News from the world of the cruising sailor

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 12 Dec 2013

News from the world of the cruising sailor

Whatever else, we all share one constant thing – the love of the freedom of being on the water, sails taut, air fresh, sashaying along with the wind as our ally.

Every week there are articles that address some of our audience, and this week is no different.

Cruising sailors wanting to up their skills have a great opportunity with the touring cruising seminars from the golden lips of John and Lyn Martin of the Island Cruising Association. From Fremantle to Cairns there will be seminars near you. It's a rare, first time ever series, so don't pass it up!

Island Cruising Association's John and Lyn Martin  .. .

On the other hand, do you want more experience on an expedition boat? There's a lure this week to sail away to the land of the midnight sun - but you'll have to get to Bermuda first...

Here's the chance to sail to the Land of the Midnight Sun - Glacier Lagoon Jokulsarlon in Iceland  .. .

Long range cruising sailor Sheryl Shard shares her experiences about the pros and cons of maintaining a home base while cruising; and all sailors will be interested in the article on how Watersafe Auckland is addressing the curious question of why many more New Zealanders drown than Australians.

COULD the crew of the Nina, lost since June in the Tasman Sea be still drifting? Stranger things have happened in history, and one can only hope that the continued agony driving the families to keep searching will not be all in vain in the end.

On the yacht regulation front, the yachts sailing around New Zealand are set to increase in the future, with new regulations allowing them to stay without import duty for 24 months, up from 12.

Calling young Perth sailors: Youth Squad training is starting TOMORROW (FRIDAY), so hurry if you want to be included

Finally, there's another cruising sailor at the end of the age scale (upper) off on an amazing challenge. Read about Dr Stanley Paris and his goal to be the fastest and the oldest to solo circumnavigate non-stop on his yacht Kiwi Spirit.

Stanley Paris  .. .

That's just the beginning, so browse the headlines to find your niche

The summer is upon us, so here's wishing you 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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Stanley Paris, 76->solo, non-stop, fastest ever - the adventure begins
Lee Mylchreest,
Dr Stanley Paris, life-long adventur-seeking New Zealander but long-time resident of Florida, tells his story as he sets out to circumnavigate the world solo and non-stop in the fastest ever time, at the age of 76. Here is his first report:... [more]
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Follow This Sailing Tip from an Ancient Custom
John Jamieson,
John Jamieson (Captain John) here discusses just why all sailors take off our shore footwear any time we get on a sailing boat: Imagine if you could put the fibers of the rug, carpet, tile, or flooring in your home under a microscope. And be able to analyze all of the stuff you see. .... [more]
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Six months later, missing schooner Nina's families just won't give up
Nancy Knudsen,
They still won't give up. It's six months since the disappearance of the schooner Nina between New Zealand and Australia with six Americans and one English crew on board, but the families still haven't given up.... [more]
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Bermuda to the Land of the Midnight Sun - a sailing adventure
Nancy Knudsen,
You may have to fly, sail or swim there, but if you have a few dollars to spare you'll need to get to Bermuda for the adventure of a life-time next year. In June 2014 there will be an opportunity to sail from Bermuda to Iceland across the subtropical and subpolar gyres of the North Atlantic, to study microplastic pollution abundance and affects on life in the ocean.... [more]
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Big birds, clouds, records, sharks and fast boats from Noakes (Pt.II)
John Curnow,
Iconic names, records and boats going quickly. We saw a lot of that in Part One. Part Two is to be no different, whether we're talking about Team Australia or a new service that is available for customers on Sydney Harbour. Read on and you'll also see that NSW is not the only place where you can get some Noakes service, either...... [more]
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Why do more New Zealanders drown than Australians? The 4R's of rescue
Watersafe Auckland/Sail-World Cruising,
Why do more New Zealanders drown than Australians? Going boating or sailing puts people right in the right place to drown if circumstances collide to make a dangerous situation. New Zealand is in the unenviable position of having the third highest drowning rate of the developed countries (3.3 per 100 000), a rate twice that of Australia (1.5 per 100 000)..... [more]
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How to make your sailing club thrive
Tom Hubbell, US Sailing/Sail-World,
How to make your sailing club thrive - reflections of a President: These reflections come from Tom Hubbell, President of US Sailing, the governing body for the sport of sailing in the United States, but they probably apply equally to our sailing clubs here in the southern hemisphere. How does YOUR sailing club rate?... [more]
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Heading to the Caribbean? - new welcome details from Cuba
Sail-World Cruising,
If you're thinking of sailing the Caribbean any time soon, you'll want to read this. A couple of weeks ago we brought you news of the new friendliness of Cuba towards cruising sailors. Now a delighted Jose Escrich, Commodore of the Hemingway International Yacht Club and most prominent of those working towards increasing yacht tourism to Cuba, has filled in some of the details.... [more]
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NSW Police Officers to conduct random breath tests of boat skippers
Roads and Maritime Services Media,
As part of a statewide boating campaign to start tomorrow boaters around NSW are being reminded it is illegal to drink and operate a boat.... [more]
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Maintaining a Home Base while Cruising - The Pros and Cons
Sheryl Shard,
Canadian sailors Sheryl and Paul Shard have been cruising for 24 years. They initially opted for the 'sell up and sail' style of cruising (1989 to 1998) but for the last 15 years they have maintained a home base - a condo town house - so they have lots of experience with both options. Today she shares her experiences, and it's great advice, coming from Canada, but will apply the world over.... [more]
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Seasickness glasses wins DAME award
Sail-World Cruising,
One of our recent 'Products of the Week' was the strangely-named Boarding Ring, and it has now won a coveted DAME Award, the world's number one international design competition for new marine equipment and accessories.... [more]
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Victoria, circumnavigator, crosses the Atlantic in style
Des Ryan/Sail-World round-up,
Ferdinand Magellan would be astonished. The sailing ship Victoria (Nao Vittoria), a replica of the sailing ship which was the first to successfully circumnavigate the world, is having a cushy ride across the Atlantic, courtesy of of the DYT Yacht Transport's semi-submersible yacht carrier, from Palma de Mallorca to Port Everglades in Florida.... [more]
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Young Perth sailors: improve your skills with Youth Squad training
Royal Perth Yacht Club,
Young Perth sailors from the ages of 14 - 24 are invited to attend Youth Squad training on Friday the 13th of December at 1630. After the training session, a meeting will be conducted to discuss the guidelines of the Squad and the plans for the season.... [more]
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Big birds, clouds, records, sharks and fast boats from Noakes (Pt.I)
John Curnow,
Sean Langman has been in the marine services game for 33 years now. His Noakes brand and facilities are almost as identifiable as he is. However, it is Sean's personal craft that have ended up with very recognisable colloquial names, which could well be the most famous of the lot. The Skiff on Steroids still garners a mention every now and then, for instance.... [more]
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Increased entry period for yachts visiting NZ bonus for marine sector
Kate Gordon-Smith,
New Zealand's marine and tourism industries will benefit in a number of ways following the Government's decision to extend the temporary import entry (TIE) period for visiting superyachts and cruising yachts to New Zealand from the existing 12 months to 24 months.... [more]
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