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27 Feb 2014
Sail Expo, Jimmy Cornell's new venture, projects want sailors' help
Sail Expo at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on the edge of Sydney's Pittwater .
Sailing events in Australia you may want to know about include the coming cruising seminars by the Island Cruising Association in Airlie Beach, Townsville and Cairns; Multihull Solutions Open Day on the Gold Coast this coming Sunday; and if you're anywhere within reach of Sydney, the Pittwater Sail Expo is a grand day out starting 23rd March.
Sailing guru Jimmy Cornell's announcement this week of a 'global race for amateurs' says more about the state of sailing in the world than it does about the race to come. Let's hope that 'amateur' means merely non-professional, not unskilled.
You don't have to be too adventurous or give up your day job to enter a leg close to home. There's a leg from Fremantle to Melbourne, then from Melbourne to Wellington.
Cornell new world race for 'amateurs' announced .. .
The full circumnavigation event is an ambitious project, not because it hasn't been done before, but because times have changed and the sailing culture that existed when Robin Knox-Johnston competed in the first ever global race (for solo sailors) has disappeared into our global wake.
At that time, sailors vanished from sight for months at a time and sailors knew when they let go the docklines that rescue was not an option. Today, with old fashioned seamanship at a low ebb and communications at an all-time high, at Sail-World we report on too many sailors who go for an immediate rescue rather than cope with the conditions presented.
Maybe Jimmy, now in his seventies but just building his own new Ovni boat, Aventura 4, for a circumnavigation, can also instil some new-world seamanship skills into his competitors, so that the world's rescuers are not called upon unnecessarily to put their own lives at risk.
This week two scientific projects are calling on the world's cruising sailors for help, with particular emphasis on wanting information from the Southern Hemisphere – and the help can be much fun in the delivery. One is a plankton survey, helping to monitor the health of the oceans for a Plymouth University project, for which you'll need a dinky piece of DIY equipment. The other is assistance to the project Teamsurv to improve the worlds navigational charts. For this, when you register you'll be supplied with a small piece of monitoring equipment by Teamsurv. Enrol for these projects and feel useful while enjoying a sail.
Croc in a wave - 'He's a big boy' - photo by Sharon Scoble .. .
As ever, there's also a wide range of other news - not only the important, but the amazing, the funny and the quirky - the crocodile at Cable Beach that destroyed any thought of swimming for more than a day, one teens response to Laura Dekker's amazing circumnavigation, how to sound smart on a Sunday sail and the best way to clean your waterline, amongst others. So run your eye down the headlines to see what catches your interest, and...
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