Do it yourself forecasting at sea, Hanse Yachts, choosing a sextant...Oz circumnavigator in narrow escape..latest sailing books and much more

21/06/2006




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Sail-World Cruising Weekly News Magazine

Farewell Istanbul   .
This crew of Blackwattle can’t wait to get sailing again….. for us the spires and minarets of Istanbul will soon be a thing of the past – our departure after two years is both an exciting challenge as we look forward to a sailing life again, and a thing of some sadness as we leave this lovely and complex country to complete our circumnavigation.

Top story for the week is a narrow escape for the gusty Margaret Williams on her second try at a solo unassisted circumnavigation of Australia, after managing some bad Southern Ocean weather.

The weather is one of the central concerns of every diligent sailor, and Ken Batt this week brings an in depth discussion of how to do your own forecasting at sea. Even when your radio has spat the dummy and the computer has crashed, there are still many things you can do to know what weather is coming next.

This week we talk of saving old pearling luggers, Nobel Peace Prizes (what does THAT have to do with sailing?) UK Halsey’s latest safety video, the good oil about choosing a sextant AND why you should do it.

There’s an interesting profile about one of the big success stories of yacht production – Hanse – and their incredible growth, and a new database that might help save our planet’s oceans.

It’s both the shortest and the longest day of the year, dependent on where you are, but both hemispheres think they have something to celebrate!

Have a good week and

Sail Safe


By Nancy Knudsen



Female solo sailor narrowly averts disaster
By Margie Brown & Mandy Lake,
Solo sailor Margaret Williams’ second bid at becoming the first woman to circumnavigate Australia solo, non-stop and unassisted almost came to an untimely end with a severe storm off the south-west coast of Tasmania.... [more]


Do It Yourself - Forecasting at Sea
By Ken Batt,
Forecasting is even more complicated at sea than compared to the land when one considers the relative lack of data available to the user. But take heart, there are plenty of things that we can be doing to help ourselves. Just read on..... [more]


Hanse Yachts continues rapid growth
By Media Services,
Over the last two decades Europe has been the powerhouse of production yacht building. One of the fast growing production yacht builders Hanse Yachts is expected to produce more than 800 cruising yachts in 2006 and the brand is now significant around the world.... [more]


The Necessary Sextant and How to Choose It
By Rob Landis/Sail-World Cruising,
GPS’s have sneaked under the guard of ancient mariners, making their wonderful navigation skills almost a thing of the past. Sailors set out on journeys across the world with no skills but how to read the GPS and Cmap. Where once the ocean mariner used vigilance and good seamanship to weather storms and miss the rocky bits, now satellite telephones and helicopters give the hesitant sailor the confidence to go where no bad seafarer should be.... [more]


Latest Sailing Books
By Cruising Editor,
Read how to sail a boat with no fridge no oven, a guide for those who tinker with diesel engines, stories about dreamy days in the Med, old boat wreckers, pirates, poaching and the perfect fish – there’s reading for holidays and reading for any day in Go Boating’s new offerings... [more]


Summer Sailstice - Right Now!
By Larry Mylchreest,
‘Hey Blue, how’s ya sailing going?’ ‘It’s great Larry, I like the winter racing series because the weather is better’ ‘Better in the winter?’ ‘Yup, down here in the southern hemisphere we don’t have your weather difficulties.... [more]


Pearl Lugger to Sail Torres Straits Again
By Daniel Bateman/Sail-World Cruising,
Willie is a Pearl Lugger that makes a romantic image off the coast of Western Australia as she sails day and sunset cruises off Broome's fabled Cable Beach. Now some north Queenslanders have salvaged a pearling lugger and want to return her to her former glory to sail Torres Strait. Daniel Bateman of The Townsville Bulletin this week reported the progress:... [more]


Safety at Sea - See the UK Halsey Video
By UK Halsey/Cruising Editor,
Last month we provided the link for you to see the first of sail maker UK Halsey’s safety videos, which was on a ‘Man Overboard’ situation and it proved very popular. The second one is now available... [more]


Nobel Peace Prize..to a SAILING Organisation?
By Cruising Editor,
Sailing is usually looked on as a sport for the weekend sailor, a life style for the ‘live-aboards’, a luxury activity for the well heeled, or, in the case of recent racing, just another avenue for modern companies to get their message to the consumer. But there’s one sailing organisation that may come to mean something much more to the world if Svein Roald Hansen has his way…... [more]


New Database to Help Protect the Planet's Waters
By IBI/Sail-World Cruising,
If you are interested in protecting the waters of the Planet and want to do something positive about it, you can get many of the facts to support your story or guide your actions from a new online database.... [more]

Body of Solo Sailor Diplomat Found
By Tom Stuckey, AP/Sail-World,
In a sad lesson for solo sailors, the body of publisher and former diplomat Philip Merrill was found Monday, more than a week after he apparently fell overboard while sailing alone on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland USA.... [more]


Yachting Set Out for Newport Bermuda Spectacle
By Tom Meade/Sail-World,
In Australia the only spectacle like it is the annual start of the Sydney to Hobart, and this is the northern hemisphere version: Newport Rhode Island USA was wearing its most stunning party dress this week as the 100th edition of the Newport Bermuda Race set off from Castle Hill, and hundreds of spectator boats of the yachting set gathered to watch the spectacular start.... [more]


The International Yacht Rally to the Red Sea
By Med-Red Rally,
On 14 April 2006 over 500 sailors left Tel Aviv and Herzliya marinas in Israel and headed across the Mediterranean for Port Said. Ninety yachts made up the second Med-Red Rally, a very international event... [more]




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