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Across the Paddock

Ken Beall
Sunshine Coast Power and Sail Squadron

It all started when Dr. Trevor Brown, a sailing buddy in
Australia invited my wife and me in January 2016 to a presentation by Jessica Watson. Jessica is the 16 yr. old Aussie
girl who sailed solo around the world. Her presentation
at the Royal Geelong Yacht Club was, to my wife and me,
inspirational. To Trevor, however, it was motivational. On
Jessica's encouragement and endorsement he added a solo
trip across Bass Strait to his bucket list.
Dr. Trevor Brown is a mobile vet working out of the
Geelong (near Melbourne) area. He races religiously every
Wednesday and Saturday on his Nolex 30 sailboat. The
boat has a hydraulically activated drop keel, swept back
spreaders and is fractionally rigged. His racing area of Corio Bay is a fantastic place to sail as it has strong winds that
blow across a headland but no fetch, so he gets good speed
on relatively flat water. Corio Bay (Geelong) is a finger off
Port Philip Bay (Melbourne) and both are very shallow,
each building up quick short waves which makes for interesting racing with great speeds.
When Trevor first decided to cross the "paddock", he
knew he was going to need to do a lot of preparation work
for the trip. He decided he would make the trip on December 26th as there were two races taking place at that
time from Melbourne, Victoria to Launceston, Tasmania
and from Sydney to Hobart. With all that activity, there

would be extra help available if he ran into difficulties. The
planning had started.
His first consideration was safety. He arranged for a fourman life raft rental. He swapped out his old radio for a new
DSC radio and linked it into his plotter. He linked his plotter
into his auto helm and upgraded the electrics. Trevor also had
an alternator added into his outboard and brought back the
solar panels for charging the new batteries. He already had
two EPIRBs, one boat and one personal, so he just had to
check them out and make sure his subscription was current.
An extended range WIFI receiver and antenna was added as,
surprisingly, there is mobile data available across a considerable part of the strait. He acquired a FindMeSpot satellite
tracker so others would feel a little more comfortable with
the venture. Trevor then acquired an IPad and loaded a Navionics package onto it as a backup plotter. He upgraded his
anchor, mounted spray skirts at the cockpit and remounted
his bimini and dodger. He also added backup equipment such
as an extra bilge pump and flippers and snorkel just in case.
Trevor then mounted a track for a self-tacking jib and adjusted his sail collection. Now the boat was set for cruising.
Through a friend, Trevor met Ed Fetherston, who wanted to catch a ride back from Devonport aboard his boat.
Ed had a lot of experience and had sailed across Bass Strait
more than 50 times. Three was considered a comfortable
number to man a 30-footer so Trevor's return trip was
planned. Now the hard part... a solo trip across.
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Fleurieu Warrior in racing form. A life raft and dodger were added and the solar panels mounted on the bimini roof.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting June 2017

Vantage Point: A “Flare” for Safety
Club Profile: Sidney North Saanich Yacht Club
Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
The Port Hole
Sail Review: Jeanneau 51 Yacht
Power Review: Leader 33
Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
Crossing the Line: Boat or Reality – Take this simple test
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Pacific Northwest Classic: Southern Straits Race - For the last 49 years, the West Vancouver Yacht Club has proudly hosted the Annual Southern Straits Race. Known for offering challenging conditions, this Pacific Northwest classic is a proud qualifying event for both the VanIsle 360 and Vic-Maui Yacht Race. This year, Canadian Yachting magazine’s Bob Nicoll sailed on one of the 82 boats that competed. By Bob Nicoll
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Canadian Boatbuilder Profile: Modernizing Tradition at Rossiter Boats - The history of Rossiter Boats is one that combines passion, fostering of tradition, and an eye towards the future. It all started 40 years ago with 19-year-old George Rossiter repairing the wooden canoe of a fellow cottager on Go Home Bay. Now Rossiter is perhaps Canada’s fastest-growing boatbuilder. By Kate Fincham
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Cruising Technology: Staying Connected - Your summer cruise may be a vacation, but a pretty sizeable percentage of boat owners do want to keep in contact, whether for business or family reasons. In the not too distant past it was a big deal to clear your responsibilities and be able to take off for even a few weeks. However, connectivity for the average boater is improving and within the financial reach of most. By Glen Cairns
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Canadian Yachting June 2017 - Trailering Part 3: Trailer Maintenance - Towing the Trailer, and Launching and Retrieving the Boat. The third and final article in our three-part series of important and useful information to help our readers travel with their boats on vacations, fishing trips or to regattas. Go safely this summer! By John Gullick
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