Cruising, Cruising,Cruising

10 Jun 2007






Diary Dates



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Tough but doing it – our Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and husband Ted are still 450 miles east of the Marquesas, en route from Galapagos.

They left there nineteen days ago in company with three other boats and are part of a 20 boat fleet reporting daily via an informal Southern Cross Cruiser Net.

With a minor power generation issue, Nancy is minimizing satellite time, so today the land bound Sail-World team is sending this week's Cruising newsletter.

The eight edition of the iconic 100 Magic Miles is out now in time for this year's Northern Cruise. We have a reminder about does and don'ts with whales. Images and news from the NSW Coast where the latest east coast low has caused mayhem. More news from Hamilton Island as Iain Murray tells us about the Great Barrier Reef Yacht Club and Henri Lloyd announces it's newest store in Hamilton Island's main street.

Bavarias are amongst the most popular cruising yachts, there is a new 34 footer available and we hear of the Bavaria yachts cruising to Tonga.

And just to turn the knife ... Nancy tells us about life at sea on a long sea voyage.

The Sail-World Team




Life at sea on a long voyage
By Nancy Knudsen,
The sight of a flock of flying fish, sleek silver flashing in the early morning sunshine. A pair of small hunting birds, silhouetted against the sky, oblivious of their heartaching beauty as they swoop and glide, cut and curve, just above the waves. This is the stuff of our world. It is fifteen days since we have seen land, fourteen since we sighted another craft on the water.... [more]

Winter storm causes boating mayhem in Sydney
By Penny Roberts,
As the East Coast low moves south after wreaking havoc on the New South Wales Hunter and Central Coast, more than a dozen recreational vessels have gone aground overnight in stormy conditions on Sydney Harbour, NSW Maritime Chief Executive Chris Oxenbould said this morning.... [more]


Bavaria yachts' offshore success
By Jane Pares, IMB,
Bavaria Yachts have recently been proving their worth offshore and given a very definite thumbs-up by their owners and crew. For comfort and speed on the oceans the J&J designed Bavaria brand are quite superior. In early May, Kriselda, a Bavaria 39 left Opua, in New Zealand’s Bay Of Islands, in glorious sunshine, a moderate swell and very light breezes, on course for South Minerva Reef, 720 nautical miles away.... [more]


Sydney Storm Images
By Al Constable,
Just before flying to Europe to photograph summer racing, Andrea Francolini went down to see what the East Coast low was doing to his local Sydney Beach.... [more]


Dylan and Jim's Surfventure stalled in Nuka Hiva
By Dylan Gill-Vallance,
I was hoping that it was only the gasket that had gone so I could throw a bit of gasket paper in there and get the engine going so I could move on for now and fix it properly in Tahiti when I got there. The way the engine is now I may have been able to get it going properly if I could get it welded up, problem there is that the only welder on the island is out of gas. He has to send the tank to Australia to get it filled, this is a month long process.... [more]


Play it safe during annual whale migration
By Ministerial Media Services,
Please give them some room and give them respect — they have been visiting our waters for thousands of years,' Ms Nelson-Carr said. People come from far and wide to see these majestic animals passing so close to our coastline and, if the whales are not harassed, they should keep coming back each year. 'The number of humpbacks increases by about 10 per cent each year. There were around 8000 last year.'... [more]


100 Magic Miles - 8th Edition Cruising Guides and Charts
By Nancy Knudsen,
The acknowledged leading cruising guide for the Whitsundays is 100 Magic Miles by David Colfelt, now in its eighth edition.... [more]


Missing Cruiser found – skipper missing
By Bob Maxwell,
David Cartwright, the single-handed skipper of sailing yacht Colros, a 27 foot long steel sloop, left Newlyn, England, on Dec 22 2006 heading towards Madeira. Colros was spotted by the crew of a super yacht on May 30th about 600 nautical miles SW of the Azores, apparently without any crew on board. They contacted maritime authorities who asked them to board her, two crewmembers did, confirming the sailors was not on board, but they retrieved Cartwright’s passport and the boat log.... [more]


Pasha Bulker crowds
By Rob Kothe,
The coal freighter Pasha Bulker is still grounded at Nobbys Beach at Newcastle but appears to be in a sound condition. It ran aground yesterday (Friday) morning during gale force winds and high seas and the giant ship has quickly become a crowd attraction. Just 50 metres off the beach the red hulled freighter is being pounded by large waves and it’s a spectacular sight.... [more]

Latest update on coal ship aground at Newcastle
By NSW Maritime,
The Pasha Bulker is grounded on sand at Nobbys Beach at Newcastle and initially appears to be in a sound condition,' said Mr Garry Webb, CEO of Newcastle Port Corporation. Plans are now being made to transfer the salvage crew to the ship by helicopter to enable an inspection about midday.... [more]


Announcing the Gallipoli Yacht Rally for 2008
By Media Services,
The Gallipoli Yacht Rally program includes sightseeing in Istanbul and sailing down the Aegean to the Turkish ports of Kabatepe, Bozcaada, Assos, Ayvalik, Foca, Cesme, Sigacik and Kusadasi. The program also allows for a series of up to ten races to be held and includes visits to the historic sites of Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus and Istanbul.... [more]


Squalls in the South Pacific
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports by Iridium satellite phone as the yacht Blackwattle approaches the Marquesas... [more]


Don Telford wins inaugural CYCA Aegean Yacht Rally
By Maggie Joyce,
Don Telford won the inaugural CYCA Aegean Yacht Rally conducted by Mariner Boating Holidays in Greece and Turkey during the last two weeks of May. After the first week of the rally was plagued by light winds the sailing along the Turkish coast between Bodrum and Marmaris during the second week was outstanding with a gradient westerly providing champagne conditions.... [more]


Bavaria 34 Cruiser available -North South Yachting
By Media Services,
North South Yachting is proud to announce the latest release from Europe’s most modern boat building facility, Bavaria Yachts in Germany. Following on from the worldwide success of their sailing yachts, Bavaria announces another exciting addition to the Cruising range, the Bavaria 34 Cruiser.... [more]


Congratulations to new Certified Marina Managers
By Tony Castles,
Five top marina managers from Australia and New Zealand were presented with CMM status at the Marinas 2007 conference on the Queensland Gold Coast, May 28-30. The International Marina Institute (IMI) has now successfully certified more than 200 managers representing many of the best marinas in the world, and the number is growing as the demand for highly skilled management rapidly increases within the marina industry.... [more]


Henri Lloyd Concept store at Hamilton Island
By Media Services,
The wait is finally over! After much anticipation, Henri Lloyd is set to open their next concept store in Australia, and where better to do this than amongst the oceanic surrounds of Hamilton Island!... [more]


Long Range Cruising sailors
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World's Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen, 15 days west of the Galapagos Islands reports by satellite phone from the Blackwattle.... [more]


Win America's Cup History - 2 volume set
By Media Services,
Enter the Sail-World online competition to win a copy of Bob Fisher's An Absorbing Interest. The definitive history of the America's Cup. Its two volumes covers the drama, boat design, personalities and sheer fascination of the America’s Cup.... [more]


International approval for GME's MT410 PLBs
By Taline Tateossian,
Australia's GME innovative AccuSat™ Personal Locator Beacons receive COSPAS SARSAT approval. Utilising the same ground breaking Australian technology as the MT400 EPIRB, the MT410 and MT410G AccuSat™ Personal Locator Beacons are the latest exciting extension to GME’s growing family of innovative safety products.... [more]


Inaugural CYCA Aegean Yacht Rally underway
By Maggie Joyce,
The Kismet sits on a headland overlooking the Kusadasi marina where the rally yachts, chartered from Offshore Sailing in Marmaris were berthed. Some of the participants had travelled overland from Istanbul to Kusadasi; others after the long flight from Australia, UK, the US and NZ. All were happy to board their yachts and set off in the rally on the morning of May 20.... [more]


Cook, his ships and voyages seminar
By Shirani Aththas,
The program will include four eminent speakers and coincides with the publication of Cook, the Discoverer, a new title in the Australian National Maritime Museum – Hordern House series of facsimile printings of rare books on maritime subjects.... [more]


Win Bob Fisher’s book - An Absorbing Interest
By Media Services,
Enter the Sail-World online competition to win a copy of Bob Fisher's An Absorbing Interest. The definitive history of the America's Cup. Its two volumes covers the drama, boat design, personalities and sheer fascination of the America’s Cup.... [more]



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