April 2006 Archives

Easter "Cruise" 2006

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Akuna_bay_sailing The Easter "cruise" to Akuna Bay proved a relaxing and very enjoyable break for the 22 boats that participated over the three days. The weather was generally kind and the facilities at the Akuna Bay marina ensured our cruisers were both well fed and well read.  Highpoints of the weekend were Sundowners on a raft of four boats which included the Ellis' brand new Elan (Sirocco), the walk between Waratah and Appletree Bays, sometimes successfully defending our food from attack (by kookaburras) whilst using the BBQs at end of the marina, and the usual socialising that inevitably occurs when a few cruising boats gather together -Eoin.

Clearburgee This week we'll have a look at the CCC website. It has recently been redesigned and look quite professional. It is regularly updated and features a few sections  which we should think about incorporating into a future version of the Alfred's site.
One example is the Buy/Sell/Swap section on the CCC web site. Interestingly, a key success factor of such a section is to have a range of items for sale  and regular visits from  potential buyers, in other words to have critical mass. It may well be an area where we can cooperate by cross listing items between our web sites.
Regular cruise reports are a feature of the CCC site and are evidence of very active participation by club members.
The CCC's web master should be congratualated on a professionally presented and comprehensive site.

Cruising web sites - RMYC

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I have a keen interest in websites about cruising. Our site here is far from what it could be.  As a way to expand my own horizons and to (in)validate some ideas, I've been actively looking for  examples of useful websites. I hope to list at least one site per week here and give a short review of the site as well as a link to the site, of course. Your comments and pointers to other sites are welcome, of course.

Trimflag_1 This week, I had a look at the website of the RMYC at Port Hacking. Their cruising site seems to be managed by cruising members, clearly with a passion for cruising as well as their local area. The Port Hacking Cruising Guide is an ambitious project for a group of volunteers. While incomplete, it already looks to be a valuable resource for anyone planning a cruise to Port Hacking. There is much more to Port Hacking than just Jibbon Beach.
While there are some things which we need not emulate (navigating the site is a bit haphazard, showing members contact details online), they don't take themselves too seriously, which is something  we can occasionally only aspire to!

I like the site and its spontaneity. It makes me want to visit Port Hacking.