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Cruising Helmsman December 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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editor’s 2018 wish list

AS we wheel in the last month of 2018 many of you would be aware of the section I publish every December: the Editor’s Christmas wish list. This is a personal report on products and services that I have used during the year and found to be of particular use; so much so that I offer them as an option to purchase for yourself or your significant other crewmember for the holiday season. In the main, they have either been provided to me for testing, or I purchased them. To give you an indication of how difficult it is to select which items are suitable to go in the list, there were 75 items promoted in our Essential Kit section over the past year, including this month. For my annual wish list I do…

10 Min.

SOLAS dinner adds to charity kitty THE Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s (CYCA) SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Trusts raised just under $30,000 at a dinner held at the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron (RSYS) recently. Among those attending were Sir James and Lady Joan Hardy, SOLAS Trusts chairman David Kellett and wife Kendi, Australian Sailing president Matt Allen, CYCA Commodore Paul Billingham and wife Jude accompanied by some CYCA directors and CEO, RSYS Commodore David Ward and treble Olympian Karyn Gojnich with husband John. Guest speaker for the night was Commander Marc Pavillard RAN, who was accompanied on the night by his wife Sarah. Commander Pavillard was an instrumental figure in the rescue of sailors in the 1998 Sydney Hobart, saving many lives as the winch coordinator in the Royal Australian Navy…

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SAILING WORD PLAY Thanks to Lion Protect, here is a chance to win a showbag of its cleaning and protection products, see the full description in Essential Kit on page 36. The idea is to take a well-known marine word or phrase and either associate a modern meaning to it or even alter its spelling to update it for the modern lifestyle. Naturally, the funniest each month will win one of these swags valued at $136.00. Here are a few ideas to get you started: • Naughtical: sexual watercourse• Take a bearing: propose to an Ursa• Albatross: Cruising Helmsman editor’s flighty uncle. Think you can do better? Then send your contributions to the editor: philross@yaffa.com.au. Good luck facebook.com/CruisingHelmsman…

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LETTER OF THE MONTH SINGAPORE STRAIT JACKET Hello Phil, A word of warning for those about to embark on a trip south of Singapore via the Singapore Strait. Recently we made a transit passage from the west to the east coast of Malaysia. On the way we were stopped by the Singapore police while transiting outside Singapore Port Limits. The Singapore Port Limits are plainly marked on the charts. The police let us know we were 66 metres inside Singapore waters. We were directed to turn 30 degrees starboard and proceed out 66 metres, this then put us into the traffic separation lane (going in our direction made it oncoming traffic). During the conversation yelled between vessels (not sure why the VHF radio was not used) we were asked if we had a chart and told…

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crossing the strait: part one

THE call came around the right time. I had just finished studying so I had a bit of spare time on my hands. December was a good month to head south and my friends had received a favourable weather report. If ever I was going to cross notorious Bass Strait, this was the moment. But, in the back of my mind lurked the words of my recently-passed father. He had run a marine business for over 50 years and in that time he had sailed or raced on almost everything that floated. But he had only ever done one overnight passage, when he crossed Bass Strait as part of a Melbourne to Devonport race. He told me afterwards it had been the worst 24 hours of his sailing life and he would…

15 Min.
washington’s axe

I HAD been planning for quite some time to take Redwing north to Boatworks on the Coomera River as I had heard very good reports, it seemed like just the place for an extended haulout. My first booking there had been in early March butthanks to a record flood and a river bar turned dangerous, I had delayed. Still, with a boat rotting out of control I knew I could not delay any longer. Besides, my partner Kerry was going to join me after the haulout and we were going to have a holiday afterwards with a week’s sailing on Moreton Bay. Redwing was going on her first cruise. Tuesday the 27th June dawned overcast and the discovery of more rot in the beamshelves just aft of the mast did nothing to…