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Errol and Ivy
Are there any readers
with photos or memories of
Errol and Ivy Alcock (later
Alcott) they would like to
share with us and the local
Errol Alcock ran his
famous Three Pines boatshed
at Burraneer Bay (Cronulla)
from the late 1940s to the
1970s. Errol also operated
his 28ft ex-Army WWII work boat George on many local rescues.
Amazingly Jack Felgate, a friend of Errol’s, who operates the
Burraneer Bay Marina at the old site has restored that workboat
at huge expense and still operates it in the same waters.
Errol was my godmother Ivy Alcott’s husband and I spent
many happy days in my childhood there.
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I have been researching for a book I intend to write on the
almost 60 years of glorious life of the sailing yacht Solo. The
project is progressing well and I hope to have the book published
later this year.
I have been given many names as a result of my letter published
in A fl o a t last year. This has enabled me to speak to many old crew
members both from her racing era and when cruising.
The workboat George in front of
Errol Alcock’s Three Pines boatshed
at Burraneer Bay in the 1960s.
Errol’s old convict built home
‘ Mandalay’ is in the background.
I am still trying to make contact with three people involved
with Solo during her cruising era and I am hoping your readers
The first is Lexie Hauschildt, then a 29-year-old married
schoolteacher who left on Solo for a world cruise in October 1972.
She was teaching at Coogee at the time.
The others are Robert Arthur Blaikie who sailed on Solo from
the Mediterranean across the Atlantic to the Pacific in 1966 and
his fellow crew member Geoff Swanson who I understand was
Despite very extensive searches I have been unable to locate
these former Solo crew and now appeal to your readers for help.
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When originally adopted in 2009, as part of the new regulations
to the Marine Safety Act 1998, there was a special NSW Rule which
amended ColReg Rule 9, which thereby made it applicable to “all
channels and fairways, regardless of the width of the waterway”.
This amendment was then dropped, in 2010, and the then
accompanying Statement Addressing the Better Regulation Principles
was that the NSW Special Rule was thought not to have clarified
“vessel operators’ responsibilities when navigating in narrow channels or
fairways as it does not resolve the issue of whether a particular waterway is
a ‘narrow channel’ or ‘fairway’ ...”
A fl o a t published the NSW Maritime announcement of the new
boating regulations in the May 2009 edition (although, in that
announcement, there was no particular reference to the NSW
special Rule modifying Rule 9).
However, I have been unable to find any further reference to
this matter generally, and in particular as to the reasons behind
the removal of the NSW special Rule which had changed ColReg
I have been unable to take the matter any further through
the usual internet searches, etc, and it seems to me likely that
there may have been an incident or event which prompted the
removal, or otherwise there might have been concerns raised
as to the original modification of the Rule, or perhaps as to the
fact of NSW “going it alone” in being the only state to adopt
such a modification.
I would greatly appreciate your readers’ assistance in this
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