Med changes, tether danger, Seawind's latest, boatyard goof-ups
Missing in Mexico waters .. .
If you're thinking of cruising the Med any time soon, there's more news this week about the cruising situation – Greece's yachts are leaving it in droves for Turkey and sometimes Montenegro where the welcome is warmer and less expensive, but in Turkey too the regulations are not quite as yacht-friendly as they used to be as cruising sailors are caught up in the new 90-day-out-of-180-day visa regulations. Italy, on the other hand, has seen the light and removed any new tax on visiting yachts.
It's amazing that the life-jacket-message is still not getting through, but Penny Robins story is explicit after two boating incidents in Port Stephens this week.
AMVER (who? - read the story!) is in the news for yet another rescue of cruising sailors, and a MAIB report on a sailing incident throws some light, among other things, on the potential danger of tethers if they are not used at the shorter length when possible.
Much good practical information and reminders this week too. A piece on safety in the boatyard, making the point that concrete is harder than water, John Jamieson talks about small easy things you can do so that you're always ready for an emergency; and some reminders about shore-power cords and their own safety issues.
You may not be immediately in the market for a 106ft yacht, but drooling over Ron Holland's new Kestrel is free, and the missing sailor who sailed solo into waters known to be a haven for drug deals is a salient reminder that while Australia may be usually safe, this doesn't necessarily apply to some foreign waters. A little research could save your life.
Finally, Ocean Watch's Essay on Climate Change misconceptions and realities is a must-read for all, the new Seawind Trans-Pacific model is worth checking out and if you're anywhere near Sydney this is your last chance to see the sailing ship Duyfken before it sails north.
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