Australian Cruising News

27/08/2006




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Reporting to Australia from Tunisia

This week's World Cruising News comes to you from Tunisia, that fascinating winter haven for many Mediterranean yachts, and as it’s 43 degrees and 80% humidity, we hope you’re faring better!

Read the latest update about the Darwin Langkawi Rally, and you won't want to miss reading about Dufus the Duck on the Northern Regatta Circuit in the Whitsundays.

The way to any sailor’s heart is through the stomach, and this week Gill Attersall from the yacht Simply Irresistible in the Middle Harbour Yacht Club shares hot tips on provisioning your boat for trouble free voyaging.

Recent focus on piracy has led to more co-operation over national boundaries – read about the exercises in the Malacca Straits between two surprising partners.

Why were three sailors together swept off a yacht in the North Sea leaving a severely traumatised elderly man alone on board?

If you’re keen about actively helping your marine environment, you’ll be interested in the new ‘Greenblue’ database.

Letter from the Med is there to enjoy again, and Blackwattle continues her stop and start journey across the Mediterranean heading for the Atlantic.

All these and much more, so read on, enjoy, and

Sail safe!


By Nancy Knudsen



New Database for a Greener Bluer World
By IBI/Sail-World Cruising,
The more cruising sailors explore, the ‘greener’ they get. This truism comes from sad evidence for sailors to remote locations of the effects of pollution - man’s attack on the balance of nature to support an ever-growing world population.... [more]


Sail-World's Blackwattle Sailing for Tunisia
By Nancy Knudsen,
As we leave the proud citadels and fortified walls of Malta behind, we are keen for a night or two of R&R, before our main task of heading ever westward towards the Atlantic.... [more]


Dufus, Derek and Alabaster
By Rob Kothe,
Dufus the duck and the Adams 13 Alabaster, are sailing the northern regatta circuit for the second year in a row in Cruising Division and the crew of New South Wales central coast sailors are having a great time.... [more]


Provisioning - Some Hot Tips
By Gill Attersall/MHYC,
A happy crew is a well fed crew, whether a bunch of sailors there just for the adventure, or a family out for a sailing holiday. The following article is based on a talk given recently by Gill Attersall from Yacht Simple Irresistible to the Middle Harbour Yacht Club:... [more]


Letter from the Med: Zakynthos,Cephalonia & Ithaca
By Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
August, the hottest month for the northern Mediterranean, everyone is on holiday and it’s like drawing teeth to get me to write this. These lush green islands are surrounded in deep translucent salty sea water, on the eastern side are bays with craggy rock foreshore and on the west side white cliffs and beaches open to the ocean.... [more]


Piracy Exercise in Malacca Straits
By Lisa Mylchreest,
Signs of more and more inter-government co-operation are good news for commercial shipping and leisure sailors alike, and the Malacca Straits are the focus of some new collaboration between Singapore and South Korea... [more]


Three Swept off Yacht
By www.fishupdate.com,
A sailor died at the weekend when he and his fellow crewmen were swept overboard from their vessel off the Humber Coast in the UK. All three spent over an hour in mountainous seas which included 15 feet high waves and 50kt winds... [more]


Heading for Langkawi and LIBEX
By Event Media,
On 22 July, 90 boats headed out of Darwin in light winds on the first leg of the 3,000-mile Darwin-Bali-Langkawi Yacht Rally bound for the first of the official stopovers at Kupang, Indonesia. The Rally ends in Langkawi, Malaysia, in November, arriving in time for the inaugural Langkawi International Boat Exhibition – LIBEX.... [more]


Ridiculous rates imposition on Westhaven marina
By Sail-World and Westhaven Marina UA,
In yet another move by local authorities to tax sport and recreation, Auckland City Council has imposed rates on marina berths at Westhaven Marina. The move follows the ill-fated Coastal Occupation Charges which were sought by some local authorities and are now in abeyance following questions as to their logic and legality... [more]




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