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01 Aug 2013
Sydney Boat Show...86 yachts off to Indonesia...PLB copybook rescue...
Sydney International Boat Show, 1-5 August, is dominating the news this week, the 25th to occur in the Darling Harbour precinct and a 'must-see' for anyone within reach of Sydney. As far as cruising sailors go, the Cruising Masterclass is the first ever recognition that cruising yachts and their more relaxed sailors make up the lion's share of the boating world.
If you haven't registered for the free Masterclass, which runs over 3rd and 4th August, registrations are now closed, but go to the inquiry desk at the Boat Show to find out if there are seats available for any of the sessions. These are now to take place in the Convention Centre owing to the high demand and cover a wide range of subjects vital to the cruising sailor (entry by boat show ticket).
Multihulls are in the news with New Zealand Multihull Club's guest speaker addressing a subject vital to those who dare a second hull - 'what it takes to make a multihull safe for offshore sailing' - wish I could be there. Up in the Whitsundays Multihull Solutions are doing us proud, announcing a great range of multihull rallies on offer.
Speaking of rallies, one of Australia's largest departed from Darwin in fine sunny weather. No less than 86 yachts have set off together, heading for the wonderful islands of the archipelago which is Indonesia - three months of fun and adventure ahead!
Sail Indonesia - some of the welcoming dancers .. .
One of the most unusual rescues took place in the Irish Sea this week, thanks to the latest technology and perfect sailor preparation. Believe it or not, an overboard solo sailor was picked up from the sea nine miles off the coast of the UK and deposited back on his boat, which was still going round in circles.
Still in the UK, the crew of a Dutch tall ship, the Astrid, are still recovering from the loss of their lovely ship, which ended up on rocks during a cruise around Britain.
tragic end to a grand old ship - Astrid .. .
Over in Toronto in Canada, they're getting ready for another celebration of summer sailing – the Sail-in Cinema later this month - just the kind of celebration we should be doing down here in the Antipodes in summer.
The yachts are gathering .. .
That's just, as they say, the tip of the iceberg, so run your eye down the headline to find your interest.
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