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 04 Jul 2013

7 lost at sea...tax on charters...pyrotechnics...16-year-old hero...

One of the most critical issues when you go on that longer cruise is making sure your rigging is right and your sails will last the distance. John Hearne, profiled this week, will offer a vital seminar on the issue in the Cruising Masterclass at this year's Sydney International Boat Show.

If you haven't checked out the Cruising Masterclass yet, all the details are in John Hearne's article below. Registration is free in this inaugural year, but essential, as places will be limited. Don't miss out, as the Masterclass, with a large spread of seminars on the issues that concern us most, is filling fast.

It's not many editions where we have to report on not one, but two, missing yachts. One was last seen in the Indian Ocean with a solo sailor on board, and the other has a crew of seven, now believed lost at sea after their schooner disappeared from the Tasman Sea without a trace. This joins a long list of sailors over the decades who simply disappeared, leaving families to mourn without ever knowing the last moments of these lost sailors.

In the first case, Eddie Anker, longtime cruiser, is simply very overdue for his destination Perth. In the case of the schooner heading from New Zealand to Australia, as the EPIRB was not set off and their satphones were not used, it must have been a catastrophic event – a rogue wave, a collision with a ship or maybe a whale – which sank their boat in seconds, too quickly even to hit the EPIRB button or dial a number.

Skipper David Dyche, 58; his wife, Rosemary, 60; and their son David, 17 on board Nina, missing presumed sunk,during their dream circumnavigation  .. .

Often, though the use of a registered 406MHz EPIRB can mean the difference between a sweet rescue and a possible loss of life - as the rescuers noted after a successful call-out by the Auckland Rescue helicopter and coastguard.

Things are always changing in the world of the cruising sailor. Those keen on a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean have a mountain of changes to work out as governments change their taxation laws. The other issue starting to make waves is that of regulations covering pyrotechnics and the escalation of the use – not yet approved – of laser technology.

The most inspiring story of the week is that of cerebral palsy sufferer, the 16-year-old British sailor Natasha who can't walk but has just sailed the English Channel solo.

Natasha Lambert in the boat she used to cross the English Channel  .. .

Finally, John Jamieson is back with some interesting observations about which side of the boat you should use for recovery of an MOB victim. It makes a difference? Read the story.

Much more to read about, so browse down the screen to find what takes your interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Hear John Hearne master sailmaker at SIBS Cruising Masterclass 3/4 Aug
Nancy Knudsen,
What kind of rigging and sails do you really need to go cruising? How can you make them last so they won't let you down? John Hearne, of Doyles Sailmakers, is to deliver the seminar on sails and rigging for the cruising sailor at the Cruising Masterclass at the Sydney International Boat Show, 3/4 August.... [more]
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Urgent appeal for whereabouts of missing sailor Eddie Anker
Sail-World Cruising,
Urgent appeal for whereabouts of missing sailor, Eddie Anker. Sail-World has received this message from concerned friend Elaine Wiltshire: It has been six months now since Eddie (Edward) Anker left Hout Bay, South Africa, with a plan to sail straight across to Australia as previously detailed in the initial report.... [more]
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Caribbean yacht charter brokers act to cut plastic water bottles
Des Ryan,
How would you measure up? Do you still take plastic water bottles when sailing instead of depending on your watermaker? The Caribbean based Charter Yacht Brokers Association (CYBA) has launched the second year of its 'Going Green to Save the Blue' campaign in which it encourages charter yachts around the world to use fewer plastic water bottles.... [more]
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Europe moves on pyrotechnics regulations - non-SOLAS
Important new European pyrotechnics regulations are being introduced on July 4 2013, to ensure the highest quality and safety of non-SOLAS pyrotechnics products. This includes illuminating rockets, handflares and handsmoke signals.... [more]
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Final bulletin on schooner Nina plus Predictwind forecasts for Tasman
Rosemary Neilson, Martime NZ,
An RNZAF P3 Orion has returned to New Zealand this evening after completing a seventh day of searching, without sighting a missing American schooner or its liferaft. The 21m (70ft) Nina was sailing from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia, with seven people on board, but has not been heard from since 4 June. Wind forecasts for each 24 hour period through to Sunday at 0600 included... [more]
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Family plead for missing schooner search to continue
Des Ryan,
In spite of fading hopes for the seven crew members of the vintage yacht Nina, missing in the Tasman Sea since June 04 and thought to have sunk, the family of one of the crew, British man Matthew Wootton, still hopes he will be found alive.... [more]
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The confusion over yacht charter taxes in the EU
Lee Mylchreest,
It's very hard to keep up with what you'll be paying to charter a yacht in Europe these days. It's all about taxes. Croatia's charges have been altered by her entry into the EU on 1st July, yachts have been fleeing from Italy to places like Montenegro because of the high Italian charges, France has just agreed to levy VAT on yacht charters and now Spain has made a change of their own... [more]
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Old Gaffers Round Britain: Witch and her nemesis lobster pot
Alistair Randall/Sail-World Cruising,
To celebrate their 50th year anniversary, some Old Gaffers are making their stately way around Britain, but don't be under the impression that it's all easy going. One of the boats, Witch, a 1898 Gaff Cutter, originally a ferry boat for the Isle of Gigha, has proved victim to one of the cruising sailor's most dreaded minor nightmares - the lobster pot.... [more]
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New cruising eBook: Best stories from Caribbean Compass
Sally Erdle,
If you love reading sailing tales you're going to love this new eBook, 'Best Stories from Caribbean Compass' compiled by Sally Erdle and Rona Beame. It's full of outstanding stories by cruisers, of cruisers and for cruisers!... [more]
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Indonesia goes yachting friendly as first ever Yacht Show staged
Sail-World Cruising/Linda Cartlidge,
It's good news for roving cruising sailors, no matter the size of your boat. Indonesia is the latest country to show a major interest in the value of yachting and sailing to the economy, as well as an outlet for the new millionaires who are looking for somewhere to spend their money.... [more]
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406MHz REGISTERED beacon meant three boaters rescued and safe
Sarah Brazil, Maritime NZ,
It was a textbook rescue that could have had a very different outcome had the crew not had a REGISTERED 406MHz beacon on their boat. This was the conclusion of the New Zealand rescuers who responded to the distress call this last weekend.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Port Jackson commissions new rescue vessel
Ken McManus,
At the official commissioning ceremony for the unit's new $280,000 offshore rescue vessel on Saturday June 29, Volunteers from Marine Rescue Port Jackson were reunited with a Sydney sailor whose life they helped save.... [more]
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Montenegro's hotspot marina doubles its berths
SAil-World Cruising/Superyacht News,
Capitalising on the increasing popularity of Montenegro with the yachting fraternity, especially for visiting New Zealand and Australian sailors, Porto Montenegro, one of Europe's most up-and-coming yachting hotspots, is to double its marina capacity to 490 berths by next summer – giving it one of the biggest yacht capacities in the world, with an emphasis on the larger end of the spectrum.... [more]
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Missing schooner Nina presumed sunk
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
After several days of searching, the 21m American schooner Nina, with seven crew on board, is presumed to have sunk, according to Australian and New Zealand rescuers. The fact that satellite phones were not used and the EPIRB was not set off points to the fact that the historic schooner sank so suddenly in some catastrophic event that none of the crew had time to activate the EPIRB, or phone.... [more]
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Second day of shoreline searching for missing schooner yields no clues
Sarah Brazil, Maritime NZ and Rosemary Dyche,
An extended shoreline search for the crew of the historic American 21m (70ft) schooner Nina missing en route from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Newcastle, Australia, has been undertaken for a second day today (29 June) without success.... [more]
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VAT on chartering a yacht in France to begin July 15
Nancy Knudsen,
The French have taken their time to make the announcement, but now it's official. If you charter a yacht in France from now on you will have to be VAT on the charter.... [more]
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Which overboard emergency recovery side should you choose?
John Jamieson,
Not many sailing safety issues chill the blood like the thought of falling overboard. But, even more dangerous could be the recovery itself. Why is that? You may have read and practiced different overboard approaches. But there's still a lot of controversy about the final approach to bring the person alongside, close to your small sailboat.... [more]
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Boating tops list of lightning deaths, go inside says NWS
In the U.S., June 23-29 is National Lightning Safety Awareness Week and NOAA's National Weather Service has a stark message for fishermen and boaters: You are not safe outside during a thunderstorm. A new data review of deaths caused by lightning between 2006 and 2012 reveals that water-related activities (fishing, boating, beach, and swimming) make up 36 percent of all leisure-related deaths.... [more]
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Boaters warned to navigate with extra caution on South Coast waterways
Roads and Maritime Services Media,
After a large number of navigation markers including buoys and channel markers were washed out of place by flood waters, boaters are warned to navigate with extra caution on South Coast waterways.... [more]
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