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 27 Dec 2012

Sailing into 2013

Guo Chuan, also crossing the Pacific hoping to round the Horn this summer.

Others are planning. In this week's news magazine sailing hero Pete Goss is just about to embark on a sailing kayak trip, circumnavigating Tasmania; and over in Thailand a would-be adventurer, out to break the world Laser distance sailing record is waiting for the money to fix a broken mast. Another – less competent – sailor has just been rescued after being lost off the coast of Vietnam without food for eight days. The rescue was the best Christmas present he could have wanted.

Whether you are on the water or celebrating on the shore, let's hope your Christmas was the one you dreamed of, that the New Year will be a new beginning, and that 2013 will bring you everything you want for yourself.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Hero sailor to circumnavigate Tasmania in sailing kayak
Nancy Knudsen,
Sailing hero Pete Goss - the sailor who became a world-wide celebrity hero when he rescued fellow competitor Raphaël Dinelli in the 1996 Vendée Globe solo around the world yacht race - is off on another adventure. He and his friend, long-time kayaker Andy Warrender, are preparing to circumnavigate Tasmania in sailing kayaks.... [more]
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RPAYC announce second annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo for 2013
Damian Devine,
The second annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo will be held over the week end of 16 & 17 March, 2013 at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club. A community event, the expo will feature over 35 exhibitors supplying goods and services to the professional and leisure sailor as well as providing information on sail training, club membership, cruising, dinghy and yacht racing.... [more]
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Sailor rescued after eight days adrift
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
His best Christmas present was a rescue by some fishermen after drifting for eight days aboard his disabled sailing boat. American sailor Kenneth Putney, 54, of Florida, was steering Captain Force, which was one of three boats, two tug boats towing a yacht, making their way from the Philippines to Thailand when they encountered a severe storm.... [more]
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The lighter side of - Summer Boating Safety Tips
Jeni Bone,
I couldn't resist sharing some boating safety tips, with a dash of the ridiculous thrown in. Isn't that the best way to educate, or reform? Through ridicule? So here they are, lap them up!... [more]
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Christmas comes early to Southport Yacht Club
Jeni Bone,
Southport Yacht Club on Queensland's Gold Coast was packed with families, members of all ages and inclinations Saturday 22 December, enjoying a sultry evening of Christmas carols, face painting, excellent food and bev, lots of festive spirit, and the arrival of the fat man in the red suit, delivered by boat helmed by Commodore, Ian Hall, as a precursory visit before his Australian run.... [more]
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ARC 2012 wrap up
World Cruising Club,
The 27th ARC finally draws to a close with Ostrea winning the Spirit of the ARC plum for showing the spirit of goodwill and camaraderie. Ostrea was only one of the several awards presented Saturday at Gaiety Nightclub in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia.... [more]
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May 23 to 26 - The 2013 Riviera Festival of Boating
Stephen Milne,
Riviera has announced details of The Riviera Festival of Boating, which will be held from May 23 to 26 at Riviera's 14-hectare, state-of-the-art Coomera facility, on Queensland's Gold Coast.... [more]
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Invite a friend - win a sailing holiday to Turkey
Michelle Kearney,
Yachting Australia and Mariner Boating Holidays are giving Sailing Club members across the country the chance to win a sailing holiday for two to explore Turkey on the Lycian Coast Yacht Rally in September 2013.... [more]
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Ben the Kids' Cancer Bear checks out 18 foot skiff sailing
Jenifer Wells,
Like a lot of teenagers, Ben the Bear has little sense of his limitations and decided that he would try out the 'I feel the need for speed' (for those too young, Tom Cruise in the movie Top Gun) and joined the amazing Skiff Chicks Racing team for a spin around the Harbour the other day.... [more]
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Superyacht responds to Fiji after Cyclone Evan
Sanele Chadwick/Sail-World Cruising,
When superyachts make the news - and they do it often - it is usually about the expensive lifestyle they support, how many helicopter pads, jetskis, escape submersibles, or other luxury items they feature. But here's a superyacht making news with a very unusual angle - they're helping others in need.... [more]
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Yassine to attempt 150nm Laser sail - once his mast is fixed
Nancy Knudsen,
Last week we told how Andrew Lewis sailed a Laser from Tobago to Trinidad, a route which took him through open ocean and a distance of 50 nm. Now there's a Moroccan sailor, Yassine Darkaoui, who wants to sail a 150nm course from Phuket, round the island of Ko Ta Ru Tao and back to Phuket. There's just one problem - his mast is broken.... [more]
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Sailors' friend, the Humpback, sings while multi-tasking
Plosone/Sail-World Cruising,
There is nothing more exciting to the cruising sailor than the near sight of a whale blowing watery mist into the air with their unmistakable throaty blast. Their singing is legendary, previously said to be only in the breeding season. However a new Antarctic study suggests that they also sing 'intensely and continuously' while engaged in other tasks or a combination of activities.... [more]
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Yacht feature: Daysailer Morris 29
Des Ryan,
In the class of daysailers there's one boat that consistently turns heads wherever she sails and the lucky owners testify to her pedigree performance. It's the American keelboat, the Morris 29... [more]
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Product of the Week: Heated insoles for the cold-weather sailor
Lee Mylchreest,
What a great last-minute Christmas present for the sailor who already has 'everything'! It might be warm right now, but when sailing in frigid weather the going is so much easier with warm feet! Long hours (or even short hours) standing an uneventful watch can send feet temperatures plummeting. This week's product is the ThermaCELL Heated Insole foot warmer, ideal for sailing shoes or sea boots... [more]
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Sailing Rope Secrets for Safety and Security
John Jamieson,
How many times have you tied a knot, bend, or hitch and had it untie itself? Did you know that you can beef the security of any sailing knot in less than ten seconds?... [more]
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Enterprize Tall Ship busy Summer sailing program
Rod Thomas,
Have you dreamt of going to sea on a traditional tall ship? Melbourne's tall ship Enterprize provides people of all ages with a variety of opportunities to experience life on an authentic traditionally rigged tall ship.... [more]
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Be boat safe on the water this Christmas
The Honourable Steven Dickson,
Acting Community Safety Minister Steve Dickson is urging all boaties to take extra care when hitting the water this festive season.... [more]
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New era for Gold Coast Waterways - Authority announced
Steven Minnikin MP,
The Gold Coast's iconic waterways have moved closer to a new era of autonomy and prosperity following the appointment of the Authority board.... [more]
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Jamaica goes 'yacht friendly.'
Des Ryan,
Cruising sailors anywhere near Jamaica will want to know that the island is now doing its best to encourage yachts. Once, if you wanted to visit and keep your yacht in Jamaica, there were a plethora of fees to consider. Now these have all been eliminated, replaced by an annual fee or a cruising permit fee for foreign yachts, and there are no fees for boats under 25ft for two years after arrival.... [more]
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Sailing seen as preserver of the environment in India
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Sailors see the devastation of the oceans more than others - we find the plastic floating, swim with bleached coral and don't catch fish where we used to last year. In India where sailing is not so developed, one would-be sailor sees encouraging the use of sail as a way of preserving India's precious waterways. So he has home-built a sailing boat.... [more]
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Beneteau boats big Rolex Sydney to Hobart fleet
Creating Demand,
Beneteau is proud to report that the French marque boasts the highest number of entrants from one manufacturer in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race this year, which is a testament to the leading design, impeccable quality and racing ability of the world's leading production yacht brand.... [more]
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