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 04 Apr 2013

Zebra coloured winches, carbon monoxide tragedy, paper charts extinct?

That's why, of course they have surged in popularity world-wide in the last few years - and it's no different in Australia. Brent Vaughan from Multihull Central told me this week their cats are moving down the ramp with great speed in 2013 – four settled just last week!

So it's timely that there's a Multihull Display Day in Sydney Harbour this Saturday, put on by Multihull Central. If you dream about owning a cat this is where you can see every possibility in length and budget, from the Seawind 1000 to the 54ft Crowther blue water cruiser. Cat sailing doesn't have to be expensive or difficult either, particularly if you join one of the really successful Seawind syndicates or join their sailing school to learn 'the ropes'. Read the story to get details, and I hope to see you there!

Zebra-coloured winches? Did the moonlight get to Harken? And if you become bored with black and white stripes you can have a Leopard-coloured one next week, Glitter the following week. Read the story!

Harken's new winches - is this the sign of things to come?  .. .

In more serious news, there were two more tragic deaths in Britain from carbon monoxide poisoning on a berthed boat this week. Apparently they had the generator running and it pumped carbon monoxide, instead of outboard, into the boat while they were sleeping. Authorities are conducting an official investigation, but that's the probability according to rescuers.

While global warming is making it easier to sail above the Arctic Circle, it is causing just the opposite in the Antarctic – read why in a fascinating scientific article. Sailing in cold waters has a continual allure for some, and, recognising that, the World ARC Rally is offering the 'cold water option' of sailing through the Beagle Channel and spending time cruising in the Patagonian Waterways in their next rally – sounds really idyllic if you don't mind the cold.

Bounty cover  .. .

This week's book feature is on the 'Sinking of the Bounty'; the Ocean Cruising Club is offering two young sailors – of any nationality – a bursary to start getting experience in ocean sailing; John Jamieson (Captain John) has some salient advice about wreck symbols on a nautical chart; and Neil Langford is back asking whether we REALLY need paper charts any more.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

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Richard Gladwell,
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Hering to be exclusive prop supplier for Class 1
Class 1,
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ISAF World Cup: Multihull experience shows on Day 3 in Palma
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ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma - Consolidation and progression on day 3
Dana Paxton,
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