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Jason Chipp at the controls of the Nautitech 40 Open when leaving Grenada - photo © Jason Chipp

Dear Recipient Name

It would be wonderful to be able to do all the miles you have in your mind. Alas, especially at the moment, it is just not going to happen. So it is kind of cool to be able to share the wealth a bit, and be really happy for someone else taking in a grand jaunt.

It does not even matter if you have been there previously yourself, or not. You either relive your own adventures in part, or go totally vicariously and immerse yourself, like jumping in off the bow in some new anchorage and completely immerse yourself, both figuratively and literally.

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Life on the high seas... - photo © Jason Chipp
Life on the high seas... - photo © Jason Chipp

So today's cruiser in kind, as it were, is our pal Jason Chipp from Ensign Ship Brokers. They very much sail with their clients, whether it is delivery handover, or a full week's passage from A to B. Ensign handle Bavaria sail and power in Australia, as well as the French subsidiary, Nautitech Catamarans. A lot of clients also take delivery in Europe. Chipp commented during our chat, "It is great to be fortunate enough to sail on numerous Nautitechs up and down the East Coast of Australia, to head to/from Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach Race Week campaigns, and cruise the Whitsundays."

"I have even sailed down the coast of France, Portugal, Italy, and other places in the Med on board Nautitechs, but never had the opportunity arisen to sail in the Caribbean, which has to be one of God's gifts to the catamaran world! So when a delivery voyage of more then 1,600 nautical miles from Grenada to Miami on board a well-equipped Nautitech Open 40 came up, including some time to take a bit of a look around, well I jumped right at it!"

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See! It is work... Making instructional videos. Sure. Sure. Sure.... - photo © Jason Chipp
See! It is work... Making instructional videos. Sure. Sure. Sure.... - photo © Jason Chipp

Best of all, he's documented it, and we'll be able to check in on that later. They'll be worth watching too, for he's not the kind of guy to get into inane blogs about nothing, given his very much hands-on experience with building, project managing, and now selling boats for over 20 years.

Whether you are new to sailing, new to cats, or quite the accomplished sea dog, I bet he'll work through cable versus hydraulic steering, mini keels (keelsons) versus daggerboards, helm position(s), gennakers, screechers, kites, and just exactly what is it like to do more than a thousand nauticals dead-down wind while keeping to a schedule.

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Kite surfer Dave Serrano in 'Disneyland' at the Turks and Ciacos Group. - photo © Jason Chipp
Kite surfer Dave Serrano in 'Disneyland' at the Turks and Ciacos Group. - photo © Jason Chipp

"Joining us on board was sponsored Kite Surfer Dave Serrano, who took to the blue waters of Turks and Caicos like it was Disneyland. We also had the quintessential All-American sweetheart, Jessie Jackson, come along for a sail most would put on their bucket list, and few actually get to enjoy let alone call work!"

"We are going to premiere the new model Nautitech 40 Open at this year's Sydney International Boat Show. We'll also highlight the new look 46' Open, that forms the range with the 46' Fly bridge, 47' Powercat, and the flagship 54' sailing cat. Actually, just on the latter, I'm heading over to the factory in July to oversee the final phase of commissioning of a new 542. We'll sail her down the coast of France, Portugal and Spain, before stopping off in Gibraltar to hand her over to her proud Melbourne-based owners, all ready for their voyage of a lifetime through the Med."

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Jessie Jackson taking in the cruise of a lifetime. - photo © Jason Chipp
Jessie Jackson taking in the cruise of a lifetime. - photo © Jason Chipp

I think there will be some terrific videos to come out of that as well. In the meantime, as Jason says, "If you wanted to talk with someone who eats, sleeps, and more-importantly USES the product they sell, then feel free to call to give me a call on +61 448 061 660."

Today you will find that we have information for you about the ARC Europe and USA, the incredible Jeanne Socrates, the World ARC and coming to Australia, autonomous shipping is a reality, Thailand, ICOM radios, Greek Cruising Tax now in play, research vessels, the Caribbean, USCG radio activated sound signals, as well as much more.

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Map to read the latest USCG Notice to Mariners for your location - photo ©
Map to read the latest USCG Notice to Mariners for your location - photo ©

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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US Sailing awards Hanson Medal to crew for rescue in Buzzards Bay
On July 26, 2017, Disco Volante, a Hanse 400 from the Sound Sailing Center, was teaching an Advanced Coastal Cruising Class with four students and two instructors from Norwalk, Conn.

Thinking of sailing south this autumn? ARC Caribbean 1500 2019 entries are now open!
Thinking of sailing south this autumn? Come and join the fleet as we head off towards the warmer climates of the Caribbean!

Manoeuvre like a boss: Stay in control with Sunsail
Think you're ready to embark on an epic adventure in Europe's sailing mecca this summer? Why not brush up on your Mediterranean mooring skills before you hit the high seas.

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The Seafarer Thailand Rally: Sailing a Tropic Paradise
As a result of a recent survey about what clients would look for in a winter flotilla, Seafarer is 'testing the waters' (literally!) on a new winter flotilla in Thailand, by running a pilot 7 night flotilla on the 22nd of June.

ARC Europe & ARC USA Leg 1 Prizegiving: Nanny Cay to Bermuda
On Sunday evening, 125 crew members from the 32 ARC Europe/USA boats in St. Georges assembled at the Dinghy Club to enjoy an evening of celebrations marking the end of the first stage of their Atlantic crossing.

Changes to Icom UK's Range of Marine fixed VHF/DSC Radios
Icom UK's range of fixed VHF/DSC marine radios is changing but still provides a clear choice for those customers taking to the water.

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Greek Cruising Tax now operational but beset with issues
The long running saga of the Greek Cruising Tax, known as the TEPAI, was due for implementation on 2 April 2019 following the first attempt to introduce it in 2014.

ARC Europe & ARC USA arrivals in Bermuda
After five days at sea, the first boats of ARC Europe 2019 slipped quietly onto anchorage during the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning, 9th May. Just shy of 0500 local time, Oceanis, a Beneteau Oceanis 58, led the way through the clear crystal waters

Coast Guard completes installation of Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signals in Northeast
The purpose of the modernization was to replace the less reliable and less efficient VM-100 fog detectors with a Coast Guard-designed, radio-controlled system. The process also eliminated several 24/7 continuously sounding horns.

Mast Stepping & Commissioning with RigIt, the South Coast's Rigging Experts
As any boat owner will tell you, one of the trickiest operations in yacht or boat maintenance is stepping (raising) or unstepping (lowering) the mast.

S/V Nereida sails around the world - Day 219: Another day of light winds with more drifting around
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Discover how to sail to Australia with ARC and World ARC
Come and meet the World Cruising Club team for a coffee and a chat about the ARC and World ARC rallies. Meet other like-minded cruising sailors, then visit the largest boat show in the southern hemisphere.

Ocean Safety to distribute powerful new LineLauncher
Ocean Safety, leading safety experts specialising in the worldwide supply, distribution, service and hire of marine and waterside safety equipment, has been appointed a UK distributor of Linelauncher.

Top Med spots for monos
This month, set your own pace with Sunsail's cutting-edge monohulls in the Med, for less. Whether you're looking to navigate Croatia's spectacular Mljet National Park, glide towards sun-bleached shores of Mallorca, or revel in Meltemi winds.

Sailing jacket classics and newcomers
This week, we challenged the team at Wetsuit Outlet to show us their favourite sailing jackets which included a selection of high-performance classics and tech-rich newcomers...

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