Sailability for all, on Australia Day!
Girt by Sea? Sailability is an international organisation that works to provide access to the joys of sailing for all regardless of ability So this Thursday, Aussie Day there is a Family day at the Whitsunday Sailing Club model boat sailing and cricket on Australia's most scenic cricket pitch the front lawn of the Whitsunday Sailing Club. There is the annual Dan Kane Memorial yacht race in honour of a great Aussie battler and popular member of the Sailing Club and the Family fun kicks off at 11am downstairs with games for the kids and a good old-fashioned Aussie BBQ.
About 3pm, the new Sailability Access 303 dinghy 'Kane' is due to be christened and launched by Dan's parents, Mim & John Kane and Sailability President Jim Hayes.
Club Manager Angela Rae says, "The more people the merrier as we love to celebrate the day with all our club members and their friends. You can bring rugs, chairs, umbrellas or sit in the shade of the balcony" (Note: if this rain keeps up, you might bring your own boat)
Presentations for the Dan Kane memorial race are at 4pm. Dan Kane's parents will present the trophy they have donated in memory of their son. Last year's Australia Day proceeds where donated to Sailability Whitsunday to help purchase the new boat to allow disabled people of all ages to enjoy sailing.
Call Sailability Whitsunday Vice President Andy 0407 636 611 if you have any questions about the sailing days.
"Let all combine with heart and hand,
To advance Australia fair!"
Old guy on slow boat enjoys sea
Low to no budget, tiny boat, all alone, 72 years old, enjoyed 45 days on his Atlantic crossing. If that isn't a true inspiration, I don't know what is.
Swede Sven Yrvind left Porto Santo and 2870 nautical miles later at an average speed of 2,65 knots arrived in Martinique in his bright yellow self-built little boat.
In these record focused times Sven is something different, and enjoyed his, most likely a healthier inner and outer journey rather than blasting along in 30 knots.
Yrvind is a boat designer and over the years, he has always followed his own path with small, seaworthy boats. His latest has no electronics and no autopilot.
Mini-Arks are the latest in Japanese engineering with the development of the 'Noah' a four-person four-foot diameter bright yellow sphere made of fibre-reinforced plastic. The mini-ark was designed to help residents along Japan's coast survive a future tsunami. The 'Noah' is self-righting and can survive a 33-foot drop (that's a big bounce in metric!) It can be used as a toy house for children or a doghouse for Dad and includes a chrome pole inside to hang onto or to entertain. The pod retails for about $3,800 and more than 1,000 have been ordered says the builder.
Time for leap seconds
The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service have decided to add a leap second to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) at the end of June 2012.
The most recent leap was added on December 31, 2008. They have been necessary because of the Earth's unpredictable rotation.
UTC is based on highly accurate atomic clocks, but has been kept more or less synchronised with mean solar time by way of leap seconds.
Meantime with this being a leap year, February will have a total of 29 days instead of the usual 28, to make up for our rotation around the Sun.
Boat Haven Bay - Mariners are advised that the special mark buoy which was marking a sunken vessel midway between Abel Point and Mandalay Point in the Muddy Bay Small Craft Mooring Area, has been permanently withdrawn. AUS charts 252, 253 & 268
Bait Reef - Mariners be advised that the special mark buoy temporarily established in approximate position latitude 19° 48.549' S, longitude 149° 03.778' E at Bait Reef is reported off station. AUS charts 254 & 825
Proserpine River entrance - Mariners are advised that the lighted starboard lateral mark No.1 buoy Fl G 3s temporarily established to mark the destroyed starboard lateral mark No. 1 beacon Fl G 3s in the entrance to the Proserpine River, has been reported off station. AUS charts 252 & 824
Fair winds to Ye!
Cap'n Dan is a regular broadcaster on ABC Radio Tropical North and 4MK