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Cruising Helmsman

Cruising Helmsman April 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.
farewell, sis

THERE has been a lot happening in the sailing industry of late. Most is not particularly pleasing as it involves the publishing industry of which I am a part. While the readership of this magazine consists predominantly of cruising folk who have no interest in our racing brethren, there are some of you who may have noted that CHs sister, Australian Sailing, is no longer published by Yaffa Media. A yacht racing publication since 1976, AS predated CH by some five years. It came out at a time when Australian sailors were gaining traction around the world. First in dinghy racing and then in offshore. During its forty year tenure, AS had only four editors. As a budding young sailor I would hang out for each issue, it was unashamedly Australian-focussed and included fantastic…

1 Min.
wa guide now online only

NOW in its fifth edition, the Fremantle Sailing Club’s Western Australian Cruising Guide has been published online. Regarded as the coastal cruising bible for WA, it covers the coast from Darwin to Eucla and includes the Christmas and Cocos Islands. The book is a definite ‘must-have’, especially for cruising the Kimberley, with over 600 pages, 220 chartlets and many interesting colour photos. The unique identity of the guide is due to its main source of information provided as feedback from the hundreds of sailors who have shared their knowledge of this part of the Australian coast. The fifth edition is a major revision of the previous, including dozens of new diagrams and several hundred new items of information. The guide is freely available online, downloadable in two electronic formats: pdf file or an ePub…

1 Min.
wildlife photography winners on display

ONE hundred extraordinary images, celebrating the diversity of the natural world is currently on loan from the Natural History Museum in London and on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year award is a prestigious photography event that has provided a global platform, showcasing the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights, for over 50 years. Winning images are selected for creativity, originality and technical excellence. Originally launched in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives almost 50,000 entries from 92 countries highlighting its enduring appeal. Kevin Sumption, director of the Australian National Maritime Museum, said the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition held broad appeal due to its rich subject matter showcasing the diversity of life. “This is one of the most innovative and…

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recognition for amazing efforts

HAPPY to report two sailors who featured in Cruising Helmsman have been awarded by the Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) for their achievements in bluewater sailing over the past 18 months. The recipients of these awards were selected from among those nominated by OCC members. The Club’s premier award, the OCC Barton Cup, named after Humphrey Barton founder of the OCC, went to Germany’s Susanne Huber-Curphey, the first woman to navigate the Northwest Passage singlehanded. Susanne completed her passage “with great style, ability and perseverance, beating many experienced crew who were way ahead. She provided all support and immense friendship to others, even when her own resources were at their limits.” Susanne’s feat appeared in early issues of CH thanks to letters she sent to contributor Jim Duff. The OCC Seamanship Award, which recognises…

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indonesia seeks to welcome more yachts

THE Indonesian government is constructing marina expansions to take advantage of its vast coastline, the second largest in the world, according to Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS). The south east Asian country wishes to attract more cruising yachts, especially superyachts to its spectacular islands and abundant natural beauty. Now the government has executed some plans, some already in effect, to ease yacht visitors’ arrival and departure. President Joko Widodo has announced that Indonesia will build up to ten ports in a push for maritime tourism, including cruise ship ports and marinas. The government has sought to develop other toursim destinations for yachting, cruising and diving. The Raja Ampat Islands in West Papua, for example, are home to the planet’s most diverse fish and coral resources and have been named by CNN among ‘the world’s best…

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gathering again

THE first two months of 2018 saw the Women Who Sail Australia (WWSA) group celebrate several milestones. Throughout January, women around Australia, plus some in SE Asia, met for local celebrations to mark the group’s fourth birthday. The group then celebrated the addition of their 2500th member with a week of giveaways and prizes. This April, members will once again converge on Port Stephens for the third annual WWSA ‘Gathering on the bay’. The success of the two previous Gathering events has resulted in the weekend conference for women being stretched to become a threeday event from 6th to 8th April for 2018. The Gathering will be held at Nelson Bay and is open to all women interested in boating. Guest speakers include solo, Antarctic circumnavigator and world record holder Lisa Blair; along…