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Cruising Helmsman April 2020

Cruising Helmsman is devoted exclusively to all types of cruising under sail. We focus on cruising destinations and how to get the most out of them, provide expert advice for the practical sailor and have a range of real-life accounts from seasoned cruisers and their on-board experiences.

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in this issue

3 min.
putting the boot in

WHEN a yacht builder takes a new build to the Boot Dusseldorf boat show, they have a good reason to call it a ‘world premiere’. Boot Dusseldorf calls itself the world’s largest boat show and I am certain that there is no other boat show that could dare to disagree. Open for nine days within 17 exhibition halls across a massive showground park, I have not as yet received the attendance numbers of this year’s show but there is no reason to consider it is any different to previous years: around 250,000. If you were a boat builder why would you not be involved in getting your new range into the middle of Germany and in front of so many potential buyers? For a wide-eyed journalist from a small region in the global…

1 min.
sunsail phi phi islands with eco-minded cruisers

FOR a limited number of people Sunsail are combining a magical holiday to a stunning place with a beach cleaning escapade with Ocean Crusaders. In September, cruisers can join the Ocean Crusaders team, along with the Sunsail Thailand team and many other like-minded eco-warriors in exploring the glorious Phi Phi Islands. The mission is to sail to a stunning beach, spend an hour or so cleaning it and then spend the day enjoying it. Lay around on the beach, swim off the boat or go for a snorkel and see the wondrous creatures you are protecting. Sailing experience is not required with Sunsail as you can book a boat or a cabin and get a skipper. The tour will be led by the Ocean Crusaders and Sunsail teams so there are two…

1 min.
a cautionary tale

THIS article first appeared in Marine and Safety Tasmania Boatwise magazine. Early in 2019 on a sunny morning in Kettering, Tasmania, Anne from Peace of Mind Boat Services, was getting ready to go fishing on her 120 year old wooden boat Brittania, when she thought she would check a friend's boat on the way. After inspecting the lines because the tide was unusually low, she went to jump on board and as she did the ring on her little finger got caught on the canvas cover trim on the cabin top and 'de-gloved' her finger. She fainted and fell off the jetty and when her husband found her she was floating face down in the water. Following concussion, two surgeries, the use of leeches to clean the wound, removal of the nail and…

2 min.
shag islet season of sail launched

IN a significant addition to the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club's 2020 Season of Sail (SOS), SICYC are planning to extend the focus to become a series of events held at various locations on the east coast of Australia. Local vice commodores can come together to celebrate the camaraderie of SICYC, as well as hosting SICYC members sailing north during the cruising season. First up will be the Pittwater Rendezvous beginning on Friday 1st May with a dinner at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club featuring guest speaker Ken Thackeray OAM. On the Saturday there will be a breakfast followed by cruise and barbecue at Bobbin Head. For the next three days the Rendezvous will cruise Pittwater with further details to be released. Any SICYC vice commodore is welcome to join in either…

1 min.
best of the web

MYSAILING.COM.AU/CRUISING JON GETS ANOTHER GONG The Ocean Cruising Club has awarded eleven-time circumnavigator Jon Sanders with its OCC Lifetime Cruising Award. Jon is a CCA Blue Water Medal recipient, was awarded the AO OBE and Chichester Award in 1983, was inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame 1989 for 'service to sailing and to marine science' and the Single-handed Sailor's Hall of Fame in Newport USA. Jon completed his first solo circumnavigation in 1975-77, double circumnavigation continuously at sea in 1981-82 west to east via the Southern Ocean and was the first man to circumnavigate the Antarctic solo. In 1986-88 he completed a triple non-stop solo circumnavigation. On 3 November 2019, aged 80 he began his 11th solo circumnavigation, taking water samples daily, which will be analysed to determine the quantity of microplastics…

1 min.
boat brokerage launched

ONLINE auction site, Grays Online and d’Albora Marine have partnered to create an online boat sales platform. Boat owners will be able to access a mass market digital sales platform to sell via auction or private treaty, while still having the involvement of an experienced brokerage service. Buyers and sellers will also be able to benefit from d’Albora’s range of marine services including berthing, boatyard and repair and maintenance services. Grays Online chief operating officer, Jeff McLean, commented on the partnership, “Australian boat owners take on average between 6-12 months to sell their boat. This marketplace will enable a seven day auction process while maintaining d’Albora’s brokerage expertise.” D’Albora Marine provides specialist boat sales services from ten locations spread throughout New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. Offering buying or selling as well as…