Ozzie sails faster than 60kts, another rescued by ship, strange Phocea

 
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 15 Nov 2012
 


Ozzie sails faster than 60kts, another rescued by ship, strange Phocea


Phocea - a roller coaster life story - now strange and stranger  .. .

Strangest story of the week is of the oh-so-elegant sailing boat Phocea, who has spent most of her life in the fast-lane, and I am not talking of knots. Read her tumultuous history, not finished yet, as she is still full of mystery intrigue – and maybe skullduggery - today. She's not far away, in Vanuatu, but is hoping to leave before the cyclone season starts. She's a stunning yacht, the longest in the world until out-footed by Athena in 2004, so let's hope she heads west.

Much more too, so scan the headlines to find your interest.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Life for Vestas Sailrocket 2 starts at 60 knots
Paul Larsen/Sail-World Cruising,
The VESTAS Sailrocket 2 is now in the waters of Walvis Bay, Namibia, out to create world records. They have a new hydrofoil package which they hope will bring them the Outright world speed sailing record. Here, Paul Larsen, Vestas Sailrocket 2 Australian project leader and pilot, talks about the best looking days they've had so far in their record attempt... [more]
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Australia's first Eco Boat Show now just a week away
Dick Clarke,
Australia's first Eco Boat Show will get underway at Bayview next weekend, Sunday 18th November, 2012 and will feature the Australian debut of the radical new ‘HydroPak' Micro-Fuel Cell Generator. The HydroPak is a revolutionary portable 'off-grid' power device that combines next generation Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) fuel cell technology with new 150Wh energy storage cartridges.... [more]
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Superyacht Phocea: glamour, mystery, fame and notoriety galore
Nancy Knudsen,
Some yachts just can't seem to stay out of the headlines. Phocea, aka La Vie Claire and Club Mediterranee, is one of those and it's no different today, creating much controversy on the wharves and in the corridors of power in Vanuatu.... [more]
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Dousing - er furling - a spinnaker from the cockpit
UK-Halsey Sailmakers/Sail-World Cruising,
If, as a short-handed cruising sailor, you use spinnakers at all, you would probably have been using a dousing sock. This takes the place of several long-armed crew members, but you still have to leave the cockpit to lower the sail. Here is a new tool that has been perfected to help cruising sailors control the cruising spinnaker from the safety of the cockpit.... [more]
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Couple rescued, boat lost to storm on notorious Tonga-Auckland route
Nancy Knudsen,
Welsh-Australian cruising sailor Stephen Jones broke down while describing the loss of his boat Windigo, which was also his home, to a storm on the notorious route between Tonga and New Zealand. He and his fellow crewmate, New Zealander Tanya Davies, are recovering as they steam towards New Zealand's navy vessel HMNZS Otago on the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship, Chengtu, which rescued them... [more]
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Rallye des Iles du Soleil - A journey of a thousand discoveries!
Veronique Largeau,
For this 2013 edition, participants in the Rallye des Iles du Soleil will set off in search of dream destinations. Sailors will navigate from stage to stage across the course of six months, dropping anchor in especially selected corners of paradise for refreshments and any technical requirements. They will explore the habitats, cultures and flora and fauna of the countries they visit.... [more]
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Destination Australia: They're just starting to talk about it...
AIMEX/Sail-World Cruising,
Australia is home to some of the world's most idyllic cruising grounds, but up until now, no-one has been discussing it very much. Now interest in sailing and cruising Downunder is growing, thanks to Superyacht Australia.... [more]
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Deep Blue Electric Outboard by Torqeedo wins DAME Award
METS/Sail-World Cruising,
METS, the world's largest trade show of the international marine leisure industry. on now in Amsterdam, has just announced the winners of their annual DAME Design Awards. The overall winner of the Award for 2012 is the Deep Blue Electric Outboard by Torqeedo, of Germany, announced by the DAME jury today at the start of the show.... [more]
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Done the Northwest Passage, off to Antarctica - South African sailor
Nancy Knudsen,
South African sailor Ralf Dominick, a sort-of-solo sailor has just finished 40,000nm voyage which included transiting the once-dreaded Northwest Passage, and he must have liked it, because next he is off to cruise Antarctica!... [more]
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Rarest whales make their appearances
Sail-World Cruising,
As long as it's not colliding with you, every cruising sailor loves a whale sighting. If you keep your eyes peeled at the right time in the right place, you just might have the chance to see one or two of the world's rarest whales, each of which has made a recent appearance. However, on latest information, you'll have to be in the Southern Hemisphere, somewhere between Australia and New Zealand.... [more]
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Boaters should 'pay more attention' as 100 coral heads damaged
Nancy Knudsen,
It happened in Hawaii, but it could have been anywhere, and environmentalists are hopping mad. A 40ft power boat that ran aground this week in Kaneohe Bay in Hawaii has destroyed 100 coral heads, according to researchers who visited the site.... [more]
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A slick new look for the Burke Wetsuit Boot and Sneaker
Burke Marine,
The new Burke Wetsuit Boot and Sneaker range has just hit the market with a slick new look. On first inspection, the range certainly catches the eye with its new, sleek jet black/carbon colour scheme and panelling. But like all great products, this new range remains true to its core, high performance features that have made it a mainstay around Australian waters.... [more]
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Exhibit at Marine13 for access to the Australasia market
Marine13,
Australia's first international marine industry trade show, to be held 28-30 April 2013 in Sydney, presents an outstanding opportunity to showcase your company, products and services to a high-profile audience as part of the Marine13 International Marine Conference and Exhibition.... [more]
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Bird's Eye View of before and after Hurricane Sandy
Des Ryan,
It is difficult for those not affected to envisage the scope of Hurricane Sandy. However, thanks to photos from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), here is a bird's eye view of before and after the worst Atlantic Hurricane on record hit the north east coast of North America.... [more]
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Two cruising sailors rescued after storm eases
Sail-World Cruising,
Two injured yachties have now been safely transferred to a cargo ship from their damaged boat about 300nm southwest of Tonga. British/Australian Steve Jones, 52, and New Zealander Tanya Davis, 43, were reported to have suffered mild to moderate head injuries when their 38ft yacht Windigo rolled after leaving Tonga for New Zealand.... [more]
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