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Cruising Helmsman April 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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in the lap of…

BY the time this editorial has been read the New South Wales state election will have been held in the previous month and the state government will already be doing its job. When I wrote this editorial the NSW Labor leader, Michael Daley, had just announced he will hit the “wealthiest in society” with added stamp duty on luxury cars and boats to pay for his signature health promise to fund more nurses and midwives. While I have absolutely no desire to get into a debate about politics, I was intrigued about the linking of owning a boat as an indicator of being ‘wealthy’. Labor announced, if elected, the proposed (now law?) increase in stamp duty would place a $7 levy on every $100 (7% added duty) paid for a car costing…

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Thanks to Lion Protect, every month this summer Cruising Helmsman has been giving away the full range of Lion Protect products, worth $136.00, courtesy of the Australian agents ABS Technologies. This month’s sees the end of the competition. The competition involves sending us a word or phrase that is either slightly humorously misspelt or has a different meaning other than its original. Here are Brian Wiley’s awesomely extensive winning entries: Spreader: a cruising yachtie that eats too much. Backstay: someone who remains too long after sundowners. Bobstay: a backstay that has been forcibly removed by throwing overboard. Running backstay: a backstay that who has taken the hint to return to their own boat. Cunningham: a clever actor. A tiller: a person who insists on getting their own way. Derived from Attila the Hun. Rhumb line: the shortest distance between…

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cavalier builder passes on

GUY Keon passed away on the 1st. of February at the age of 80. He was still sailing as regularly as his health permitted out of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. Guy is survived by six kids and 14 grandchildren, plus too many boats to count! His builds included the Cavalier 26, 28, 32 then the 975 and the 37 amongst other small projects. The much-loved Cav. 28s are still an active association and regularly race on Sydney Harbour. He will also be remembered as the builder of Kay Cottee’s First Lady, which is on permanent display at the Australian Maritime Museum. The wake at the CYCA was held on a Tuesday that, fittingly, was his sailing day. According to his son Sam, “he sailed away peacefully from us after a bit of…

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beneteau excess launched at boot

NEW South Wales Beneteau dealer Flagstaff Marine has been announced as the agency for Beneteau’s latest range of catamarans called Excess. Beneteau are claiming that the Excess range is a modern, aesthetic, efficient yacht that is both fast on the water while looking good. Simplicity is the essence of its design utilising a light interior with lots of window space on cedar and white blend woodwork. Its high aspect ratio rig provides the speed, combined with light construction using titanium and dyneema rope. As its signature, all Excess hulls are in a deep gray colour. On the spacious aft cabin the bimini roof can be slid out of the way providing a clear view of the sky or closed to provide protection. Currently there are two models released: a twelve metre and a fifteen metre. The…

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wa cruising guide updated

THE Western Australian Cruising Guide has been updated to version 5.2 and is downloadable, again without charge. According to the guide’s author there have been many changes since edition 5.1 was issued 12 months ago, so it is well worth updating your copy. Fremantle Sailing Club’s Western Australian Cruising Guide is regarded as the coastal cruising bible for WA, covering the coast from Darwin to Eucla, including the Christmas and Cocos Islands. This book is a definite ‘must have’, especially for cruising the Kimberley, with over 600 pages, 220 chartlets and many interesting colour photos. The main source of information for this guide is feedback from the hundreds of sailors who have shared their knowledge of this largely unexplored part of the coast. The guide is available in two electronic formats, downloadable without…

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letter of the month

UNCHARTED ROCKS WHAT all sailors dread: fog and uncharted rocks. At our second morning anchored in Bass Strait’s West Bay we explored Rum Island while a bank of fog sat low on the far distant west horizon. When it began drifting closer we packed away our toys and boarded Banyandah for a run back around the island. We have visited this area a number of times and know its shores are encumbered with off-lying rocks, so we are cautious. Not very long after lifting our hook and clearing the first point going north, which has some above water rocks jutting out from it, the fog closed in surprisingly quick. In no time at all vision past the bow of our ship was diminished. I (Jack) was at the helm and made a turn to…