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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...

Read on, enjoy, and...

...sweet summer sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

John Hearne, Doyle Sailmakers, to speak at CYCA in Sydney
Sail-World Cruising,
There's still time to book for the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA)'s information evening for cruising sailors, this time by well known Sydney sailor and sailmaker, John Hearne from Doyle Sailmakers next Monday, 3rd February, at 1830. Put it in your diary now and book online.... [more]
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Meet Nijima, Pacific's newest island - but sailors warning, stay away
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Old salts always say 'don't just depend on the GPS or the AIS, look out the window!' and never is it truer at the moment than if you are sailing in Japanese waters south of Tokyo, where a new baby island is gradually enlarging.... [more]
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Cyclone Warning- Port Douglas to Mackay
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
At 1:00 pm EST a Tropical Low was estimated to be 545 kilometres east of Cairns and 545 kilometres northeast of Townsville and moving south southwest at 11 kilometres per hour towards the coast.... [more]
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A buoyancy aid as a fashion accessory? Baltic sees spots!
Marina Arnold,
For the fashion conscious who enjoy being on or near water, the Baltic Dotty is the ideal buoyancy aid. In eye catching hot pink with white dots or azure blue with white dots and white belt trim, the Dotty is sure to cheer up any boating experience. They are available in New Zealand through Safety at Sea, a Kiwi Yachting Consultants company... [more]
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New Zealand's Nelson Yacht Club 'turns it on' for disabled sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
New Zealand's oldest sailing club, the Nelson Yacht Club has turned it on in a 'have a go' day for disabled sailors. The weather gods did not cooperate, providing stormy seas, but this didn't daunt the enthusiasm of the families who turned out to see how it all worked.... [more]
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Abandonment of cat Be Good Too: The personal account
Lee Mylchreest,
We recently published a story about a rescue of the crew of sailing catamaran Be Good Too approximately 300 miles off the Virginia coast. Owners Gunther and Doris Rodatz, delivery skipper Hank Schmitt and sailing journalist Charles Doane abandoned a catamaran for a helicopter. A controversy followed, and here Charles Doane tells the full story.... [more]
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New Acapulco Lifejacket from Baltic Safety Products
Marina Arnold,
Yes, you can look good in a lifejacket without feeling self-conscious. To this end Baltic Safety Products have launched two new automatic inflation 150 Newton lifejacket in two eye catching summery colours. The new Acapulco jackets are available in Hot Pink or Azure Blue. They are available in New Zealand through Safety at Sea, a Kiwi Yachting Consultants company... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club in Queensland's free 'Discover Sailing Day'
Southport Yacht Club,
If you - or they - are anywhere close enough, tell your non-sailing friends! Southport Yacht Club on Queensland's Gold Coast will host a free 'Discover Sailing Day' at the Club's Hollywell Sail Training facility, Sunday 30 March 2014... [more]
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Product of the Week: Jurgan Tool-Free Clevis Pin
Sail-World Cruising,
Sail-World Cruising's Product of the Week is the Jurgan tool-free clevis pin, which has recently won a 2014 Pittman Award for Innovation.... [more]
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Yet another jury-rig steering idea
Christine Kling/Sail-World Cruising,
Recently we published a story of four sailors who lost their steering some 300 miles offshore, called for rescue and abandoned their cat. We queried the decision, quoting one sailor and his crew who completed 1400 miles in the Atlantic without a rudder. Now, courtesy of the Ocean Cruising Club, here is yet another method of jury-rigging a steering system once you have lost control of your rudder:... [more]
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Superyacht owners 'mostly care only about the TV'
Lee Mylchreest,
If, as a 'normal' cruising sailor, you have the occasional stab of envy about those who own superyachts, here's some reassuring news from a superyacht designer: Most people who order superyachts are mostly concerned about having a room for a giant TV. So when you thought they were leading a super-glam life, they are more likely to be stashed in front of their big screen.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: the Oyster 825
Sail-World Cruising,
If you needed more convincing of the ever-growing average size of cruising yachts, production boat builder Oyster's announcement that they have just taken their 32nd order for an Oyster in the 24m (80ft) and above superyacht sector, should be more strong evidence.... [more]
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Safety authorities refuse further help to locate missing schooner Nina
Lee Mylchreest,
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has declined to put out a daily alert to merchant vessels and aircraft to be on the lookout for the Nina, the schooner that went missing in the Tasman Sea seven months ago with seven crew on board. New Zealand authorities have long refused to continue the search but an independent reviewer will be reporting on the search operation by New Zealanders... [more]
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Those aspiring to sail Greece: new Greek taxes delayed
Cruising Association/Sail-World,
The lobby is obviously prevailing, but those with ambitions to sail in Greek waters (or already there) are not in clear weather yet. Payment of a new Greek tax for all sailing in Greek waters, which is likely to have the effect of sending cruising sailors straight to Turkey or Croatia - or anywhere more friendly, has been delayed by the Greek government.... [more]
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Nabuka - reborn Tassie trawler seeks new owner
Jeni Bone,
A labour of love rather than a money making project is how owner Barney Steven describes his unique 36-foot Tassie Cray Fishing Boat, NABUKA of Launceston.... [more]
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