Cruising Masterclass..sailing round the North Pole..HMS Bounty Award

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 18 Jul 2013

Cruising Masterclass..sailing round the North Pole..HMS Bounty Award

Lots of exciting events coming up - the Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous is one of the most enjoyable rendezvous sails in the year. Don't have a multihull? Why you can charter one up there on the spot to join the fun. Talking about Queensland, the Brisbane Boat Show comes the next month after the Sydney Boat Show, and it's 'coming home time' for the show.

Winter might be the time to debate your safety issues, and Auckland has some heavy thinking to do - whether to make life jackets compulsory or not - read that conversation below...

The amazing variety and contrast between the watery tales about cruising sailors never ceases to amaze me. It seems that we tend to get involved in our own exciting sailing exploits, while forgetting that fellow sailors on the other side of the world are also having amazing experiences.

Have you ever swum with pigs? ... and I am not being insulting about the company you keep. Pigs on one Caribbean Island live wild on sandy beaches and swim out to greet passing sailors hoping for a titbit or two. Marvellous, unlikely story.

Today sailors come in droves to swim with the pigs  .. .

Piracy policing is being effective in Somali waters, but watch out for West Africa - read the latest annual report. The success, by the way, doesn't mean you can head for the Red Sea through the Gulf of Aden any time soon.

Piracy, successful foiling has driven down piracy in Somali waters  

Up in St Petersburg in Russia they're celebrating classic boats, and Beneteau's own 'Classic', the Oceanis 38, is taking on a new look! Over in Turkmenistan, they are opening their first yacht club. Yes I knew that Turkmenistan was on the Caspian Sea, but somehow I never imaged there would be a yachting scene vibrant enough to have a yacht club.

The news is not all good, of course. One grieving Dad won't accept his daughter, missing now for over a month from the schooner Nina, thought sunk in the Tasman Sea, is lost. He is beginning to start his own search.

Enough time has passed since the sinking of the HMS Bounty for the brave souls who rescued 14 crew during of Hurricane Sandy to receive their due honours and accolades.

As full summer approaches in the northern hemisphere, a new raft of sailors set out to sail the North West Passage. This week we feature a Polish boat which will circle the North Pole – and incidentally the North West Passage as well.

Not a lot about maintenance or practical subjects this week – full summer is a time for sailing, not maintaining!

Lots of other news too, so scroll down the headlines to find your own interest.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen.

Cruising Masterclass at Sydney Boat Show - by reservation only
Rob Kothe,
Maybe you know a lot about sailing, but do you know all you need to know for cruising? Are you up to date with the latest sailing aids? safety systems? Technology? Do you know all about snubbers, sentinels, Med Hooks? If the answer is no or maybe, then attend the Cruising Masterclass at the Sydney Boat Show, 3/4 August. You'll never regret it. It's free in the inaugural year but must be reserved... [more]
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Fremantle arrival marks first Australian visit for Lord Nelson
Heather Ewing,
Lord Nelson, a unique tall ship that is crewed by disabled and able bodied sailors, has arrived in Australia on an inaugural visit to the country. The Jubilee Sailing Trust's ship is currently undertaking a two-year circumnavigation in the Norton Rose Fulbright Sail the World Challenge, a voyage promoting inclusion and equality in each one of its 30 ports of call.... [more]
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Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous is just around the corner
Multihull Solutions,
The Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous is right around the corner and it is shaping up to be the biggest and best event yet. Following are some more details for you, your marina and sailing community. The roaring success of last year's Whitsunday Multihull Rendezvous has seen entries flooding in for the 2013 event.... [more]
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Somali Piracy lowest since 2006, but stay away from West Africa
IMB/Sail-World Cruising,
While cruising sailors are now, finally, staying away from the Gulf of Aden and the waters around Somalia, the annual IMB Piracy report this year highlights violence in West, as opposed to East, Africa. This is fair warning for long range cruising sailors to take the prevailing winds after rounding the Cape of Good Hope and head for South America or the Caribbean.... [more]
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Polish crew to circumnavigate the North Pole in Lady Dana
Sail-World Cruising,
The 19 ton steel yacht is called Lady Dana, and the Polish team who will sail around the North Pole with her in 2013 - including the North West Passage - know she will be the only female on board. The seven crew are all male and all have an impressive sailing CV.... [more]
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Profile of a cruising sailor: Ted Nobbs
Lee Mylchreest,
Ted Nobbs, speaker on anchoring skills and equipment at the Cruising Masterclass in the coming Sydney International Boat Show, started sailing as a kid in the Kogarah Bay Sea Scouts with his small brother Johnnie. Together they sailed and raced VJ's with the Burraneer Bay sailing club, and a passion was born.... [more]
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Flicking offshore flats with plastics
Lee Brake,
This week Lee Brake takes us offshore to those beautiful rocky flats and reef edges that border our islands. He breaks out the light tackle and shows us how lethal soft plastics are on the species that call these waters home.... [more]
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What the yacht owner should know when insuring a boat
Nancy Knudsen,
James McPhail and well known Sydney sailor Adam Brown are the public faces of Pantaenius Australia Pty Ltd is an insurance business specialising in Sail & Motor Yacht Insurance.... [more]
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HMS Bounty rescue swimmers honoured, tell the story
Antonieta Rico, Navy Times/Sail-World Cruising,
The replica of Captain Bligh's ship, the HMS Bounty, might have been sailing far away in the Caribbean when she was lost, but as her memory will forever remind us of one of the most graphic survival stories of the South Pacific, we especially mourn her going. Here the swimming heroes of the rescue of the crew of the Bounty during Hurricane Sandy are honoured, and have their story told:... [more]
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Auckland debates compulsory life jackets for sailors and other boaters
Nancy Knudsen,
Water Safety New Zealand says a proposal to make lifejackets compulsory in Auckland should become a national law, while the Libertarianz Party claim that 'the vast majority of boat owners are capable of enjoying themselves without interference from 'water safety busybodies'.... [more]
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Honwave – redefining inflatable boat performance
Sandman PR,
Honwave inflatables have been designed for use with Honda's range of lightweight and fuel-efficient portable outboard engines.... [more]
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Product Review: Duel Sashimi
Jarrod Day,
Anglers are always on the lookout for something new to stow away in their tackle box for use on their next fishing adventure and with so many on the market, how do you know which one will do the job.... [more]
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Beneteau and their new, flexible, Oceanis 38
Sail-World Cruising,
Beneteau has a new model about to come out, the Oceanis 38, and claims more flexibility than seen before on this size of boat before, and a new way of looking at below decks, claiming the boat more resembles an airy loft than a traditional cabin arrangement.... [more]
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Dad won't accept his sailing daughter lost at sea
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
One American Dad won't give up on his sailor daughter, thought lost at sea between New Zealand and Australia. The family is from southern American state of Louisiana, and Danielle Wright's father, Ricky Wright, is preparing to mount his own search.... [more]
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Marine Rescue Cottage Point's key role as Buizen Tezelia burns
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue Cottage Point was alerted to a vessel on fire in Yeoman's Bay in Ku-Ring-Gai National Park, at 1715 yesterday, and tasked to assist the Rural Fire Service and Ambulance Service at the scene. Yeoman's Bay is a narrow waterway about one nautical mile from Cottage Point and is accessible only by water.... [more]
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