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Cruising Helmsman May 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.
before the memes

SO HERE we are in one of the month’s of the year that is also a verb. It is actually the way I remember when I started working here at Yaffa Media. My first day of work began on the unofficial ‘Star Wars day’, the 4th of May; as in ‘may the fourth be with you!’ Look it up for all you science fiction movie know-nothings. It is called a mnemonic, pronounced ‘nemonic’ with a silent ‘m’. Simple little verses or phrases that are used to assist in remembering something. We use these a lot in sailing. My favourite, which sadly is no longer quite as relevant, was taught to me when I was learning navigation. It is the simple navigation mnemonic: not much red port left in the can. Cleverly using a reference…

2 Min.
get your advanced skipper certification

FOLLOWING a ‘soft’ launch during the boat show season last year, the Advanced Skipper online boating course introduced by the Boating Industry Association (BIA) is now open to the boating public. Howard Glenn, BIA chief executive officer, outlined the development of the project and how the boating industry can engage with it in order to encourage safer boating practices and gain access to the local boating market. Advanced Skipper comprises a number of learning modules which test boaters’ knowledge of typical on-water situations. If they pass, members hold the Advanced Skipper qualification for five years and become eligible for a range of benefits and special offers. It costs $55 to register. The scheme is designed for boaters who may already have some on-water skills and knowledge but who would benefit from…

1 Min.
tahiti pearl regatta this may

TAHITI Tourisme and Air Tahiti Nui are, once again, supporting the Tahiti Pearl Regatta now in its 15th year. The Tahiti Pearl Regatta is the largest sailing event in the South Pacific and will run this May from the 7th to the 13th May. The event is held in the waters of the archipelago of the Society Islands, which includes the islands of Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha’a. This sailing competition is for those who want to challenge their own sailing skills or be involved in the excitement of the event by emerging in a rich program of festivities: exhibitions of local crafts, projections of documentaries on past editions, demonstrations of traditional Polynesian sports, tastings of local dishes and dining under the stars. Billed as a festive regatta there…

1 Min.
all the oceans

BACK in the heady days of yacht racing in International Offshore Rule yachts, there was one name that often stood at the top of the design tree: Ron Holland. Now, forty years on, Ron has decided it was time to “tell-all” and what a rollicking, fun ride it is. Subtitled ‘Designing by the seat of my pants’ perfectly describes the innate talent that Holland had for making a yacht go fast and look pretty. Like a lot of racing yacht designers that rose during the 1970s and 80s, that shook the rather solid pedestal of what was accepted as fast, Ron and his ilk where not classically trained in naval architecture. As a child, Ron had always been fascinated with voyages of exploration under sail; as he grew he noted a natural…

2 Min.
catalinas take off

THE 13th annual Catalina yacht owners rendezvous was held at Lake Macquarie Yacht Club in beautiful Belmont. The gathering kicked off on Friday afternoon with Catalina’s turning up to dock at the LMYC and enjoy a happy hour along with a buffet barbecue. Commodore of the LMYC and Catalina 36 owner Bill Chaseling, Windchaser, welcomed the 14+ strong fleet at the Saturday morning briefing. A special welcome was made for the crew of Cool Change a Catalina 320 sailed down to the lake from her home port of Port Macquarie by her owner Teddy Clausen and first mate Mick. The helpful LMYC Race Committee and every other expert on site had no idea what the weather would bring, so a default plan of a motor sail around the course taking in the…

2 Min.
dreams into cruising memories

THE Down Under Go East Rally, which sails each year in May from the Gold Coast to New Caledonia, is helping many cruising yacht owners to broaden their horizons and make their first ocean passage. The added bonus being the discoveries and rewards that come with cruising in the islands of the south west Pacific Ocean. Last year 23 Australian registered vessels, a mix of both monohulls and catamarans set sail with the Down Under Rally and made the 800 nautical mile ocean passage to New Caledonia. For more than 90 per cent of the fleet this was to be their first multiple day ocean passage. By all reports many entrants said they would not have made the adventure if not for the information and support the Down Under Rally provided. Many…