YouTube convictionA video filmed in 2012 at the entrance to Bermagui Harbour has proven the undoing of the master of a charter boat. Roads and Maritime Services fined the operator $1500 for negligent navigation after a passenger reported the incident. The 13-metre fishing vessel was returning to Bermagui when it was hit by a wave, causing it to roll violently to one side before recovering. The master was found negligent in his navigation of the vessel and also failed to fully assess forecast weather conditions. All this became apparent after the video went viral on YouTube. See youtube.com /watch?v=mfj5sOTgMpc.
Festival expandsThe second annual Riviera Festival of Boating will be held at Coomera on May 23-26. There are more than 75 educational and social events during the four days, creating the biggest boat brand event in the country. The festival is open to anyone with an interest in Australia's iconic motor cruisers. See rivieraaustralia.com/festival.
Purple reignsSwarms of purple people eaters have invaded popular anchorages. Known for their painful sting and itchy rash, the purple jellyfish's "bite" belies its delicate appearance. Keep an eye out for the jellyfish while the water remains this warm.
Anchoring 1, 2, 3April school holidays mean plenty of boaters are gearing up. Be mindful of those around you and ensure you exercise good seamanship and anchoring skill. Look at the way the boats are lying, find a space astern of them, motor upwind and deploy your anchor off the transom of a nearby vessel or parallel to it. Pay out three times the depth, plus the height of your bow from the water in chain/rope for day anchoring in mild conditions and up to five times for anchoring at night in windier areas. But remember, more scope means a wider swinging arc. It's also good practice to anchor around similar craft so you all swing together. If the anchorage looks crowded, position your boat on the outskirts and take the tender or paddle board to shore.
New regatta chief
Mark Bethwaite has taken up the position of chairman of the organising committee for the Sail Sydney regatta. The high-profile sailor brings a wealth of experience to the sailing event set for December 12-15 on Sydney Harbour. Email Lachlan Gilbert at firstname.lastname@example.org.