Tag Archives: Australia

Dismasted Russian Solo Sailor Rescued in Bass Strait

It was a quest that many dream of, but few see to fruition. 47-year-old Sergey Zjukovbuilt his own 24ft boat and sailed it across the Atlantic twice before setting off from Portugal on a solo round-world journey. He had successfully … Continue reading

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Authorities on Alert for Drugs Across the Pacific

If you are – or intend to be – on your way to Australia by sailboat, be prepared for authorities searching for drugs. It appears that yachts, so long left largely untroubled by everyone except the quarantine authorities, are the new … Continue reading

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4 Take Lie Detector Tests on Aussie Yacht Designer’s Murder

Four people volunteered to undergo lie detector tests as police try to solve the October 15th murder of an Australian yacht designer, Joseph Adams, in his house in Itogon, Benguet, Philippines, a police official said on Tuesday. Chief Superintendent Benjamin … Continue reading

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Rolly Tasker, Australia’s First Olympic Sailing Medalist, Dies at 86

Western Australia’s pre-eminent yachtsman, Rolly Tasker, has died at his home on the Mandurah canals after an illness. Roland Leslie Tasker, born in Perth on March 21, 1926, was Australia’s first Olympic sailing medallist when he won a silver medal … Continue reading

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90 Years Young and Still Skippering Her Own Sailboat

How old is too old to go sailing? One Australian woman thinks age has no limits. Parkdale Yacht Club sails off the beach in Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay and specializes in such boats as Arrow and Cobra Catamarans, Flying Ant … Continue reading

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Cruising Rescues Abound Off Tasmania Over Weekend

There were a lot of lucky cruisers in Australia over the weekend, but unfortunately not all were so lucky. Tasmania is one of those places where it’s magic to sail – in summer. But when the Easter holiday break this … Continue reading

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Two Crew and Dog Rescued After Abandoning Ship

While it’s not always an easy decision to abandon ship, it’s important to remember that objects are replaceable, but lives–even those of our furry friends–are not. These Australian cruisers made a tough call, but one that resulted in a happy … Continue reading

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Proof that Beer Can Save Lives at Sea

Would you have thought to do this in the same situation? These guys were both smart and lucky. When friends Scott Smiles and Rick Matthews set out on a fishing trip with their 11-year-old sons off the coast of Sydney, … Continue reading

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Persistence Pays Off for First-Time Winner of Sydney Hobart

As always, this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race was full of excitement. The 2011 edition was notable for an unexpected winner of the coveted line honors trophy, a worthy overall winner and a slow passage home for the smaller … Continue reading

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Queensland Marina on the Fast Track?

A decade-old plan for a marine industry park in Maryborough, Queensland looks like it could be fast-tracked by the state government. The project, which was first proposed in 2002, will be given special consideration for government aid. Pat Lucas, the … Continue reading

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Whale of a Tale: Cruisers Get Unwelcome Free Ride from a Humpback

Glenn Wilson and Nerida Higgins were enjoying a quiet evening moored in their yacht off Australia’s Queensland coast when a whale took their boat’s anchor rope in its mouth and dragged them out to sea. The frightening trip lasted 15 … Continue reading

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How do You Get a Big Boat Under a Short Bridge? Apparently Like This.

We aren’t exactly sure why they didn’t take the mast out to transport this 40 meter Audi Ultra Supermaxi yacht under three bridges in Singapore but it makes for a good shot worth sharing. Oops! We corrected this story at … Continue reading

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Surfing a 40-Foot Wave Around Australia is a Bit Terrifying

Solo sailor Bruce Arms on his catamaran Big Wave Rider is now about three-quarters of his way around Australia, still on track to set a new record for the circumnavigation. However, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing. He admitted he … Continue reading

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Canadian Sailor Gets Really Lucky Off Australia’s Coast

For an allegedly experienced sailor, his lack of preparedness is quite shocking. This guy really lucked out. A lone Canadian yachtsman says he’s lucky a long out-of-date battery still powered his emergency beacon when he struck trouble in wild weather … Continue reading

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Kiwi Crew has the Ride of Their Lives in Major Storm

Talk about being alone in a storm. These guys have a story to tell for many decades to come. Glad to hear that everyone was okay in the end. A Kiwi trimaran has made it into Sydney harbor after a … Continue reading

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Superyacht Australia Useful for the Little Guys, Too

We know, we know. You don’t have a superyacht. Neither do we. But that doesn’t mean we can’t use the same resources as the big guys. Superyacht Australia’s new website offers a lot of useful information for the average cruiser … Continue reading

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Long Awaited New Marina Opens in Western Australia

This marina sure was a long time in the making. Let’s hope the “If you build it, they will come” theory takes effect. A new AUS$42m waterfront development in Western Australia has opened. The project, conceived 30 years ago to … Continue reading

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Cruisers End Up Battered and Stranded on Australian Reef

We’re glad to see this couple made it out of this safe and sound, but it’s a reminder of the strength of currents and the importance of having an EPIRB. At the end of a long but successful voyage across … Continue reading

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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show

The Sanctuary Cove Boat Show, situated on the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia will take place this week, May 19-22. The international show draws more than 400 exhibitors and hundreds of sail and power boats from across the world as … Continue reading

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Cruising Shot of the Week

A humpback whale in Hervey Bay, Australia has some fun with the captain’s daughters. Submitted by Peter Julian. Got a cool cruising shot to share? Send it to comments@cruisingcompass.com.

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