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Cruising Helmsman January 2019

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.
everyone wins a prize!

IT HAS been over ten years now that Petrea McCarthy has been at the reins as Ideas Locker editor. October 2008 issue was her first. Since then she has managed to turn out two pages every month for more than 120 issues. A fine effort. Petrea, of course, would be the first to say she has been able to do this due to the generous community that is the Cruising Helmsman readership and the broader ‘church’ of cruising sailors around the world. Keep those cards and letters coming in folks. But you will notice that Petrea never slackens off, jump to page 52 and have a gander at her latest idea, it is Ideas Locker after all. Keeping it in the same vein as Ideas Locker, McCarthy is looking for people to submit what…

12 Min.

Boat Works expansion goes ahead THE Boat Works in the Gold Coast has doubled its footprint by adding a hardstand and extra marina berths. Australia’s first dry marina on an adjacent site to its current facility will effectively double its footprint to 43 hectares. To accommodate the increasing number of vessels including large monohulls and multihulls cruising the east coast annually, the out-of-water storage will accommodate up to 150 boats from 25 feet to 65', in a dedicated, fully-secure fenced precinct, complete with CCTV and on-site caretaker. According to general manager Shane Subichin, the new dry marina will provide “peace of mind for owners, being a safe haven from the elements. “With the commitment from the Gold Coast Waterways Authority to dredge the Coomera River, owners of keeled vessels can be confident they…

1 Min.

SAILING WORD PLAY Thanks to Lion Protect, every month Cruising Helmsman is giving away a bag of its best products courtesy of Australian agents ABS Technologies. Check out the link below and click through to the above-water protection on how the Lion Protect product range can save your hull gelcoat. The competition involves sending us a word or phrase that is either slightly humorously misspelt or has a different meaning other than its original. Each month, the entry that provides me with the best belly laugh or the largest compliment on its cleverness, will receive the swag of Lion Protect product worth $136.00! Neat huh? Our first winner is Sasha Shofay who has phizzed around with the old adage 'Jack of all trades', which could easily apply to the old sailor's nickname of…

4 Min.
letter of the month

SAILING STRAIGHT AND NARROW Dear Phil, I hope this finds you well. How quickly things can change in the blink of an eye. Not long ago my wife and I were cruising up the east coast of Australia with the intention of jumping across to New Caledonia and Vanuatu, along with our dog on board, on an adventurous disposition (sic). Now however, through a series of most unfortunate and regrettable events, I find myself a guest of Her Majesty at a big inland clubhouse for naughty yachties, with my cruising plans and dreams now temporarily on hold. I was grateful to score a job in the prison library and even more delighted to find an excellent selection of sailing books and magazines; notably, several years worth of CH. I can say happily that being able to…

14 Min.
crossing the strait: part two

WE HAD been on the water for three days and three nights by the time we reached Long Point; our 40 foot Adams-designed, Bluewater Cruising Yachts Polaris II was handling the conditions well. But, even with reliable forecasting the weather had occasionally thrown us a few surprises. Our three-person crew: skipper Rocket Robertson, his wife Margaret and me as their faithful sidekick, had worked well in the changeable conditions. As we prepared to leave the modest protection of Long Point north of Bicheno, however, we were about to encounter some more. TROUBLE OFF FREYCINET The anchor held fast and we departed Long Point after a surprisingly restful night, heading south towards Freycinet Peninsula. For no particular reason other than he had visited France not long before, the skipper set a tri-colour flag. The…

12 Min.
beyond the barrier

IT IS always exciting when you sail somewhere new that demands a fair bit of effort and an outer reef escapade rates high in our book. Sailing to secluded Great Barrier Reef sections most other visitors never get to see is a wondrous experience. A BIT ABOUT THE REEF Often called ‘rainforests of the sea’, shallow coral reefs form some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. They occupy less than 0.1 per cent of the world’s ocean surface, about half the area of France where I hail from, yet they provide a home for at least 25% of all marine species. Of all the coral reefs, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest in the world. It comprises over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1400 nautical miles along…