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Cruising Helmsman November 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.
heaven sent

THE weather is warming noticeably now and one’s thoughts turn to: sailing! The month of November is a bit of a mixed bag, weather-wise, where you can still get caught in the seasonal change from spring to summer. But there are many reasons to get out there and enjoy it, whatever Huey delivers. There is even some interesting astronomical events that are worthwhile making sure you are as far away from land and the effects of city night looms as possible. Not only is November 11 Remembrance Day but, if you have the capability you will be able to see Mercury make a transit across the sun. During this eclipse-like event, observers with telescopes will be able to watch the solar system’s innermost planet dance across the sun. The transit lasts nearly…

6 min.
cruiser party with a purpose

WHEN Ken and Rhonda Thackeray started the Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club in 2009, they could never have predicted what lay ahead. In just over a decade, the story of the world’s most exclusively non-exclusive yacht club has become firmly entrenched in cruising folklore. The virtual club, named after tiny Shag Islet in the Whitsundays’ Gloucester Passage, now boasts 6,820 ‘Vice Commodores’ from 17 nations. A number of these ‘Shaggers’ as they prefer to be known, congregate in their spiritual home at the top of the Whitsundays during the last weekend of August each year. The annual SICYC Rendezvous is the ultimate party with a purpose, doubling as a major fundraiser for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA). In 11 years almost $665,000 has been raised, with $51,238 from the recent 2019…

1 min.
whitsunday whoop it up for clipper again

WHITSUNDAY region is again set to come alive with festivities and fun when the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race returns to the Coral Sea Marina Resort in January 2020. The Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival will be a week long celebration of events and activities from January 11 to 18. A raft of events has been organised right across the region, including: the free community welcome event in Airlie Beach town centre; the return of the iconic ‘White on Whitehaven’ by Fish D’vine; plus the ‘Rodeo by the reef’ in Bowen. Once again the recently renamed Coral Sea Marina Resort will be the centre of activity. The yachts will be safely berthed at the marina and the nearby refurbished resort hotel will provide accommodation for anyone wishing to attend the week long…

2 min.
enjoy the reef, but don’t come to grief

THE Great Barrier Reef is a spectacular and popular place to visit and cruise, so it is important visitors know the rules to help protect its stunning network of reefs, islands and the diverse and significant species that inhabit them. Illegal fishing is still one of the highest direct risks to the World Heritage Area (Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019); adding pressure at a time when the reef needs support. That is why knowing where you are going and what is allowed is crucial, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the area and marine parks zoning. Caught up in another magical day on the water, do not forget fishing lines trolling out the back as you drift into no-take green zones. While unintentional, fishing in these areas can have serious ecological impacts…

1 min.
tassie’s margate opens up

THE next stage of Margate Marina’s redevelopment in Tasmania has completed with the construction of an extra 73 floating berths and a 150 metre extension of the attenuator/breakwater. The Marina now accommodates 123 new berths with more still to come. The attenuator/breakwater extension now includes a 90m section to the south and a right-angled 60m westward arm, which provides additional protection to the Marina. A safe haven for all conditions. Margate Marina is now the only marina in Tasmania providing dedicated individual 30m to 40m berths, catering for larger vessels including superyachts. It also has a dual fuel pontoon open 24 hours a day for members and visitors with competitive pricing. Margate Marina will soon be the only marina outside the Derwent River area offering pump-out facilities. The additional 73 berths includes individual…

1 min.
best of the web

EDUCATION MONTH There has been a good collection of educational stories over the past couple of months that have been of interest on the mysailing website. We had stories explaining how the fore and aft rig came into being; how the moon affects the oceans; plus the Mariner's 1-2-3 rule and how it can be of use when out on the water. The moon's effect on the oceans was of particular interest in regard to the increase in discussions about sea level rise from global warming. Everyone knows that water will always even out to a level but the effect from the moon's gravity and a combination of other factors means that not all sea levels are the same! Fascinating science! facebook.com/ CruisingHelmsman…