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Cruising Helmsman March 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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hindsight is 19/19

HERE we are in the month of March, while you are reading this Tasmania’s My State Wooden Boat Festival will have come and gone. But, while I am writing this, I am preparing to pack my bags and head down to Hobart for the festival! Such is the nature of publishing. While on the subject of chronology I hope this month’s headline did not confuse too many. It just struck me as interesting that the publishing of Cruising Helmsman began in 1981, which means this year of 2019 makes the final year of the 20th century, the year 2000 for all you chronological pedants, exactly halfway in the timeline of its existence: nineteen years either side of 2000. Does it signify anything? Nope, but it does exude a warm sense of balance…

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helping hands for hans

MANY people already know of legend Hans Clemmenson and right now he could use some help with transport of his solar equipment if any yachts are planning to head to Papua New Guinea. Setting off for PNG in August, he is after any yacht that would like to assist with his ‘Louisiade solar light project’. Clemmenson has so many solar panels, batteries and cabling he cannot carry the load by himself. Over the last two years Hans has installed lights in 18 villages throughout the archipelago and hopes to help over eight villages this year. Overall the solar project has installed lighting in 60 hamlets. Hans has been sailing the Pacific for 24 years and Papua New Guinea for 19 years. In 2013 he started the Louisiade solar light project. Hans collects…

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disabled sailing boost in thailand

OCEAN Marina Yacht Club have invested in Thailand’s burgeoning disabled sailing scene with the purchase of eight SV14 boats from Fareast Yachts. A two-person modern dinghy, the SV14 is designed for people with disabilities and is the result of a global collaborative design and build effort initiated by Peter Jacops, founder of Disabled Sailing Thailand, lead by Simonis Voogd Design and built by Fareast Yachts in China. This kick-start to the class in Thailand by the Pattaya-based yacht club will be a precursor with the intent to host the Thailand Open Parasailing Championship at next year’s Top of the Gulf Regatta. www.oceanmarinayachtclub.com.…

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tribute to larry’s favoured charity

“THIS book launched my cruising dream,” stated the editor of Sail Magazine, “and it probably launched 50,000 others as well.” ‘Cruising in Seraffyn’ became an instant best seller when it was first published and is now considered a cruising classic. After its authors, Lin and Larry Pardey, had been voyaging for more than 47 years and 210,000 miles, including both east about and west about circumnavigations, Larry’s health began to fail. Parkinson’s and encroaching dementia brought them back to settle at their home base in a small cove on Kawau Island in New Zealand. One of Larry’s great joys, over the six years before he required full time professional care, was watching the youngsters from Camp Bentzon, which shares their cove as they learned to sail, kayak, and discovered the joys and…

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Thanks to Lion Protect, every month this summer Cruising Helmsman is giving away the full range of Lion Protect products courtesy of the 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 you time. This summer 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 receives the largest compliment on its cleverness, will receive the range of Lion Protect product worth $136.00! Our thanks to ABS Technologies for its generosity. This month’s winning entry is from Deborah Dewhirst from Tasmania. Well done Deb, contact ABS and organise for your prize…

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coral sea and abell point

ABELL Point Marina’s owner Paul Darrouzet has purchased the Coral Sea Resort next door to the marina. The move is seen as the next step in a plan to continue developing Abell Point as a leading international marina. Over recent years the marina has undergone a $30 million upgrade to now host 520 wet berths, with the ability to accommodate vessels up to 80 metres in length alongside award-winning restaurants and recreational venues and services. A manicured 2.5 hectare garden opened at the start of last year, so the marina already boasts a resort-like feel. The addition of Coral Sea Resort’s boutique accommodation adds an array of facilities: an award-winning oceanfront restaurant, a private dining seaside gazebo, cocktail lounge, fitness room, private jetty, 25 metre pool, wedding chapel, 200 seat function room,…