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Cruising Helmsman January 2018

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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pitch and yaw?

WAY back in February 2016 Cruising Helmsman ran an article submitted by Pantaenius Insurance regarding navigation practices and how insurance companies view the difference between digital and hard copy charting on board. It started a long running series of letters and further articles that has been going on for nearly two years now involving over fifteen submissions from readers and insurance brokers alike. Clearly an issue of importance. Luckily most people were in agreeance as to the importance of making sure you not only carry paper charts at all times; but you also have them properly updated with latest Notices to mariners. In the arena of yacht racing, where the issue of speed is the imperative, we are still seeing where not keeping a proper ‘weather eye’ on your paper chart can lead…

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port stephens’ bigger anchorage

OWNERS of larger boats on the New South Wales coast will be happy to hear about 22 new berths available at Anchorage Marina in Port Stephens, as of December 2017. Works have started in earnest to upgrade marina facilities and install an entire new marina arm specifically for larger boats sized 17 metres to 20 metres (56 to 66 feet). Existing docks have been removed to create room for the new arm, providing space for longer motor and sailing yachts to manoeuvre. Old pilings have also been removed and replaced with new. Contractors are also upgrading the fuel dock, allowing boats up to 30m to sail in and tie up for refuelling. New marina manager, Patrick Whetter, has seen the growth of demand for larger, more luxurious yachts over the last few years…

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seawind weekend hit

MULTIHULL Central held its Sydney Harbour regatta last October. The fleet included ten Seawind catamarans a Corsair trimaran, a Schionning and GBE, with an Aquila 44 powercat hosting media for a weekend of fun racing, waterside partying and dining. But the event was more than just an excuse to party. It kicked off with a ‘How to trim sails on a multihull’ workshop, hosted by Multihull Central’s Peter Backhouse who, along with his team, commission new boat deliveries. The fleet then hit the harbour with a robust sail enjoying 20 knot to 25 knot winds, followed by a waterfront party at Multihull Central’s marina headquarters. Once the sun went down, a screening of the SEAbbatical film festival, which débuted at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show this year, was projected onto an outdoor…

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jeanneau gets robbed

JEANNEAU has seen its latest sailboat model, the Sun Odyssey 490, recognised by a prestigious international magazine: Robb Report. Each year, Robb Report Spain publishes its ‘Best of the best’ list for 24 categories, including wine, jewellery, real estate and aeronautics. At the awards night, Jeanneau received its listing as ‘Best boat’. The award underscores the work by the Jeanneau designers: Philippe Briand naval architect and interior designer Jean-Marc Piaton to produce a yacht including a few design changes not seen previously in other production yachts. The Sun Odyssey 490 utilises standard innovations seen on production yachts nowadays, such as: a full length chine; secure and separate helm stations; twin rudders; standard retractable bow thruster; cathedral rigging; L-shaped keel and an integrated bowsprit. However, an entirely different feature has been designed into the…

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beneteau cup kicks on

GIVEN the forecast, it was good to see a healthy 37 entries this year for the 26th running of the Beneteau Cup in Sydney Harbour. This meant around 240 skippers and crew took part, beginning with champagne and croissants before the race briefing ashore. Despite rainy and squally conditions, two races were run during the day for the two non-spinnaker divisions and one spinnaker division. The yachts managed to sail the width and breadth of the harbour for the best scenic route. In non-spinnaker division A, Flying Cloud owned by Howard Piggott took first place followed by John and Kim Clinton’s Holy Cow with Belle Époque, Gareth Jones, third. Jones had only taken delivery of his boat a few weeks ago and was competing in his first Beneteau Regatta. Division B was won…

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best of the web

MYSAILING.COM.AU/CRUISING DODGY DUO? Of the top twenty stories over the past month, eleven where found in the cruising pages of mysailing.com.au. Of those eleven, six were in the top eight! So what did our readership find so intriguing this month? Once again it was disaster stories. The continuing story regarding the rescue of two sailors and their dogs from a yacht just off Japan. Almost immediately questions were raised about the veracity of these two sailors story. It did not ring true with cruising sailors from around the globe and the online world was a-twitter with facts, factoids and suppositions regarding the what was the truth. IMPORT IMBROGLIO The top story for the month was an investigative piece about the imprecise knowledge of regulators re Australia’s rules when exporting or importing a yacht; hence its interest…