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AMSA interview on safety and EPIRB emergency beacons

Episode 47 of The Sailing Podcast is an interview with Mal Bettanay of AMSA – The Australian Maritime Safety Authority. AMSA is a federal government body responsible for rescue coordination over 10% of the earth’s surface. I caught up with Mal and discussed emergency beacons at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, held in Queensland, Australia in May, 2014.

Although the Australian population is about 0.5% of the world population, under the SOLAS Convention AMSA are looking after approximately 10% of the earth’s surface. Their Emergency Response Centre deal with around 10,000 incidents per year (including beacon activations, searches and medical evacuations). This includes around 500 search specific tasks and on average 300 lives saved every year.

During the interview we hear about:

  • AMSA’s role in Abby Sunderland’s rescue in the Indian Ocean
  • Tony Bullimore’s rescue in the Southern Ocean in 1997
  • The importance of registration, safe storage and correct disposal of EPIRBs

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Show Notes for Emergency Beacons and AMSA

Well thanks again Mal for chatting to us about AMSA and the importance of looking after and registering your beacon. I know that there are many listeners outside of Australia and I would invite you to leave a comment in this blog post if you know where to dispose of old beacons in your country or if you know who looks after the registration – maybe you can leave a link in the comments so that it can be a quick resource for people who find the interview and want to register their beacon or update their contact details in their own country.

You can visit the AMSA website at www.amsa.gov.au for more information

Other rescues

Mal referred to a couple of well known rescues that AMSA was involved in. The first was about the rescue of Abby Sunderland in the Indian Ocean in 2010. Her yacht, Wild Eyes, had been dismasted and Abby activated her emergency beacon. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority arranged to charter a Qantas Airbus passenger jet to fly out to the vessel, which was over 2000 miles off the Australian coast.

Their goal was to locate the vessel and establish communication while a French commercial fishing vessel made its way to the site.

You can read about the story of Abby Sunderland in her book -

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I recently had a nice comment on one of the website pages about a listeners yacht. It was from John who found the page with information about an Arthur Robb designed yacht – Akala owned by a listener also named David. John says:

Thank you David for sharing your beautiful yacht with us. Since purchasing Princess Persephone I’ve searched the web for any Robb content and now there’s Akala; maybe I’ll be inspired to do my part. Persephone was launched in Auckland in 1960 and now can be found in Mangonui Harbour in the Far North.

It is always great to help owners connect and see each others yachts so I would like to invite you again to send me photos of your yacht and I will update my listener gallery which has some yachts in it. Just email me a couple of photos and a bit of the background of your yacht and I can add it to the website. You can email me david@thesailingpodcast.com

I would also invite you to download the new app I have had created for The Sailing Podcast. At this stage it is available for iPhone and iPad – with an android version coming soon– You can just search for ‘The Sailing Podcast’ in the App store and you should be able to see it. If not, please let me know and I will send you a direct link. You can download episodes with the app and it has a cool feature that lets you download them to listen to later, when you might be offline – all you do is ‘star’ the episode and it will download for later. There is an android version coming, I just have to get all the images together so that it can be created. If you do get a chance to download it please leave a rating or review for the app – again this just helps it to show up in the search results for apps.

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Sevenstar and DYT Yacht Transport

Episode 46 of The Sailing Podcast is with Peter and Laura from Sevenstar and DYT Yacht Transport. We caught up at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (SCIBS) held on the Gold Coast, Queensland in May. The SCIBS management gave me the opportunity to carry out some interviews using the Channel 7 stage.

The concept of transporting yachts from sailing destination to sailing destination came up in a previous interview with Bill and Judy Rouse about the Costs of Cruising (one of our most popular interviews). Bill and Judy had decided to ship their yacht instead of sailing through the pirate infested waters off Somalia in 2011.

During the interview we hear about:

  • How Sevenstar Yacht Transport began helping cruisers avoid the Bay of Biscay
  • The common routes used for yacht transport
  • How the DYT Yacht Transport vessel submerges to pick up its cargo
  • How the business is still about helping the average cruising sailor to explore new cruising desinations

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Show Notes for Sevenstar and DYT Yacht Transport

Well it was a surprise to find a couple of overseas guests at the boat show, but I guess that is why it’s called the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show. If you would like to check out the boats that Peter and Laura were talking about in action please head to the website – http://www.sevenstar-yacht-transport.com/ and if you have used Sevenstar to transport your yacht somewhere interesting please let me know – I am really interested to hear about how people have used this service to their advantage. You can leave a message in the comments section or send me an email – david@thesailingpodcast.com

It was great to have the stage to use although we were competing with the helicopters landing and taking off in the background as well as the ‘My Kitchen Rules’ cooking team who were setting up in the background as well – I guess that is just part and parcel of a live recording and it does add a bit of ambiance to the interview.

On The Radar

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I still have the Speakpipe link operating on the website so that listeners can record a message directly from the and that is just what Neil Davies did. He has left a message to say thanks for producing the podcast and to let us know where we could check out his blog about their travels.

Here are the links to Neil’s websites:

The other news that caught my attention this week was the Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov who landed at Mooloolaba, just a half hour from my house, after 168 days at sea, rowing from Chile in South America, non-stop to Australia. I think the reports said it was a 16,000km journey. I also saw one of the reports saying that he was inspired by the Kon Tiki Voyage, but just a bit of trivia for those of you playing at home, there was another raft voyage from South America in 1970, which ending in Mooloolaba as well, that was the La Balsa voyage led by Vital Alsar.

Coincidentally, another interview I did at Sanctuary Cove was with Mel from AMSA and he mentions a couple of times that AMSA has coordinated rescues for rowers crossing the Indian Ocean.

The AMSA interview covers some of the roles they have in Marine rescue as well as how to care for your EPIRB so that it can give you the best results should you have to activate it.

I also have an interview with Paul and Sheryl Shard recorded and it is on the subject of ‘How to make money while cruising’ so I will get these extra episodes up as soon as possible.

Available for iPad and iPhone

Available for iPad and iPhone

If you get them as soon as they come out, you can download my new app for iPhone and iPad – just search for ‘The Sailing Podcast’ in the App store and you should be able to see it. If not, please let me know and I will send you a direct link. You can download episodes with the app and it has a cool feature that lets you download them to listen to later, when you might be offline – all you do is ‘star’ the episode and it will download for later. There is an android version coming, I just have to get all the images together so that it can be created.
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Wharram Catamaran Designs with James Wharram and Hanneke Boon

James Wharram and Hanneke Boon

James Wharram and Hanneke Boon

Episode 45 of The Sailing Podcast is with a living legend, James Wharram, and his partner, Hanneke Boon. Together they have inspired hundreds of sailors to follow their dreams by designing practical, safe and affordable catamaran designs. Wharram catamaran designs are based on the principles of the ancient Polynesian canoe design and have a reputation for safety, adventure and freedom.

James Wharram began his adventures in 1953, building his first craft, Tangaroa, a 23’6” catamaran based on the Polynesian Canoe. His early inspiration came from the journeys of Frenchman Eric De Bisschop. James travelled across the Atlantic in 1955/56 in a journey chronicled in his famous book “Two girls, two catamarans“.

During the interview we hear about:

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Show Notes for Wharram Catamaran Designs

One of the great things about listening to a podcast is that instead of just reading an news story or a magazine article, a podcast lets you listen to the persons voice and it lets you gain some understanding into their personality and also gain some insight into what they are like. You can find information about Wharram Designs at www.wharram.com

Spirit of Gaia, pride of the fleet

Spirit of Gaia, pride of the fleet

I have had James Wharram on my radar for quite a long time, hoping to rack his brain for a few titbits of information about his life and this opportunity came about thanks to Chuck and Linda of SV Jacaranda who we met in episode 41. They had crossed paths with the Wharrams while cruising and were able to help me to connect with them.
I really hope that you enjoy listening to James and Hanneke Wharram as much as I enjoyed interviewing them. I hope that you come out of the interview feeling, as I did, that you now know more about them, what they are like and how the Wharram Designs became so popular.

James and Hanneke aboard Spirit of Gaia

James and Hanneke aboard Spirit of Gaia

During the interview we spoke about:
• An encounter with James had with the French sailor Bernard Moitessier (and coincidentally, I think we also heard a little about Bernard in the interview I did with Webb Chiles)
• We also heard about the evolution of the boat building market for Wharram Designs and a brief mention of one of our guests, David Ryan of Sailing Montauk, who we spoke to about building a wharram tiki in episode 17.
• Then we heard about their interest in marine archaeology and how the Lapita Voyage came about and how that led to them crossing paths with Chuck and Linda from Jacaranda journey
• And also briefly about Hanneke’s experiences with Polynesian navigation

On the Radar

Sailing news Sailing blogsI was contacted by Matt of SVYolo who wanted to share his families preparations for setting sail on their yacht yolo. Matt and Courtney have a Brewer 44 and they are getting ready for a voyage later this year along with their 2 children. They share their experiences at www.svyolo.com and if you have time to stop in and check their progress you will get some good tips on what it takes to get a yacht ready for a big trip. The site even has a count down timer as well, counting down the days to get away. Matt has recently posted some questions about his boats set up so I am sure he would appreciate some advice on getting ready if you have the time to pop by.

I also wanted to mention that Matt Rutherford is away on another voyage, this time a 7000 mile voyage cutting across the east and west sides of the north pacific gyre (otherwise known as the Pacific Garbage Patch). He is running the Ocean Research Project and collecting samples and data between Oakland, California and Fukuoka in Japan. You can check out their progress at http://oceanresearchproject.org/ or follow them on Facebook – just search for ‘Ocean Research Project’. It’s a non-for-profit venture and Matt is still looking for help in financing the research so if you can help him out look for the ‘donate’ button on the website and contribute to this valuable project.

If you do decide to use the links on my website and decide to buy a book or something else on Amazon, I do get a small commission which helps to support the show. It actually helps me out if you are looking to buy anything on Amazon, if you access the site through one of the Amazon links on the Sailing Podcast. I will set up a link that is www.thesailingpodcast.com/amazon so that if you are heading to Amazon you can help support the show at the same time.

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