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Tasmania has 8% of Australia's coastline: more coast than Victoria and New South Wales combined so it's hardly surprising that boating, boats and all things nautical are part of our life and culture. Tasmania's coastal waters cover some 23,000 square kilometers and the sea has not only been our link to the wider world but, for many of us, the source of our livelihood. Boat building and associated activities are part of our heritage and continue to make a valuable contribution to our economy.

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Notice to Mariners: Mariners are advised Huon Aquaculture has had a mooring system fail resulting in 14 cages drifting between Roaring Beach and Satellite Island. The cages are 168m in circumference.
Toxic Algal Bloom Update: There are public health warnings in place for the eating of wild shellfish and rock lobster in the Huon and Lower D’Entrecasteaux areas and on the East Coast.
Team Australia aims to shatter long-standing Sydney Hobart record : The fastest yacht in the southern hemisphere, Sean Langman's imposing 60-foot trimaran Team Australia will attempt to beat the Hobart to Sydney record.
The Bruny Island Race: The Fork in the Road has also made a clean sweep of handicap honours in the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania's oldest race, the Bruny Island Race.
Wooden Boat Festival program now available: The 10th biennial MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival runs from Friday 8th – Monday 11th February 2013. Hobart's historic waterfront will come alive with the colour and excitement of our rich maritime culture and history.
Minister Burke protects Tasmanian Kelp Marine Forests, while the PM condemns them to death: Tony Burke, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities yesterday announced that he was giving national protection to the Giant Kelp Marine Forests as an endangered ecological community under the Environment Protection and
Super Trawler concerns: Recreational fishers of Tasmania have serious concerns surrounding the imminent introduction of a Super trawler into the Small Pelagic Fishery and potential negative effect a vessel of this kind may have on the marine environment in Tasmania.
SHELLFISH HEALTH ALERT EXTENDED AGAIN: A public health alert against eating wild shellfish from southern waters now extends across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to South Bruny Island.
Tune in to understand VHF marine radio: The ACMA has produced two new videos that provide recreational boaters with up to date information about using VHF marine radios.
Massive trawler concerns raised: The Tasmanian Greens today raised concerns about plans to base a mackerel fishing super-trawler at Devonport on Tasmania's north-west coast.
2013 Wooden Boat Festival: Registrations for the 2013 MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival are now open.
Coastalwatch Plus Launch - A New Window to the Coast : Australia's premiere coastal resource site is launching its new full featured extension, Coastalwatch Plus, a premium service that will make it simple for surfers to stay on the pulse with the ocean.
New Hobart Marina: Lara Giddings, premier of Tasmania, has announced a new A$3m marina in Prince of Wales Bay in Hobart.
Should IFS be investing licence fees in property?: With the recent report that IFS has invested licence fees in properties, we are interested in your opinion. Feel free to add your comments on the topic also.
Nowhere Else on Earth: Tasmania's Marine Natural Values: Environment Tasmania yesterday launched a new report titled 'Nowhere Else on Earth: Tasmania's Marine Natural Values'. This report has for the first time, collated the science of Tasmania's marine life on a state-wide level
Fishing & Boating Tasmania website: www.fishingboatingtasmania.com.au Launched a mere 10 weeks ago, Fishing & Boating Tasmania now has more than 160 members with new members joining daily.
Wooden Boat Festival 2013: The tenth Australian Wooden Boat Festival will be held in Hobart from 8 to 11 February 2013. It is time for all you wooden boat owners to start thinking about polishing the brass-work and varnishing the topsides in readiness for the biggest wooden boat
King Island's "Beacon of Bass Strait" is about to come-of-age!: The 48m tall Cape Wickham Lighthouse on the northernmost tip of King Island began operating 150 years ago on November 1st 1861 and has operated continuously since that first night of operation.
Three Peaks Race UK 2011 - Tassie's Team in the Spotlight: Tasmania's Team Whistler will begin their second consecutive bid to win the UK Three Peaks Yacht Race, one of the greatest adventure challenges in British sport.
Troubled cop boat a 'lemon': A PARLIAMENTARY inquiry into the shortcomings of the $1.6 million PV Fortescue yesterday heard the boat would never be able to complete all the tasks it was designed to perform.
Three Peaks Race - Whistler crew's double bid : The crew of last year's Tasmanian Three Peaks Race winning yacht Whistler has even higher aspirations this year
wooden Boat Festival news: http://www.australianwoodenboatfestival.com.au/images/enews_21_Apr11.pdf
Wooden Boat Festival - Vanity returns to Hobart in her 100th year: The Tasmanian One Design yacht Vanity, built in Hobart in 1911, has returned to sail on the River Derwent in her centenary year and be one of the major attractions at the MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
Ocean Planet News: Ocean Planet and Environment Tasmania are having an information stall at the Wooden Boat Festival to celebrate and promote their new marine film 'Tasmania's unique marine environmen' + work opportunties
About Abalone Ganglioneuritis: The first outbreak of AVG in Tasmania was at an abalone processing plant at Mornington in 2008 and it then reappeared at the plant again 2009. In January 2011 a land-based abalone farm at Bicheno was quarantined after the disease AVG was confirmed and PCR
Ocean Planet meeting: Ocean Planet meeting is on next Thursday 27th January
Fortescue springs a leak: Last night (Jan 20) the problem plagued Police Vessel PV Fortescue was leaking diesel fuel into Lindisfarne Bay.
Mewstone challenge launched: Tasmanian yachtsmen have issued a challenge to visiting mainland yacht owners to contest the nation's southernmost ocean race, the Mewstone
Latest Article: A voyaging sail inventory
WRITTEN BY RALPH NARANJO IN April 2013.

The offshore sailor has a different set of sail inventory needs, in part due to increased stress and strain and in part due to a wider range of sailing conditions that define open ocean sailing. What's needed is a sail inventory capable of coping with a wider wind range and the dynamics of a churned up sea state. Ideally, it's a specific set of better-built sails that are optimized for specific wind ranges, sea states and points of sail.