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Cruising Helmsman October 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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doing the boat show wrap

ANOTHER boat show done and work begins for exhibitors on the follow-up of leads, chasing potentials and hopefully getting some contracts signed. Looking at it from a visitor’s standpoint there was certainly plenty of interesting yachts to view. Beneteau presented a stand of 13 boats from its power as well as sail range, it included one world premiere and three Australian debuts. Beneteau’s dealers, based in different parts of Australia, had all gathered at the show and the number of the models they claim to have sold on-site was near ten. It was the Oceanis 46.1 that had her world debut in Sydney; meanwhile the bigger sister, the Oceanis 51.1, had her Australian premiere at the show. Once again Beneteau’s joint general manager, Gianguido Girotti, provided some time to discuss the latest thinking in…

2 Min.
aussie tuck top of the heap

IT was always well-known that Australian Wendy Tuck was a good sailor, but now she has the results to prove it. With her Clipper Round the world yacht race crew on board Sanya Serenity Coast, Wendy is the first woman to claim overall first place in that gruelling yacht race. The first woman to win any round the world race. During the time the Clipper fleet were in Sydney, just before Christmas, Cruising Helmsman conducted a competition thanks to the cooperation of Coppercoat Australia. A number of our lucky readers won a day sail experience with Wendy and her crew on board Sanya. It was an awesome experience made even sweeter with the knowledge that the boat and skipper requested by Coppercoat Australia for this experience, ended up being the winning…

2 Min.
safe harbour finally underway

THE Snug Cove Safe Harbour marina project in the Port of Eden is underway with wave attenuator design and alignment finalised and preliminary works commenced. A drilling barge has arrived and is getting ready for work. Snug Cove, Eden is close to Bass Strait and is the only deepwater port between Sydney and Melbourne. The Snug Cove project has no connection with the marina project that has been proposed for Cattle Bay in the Port of Eden. The aim of the project is to provide an economic benefit for Eden and to improve the amenity and safety of boating in southern NSW. John Leman, from International Marina Consultants, was engaged by Port of Eden Marina (POEM) and has developed a number of marina concepts, working closely with the government attenuator project team on…

2 Min.
more reef moorings announced

BOATIES visiting the southern Great Barrier Reef are encouraged to use 23 new public moorings recently installed to help minimise anchor damage to coral and other sensitive habitats at popular reef and island locations in the Capricorn-Bunker Group and Keppel Bay. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) field management program assistant director Mark Read said using public moorings was an important action visitors could take to help protect the reef, “public moorings provide opportunities for tourism and recreational vessels to safely and securely access individual reefs while preventing harm to these sensitive environments,” Dr Read said. “Dropping an anchor into coral may only take a second, but will cause long-lasting or even irreparable damage to a reef.” This latest round of new moorings follows the installation of 60 additional public moorings and…

1 Min.
container loss investigation continues

Remember those containers that went overboard from a ship off Newcastle in early June? Well the preliminary report from the Australian Transport Safety bureau was published this last month and it received a lot of interest from our online readers. The ATSB is investigating the loss of cargo containers overboard involving YM Efficiency, near Port Stephens, New South Wales. On 1 June 2018, the 269 metre long container ship was off the coast of New South Wales, destined for Port Botany. Shortly after midnight, while sailing through rough weather, the vessel rolled and pitched heavily, resulting in substantial movement of the cargo containers. Of the 2,252 containers on board, 83 were lost overboard and an additional 30 containers moved or were damaged. There was no reported damage to the vessel. The initial…

2 Min.
abell point serves its last straw

WITH over 500 million plastic straws being discarded every day globally and each straw taking up to 450 years to start to degrade, the team at Abell Point Marina felt like it was time to take environmental action. In an overwhelming response, all five marina food venues have committed to becoming plastic straw free. Abell Point Marina is now the first marina in Australia to have all its venues plastic straw free. Hemingway’s, Lure, The Kiosk Café, Bohemian Raw Café and Sorrento Restaurant & Bar have all taken the pledge to no longer provide plastic straws in beverages and only provide paper straws on request. Nicole Nash, marine biologist and founder of The Last Straw Great Barrier Reef explains, “Abell Point Marina is not only the first marina in Queensland, but the first…