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30 Jan 2014
New technology, new promotions, new innovations, even new islands...
Nelson Yacht Club - great environment for disabled too .
There's always something new happening on the sailing scene –new promotions, new technology, new ideas and new innovations, even new islands!. All of these are to be found in this week's news magazine below.
Some of our yacht clubs are great at promoting the sport and being inclusive to all. This week we report on the good promotions of Queensland's Southport Yacht Club and New Zealand's Nelson Yacht Club. The CYCA in Sydney is hosting a presentation on the right cruising sails for your boat by well-known sailmaker, Doyle's John Hearne, next Monday
However it's Japan that this week wins the prize for novelty, with our article about Nijima. What's Nijima? Nothing but a new baby island just born south of Tokyo, but like many babies, is growing at great speed. Straying sailors in that diraction beware - your charts will NOT be accurate.
Nijima, a brand new island in the Pacific .. .
In spite of the visits of desperate family members to both organisations, there's no help coming from either the Austrlalian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) or the Rescue Co-ordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ)New Zealand in the thought-to-be-fruitless search for the seven crew of the schooner Nina, missing now for seven months in the Tasman Sea. However, New Zealand is now going to conduct an investigation into the search that was called off.
Be Good Too after abandonment, taken from the rescue helicopter .. .
After the high controversy in the USA about the abandonment of the catamaran Be Good Too off the coast of Virginia during the week, this week we bring you the moment-by-moment account from one of the crew, sailing journalist Charles Doane. Reading this stuff is riveting, might teach one a thing or two - and and better than going through it yourself.
Directly as a result of that controversy we have yet another jury-rig idea for when you lose your rudder at sea, and our product of the week is the Jurgan Tool-Free Clevis Pin, which has just won an innovation award.
Learnativity jury-rigged rudder control .. .
Finally, speaking of controversies, there's a bit of a scare going on about a very large unlit ghost ship which could be drifting off the coast of Ireland somewhere. Once you've read the story your guess is as good as anyone's as to whether the ship is a current threat or a hulk at the bottom of the Atlantic.
Mmmm... if it were me sailing off the coast of Ireland I'd be keeping a good watch anyway...
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