Cruising Helmsman

January 2021

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 this issue

3 min
the journey, not the destination

PHIL ROSS – EDITOR I always admired the US Navy ceremony for changing captains of its ships. After all the usual official administration matters are dealt with, the retiring captain turns to the new and announces: “I am ready to be relieved”. To which the new captain replies: “I relieve you, (sir/ma’am).” To my ear, it has a beautiful finality about it. Tremendously emotional as one person embarks on their next stage of life, while the other shows their willingness to take on the awesome responsibilities before them. So, here we are. After over forty years of publishing, totalling 483 magazines since October 1980, Cruising Helmsman is tentatively stating it is ready to be relieved. To which it passes on the responsiblity to all our readers to take up the challenge and be captains of your…

2 min
race round australia

HAVE you completed your sailing voyage around Australia before? John Rich, from Planet Multihull wants to create a timeline record about those who have achieved the lofty goal of sailing around Australia. John is interested in finding the sailors and publishing their time logs for everyone to see, experience and hopefully learn from. He is looking for a media collaborator to make these logs available. There are unsung heroes of around-Australia cruising and also racing, “the more I talk to people, the more fascinating the subject becomes,” says John. “It doesn't matter how long was the trip, what counts is who made it. “It is my hope that this log will become a catalyst for a future around Australia yacht race/rally where winners are all who accomplish the circumnavigation for the first time. “It…

2 min
dufour agency reboots in australia

THE Fountaine Pajot Group has announced a new agency, The Yacht Sales Company as a Dufour dealer network in Australia. Nicolas Bérenger, Dufour sales manager, stated, "Australian sailors are known as some of the very best in the world, they are real experts. Sailing along that coast is a dream for any European with the Great Barrier Reef, the Tasman and Hobart Island and all around the vast Australian coastline. “Our monohulls are designed to offer the right balance between comfort and performance, helming a Dufour is a great feeling while the life on board is always safe and quiet even upwind in a strong ‘Fremantle Doctor’ off the Western Australian coast. I think that meets the Australian sailing lifestyle: pleasure and performance. “This is the right time for Dufour Yachts to sail…

1 min
lifejacket safety website

AUSTRALIA’S Boating Industry Association has launched a lifejacket website to help boaters ensure they have the right information for a great day on the water. The BIA developed and built the site on behalf of the Australia New Zealand Safe Boating Education Group who identified a gap in information for the boating public relating to care and service of lifejackets. The website is dedicated to providing boaters across the country with a single source of reliable information, especially regarding inflatable lifejackets. It offers access to several resources and tools that are designed to help people make an informed decision relating to the selection of lifejackets for their needs and the care and servicing of inflatable lifejackets. These include a lifejacket selector tool, educational videos on conducting pre-wear checks and inspections, a retailer…

2 min
bia welcomes nsw works funding

BOATING Industry Association President Darren Vaux welcomed the NSW Government announcement of $205 million in maritime infrastructure works over the next three years. Minister for Transport Andrew Constance made the announcement saying the funding would create nearly 1300 jobs in NSW. Darren Vaux said new and improved infrastructure was essential to ensure safe and convenient access for people of all ages and abilities to experience the waterways. “It is good to see the NSW Government recognising the value of investment in maritime as part of its COVID-19 economic recovery plan,” Vaux said. “Improving wharves that allow recreational vessels to pick up and set down passengers, dredging regional waterways that are clogged with silted channels and improving regional maritime infrastructure are good for our maritime community across the state. Mr Vaux said the industry…

2 min
australia survives virtual tsunami

THE Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) recently simulated a full-scale tsunami in the Indian Ocean as part of UNESCO's Exercise Indian Ocean Wave 2020 (IOWave20) involving 23 countries, to test the tsunami warning and response chain. The JATWC uses the combined resources of the Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia to detect and assess tsunami threat in our region. In this exercise it was dealing with the effects of a tsunami impacting much of Australia's west coast following a massive faux magnitude 9.1 earthquake south of Java, Indonesia. The National Earthquake Alerts Centre (NEAC), operated by Geoscience Australia, monitors earthquakes globally and alerts the Bureau of earthquakes that could generate a tsunami. The Bureau then assesses the tsunami threat and issues warnings to Australia. The Bureau of Meteorology's co-director of the JATWC,…