Cruising around the World

27 May 2007


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Heading for the Marquesas

Nancy talking to the other cruising boats heading for the South Pacific.  BW Media
As you read this we are sailing west from the Galapagos Islands towards the Marquesas. Iti 3,000 miles, so we are well away from the nearest Internet Cafe.

However we have an Iridium phone and HF email software and so communication continues, albeit in a compressed form. We are not cut off, we heard the sad news on the Cutty Sark via the BBC earlier in the week.

It is warm by day and cooler at night, as you can see by my Gucci gear, as I prepare to go on watch.

Now to some of the stories of the week. We had a drama filled night before we left Isabela, not an adventure we want to repeat.

Then we went horseback riding and trekking on Isabela. The Galapagos are at risk with an ever increasing population.

In this week’s newsletter we are repeating, by popular request, part three of our series on Container Ships and the Cruising Sailor.

Then on a lighter note, we are over Bananas in Heaven.

Have a good week and with any luck, by next weekend, we will be another 1,000 miles across the Pacific.


By Nancy Knudsen



Trouble for Cruising Sailors
By Nancy Knudsen,
No premonition warns us. In company with four other boats we leave Academy Bay on the island of Santa Cruz in Galapagos headed for the Marquesas. Spirits are high.. In the party of five are two Belgian boats (Bauvier and Wakalele) and three Australian boats (Fantasy 1, Mary Constance and Blackwattle)... [more]


Container Ships and the Cruising Sailor – Part 3
By Nancy Knudsen,
So there we were, somewhere northwest of Darwin, on our way to Ashmore Reef. Lazy day, sunshine, great visibility, wind behind us, lunchtime. ‘Ya reckon that container ship is on a collision course?’... [more]


Galapagos at risk says Charles Darwin Foundation
By Nancy Knudsen,
Recently both a UNESCO Mission declared that the Galapagos is ''at risk''. So at risk that the President of Ecuador a few weeks ago described the situation as an emergency and issued a new Decree for stronger implementation of current laws.... [more]


Dylan and Jim’s Bali Hai Surfventure Episode 2
By Dylan and Ian Gill-Vallance,
Having sailed from Morro Bay CA to Santa Cruz Island with a Morro Bay local mate, Monkey, the boys say goodbye to Monkey and now set sail for the Channel Islands, San Diego and down to Turtle Bay Mexico where they plan to set sail for The Marquesas Islands French Polynesia in the North Pacific Ocean. The leg from Turtle Bay to The Marquesas Islands is one of the longest open ocean crossings in the world, so they will need to prepare, plan and stock the boat for 25 to 35 days alone at sea.... [more]


Tony Bullimore reports from onboard DOHA
By Tony Bullimore,
Here l am within 165 miles of East Cape of NZ which l have to round to get into the channel that will take me into Hauraki Gulf where l am meeting the tow vessel that will assist me in getting into the harbour. This has got to be one of the most frustrating sailing exercises l have ever been involved in... [more]


Isabela in the Galapagos
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the volcanic island of Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos group.... [more]


Tortola - British Virgin Islands to Panama
By Irene Bates,
The Lagoon 500 Sailaway IV is on a delivery trip from France to Port Douglas near Cairns in Australia.... [more]


The Cutty Sark Fire
By Rob Kothe,
Britain’s famous maritime treasure, the Clipper Cutty Sark, which famously plied the Australian-Britain Wool trade run suffered substantial damage yesterday after a fire engulfed the vessel and destroyed much of its deck and planking.... [more]


The Totally Autonomous Yacht - Coming Soon?
By Triton,
Soon it seems you'll be able to cross oceans in your sailing yacht without winding a winch or touching a steering wheel. They're not on the market yet, but if an Austrian Association has its way, it won't be long.... [more]


Bananas in Heaven
By Nancy Knudsen,
Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the Pacific – if here, between the Galapagos and the Marquesas, is sailing heaven, I am going to seriously reconsider my ambitions in relation to heaven.... [more]




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