Adventure on the high seas continues
On October 17 last year, the day before her departure, Jessica Watson said.... "Tomorrow I am going to wake up and sail around the world." This was her dream. When she sails into Sydney Harbour this Saturday morning, 210 days after her departure, she will have achieved her dream. She will have sailed around the world, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
"Did I tell you that it is bad luck for a wooden boat not to leak?" writes Aussie adventurer Don McIntyre from a 25-foot long, 7-foot wide, open wooden vessel nearing Vanuatu.
Don and three crew are reliving Bligh's nightmare Mutiny on the Bounty voyage of 221 years ago when Fletcher Christian cast William Bligh and 18 of his men adrift.
They are attempting to sail the same voyage under similar conditions, no charts, no toilet paper, not enough food or water, in an 18th century traditional open timber whale boat.
McIntyre is not new to adventuring, but this challenge is like nothing he has experienced before. The conditions reflect that which Bligh encountered.
"We just had our first knockdown about an hour ago. The boat was full of water with crew bailing and one on the helm. We are still in gale conditions with 5-6 metre seas and 35 knots wind from the south east."
Turn on the lights
Navigation lights are a requirement under marine safety legislation, courtesy and common sense.
All boats, including sailing or rowing boats, must show lights if operating at night or in restricted visibility. Even a boat that does not travel between dusk and dawn may still need to show lights, for example during a heavy rain shower. Or if they breakdown and drift into the night.
A yacht must comply with the powerboat lighting requirements when under engine power.
The requirements for navigation lights are provided in an international agreement known as the Collision Regulations (COLREGS). The rules in the COLREGS applicable to lights provide specifications about the position, colour and performance of navigation lights.
Unfortunately, some boat owners fit non-compliant navigation lights.
In addition, the lights on some boats have been allowed to deteriorate to a point where they no longer comply or the wrong lamp (bulb, globe) has been used.
X marks the spot
Brit election report; There be a pirate running for Parleyment. Just sendin' thee a holler to tell thee that Mad Cap'n Tom, friend, honoured captain of the UK Talk Like a Pirate Day be running for Parleyment as an MP for Chelsea and Westminster.
Demands: that be the policies. Rum t'be tax free. All British schoolchildren t'be trained in swordsmanship an' gunnery. To fix broken Britain - a roll o' duct tape sent t' all homes. Require Apple to rename the iPad in the UK. New name: the iPatch.
Mad Cap'n Tom fer Parleyment: on May 6, X marks the spot.
Results are in fer Cap'n Tom; "I be pollin' 84 votes, So thank ye all, from th' bottom o' me heart."
Broadside: International Talk Like a Pirate Day in Airlie Beach be Saturday September 18 this year.
"I have received confirmation that Airlie Beach will be welcoming an extra cruise ship in May this year," Reports Judi Dunn at the helm of the cruise ship Volunteer Ambassador Program.
"The (additional ship) Pacific Dawn will be arriving in Pioneer Bay on Monday May 31. The Pacific Jewel will visit on Saturday 22 May 10"
If you want to join the meet and great call Judi on 0408 285 915
Mariners be advised that the west cardinal mark beacon VQ (9) 10s, which marks Platypus Rock off the southern end of Shaw Island, has been reported to be destroyed. Mariners should use caution in the vicinity. AUS charts 252, 254 & 824
Abel Point Marina entrance
Mariners be advised that the Fl R 2s light on the port lateral mark No. 2 beacon which marks the entrance into Abel Point Marina has been restored to normal.
Fair winds to Ye!