Catch up on all the Australian and world news for cruising sailors
Sydney's Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron is turning 150-years-old, and is lucky enough (and old enough) to have sweeping lawns down to Sydney Harbour, where it will celebrate the event with a garden party this week.
Another day, another rescue as a yacht's motor fails to start Mark Rothfield
You have to feel sympathy for our good friends in need, the rescuers, sometimes.
They have to overcome many privations and frustrations in order to keep up with the amazing tally of sea rescues existing today.
Two such stories this week, one on unprepared sailors, the other about hoax calls. Neither of these were on Australian shores, but the moral of the story is the same:
If the coast guard is responding to an unnecessary or hoax call, apart from being dispiriting for the would-be rescuers, it could be keeping them from responding to a real need – and is potentially putting their lives at risk each time.
Plenty of other news – read about how the North Sea Passage could be ice-free very early for intrepid sailing adventurers; there are two yacht features – one on the newest X yacht, a fast and ingenious cruising boat, and John Curnow talks to an owner about how successful is his Beneteau Oceanis 45; there's a sobering message about pirate zones, and some great practical articles: 'occasional' solar power may solve the power problem on your boat; check out your essential knot tying skills; and John Jamieson has some excellent advice about filing a float plan with your friends or family before you leave home.
That's the tip of the iceberg – browse down the headlines to find your interest
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