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Ultra-relaxing cruise on the Clarence River - photo © John Curnow

Dear Recipient Name

You certainly are when you get to look at a river like this. When you then see the cruisers enjoying some time on the glorious and somewhat expansive Clarence River, well it just sought of makes a whole lot of sense. I guess that means I am not the only lucky one, so it is nice to know the wealth is being shared around.

I am also lucky, for soon I will get to see, and experience first hand, Bavaria's new C57. Ensign Shipbrokers have one being all set up for the Sanctuary Cove show. If it is even remotely as good as the brilliant C45 we tested last year in our video review, as well as also what we wrote about her, then spending time aboard her is going to be a great day, indeed. Yep. Lucky boy. Cannot wait...

Magnificent Bavaria C57 - photo © Bavaria Yachts
Magnificent Bavaria C57 - photo © Bavaria Yachts

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The post-administration model rationalisation means this is the largest one Bavaria will make, and like the C45, she has her lines penned by Maurizio Cassutti. That will mean she is not quite as radical as the French have gone, for her innovation is subtler, and her slippery form takes a little longer to comprehend and appreciate. There is volume for'ard, and a long waterline, which is fully utilised when heeled over, from knuckle to transom.

The C57 also employs many a superyacht style system, with twin electronic throttles, an athwartships galley, and a longitudinal garage to fit a 2.8m Williams Jet Tender are all part of the equation if you so choose. Here in Australia, Ensign has delivered eight of the new C craft in under 12 months up and down the East Coast. Six of these will be at Hamilton Island this year, so look out if youre in the Performance Cruiser division. All in all it is an exemplary effort, so ell done Bavaria, Ensign Ship Brokers, and of course, the clients who bought them!

New Bavaria 57 about to hit the water and then have her mast stepped. - photo © Ensign Ship Brokers
New Bavaria 57 about to hit the water and then have her mast stepped. - photo © Ensign Ship Brokers

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Moving on, and if I may be so bold... We all love to hate financial institutions, to vary degrees at any rate. Insurance is certainly one of those, but without doubt, it is now very much time to have a bit of a paradigm shift in terms of the way we look at, approach, and embody the question of insurance. You see, marine insurance is close to being on the chopping block. Like anything, it is first and foremost a business, which means it has to be profitable in order to survive. Look no further than the recent Lloyds fiasco, should you need any further clarification on this point.

So it is clear that boat owners need to address insurance as a privilege, and not a right. One also needs to be accountable to oneself, and your insurer, for the level of seamanship carried out aboard your vessel. Simple reason is, now more than ever, you need to treat it like being in partnership with the underwriter. This is akin to a business partner, or one of your health professionals. Do the wrong thing, and it is going to be hard for them to assist you, and a material breech could well have catastrophic consequences!

Certainly, premiums have gone up of late. Yet if you can, and you really do need to try, you may need to look at this like you're lucky to have only a small 10% increase, for many face much more, and some are not going to be covered at all. Equally, named storm cover is no longer available in the Caribbean, yet Pantaenius has been able to offer said cover for Australia, which is a real bonus. That is more than handy when you consider they would be the world's largest insurer of blue water cruisers.

Having dragged her anchor, this cat tore into herself on this rocky lee shore... - photo © Pantaenius
Having dragged her anchor, this cat tore into herself on this rocky lee shore... - photo © Pantaenius

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Furthermore, conditions are placed on your policy, and this is all designed to make it clear what is, and is not covered. Treat it with disdain, and you could well be slapped in the face with a wet fish on the other side. By way of example, leave your vessel at anchor to go ashore for an extended period, and should it drag and end up on a lee shore, then don't cry wolf later on. At all times, owners must think of what is 'fair and reasonable' in terms of the partnership we mentioned just before.

So yes, your policy document is now the bible, as such, and you should not only read it, but comprehend it like you are going to have a snap test on it tomorrow. At stake is one of your biggest assets, and perhaps even your own health. That said, it would seem like a no brainer to me. By the way, we'll soon have a bit more to say on it all in a separate article, so keep a weather eye out for that.

Her lines show that she is all about an express ride, but one that is also safe and enjoyable - Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 - photo © John Curnow
Her lines show that she is all about an express ride, but one that is also safe and enjoyable - Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 490 - photo © John Curnow

In the last little while, Henk and Lisa Benckhuysen gave us permission to run their piece: Cruising With Kids. Many thanks for that. I loved how they kept the dream, stayed big and took all four kids away with them. Nice work! It is a tremendous read for any family contemplating the move to water, stretching their legs across the might Pacific or beyond. They look at what you can see, do, experience, and happily address all the concerns. Please read it...

The Seawind 1260 clips along nicely. - photo © John Curnow
The Seawind 1260 clips along nicely. - photo © John Curnow

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Today you will find that we have information for you about Multihull Central at the Pittwater Sail Expo (including the Seawind 1260 as displayed above), the World Cruising Club, Cape Horn, the ARC, helping remote communities, the Great Barrier Reef, Jeanne Socrates, GPS, gear from B&G, as well as much more.

So you see, there are stories, lessons, inspirations and history to regale yourself with. Please do savour... We're really enjoying bringing you the best stories from all over the globe. If you want to add to that, then please make contact with us via email.

Remember too, if you want to see what is happening in the other Hemisphere, go to the top of the Sail-WorldCruising home page and the drag down menu on the right, select the other half of the globe and, voila, it's all there for you.

In the meantime, do you love being on the ocean? Well remember to love them back too. They need our help. Now more than ever! Until next time...

John Curnow

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Costa Rica to Panama: An interesting, challenging, but somewhat disappointing adventure
We made it to Panama at 1100h on New Year's Day after quite an eventful New Year's Eve. After leaving Bahia Hermosa, we made our way to Isla Tortuga and had a feast of fresh Ahi tuna with all the fixing for Christmas dinner.

MS Amlin Yacht Release First Episode of "80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston" Episode 2
Sir Robin reflects on the key memorable moments of his sailing career to date in the latest episode of MS Amlin Yacht's “80 Seconds with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston video series.

Turn to Starboard to host charity dinner in aid of injured veterans
The fundraising event, sponsored by, will take place at the Drapers' Hall in central London on Thursday, June 20. Organisers hope to raise funds towards the charity's work supporting Armed Forces personnel affected by military service.

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20% off The Mediterranean with Sunsail
The Mediterranean cruising season is officially underway and for just a few days we're offering you 20% off some of the worlds top Mediterranean destinations - time to book the next adventure with your friends and family and explore the world!

North Sails Weekly Debrief: World Champion Interview, 3Di NORDAC, How To, Client Testimonial
Rombelli and crew triumph at the Melges 20 Worlds. Hear what they did to overcome a rough patch to turn around and win the championship.

Giant iceberg enters "final phase" of breaking away from Antarctica
A huge iceberg, roughly twice the size of New York City, is set to soon break off from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica. With two large cracks due to meet within the next few months, a research station has already been relocated

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Countdown to Palma with Ancasta
Just nine days until the doors open to the 36th Palma International Boatshow and this years event is set to be bigger than any previous year with over 600 boats on display.

Cruising with kids
Crossing the South Pacific on a small sailboat was never my dream, but I have done it and enjoyed it. My idea was to sail the protected waters of British Columbia's Gulf Islands, like I did as a teenager with my parents

May Rendezvous at Poets Cove, Pender Island
We'll have the floating dock again this year as our Rendezvous base. There are limited spaces along the dock for boats; the fee is $1/foot/night. If you want to tie to the dock, contact Poet's Cove ASAP to reserve at 250-629-2111.

Ocean Safety renews safety partnership with World Cruising Club
The UK's leading specialists in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine safety equipment, Ocean Safety, has renewed its longstanding partnership with iconic ocean rally organisers World Cruising Club for a further three-year period.

Simrad launches all new intuitive and easy-to-use chartplotter
Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today Simrad® Cruise, the most intuitive chartplotter on the market.

Bluewater Weekend set to inspire offshore sailors
Rally organisers World Cruising Club, best known for the annual ARC - Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, have joined together once again with leading offshore yacht broker Berthon International, to host a weekend of conversation about bluewater cruising.

First Regatta "Challenge of Cabo Horn", March 2019
Last February, I embarked in sail vessel 'Guga Buy' of Eduardo Zanella, which was in Ushuaia, for some exploration of the fjords, glaciers, pinguineras, castoreiras, among others, to acquire background with navigation in high latitudes.

Completing the Circle: World ARC 2018-19 concludes in Saint Lucia
Round-the-world rally World ARC 2018-19 officially came to an end on Saturday 13th April with a special day of celebrations to mark the conclusion of this unique sailing journey.

World ARC 2018-19: A new group of circumnavigators celebrate in Rodney Bay, St Lucia
The final prizegiving and formal celebration of circumnavigation for the World ARC 2018-19 fleet was hosted at the beautiful Royal St. Lucia hotel on Saturday night.

Sea Mercy calling on yachts to 'sail with a greater purpose'
If you are heading into the Pacific, please consider connecting with Sea Mercy to provide much needed assistance to remote communities.

The OCC Annual Awards Dinner
Ninety members were booked in for the dinner at Plas Menai, arriving from all directions, including as far away as Australia and British Columbia.

Completing the Circumnavigation: World ARC 2018-19 ends in Saint Lucia
The World ARC 2018-19 crews gathered in Chateau Mygo in Margot Bay for the last dinner before the Parade of Sail and the final function in Rodney Bay.

Jeanne Socrates on board Nereida passing Cape Leeuwin today - Third Great Cape on nonstop sail RTW
At the time of writing, S/V 'Nereida' is within 12 miles of passing Sth of Cape Leeuwin, SW Australia, on our way around the world nonstop, unassisted, in my attempt to become the oldest person to do so single-handed (at 76 years old).

Don't believe everything you see on the screen
When you sail in places like the US/Canada; Australia/NZ, or Europe, you can get lulled into believing what is shown on your laptop, handheld GPS or chart plotter is accurate.

On Mexican time, or recovering from Sergio, part II
When I drove from Victoria, BC, Canada to San Carlos, Mexico in late October 2018 and crossed into northern Mexico, the Sonora desert was greener than I had ever seen it.

Preparation for and the Realities of Cruising
The Calgary Chapter is kicking off the summer cruising season with a daylong seminar jam-packed with practical advice for everyone who is considering going offshore.

Visit Greece! Explore the world’s ancient capital
From the Byzantine churches and old-school souvlaki joints in Athens, to cliff-side art galleries across Hydra and ancient ruins in Methana, the Saronic Gulf continues to beguile sailors since the birth of civilisation.

Philippe Briand unveils new 90m SY300 self sufficient sailing megayacht concept
Authenticity and a passion for performance are the core principles behind Philippe Briand's new sailing megayacht concept, the SY300.

Sneak Peek: Sailing around the world
For the past 2 years since leaving Sweden in 2017, Oskar Olausson and Lisa Lindeberg have called their Sun Odyssey 45, HILMA, home.

B&G releases the new WS700 Vertical Wind Sensor
B&G, the global leader in design and manufacturing of sailing electronics, has released a new vertical wind sensor designed for race yachts and larger cruising yachts.

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