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DARWIN TO AMBON
Start: 1100hrs August 23, 2014
Darwin Harbour, Northern Territory, Australia
Finish: Ambon Harbour, Maluku Province, Indonesia
Race or cruise across the tropical Timor and Banda Seas.
Enjoy NT and Indonesian hospitality.
Various divisions for Monos & Multis
Entry fee $100/boat + $50/crewmember includes:
CAIT - Cruising Application for Indonesian Territory
Exemption from Indonesian Customs Bond
Functions and race/rally organization
68 Frances Bay Dr, Darwin, NT 0800
Proudly organised by
Kyrenia Castle has itself an amazing provenance, used by all
and sundry in mediaeval wars, Richard the Lionheart being one
during the Crusades.
As John Quirk tells us, the old wooden Kyrenia ship was
brought piece by piece into the castle and kept in sea water vats
until final restoration, where she is now.
The Curator of the Castle was a Greek Cypriot, Janis, who
was a graduate of Manchester University. He was a charming
character and asked my husband to come home and help water
his Carob trees. This he did, only to discover that the water was
in fact battery acid! Why would he do this? His marriage was a
Dower marriage, so Janis’s Carob trees were his wife’s and he
wanted lemon trees. He could now honestly tell his wife that he
hadn’t killed the Carobs!
Sadly, Janis was killed by the Turks when they invaded North
Cyprus in 1974.
We had to leave Cyprus in haste when the local Council,
which had a Communist majority, threatened to jail my husband.
He ran a hydroponics business and the council kept revoking
his work permit, which would kill the produce. Needless to say,
my husband did not cease work! They didn’t like Brits doing
something they could not do.
Keep up the quirkie stuff,
WE LOVE YOUR BOAT
pre & post trip
call Ruth on 0430 208 433
A voyage for madmen
It was interesting to read about Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
competing in the 2013 Sydney-Hobart race (A fl o a t No v ’13 ) .
Sir Robin was, of course, the winner of the 1968 Golden
Globe, the first yachts to race solo, single-handed, around the
world without stopping.
I have just been re-reading “A Voyage for Madmen” by Peter
Nicholls, which is the story of this race.
As the book says on its cover: “Nine men set out to race each
other around the world. Only one made it back.”
Published by Harper Collins, it is a cracking good read and
if anyone is looking for a Xmas present for a yachtie friend, this
is worth hunting down, if only for the French entrant, Bernard
Moitessier and his encounter with porpoises off the southern
tip of New Zealand.
The Williamson Turn
I fear there is some mis-information in Capt Petal’s letter on
the Williamson Turn (A fl o a t Nov’13).
The Williamson turn was created by the Royal Navy during
the last war or earlier as a method of getting a large, maybe
cumbersome, ship back on to a reciprocal course to search for
someone lost overboard, at some time earlier i.e. not currently
in sight (or maybe at night).
Capt Petal did not include in the instruction that when you
have initially changed course by 70o then you put the wheel over
to an equal degree the other way. Note: some vessels turn much
better/quicker one way than the other. Note also: you cannot
successfully complete a Williamson turn if you don’t have a
compass good enough to steer by.
It is definitely not the quickest way to turn a vessel
(particularly a twin screw one) to pick up a person in the water
where time is of the essence and they are in sight.
Remember also in a single screw boat that the bow will swing
away due to ‘paddle wheel’ effect when you go astern. Also when
you go astern the stern will seek the wind, that is once you have
sternway the forward end of the vessel will blow downwind.
The MOB position by GPS is certainly only a guide but if you
lose sight of the person in choppy water it is as good a reference
point as you will get, unless you have thrown a Dan Buoy over
as a mark.
Tom Hughes, J.P.
AYF Yachtmaster (Power) Offshore (Examiner),
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