“Am I going to die Dad, am I going to die?” This is what my partner’s 10-year-old daughter kept asking him as he carried her on his back as fast as he could over the rocks to the nearby dinghy. She had just been attacked by a two and a half metre salt water crocodile and he was trying to get her back to our cat Hard Yakka which was anchored two kilometres down the Sale river. This near disaster happened in October 2005 in the remote Kimberley area of Doubtful Bay. I had got off the boat in Broome and flew home to Ireland for my sister’s wedding. Ric, my partner, and his two kids Simon and Chantal, along with a friend Peter from Switzerland were sailing from Broome to Port Douglas hoping to be there by December 25. (I was flying back on Christmas Day).
Powered catamarans like the Aquila 44 are comfortable cruising platforms that are growing in popularity for some very good reasons – such as their frugal fuel consumption combined with spacious hulls, writes KEVIN GREEN.
Powered catamarans have a lot of attractions for both the cruising boater and day sailor alike, who can enjoy the stability, space and fuel frugality, as can be seen here on the Leopard 43PC, writes KEVIN GREEN.
It’s a bright autumn day, pleasantly cool after the hot summer as all manner of yachts make their way to their respective start lines in Bramble Bay. The Shorncliffe Pier is virtually standing room only, its opening day abuzz with the added excitement of being part of the start line for Australia’s biggest offshore multihull race. After a superb spell of the regular south easterly wind, the morning breeze has faltered. Carbon, kevlar, dyneema and polyester fabrics gently carve the air, with none of the usual strain on ropes and blocks, as these high-tech sailing craft flit by, like graceful butterflies. Spectator attention raises another notch as the preparatory canon fires.