January 2006 Archives

Where is Belage

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WhereisbelageLink to Whereisbelage pageI'm posting occasional progress reports about Belage's cruise to Hobart on the Te Moana site. Also, anyone can check on Belage's progress on this page (an online log which shows her postion in (approximately) real time.

Marine HF survey

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Storm06If you are a user of Australia's Marine HF radio services, you should participate in this survey by the Bureau of Meteorology. There have been various rumours of the demise of the HF weather service, so add your voice to the survey!

Cruising Nightmare

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Many of us reading the news this past weekend will have shuddered when they read about the man overboard accident on Xantippe while en route between Lord Howe and Pittwater. According to BoatingOz:

The 62-year-old was sailing with his wife and another couple on the Xanthippe from Lord Howe Island to Pittwater when he went overboard, about 100 nautical miles from Lord Howe on a 460 nautical mile voyage to Port Macquarie.

Despite the best efforts of his companions - all aged in their 60s - he could not be pulled back on board and was swept away.

He was not wearing a lifejacket.

Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesman Greg Smith said how the man went overboard in 'benign' seas was a mystery.

It's every cruising couple's nightmare. There, but for the grace of god, go we...