The buzzing world of the cruising sailor

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 12 Jul 2012

The buzzing world of the cruising sailor

This week is no different. There's the tearful survivor who tells what it was like to lose his yacht, the story on the serious sailors heading for the Northwest Passage, an article about a new low-emission dinghy and the restoration of a hundred-year-old yacht. Then there's the perfect sunglasses for sailors - they just can't sink! Among all the stories there's sure to be some that you can't go past.

Down in Melbourne they are delighted with the outcome of the Melbourne Boat Show and up in the Whitsundays they're delighted with the roll-up for the Multihull rendezvous.

There's the tale of the young man who has almost completed a circumnavigation of Britain when he lost his rudder, and the sombre news of an terror attack in Panama on cruising sailors. You might get a bit of a laugh at the training sailing boat that took a wrong turn and provided lots of photo opportunities while it sat on a rock high and dry, or an even bigger laugh at the two motor boats that couldn't get out of each others' way.

Last sight of the 60m yacht Yogi, which sank in Greek waters in February  .. .

Or you might rather read the second part of John Curnow's interview with an Oceanis Beneteau 45 owner, or how the 'perfect storm' of weak skill and strong desire sank a yacht in the Mediterranean, or you might even like to learn either how to build your own boat from some of the best teachers in the world or what to do to become superyacht crew.

Browse down the headlines to find your interest, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

The Northwest Passage - Issuma's tale
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As the 2012 flotilla of yachts headed for the Northwest Passage prepare their boats, last years flotilla of yachts have reached the other side long ago, and slowly their stories come in - stories of icebergs and gales, sometimes together and sometimes fiercely on the bow, sometimes nothing. One of these is Issuma, who started in 2011, but over-wintered in Sitka, and finished in June.... [more]
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Superyacht information night a success
Australian Superyacht Crew,
Australian Superyacht Crew held its inaugural 'Superyacht Information and Lifestyle Night' at Darling Harbour (Pontoon Bar) on Wednesday July 4. It was a big success with over 40 people attending to learn from Superyacht professionals all about opportunities to work in the international Superyacht industry.... [more]
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Rivergate International Boat Show harnesses social media
Rivergate International Boat Show,
Long gone are the days when newspaper advertisements and printing and distributing thousands of colorful flyers were the only ways to share boat show news.... [more]
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Terror attack on cruising sailors in Panama
Don Winner,,
It's normally known for its white sand beaches, lush rain forest, breathtakingly beautiful reefs and is a Mecca for sailing boats. However, terror came to Bocas del Toro in Panama this week when two cruising sailors were attacked on board their sailing boat, as Don Winner reports:... [more]
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Ludo Bennett-Jones UK circumnavigation- rudder snapped but almost home
Nancy Knudsen,
THE RNLI Inshore Lifeboat in Hastings came to the rescue of a young man stranded two miles out at sea while trying to complete a record-breaking charity sail around the UK. Ludo Bennett-Jones, 21, was almost back to his starting point of Portsmouth, after more than 70 days, when the incident happened.... [more]
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Classic Luftwaffe yacht in embarrassing grounding
Sail-World Cruising,
Oops! A 41ft classic yacht being sailed by a non-profit British club as a sail training vessel had some embarrassing moments this week when she went aground, firmly, on the Isle of Wight. The 1936 Bermudan-rigged Sea Scamp was circumnavigating the Isle when she hit Quarry Ledge, just east of Thorness Bay.... [more]
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Sydney's Classic and Wooden Boat Festival - Registration open
Jude Timms,
Classic and Wooden Boat Festival is being held over the weekend of 13th and 14th October 2012 at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Darling Harbour.... [more]
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What does it feel like to lose your boat? Tearful skipper tells
What does it feel like to lose your sailing boat to the sea? To escape only with your life? Most of us hope we shall never find out. The skipper of a stricken yacht last week described the devastating moment he was forced to ‘abandon ship' recently in the middle of the Atlantic.... [more]
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Barz Optics release San Juan - High quality sunglasses that float
Barz Optics,
Barz Optics the Gold Coast based Sunglass Company have just released their new 'San Juan' floating sunglass. The high tech frame is moulded in three parts with the first two components sonic welded to create air cells before being placed back into the injection moulder where the sanaprene non-slip components are attached.... [more]
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The restoration of Dorothy - over a century old
Dorothy Stern, Nanaimo Bulletin/Sail-World,
The love for restoring an old boat is a many faceted thing - to keep her history alive, to see her shine again. Canada's Maritime Museum of British Colombia is funding the restoration of Dorothy, a 9.1m gaff cutter-rigged sloop, at over a century old considered the oldest sailing boat in the Pacific Northwest. But, as Rachel Stern writes, Dorothy is rotten.... [more]
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2012 Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous filling fast
Kate Elkington,
Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous has seen entries flooding in for the 2012 event, from 27 August to 2 September... [more]
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Perfect storm of strong desire, weak skill may have sunk Yogi
Gordon Reid,
In February this year a yacht which had just won accolades as 'The Most Innovative Yacht for 2011', the motoryacht Yogi, sank in Greek waters. Here Gordon Reid, professional yacht consultant and delivery captain, talks about how poor seamanship may have been responsible for the sinking of the 60m yacht:... [more]
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Product of the Week: New dinghy with a low emission alternative
Sail-World Cruising,
Our Product of the Week is a quiet, low-emission alternative for your dinghy's engine, which won the 2012 National Marine Manufacturers Association Innovation Awards Ecological prize. Brand new from a company named Lehr, the 2.5 and 5 hp models are powered not by gas but by propane.... [more]
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The flotilla heads for the North West Passage
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The flotilla of yachts which will attempt this year's North West Passage is heralded to be in for some clement weather as the forecast is for early melting. But there are no guarantees and it's still one of yachting's prime adventures.... [more]
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Ambition to be a serious boat builder? Here's your chance
Sail-World Cruising,
Love sailing, love your boat, love to be a serious boat builder? Here's your opportunity find out more about one of the world's finest boat building schools, located in Rhode Island (no it doesn't matter if you're not an American citizen.) If you are interested in learning more about the IYRS's full-time Certificate and Continuing Education programs, go for a tour of the facility.... [more]
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What happened to the 360 degree check?
Renate Brown,
What happened to the 360 degree horizon check? Who is at the wheel? Is anyone on watch? Well they are not sailors, are they?... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - Rolly Tasker Memorial Trophy
Marina Valmadre,
Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally - Following the death of legendary WA yachtsman Rolly Tasker the Western Australian state government has announced the creation of a memorial trophy to honour Tasker's yachting successes and his links as patron and inaugural race record holder for the state's only international yacht race.... [more]
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Marine Rescue NSW volunteers to benefit from Government grants
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue NSW volunteers will benefit from new safety gear and training equipment thanks to State Government grants of more than $28,000. Commissioner Stacey Tannos said Police and Emergency Services Minister Michael Gallacher had provided $28,140 in grant funding to support MRNSW volunteers' work to save lives on the water.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show – How does it stack up?
Bob Wonders,
The Boating Industry Association of NSW is rightly proud of its annual presentation, the Sydney International Boat Show, staged every year within the Darling Harbour Exhibition Centre and on the waters of adjoining Cockle Bay. It's a vitally important exhibition for the Australian boating industry and it stands unchallenged as the biggest recreational boat show in the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]
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Scientist optimistic that reefs can still be saved
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
John Pandolfi maintains his optimism despite the grim scientific proof that he confronts daily that the world's coral reefs are in a significant amount trouble – along with 81 nations and 500 million people who depend on them. The world-renowned coral scientist has traced the story of the world's reefs over more than 50 million years and is deciphering delicate signals from the past.... [more]
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Coral Triangle Initiative - Safeguarding food security
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Coral Triangle Initiative - Safeguarding food security in the Coral Triangle, the region embracing six nations and 350 million people to Australia's north, is a key focus at an international meeting in Cairns today. The meeting of the CTI countries reports on the progress of an international effort to protect the world epicenter of marine biodiversity and the food that it supplies to the region... [more]
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Good weather and spending visitors equal great Melbourne Boat Show
Jeni Bone,
The numbers are not yet in, but already organisers of the Melbourne Boat Show are hailing this year's event a success, both in terms of visitor numbers and happy exhibitors.... [more]
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Marina Association name adjustment reflects expanding influence
The former Marina Industries Association of Australia is now trading as the Marina Industries Association (MIA). It was resolved at the Association's recent annual general meeting that the name of the company the Marina Industries Association of Australia Limited be changed to the Marina Industries Association Limited.... [more]
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Boat Shows – fixating on visitor figures is like mixing coffee and tea
Jeni Bone,
Visitor numbers: It's an obsession with marine media the world over, and members of marine industry groups, and to a certain extent the general public. President of IFBSO, Jurij Korenc states that comparing boat shows on the basis of attendance is like putting tea and coffee together in a pot – 'it doesn't taste good'.... [more]
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Consensus Statement on Climate Change and Coral Reefs released
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
The 12th International Coral Reef Symposium is being held from 9th to 13th July 2012 in Australia. With coral reefs around the world in rapid decline, it is imperative we make every effort to save the rest, say the world's most top marine researchers, who are gathered this week in Cairns for the Symposium.... [more]
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Images 101 for Events, Sponsors and Event Photographers
Brendan Maxwell - TetraMedia,
Sailing is one of those sports which is much more followed on the Internet, than in magazines, newspapers or on television. It is therefore vital that marine events and marine industry professionals pay careful attention to the needs of Internet consumers.... [more]
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