Adventure, danger, threats and an incredible amount of joy

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 25 Oct 2013

Adventure, danger, threats and an incredible amount of joy

The world of the cruising sailor is full of inspiration, adventure, danger, threats and an incredible amount of joy. You could say the same about the subjects covered in a week of cruising news, which also usually features informative articles on a wide variety of subjects - and this week there's some sensational offers now that the spring sailing has begun.

This week's most inspiring story is of the extravagant dreams of a young Indian sailor who wants to circumnavigate in the smallest boat ever. The saddest story comes from a sailor who found no birds when he recently sailed between Australia and Japan.

We used to see hundreds of birds  .. .

The threat this week comes from research which suggests that our valued AIS systems on our boats might be seriously vulnerable to hacking – and there's oceans of joy in the cruising tale from a family of four who sailed the Pacific, and learned much on the way.

John Martin of the Island Cruising Association give us his best advice on how to stay securely anchored when the wind is high and the seas turbulent.

Is there no end to the extraordinary designs that superyacht designers come up with? See the latest; Henri Lloyd has a sale starting Friday this week in Crows Nest in Sydney, Coastguard New Zealand is pleading with boaties to check their boats ready for summer; and Quantum Australasia has a Summer Sale Giveaway.

The yacht feature is on the Hallberg Rassy 55 (pictured below, one of the 'European Yachts of the Year' in the luxury cruiser class.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sweet sailing!

Hallberg Rassy 55 cockpit  .. .

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

'The Ocean is Broken' - without fish, there can be no birds
Nancy Knudsen,
I first noticed the lack of birds sailing Turkey's coastline.We were so used to birds when close to any coastline- coming up the Red Sea was a delight. We dropped a line when we needed another fish, found one within minutes. But it was the Pacific that really shocked us, its lack of fish - and, no fish meant no birds. Now a sailor who has just sailed from Australia to Japan tells a similar story... [more]
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Multihull Solutions' brands nominated for 2014 Boat of the Year
Kate Elkington,
Two models represented by Multihull Solutions in Australia and New Zealand have been nominated for the prestigious 2014 Cruising World Boat of the Year Awards.... [more]
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No radio, no EPIRB, coastguard rescues worrying crew
Joanne Rawlings/Sail-World Cruising,
What does it take? Concerned coastguard officers have carried out yet another difficult rescue of a boat whose crew didn't know where they were... The vessel that first reported suffering steering problems off the south west of Scotland was found before darkness and deteriorating conditions put it into a much more dangerous situation. Four rescue teams and a helicopter were involved... [more]
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NZ boaties - Coastguard NZ says, 'get ready for summer'
Coastguard New Zealand,
With variable weather forecast for the Labour Day long weekend, Coastguard New Zealand urges boaties to check their boats before heading out on our seas, lakes and rivers.... [more]
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Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Southport receives Trusts grant
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Southport with $8,000 to be utilised for their antenna repair project.... [more]
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How to stay put in a blow - the good oil.
John Martin, Island Cruising Association,
Throwing down an anchor for lunch is something most people can master sufficiently to outlast the food (although I have seen situations where that wasn't true) but when the chips are down and there's nothing between you an a catastrophe but your anchoring skills, that's when Island Cruising Association organiser John Martin's advice could save your boat, even your life.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd summer sample sale started Friday - up to 80% off RRP!
Fran Burke,
The famous Henri Lloyd Summer Sample Sale is on again it kicked off last Friday 18th October 2013 at the Henri Lloyd showroom in Crows Nest, Sydney! Huge range of samples and discontinued lines from Henri Lloyd's marine, footwear and lifestyle collections for men and women. Discounts of up to 80% off original RRP!... [more]
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Three launchings for multihull lovers at Gold Coast Marine Expo
Kate Elkington,
Multihull enthusiasts are in for a great treat at the 2013 Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 1-3 November with three exclusive boat launchings by Multihull Solutions.... [more]
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Cruising sailor dead, but all they got was nine years jail.
Newswire/Sail-World Cruising,
A cruising sailor died, leaving a widow and tiny son, but all they got was nine years. A French court has just sentenced three Somalis to nine years in prison for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht. The defendants' request for leniency on the grounds that they were forced into piracy by abject poverty was rejected by prosecutors.... [more]
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AIS concern - serious vulnerability to hacking
Tom Simonite, Technology Review/Sail-World,
That AIS system you have such faith in may not be so secure after all. Hundreds of thousands of vessels, including many sailing boats worldwide, rely on the Automatic Identification System (AIS) for sharing vessel movements. Now the system has shown to be easily vulnerable to hacking.... [more]
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Dream building - young Indian sailor in smallest boat circumnavigation
Nancy Knudsen,
25-year-old Indian sailor Gaurav Shinde has a dream, a dream to build and sail around the world in the smallest boat ever. He is planning, like other young people before him like Zac Sunderland, Jessica Watson and Laura Dekker, to circumnavigate the globe in (perhaps) 200 days.... [more]
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Is it a bird? Is it a fish? No, it's superyacht JAZZ.
Is it a bird? Is it a fish? No, it's just the latest superyacht design, JAZZ. Pritzker prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid has collaborated with Hamburg-based shipbuilders Blohm+Voss to design this new superyacht. The design concept was launched at the latest exhibition of Zaha Hadid's work at the David Gill Gallery in London..... [more]
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Bring your non-sailing friends: Victoria's 'Discover Sailing Day'
Lauren Garnet/Sail-World Cruising,
Yacht clubs throughout Victoria will open their doors to local communities this Discover Sailing Day on Sunday November 17, 2013, giving families the opportunity to experience the adventurous and exciting world of sailing and yacht club life for free.... [more]
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Spring savings and prizes from Quantum Australasia
For a limited time, Quantum Australasia is offering the best pricing of the year on all cruising, racing and one design sails. And when you request a quote, you are automatically entered in our 26-week Summer Sale Giveaway with fornightly prizes and a grand prize of a Quantum Sail.... [more]
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Piracy attacks spark further warning to avoid the High Risk Area
Louise Nicholls, Royal Yachting Association,
Naval forces have renewed warnings that the Somali piracy threat persists and that yachts should avoid the High Risk Area (Southern Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Western Indian Ocean). This comes in the wake of an attack on a fully laden super tanker by eight armed pirates on Friday 11 October, 230 miles off the Somali coast.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Hallberg Rassy 55
Lee Mylchreest,
Hallberg Rassy have long been known as quality manufacturers of excellently designed cruising boats - to be relied on not to let you down in the middle of an ocean. So it's fitting that the newest of the new - the Hallberg Rassy 55 - should be nominated for the European Yacht of the Year in the Luxury Cruiser category, to be announced in January 2014.... [more]
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