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18 Apr 2013
Botched rescues...the Swan that wouldn't sink...fun at Port Stephens
Fortunately in the Ballina story all survived, unlike in the Portuguese one, where both a sailor and a rescuer lost their lives. The moral of the story is, of course, 'When in doubt, go to sea – and head for the deepest water you can find!'
In another extraordinary tale, a 48ft Swan has been found drifting at sea two months after she was abandoned by her crew in stormy weather. In the photo taken this week her mast is still standing, the main is still attached, flattened down onto the deck. Even the life ring is still attached to the stern. It says much for the manufacturer.
One of the last sights of 48ft Swan Wolfhound - until now .. .
In Sail Port Stephens on that beautiful inlet on the New South Wales coast they seemed to be having a lot of fun this week, but were pretending they were racing. In rally news, one across the Atlantic has been cancelled for this year and round-world rally has finished in triumph – the World ARC Rally. Want to sail to the Antarctic? - why not do it in a tall ship?... and we suggest just the boat to do it in.
2013 Sail Port Stephens Commodores Cup Cruising day 3, hosted by Corlette Point Sailing Club. Photography by Craig Greenhill/ Saltwater Images /Sail Port Stephens Craig Greenhill Saltwater Images - SailPortStephens 2013
Des Ryan has written a useful article full of hints about taking care of the belts on your boat; there's a new (very expensive) book on piracy the world over and how to protect your own vessel; and the most touching story of the week is that Classic Boat Magazine has made Giacomo de Stefano, who sailed a 5.6m Ness Yawl from Istanbul to London, overcoming seemingly impossible difficulties, their 'Person of the Year'.
Many other articles from not only Australia but around the world too, so browse down the headlines...
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