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Cruising Helmsman August 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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festina lente

GIVEN it is the month of August I thought it might be relevant to start off with a quote from the person after which this month is named: Augustus Caesar. Festina lente, or ‘make haste slowly’ is probably his most famous quote and what a perfect one it is for the cruising sailor. It reminds me of a corollary I heard often used in the armed forces: “hurry up and wait.” However, this quote is slightly different. It hints at the whole concept of going cruising: you want to get somewhere, that is fine but make sure you do it properly and fully prepared otherwise you shall rush into a disaster. Who knew Imperator Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus Augustus, the adopted son of Julius Caesar and the first Roman Emperor, took the time…

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fleet enjoy the beneteau pittwater cup

A RECORD 28 Beneteaus of all ages and sizes took to Pittwater for the 18th. annual Beneteau Cup. Typically sailed in light nor’easter’s this year was not different. 170 skippers and crew needed to keep a keen eye to propel their craft around the course. Some of the Beneteaus on display were just three weeks old, while others had 30 something years of water under the keel. Eleven of the Beneteau fleet competed in the spinnaker division, which shows a growing trend to take on the larger sails; with the remainder opting for the non-spinnaker division. They ranged from 23 to 50 feet in length and were a grand sight as they motored up to the start at Taylors Point. After wind delays, division one got away cleanly and out came the kites.…

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boat bnb closer to reality

BEDS on Board, the sharing economy platform that connects guests and owners for stays on boats, moved a step closer to being welcomed into the marketplace. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) released the consultation draft of the proposed ‘Marine Safety (Short term marina accommodation) Exemption 2018’. The exemption will enable owners of private vessels berthed in marinas to rent their boats out as overnight accommodation and in doing so offset some of their costs of ownership. This use has not been permissible to date under Australian maritime law. The exemption, when finalised, will pave the way for the program to proceed. Darren Vaux, Australian director of Beds on Board said, “we have been working with AMSA and the industry for over a year to develop a sensible regulatory framework for this…

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four days of records broken

EXHIBITORS are claiming millions of dollars in sales across the four days of the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and organisers report visitor numbers were up ten per cent. It was not until the final day four of the 30th anniversary show when the weather was at its best to draw the total up to 45,866 people through the gates from Thursday to Sunday. Organisers said 2018 was one of the biggest shows yet, with 180 boats on water and 275 boats on land, along with more than 300 individual exhibitors. “It’s been a great event,” said SCIBS general manager Johan Hasser, “visitor numbers are up on last year and our exhibitors have benefitted with many generating major sales results,” he said. “We can’t wait to do it all again next year.” The 31st…

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best of the web

MYSAILING.COM.AU/CRUISING AROUND THE WEB TAKE NOTE - TAKE CARE It has been a busy last few months out on the waters around the world. On our statistics of the top stories on the mysailing.com.au website the top news stories were all disasters. Either it has been a dangerous sailing time or you readers are a morbid lot! Here is the list of recent marine disasters that topped our readership stats: yachtsman dies in Port Phillip race; freak wave sinks boat, throws skipper into water at Ballina Bar; Australian cruising family stalked by pirates off Yemen; three yachties rescued off South African coast after yacht sinks; six row to safety in punctured dinghy after catamaran sinks; John Fisher lost during Volvo Ocean Race; Banque Populaire capsizes off coast of Morocco and finally the Cheeki Rafiki owner…

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merchant marine piracy still a problem

PIRACY events off the Horn of Africa doubled last year compared to the year before, according to the annual ‘State of piracy’ report released by One Earth Future (OEF)’s Oceans Beyond Piracy program, indicating Somali criminal networks are still capable of sophisticated attacks. Overall incidents in the Latin America and Caribbean region increased by 160 per cent, indicating the opportunistic nature of actors in the region. Piracy continues to pose a threat in the Gulf of Guinea despite a broad array of countermeasures implemented by coastal states and maritime security companies. Kidnap-for-ransom incidents in Asia decreased by 80%, in large part due to the effective cooperation by regional law enforcement actors. Maritime crime in Latin America and the Caribbean is also on the rise. The piracy situation in Asia improved considerably in 2017, with…