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 24 Apr 2014

New discoveries, new adventures, new inventions, new tales...

Pearling lugger in Broome today - one day soon Pam will look like this  .
News of interest to the cruising sailor is forever fascinating – new stories, new inventions, new discoveries and adventures looming.

Broome's historic pearling luggers are getting few and far between in Australia these days, so it was great to see another on its way to restoration. Quaintly called Pam, THIS pearling lugger will enjoy a new life, but not in the North West.

Remember that amazing cruising sailor Matt Rutherford, who circumnavigated the Americas against all odds in a tiny coastal cruising boat, solo and non-stop? Forever changed by his great journey he is off again across the ocean to measure Pacific pollution.

Matt Rutherford arrives showing his barnacles from over 300 days of continuous sailing around the Americas, including the North West Passage and rounding Cape Horn - non-stop!  .. .

None of us want to ever have to be rescued, much less lose our precious boat if we have one. So there's many reasons to be fascinated by other sailors personal stories of rescue and loss. Apart from the natural desire to feel their pain with them in their time of difficulties – which could happened to any of us – each situation raises useful questions. What could they have done better – if anything? What equipment lessons are there? What could I personally learn from this story?

So I found Art Munneke's story particularly moving this week. Experienced, tough, he was simply caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and it's a reminder that there's just a little luck that needs to follow us wherever we sail.

Art Munneke - baled for five days before letting off EPIRB  .. .

The other article that I was particularly captured by is that of the Irish student who has solved the problem of the persistent but unreliable use of mobile phones for rescue situations in coastal sailing. He has invented, in a seeming miracle, a phone-case that turns the mobile phone into a VHF radio. How clever is that!

Much other news as well. We tell of the recreation of a beautiful new tall ship in France, the Hermione.

A natty little marine film is featured, with which you can repair small scratches on your paintwork and Vincent Bossley's 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' is the featured sailing e-book.

If you're close enough to Sydney, there's a date for your diary, 6th May at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for a valuable Marine Electrics seminar by Rob Starkey, on his 'home turf' talking about how this subject relates to your own boat.

Run your eye down the headlines to find other stories that interest you, and...

...if you're lucky enough...

...sweet spring sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Irish student turns a mobile phone into a VHF radio
Niall Murray, Irish Examiner/Sail-World,
Whether we like it or not, many weekend sailors are going to sea depending on their mobile phones for reporting an emergency. This, naturally, is fraught with danger - you can be out of range, and you can't even contact the other boats in your vicinity. Now, thanks to an Irish student, that may be about to change, because he has invented a phone-case which turns the phone into a VHF radio!... [more]
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Operation Blue Water - 92 per cent compliance rate
Roads and Maritime Services,
During Operation Blue Water, held from 5 to 13 April, 884 vessels, 763 recreational vessels and 61 commercial vessels, were randomly checked by Roads and Maritime Services Boating Safety Officers (BSO).... [more]
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Singapore Yacht Show – more than just a show
Guy Nowell, Sail-World Asia,
The fourth Singapore Yacht Show closed its doors, shut its gates and pulled in the passerelle on the evening of Sunday 13th April amid a cacophony of boat horns and many more than three cheers. So what could be the interest for boat lovers from Australia and New Zealand to schedule to attend the next Singapore Boat Show? The following could be an indication of things to come.... [more]
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Birth of a tall ship - the amazing reconstruction of the Hermione
Sail-World Cruising,
The replication of a tall ship is no mean feat. The Hermione was a 12-pounder Concorde class frigate of the French Navy, and in 1780 ferried their General Lafayette to the United States in 1780 to allow him to rejoin the American side in the American Revolutionary War. She grounded and was wrecked in 1793.... [more]
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Record-breaker Americas circumnavigator off on research voyage
Sail-World Cruising,
Matt Rutherford, first sailor to complete a non-stop, single-handed voyage around North and South America, is about to depart with field scientist Nicole Trenholm on a nonstop sailing research voyage from California to Japan. By deploying a high-speed trawl net off the side of their sailing boat while underway, the expedition will survey of plastic marine debris in the ocean.... [more]
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New cruising hydrogenerator produces power at just 2kts of speed
Tristan Campbell,
The newest hydrogenerators from Watt & Sea are lighter, have better hydrodynamics, and are more resistant to corrosion. The Cruising 300 and 600 Models are now available in New Zealand from Kiwi Yachting. Like their predecessors, a propeller on a retractable stern leg sits on the yachts transom, turning water movement into power, with as little as 2 knots boat speed.... [more]
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'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' by Vincent Bossley
Noonsite Reviewer/Sail-World,
When you are contemplating setting off on your own sailing adventures, there's nothing like reading others' accounts. 'Sailing Adventures in Paradise' is Vincent Bossley's account of his voyage written in a vivid style that sets it apart from a standard cruising blog. It evokes the many places he and his crew visited, from the crossing of the Atlantic to the delights of the South Pacific Ocean.... [more]
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Cruising Yacht Club of Australia - Marine Electrics Seminar
Sail-World Cruising,
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) is to hold another of their very popular Information Evenings at the yacht club in Rushcutter's Bay in Sydney on 6th May. Rob Starkey will present a segment called 'Marine Electronics: Basics and Management at Sea and Away from the Marina'.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Marine Film
Lee Mylchreest,
There's nothing more annoying when you have lovingly restored your hull to perfect than to have some unthinking other come along and scratch it. Or maybe the dock was not as rubbery as you thought and after you leave you find a scratch. But just keeping some marine film in a locker can take the stress out of life until you get a chance for a proper repair - it's this week's Product of the Week... [more]
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The jury is back: Storms deeper and stronger from world pollution,
Are storms getting worse, or is it just my imagination? No, for the first time, scientists have proved it, with the all-too-graphic statement, 'The aerosols formed by human activities from fast-growing Asian economies do impact storm formation and global air circulation downstream. They tend to make storms deeper and stronger and more intense, and these storms also have more precipitation.'... [more]
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Annapolis Book of Seamanship - the latest update
Des Ryan,
While many many things changed in the last 31 years in sailing since this book was first published, nothing has changed about the value of good seamanship, an eternal skill. This is why the 'Annapolis Book of Seamanship' no matter which version, will never be truly out of date. That doesn't mean that the extensive update by author John Rousmaniere isn't worthwhile... [more]
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NZ's Marlborough Sounds gets active about safety
Sail-World Cruising,
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the New Zealand Police are linking up to spread the word on safety to recreational boaties in the Marlborough Sounds this Easter.... [more]
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Rescue of Canadian sailor by Swedes north of New Zealand
Lee Mylchreest,
Recently we published the news story of the rescue, while it was underway, of solo Canadian cruising sailor Art Munneke (See Sail-World_story) by a commercial ship, giving full credit to them for going off course to rescue Munneke. Here now is the graphic account of his survival.... [more]
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