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We moved Rob's Passage Planner to a new high profile spot at http://skipr.net/notebook/east-coast/robs-passage-planner.html

Ulladulla Cruise Forms

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Here are the Notice of Cruise and Cruise Instructions for our Easter/End of Season/Ulladulla Cruise.

Download Notice Of Cruise - Ulladulla

2008 presents a rare opportunity for us to sail to Sydney Harbour and enjoy the Australia Day festivities on a Saturday, then to enjoy a relaxing Sunday and return to Pittwater on the Monday.

As with any cruise our itinerary will be weather dependant and may therefore be changed at the 11th hour.

Our plan is to rendezvous in the Harbour and cruise participants are requested to monitor VHF Ch77 for movements of other Club members.

Australia Day on the Harbour

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ADlogo For those who intend to participate in festivities on Sydney Harbour this Australia Day, here is a PDF document with information for skippers. You can get the information at www.australiaday.com.au

Christmas Cruising

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This year, it's great to have a choice of two club Christmas cruises, to Lake Macquarie or Jervis Bay.

Please let Maurice, Peter or Ross know of your intentions to join either cruise. Of course, some will want to go elsewhere or cruise to the same destinations on varying dates. If you do, please leave a comment here if you'd like your friends to know your movements!

So, let us know what you're doing by leaving a comment and have a great Cruising Christmas!

Quiet Little Drink

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They're doing some Secret Sailors' Business (aka a Quiet Little Drink) at The Orient Hotel (cnr George and Argyll Streets) around 1800hrs on 18 July, apparently to discuss having a barbeque somewhere.

Cruise planning

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While the cruising committee has a comprehensive range of cruising planned for the coming year, we all like  "rolling our own" as well. So here are a few items of interest for independent cruising:

  • Plan your NSW coastal cruise (Download Excel Spreadsheet) with this spreadsheet. It has a handy distance lookup and with the "Planner" sheet you can plan a multi-stage cruise by simply selecting destinations.
  • One Minute Form (Download as a Word or PDF file). The purpose of this Form is to provide the Club, rescue organisations and designated contact persons with an idea of your sailing plans, whether they involve an overnight at Refuge Bay, a weekend down the Harbour, or a month away up north.  Use it on those occasions when you believe the Club should have a record of your sailing plans.  Why not customise the form with your details, print a few copies and have them handy? Next time you are going away, just fill it out the blanks and leave it at Reception.
  • Skipr.net (site, info) For those with internet access on their boat, Skipr.net is a handy way of keeping those ashore  informed about your location. It is no substitute for logging with your choice of VMR when you're away. But it gives friends and family a simple web page with your location. Register for this free service here.

Patrol v Guard

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On Saturday morning, Joy and I usually listen to Sailors Radio (0800 on FM107.30). It's usually entertaining even though it's biased toward racing and has a lot of news about a Sydney club which happens to have Cruising in its name but is known better for its Racing.

Anyway, they interviewed the Commodore of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard about the to-ing and fro-ing about proposals to amalgamate the Coast Guard with Coastal Patrol, sigh.... You can read more about that issue it in the letters comlumn of Afloat (which, by the way, you can read online at the Afloat website).

You might be also be interested to have a look at the Coast Guard's website some time. It has a lot of information about its organisation and structure but lacks the simple information which most of us are intererested in: The details of their stations such as opening hours, telephone numbers etc...

Anyway, all this was really just an excuse to point you at some Cruising related websites for ideas about what we might do with our site (or not).