New for old lifejackets
NSW's first lifejacket upgrade initiative was rolled out last weekend. A lifejacket vehicle will tour more than 100 boat ramps, offering boaters the chance to swap old lifejackets for new discounted ones. The latest-generation lifejackets that can be worn in comfort all day. If you compare the old big and bulky lifejackets with the modern-day, slimline products, you'll see how much they've advanced, said Minster for Ports Duncan Gay. See lifejacketwearit.com.au.
Suspicious boat blaze
Bravo to the fire crews who contained the boat blaze at d'Albora Marinas, Cabarita, early on Monday morning. Three luxury cruisers collectively worth millions of dollars and a five-metre runabout were trashed. NSW Police established a crime scene following reports that a small vessel, believed to be about 15ft with an outboard motor, was seen leaving the area soon after an explosion. Investigations are continuing. Phone Burwood Police or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000 .
Windcraft supports SWD
Sydney yacht importer Windcraft is going the extra distance by lending its support to Sailors with disABILITIES (SWD), a not-for-profit charity group that takes more than 3000 disabled and disadvantaged children and adults sailing each year. Funds will be raised through Windcraft's annual sailing events and regattas. Meanwhile, skipper Kirk Watson, who is legally blind, will lead a crew of 16 on the SWD entry in this year's Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority has released a video on Digital Selective Calling (DSC). The important educational message is aimed at all boaters, whether using a recent model of VHF marine radio, upgrading or buying a new one. Once programmed correctly, DSC could save your life at the touch of a button. For more information about DSC and VHF radio, see acma.gov.au/Citizen/Consumer-info/All-about-spectrum/Marine-and-Amateur-Radio/marine-vhf-radio.