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Kordia scores 11 out of 10 in
I have been following the discussion in recent editions
regarding readers’ experiences with the HF radio network. In
May Afloat you mentioned the possible use of Kordia.
Let me tell you my excellent recent experience with Kordia.
In early March 2014 I set off from Brisbane in my 36ft Beneteau
sailing boat, destination New Plymouth NZ, and the start of the
Solo Trans Tasman Race.
A few days before I left, I sent Kordia an email (address
NCCOP@maritime.kordia.com.au) detailing my voyage, yacht,
and equipment etc on board.
I was pleasantly surprised to get a phone call from Kordia
the next day, where we agreed a daily sked time (2000hrs AEST),
and after their consultation with the sunspot activity charts, a
frequency that was likely to work best (8291, with the alternate
On the day of my departure I got another call asking if I was
still leaving as scheduled and to confirm that I was to call them
that evening as agreed.
Thereafter, I maintained a daily sked with Charleville Radio
right through to the night we arrived in New Plymouth, 12 days
later. Signal strength and clarity were excellent all the way across
the Tasman (over 1600nm at New Plymouth).
Mine is only a single experience, but I scored them 11 out of 10.
There is no reason why anyone else cruising the Australian
coast (or even further afield) couldn’t do the same as me.
Yacht The Healer, Brisbane.
Museum ascribes significance
of Kathleen Gillett is based on
I was dismayed by the very one-sided views expressed in your
column Squall over Kathleen Gillett in the last issue.
Bruce Stannard has been a great friend of the museum since
its inception and we are grateful to him for the active part he has
played in the life of the museum over many areas. However, on the
matter of interpreting Kathleen Gillett we clearly have different views.
While we understand that Mr Stannard’s friendship with Jack
Earl and his involvement in the reconstruction of Kathleen Gillett
cause him to have strong views, the fact remains that, just as a
person is likely to have several different jobs in a long career, so
a vessel will go through many changes in the course of its life.
While the museum has, for more than 20 years, displayed
Kathleen Gillett as the superb example of naval architecture, fine
finish and boatbuilding skill as presented by the Norwegian
government, the deed of gift recognised the vessel might be
interpreted in other ways consistent with its long history.
In this regard, Kathleen Gillett’s circumnavigation of the world
in 1947-48 is a truly inspiring story which the museum wishes
to represent as honestly as possible.
As with all our historic vessels and artefacts, the museum’s
decision to interpret the vessel in this way was not made lightly
but rather, followed extensive research and consultation with all
relevant parties together with the agreement of the museum’s
As Head of the museum’s Research and Curatorial section I
can assure you that the museum’s curators act with all honesty
and integrity in carrying out their responsibilities, adhering to
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