Tsunami and the Ocean

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 17 Mar 2011
 


Tsunami and the ocean

Sailing on Lake Eyre - will it never happen again?  .
This week our world has changed forever with the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and the damage to their nuclear power stations.

It will cause much rethinking about the future of nuclear power, but the saddest immediate aspect for sailors who have an affinity with the ocean is the reports of the cloud drifting over the ocean instead of the land.


These reports were greeted with cheering. This is understandable in the short term, but radioactivity falling on an ocean will enter the food chain anyway, as fish are affected, and who knows what other effects there will be on the delicate sea life of the Pacific.

Only time will tell if this is the shake-up necessary for world leaders to take our deteriorating environment seriously, something that most cruising sailors have done for a long time.

Nice to see a Sydney Marine Rescue radio operator recognised for his excellent work assisting the rescue of some sailors off Broken Bay in 2008, and former Australian of the Year Dick Smith is back in the sailing news. He has joined the campaign to allow sailing on Lake Eyre when it has water. This is the first year that the sport has been stopped by traditional owners of the Lake area.

Jarle Andhøy, the Norwegian adventure sailor whose yacht Berserk was lost in the Ross Sea in the Antarctic this month replies to his several critics, including our own Don McIntyre, in an exclusive interview with Sail-World. You can compare stories and make up your own mind...

Queensland's floods and the growth of the online book-buying industry have been blamed for the closure of Brisbane's Boat Book's outlet. Also read how piracy and the economic downturn have been blamed for the demise of well-known circumnavigation rally, the Blue Water Rally, and delivered a boost to its competitor the World ARC.

You'll also find a jaunty tale from Sydney sailor Vincent Bossley of his yacht Tere Moana, and how it was threatened with dismasting by a failing shroud in the South Pacific. Our Product of the Week is a beauty for gentle sailors – the Landing Loop – for making your docking foolproof.

A host of other news from our coastlines and the world's oceans too, so browse down the stories to see what catches your interest.


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Closure of Blue Water Rallies give surge to World ARC Rally
Sail-World Cruising,
One sailor's bad news is sometimes, inadvertently, another sailor's good fortune. While Blue Water Rallies will run no more world circumnavigation rallies due to the economic downturn and piracy, this has no doubt contributed to the excellent season that is being experienced by the World Cruising Club, which operates the World ARC, a spin-off from the famed Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC)... [more]
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Blue Water Rally participants use Dockwise for pirate waters
Dockwise/Sail-World Cruising,
Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT) will be orchestrating the transport of 20 private cruising yachts believed to be from the Blue Water Rally, from Salalah, Oman to Marmaris, Turkey in April.... [more]
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Tere Moana and how to repair a parted shroud at sea
Vincent Bossley,
Long-time cruising sailor Vincent Bossley is sailing with a crew through French Polynesia in the South Pacific, heading for the island of Mahini, part of the Tuamotos, on his yacht Tere Moana. However, a blissful journey is about to be shattered by one of the most dreaded incidents on ocean voyages.... [more]
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Boat Books closes Brisbane branch - instore 20% discounts
MarineBusiness-World.com,
The largest specialist supplier of Marine books, charts and navigation equipment in Australia, Boat Books Australia, has announced it will be closing its Brisbane branch, from March 25th 2011. There are 20% instore discounts until close of business.... [more]
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New Alliance to save whales AND sailors
PR Log,
London-based campaigning organisation the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the organisation running the Global Ocean Race 2011-2012 (GOR) announce a unique partnership to seek ways to prevent collisions between whales and yachts. The partnership between a race organisation and an environmental organisation will benefit all cruising sailors, not only those who race... [more]
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Shock & Oar sets sights on international markets
Brendon Westerhout,
After two years in the Australian marketplace, nautical leisurewear brand ‘Shock & Oar' is returning to its roots with plans to market the brand to the US and European yachting market.... [more]
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Musto extends tourism connections
Tracey Porter,
Trans-Tasman tourism consortium, Explore NZ can now look forward to complete protection from the elements after the company signed a unique sponsorship deal with Sydney-headquartered marine apparel brand Musto.... [more]
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The graceful Skipjack - sailing into history
Lee Mylchreest,
In the Third World sailing boats are still a familiar sight, used for transport and fishing. Their delicate sails enliven the horizons of many a coastal waterway. In the Western World they have long been relegated to the field of pleasure and sport - except for a few hardy survivors, and the whimsically named Skipjack is one of them.... [more]
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Former Australian of the Year joins Lake Eyre sailing controversy
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Dick Smith, former Australian of the Year and keen activist across his wide ranging interests, has joined the fracas surrounding the ban on sailing on Lake Eyre. Smith has criticised the South Australian government's boating ban on Lake Eyre, calling it 'amazing.'... [more]
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Barz Optics international interest flows on from METS
Jeni Bone,
METS 2010 was 'sensational' for Kevin Barr of Barz Optics. The November event yielded plenty of leads and to date, four new companies stocking his specialised range of sunglasses.... [more]
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Hamilton Island Audi Race Week 2011 accommodation options
Kristie Kaighin,
Have you booked your Hamilton Island Race Week accommodation yet? Great options still available. Contact us for the best option to suit you. www.whitsundayholidays.com.au or 1300 653 997 - 7 days per week. Many options to choose from. Ranging from 2 bedroom apartments accommodating up to 7 from $500 per night. Or if you prefer luxury with a private pool - we have several houses to cho... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: classy finish in Fontaine Pajot Evolution range
Tracey Johnstone,
Fountaine Pajot's design changes to their popular sailing catamarans heralds a new era for cruising sailors looking for more in style, comfort and value for money.... [more]
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Product of the Week: The Landing Loop
Sail-World Cruising,
If the crew on your boat - be it one or 20 - can leap over the guard rail onto the dock with effortless ease and rapidly bring the boat to a stop with a quick line around a cleat, you probably will never need a Landing Loop. But if you want to lower the adrenaline flow and have your crew remain safe on deck while docking, then this Product of the Week might just be for you.... [more]
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Swans gather in the Spring in the British Virgins
Nautor Swan,
If you're a Swan owner, unless you are very close, you might be just too late to join the annual Gathering of the Swans in the Caribbean this year. Nautor's Swan is heralding the coming of Spring with the eighth annual edition of the highly popular cruising calendar event, ‘the ClubSwan Caribbean Rendezvous' to take place 14th to 19th March.... [more]
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Pacific yachts flee but damage substantial as Japanese Tsunami arrives
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
As the ever deepening tragedy hit Japan and the word flashed around the world, yachts across the Pacific were alerted, running to sea or strengthening their mooring lines. A tsunami warning along the Californian coast did not prevent damage as the deadly wave arrived, damage has been substantial in Hawaii, and a yacht trying to get to sea in New Zealand has been lost on rocks in the manoeuvre.... [more]
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Andhøy refutes Berserk criticism: 'She was my little floating tank.'
Nancy Knudsen,
Norwegian sailor Jarle Andhøy, skipper/owner of the Berserk, the yacht missing presumed lost in the Ross Sea since 21 February, strongly refutes most of the claims made recently by other Antarctic seafarers in an interview with Sail-World. Experienced Antarctic sailors Skip Novak and Don McIntyre have been quoted recently criticising many aspects of the Berserk expedition... [more]
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Blue Water Rally sails into the sunset
Nancy Knudsen,
For the last fourteen years, Blue Water Rallies have themselves rallied to the complex task of organising World Circumnavigating Rallies for yachts of all nations. Now, sadly we have received the following formal notification:... [more]
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Boaters beware GPS vulnerable to interference and jamming
www.sail-world.com,
Researchers have warned that GPS systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to accidental interference or deliberate jamming, raising concerns about reliability and security.... [more]
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Lucky yacht Puffin refloated after hitting a beach
Lee Mylchreest,
Don't you just love a good news story? ... and after a spate of tragic sailing stories recently, here's a tale to warm the cockles of your heart. A yacht called Puffin, with two crew, was amazingly refloated after crashing onto a beach, owing to some swift action and a large dollop of luck. The incident happened near Sovereign Harbour in Sussex, but it could have been on a beach near you..... [more]
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Award for radio operator in foundering yacht incident
Ken McManus,
On Friday Marine Rescue Terrey Hills Radio Operator Ian Murdoch was awarded the Region Commander's Certificate of Appreciation. Murdoch, together with four members of Broken Bay Water Police, received awards for their part in the rescue of six people on board the stricken yacht 'Encore' which foundered in gale force conditions off Broken Bay in 2008... [more]
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NSW Maritime North Coast bar crossing campaign this weekend
Penny Robins,
Coastal bar crossing safety will be the focus of a NSW Maritime North Coast boating campaign this weekend, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Steve Dunn said.... [more]
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Somali troops fail in attack on pirates holding Danish sailors
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
Eight government troops from the Puntland province of Somalia have been killed in a foiled attempt to free seven Danish cruising sailors held by pirates in the mountainous region in the tip of the Horn of Africa. None of the group of seven Danish sailors, which includes three children, have been injured... [more]
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Multihull Solutions: premium difference in choice and service
Tracey Johnstone,
Multihull Solutions' approach to customer service and cruising catamaran product packaging breaks new ground and sets the business ahead in the tough Australian yacht brokerage market.... [more]
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New Ultrascan PC180 Forward Looking Sonar now available in Australia
Jane Arakawa,
Interphase, the leader in award-winning and affordable phased array forward looking sonars for the recreational and light commercial market, introduces a new ultra fast multibeam sonar to the Australian market through Coursemaster Autopilots dealer's. Working like an acoustic underwater radar (except much faster), with a 180 degree view up to 360m ahead and to each side and to the bottom.... [more]
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Earth's ice sheets melting sooner than expected: New Study
Nancy Knudsen,
Unless you live in the Maldives you may not be able to sail down your main street any time soon, but it's undeniably getting easier to sail the North West Passage. Sadly, all credible scientists are in agreement that Global Warming, the reality we all shy away from facing, is coming to an area near you soon. The bad news is that according to a new credible study, it will be sooner than expected.... [more]
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Raymarine Asia has a vacancy for an energetic area sales manager
Liza Sticpewich,
Raymarine, the world leader in marine electronics has a vacancy for an energetic area sales manager at Raymarine Asia located in Belrose, NSW.... [more]
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Sailing Sourcebook - works like a charm
Sail-World Cruising,
When you know what you want and your local marine store isn't being helpful, it can be quicker and easier to buy chandlery and other items online. All you needed is a catalogue, their free-call number or Skype to place an order. Now that process has just gotten a vast amount easier, with a new development. A leading online marine store has introduced a new E-catalog that works like a charm.... [more]
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Academy warns on GPS unreliability
Sail-World Cruising,
Leisure sailors and other mariners could find themselves in trouble if they rely totally on GPS systems a British Academy of Engineering has warned. The report finds that the real threat lies in 'dangerously misleading' results which may not seem obviously wrong - a ship directed slightly off course by faulty data could steer it into danger.... [more]
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Danish hostage sailors 'deep into Somali mountains'
Nancy Knudsen,
Recent media reports that the seven Danish cruising sailors kidnapped by pirates are held on a ship are inaccurate, say piracy-watch group Ecoterra. They claim that another seajacked vessel, the M Ems River, was first used to tow the yacht and then refuel it before it was itself released after the payment of a ransom. In the meantime, the seven Danes were taken and held on land.... [more]
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Falmouth's roaring Sea Shanty Festival to raise money for the RNLI
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The age of the Sea Shanty might be gone, but the ringing rhythms never lose their allure - and what better way for raising money for the volunteer organisation which saves of lives at sea? This year again in the UK's Falmouth, one of the most engaging festivals will again take place, the Falmouth Sea Shanty Festival. If you can be anywhere near to Cornwall in June this year, it's a 'must see'!... [more]
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CCA Blue Water Medal presented to Alex Whitworth
Kirsten Ferguson,
Alexander Whitworth (Sydney, Australia) has accepted the CCA 2010 Blue Water Medal from Cruising Club of America Commodore Sheila McCurdy and Awards Chair Bob Drew at the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.... [more]
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MSCHOA and ISAF - still giving pirate advice to yachts
Nancy Knudsen,
It's curious that in spite the Somali pirate killing of four American cruising sailors, the recent kidnapping of seven Danes and the disappearance since October 2010 of two South African sailors, the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and the Maritime Security Cerntre (Horn of Africa) (MSCHOA) continue giving guidance about what to do when you sail through the pirate area around Somalia... [more]
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A business profile: Great bags out of old sails
Lee Mylchreest,
The last good use we heard of for the old sails from your boat was to send them to Haiti for the survivors of their catastrophic earthquake. Now there's another, and so good we wonder why every country - even state - in the world doesn't have a business like this - stitching old sails into bags! and how many thousands of those are lying around in lockers or garages?... [more]
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Boating changes for Sydney Harbour swim event
Penny Robbins,
NSW Maritime advises boaters that parts of Sydney Harbour will be inaccessible for the duration of a swimming event on Sunday, 13 March.... [more]
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