News from around the world this week tells of the explosion of the popularity of sailing in the Middle East and Beirut’s part in that, there’s a heart warming story of the small UK yacht club that burnt down but wouldn’t say die.
Sail-World NZL's Richard Gladwell has been keeping a close eye on Gipsy Moth IV now in Auckland being repoaired after hitting a reef in Tahiti.
She's should be in Sydney late in July, looking forward to that!!
Closer to home, tributes go to the Hallberg-Rassy 43 for winning Australian Boat of the Year, and to Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney for turning 30!
Discussion rages about piracy for cruising sailors on the high seas, with the Governments of Africa finally meeting to ask how to combat piracy along their shorelines, while cruising sailors in the US are agonising about whether they should carry arms.
If you’re a new boat owner, do read why you should have sailing lessons!
The AIS Receiver, featured this week, must be one of the top innovations for any sailing boat in an ocean anywhere. Ian 'Buggsy' Potter says the greatest thing since sliced bread. We talk to Ocean Talk's Robin Kydd who shows us his charter plotter-AIS output from a recent passage from Phuket to Singapore.
This week's cruising destination – the west coast of India is becoming more and more attractive.
Have a great week and…
By Nancy Knudsen
Indian Ocean Surf Boarder in Night Capsize By Sail-World Cruising, She is more than three quarters of the way across the Indian Ocean alone on a surfboard. She has so far sailed 1811 nautical miles, 670 to go, and things are going well. . It’s nighttime and she’s asleep. Without warning, the surfboard turns turtle and remains on its roof. She doesn’t know it yet, but she has just lost all her fresh water. It’s not a tall tale, it’s true and it’s happening now.... [more]
Hallberg-Rassy 43 wins Australian Marine Award By Al Constable, At Australia's largest Boat Show, the 2006 Sanctuary Cove Boat show, on Queensland's Gold Coast. a strong contingent of craft was evaluated for the 2006 Australian Marine Awards. The major yachting award was made in the imported monohull class, the finalists were the Bavaria 37 Cruiser, Hallberg-Rassy 43, Island Packet 485, Nordship 35 DS, Hunter 38 and Beneteau Oceanis 343.... [more]
Oldest Cruising Division Turns 30 By Maralyn Miller/Sail-World Cruising, In 1939, a couple of local Sydney sailors, Togo Middows and George Griffin invited a small group to Togo’s home in Mosman and suggested forming a sailing club. One of Australia’s most successful sailing clubs - Middle Harbour Yacht Club – is the result.... [more]
AIS - a major navigation advance By Sail-World Cruising, ‘Greatest thing since sliced bread!’ That was the pronouncement of Sydney sailor Ian Potter of Sundancer II. He was talking about an AIS (Automatic Identification System) Receiver. Sundancer has had a chance to try out this brand new technology on their way across the Indian Ocean in the last couple of months.... [more]
Yachts and Piracy - Africa Acts By Mail & Guardian/Cruising Editor, The growing aggressiveness of pirates in several corners of the world has finally brought more action that will assist the long range cruising sailor. Last month the Prime Minister of Somalia signed an agreement with the US Navy to patrol Somali Territorial waters, and now a major conference will target other African waters, especially the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea.... [more]
Lessons Could Have Avoided Sailing Deaths By Northwales.co.uk/Sail_World Cruising, New boat owners take heed: Sailing lessons are often thought of as a matter of fun, but accident investigators into the sailing deaths of a man and his grandson off the Isle of Anglesey, Wales, have appealed for ALL NEW BOAT OWNERS TO HAVE SAILING LESSONS as a matter of safety.... [more]
Destination: Cruising the Indian West Coast By IBI News/Sail-World Cruising, The news that India has its first fully equipped marina in Goa starts to make the cruising sailor think of the west coast of India as a possible destination. Already the bureaucratic restrictions, once making it a pariah for cruising sailors, are easing. Certainly it’s a fascinating culture, with a welcoming population, a fast growing economy, and a wealth of tourism possibilities.... [more]
Fire Destroyed Club Sails Again By Huddersfield Daily Examiner/Sail-World Cruising, It took more than an arson attack and a burnt out clubhouse to dampen the enthusiasm and energy of some hardy Yorkshire sailors. The West Riding Sailing Club just wasn’t ready to die, and, after some amazing efforts by the local sailing club members and their supporters, it is now ready to be launched again.... [more]
17 Nations at second Inter-Club Commodores' Forum By Sail World Asia, Last Saturday 27 May the flags of 17 nations were raised at the Royal Hong Kong Yacht club to mark the opening of the 2nd Inter-Club Commodores’ Forum. The Forum has attracted 82 participants, including Commodores, Flag Officers and General Managers from 27 clubs, hailing from 18 countries. The ICS was inaugurated last year by the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.... [more]
Shall We Carry a Gun on Board? By Lucy Chabot Reed/Sail-World Cruising, A recent panel discussion led by The Triton News Magazine for Captains and Crew shows that one of the biggest issues on the participants’ minds was ‘Shall we carry a gun on board?’... [more]
Online Video Next Big Thing in Marine Market By Al Constable, As the Internet becomes the major source of news and the major purchase decision tool for large numbers of people, Marine companies are realising they need to improve the quality of their websites.... [more]
Lebanon: Great Sailing, Better Boat Show By Cruising Editor, Lebanon has always had a deserved reputation as having one of the best cruising coastlines in the region. This makes it a natural for marine development, and also a natural to consider when cruising the Mediterranean. Once sailors have confidence that the area is trouble-free, there’ll be no stopping the influx of cruising sailors.... [more]
1000 boats destroyed in China By Li Xinran /Sail-World, Next time you are complaining about Marine Authorities encroaching on your leisure activities, recognise it could be worse. The Shanhai Daily reports that the government of Yingtan City, Jiangxi Province, has destroyed nearly 1,000 dragon boats ahead of next Wednesday's traditional Dragon Boat Festival because of safety concerns.... [more]
Gipsy Moth IV repairs well underway By Sail-World NZL, Repair work is proceeding apace on the repair of Gipsy Moth IV at the Emirates Team NZ base in the Viaduct Basin. When Sail-World visited on Monday morning tremendous progress had been made over the weekend, with boatbuilders working shifts on the project.... [more]
2006 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Sanctuary Cove 18/05/06 Asia-Pacific's largest on-water boat show - a huge range from Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Asia, Europe, More info phone (07)5577 6868... For more details and news for this event, go to: http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?SEid=660
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