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Cruising Helmsman June 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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3 min.
beautiful isolation

DAY 90 of the Covid-19-enforced isolation for all Australians. Ninety days of separation from basic daily humanity. Where does the cruising sailor sit with all this? For some it is a doddle, I chatted with Lin Pardey and partner David on the yacht Sahula, moored, at the time, at Bobbin Head in Sydney’s Hawkesbury River. Both are well conditioned to spending inordinate amounts of time onboard a yacht. It is almost a treat to be holed up in such a glorious location, along with easy access to all the necessary facilities. It could be said that most sailors who love the life on the sea, can adapt quite easily to being told to stay at home and work and play from within a restricted location. I remember, after many years at sea crossing oceans…

4 min.
atl marches west for 40 years

ATL Composites is celebrating 40 years of operations, supplying composite products to the marine, automotive, industrial and construction industries in Australia and around the world. Paying tribute to the vision of founder, Arnie Duckworth, who established the business in New Zealand in 1977, plus the efforts, expertise and ingenuity contributed by ATL staff over the decades, director Nicholas Cossich said “without question, 40 years would have been impossible without the dedication, hard work and skill of our past and present talented staff who are very much looking forward to the future challenges and opportunities that our dynamic industry always presents.” The origins of the company are rooted in boat building, in the late 70s when Mr. Duckworth, an avid sailor, relocated to NZ after a period working for the legendary Gougeon Brothers…

1 min.
best of the web

GRETEL II 50 THIS YEAR She has been turning heads for 50 years as Australia’s third challenger for the America’s Cup back in 1970, Gretel II now resides in calmer waters of Hobart’s Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania cutting a fine figure out on the Derwent River. Often considered the faster yacht during that cup challenge she took a couple of races off the Bill Ficker skippered Intrepid, also considered one of the fastest 12 metre yachts built. Launched in Sydney 1970 for media magnate Sir Frank Packer, built by Bill Barnett to a design by Alan Payne. She was the last America’s Cup boat to be built of wood. She is now owned by NSW yachtsman Mike Maxwell who commissioned a major refit in New Zealand in 2009 Read her full story on…

2 min.
firefighter’s day on the water

Yachties took the opportunity to thank hundreds of volunteer firefighters and their families from brigades around Australia and took them sailing for a fantastic day on the water. Families arrived at event hubs for a morning barbecue before they stepped onboard a variety of boats, including active and cruising sailing vessels, and motor cruisers. Neil Driscoll, founder and managing director of Above and Beyond Boating who established this charity event, said it was amazing to see the boating community and volunteer firefighters come together for this day after months of preparation and discussions with multiple organisations to make it happen. “My wife and I started talking about this event after seeing the devastating fires and the impact it had upon the firefighters. “We came to the conclusion that although people signed up to…

1 min.
one year to go for shellharbour

Yachts of all shapes and sizes will start arriving at Shellharbour Marina at The Waterfront, Shell Cove in mid-2021. Work on the boat harbour and tourism precinct is progressing with hotel and tavern operators secured, piling for the inner harbour complete and piling underway in the outer harbour for the chandlery, boat storage, dry storage, service and maintenance facilities. Designed to accommodate all vessels up to 30 metres, the 270 berth marina is being delivered in three stages. The first 116 berths will be ready in mid-2021 with the second and third stages to be delivered in 2023 and 2025. Elsewhere in The Waterfront, Frasers Property will soon release the most premium apartments to date. The Nautilus building will enjoy a harbourside position. The Waterfront, Shell Cove is a master-planned community in a…

1 min.
tassie gets deserved gong

The MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival took out gold at the national Qantas Australian Tourism Awards for major festivals and events. Festival general manager Paul Stephanus said the festival thanked the 400-strong volunteers for its success. “The festival was up against the likes of Vivid Sydney, Darwin Festival and the National Museum of Australia – titans of the tourism industry,” he said. The MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival was last nominated for the award in 2015 and came runners-up. The Awards saw Tasmania take home 17 out of 25categories – more medals than any other state or territory. From its humble beginnings in 1994, the MyState Bank Australian Wooden Boat Festival has grown into the most significant event of its kind in Australia, while injecting an estimated $30 million into the…