Marine Trivia Quiz 199
Compiled by Jim Broadside
1. The multihull sailing class being included in the Rio Olympics 2016 is the:
- Nacra 17
2. The name of the restored steam launch Preana is a Tasmanian Aboriginal word for:
3. The main attraction for the Cockle Bay opening of the Sydney Festival on 5 February was:
- Steam Yacht Lady Hopetoun
- Sydney Heritage Fleet’s tug Currawong
- An inflated Yellow Duck
4. A ‘counter current’ is:
- Arcing between transmission cables of different voltages
- A series of power surges during an electrical storm
- Water flowing in the opposite direction to a main current
5. To ‘dress ship’ is to:
- Prepare her for sale
- Decorate her with flags to mark a special occasion
- Prepare for heavy weather
6. A ‘drogue’ is used to:
- Slow a vessel in a following sea
- Assess the strength of a current
- Measure the depth of water
7. New Caledonia uses as its official flag:
- The tricolour of France
- The Kanak flag
- Both the French and Kanak flags
8. The harbour voted ‘best cruise port’ in November 2012 was:
9. The cold wind that blows down the Rhone Valley into the western Mediterranean is the:
10. The dominant naval weapons platform of the 20th century was the:
- Aircraft Carrier
Last month’s winners –
Kai Creary, Shoalhaven Heads, NSW; Barry Gazzard, Coffs Harbour, NSW.
Answers to Quiz No 198
1. The only convict ship wrecked while transporting convicts to Sydney was Hive which ran aground at Wreck Bay just south of the present Jervis Bay Territory.
2. The current estimate of Humpback Whale numbers in the world’s oceans is less than 9,000.
3. The Australian Wooden Boat Festival from 8-11 February was at Sullivan’s Cove Hobart.
4. Vendée Globe Challenge skipper Francois Gabart sailing Macif in early December covered 515.6 miles in 24 hours, setting a new record for solo monohull distance sailing.
5. Recent modifications to NSW lifeboat laws require that people on vessels under 4.8m wear lifejackets between sunset and sunrise.
6. Only two yachts have won the Sydney- Hobart treble crown of line honours, first overall and race record; Wild Oats XI in 2005 and 2012, and Rani in the inaugural race in 1945.
7. The order ‘handsomely’ is given in relation to easing off a line or tackle under careful control, such as when lowering a lifeboat or tender.
8. The salinity of seawater varies between oceans and within estuaries. It is generally higher in the Atlantic Ocean than the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
9. The RAN’s signature commemorative event for 2013 will be the International Fleet Review from 3-11 October in partnership with the NSW Government and City of Sydney. About 16 RAN vessels will take part, with approximately 40 visiting warships and 12 tall ships.
10. A vessel has a ‘bone in her teeth’ when she has a prominent bow wave that gives the impression of a dog running happily holding a bone in its teeth.