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Cruising Helmsman September 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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sibs future is rosy-ish?

IT IS the day after the Sydney International Boat Show finished. This was the first exhibition for a while where it enjoyed five glorious sunny days, which showed in the numbers of attendees reported by the show organiser’s Boating Industry Association (BIA). What are my initial thoughts? I have a few, some good, some not so. Numbers, going by the initial reports from the BIA, show a modest increase from the previous year. Over the years these numbers in the (not so) new exhibition centre have been bigger than prior to when they held the show in the old Darling Harbour exhibition centre. This is good. But how many of those visitors are sailing-focussed? Harder to extrapolate. SIBS is apparently the largest exhibition currently held at the centre; taking up, as it does, all…

1 Min.
citizen science opportunity

AFTER receiving new funding, James Cook University scientists are recruiting people living in Queensland to train to log sightings of misplaced sea creatures. JCU’s associate professor Jan Strugnell runs the Queensland arm of the ‘Range extension database and mapping project’ (Redmap). “What it aims to do is reach as many citizen scientists as possible and engage them in logging their photos of ‘out-of-range’ species through the Redmap app or online interactive website,” she said. Dr Strugnell said an example of an ‘out-of-range species’ would be a barramundi sighted south of Bundaberg, or a spine-cheek clownfish sighted south of Cairns. “We want the data to map which Australian marine species may be moving house in response to changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming,” she said. Redmap Australia received a Community Reef Protection: Citizen…

1 Min.
panama passes the hat round

THE Panama Canal has published a proposal to modify its current tolls structure. Shipping in the dry bulk segment will have its tolls matched to the later larger Neopanamax container vessels accommodated with the recently installed locks. The proposal also aims to change the tolls structure for cruise ships from a ‘per berth’ to a ‘per passenger’ basis, making it easier for cruise lines to transfer transit costs to its customers. Tolls for small vessels (minimum tolls) and for the local tourism market are being revised upwards to take into account the resources used in the transit and the complexity of accommodating these vessels within the locks’ chambers. The new tolls are expected to take effect on January 1, 2020. www.pancanal.com/peajes.…

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nz mooring fee waived

NZ MARINE has worked closely with Auckland Council, resulting in a proposed daily anchoring fee for foreign flagged vessels in Auckland’s harbour being dropped. NZ Marine is the country’s marine industry association and represents marine companies and their respective boat builders and apprentices. Executive director, Peter Busfield, happily noted that NZ Marine “were able to help council appreciate just how much of a deterrent a daily anchoring fee would have been to foreign vessels planning to visit our shores, particularly for the Prada and America’s Cup in 2020/21.” “We are keeping the door open for superyacht visitors from around the globe who want to experience our beautiful part of the world now and in the future,” Busfield says. https://at.govt.nz/about-us/harbourmaster/…

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hanse has the privilège

HANSE YACHTS, Germany, has purchased French catamaran builder Privilège Marine. “This is the ideal time for us to take over the company completely and expand our multi-brand strategy,” says Dr Jens Gerhardt, CEO of Hanse Yachts. “Privilège has a healthy order book of more than 25 million euros. The catamaran market remains attractive, it is the fastest growing of all global sailing markets and has doubled in less than five years.” Privilège has been a manufacturer of luxury catamarans for more than 30 years and produces both yachts and motor cats. Last year, three new catamaran models were announced and marketed simultaneously under the leadership of Hanse Yachts. Privilège now totally benefits from the worldwide distribution network of Hanse Yachts with its 230 dealers in 90 countries. The catamaran range of six catamaran…

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best of the web

SAD FAMILY LOSS It was a story that came out of nowhere that saddened readers of mysailing this month. On a bad day on the water off Newcastle an 11.7 metre catamaran overturned and, while two people were rescued, three people also drowned. A married elderly couple and a family friend drowned, leaving two survivors clutching to the overturned wreckage. The two survivors were the couple’s son and granddaughter who suffered hypothermia in the wintery waters, but were discharged the next day. It is understood all crew were wearing lifejackets and an EPIRB was triggered early on. Winds were westerly and over 30 knots. It might indicate that good seamanship is just as important as following all proper safety procedures. facebook.com/CruisingHelmsman…