Northwest Passage tally, Pittwater Expo, Louisiades Rally, and more...

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 28 Feb 2013

Northwest Passage tally, Pittwater Expo, Louisiades Rally, and more...

If you are anywhere within reach of Sydney put 16/17 March in your diary for the Pittwater Sail Expo being held at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, the 'Alfreds', and read the article below to see why, how and where.

RPAYC Pittwater Sail Expo - 16/17 March  .. .

If you are anywhere within reach of Cairns by September, think about joining one of the most exotic rallies on the planet - The Louisiades Rally, from Cairns to the Louisiades and back. Read the story, see the photos and you'll find it hard to resist!

Louisiades - joining forces  .. .

This week those interested in our ocean environment will gladly welcome the fastest ever electric boat, at an astonishing 86 knots. Maybe our crowded waterways might become silent one day soon!

There's a story about the dramatic increase in the number of yachts that are including the Northwest Passage in their cruising itinerary - including several Australian boats, another about how our New Zealand friends are getting tough on ocean pollution, and then there's the truly astonishing story about the sailing family, currently in New Zealand in preparation mode, taking three small children, including a new-born, sailing through the Southern Ocean. Finally, an Australian cruising couple tells a tale of their sailing visit to Cuba.

Is it towing or salvage? Where does one end and the next begin?  .. .

If you ever need towing sometime in the future, you'll be smart to have read the article on the American-view difference between salvage and towing – not as simple as it sounds. Read some useful tips on what NOT to miss when checking your rigging, and John Jamieson goes through the 'back and fill' routine to turn your boat inside its own length, using the boat's propeller.

That's just the beginning, so run your mouse down the headlines to find what catches your interest, and...

...sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Louisiades Yacht Rally in September 2013 - now in its sixth year
Nancy Knudsen,
Now in its sixth year, the Louisiades Yacht rally is being held in September 2013 and going from strength to strength. There is strong ongoing interest from the local community to host the Rally and there remains strong support from the Provincial Government and the Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority.... [more]
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Pittwater Sail Expo - on again on 16-17 March, 2013
Sail-World Cruising,
It's back after being missing for some time. The annual Club Marine Pittwater Sail Expo will be held over the week end of 16 & 17 March, 2013, 10am to 5pm at the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club and will feature exhibitors supplying goods and services to the professional and leisure sailor.... [more]
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CYCA SOLAS gives third grant to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided a third grant to Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (Hunter Region) for $4,775 for five aircrew vests and four survival vests to continue the vital community work that the service does.... [more]
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Rescues off Broken Bay to test skills this weekend
Marine Rescue/Sail-World Cruising,
Sydney boaters should watch out for rescues taking place off Broken Bay this weekend. It's not that we expect a monster storm - it will be rescue personnel putting their search skills to the test.... [more]
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Was it a hoax or have a sailing family perished at sea?
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Was it an expensive hoax or has a Californian family including two young children been lost at sea? The Coast Guard this week called off the search for a boat that may have sunk in turbulent seas far off the California coast, saying nothing more could be done and that the family's distress calls might have been a hoax.... [more]
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Sailing boat handling: 'Back and fill' using prop-walk
John Jamieson,
This one is for the first-time owner of a sailing boat: You enter a narrow canal that leads to a marina when all of a sudden, you need to turn around 90° or more inside a space just a bit longer than the length of your sailing boat! How can you do this?... [more]
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Sailing Tale: A first week in Cuba
Andrew and Clare Payne/Sail-World Cruising,
Cuba, lying strategically in the middle of the Caribbean, has not been visited by cruising sailors in droves, mostly for political reasons. So what is it like? Here cruising sailors Andrew and Clare Payne, sailing their yacht Eye Candy in the Caribbean, describe their land and sea adventures with fellow cruisers Angela and Tony on Tana Vika in Cuba:... [more]
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Alluring Northwest Passage - the transit tally so far
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The most adventurous challenge for the cruising sailor is the Northwest Passage. Not so impossible as to be foolhardy, not so easy as to be a cinch, and the most alluring in terms of the rarely seen natural world - the ice floes, the life at the floe edge, the polar bears, the seals, the life of the Inuit. It has still only been negotiated by 135 vessels since recorded transits began... [more]
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At 86 knots, enter the Cigarette - the world's fastest electric boat
Gizmodo/Sail-World Cruising,
What do you do if you just love speed and the water, but would like to be environmentally friendly? A sailing boat is obviously out of the question, and so is your normal power boat. Enter the Cigarette AMG Electric Drive.... [more]
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Checking your rigging
Des Ryan,
Just as they say the best fertiliser on a farm is the footsteps of the Farmer, so the best insurance for your mast is the eye of the skipper. This means regular checks before any major voyage. However, when it comes to a thorough check, the only way of ensuring you have found every fault is to remove the rig.... [more]
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Maritime New Zealand gets tough on pollution
Nancy Knudsen,
Our neighbours across the water are getting tough on pollution. Maritime New Zealand have sent the clearest possible message to all craft, sailing, power, fishing. The message was a $10,500 find on a fishing company, owners of a fishing vessel which failed to notify authorities of two escapes of pollution into the sea.... [more]
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Boat Shows are the vital 'meeting place' to savour latest and greatest
Jeni Bone,
Boat Shows remain relevant, even in a climate of competing commitments and new means of marketing. Nowhere else can visitors and industry alike enjoy the 'gathering of traders' so crucial to presenting innovation, passing on experience and reinforcing the boating lifestyle.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Removable sailing pouches
Des Ryan,
Sitting with you in the cockpit there are always a range of small items that you need to keep safe, dry or at least in a place where you can reliably find them. It could be anything from your spectacles to a knife or a mobile phone, from a screw driver to your wallet to your glass of champagne. .... [more]
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Key to saving turtles from climate change is nesting site protection
International marine scientists have warned that it will be vital to protect key marine turtle nesting grounds and areas that may be suitable for turtle nesting in the future to ensure that the marine reptiles have a better chance of withstanding climate change.... [more]
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Missing Ghost Cruise Ship found - the strange tale of MV Lyubov Orlova
Lee Mylchreest,
MV Lyubov Orlova has had an adventurous life as a cruise ship, but in her latest voyage her salons are empty, there's no band playing and no Captain on the bridge. Since she was let loose by Canadian authorities in International waters last month she has made her slow way across the Atlantic towards Europe, alone, obviously determined to escape the scrapyard where she was headed.... [more]
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Fiji booming on its welcome to cruising sailors
Fiji Times/Sail-World Cruising,
With the steady growth in the number of cruising sailors choosing to stop in Fiji, Fiji is becoming a yacht and super yacht hub of the South Pacific.... [more]
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Sydney´s Balmain Thames Street Wharf upgraded to improve safety
Sydney´s Balmain Thames Street Wharf has been upgraded to improve safety for passengers and access to ferry customers using mobility aids.... [more]
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RMS urge boaters to be vigilant on Northern NSW waterways
Roads and Maritime Services,
Boaters are being urged by Roads and Maritime Services to be extra vigilant today when heading out on Northern NSW waterways in post flood conditions.... [more]
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India's first solo sailing circumnavigator on the home run
Nancy Knudsen,
There's almost nothing that can stop him now. Lt Commander Abilhash Tomy, Indian Navy, in his 56 foot sloop Mhadei, has passed south of the Cape of Good Hope and entered his home ocean. So all the perilous southerly capes have been passed and the way home is clear.... [more]
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Evidence reveals Caribbean corals cease growth or face erosion threat
Caroline Kaurila,
Many Caribbean coral reefs have either ceased growth or are on the brink of starting to erode, which new evidence has revealed. Associate Professor Scott Smithers, from James Cook University was a part of a seven-member team of international scientists that carried out work at reefs across the Caribbean over a two-year period... [more]
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