and diving paradise.... [more]
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Sydney Amateurs classics head south for Hobart Wooden Boat Festival
David Salter,
It began as a casual dockside conversation late last year between two Sydney Amateur Sailing Club skippers. Lahara was built by the legendary Jock Muir at Battery Point, and has raced to Hobart five times. The famous Alan Payne-designed Maris was built in Hobart by Jock Muir in 1958.... [more]
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Family Fun key to attendance at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
Families were well catered for at the recent Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, with feedback from visitors saying the Carnival atmosphere was back this year, as well as reinforcing the theory that 'if the kids are happy, everybody's happy'.... [more]
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Boats smashed in storm on NSW south coast
Marine Rescue NSW,
The strong winds and rough seas battering the NSW coastline wreaked havoc with moored vessels in Jervis Bay overnight. With high winds and surging seas continuing to pound the coast, Deputy Commissioner Heinz Mueller again appealed for boat owners to avoid taking to the water and to check their vessels' moorings.... [more]
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Exercises for the confined long-passage sailor
Beth Greenwald/The Triton,
All yacht crew spend time on their feet, but, especially in a long passage, one can be confined for long stretches, without opportunity for normal exercise, particularly if your role is not a very physical one, eg. as navigator. The Triton has recognised this for professional crews, and has had strength and conditioning specialist Beth Greenwald, make some suggestions:... [more]
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Product of the Week: Tide Application for iPads
Marine News Wire/Sail-World,
ChronGlobal Corporation, the developer of the successful ChronGlobal Tidal Chronoscope App, has just released a new specifically designed version for iPad users, which has shot to No. 6 position in the Nav category in less than a week.... [more]
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Sailing holidays - have you forgotten Western Canada?
Des Ryan,
So you've sailed the Mediterranean and the Caribbean - maybe you've even sailed in the South Pacific and other exotic locations - but what about Canada? Western Canada? If you've never thought of it, think again. The Pacific Northwest is rated as one of the world's top sailing destinations, and for good reason!... [more]
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Book of the Week: Doina Cornell's 'Child of the Sea'
Naomi Webb/Sail-World Cruising,
Child of the Sea is the true story of a young British girl growing up aboard the family's 36 foot yacht whilst sailing more than 68,000 miles around the world and visiting 54 countries on the way. In 1975 the family set off cruising, and apart from returning home that first winter, they didn't set foot in England for another six years, having completed a circumnavigation.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Self-fit terminals
Lee Mylchreest,
There's many a cruising sailor who would rather do maintenance work on their boat themselves, partly to save money, partly for the satisfaction, and partly for the sheer pleasure of messing around on boats on a sunny day. Our product of the week, STA-LOK self-fit terminals, fit the bill perfectly for such sailors.... [more]
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Not a sail in sight, but 1000 boats spectacular on River Thames
Sail-World Cruising,
There was not a sail in sight, but even so, the River Thames in London was a spectacular sight on Sunday with an extravaganza of steam boats, tugs, speed boats and historic vessels as part of festivities for Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.... [more]
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Use magic depth curves to keep clear of danger!
John Jamieson,
Imagine that you and your sailing partner are on your small sailboat, surfing down the waves on a broad reach. Ahead in the distance lies your destination, a tiny cove on the northwestern side of an island. What simple sailing navigation technique could you use right now to back up your 'black box' navigation systems to enhance your sailing safety?... [more]
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Two solo sailors lose their boats in Queensland incidents
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Two incidents off the Queensland coast involving solo sailors have again highlighted how easily and quickly one can run into trouble if all systems are not working well. In one incident, a wooden sailing boat unexpectedly started taking on water and sank, while in the other, a steel yacht hit rocks while the sailor was below dealing with a problem. It is intact, but high and dry.... [more]
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Hollowell Sailing Club, Britain's RYA Sailing Club of the Year
Des Ryan,
In every sailing country of the world it is the volunteers who make a sailing club successful, sometimes giving up many hours of their year in the interests of seeing the club thrive. So the spirit evident in the UK's RYA Sailing Club of the Year, this year won by Hollowell Sailing Club, is something that sailors round the world will recognise. Why did they win it? Watch the video:... [more]
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EU Naval Force Delivers Blow Against Somali Pirates On Shoreline
EU NAVFOR/Sail-World,
For the first time in the long, sad, tragic story of Somali piracy which has virtually stopped all cruising sailors from entering the once popular Gulf of Aden route to the Med, the EU Naval Force last month made a direct hit, not on Somali pirates at sea, but on their equipment on shore.... [more]
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Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club creams the Honours
Des Ryan,
At the eighth Asia Boating Awards, organized by Asia-Pacific Boating and China Boating magazines, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club won 'Best Asian Yacht Club of the Year' and 'Best Asian Regatta of the Year' gongs.... [more]
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Marine reserves can help restock exploited fish populations
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The first conclusive evidence that marine reserves can help restock exploited fish populations on neighbouring reefs which are open to both commercial and recreational fishing has been gathered by an international team of scientists. The groundbreaking study was carried out in the Keppel Island group on Australia's Great Barrier Reef... [more]
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Operation Alpine targets lifejacket use
Penny Robins,
Operation Alpine, a recent campaign to target lifejacket use on alpine waters, was carried out from 17th to 20th May on Blowering Dam, Talbingo Reservoir, Lake Eucumbene, Lake Burrinjuck, Khancoban Pondage, Tumut Ponds, Tooma Dam and Three Mile Dam.... [more]
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Changed traffic conditions on and under Spit Bridge
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services NSW advise motorists and boaters of changed traffic conditions on and under the Spit Bridge, Middle Harbour in June and July for bridge span lift system improvement work. The bridge will not open to marine traffic from Monday 18 June to Sunday 1 July, inclusive.... [more]
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Navigation change on Hawkesbury River at Windsor Bridge
Penny Robins,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) advise skippers the waters around the Windsor Bridge in the Hawkesbury River will be partially closed to navigation from Monday for about two weeks for geotechnical investigations. RMS Maritime Acting Regional Manager Hawkesbury/Broken Bay Hendrik Clasie said from 4 June there will be work vessels on the river carrying out environmental impact work.... [more]
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