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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.

Sweet winter sailing.

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Sydney International Boat Show Open Thursday
Domenic Genua/Sail-World Cruising,
Sydney International Boat Show Open Thursday 1st August. The doors will open for the running of the 46th Sydney International Boat Show. The event will also celebrate the 25th time it has been in the Darling Harbour Precinct.... [more]
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86 yachts depart Darwin for the Sail Indonesia Rally
Lee Mylchreest,
86 yachts from many countries of the world have just left Darwin on the annual Sail Indonesia yacht rally. This is the beginning of a three months adventure linking destinations across Indonesia.... [more]
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Doyle Sails offering big discount at Sydney International Boat Show
Ellie Brade,
Doyle Sails Australia and Doyle Sails New Zealand will be exhibiting at the upcoming Sydney International Boat Show (held 1-5 August) on Stand 142. On offer is a boat show deal of 20% off all retail price sails, valid for orders placed this week only*.... [more]
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'Perfect preparation' with PLB saves life of solo MOB
If you ever doubted that you should wear a personal locator beacon (PLB) while sailing and prepare adequately when solo, here is the latest evidence, in the form of a sailor's life that would surely have been lost without perfect preparation. It might have happened in the Irish Sea, but no matter where we sail the lesson is there to remind us that 'it could have been me'. .... [more]
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Boat Books' Guide to Cruising Guides
Doug Cuming/Sail-World,
Boat Books, every sailor's favourite haunt for that sailing book you didn't even know you wanted until you saw it, have put together a must-have: - a 'Guide to Cruising Guides'. The aim of the guide is to help you find the right guide book with the right advice for your sailing trip, whether you are sailing out for the day or doing a circumnavigation.... [more]
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Relative claims missing schooner crew 'could still be surviving'
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Families of the lost crew of the schooner Nina, missing since June 04 in the Tasman Sea have long thought there was a possibility that they were still surviving, somewhere out there on the sea. Now one relative is quoting a 1989 incident to demonstrate how clearly possible it is that they are still on the boat and alive.... [more]
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Multihull Solutions rallies enthusiasts for exotic sailing events
Kate Elkington,
Multihull enthusiasts don't just enjoy more comfortable, safe and spacious cruising than their monohull counterparts, the announcement of a host of multihull rallies proves they also have more fun.... [more]
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Boaters warned of continued hypothermia risk
Medianet Operations,
With another month of winter ahead, boaters need to remember the potentially deadly consequences of immersion in cold water and the need to guard against hypothermia. Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Acting Director Maritime Michael Wright said the loss of body heat is one of the greatest hazards to a person in the water.... [more]
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NSW boaters warned of dangerous conditions
Roads and Maritime Services,
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued an alert following a Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) warning about dangerous surf conditions forecast for tomorrow and continuing into Friday from Seal Rocks to the Victorian border.... [more]
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Cleaning the cleaner: the Serious Pad Cleaner
Martin Flory/Sail-World Cruising,
This week's Product of the Week is the cleaner that cleans the cleaner. Cleaning tools deserve their own special washing to keep them in the best possible condition. This new Serious Pad Cleaner is a scientifically formulated powdered cleaner for rejuvenating buffing pads. Better still the product is environmentally friendly, being biodegradable.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show - Video interview with Domenic Genua
Cassandra Sabin,,
The Sydney International Boat Show's Marketing and Events Manager, Domenic Genua, spoke to us, above the noise of hammers and drills on the eve of the 46th annual Boat Show to share some insights into the excitement surrounding this event.... [more]
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eLoran - the alternative to GPS - inches towards reality
Des Ryan,
Worried about your GPS failing? In a move that will make Britain - and finally the world - independent of GPS technology and accidental or intentional jamming, the British Government's Department of Transport has given approval for seven different eLoran stations to be installed along the south and east coast of the UK, to start operations in summer 2014.... [more]
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What it takes to make a multihull safe for offshore sailing
David Smith,
New Zealand Multihull Club's Guest Speaker this month is Nina Heatley; she has a huge amount of experience in composite design and boat building. Nina has been asked to talk about what it takes to make a multihull safe for offshore sailing and discuss a number of recent failures of cruising boats that illustrate common deficiencies found in current designs.... [more]
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Elan 400 wins European Yacht of the Year nomination
Des Ryan,
The Elan 400, just announced as a nomination for the European Yacht of the Year in the Performance Cruiser category, is the newest yacht in the range, featuring dynamic lines and a great balance between comfort and performance.... [more]
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From good ship Banyandah - a Coral Sea sailing tale
Jack Binder,
Banyandah is an 11m 12 ton cutter-rigged sailing boat which Australian sailors Jack and Jude Binder seem to have been sailing for most of their lives, admittedly with a couple of breaks for issues like educating kids. Here they tell of their latest exploits, an exploration of the reefs of the Coral Sea off the east coast of Australia. Read the story, but marvel at their amazing pictures:... [more]
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Hyde Sails offer free UV Sunstrip on cruising genoas - last Days!
For the month of July, Hyde Sails NZ are offering free UV Sunstrip on crosscut cruising genoas. Hyde Touring Genoa are designed for coastal cruising, using durable woven Dacron which will give a sail a long useful life. Hyde Voyager Genoas feature a high quality and density woven Dacron for offshore cruising.... [more]
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DAME Awards for innovation call for entries
Sail-World Cruising,
Do you have an innovative marine design that might wow the sailing world? The publicity you could gain by winning a design award at the Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) could be beyond your wildest dreams - and they are calling now for entrants.... [more]
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'Gathering Cruise' Tall ship hits rocks and sinks - all crew rescued
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
The Tall Ship Astrid, a 42m Dutch training vessel taking part in Ireland's Gathering Cruise, has hit rocks inside the Sovereign Islands at Ballymacus Point, near Kinsale in Ireland with 30 people on board. Thanks to those standing by and the RNLI, all on board were rescued.... [more]
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Toronto's Sail-in Cinema a great hit with sailors - why not here?
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
What a great thing this would be in Auckland, or Sydney, or Perth or anywhere with a great harbour or lake. For three summer nights, Canada's Sugar Beach is transformed into Toronto's largest outdoor theatre. Movies are shown under the open skies on a two-sided screen set atop a barge in Toronto Harbour. You can watch movies from the deck of your sailing boat in Lake Ontario.... [more]
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Sail to Glory: The dramatised story of the first America's Cup - Video
Maritime Productions presents the first of the trailers for its video library of America's Cup and other sailing video, available on a rent to view basis. It features an ambitious docu-drama, which is the only film ever produced of the original race around the Isle of Wight in 1851. In 1968 Gerald Schnitzer, a noted Hollywood Producer/Director wrote and directed this epic story.... [more]
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