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Cruising Helmsman March 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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3 Min.
free tickets!

SAILING movies are far and few between. As a cruising fraternity we know all too well that there are vast amounts of time where ‘action’ is not a word you would use to describe the experience. So most movies involving boats are usually in regard to war, or some sort of dramatic calamity, or a humorous, finger-pointing giggle at feigned, stuck-up pomposity with which sailing inexplicably appears to be pigeon-holed. From ‘Moby Dick’ to ‘Dove’ to ‘Captain Ron’, the yacht is usually the vehicle behind the story. In that respect it is a perfect vehicle. To highlight drama or comedy, what better way than to have it occurring on a boat in the middle of the ocean where there be sea monsters and all manner of incomprehensible dangers lurking. Quite amazed Stephen King…

2 Min.
clipper sticks with coppercoat

WHILE the Clipper Round the world yacht race was in Sydney, the race, where anyone can circumnavigate the globe, held a corporate day for its antifouling provider Coppercoat. Coppercoat antifouling was introduced more than 25 years ago with its promise to keep a hull foul-free for years if not decades. For the Clipper organisation, however, the decision to purchase Coppercoat was not just for the decade or more service life and resultant savings in maintenance, but also for its performance advantages. Through Sir Robin’s personal experience of Coppercoat being used in the restoration of his famous 1968 Golden Globe winning ketch Suhaili, Coppercoat was purchased for the Clipper training fleet and, from the success of that decision, Coppercoat was invited to partner with the current 2017/18 event. ABS Technologies, the Coppercoat agents for Australia,…

1 Min.
moorings online

EARLY last year, the Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) body introduced a web-based geographic information system (GIS) to assist in the management of mooring sites in the state. The GIS system has been extended to display MAST managed navigation aids as well as those owned and maintained by both Tas Ports and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Over 500 aids are now displayed. Future enhancement will be made to include other infrastructure: jetties, ramps etc., onto the GIS. Users can choose between a topographic map or aerial imagery. Layers can be added by clicking on moorings or navigation aids, a facility layer is to be added at a later date. Zoom into areas of interest using the same onscreen controls as Google Maps. To view item details, just click on the information pop up…

1 Min.
vital service running low

ACCORDING to the Boating Industry Association of Victoria the Victorian state government has been dragging its feet on delivering funding for Volunteer Marine Search and Rescue services. “Victorian boaters rely on a functional marine rescue service,” said Boating Industry Association of Victoria President, Mark Crockford. “We are concerned that funding for Volunteer Marine Rescue services in Victoria appears to be a low priority of the Andrews State Government. “There will be lives put at risk if we don’t get the funding situation sorted out this summer boating season. “Recreational boaters pay for this service out of the $27 million collected in marine licence and registration fees each year, so we have an expectation that sufficient funding will be provided.” The Boating Industry Association of Victoria was formed in 1961 and is the peak body…

1 Min.
anchorage marina upgrade

THE recently completed upgrade of Anchorage Marina at Port Stephens is intended to make it more enticing for cruising yachts by making it a destination for larger boats. Speaking at the opening of the new facilities at Corlette Point, Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer noted it was a new angle on the traditional fishing and sailing that Port Stephens was known for: “it’s about quality, not quantity, boat owners can get away from it all up here, knowing there are now modern and secure facilities specifically for boats their size.” The upgrade includes two new marina arms with 22 berths catering for larger boats between 16 metres to 20 metres (55’ to 66’). Berths of this size had not been easily accessible in Port Stephens before now. The new Anchorage Marina facilities…

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jovial jon closes the circle

Top story in the past month on the Cruising Helmsman Facebook page was a welcome home to Jon Sanders after completing his tenth global circumnavigation. A truly amazing person who clearly embodies the solo cruising spirit, changing his plans depending on the weather or the whim. He spent a long time in Sydney before finding the best weather to make the circle complete by returning to Carnarvon Western Australia fourteen months after leaving. Cruising Yacht Club of Australia members were the better off for his long stopover, with his smiling old salt demeanour and jovial bonhomie he would happily sit down next to anyone and join in conversation. At 78 years of age, we look forward eagerly to his next adventure. www.mysailing.com.au/cruising/jon-sanders-completes-tenth-circumnavigation-of-the-world facebook.com/CruisingHelmsman…