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Published On 9/15/2022
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Meeting Presentations

Published On 6/4/2024
Captain Sarah Parry, Master and Managing Trustee for the Windward Bound Trust and Vice President of Project Harm youth program spoke about the Windward Bound, Mistral II and the meaningful projects they provide youth. Captain Sarah started sailing on tall ships in the late 60’s on the New Endeavour in Sydney Harbour. She has amazed herself at how she managed to get the Windward Bound, such large vessel successfully operating as it does today. The future of the Trust is tied to the development and training of youth, with particular emphasis on those in dire need; made to feel helpless by financial, social, lifestyle or family circumstances. It provides opportunity to enjoy and learn skills otherwise out of their reach. In the last 12 months the program has had 240 young Australians participate on voyages
Construction of Windward Bound 1986-1996
Restoration of Mistral II
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Published On 4/2/2024
Club member, Geoff Lea gave a presentation on his sailing adventure aboard his yacht Elsie, a Hans Christian 33. He took out the CYCT 2023 Cruise of the Year for his effort, sailing around the South Island of New Zealand from Hobart.
After a false start leaving from Hobart in some heavy weather and an equipment failure, he successfully made sail on the 9 March across the Tasman Sea arriving in Bluff, NZ on the 17th of March. From here he set out to Stewart Is and on to explore the Fiordland's of SW New Zealand. Then he made the trip up the east coast, Dunedin, Akaroa and Lyttelton (Christchurch) on his way through the Cook Strait stopping at Picton and then via Malbrough Sounds to Nelson.
Then the return Tasman Sea crossing, incorporating Balls Pyramid, Lord Howe Island and on to Coffs Harbour.
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Published On 3/5/2024
Member and Past Commodore, Val Nichols shared her experiences and reflections of her solo cruise to and from Great Keppel Island, QLD. aboard her 32ft Bristol Channel Cutter, Aziza.
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Published On 2/6/2024
Club member, Jonathan Ross helped commission a new Privilege 510 catamaran in Les Sables d'Olonne. He presented his trials and tribulations of preparing a new boat for it's first ocean passage. This involved 3,500 Nm to Montenegro, crossing the Bay of Biscay with a green crew, dodging Orcas, stops in the Baleric Islands, Sardinia, Sicily and Croatia. On board were 3 Californian’s including the owner.
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Published On 12/4/2023
Meeting on site at TAS Maritime Radio, who provide a very unique service for Tasmanian waters. It monitors VHF and HF distress channels and frequencies between 0700 and 1900 daily and broadcasts skeds containing coastal weather and maritime safety information 7 days of the week, every day of the year. Hear from staff on their operation and listen in on the 17.33 sked.
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Published On 11/7/2023
Peter Hopkins from MAST gave a most informative talk highlighting the thorough research and background work his team have put in to develop the current Tasmanian Electronic Visual Distress Signals (EVDS) standards. EVDS are an option to replace 2 x orange and 2 x red handheld pyrotechnic flares in Tasmanian waters. If choosing to substitute EVDS for pyrotechnic flares, then a GPS-EPIRB, VHF and 2 Parachute flares must be carried. WA are in line with Tasmania but the other states are not on board yet (boom boom). In daylight EVDS are not as effective, hence the EPIRB and VHF can be used.
Tasmania is leading the way in the development of EVDS standards and Peter highlighted some of the following points from this:
- Flares only last 60 secs
- 1% of rescues are initiated by flares.
- Flares essentially used to identify location to the rescuer.
-Flares can pose a safety hazard to the user.
-Flares cannot be tested as EVDS can be.
-Laser flares do not meet MAST standards.
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Published On 10/2/2023
Penny Haire the Managing Director of Tidetech gave a presentation on new scientific information about the tides and currents around Tasmania and Bass Strait, explaining where information comes from and most importantly how it can be accessed by the average sailor. Busting some myths. New technology and modelling techniques promise to reveal a wealth of data that can be used by racing sailors seeking a tactical advantage over competitors, by fishers in search of migrating tuna, or simply by any boaters who wish to know more about the waters in which we all sail.
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Published On 9/5/2023
Member, Chrissie Rowland spends her summer months crewing in Tasmania’s Southwest World Heritage Area with Onboard Expeditions. The presentation took us on a photo panaroma by air into Bathurst Harbour and then on-board Odalisque III, the expedition vessel that caters in luxury for up to 12 guests in seven cabins. Explaining the operations and significance for conservation of the water ways of Port Davey (no doubt familiar to many of our members), its bays, rivers, mountains, and beaches in the state’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed wilderness.
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Published On 8/1/2023
Member Len gave a great presentation of his insights from cruising with wife Libby out of Adelaide, South Australia. They are to the west and Len showed the spectacular, unspoiled coastline, numerous anchorages and small ports and the places to visit;
• Kangaroo Island
• Althorpe Island,
• Spencer Gulf,
• Islands off Port Lincoln,Coffin Bay
The rarely visited offshore islands along the Great Australian Bight to Ceduna;
• Pearson,
• Flinders , and
• Franklin islands.
Find out more including some of the hazardous and cruising guides check out the presentation in our Documents Library.
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Published On 7/4/2023
Member Graham Openshaw spoke about long-distance cruising onboard his Bristol 38.8, SV Leela with his partner Janaki. He explained various changes made to his coastal cruising monohull, Leela and the effectiveness for the passage from NE USA to Australia. The result is a remarkably fast boat for its size that constantly surprises others. Graham stated these are his opinions, there is no single solution to much of it. When you have a long way to go every improvement makes a difference.
The plan evolved from cruising the coast of Maine to the Caribbean, into a Pacific crossing and here he and Janaki are in Hobart! The presentation Covered:
1. Sailing.
2. Motoring
3. Navigation / Instrumentation
4. Safety
5. Communications
6. Domestics / Life onboard
Notes on their learnings in our the Documents Library in the "Cruising" folder.
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