Fremantle Bali Rally, Salty Dawg drama, berthing boon for solo sailors

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 15 Nov 2013

Fremantle Bali Rally, Salty Dawg drama, berthing boon for solo sailors

'What a bloody great day to go sailing...' Not very original perhaps but suggests the high elation of the crew setting out on the Rally from Fremantle to Bali. This annual event includes a race as well as a rally, but guess who's having more fun!

Antipodean sailors Andrew and Clare Payne this week describe their participation in the Salty Dawg Rally, which has caused consternation among American sailors this week in blogs and forums. Part of the 100-strong fleet ran into trouble when trying to cross the Gulf Stream between two fronts.

It's common lore among cruising sailors that the skipper is responsible for all decisions aboard any boat, including when to depart, so the Salty Dawg could rightly claim that each skipper was responsible.

However, one has to query in general whether inexperienced crews – and there were multiple distress signals which were reversed when the crew found they were able to cope – take more comfort from their participation in a rally than they should.

Gulf Stream - crossing it between lows proved too taxing for some Salty Dawg sailors  .. .

There has been an increasing trend for would-be importers of drugs into Australia to use the usually inconspicuous mode of a sailing boat. This could end up much more difficult soon, now that Australian Customs have linked up with the US Coast Guard.

Two New Zealanders are in the news because they are in their 70's and sailing round the world solo. Some others are setting off - again - to try to stop the oil drilling in the Tasman Sea. Two great stories.

Our product of the week is a very snazzy aid for solo sailors – 'One Sailor' helps you berth without assistance, easy, every time. Well, that's what they are promising, and while I haven't tried it, it looks so simple it would have to work. If you love sailing on your own and have to berth often, it's worth considering.

One sailor - for solo sailors  .. .

In other news, CYCA SOLAS Trusts have done it again. Now they have supplied the South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron with some valuable financial assistance; Beneteau, the benchmark for how the boating industry is doing, is this week reporting a loss for the financial year; and Coastguard Boating Education is offering new courses now that New Zealand is introducing a new suite of commercial skippers' qualifications.

I have just received my copy of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) rigging handbook – what a wonderful production! You can order it online and it has excellent content for the DIY rigger.

If you are lucky enough to be out there, sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Quantum Sails – Keep your $100 notes in your pocket (Pt II)
John Curnow,
We're back with Quantum Australasia's Carl Crafoord, who is keen to show all sailors how to avoid spending too much time in the cold shower, tearing up $100 notes. In this second instalment of Quantum Sails – Keep your $100 notes in your pocket, we get to hear about some of his pet loves and hates.... [more]
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Seahawk arrives, first of Perini Navi 60m sailing yachts
Lee Mylchreest,
The Perini Navi Group, known for their 40-60m sailing yachts, but probably best known among cruising sailors for their iconic yacht the Maltese Falcon, have delivered the first of their new generation of 60m yachts, Seahawk. It is designed in collaboration with New Zealander Ron Holland... [more]
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ARC and the challenge of an Atlantic crossing
World Cruising Club,
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) has always been about the challenge of an Atlantic crossing, whether for first timers in a family cruising boat, or experienced sailors pushing for a personal best crossing time on a racing yacht.... [more]
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Pick up a copy of the RYA Rigging Handbook by Alan Barwell
Emma Slater,
There is still time to pick up a copy of the RYA Rigging Handbook by Alan Barwell and be in with a chance of winning a fantastic one week flotilla holiday courtesy of Sailing Holidays Ltd.... [more]
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When 'winterizing' means going sailing!
Glenn McCarthy/Sail-World Cruising,
When the weather gets too cold many winterize their boats, others (the lucky ones) head for warmer climes, but there's another category of sailors that just start to get excited as the world ices in - it's the ice boaters. Here we tell of the Renegades of Lake Michigan, and of the people who sail in them.... [more]
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Product of the week: One Sailor MBS for single-handed docking
Sailing single-handed poses its own challenges, and one of the principle of these is docking without assistance. While at sea with plenty of room, aiming the boat in the direction you want is done with a lot of flexibility. However when it comes to docking the boat, wind, currents and the characteristics of the boat can make it tricky. Now there's a neat aide to make it easier.... [more]
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South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron receives CYCA SOLAS Trusts grant
Jennifer Crooks,
CYCA SOLAS Trusts has provided South Australian Sea Rescue Squadron with $8,900 to purchase marine radios and a weather station for the Squadron Country Flotilla bases plus new brackets to house radio and radar antennas.... [more]
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First ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas, Canary Islands
Sarah Collins, World Cruising Club/Sail-World,
The first ARC+ has set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday 10 November. A brisk north Easterly wind provided great sailing conditions. 43 yachts carrying 183 crew members crossed the start line at 1300 and headed south, providing a stunning sight from ashore.... [more]
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Inaugural ARC+ sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
World Cruising Club,
The inaugural ARC+ set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, bound for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands on Sunday 10 November. A brisk north Easterly wind provided great sailing conditions for a downwind start and a swift departure for the first part of their Atlantic crossing. 43 yachts carrying 183 crews crossed start line at 1300 headed South providing a stunning sight from ashore.... [more]
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Fremantle to Bali Yacht Race and Rally on a Seawind 1160
Ralph Newton,
With 'What a bloody great day to go sailing......' blaring out over our stereo on board, six good friends set off for the adventure of a lifetime: the Race and Rally from Fremantle to Bali, and then 'Beyond Bali', and later 'The Kimberley Odyssey'.... [more]
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Quantum Sails – Keep your $100 notes in your pocket (Pt I)
John Curnow,
Do you really want to stand under the cold shower and tear up $100 notes? ‘No thanks' would be the unanimous cry in response from every owner across the globe. There has to be a better way. Like most old sailing adages, the ‘cold shower' gets used a lot, but over time experience comes into play and one gets wary of cash-drainers and steers well clear.... [more]
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USA Rally draws criticism after fleet havoc in Gulf Stream
Sail-World round-up/Des Ryan,
The Salty Dawg Rally has been setting sail from Hampton Roads in the USA to the warm weather of the British Virgins in the Caribbean each year for the last three years. This year the woes of some of the participants crossing the Gulf Stream during stormy weather has drawn both critics and defenders in the East Coast American sailing community.... [more]
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Beneteau in financial loss, but things are looking up
Beneteau Group/Des Ryan,
When the Beneteau Group records a financial loss for the year, you know things have been tight. Arguably the most successful boat builder in the world reported an operating loss of -€1.3m in the Boat division for the year. However this was a better than forecast and it's not all bad news, with the 2014 season expected to mark the global boat market's first growth in 5 years, around 3-5 percent... [more]
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Coastguard Boating Education Legal & Safe Ship Management course
Joanne Glassford,
Coastguard Boating Education has introduced this new course for those intending to own or operate small commercial craft. CBE General Manager Neil Murray says that 'the Legal and Safe Ship Management course is the ideal way to prepare people with the knowledge required for the MNZ Local Launch Operator examination'.... [more]
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Classic yacht Ingomar reproduction seeks buyer to finish
Des Ryan/Sail-World Cruising round-up,
If you have a few dollars lying around this could be the buy of the century. Replica of 1903 classic yacht Ingomar is seeking a buyer to finish construction at Front Street Shipyard in the USA. The two-masted topsail gaff-rigged schooner was scheduled to be launched in 2013, but unless a buyer can be found that promise will certainly not be met.... [more]
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Australian Customs forms new links with US Coast Guard
ACBPS/Sail-World Cruising,
The age of being easily able to get prohibited items into Australia undetected via a sailing boat might be well and truly over with the new links that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS) is forming with the US Coastguard.... [more]
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Australian yacht's account of stormy Gulf Stream crossing
Andrew and Clare Payne/Sail-World,
Australian cruising sailors Andrew and Clare Payne on their boat Eye Candy, this year joined the 'Salty Dawg Rally' to make their way south from the North American mainland to the Caribbean. Here is their graphic description of how they crossed the Gulf Stream and dodged the fronts successfully while others ran into trouble:... [more]
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Fountaine Pajot's Lipari 41 Evolution
Multihulls World,
Fountaine Pajot's Lipari 41 Evolution is a worldwide reference of the 40 Ft catamarans. She has received numerous enhancements and offers, new decorative finishes with a nice balance of contemporary colors, new improvements for living spaces in the cockpit and the saloon.... [more]
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New Zealand's activist sailors embark to stop deep-sea oil drilling
New Zealand's activist sailors are setting off again to try to prevent drilling for oil by intercepting an oil-drilling ship. A 'People's Flotilla' of small boats was launched this week from ports around New Zealand to confront the ship set to begin deep sea oil drilling off the west cost of New Zealand's North Island.... [more]
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Lifejackets and lights the focus of new boating campaign
Medianet Operations,
Additional patrols before sunrise and after sunset on State waterways will be a key part of a new boating campaign focusing on lifejacket and lighting safety.... [more]
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Two solo sailor Septuagenarians doing oldest/fastest circumnavigations
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
There must be something in the cow's milk in New Zealand the way they breed sailors. Now there is not one, but there are two Kiwi-born septuagenarian solo sailors off to try to break records to see who is the oldest, or the oldest/fastest solo sailor to do a circumnavigation.... [more]
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