Discover sailing... Suicidal French sailors...'Why regulate the seas?'

 
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 13 Dec 2012
 


Discover sailing... Suicidal French sailors...'Why regulate the seas?'


This week a speeding French sailor has been fined for going the wrong way down a ship separation zone (the equivalent to a freeway), in UK waters. His very French defense was that he was trying to break the Around Britain and Ireland speed record. Try that excuse the next time you are stopped for speeding.

Marc Guillemot on the bow of Safran - 'But Your Honour I was trying to break zee record. It was not possible to obey zee rules as well as break zee record.'  Francois Van Malleghem

How much to regulate our waterways and oceans has long been a favourite heated discussion among leisure sailors. Every time there is an incident, the reports that follow recommend tighter and tighter regulations, until the word 'Freedom of the Sea' becomes virtually meaningless.

This week Sir Alan Massey, CEO of UK's Maritime and Coastguard Agency(MCA) waded in with a novel thought – that sailors should be credited with some common sense and authorities such as the MCA should tread a fine line between regulation and self-regulation.

This was a stunning statement coming from such a quarter, and safety authorities of the world could do well to take note.

Not that it isn't getting easier and easier to venture off-shore from a technological point of view when the newest technology, like the Marine Commander featured this week, can give you a screen encapsulating all your nav systems in one. It's even getting easier and cheaper to clean your hull, with a vibrating barnacle buster that doesn't need you to remove the boat from the water – that's another article.

There's also more and more sailing advice out there, valuable specially if you are not connected to a sailing club or fraternity. Veteran cruising sailor Jude Binder, who may know more about the Australian coastline than any other cruising sailor ever, has a new eBook out called 'Practical Boat Bits and Tips' chocked full of useful advice you may not read anywhere else. John Jamieson has an article on the use of flares – and the importance of knowing how to use them before you find you are in an emergency.

Swan gatherings in 2013  .. .

If you are lucky enough to own a Swan, Club Swan have brought out their program for 'gatherings' of Swans for 2013 - that's worldwide. If you are a Catalina Owner, Lake Macquarie is the place to be by the beginning of January.

Our yacht feature is of Fountain Pajot's beautiful Victoria 67, and the first NEEL 45 trimaran is due to arrive into Brisbane in May next year - that's a magnificent yacht to drool over, or, just maybe, consider buying.

Finally, we hear a lot about boat people, but do read the moving passage tale about two Cubans who sacrificed everything to sail to America, and the little toy puffin, given by an Australian cruising sailor, who kept their morale high when the going got tough.

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



Yachting Australia lines up exciting activities for the coming Holiday
Craig Heydon/Sail-World Cruising,
The Yachting Australia is giving sailing enthusiasts and beginners the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sailing as part of its Discover Sailing Experience program, which is one of many activities lined up for this Holiday season.... [more]
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French sailor fined for sailing wrong way down British separation zone
Joanne Rawlings/Sail-World Cruising,
Separation zones of the world are the superhighways of the ocean. Sailing a yacht the wrong way down a separation zone you would think was a sport only for the suicidal. But one famed French sailor has just been hauled in front of British Justice for trying to beat the fastest sail round Britain record by doing just that..... [more]
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Catalina Owners' Lake Macquarie Summer Rendezvous is coming up!
Rod Mackay,
The Catalina Owners Lake Macquarie Rendezvous no.8 will be held from January 4-6, 2013 at Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto. This regatta is for the owners and guests of Catalinas who have got over the silly season and will look forward to sailing on beautiful Lake Macquarie for some fun and sun.... [more]
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Calling all Swan Owners: Programme 2013 - 2020 now available
Club Swan,
Under the ClubSwan burgee, the programme of activity from 2013 to 2020 for Swan owners includes numerous wonderful occasions to share their passion and join other owners in extraordinary locations for a special mix of racing, cruising and social events.... [more]
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Authorities on alert for drugs across the Pacific
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
If you are - or intend to be - on your way back to Australia by sailing boat, be prepared for authorities searching for drugs. It appears that yachts, so long left largely untroubled by everyone except the quarantine authorities, are the new transport of choice for drug lords. In the past two years, four yachts have been intercepted carrying a combined total of more than a tonne of cocaine.... [more]
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Jude Binder launches new eBook 'Practical Boat Bits and Tips'
Sail-World Cruising,
The best features of Banyandah by Jude Binder with 40 years of experience finishing and maintaining vessels. She is also an accomplished sailor with 150,000 miles under sail, so she knows what stands the test of time. Living afloat continuously for sixteen years, raising and educating her two sons.... [more]
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Of dreamers who went sailing and the puffin which inspired them
Vicki Smith/Sail-World,
We found this unusual cruising tale heart-warming and beautifully told by Brisbane sailor Vicki Smith who is sailing in the Bahamas with her husband Maynard on their yacht Vanish. It is of a small toy puffin on a key chain and two Cubans who had a seven-year-old dream in their hearts and set out to go sailing.... [more]
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Inaugural NEEL 45 set to land in Brisbane in May
Multihull Solutions,
The first NEEL 45 trimaran in the southern hemisphere is due to arrive in Brisbane in May.... [more]
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US Yachts - New boats on show during January
US Yachts,
January is boat show month for US Yachts, with three brand new models on display at US Yachts' Darling Harbour base – the Salona 35, the Hunter 33 and the Hunter 36.... [more]
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World-first vibrating, underwater barnacle buster gets thumbs-up
Sail-World Cruising round-up,
The new world-first Waveblade barnacle remover may mean a seismic shift in the way we clean our sailing boat hulls, but more than that, there's a Scottish bank who thinks it's worth an investment of £550,000 to take the invention to the next level - that is, appealing to major oil, gas and shipping companies.... [more]
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Boat parade time across America - and in Mooloolaba
Lee Mylchreest,
It's Boat Parade time across America. From Arizona to Florida, from Newport Beach to Chattanooga, the lighted boat parade is a big part of Christmas. Prizes are given, excitement runs high and those without boats line the shores to celebrate and discuss the boats - from awe-inspiring to sweet, from ridiculous to hilarious. It's all part of the fun.... [more]
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Five Marine Flare Steps for Sailing Safety
Captain John Jamieson,
In the most famous sea tragedy of all time, At 2:20 am, Monday, April 15th, 1912, the Titanic slid beneath the waves of the Atlantic, leaving her passengers and crew fighting for their lives in 31°F (-1°C) water. Most died from drowning--not hypothermia. If the right safety equipment had been aboard, none of this would have happened. So what have we learned and what should YOU be doing, today?... [more]
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UK Coastguard Agency asks the question: 'Why regulate?'
Sail-World/Joanne Rawlings,
A breath of fresh air has floated in, bringing with it an opinion of a bureaucrat that there just might be too many rules about what leisure sailors can and can't do. The amazing, but very welcome announcement, began with the almost subversive-sounding 'Why regulate? Can't we just have fun?'... [more]
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'Victoire' for Vicsail and Beneteau on Sydney Harbour
Creating Demand,
Victory and success was the order of events for Vicsail and their owners participating in this year's Vicsail Beneteau Cup. Now in its 21st year, and boasting their biggest fleet ever, it was fitting for Daryl Hodgkinson aboard 'Victoire' to take out this year's cup ahead of a very competitive and passionate group of Beneteau owners.... [more]
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Is your hull painted red? Report after yacht capsize
Sail-World Cruising,
The modern cruising yacht is about as unlikely to capsize through the loss of its keel as it is to hit a whale. This doesn't mean it's impossible if the keel is bolted on, and last month's findings (meant primarily for racing) by Ireland's MCIB about the the capsize and rescue of the Fastnet Yacht Rambler 100 will be of interest to all.... [more]
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Yacht Feature: Fountaine Pajot's Victoria 67
Sail-World Cruising,
It's not quite a superyacht/supercat, but it's no normal cruising cat either. Fountaine Pajot has unveiled spectacular new Flagship model, a top-of-the-range addition to its range of catamarans. It's called the Victoria 67.... [more]
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Dehler 38 Introduces a New Generation Interior
Deb Jeffreys,
Dehler Yachts has recently published renderings showcasing the interior design and styling of the new Dehler 38. This is the first time Dehler has introduced a contemporary interior to its fleet. It blends well with the sleek exterior giving the quality performer cruiser an overall dynamic look.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd - Celebrating 50 years of market innovation and success
Henri Lloyd Australia,
In 2013, Henri Lloyd, a proud family-run company, will be celebrating half a century as one of the market leaders in technical sailing and lifestyle apparel. It has paved the way for all modern foul weather clothing, setting the standards throughout the generations for performance and comfort.... [more]
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Club Marine supports 2013 Australian marine industry awards
AIMEX/Superyacht Australia,
Club Marine has again showed a strong hand of support confirming their support as the naming rights sponsors of the Australian Marine Export and Superyacht Awards organised by the Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) and Superyacht Australia.... [more]
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Marine Commander - nav systems integrated on one screen
Des Ryan,
If you have the space and can afford it, an instrument such as Icom's Marine Commander is the way to go. On one screen you can see all of your systems integrated, giving you information at your fingertips and a great ease of control of the boat in a robust, waterproof navigational system.... [more]
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End of Days? Dutchman builds a modern Noah's Ark
Jeni Bone,
Moored in the city of Dordrecht, just south of Rotterdam, Holland, a new landmark is visible bobbing against the extremely flat and floodprone landscape. Johan Huibers has realised his 20-year quest to build a full-scale, functioning model of Noah's Ark.... [more]
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'THE GREAT RACE'- David Hill guest speaker at Southport Yacht Club
Jeni Bone,
Former chairman of the ABC, best-selling author and these days, archaeologist, David Hill will be special guest speaker at the Southport Yacht Club lunch, Friday 15 February - open to members and the public.... [more]
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