Adventures,misadventures,ICE, invasive sealife,NZ 2 OZ rally announced

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 17 Aug 2013

Adventures,misadventures,ICE, invasive sealife,NZ 2 OZ rally announced

Some quite quirky stories – about the shipwrecked sailor who saved the Jack Russell and forgot the wife, and about the family that escaped America by sailing boat and got hopelessly lost in the Pacific Ocean for months...

If you are SEEKING adventure, New Zealanders should read about the new NZ 2 OZ rally to join the Sail 2 Indonesia rally in 2014. Not adventurous enough? In another article the Russian North East Passage is beckoning – read why.

North East Passage - a top adventure  .. .

Nice to see the Elan 400 nominated for the European Yacht of the Year, but performance is up to the crew as well - in another article you have to ask what a two-year-old Hylas 70 was doing with such bad navigation advice that they tried to sail over rocks four feet below when they drew seven feet.

On a more practical level, ICE (no not the Amphetamine) is featured this week. It might turn out to be expensive for the cruising sailor, but as time passes these new innovations tend to become more and more affordable. Worth also reading is the article on the new Gen 2 furler.

Then there's Neil Langford sharing his experiences in how to cope with the invasions of sealife in warm waters, and John Jamieson with more 'heavy weather' strategies.

Blocked on the left, but see the oyster growing on the right  .. .

Much more too, so browse down the headlines to see what grabs your interest.

Winter is proving to be a warm one, so take every opportunity!

Here's wishing you sweet winter sailing.

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

New rally announced NZ to OZ to join Sail 2 Indonesia
Nancy Knudsen,
Rally organiser Island Cruising Association has announced a new rally - the NZ 2 OZ Rally - to effectively join the New Zealand coastline to their Sail 2 Indonesia Rally later in the year, and the dates are now confirmed.... [more]
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ICE - a drug? hunk of frozen water? No, it's Super Sailcloth
Sail-World Cruising,
New ICE - once you read this you might think you need it on your sailing boat. So - What is it? Is it a drug? Is it a hunk of frozen water? No, it's Super Sailcloth! Yes, Doyle Sails has announced the official launch of Stratis ICE, something they claim is is unique to their global network of lofts and very suitable for both cruising and racing sails.... [more]
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Shipwrecked sailor rescues Jack Russell, forgets wife
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
There are lots of 'maybe's' in the story, but it certainly has the sailing world laughing. A South African sailor has become a mini-celebrity in a way he probably doesn't want, after rescuing his Jack Russell from his stricken sailing boat, but forgetting his wife. (O he went back later for her.)... [more]
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The next great adventure - sailing the Russian Arctic
Michael Byers/Sail-World Cruising,
Now here's a challenge for the adventure-seeking cruising sailor - sailing the Russian Arctic, and the news is that Russia's North East Passage is open for business. Whether that means cruising sailors or not is anyone's guess, but it's worth a try.... [more]
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The new Elan 400 nominated for European Yacht of the Year
Matt Hayes,
Sydney-based US Yachts, Australian distributors of Elan Yachts, is delighted to announce that the new Elan 400, launched in January this year, has been nominated for the prestigious European Yacht of the Year in the Performance Cruiser category.... [more]
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Five 'Get ready now' heavy weather sailing strategies
John Jamieson,
In heavy weather sailing, sailing tips that save time and effort can be more valuable than gold when the rough stuff arrives aboard. Sure, you have jacklines rigged, crew in personal flotation devices (pfds), harnesses, and clipped in. And you've set preventers, taped the lifeline gates and lashed and stowed sailing gear topsides and down below decks.... [more]
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The Royal Yacht Squadron - lady members at last
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
They've taken their time. What has often been called the world's most prestigious sailing club, the Royal Yacht Squadron, based in the dramatic 16th century Cowes Castle on the Isle of Wight south of England, has just this week decided to inviteladies to be members.... [more]
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Family of five's amazing survival - found God, but not Kiribati
Michael Smith, Op Ed/Sail-World Cruising,
All sailors who go to sea have reasons - the freedom, escape from the ratrace, maybe setting a record or finding new worlds. But one family had their own unusual reason, to escape the realities of America and 'find God' by sailing to the remote islands of Kiribati. Instead, they became lost and drifted for over two months around the Pacific, their supplies gradually running out.... [more]
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Nansha Boat Show - China's growing interest in all things nautical
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia/SW Cruising,
60 days to go to the Nansha Marina Boat Show, otherwise known as ‘Yacht CN'. Where is Nansha? One of the most thriving of coastal areas on the Pearl River Delta in China, just over the water from Hong Kong. They are heavily promoting their Boat Show-to-come, more evidence of China's growing interest in all things nautical. Read on, to see just how heavily.... [more]
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Southeast Asia Pilot - don't go there without it
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Sailing in South East Asia any time soon? You'll want to acquire this bible, and its latest edition (the fourth) has just been launched in Phuket. The celebration included many of Phuket's elite captains and core sailors, gathered to celebrate the essential cruising guide, Southeast Asia Pilot.... [more]
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Abel Point Marina backs cruising event
Whitsunday Times/Sail-World,
Whitsunday Times reports that the Whitsunday-based Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club (SICYC) has secured a new sponsor for its annual Vice Commodore Rendezvous from August 22-25.... [more]
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Vicsail goes big at Sydney International Boat Show
Cheryl Stanton,
There is no doubt that recent boat shows are getting smaller. This year however, Vicsail decided to go against the trend and go big. Working closely with our powerboat partner, JW Marine, Vicsail created one of the largest Beneteau stands ever at the Sydney International Boat Show.... [more]
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A foul story - at war with the crustaceans
Neil Langford, Crystal Blues,
Ley and Neil Langford, long time cruising sailors, are in South East Asia - tropical waters - on their yacht Crystal Blues. Here Neil tells the secrets they and their fellow cruisers have developed for keeping the local crustacean population from taking over their boat, Crystal Blues, while stationary in a marina.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: Latest NEEL 60 shatters conventions
Multihull Solutions,
NEEL Trimarans continues to set the benchmark in innovation with the launch of the new NEEL 60.... [more]
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Sydney International Boat Show - Boating Syndication scores success
Imprint Media,
Luxury boat ownership innovator Boating Syndication Australia (BSA) is celebrating sales success following the Sydney International Boat Show this week.... [more]
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Product of the Week: The Gen2 Furler
Des Ryan,
The development of the continuous line furler caused quite a change in the usual way furling sails are used in both racing and cruising boats. This week's product of the week is the new Gen2 Furler, with some significant improvements.... [more]
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Ouch! rocks at 4ft, draft over 7ft, not a good look at 6 knots
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Ouch! It's a two-year-old Hylas 70, designed by famed yacht designer German Frers, and who knows what she was doing sailing at six knots over a rock four feet below the surface when she draws over seven feet. But the archangels did nothing to help this fibreglass boat - called Archangel - this week when she was sailing in Maine, USA, in Penobscot Bay.... [more]
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Vicsail introduces Lagoon 39 at Sydney International Boat Show
Cheryl Stanton,
The Sydney Boat Show 2013 was the platform to introduce Australia to Vicsail Mulithull Division's new yacht, the Lagoon 39, along with her sisters the Lagoon 400s2 and Lagoon 450. With a new rig and sail plan the Lagoon 39 was warmly received. These fantastic catamarans along with highly competitive boat show offers saw Vicsail Multihull division sail away with three new Lagoon orders.... [more]
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America's Cup: 1983 was the game breaker - New video - Updated
Maritime Productions presents the second of the trailers for its video library of America's Cup and other sailing video, available on a rent to view basis. As Bob Fisher describes below, the 1983 America's Cup was a game breaker in every sense of the word. Not only did Australia II break the longest winning streak in sports history, but their story became an inspiration for the Australian nation... [more]
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