By June 27, 2011 Blog Comments Off

Dutch 15 year-old solo circumnavigator Laura Dekker arrives in Tahiti

Laura Dekker is on a quest to become the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the world. She departed the Mediterranean in August 2010, sailing a route across the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, and west across  the Pacific to French Polynesia.

Unlike our Jessica Watson, Dekker is in no hurry and is cruising along and stopping off at the various ports.  She has until Sept. 20, 2012, her 17th birthday, to complete her voyage.

Dekker hopes to be in Australia in November.

Stunning PIF Regatta on Sydney Harbour

Sydney laid on one of it’s classic sunny, blue water days for the 2011 PIF Regatta on Friday 25 March.  With over 120 regatta yachts and spectator cruisers, it was a great day on Sydney Harbour.  The spectator fleet knew how to party, with plenty of entertaining, drinking and eating, and even some dress ups !  Race winners (of Cat 1) were Investec Loyal, Wild Oats, and Southern Excellence.  Most importantly, the Property Industry Foundation raised a considerable sum of money for under-privileged youths via the Salvos. Bravo.

Property Industry Foundation (PIF) Charity Regatta Mar 2011

The Property Industry Foundation (PIF) holds it’s annual sailing regatta this Friday 25th March on Sydney Harbour. This charitable yachting regatta has grown enormously over the years to become one of the calander’s highlight events, with literally 100’s of yachts and supporters cruisers!

This excellent foundation raises money for “kids doing it a bit tough” with it financial support of program for youth homelessness.  If you would like to arrange a supporter vessel (probably too late for a race yacht – but you can try..), please call Eastcoast Sailing on 1300 883 023.  This event is a massively fun regatta for the sailors and supporters alike.


The bi-annual Wooden Boat festival is a great event for yachties, and landlubbers alike. Stunningly restored wooden boats are on display dating back some 80 years. Halvorsen Boats are well represented as usual, with a good mix of cruisers and sailing boats.

Enjoy the classic lines, and the glorious timberwork evoking romantic memories from a gracious era.

Click here to view more photos on Flickr by Australian National Maritime Museum .

By June 17, 2010 Blog Comments Off

Young sailors attempt to beat Jessica Watson

After  Jessica Watson made history and become the official youngest ever solo sailor circumnavigate history by Sailing into Sydney Harbour Saturday morning (15th May 2010), there were a couple of teenagers around the world who wish to beat Jessica Watson record.

A YOUNG Californian sailor – Abby Sunderland was one of them who unfortunately failed in her attempt to beat Jessica watson record to be the youngest person to sail around the world solo. US teenager, Abby Sunderland dream came apart when she was forced to radio for emergency help when her yacht was dis-masted in huge storms in the Indian Ocean. She was later picked up by a French fishing vessel, and ultimately abandoned her stricken yacht.

Watch rescue efforts underway as the 16-year-old abandons her round-the-world quest: