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 17 Oct 2013

Cruising seminars, ghost ship sighting, cleverest autopilot, more...

There are plenty of sailing schools teaching you how to sail a boat. However, knowing how to sail your boat is merely the beginning when you start to go cruising, and there are hardly any seminars or schools to advise on the myriad of extra issues you need to grapple with when you contemplate departing your home waters.

No matter where you are on the coast of Australia or in New Zealand John and Lyn Martin of the Island Cruising Association are trying to remedy that. A wealth of down-to-earth cruising information gained from their 100,000 miles of cruising and a natural ability to impart information combine to make their coming seminars right round the coast of Australia and in New Zealand a powerful aid to your cruising. Read all the details in this week's edition below.

Judgement in close quarters sailing is not an exact science, and skippers of sailing boats are often required to make a call quickly. It's bad enough to know later that you made the wrong call, it's worse if that call has resulted in severe damage to your boat, but how much worse for that single moment of bad judgement to be flashed around the world and watched by a million viewers.

The moment of (very) bad judgement caught on a thousand cameras  .. .

There's more. For one British Royal navy sailor it just keeps getting worse. He is no longer in the Navy and he is now in court facing prosecution by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in Britain on a number of negligence charges. Personally, I can't help feeling for the sailor – we've all made bad calls, though perhaps in more private ways.

Speaking of judgement, John Jamieson is back this week to talk about judging the safe speed according to the conditions you and your sailing boat find yourself in. Even if you know these answers, a reminder is a refresher...

Four months have passed since schooner Nina was heard of in the Tasman Sea, but the families have not given up. Their private search firm has now found what could be evidence of the boat still afloat near Norfolk Island. It's worth remembering that a New Zealand yacht, Air Apparent, abandoned by its crew in 2008 in the Tasman Sea, was also sighted months later drifting near Norfolk Island and ended up a year later beached on the north east coast of Australia.

Faint hope revived after four months - could this be Nina still afloat?  .. .

Is technology taking all the adventure out of cruising? This week we tell of an innovative autopilot which calibrates itself and teaches itself about the characteristics and quirks of the boat, without any intervention from the sailor. There's also a report on how EPIRBs are gradually, thanks to new satellites and reporting stations, getting more accurate more quickly.

Much more too, cruising news from home and around the world, so browse down the headlines to find your interest, and, with lots of warm weather on the way...

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Cruising seminars from Fremantle around the coast to Cairns
Des Ryan,
Starting in January sailors right round the coastline of Australia who would like to cruise beyond their home waters will have a unique chance to attend comprehensive and intense seminars specifically for the cruising sailor. Whether you are in Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Townsville or Cairns, this could be the chance you've been waiting for.... [more]
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British sailor's collision with 120,000 tanker comes to court
Sail-World Cruising,
Remember these photos? A British sailor whose 2011 collision with the 120,000 tanker Hanne Knutsen was flashed around the world garnering almost a million viewers, not to mention the 100,000 crowd watching from the shore, is currently being prosecuted in Southampton Court.... [more]
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It's a first! Tall Ships set sail across the Tasman Sea to Auckland
Nancy Knudsen,
A first ever! Seven tall ships from six countries have set sail in the Sydney to Auckland Tall Ships Regatta. The majestic vessels are expected to sail into the New Zealand harbour in about nine days. This Regatta is the first international tall ship event to be held in the Southern Hemisphere.... [more]
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Out-of-Water Boat Show at The Boat Works
The Boat Works,
Multihull Solutions joins forces with The Boat Works in the development of this unique Out-of-Water Boat Show.... [more]
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New thread of hope - is this a photo of drifting Nina?
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The families of the crew of the schooner Nina, missing since June in the Tasman Sea, are not giving up. A private search team have now identified satellite images of a vessel or object resembling the missing yacht Nina.... [more]
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Fusion – More than science's Holy Grail
John Curnow,
In a world contending with major issues such as runaway energy costs, geometric growth in demand for it and global warming, modern era physics has been relentlessly pursuing cold nuclear fusion. Why the dedication to this zenith of man's quest to hold the proverbial goose that laid the golden egg?... [more]
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Evolution Autopilot - top honours in Marine Electronics Awards
Sail-World Cruising,
Looking for a new autopilot? It's worth considering this one. The Evolution Autopilot by Raymarine has won top honours at the 2013 National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) International Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, winning the NMEA-BWI Technology Award.... [more]
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Sailing Navigation Safety - What is 'Safe Speed'?
John Jamieson,
Could you be sailing too fast in some conditions? After all, it's rare that a cruising monohull sailing boat's speed can come close to that of her powerboat cousin.... [more]
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Good news for emergency beacons - more accurate more quickly
Lee Mylchreest,
A few years ago I was at my Sydney office desk in the middle of a hectic day when the phone rang. 'This is AMSA,' the voice said, 'we have a report that the EPIRB on your yacht has been activated about 600 nm off the coast in the Tasman Sea.' 'What? It couldn't have!' I spluttered, 'It was in the marina in Pittwater this morning!'... [more]
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Melbourne's Tall Ship Enterprize busy sailing season
Rod Thomas,
The international tall ships have departed Australian waters but there are still good opportunities to go sailing on a tall ship over the coming months. Melbourne's traditionally rigged wooden topsail schooner Enterprize has commenced its season with public sails in Melbourne Docklands, and on Port Phillip and other Victorian waters.... [more]
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Tall Ships Festival about to arrive Auckland
Des Ryan,
Auckland has long been known as the 'City of Sails', but it will really earn its name in the next couple of weeks as a fleet of tall ships from a number of countries arrive to begin the Tall Ships Festival.... [more]
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Calling Naval Architects, engineers and students: SNAME for you
Des Ryan,
Calling Naval Architects, engineers and students: SNAME could be for you. Whether you are a long-experienced naval architect or engineer, or still studying, attendance at the conference of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) could advance your knowledge and career - but there's only two days to go for the Early Registration Deadline.... [more]
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Solar powered robot boat stalls half way across the Atlantic
Masslive/Sail-World Cruising,
An unmanned, solar-powered boat built by Massachusetts-based Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) student and his friends has begun to sail south and, it appears, will sadly not complete its intended journey from Rhode Island to Spain. After 51 days at sea, the boat is more than 1,900 miles away from Rhode Island. On Monday morning, it was 2,242 miles from Spain.... [more]
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The watery world of a Port Stephens's boating safety officer
Roads and Maritime Services,
Growing up on the Clarence River, Paul Hearfield had a diverse career on the water before his current frontline role in boating education with Roads and Maritime Services.... [more]
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PlanetSolar reaches Paris after successful ocean study
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
The project began to symbolise the possibilities of solar power for yachts - the first ever circumnavigation of the world using only solar power - but since then the strange 31m yacht with the looks of an alien invader, Turanor PlanetSolar, has found more reasons to exist for the good of the planet - studying the ocean.... [more]
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