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Cruising Helmsman October 2020

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.
heads together

IF you can keep your head, while all around you others are losing theirs ,,,, maybe you are not fully underestanding the gravity of the situation! It is an old joke but still gets a laugh, especially with yachties. Sailors are renowned for keeping their heads together in a crisis because they have learnt that the crisis needs to be fixed and can not be done so while running around like a headless chook: don’t look for the light at the end of the tunnel, go down there and light it yourself; an old Royal Navy saying I am told. It is interesting therefore, to read and hear so many wild conspiracies and protestations coming out from all manner of people with regard to this current pandemic the globe is suffering under. Anywhere…

2 min.
sanders reaches 10.5 mark

WORLD renowned Australian yachtsman Jon Sanders AO OBE has passed the halfway point of his eleventh solo circumnavigation of the world, overcoming myriad problems including the COVID-19 pandemic. The 80 year old sailing legend is sailing due south of Panama into the Pacific Ocean, having passed the midway milestone of his journey to raise awareness of plastic pollution: one of the greatest health and environmental threats facing our planet. Throughout the voyage Sanders has been collecting water samples for analysis by researchers at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. The results will build a more detailed picture of the plastic pollution across the oceans of the southern hemisphere. Estimates suggest that plastic costs over US$2.2 trillion a year in environmental and social damage. This unacceptable cost to humanity led Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s…

1 min.
sail training ship launched

THE 34.14 metre custom sail training schooner Vela was launched by Marsun Public Company in Thailand at its Samutprakan shipyard. “We just finished sea trials aboard Vela, our new sail training vessel and sister ship to STV Argo, also built at the Marsun Shipyard. She’s a beauty! Their mission is the same as Argo, circumnavigating the world with trainee crew at the helm. Argo has sailed around the world six times with trainees since her launch in 2006,” reports Jim Stoll of Global Expeditions Group, writing to Gordon Fernandes of Asia Pacific Superyachts in Phuket. Both Vela and Argo are two-masted Marconi rigged schooners, certified and inspected by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency as a Category 0 vessels, allowing them unrestricted operation in the world's oceans. The schooners are operated by…

1 min.
platinum support for vmr

CORAL Sea Marina Resort announced renewal of its platinum sponsorship for Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsundays, committing to another three-year sponsorship. The Airlie resort is now entering its second term as platinum sponsor, after securing the naming rights on the vessel Coral Sea Marina VMR1 during the last term. VMR Whitsundays have seen more activations in the last twelve months than in any other year since operations commenced, indicating a larger reliance on the services of the organisation by the boating community. Providing assistance 24 hours a day/ seven days a week, VMR Whitsundays is operated by a group of approximately 50 dedicated and experienced volunteers. Paul Darrouzet, owner Coral Sea Marina Resort, explains “the work done by the volunteers of VMR Whitsundays is nothing short of exceptional. In a region with incredible…

1 min.
a life upon the ocean waves

TAFE NSW graduate Arakel Hamamdjian pursued the job of his dreams and became the skipper of his own vessel. Now he has worked his way up from showboat waiter to proud owner of his own business, Magic Cruises. Now he wants others to consider a career on the high seas. The maritime sector has an estimated annual revenue of $5.76 billion and added an estimated $2.58 billion to the Australian economy in 2017. Domestic commercial vessels (DCV) in New South Wales have continued to operate during COVID-19 with social distancing measures in place, allowing local holiday makers to enjoy recreation activities without having to travel interstate or overseas. Arakel fell into the maritime industry largely by accident, taking a job as a waiter on showboats at the age of 21. He worked…

1 min.
container ships on notice

THE Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is launching a focused inspection campaign targeting cargo securing arrangements on container ships visiting Australian ports. This inspection campaign is being initiated in response to several serious incidents involving shipping containers lost overboard recently. Incidents like the losses of 81 containers off Newcastle by the YM Efficiency in 2018, 50 containers off Wollongong by the APL England in May and three containers from the Navios Unite off Cape Leeuwin in June have caused significant environmental damage to Australia’s iconic marine and coastal environment. Incident investigations by AMSA have discovered that the improper stacking and securing of cargo and poor maintenance of securing equipment are likely to have been contributing factors to these incidents. AMSA acting general manager of operations Michael Drake says that vessels visiting Australia…