Live Firing Activities – Shoal Bay Area

Military exercises in the Shoal Bay (Qld) area are a bit of a challenge for those heading South after their Whitsundays cruise this year. The area is closed from 2 October to 26 November 2015 with no anchoring anywhere in the area.
UPDATE 14/10: It look like the authorities have relented and access to popular anchorages is now allowed – refer to this Notice to Mariners (304) for further information.

That time of the year

Yes, it’s that time of the year… No, I wasn’t going talk about Christmas (although best wishes of the Season to you, of course), but it seems many of our favourite cruising guides have published updates.

Lucas has “Late 2012” updates for both the Coral Coast and NSW Coast guides.
Rob has published updates to his Passage Planner and Marilyn  (Coastal Cruising Companion has just sent out her 2nd newsletter with updates for those expecting to sail to Tasmania this summer (which should be many, as the circumnavigation is ‘on’ this year).

Oh.. and if you _are_ looking for a Christmas present, why not become a Skipr Plus membership  and save a bundle! Continue reading “That time of the year”

At last, one Marine Rescue Organisation

MarineRescue.pngAt last there are now some tangible signs that Coastal Patrol and Coast Guard organisations along the NSW coast are integrating their operations. 

From 1st January, Coastal Patrol started calling itself Marine Rescue and from yesterday, 17th January, Coast Guard stations also changed their call signs to Marine Rescue.

Below is a list of the Coast Guard stations with their new call signs:

Continue reading “At last, one Marine Rescue Organisation”

Tweeting all the way home

Nick Jaffe Nick Jaffe just cleared customs in Coffs Harbour after a 2 year solo sail from Europe. Apart from being an accomplished sailor, Nick also worked out how to make the Internet work for him along the way.

And not just by getting regular weather reports via a Satellite…

Check out his Website, Blog, his Flickr photostream, his Video and his Tweets. And of course, there is a tracking page.Well done, Nick!

I guess it had to be a 27 year old to show us how it’s done…

Planet Skipr mailing list

Just in case you were wondering where it was… The Planet Skipr mailing list had gone AWOL and it took a while to get it up and running again. It looks like it was associated with the recent addition of the site. I’ve taken off and subscribers saw a long email this morning with the news from the past week.

You don’t know what I’m talking about? Planet Skipr is a once a day email with short news items of interest to the cruising community, gathered from a variety of sources.  You can subscribe to the Planet Skipr mailing list or read more about it.
[Update – There is a continued issue with the Planet Software – sorry – we’re working on it]
[Later Update – it’s been fixed]
[Even later Update – we have changed the list of subscribed sites to include only those from active cruising sailors, more information, see Links and Lists]

Keeping up to date

I’ve been adding some items to the Skipr website and finding new ways for folks to be kept up to date.TurnLeft.jpg

Resource Pages
We recently added a page with cruising guides and one with useful links. They are primarily for those cruising North this winter, but should be useful for others as well. You’ll find them in the right hand margin of this page, under “Ports & Anchorages”.
New Mailing List for heading North
Apart from the TurnLeft mailing list which we just started, don’t forget about the Planet Skipr mailing list. It collects stories from this site and adds them to headlines from You receive everything that’s happening in one email per day. Now that Cruising Helmsman is publishing some of their articles online (via My Sailing), I’ve added them to the system, so you’ll see their headlines as well in the “Daily Planet”. If you’re not already getting them, subscribe here.
You’ll see increasing mention in the press about Twitter. While to the uninitiated, it might sound like yet another techie obsession, check it out. The idea is to write short entries about “what you ‘re doing now”. Others can easily your activities and you can follow others, so it encourages social interaction. For example, I have a @skiprdotnet account on twitter where I write whenever I add something to this site. I also have an account for @TeMoana, where I write about what we’re doing on the boat.
I’m working on an extension to the Skipr boat tracking service to (optionally) send a message to a twitter account whenever a position report is entered. It would allow anyone with their Twitter account.