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Lifestyle : Sydney International Boat Show 2012
1HERSA1 S013 Get onboard a Benelli today and experience European quality. Available in NSW from The Jet Base. Sydney's exclusive and authorised Benelli dealer. 9 Vore Street, Silverwater Ph: 9648 1007 Email: email@example.com Real Passion starts here with typical Italian Moto D'Acqua design. Italian design has always been associated with creativity, elegance and gutsy performance and always setting the bar higher. With an amazing design heritage it is no wonder that Italian designed and manufactured Benelli Jet Skis are the new benchmark in their category. The high-tech hull in Compression Moulded High Performance Composites CMHPC is designed to achieve extreme agility and breaking strength at the same time. Assembled with electric reverse, GPS dash, billet aluminium components and electric trim, combined with the all new marine 13C16 turbocharged twin cam triple Benelli engine packages ranging from 150hp to 315hp, it's clear to see how Benelli are setting a new level in watercraft era with a new generation of musclecraft. Enthusiasts and racers alike are often shocked at the increase in speed and manoeuvrability when they switch to a Benelli, not to mention the heads that turn thanks to their spectacular super car style and upmarket image. Reliability Performance and Italian Design make the difference. The Sydney Morning Herald July 28- 29, 2012 13 SET SAIL ON A WORLD TOUR A British cruising club smooths the way for global adventures, writes Clive Hopkins. Cruising . . . Nick Martin will discuss sailing the world in your own boat. Photo: Steven Siewert I f sailing around the world in your own boat sounds like an unattainable fantasy, perhaps the World Cruising Club can help change your mind. ''We're aimed at people who are looking for a safe and social adventure, who are maybe under time pressure from work, or who don't want all the hassles of arriving in a foreign port alone,'' the event development manager with World Cruising Club, Nick Martin, says. Martin is in Australia to meet a group of round-the- world sailors en route from Vanuatu to Mackay. Participants cite the social aspects of sailing in a group -- and the emphasis World Cruising places on safety -- as reasons to get involved. ''We take safety seriously and require every boat to carry a minimum standard of safety equipment, and their crew to have undertaken some formal training,'' Martin says. ''This may sound onerous, but it's all common sense and as we run rallies with more than 450 boats and 2000 people each year, we have some experience in safe cruising.'' For the shorter events, skipper and crew may lack any significant offshore experience, and giving sailors the confidence to make the transition to ocean sailing is where the World Cruising Club really comes into its own. Forming groups of boats that are similar in speed keeps the fleet together, which is useful for logistical reasons, to maximise the time people spend exploring ashore. ''Plus, there's a sense of community and security between boats sailing together across an ocean,'' Martin says. Based in Cowes in Britain, the World Cruising Club has its origins in an event staged in 1986 by sailing author Jimmy Cornell. Known as the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, or ARC, it involved 200 boats sailing from Gran Canaria, in the Canary Islands, to the Caribbean. Twenty-seven years later, the ARC is in full flight, annually taking about 250 boats and 1200 crew members from 40 nationalities across the Atlantic. The club has expanded these activities into a range of cruises globally, including an around- the-world event, known as World ARC. Last year's World ARC featured 30 boats, with about 80 people completing the entire trip and hundreds more doing part of it. Participants normally comprise close friends or family members and range from people in their 80s down to a nine- month-old baby. ''I'm constantly inspired by the positive attitude of people who take their children across an ocean,'' Martin says. For all participants, the World Cruising Club supplies a 200-page rally handbook well in advance, giving owners the chance to prepare themselves, their crew and the boat. ''As for ourselves, we don't sail as much as our friends think we do,'' Martin says. ''We typically fly to ports in advance, to deal with things like customs and immigration, as well as to organise tours and dinners for participants. We're all travellers by heart ourselves, and we think it's important for people to get involved in the local culture.'' During the Sydney boat show, Martin is hosting a live event every day to discuss how it really is possible to sail around the world in your own boat. His personal highlights of sailing around the world include visiting Tanna in Vanuatu, the location of the world's most accessible volcano, and traversing the Panama Canal, where he was able to get up close and personal with supertankers. But his real satisfaction comes from the emotions of the other sailors in the group. ''At the end of a rally, people thank you and say it was the best thing they've ever done in their lives. It's very humbling and makes all the hours of preparation worthwhile.'' SPECIAL REPORT
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