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Cruising Helmsman January 2020

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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.
“suffer in ya’ jocks!”

IN this fast-paced world we now find ourselves evolving through it came as no surprise to me that I have recently racked up over ten years working at Yaffa Media, the publisher of Cruising Helmsman. What was intriguing, however, was the question to myself as to how I would spend this long period of time off. Besides finding it difficult to release my vice-like grip on the joys of being editor of such a fabulous magazine, albeit for but a short while, what does a long-time sailor want to do with a couple of weeks off? Take a bareboat charter somewhere? Lie on some deserted beach? Sit in front of the television binge-watching ‘Below deck Mediterranean’? The possibilities are endless. In my particular case, however, there are some restrictions. Whatever I did would…

2 min.
28th beneteau cup wins again

HAVING just completed its 28th year, the Beneteau Cup on Sydney Harbour is a cornerstone for the famous brand here in Australia and its agency Flagstaff Marine. Two skippers from this year’s event have now attended over 20 of them, with John and Kim Clinton on their Oceanis 50, Holy Cow, probably edging out Greg Newton and his Oceanis 45, Antipodes, by one or two years in the tally. On the day, Bob Swan’s First 30.5, Elusive Spirit, from back in the middle 80’s, took the mantle on the day for both oldest and smallest. This did not preclude them from taking out Non-Spinnaker Division B after the two races of the day were completed. Each year he brings Elusive Spirit down from Gosford, just like others bring theirs from Cronulla and…

2 min.
coral sea academy opens its doors

THE Coral Sea Academy is a new initiative of Airlie’s Coral Sea Marina Resort, providing a series of educational events designed to educate guests, locals and visitors to the Whitsundays about the environment, the Great Barrier Reef, better boating and sustainability. Created with a desire to provide an experiential travel encounter that educates, engages and immerses guests with meaningful themes relevant to the wonders of the Whitsunday region. “By providing these free community events at our resort,” explains Coral Sea Marina Resort, general manager, Kate Purdie, “we hope to encourage more people into the boating community and to actively engage our community in the preservation of the marine environment. All are welcome to attend and we urge the community to support the Coral Sea Academy.” After a series of highly successful environmental workshops…

1 min.
best of the web

NEVER SAY NEVER In an incredible sign of defying the aging process, the inimitable Jon Sanders headed off for his eleventh circumnavigation of the globe at the age of 80. Mind you, back in the 1980s, when you sail three times in a row, nonstop and solo around the globe, covering 71,023 nautical miles in 657 days at sea, it tends to up your circumnavigation count quite quickly. But this time Jon is not going non-stop, looking to enjoy his trip with a lot of checking out places he loves and places he missed. Not only that he is also carrying out some scientific research, collecting water samples from isolated ocean areas to return for study on microplastic pollution. What was his answer when asked why he is heading off once more to do…

1 min.
pittwater weekend for seawind crew

THE Seawind Pittwater Regatta served up a full weekend of fun activities and diverse experiences, making it one of the most enjoyable weekends in the regattas history that has spanned over 21 years. Hosted by Seawind distributors Multihull Central on the 25th and 26th of October, the fleet of Seawind owners and their crew members enjoyed a weekend of competitive but fun racing that had extreme conditions, ranging from four knots to 40 knots thanks to a strong westerly wind the hit during the day. This gave the fleet an opportunity to test both light wind sailing skills and tactics, through to heavy weather reefing, prior to the third race eventually being cancelled. But the weekend was not all about racing, with time in between for a raft up, lunch and swim before…

1 min.
shute gets a shot in the arm

BOTH state and federal governments have announced a further $10 million to restore Shute Harbour still not fully functional after Cyclone Debbie. The Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud and Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk committed to the project after it was delayed by technical issues. The Whitsunday Regional Council will also contribute $18.3 million for the restoration. Littleproud said the damages and the challenging location meant restoration work had been more complex than first thought. “This will restore the harbour to its former glory so it can bring in more tourists boosting the local economy. “The sea wall, buildings, pontoons and gangways were heavily damaged, so we’ll build a tougher harbour for the next time a cyclone hits.” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Whitsunday Regional Council had been…