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Cruising Helmsman

Cruising Helmsman May 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.
make a stand

LAST month I wrote about the concern I had regarding the rise of sailing being seen as ‘elitist’. Yes, it has always been ridiculed in movies and literature as wealthy prats gallivanting on the water with champagne in hand and wearing silly hats on presumptuous-sized ‘boats’, but last month my concern was the perception being acted upon by political parties for electoral gain. The New South Wales Labor Party proposed a new policy initiative to tax the “wealthiest in society”. Added stamp duty would be placed on yachts starting with 3.8 per cent on a $200,000 boat then increasing as the price rose. I railed in my editorial that there are plenty of low-income earners who own boats easily making the threshold. It appeared to be a push to gain votes purely by…

1 Min.
too late to win

The April issue saw the end of our summer competition in conjunction with Lion Protect, thanks to ABS Technologies. For your enjoyment here are the other entries that either did not make the cut or were received too late: Angus Firestorm: Spa-lash, the sound a failed mutineer makes as they exit the boat. Bob Aird: Antifoul, a protesting chook. John Rickard: Seawind, air detected by nostrils of a monohull sailor when being passed by a catamaran. This marks the end of this competition but I am more than happy to keep receiving such clever entries. Feel free to send me your suggestions. Meanwhile, thanks to ABS Technologies for the sponsorship, find out all about the Lion Protect range here: marine.abs-technologies.com.au. facebook.com/CruisingHelmsman…

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margate marina’s redevelopment surges ahead

FOLLOWING the commissioning of the first 50 berths at Margate Marina Tasmania last October, construction has recommenced with the 150 metre major extension of the attenuator/breakwater and the next 73 berths. The attenuator/breakwater extension includes a 90m southern extension and a right-angled 60m westward arm that will provide additional berthing security to the marina. The additional floating 73 berths will include individual 10m, 12m, 15m, 18m, 20m, 25m, 30m, 35m and 40m berths. Considered the largest range of berth sizes of any marina in Tasmania and the only marina in Tassie providing dedicated individual pens for larger vessels including superyachts. All berths have been specially engineered for the site conditions and will be complete with power, water and CCTV monitoring. The boating community has already shown strong demand with around 90 per cent of…

2 Min.
musket cove regatta takes aim at charity

THE dates are set and the planning is in place for the 37th. Fiji Regatta Week: September 13th. to 19th. Staged by the Musket Cove Yacht Club, located on Malolo Lailai Island off mainland Fiji’s west coast, Regatta Week has a long-standing reputation for being the most fun in the sun for any sailors when under sail in the Pacific. The regatta’s formula for success, which has evolved over the past 36 years, is built around excellent tradewind racing on well-planned courses that take in nearby tropical islands; sailing matched only by the best onshore fun to be had. Early indications are that a fleet of more than 110 monohulls and multihulls hailing from points all around the Pacific will be there. That converts to some 300 participants, family, friends and crew,…

3 Min.
ch writers sweep cruising awards

THE Ocean Cruising Club (OCC) announced its 2018 recipients of awards recognising achievements in bluewater sailing over the past 18 months. Top awards went to sailors who have featured in Cruising Helmsman. The Club’s premier award, the OCC Barton Cup named after OCC founder Humphrey Barton, went to Australian Bill Hatfield onboard L‘Eau Commotion, for his recently-completed westabout single-handed circumnavigation, which included a particularly difficult and protracted passage around Cape Horn. Reported in Cruising Helmsman in December 2018, his voyage took him south of the great capes, with just one stop in the Falkland Islands after sustaining damage to rig and steering. That was not the first time that Bill had made the Falkland retreat as he had been forced to do the same in the voyage that led to him winning the…

9 Min.
letter of the month

SAILING WITH THE NAVY LARK Serving with the Royal New Zealand Navy on a warship at the far east station of Hong Kong Naval base in 1958 we were invited to enter a dinghy crew in the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club’s regatta, which was a race around the buoys inside the harbour. Somehow I got roped in as the forward hand, which I knew nothing about. Two things we found out quickly was the current between the island and the mainland is fierce and, secondly, our clinker-built Navy sailing clunker was no match for the latest in the club’s racing machines. I think we finished over an hour behind the last entry after a torturous claw around the markers. I think at one stage we got a tow by a passing sampan. By…