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Cruising Helmsman October 17

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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food, glorious food

YOU only have to take one look at our cover picture this month to know it is the fabulous Kimberleys of Western Australia. King Georges River is truly iconic on a global register and still relatively unsullied by hordes of visitors. In fact there is a large amount of WA that is tourist free; although cruise ships are increasing, it is such a vast coastline with multiple river systems that it is easy to not be bothered by these unfortunately necessary intruders to your personal sanctum. So October is our Western Australia feature month with two great stories highlighting why you should see this vastness for yourself. Mind you, reading Seahag’s stories regarding some of the vicious wildlife you may encounter, means some serious preplanning should take place first; and this…

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cruiser of the year nominee: robert morales

RECENTLY, Fremantle Sailing Club selected club member Robert Morales as its own ‘cruiser of the year’ for 2017. It chose Robert because he took the leap of adventure from a life of academia to the wide blue sea in mid-life and undertook and completed the ultimate challenge: a circumnavigation, including the rounding of Cape Horn. His blog is now used by hundreds of cruisers for the wealth of information he has shared. Since returning to land he continues to participate and to encourage and facilitate others to enjoy the pleasures and survive the dangers of the cruising life. Morales was 42 years of age in 1985 when he became serious about learning to sail. His next-door neighbour loaned a book about a complete novice who sailed his tiny boat from England to Seattle…

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boat show pays off

THE Boating Industry Association declared the 50th Sydney International Boat Show a success. Over 63,000 visitors attended the show returning to visitor numbers like those last seen in 2012 and exhibitors reported excellent interest and even record sales. This show was the first time the one event entirely filled the recently-opened International Convention Centre. BIA chief executive officer, Howard Glenn said, “this show has been years in the planning and our attitude was that nothing could be left to chance.” The main exhibition centre held over 245 exhibitors and the marina in Cockle Bay included 200 boats. Yachts on display included catamarans and multihulls; from 18 foot sportsboats to 76’ luxury sloops. Something for all. This year, due to the expanded floor space there was much more the BIA could add to the…

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nsw licence now digital

BOATERS in New South Wales can now download a digital boat driving licence following the rollout of digital boat licences and vessel registrations across the state. “The NSW Government issues more than 23 million licences and permits each year, covering more than 760 different categories,” said Victor Dominello, minister for finance, services and property. “This means customers could be carrying up to six different government licences or permits in their wallet at any one time. By removing paperwork and embracing technology we are providing customers with a product that is fit for purpose in the digital age.” Melinda Pavey, minister for roads, maritime and freight noted the move to a digital platform not only makes it easier for boaters, but also helps authorities make the waterways safer, “digital licences can be accessed or…

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multihull fun is the rally solution

ONLY two Multihull Solutions’ cruising rallies are left to join in the fun for 2017. Relaxed cruising is the primary focus of these events, which give participants the opportunity to experience idyllic cruising grounds in the company of like-minded multihull enthusiasts. The inaugural Multihull Solutions Moreton Bay Rally will be held over the weekend of 27 to 29 October on what is one of southeast Queensland’s beautiful coastal waters. The rally offers a chance to escape for a few days of cruising, exchange stories and multihull tips with other participants and explore the area with frequent stops allocated for social functions and relaxation. The Multihull Solutions Pittwater Rally is being run from 24 to 26 November and incorporates laidback cruising through the myriad of coves and inlets hidden in this natural paradise just…

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three peaks double up

THE United Kingdom’s 40th Barmouth to Fort William Three Peaks Yacht Race saw a raised level of achievement and endurance with Pip Hare and Charles Hill becoming the first to ever complete the race double-handed as both sailors and runner/cyclists. Race entries normally have a crew of three for the 340 nautical miles of varied and challenging coastal sailing, plus two specialist fell runners for the arduous ascents of Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis, a total distance of 115 kilometres of running, 64km of cycling and over 4,200 metres of ascent. The team of ‘Hare and Hill’ decided to take all this on by themselves, sailing double-handed in their J120 Nunatak and completing all the mountain stages together. It was an epic challenge to take on and they completed it…