Jessica does it again, New yachts, old adventurers and quirky tales

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 24 Aug 2012

Jessica does it again, New yachts, old adventurers and quirky tales

Jessica Watson has done it again - read what is to be the next chapter in her very eventful young life.

Need to be rescued? See the amazing sequence of shots of the type of boat that I would like to come to the rescue if I were sinking in a stormy sea...

If you love seeing beautiful yachts, Saint Petersburg in Russia was the place to see them this week, as dozens gathered for the annual classic yacht week. America is looking for innovation, so if you are a aft-deck inventor, now's your chance.

Mirabella V ran into trouble with its new renovation, but the boat builder had an easy fix – blowing a hole in the shed wall. Panama is working hard to attract long-term cruisers with permanent residency instantly as long as you have a little cash, and British Pete Goss, the guy who made himself a life-long hero for his rescue of a fellow sailor (French) in the Southern Ocean, is selling his boat – but it's not just an ordinary boat, read the story.

In much sadder news, a nine-year-old has been killed by a lightning strike on a yacht, and the story ends with a list of the safety measures you can take to save your life, if not your equipment, if you are caught in a lightning storm. In Western Australia yet another solo sailor's life has been lost when he presumably fell overboard in steady seas. Yet again, I am sad to tell that he was not tethered and not wearing a life jacket. When will we learn?

inflatable PFD - can you trust yours?  .. .

Finally, as inflatable PFD's become more and more popular, there's some information on how to make sure you can trust yours to inflate when you hit the water.

Much more too, so browse the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!

And a little extra this week some Whitsunday cruising action

Cruising yachts - Hamilton Island Race Week  Photo Ciaran Handy /Hamilton Island

Cruising Division 1 - Let's Go  Teri Dodds ©

Cruising Division under spinnaker heading home - Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012  Teri Dodds ©

Cruising Fleet - Condor Telcoinabox Airlie Beach Race Week 2012
  Teri Dodds ©

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Sailing knots you need to know - Tie the five-second stopper knot
John Jamieson,
If you are anything like me, you want a solid, secure sailing knot in the end of your headsail sheets to keep them from running back through your sailboat blocks. The figure eight has been used as an end stopper on a headsail sheet for many years. Stoppers are used on the bitter end to prevent the headsail sheet from running back out through the sheet lead blocks. But there's just one problem...... [more]
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Jessica Watson, now the movie.
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
First she circled the world on a sailing boat alone, then she returned to a hero's welcome by the Prime Minister and thousands of cheering fans, then she turned seventeen. After that was the book, she became Young Australian of the Year 2011, and lent her name to many good causes. Now her short life is to be made into a major movie. It's Jessica Watson of course.... [more]
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Interceptor 38 in action - amazing photos
Des Ryan,
If you ever have to be rescued from a sinking sailing boat in a stormy sea, here's the kind of boat that you would like to be doing it: The amazing pictures are of Seahaven Marine's Interceptor 38 in action off the coast of Ireland in Force 9 winds (41-47knots) and 10m waves.... [more]
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A little piece of history - Spirit of Mystery for sale
Stuart Elford,
Sailor and adventurer Pete Goss MBE, most famous for his heroic rescue of a fellow sailor in the Southern Ocean, is selling Spirit of Mystery. This is the little wooden boat that took him and three family members to Australia in a re-creation of the voyage made by seven Cornishman in the smallest migrant vessel ever to make it ‘down under' over a century and a half ago.... [more]
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Australia's Seawind Catamarans in voluntary administration
The Australian arm of Seawind Catamarans, including Seawind Group Holdings Pty Ltd was placed into voluntary administration as of the 17th of August, 2012.... [more]
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Panama attracts long-term cruising sailors with permanent residency
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
If you would love to spend the rest of your life sailing in idyllic waters and are a citizen of Australia, the US, UK or Canada and a limited list of other countries, Panama could be your destination. Many cruising sailors have reached the San Blas, decided they are already in heaven, and stayed as long as they could. Now that decision has just become easier.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show gearing up for a massive 25th
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
In 2013, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will celebrate a major milestone of 25 years delivering success to exhibitors, sponsors and partners. Organisers are encouraging exhibitors past and present to 'make 2013 a landmark event'.... [more]
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Nine-year-old killed by lightning strike on sailing boat - 10 Tips
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A nine-year-old boy has been killed by a lightning strike on a 26ft sailing boat during a pleasure sail, while seven others were injured. The tragic incident occurred on Lake Superior in the USA when a storm forced them to take refuge in a bay on the Lake, near the end of Minnesota Point.... [more]
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Too big for the repair yard - Mirabella V
Des Ryan,
What happens when you own a boat that is too big to fit into the repair yards? The 75m Mirabella V may not be the longest yacht in the world now, but when the yacht with an 89m tall mast wanted British boat builder Pendennis to refit her, it was too big to fit their boatshed. This didn't faze Pendennis, used to pleasing clients - they simply blew a section out of the workshed wall... [more]
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Mystery in paradise - what's on board the superyacht Phocea?
Lee Mylchreest,
Mystery surrounds the strange case of the superyacht that arrived in the idyllic sailing paradise of Vanuatu several weeks ago, with the recent dramatic arrest of thirteen members of the crew. It's quite a remarkable story - a giant super yacht, allegations about drugs and money smuggling and politicians coming aboard the yacht and policemen being suspended.... [more]
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Hopes faded for missing WA sailor
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
With hope fading for locating the sailor missing now for two days off the coast of Busselton in Western Australia, the family of 76-year-old Ian Shardlow have thanked the rescue workers for the efforts to find him. When he was reported overdue on Thursday a search was initiated at 6.30pm and his catamaran found with the motor running and no sails hoisted.... [more]
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Barz Optics looking bright
Rosalie Taylor,
Barz Optics are providing lenses with which to view the Sydney International Boat Show that are not only stylish, but affordable.... [more]
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MHYC Basic Crewing Sailing Clinic with Andy Fairclough - Flying Fish
Alana Whitting,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club (MHYC) will host their next Sailing Clinic on Thursday 30 August on the topic of Basic Crewing – just in time for the upcoming commencement of the Twilight Sailing Season at MHYC in October.... [more]
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Having a Whale of a Time - Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012,
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2012 -Racing is expected to commence for the non IRC fleet at 1300 - The Whales are waiting in the Dent Passage... [more]
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The most beautiful yachts in the most beautiful city- Saint Petersburg
Kate Holmes/Sail-World Cruising,
Every sailor loves the sight of a graceful classic yacht, but it's a winning combination when you bring together some of the world's most beautiful classic yachts to one of the most beautiful cities in the world. That's the Classic Yacht Week at the Saint Petersburg Yacht Club, happening right now in Saint Petersburg! Here's the report:... [more]
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Sailor celebrates Northwest Passage transit, offers advice
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
While a disparate group of sailing boats head for the most difficult parts of the Northwest Passage, hoping for a break in the ice, and that forecast ice-free water will allow them passage, one Canadian sailor is able to celebrate his passage, having just sailed from Arctic waters down the Pacific to Vancouver Island after his transit - and offer some advice.... [more]
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Search underway in WA for missing sailor
West Australian/Sail-World,
Deep concerns are held for a sailor off the West Australian town of Busselton after a small sailing catamaran was found by volunteer rescue personnel with nobody onboard. A search was initiated when the sailor was found to be missing, and the would-be rescuers then discovered the catamaran.... [more]
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