Tall ships Fleet, Auckland On Water, dramatic rescues, more..

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 26 Sep 2013

Tall ships Fleet, Auckland On Water, dramatic rescues, more..

This week the excitement has been intense with the sailing world watching the battle for the America's Cup being waged in San Francisco. The way Oracle came from behind to win is not only amazing, but redolent of an America's Cup fought thirty years ago when Australia did somewhat the same thing to win the Cup away from the USA for the first time.

While all this has been going on, at Sail-World Cruising we have also been following the story of the great fleet of 20 Australian and International tall ships currently sailing the coastline of Australia The images couldn't be more different!

Royal Australian Navy's International Fleet Review and Tall Ship Festival  .. .

In Auckland they're getting ready for the Auckland On Water Boat Show - very interactive too this year, and in Perth they're tightening safety laws for boats after a death through lack of an EPIRB. Sad news for Nelson this week as one experienced sailor lost his life after falling overboard. You had to ask - no he was wearing neither life jacket nor harness.

Adelaide sailors and the community are heartened by the fact that the sad-looking hulk of the City of Adelaide, is finally on her way 'home', to be restored in Port Adelaide. Congratulations to all who worked so hard!

AKUT, Turkey's crack mountaineering brigade rescue the crew of the wrecked Concorde of Hamble - not only a 50 mile trek and a cliff rescue, but a fire, dry clothes and warm food   .. .

Apart from that there's a wild variety of news – of yachts through and yachts abandoned in the Northwest Passage; of amazing rescues, one in Turkey by some crack mountain rescuers (yes, that's right) of British sailors (photo above) and one on the way to Bermuda of one sailor by another in the most dangerous of circumstances. Dan Alonso has you beside him in the cockpit as he describes his innermost thoughts while another sailor's life hangs on his rescuing ability.

His description has you beside him in the cockpit, his anguish palpable  .. .

Some very useful information for cruising sailors this week – how do you know that smart anchor is not a cheap copy? Fortuitously there's a new book out on anchoring too; an article describes the rise and rise of fractional ownership of boats; and we feature a new DSC VHF radio with some amazing new features; finally I must mention a small article by regular contributor Lee Mylchreest, saddened by a friend's solo death on a reef, on the importance of using all the navigation skills available to you.

Is it real or is it fake?  .. .

That's just the beginning, many more articles to both entertain and inform.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Auckland On Water Boat Show goes digital
Kate Gordon-Smith,
The comprehensive show programme for this year's Auckland On Water Boat Show has been published in both traditional print and a digital format... [more]
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Called to the rescue - a gripping account by a solo sailor
Dan Alonso, Ocean Cruising Club/Sail-World,
This story is about a rescue, for which the author received the Crystal Catfish Trophy from the St George's Dinghy and Sports Club in Bermuda. Dan Alonso originally wrote the account for his girlfriend, then for the Ocean Cruising Club. It is a gripping and very honest account, making you feel you are in the cockpit with him, and wondering how you would act in similar circumstances.... [more]
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The biggest question when going to sea - Where am I?
Lee Mylchreest,
Before technology surfaced, early mariners, over the centuries, devised many crude solutions to determine where they were in the water.... [more]
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Airlie Beach's Shingley Beach Resort -Location, Location, Location
Rob Kothe,
For the last eight of the eleven years Sail-World.com has been covering the ever growing Airlie Beach Race Week we´ve stayed at Shingley Beach Resort, 50 metres from the waterfront and just 500 metres from the Abell Point Marina, which has for all those years been the hub of race week activity, just as it is for all things maritime in Airlie Beach.... [more]
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Nelson sailor dies after fall from yacht -no harness or lifejacket
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
A well-known sailor from Nelson has lost his life after falling overboard near the Marlborough Sounds this week. He was not wearing a life jacket or harness and was wearing full wet weather gear. Maritime New Zealand are investigating.... [more]
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America's Cup: A letter to Emirates Team NZ from Team New Zealand
This is from us back home. You'll be having some strategy meeting. Knocking around a few ideas. Hell, you might even be asleep. Us at home? We're doing that too. You'll have your eye on the big picture, the San Francisco bay weather, the clouds, the rules, what the Americans (or is it Aussies?) are doing to their boat over night. Probably giving the big outboard motor a polish, if the last few day... [more]
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The argument for fractional ownership of your sailing boat
Renate Goodman/Sail-World Round-up,
Fractional rigs are one thing, not usually much good for the cruising sailor, but what about fractional ownership? Will this let you own the yacht of your dreams, without the huge outlay and relentless bills? Let's face it, many sailing boats (and power boats too) sit in the marina for the bulk of the year - so why not share with compatible sailors?... [more]
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Tall ships and more at the museum for Fleet Review this October
Jude Timms,
Australia's home of maritime heritage – the Australian National Maritime Museum – will be a not-to-be-missed destination for Sydney siders and tourists alike this October during the Royal Australian Navy's International Fleet Review and Tall Ship Festival.... [more]
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Perth tightens safety laws - EPIRBs compulsory over 2nm
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
Perth's Department of Transport makes the carrying of an EPIRB after January 2014 compulsory if two nautical miles off the metropolitan coast. It was not a sailor that brought about the change, it was a fisherman, but the new edict will affect all cruising sailors who set to sea.... [more]
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World's oldest clipper starts her journey home to mother.
Martin Cox, Maritime Matters/Sail-World Cruising,
The world's oldest clipper ship has started the first leg of what it is hoped will be her final journey - half way across the world from Irvine in Scotland to form the centrepiece of a museum in South Australia in the city which shares her name - City of Adelaide.... [more]
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Valuable information from free seminars at Auckland On Water Boat Show
Kate Gordon-Smith,
This weekend the Auckland On Water Boat Show is a fantastic place for those new to boating to learn from a range of experts. A seminar series covering nine topics – from DIY tips for powerboat engine maintenance to learning to sail – runs both Saturday and Sunday of this year's show which takes place in Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre and the surrounding Viaduct Harbour.... [more]
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Shocks could be used to aid recovery of degraded coral reefs
ARC Centre of Excellence,
Shocks caused by climate and seasonal change could be used to aid recovery of some of the world's badly-degraded coral reefs, an international team of scientists has proposed... [more]
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'Cook': Rob Mundle tells the tale of our greatest explorer
Jeni Bone,
Best-selling author and renowned sailing journalist, Rob Mundle, will launch his next maritime history tome with the tale of Captain James Cook, one of the greatest explorers of all time.... [more]
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Where go Beneteau, so goes the entire boating market: New report
Des Ryan,
France's Beneteau Group, the world's best known manufacturer of production boats, has long been a benchmark for how the boating industry is going. They are reporting, for the 2012/13 full year that the business is developing 'in line with forecasts', but it is, as often is the case, the devil in the detail which is the most interesting.... [more]
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A 'new-generation' anchor - fake or real?
Neil Langford, Crystal Blues/Sail-World Cruising,
Neil and Ley Langford are currently sailing in South East Asia on their yacht svcrystalblues.blogspot.com!Crystal_Blues. This is Neil's story of changing to a 'new generation' anchor, where he comes up with some interesting facts - not so much because of the brand that they chose, but because of the potential difficulty of finding out what was real and what was fake:... [more]
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Complete Anchoring Guide
Des Ryan,
A boat swinging safely at anchor can mark the relaxing conclusion to a great day of boating or the successful completion of an essential emergency measure, while failure to anchor properly can be frustrating, inconvenient, or downright dangerous. The Complete Anchoring Handbook is your path to mastering this indispensable seamanship skill..... [more]
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Turkey's crack rescuers trek 50 miles for three British sailors
Ted Thornhill/Sail-World Cruising,
AKUT (pronounced 'acute'), Turkey's crack mountain rescue team has trekked 50 miles and climbed three mountains to reach and rescue three British sailors who ended up on the rocks near the coastal resort town of Datca. The sailors, all in their 60s, were stranded for 14 hours before being rescued, as initially fierce seas prevented the Turkish coastguard from reaching them... [more]
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Cruise ship rescues five sailors off New Caledonia
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
A P&O Cruises Australia ship has come to the rescue of five stranded sailors yesterday. The Pacific Pearl intercepted a mayday from the sailors at about 5.00pm local time. They were on a yacht which they reported was taking in water fast off the Isle of Pines, south east of Noumea in New Caledonia... [more]
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Northwest Passage closes early, some yachts through, others abandoned
Jane George, Nunatsiaq News/Sail-World Cruising,
Canada's National Snow and Ice Data Center now says the Northwest Passage is closed by ice, and according to some reports the ice this year had up to 60% more coverage than last year with some yachts having to abandon their attempt to transit the great passage. But not all.... [more]
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My day of dinghy sailing
Beth Young, East End Beacon/Sail-World,
Beth Young is a journalist for East End Beacon and has been writing for 15 years, but never more engagingly than in this small story about going dinghy sailing... [more]
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