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Cruising Helmsman June 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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g’day sis

A COUPLE of issues back, my ‘From the helm’ editorial was titled ‘Farewell sis’, which bid a heartfelt adieu to our sister publication Australian Sailing. It was interesting to see so many letters and e-mails arrive in my inbox, reassuring me that print publications are still the favoured choice amongst our readers. Just one of those representative letters can be found on page 9. But my title today is not about that topic. As if to prove my point, in April a new sailing magazine is being published and, despite what might first be thought, I welcome Sistership magazine with open arms. When people write to Cruising Helmsman congratulating it on disseminating information to the cruising fraternity, they often talk about this special ‘club’ that we all belong to. Connected by our love…

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Clipper race tops a remarkable year for Abell Point LESS than a year after the devastation of Cyclone Debbie, Abell Point Marina at Airlie played host to leg five of the Clipper Round the world yacht race. Arriving in January this year, just nine months after Debbie, twelve Clipper 70 yachts took over marina arm M and enjoyed the delights of the ‘Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival’ for the ensuing two weeks. After the official arrival at Airlie township, where the mayor of the city provided them the ‘key’ and said they could do whatever they wanted, the crews and visitors took advantage of the functions planned and the sights to see at the Whitsundays and surrounds. The next day was a chance to put on the good gear and catch the ferry to the…

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best of the web

MYSAILING.COM.AU/CRUISING LOGOF Lose one get one free, or at least for the price of a dollar. One Colorado couple lost their yacht and most of their belongings when the yacht hit something and sank in Florida recently. An extremely good samaritan decided to let them buy one of his yachts for $1 to get back to the good life. http://www.mysailing.com.au/cruising/good-samaritan-replaces-sunk-cruising-boat-for-1. PARDEY POOPER A story from Lin Pardey always rates well on the mysailing website. This one about entering the notorious Mooloolaba bar under tow and getting pooped is an exceptionally good tale from the Taleisin that almost had Lin deciding to retire from sailing. Originally appeared in the September 2017 Cruising Helmsman. http://www.mysailing.com.au/cruising/won-t-you-come-home-bill-bailey-the-wave-that-was-waiting. facebook.com/CruisingHelmsman…

4 Min.
letter of the month

I GOT THE MANIA Dear Phil, Thank you for publishing the very nice picture of me and my friend Ian Hansen but I am not sure if Peter Mounsey, or I, should be more insulted. Peter for the fact you didn’t recognise it was not him, or me for you thinking I looked 88. But seriously I should not be confused with a genuine sailing legend like Peter. I have known both Peter and Ian from our short-handed association days and their recent voyages in Smoky Cape should be celebrated and acclaimed. Regards ANDREW PURNELL Ed sheepishly replies: thanks for the correction Andrew. In the good old days I could have blamed such an error on a sub-editor but, sadly, those days are gone and I must ‘fess up to the mea culpa. JERVIS MOORINGS RESPONSE In the Letters…

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head into history

THE coral and fishing might not have quite lived up to the expectations of some crew, but all 27 participants from 13 yachts that participated in the inaugural Andaman Islands Yacht carnival, 20th February to 21st March, agreed the whole experience was superb. For our crew on board Bali Hai, a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 44i, the attraction of the Andamans is a curious mix made up of love of all things Indian, its fascinating history as a penal colony, its amazing anthropological curiosity with tribespeople still living traditionally and untainted, the pristine beaches and gin-clear waters; but mostly it is the sheer exhilaration of travelling to somewhere so untouched, isolated and far away from the effects of tourism. There are very few places within SE Asia where you can completely escape from…

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anti-piracy protection what does it take?

WHEN the boss says that he wants his five million dollar, 43 metre luxury sailing yacht delivered from Thailand to Palma de Mallorca in Spain so that it can begin a winter refit as soon as possible, then there is really no other way to get the boat there except for going through the high risk area (HRA) for piracy: the Arabian Sea, through the Red Sea and then the Suez Canal. Although the peak for piracy incidents was several years ago there is still a high potential for piracy in this area. The reason attacks do not appear that often now is more due to the security measures taken by most vessels that transit this area and the constant naval patrols by coalition forces, than lack of threats. The publication, ‘Best…