Cruising sailor attack, solar fabric for yachts, Kawau to close

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 07 Mar 2014

Cruising sailor attack, solar fabric for yachts, Kawau to close

Kawau Island Yacht Club  .
Kawau Island Yacht Club has long been a favoured destination for members of the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron and will be missed by many when it closes in April. The building, according to General Manager Joe Goddard, will be mothballed. Sad. Any offers?

Ever thought of sailing in the Maldives? If you're dreaming of long range cruising, or already doing it, it would be worth a circle trip into the Indian Ocean from South East Asia. What makes it special is that the Maldives have extended a welcome mat with their maximum stay for yachts at six months – idyllic tropical sailing in pretty much unspoiled waters. You could even leave your boat there while returning to see the family...or just charter. There are plenty of charter companies.

Coral islands in Maldives. Consisting of 1,192 tiny coral islands scattered some 800 kilometers across the equator, Maldives has long been known as a paradise for holiday makers. --- Image by © Liu Yongqiu/Xinhua Press/Corbis  .. .

We all want to sail in trouble-free waters, but the attack on some cruising sailors in the Mediterranean in February is a good reminder that bad things occasionally happen, even in the most placid of waters.

One of the sweetest tales of the week was that from a dreaming sailor who tells about his dream-come-true sail to Antarctica.

Santa Maria Australis - In Antarctica at last  .. .

Solar power is in the news again, with one French sailmaker producing the first ever sail which produces solar power while it propels the boat. Now here's an amazing combination of wind and solar working together which undoubtedly will trickle down to the cruising sailor. Soon your dodger and bimini will be able to produce power too, and without direct sunshine!

Najad's sales are going up. jpg  .. .

Much other news too. Very importantly for New South Wales sailors, we tell of your chance to have a say in the future of boating in your area of the State; you can hone up on your chart symbols with John Jamieson's help; read about the empty tsunami boat that has turned up in Taiwan three years later; and, against the trend, Swedish boatbuilders Najad (hardly heard of in Australia), who provided solo sailor Jeanne Socrates, (oldest female ever to circumnavigate non-stop) with her tough Najad 38, are going gangbusters. Could it be anything to do with Jeanne?

Don't waste the autumn while it lasts.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

It's coming. Dodgers/biminis to be solar power producers
UK Sailmakers/Sail-World Cruising,
It had to happen. With the advances of solar technology, soon you will be able to have solar energy producers - photovoltaic cells - built into sunshades, biminis, dodgers and/or into the sails themselves. The next best news is that the resultant fabric needs only light, not direct sunlight so it won't matter that dodgers and biminis are often shaded by the sails while moving.... [more]
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New Maldives rule - yachts can stay six months
Mohamed Hameed/Sail-World round-up,
There's good news for long range cruising sailors with the desire to visit the Maldives. The maximum stay for yachts has been increased from 90 days to 180 by the Ministry of Tourism.... [more]
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Unmanned tsunami boat takes three years to reach Taiwan
Focus Taiwan/Sail-World Cruising,
If ever you wanted proof that the currents of the North Pacific gyre exists, this must persuade you. An unmanned Japanese boat has swirled around the Pacific for three years before beaching itself in Taiwan. The massive tsunami that struck northeastern Japan three years ago dragged the small blue into the sea to be caught by the massive gyre.... [more]
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The smallest ever personal locator beacon now in Australia
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
One of the things about personal locator beacons is that, because they are best carried on the person at all times, size and lightness is everything. So when British-based Ocean Signal introduced the smallest PLB in the world, it was pretty hot news. (See Sail-World Story). The problem was, there was no representation in Australia. The company has now remedied that.... [more]
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Swedish boat builder and Jeanne Socrates a winning team
Lee Mylchreest,
It couldn't be that one of the most incredible feats of 2013 is responsible, surely it isn't as simple as that, but Swedish boat builder received a great deal of unpaid promotion when Jeanne Socrates proved that she and her Najad 38 made a formidable duo as the 70-year-old solo sailor circumnavigated the world non-stop.... [more]
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Photographic Exhibition - Come eye-to-eye with whales in life-size
Jude Timms,
Photographic Exhibition - A remarkable photographic exhibition that brings visitors up close and personal with stunning life-size images of whales will open at the Australian National Maritime Museum this April.... [more]
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Regional Boating Plans project launched by Transport for NSW
Des Ryan,
Transport for NSW has recently announced that Regional Boating Plans (RBP's) will be developed for eleven distinct areas of NSW incorporating all navigable coastal, riverine and estuarine waterways in NSW.... [more]
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A boyhood dream come true - sailing to Antarctica
Des Ryan,
Greek sailor Dimitris Liaroutsos had a dream - a dream of sailing to the Antarctic continent. This article is, therefore, of a dream come true - an adventure sail across the Southern Ocean to the most remote continent on earth, the so-called, White Desert.... [more]
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Pirates strike in the Mediterranean - yacht still missing
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Just because you don't sail in Somali or Nigerian waters, don't think you are safe from pirates. Just last month armed pirates attacked a 17m yacht in gentle Corsica, hijacking it and setting the owners and crew adrift in their life boat.... [more]
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Royal NZ Yacht Squadron's Kawau Island Yacht Club to close
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
A piece of New Zealand's maritime history will close in April. The move was heralded late last year and is now certain. The Kawau Island Yacht Club, in Bon Accord Harbour in the Hauraki Gulf and owned by the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron, will close in April and the building will be mothballed.... [more]
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Safety Advisory Notice - Don't be a victim of the silent killer
Earlier this year, three British seafarers lost their lives from suspected carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning on two separate boats and in 2013 two people passed away on a boat in the Lake District as a result of CO poisoning. This has led the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to offer a world-wide warning to all boaters.... [more]
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Sailing Chart Symbol Secrets for Safer Navigation
John Jamieson,
Imagine sailing along a coastline with multiple lights along the shore. Your GPS has proved unreliable in this area. What chart symbol and abbreviation secrets will help guide you to safe landfall? Here are some navigation 'quick tips' on symbols that will help boost your navigation knowledge for safer sailing worldwide!... [more]
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Cruising boats flee Thailand after rules change
Sail-World Cruising/Phuket News,
Governments of the world beware. Countries popular with cruising sailors reap good economic benefits, but cruising yachts are designed to move, and cruising sailors will vote with their lifted anchors when authorities, by design or accident, make it difficult or more expensive for visiting yachts. Many countries have experienced this, and Thailand is only the latest.... [more]
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Vale Lou Abrahams - A profile of the Doyen, (Pt I.)
John Curnow,
Earlier today, Australian time, the great Doyen of Victorian sailing passed away. Lou Abrahams, the softly spoken ocean racing legend will always be remembered for not only his contributions to the sailing, but dedication to making yachting a more female friendly sport.... [more]
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Goodness. Gracious. A profile of the Doyen, Lou Abrahams. (Pt II.)
John Curnow,
In Part One, we got to see how Lou Abrahams made a start in boating and then racing, becoming one of the sport's most iconic figures in the process. He joined a very select group of souls as a result of his long association with another Australian legend, the Sydney Hobart Race... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: Sabot 50 from Fountaine Pajot
Lee Mylchreest,
When you stick to one thing you have a better than even chance of getting it right. The fact that French boat builder Fountaine Pajot sticks to catamarans means they really do it well. In December 2013, they launched the new Saba 50, which took several of their previous attempts and combined many of their good features into a really lovely catamaran.... [more]
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