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

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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

Multihull Display Day set for Saturday at Multihull Central Marina
Brent Vaughan,
This Saturday, 6th of April, 10 catamarans of six world famous brands will be all on display in one location at the Multihull Central marina, as part of the Multihull Display Day on Sydney Harbour. The incredible custom designed 47ft Ricochet will feature at the display, along with nine other catamarans.... [more]
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Ocean Cruising Club offers 2013 youth bursary for Blue Water sailing
Daria Blackwell, Ocean Cruising Club,
The Ocean Cruising Club has introduced a bursary (scholarship or grant) programme, the aim of which is to foster the development of ocean cruising by enabling young people to gain experience of long distance sailing. The bursary will facilitate the introduction of youngsters to experienced sailors and contribute towards the costs of the voyage.... [more]
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It's on again - 2013 Medical Management for Mariners Course
John Keelty/Sail-World Cruising,
The next Medical Management for Mariners (MMM) course will be held in April/May 2013 in Sydney at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA). Normal first aid courses are better than nothing, but they don't hold a candle to the information in this course which is aimed at leisure sailors to help other leisure sailors survive in times of injury and illness.... [more]
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Carbon monoxide suspected in British yacht deaths
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
It is almost certain that two female crew of a yacht berthed at a jetty near Bowness in Lake Windermere in Britain were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning. The skipper and partner of one of the crew also suffered breathing difficulties but he survived. The third crew member was a ten-year-old girl, the daughter of the dead woman.... [more]
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Marine 13 - Deadline of registration draws near
Marine 13,
Marine13 International Conference and Trade Exhibition. With less than four weeks to go, the Marine13 Welcome Reception on Sunday 28 April launches two full days packed with conference sessions and exhibition viewings.... [more]
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Boaters warned of dangerous conditions for most of NSW Coast
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions from the Victorian border to Coffs Harbour tomorrow and between Ulladulla and the Queensland border on Thursday.... [more]
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Harken, putting the 'jazzle' on board your sailing boat
Nancy Knudsen,
Who could have thought? Zebra coloured winches, or Leopard if you prefer. For evening parties, perhaps, you could choose Glitter to go with the lurex in your sailing shorts. 'Well,' said well known winch manufacturer Harken, 'if Apple can do it, why can't we?'... [more]
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More question and answer time with marine insurance giant, Pantaenius
Brendan Maxwell,
Going back not that far at all, we first had to ask a question to discover that Pantaenius was not a missing musketeer, but rather, one of the world's largest sail and motor yacht insurers. Shortly thereafter, the question would become how well do you know your marine insurance cover?... [more]
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The new Italian Vismara v34ds - go fast or go easy.
You're environmentally conscious, you have a charging system where your sailing boat is kept, you're a day sailor who loves to go cruising for the day with friends and family, but you want great performance in a small package.... [more]
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Planning a sail to the Antarctic any time soon? - check this out!
Media Services,
While global warming may be making it easier to sail the Northwest Passage and in Arctic regions generally, the same global warming might, paradoxically, make it more difficult to sail in Antarctic regions. In an apparent polar paradox, global warming has led to more ice in the sea around Antarctica and could help insulate the southern hemisphere from atmospheric warming.... [more]
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Rescued sailor steps up to repay his rescuers
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Whether you sail in Europe, America or Australia, volunteers are the life blood of the rescue system and many a cruising sailor owes their life and/or their boat's survival to them. Many of us take volunteer rescuers for granted, but here's the story of one sailor who was so moved by the actions of his rescuers that he decided to actively repay them.... [more]
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Book feature: 'The Sinking of the Bounty'
Sail-World Cruising,
And now, the book - well, eBook. The tragic sinking of the sailing ship HMS Bounty in October last year, which caused the death of one crew member and the ship's captain Robin Wallbridge, made instant world news. This was followed by many analyses by 'experts' and a well-reported formal investigation. The book was bound to follow.... [more]
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Paper charts essential for the prudent sailor - or are they?
Neil Langford, SV Crystal Blues/Sail-World,
Ocean Cruising Club Award winners, Australians Neil & Ley Langford, are longtime, tech-savvy cruising sailors who install and manage most of the systems and technology onboard their New Zealand-designed Crystal Blues. They are currently in South East Asia. Recently Neil set about reviewing their collection of paper charts and disposing of some. What he discovered was surprising.... [more]
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Ocean Crusaders and the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race
Ian Thomson,
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race offers a unique opportunity; the chance to pit yourself against some of the most infamous sailing conditions on the planet, taking on waves as big as buildings while racing against eleven other teams for eleven months.... [more]
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Vale Ian 'Stripey' Grant
Rob Kothe and the Sail-World Team,
Ian 'Stripey' Grant, the much loved Queensland sailing writer and media officer for the Queensland Cruising Yacht Club's (QCYC) Brisbane-Gladstone race for many years, died on 29th March (Good Friday 2013), just after the start of the annual Queensland coastal race..... [more]
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Solar sailer PlanetSolar heads to sea again.
Sail-World Cruising,
One of the world's most imaginative environmental projects was the MS Turanor PlanetSolar, the largest solar-powered vessel in the world. Shaped like an alien invader, slipping across oceans silently, PlanetSolar circumnavigated the world, thus proving that, as the technology gets cheaper, a pollution-free ocean will be possible. Now PlanetSolar is heading to sea again.... [more]
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New 'cold water route' for World ARC 2015
Nancy Knudsen,
If you have ever wanted to sail 'the Horn' but the challenge was daunting, the World ARC, the round-world version of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) run by the World Cruising Club, is planning an east-west route, via the spectacular Beagle Channel.... [more]
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Hobsons Bay Yacht Club - Celebrating 125 years of great sailing
Kevin LeNepveu,
Hobsons Bay Yacht Club (1888-2013) celebrates its 125th year Anniversary. HBYC considers itself to be the oldest yacht club continuously occupying its original site in Victoria and possibly in Australia.... [more]
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Sail clear of these three dangerous wreck symbols!
John Jamieson,
Look at most any nautical chart and you will find symbols that signify dangerous wrecks. Here are three wreck symbols to get you started on the road to navigation safety wherever you sail.... [more]
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Sailing to be our space future as NASA's solar sail prepares to fly
Jason Dorrier,Singularity Hub/Sail-World,
Navigating space isn't as easy as crossing oceans. As Jason Dorrier comments in this article, there's no air, water, or earth to push your spacecraft in another direction. For space travel, rocket fuels and gravity-assist have been the best tools for over fifty years; but like rediscovering the past, the future will most likely be in SAILING the heavens to other planets and galaxies..... [more]
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Wind, water and history converge as Tall Ships return to Chicago
Nick Shields/Sail-World Cruising,
If ever you wanted to be - or plan to be - in Chicago, this August is the time to do it. It's when tall ships from around the world will meet in Tall Ships® Chicago 2013.... [more]
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Christmas Caribbean Rally adds racing division
Nancy Knudsen,
There are always some sailors who want to make it a race, so the Christmas Caribbean Rally, the new Transatlantic sailing rally from the Canary Islands to Antigua and introduced recently as a cruising rally only, has added a racing division.... [more]
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Twelve most beautiful old ports in the world - or are they?
Nancy Knudsen,
Probably the next most beautiful thing after a good sailing voyage is an arrival into an old and beautiful port. While you are thinking what YOUR most beautiful arrivals have been, here below is what Marine Insight thinks, including Stockholm pictured here, are the twelve most beautiful old ports in the world. How many have you sailed to, and what would you add (or replace) on the list?... [more]
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OceansWatch needs your yacht for Pacific Projects in 2013
Chris Bone/Sail-World Cruising,
Chris Bone, energetic leader of OceansWatch here makes a moving plea for environmentally-minded yacht owners for the use of another boat to continue the fabulous work that the organisation does to assist Pacific Islanders cope with the multitude effects of world pollution, the disappearance of fish stocks and climate change.... [more]
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Book Feature, eBook: 'Where Wild Winds Blow'
Jack Binder,
'Where Wild Winds Blow' is a remarkable adventure story of two modern-day explorers. It tells of a sea voyage in a home-built yacht, Banyandah, which takes Jack and Jude Binder twice across the Great Southern Ocean, half way around Australia through some of the roughest seas known to man.... [more]
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60,000 crown-of-thorns starfish culled to safeguard Great Barrier Reef
The Hon Tony Burke MP,
Over 60,000 crown-of-thorns starfish have been culled in a Gillard Government project to protect precious coral on the Great Barrier Reef. Environment Minister Tony Burke said divers from the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators have culled the coral eating starfish between Lizard Island and Cairns, as well as pockets in the Whitsunday.... [more]
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A plan to protect historic 134-year-old Dent Island Lightstation
Seclusion, cyclones and a quiet existence for raising children — this was the combination of hardship and joy that awaited lightkeepers and their families when they manned the Dent Island Lightstation.... [more]
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