What would you change on a cruising boat?... vanished at sea in 2007... solo Frenchman heading for record... and more...

10 Jan 2008




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Whitsunday Sailors - please slow for the turtles!

Loggerhead turtle coming up for air  .
There's a plea out by Queensland Parks and Wildlife: Whitsunday boat owners and sailors – please slow down for the turtles and dugongs!

Further south wildlife is not in as much danger as not many sailors are venturing out. The conditions are still dangerous on the northern coast of New South Wales.

When you purchase a yacht it is rarely exactly as you would like it, and most new owners make changes to suit. However a cruising boat also needs to be tough and easy to sail with a short-handed crew. Andrew Dove gives his version of what you should think about changing before you go cruising away from the safety of your maintenance team.

Sometime next week we expect to see a new solo round the world record set by Francis Joyon on his 98 ft trimaran IDEC. He is streaking up the Atlantic, almost at the equator, and is an incredible 12 days ahead of Ellen MacArthur.

Cruising sailors and the marine industry in Fiji were shocked last week when the Fijian Government without warning changed the visiting yacht's maximum stay from 12 months to 3, effective immediately – what about the yachts already there bedded into the ground for the six month cyclone season?

In spite of modern technology making sailing more accessible and discernibly safer, there are still yachts that vanish at sea without trace. Read about some that have vanished in 2007.

This week an enormous variety of other news – from glad to sad to quirky.

So read on, enjoy, and

Sail safe!


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Slow down for dugong and turtles in Whitsundays
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service,
Boaties out enjoying Queensland waters during the holidays are urged to slow down through dugong and turtle habitat in the Whitsundays. These are air-breathing marine animals and they’re often injured or killed by speeding vessels when coming up for air, especially in and near sea grass beds,' QPWS District Manager Damien Head said.... [more]


Still Dangerous Conditions for NSW Boating
Cruising Editor,
The bars on the New South Wales' north coast are still running, with surf breaking in some areas. An added danger for those wishing to take either sailing or power boats along this coast is the amount of debris charging into the sea.... [more]


What Would I Change on a Cruising Boat?
Andrew Dove, Area Manager Northsails, Caribbean,
If I were to buy a 35 to 40 footer, five to ten year-old fibreglass cruising boat, what would I do to it if I had a little extra budget? The changes might add character but most certainly would make for faster, more easy sailing.... [more]


Vanished at Sea – 2007 Revisited
Des Ryan,
With the ever increasing number of vessels sailing the oceans of the world and with the rapid advancement of technology - GPS, EPIRB, AIS, AMVER etc etc - you could be excused for thinking that the oceans were become more like superhighways and less like the adventure-filled and mysterious places they used to be.... [more]


Join Mariner Boating at the Bonifacio Yacht Rally
Mariner Boating Holidays,
Mariner Boating Holidays is offering you the chance to take part in the Bonifacio Yacht Rally, being held in Corsica and Sardinia from 28th August to 15th september 2008.... [more]

RANSA Regatta for Sir David Martin Foundation
Peter Edwards - RANSA,
Sunday 24 February 2008 will once again see the RAN Sailing Association (RANSA) at Rushcutters Bay hosting its annual Regatta to raise money for the Sir David Martin Foundation. The Foundation, named supports youth programs that assist marginalised young people in our community in making the steps towards a positive future. All proceeds from the Regatta will de donated to the Foundation.... [more]


Solo Frenchman now 12 days ahead of MacArthur
Des Ryan,
After some slower sailing due to lower wind speeds, Francis Joyon on his giant trimaran IDEC, is now travelling north up the Atlantic Ocean, heading for home. All going well, he will reach the equator sometime tomorrow, making it in about 48 days.... [more]


Help prevent the spread of Marine Pests
Marine Safety Vctoria,
The Victorian Government and the BIA have a reminder for all boat owners - help prevent the spread of Marine Pests. Every boat owner has a role to play in stopping the spread of marine pests. With regular boat maintenance, you can make sure marine pests are not hitching a ride with you! Pests can be transported by any vessel – yachts, powerboats, ships, fishing boats, jet skis and even canoes.... [more]


Sailors Rescue Air Crash Survivors
EADT.co.uk/Sail-World Cruising,
In rescues at sea, sailors are most often the rescuees, except in recent cases of yachts who come across illegal refugees in leaky boats, when the role is reversed and they become rescuers. But it must have been a scary day for a Suffolk couple this week, when they first had a small aeroplane almost collide with them off the coast of Florida, and then became the rescuers in a bizarre incident...... [more]


Fiji Sailors ''Up in Arms'' over new Law
Nancy Knudsen,
In the new Fiji budget, announced in December, it was revealed that, effective immediately, the length of stay for visiting yachts is reduced from 12 months to three months. A three month extension may be possible ''at the discretion of the Minister''.... [more]


‘Tahiti Sounds Nice’ When You’re Under Sail
Sail-World Cruising,
Like to feel the thrill of sailing but don't want to bareboat charter? Here's the solution for you... More than 3300 square metres of sail will take 170 sun-seekers on a romantic cruise through the alluring Tahitian islands when the majestic clipper, Star Flyer, goes sailing this August. You could be one of them - for a dollar or two.... [more]


Coffee importers chase lost Red Cloud-with dog
John Ira Petty, Daily News/Sail-World Cruising,
Last month the crew of the ketch Red Cloud made world headlines when they set out to introduce a new era of 'eco-sailing' by leaving from Galveston in Texas, US, to import five tons of coffee from Belize with their sailing boat. On the return journey the boat had to be abandoned in a storm, but now the hardy crew, with their dog, is off to recover her... [more]


Epirb Saves Young Sailor off Morocco
southdevon.co.uk/Sail-World Cruising,
Once again the Epirb has proved as a potential life saver, when coastguards from Cornwall were able to co-ordinate the rescue of a young sailor off the the coast of Africa. They contacted the authorities in Spain Portugal and Morocco, and Portuguese Navy sent out an aircraft to locate the sailing boat. Finally a commercial vessel was in the area was directed to take the sailor on board.... [more]


Coville - 'Northerly ice shows Global Warming'
Event media,
Thomas Coville, in north-drifting ice: 'At 48° 45 South and 10° 19 East, I am an eyewitness to this infamous global warming. As far as I can remember, I’ve never seen ice so far North during this season.'... [more]


Strong ocean currents could be linked to La Nina
Stephen Clark - Spaceflight Now,
Sea Launch's ocean-going launch pad and command ship are again sailing across the Pacific Ocean after a series of November attempts were thwarted by unusually strong ocean currents that could be linked to a La Nina climate pattern.... [more]


Sailing with the Treleavens - Caribbean 2008
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Life goes on. After our huge effort in the ARC and getting our damaged rig home safely without loosing it over the side we have been working hard to try and resolve the issues. This of course is not made easy by the Christmas and New Year holidays but at least we have found in Martinique both excellent repair services and an ideal place just to be able to motor around and enjoy the Caribbean way... [more]


Spirit of the ARC Shows in Prize Giving
Des Ryan,
The 2007 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers final prize giving this year showed just what the ''Spirit of the ARC'' is all about. ARC participants celebrated with local rum punch before the 'formal' prize giving in a local Nightclub Here are some of the prizes:... [more]



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