ARC, Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar (Burma), El Nino and hurricanes

18/12/2006












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Our Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen’s Blackwattle is still standing by the Mike and Jos Franklin’s distressed yacht Mary Constance now creeping towards St. Lucia. You can read Nancy’s latest logs.

Today we’ve heard from Mike's sister Sue Franklin who is cruising her Petersen 46 in Northern Borneo who has been following Nancy’s reports via Sail-World.

Imagine a charter destination that has more than eight hundred tropical islands spread over fourteen thousand square miles of Indian Ocean. Imagine mountainous, jungle covered islands that teem with wildlife, spectacular waterfalls that tumble directly onto white sandy beaches fringed by pristine coral reefs. Imagine no tourists and indigenous hunter gatherer tribes with an exotic culture who live nomadic lives aboard their tiny boats. This place really does exist – it is the Mergui Archipelago off the south-west coast of Myanmar. – this is an adventure destination you need to seriously consider.

Cruising World magazine has picked the Seawind 1160 as the Most Innovative design, along with the Best Multihull Cruiser in the USA for 2007 in the 14th edition of these prestigious awards by one of the USA’s highest selling boating magazines.

New at last of Tsunami detection buoys for the Indian Ocean

Captured by a USO- an extra oceanal ... A flight of Nancy - the alternate view - the flying fish.

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Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team holding the fort while Nancy closes on St.Lucia.




Log from SV Blackwattle mid-Atlantic
By Nancy Knudsen,
His voice is ragged on the VHF, uncertain. The controlled tone is still there, but changed, he sounds frayed. ‘Yes I said port. Yes, that’s right. No, yes, on starboard. Did I say port? O sorry I meant starboard. Of course.’... [more]


Arrivals slowing down as wind lightens - ARC Rally
By Sue Richards,
Arrivals are slowing down now in Rodney Bay Marina as the remaining ARC yachts still sailing are suffering very light conditions. For some this is a respite after two and a half weeks of barrelling along, however others prefer to just 'get there' and are resorting to using their mechanical sails.... [more]


Tsunami detection buoy for Indian Ocean
By NOAA,
With funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development, NOAA built and provided the DART station on behalf of the U.S. government. The buoy will be maintained by the Thai Meteorological Department and National Disaster Warning Center. The station's data will be available to all nations through the World Meteorological Organization Global Telecommunications System and will be part of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems.... [more]


Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar (Burma)
By Paul Johnson,
Imagine a charter destination that has more than eight hundred tropical islands spread over fourteen thousand square miles of Indian Ocean. Imagine mountainous, jungle covered islands that teem with wildlife, spectacular waterfalls that tumble directly onto white sandy beaches fringed by pristine coral reefs. Imagine no tourists and indigenous hunter gatherer tribes with an exotic culture who live nomadic lives aboard their tiny boats. This place really does exist – it is the Mergui Archipelago off the south-west coast of Myanmar.... [more]

Fuel for Mary Constance
By Nancy Knudsen,
Crippled Australian yacht Mary Constance has been refueled and is now making progress towards St.Lucia... [more]

Coast Guard Issues Reminder on EPIRBs
By MarineLink.com,
The US Coast Guard issued a reminder for owners and operators of commercial and recreational vessels who have not already done so that they need to acquire the new generation of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) that operate on the 406 MHz frequency.... [more]


El Nino and normal Atlantic Hurricane conditions
By NOAA Magazine,
The 2006 Atlantic hurricane season produced near-normal activity with a total of nine named storms, including five hurricanes, two of which became major hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher. An average Atlantic hurricane season has 11 named storms, with six becoming hurricanes and two becoming major hurricanes.... [more]

Blackwattle stands by Mary Constance
By Nancy Knudsen,
With Australian yacht Mary Constance having lost her second set of shrouds, Sail-World's Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and husband Ted Nobbs on Blackwattle are sailing in company with her on the slow trip to St.Lucia... [more]


Seawind 1160 Wins Most Innovative - Best Multihull
By Media Services,
Cruising World magazine has picked the Seawind 1160 as the Most Innovative design, along with the Best Multihull Cruiser in the USA for 2007 in the 14th edition of these prestigious awards by one of the USA’s highest selling boating magazines.... [more]

Eight days from St.Lucia- the Catostrophe Tally
By Nancy Knudsen,
A low pressure system off Cape Verde Islands has delivered easing conditions for the ARC fleet.... [more]


Captured by a USO- an extra oceanal
By Nancy Knudsen,
A flight of Nancy - the alternate view - the flying fish. Flying Fish are impressive to watch, leaping from wave to wave, the tip of any wave giving them an added flight time.... [more]


PAN PAN Mary Constance
By Nancy Knudsen,
Why do the worst things always happen at night? Something wakes me – it’s dark – I am immediately alert but don’t know why. There’s something different. Then I realise that the boat has turned – the motion is different. The HF radio is also crackling – that’s odd. I leap out of bed and stagger to the companionway.... [more]

Atlantic Rally for Cruiser yachts answer MAYDAY
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
There was further drama yesterday evening (Saturday 9 December) when ARC yachts Tracker My Way and Om Shanti picked up a MAYDAY from a Belgian yacht, Allegria, that is not participating in the ARC, at position 14.58N 47.49W.... [more]

ARC Rally news from Blackwattle
By Sail-World,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, after Mary Constance repairs.... [more]




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