Southport Club a winner,charm of boat children, watch OTHERS' mistakes

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 27 Mar 2014

Southport Club a winner,charm of boat children, watch OTHERS' mistakes

Gold Anchor presentation at Southport Yacht Club: L to R - Colin Bransgrove, Jason Schultz - Marina Assistant, John Hogan- Superior, Brett James - Southport Yacht Club General Manager, Mark Riddell - Waterfront Manager & Jodie Wright - Marina Assistant  Southport Yacht Club ©
Nice to see marinas who perform well get the recognition they deserve. This week congratulations are due to Queensland's Southport Yacht Club. Congratulations are also due to a New Zealand farmer too, for even trying to sail his giant pumpkin across a lake in New Zealand.

Without doubt the sailing adventure I would want to have from this week's edition is the voyage from the Moscow Sea to the White Sea – or in reverse if I were able to make it through the Russian Arctic first.

Yacht with monastery on the way to the White Sea and the Arctic  Ivan Dementievsky

Quite the opposite with another fine adventure described below, across the Great Rann Desert in India in a land yacht. I don't mind salty water in my hair and mouth, but definitely not salty sand – I'll leave that adventuring to someone else.

Britican - Kim and daughter Sienna Brown  .. .
The beguiling charm and maturity of 'boat-children' has often been remarked by cruising sailors – those children who find themselves home-schooled on a sailing boat while crossing oceans and mingling with a dozen different nationalities every day while 'in port'.

However that doesn't make it any easier for land-bound friends and family who are horrified when couples make the decision to sell everything and take the kids sailing. Read this week's example.

It was a wise sailor who first said to me, 'Yes, you learn by your mistakes, but the best mistakes to learn from are other people's.' There's one graphic video in the news this week that is no laughing matter and a couple of others that are merely whimsically foolish. Enjoy!

Moment of capsize  .. .

Much other news too: of a new free plan for satellite communication when you don't want the expense of a satphone; there's an app for nearly everything these days, and now there's a 'paint app' to help you paint your boat; and make a diary note if you are anywhere near Melbourne - the boat show is earlier this year.

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Southport Yacht Club achieves Gold Anchor status
Southport Yacht Club,
Queensland's award winning Southport Yacht Club (SYC) has this week been presented with internationally recognised Gold Anchor accreditation. At its most recent meeting the Marina Industries Association (MIA) approved SYC's Gold Anchor status as part of its MIA International Gold Anchor Rating Scheme for marinas.... [more]
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Sailing family condemmed for taking 3-year-old on circumnavigation
Nancy Knudsen,
One of the delights of sailing around the world is the children that you meet - not the children in the local ports, but the children on boats who are home-schooled, socially skilled, intellectually advanced, responsible and mature beyond their years. However, this is not widely known among 'land lubbers' which is why British/American sailors Kim and Simon Brown are having such a hard time.... [more]
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New contract-free plan for satellite communicator on your smart phone
Jim Rhodes/Sail-World Cruising,
One of this year's Pittman Award Winners, an Inreach satellite communicator (See Sail-World story), has announced a new development that could be a winner for part time cruisers: contract-free plans, and you can get them on your smart phone.... [more]
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Melbourne Boat Show earlier this year - 12 to 16 June
BIA Vic,
The BIAV's (Boating Industry Association of Victoria) Melbourne Boat show will be staged early this year from 12 to 16 June. Put it in your diary.... [more]
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Southport Yacht Club will host a free 'Discover Sailing Day'
Southport Yacht Club,
To be held at the Club's Hollywell Sail Training facility, 1 Marina Crescent, Hollywell Sunday 30 March 2014, Discover Sailing Day is aimed at increasing public awareness in sailing, especially amongst children, promoting the message: Sailing is for Everyone – it can be cheap, simple, safe and FUN!... [more]
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Farmer sails his super-size pumpkin across lake - a New Zealand first
Lee Mylchreest,
Quirkiness must be contagious. He read about it on the internet and now he's doing it. Sail-World Cruising wrote last year about a young British eccentric and artist who had sailed (rowed) his supersize pumpkin across the Solent (See Sail-World story) Now a New Zealand farmer is planning to go on a similar excursion.... [more]
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Yacht of the Week: The Dashew creation: no sails, but eco-friendly
Tom Cunliffe,
So, you like cruising, but you don't like all that running around on deck, messing about with sails? You really want a power boat, but you want to be eco-friendly? Maybe this boat, designed by one of the world's most famous long term sailors, is for you.... [more]
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No laughing! Sailing mistakes I don't want to make
Des Ryan,
What can you learn from these videos? When in doubt, don't! is a saying that well applies to the sailing world. Learning to anticipate that whatever could go wrong often does makes for a prudent sailor, and the other saying that's great for the prudent sailor is that The best mistakes to learn from are other people's. Enjoy watching from a safe and dry spot!... [more]
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Destination: From Moscow Sea to the White Sea
Ivan Dementievsky, RBTH/Sail-World,
I realized there is no Cote d'Azur with sandy beaches and emerald water in my country Russia. However, I had a strong tailwind, the northern sky and a crew that turned this trip into one of the best adventures of my life.... [more]
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Land sailors of India on adventure across the Rann
Lee Mylchreest,
So you thought that land and ice yachting took place only in Europe or America, maybe in the deserts of Australia? Think again. The Indian Army is right now on a five day land yacht adventure across the Great Rann of Kutch, the largest salt water desert in the world located in north western India.... [more]
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Future of Auckland's rescue helicopters in doubt
Des Ryan,
If, as an Auckland sailor, you thought that there would be a rescue helicopter there - even an aging one - if ever you needed one, think again. The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust is facing such a massive cut in government funding that future operations could be in doubt.... [more]
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A Paint App to (almost) replace your marine store assistant
Renate Johns,
As long as you have a smart phone of some sort, the digital world has made a dramatic entrance into the sailing world in the last few years. Now, it seems the days of haunting the paint shops and asking innumerable questions of those patient marine-store types might just be over. Here's another App (this time from Interlux) that could revolutionise the way you decide painting questions..... [more]
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Amazing Whales – Evolution and survival opens tomorrow
Jude Timms,
An all new exhibition designed and produced by the Mus̩um national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, at the Australian National Maritime Museum this autumn will immerse visitors in the world of whales and highlight the importance of conservation to their future survival. Amazing Whales РEvolution and survival opens tomorrow and heralds the start of the museum's Whale Season.... [more]
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Maritime Alert - Dangerous conditions forecast for NSW boaters
Roads and Maritime Services,
Maritime Alert - An east to north easterly swell up to 2.5 metres is expected to impact the coastline, particularly the northern and central parts.... [more]
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Hilary Lister and Nashwa Al Kindi set a new trans-ocean record
Oman Sail,
British quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister (42), and Omani Nashwa Al Kindi (32) have sailed into the record books aboard a 28ft Dragonfly trimaran to claim two new trans-ocean records. Although they crossed the finish line in Oman last night, the official welcome took place at The Wave, Muscat earlier today.... [more]
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