Our Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and husband Ted have just sailed their Peterson 46 Blackwattle into Nuku (or Nuka) Hiva in the Marquesas, 900 miles north of Tahiti. While they look for an electronics expert and a diesel mechanic – a tall order indeed, we are sending out this week's Cruising Newsletter.
The Dangers of Dinghy trips …turns out there have been lots of close calls. We welcome your contributions.
Brook Felsenthal from Charter World has plenty of cruising ideas for those of us who are not circumnavigating the world, but still want to cruise … around the world.
A Seawind cruising cat and a Grade Five cyclone….that would make you spill your chardonnay.
Gipsy Moth V - I've seen it spelt Gipsey, Gypsey, Gypsy, Gipsy - and now having seen a life ring and a life jacket from Sir Francis' last Gipsy… I am comforted, two different spellings on the boat itself. … here is some news on V not IV.
Nancy talks about THE GROUNDING – it's an awful sound, when the keel is bouncing on the bottom.
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team
WanderLust's Sailing Route - Nuka Hiva to Sydney By Mike Harker, Filmmaker Mike Harker is attempting a three year-long circumnavigation aboard WanderLust 3, a brand new Hunter 49. Mike is hoping to arrive in Sydney in late July, in time for the Sydney International Boat Show at Darling Harbour.... [more]
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat By Rob Kothe, We published our Cruising Editor's Nancy's Knudsen's article about the danger of the trip by dinghy from the shore back to your boat in a strong offshore breeze last week. It struck a chord with our readers.... [more]
Yacht Charter Holidays - Rapid growth By Media Services, The yacht charter industry continues to grow at a rapid rate across the globe with new destinations and larger yachts on offer every season. Charter World Boating Holidays’ Brook Felsenthal says, 'The industry has grown massively over recent years, with an explosion of operators and vessels in all areas, but particularly the Mediterranean... [more]
The Grounding By Nancy Knudsen, Our twenty-fifth day at sea. I am lying in the saloon sea bunk, just woken, when a spear of memory reminds me of the land fall to come – it's our arrival day into the Marquesas. We have no engine – it starts but stops after ten minutes, so we must sail into the anchorage at Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas where we are headed.... [more]
Boater’s Alert to High Winds and Waves NSW By NSW Maritime, NSW Maritime is advising skippers and masters of vessels to be on alert this weekend as gale and strong warnings exist for much of the coast. NSW Maritime Recreational Boating General Manager, Brett Moore, said the forecast was for winds to reach 40 knots and seas to 5m in parts.... [more]
Gipsy Moth V - Salvaged items bring back memories By Media Services, Gipsy Moth V, was the last yacht of Sir Francis Chichester (1901 - 1972), the pioneer aviator, gold prospector, adventurer, navigator, real estate promoter, publisher, author and racing enthusiast.... [more]
Cruising Corsica and Sardinia with Charter World By Brook Felsenthal, Charter World’s Brook Felsenthal returned from the Western Mediterranean cruising waters of Corsica and Sardinia – which he claims are Mediterranean’s best kept secrets.... [more]
Seawind in a Cyclone By Helen Hopcroft, Royce Black sailed a Seawind 1000 catamaran through a category five cyclone and lived to tell the tale. His candid description of the cyclone and its aftermath does much to inspire fear and terror in the listener, and he is refreshingly honest about mistakes that he says he made. He has used his experience to help deliver a ‘heavy weather sailing for cats’ seminar as part of Seawind’s free public education program.... [more]
Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area QLD Closure By Queensland Transport /SYC, A major defence exercise - Exercise Talisman Saber 07 - will be undertaken including periods of 'live-firing' and marine craft operations at all hours within the restricted waters of Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.... [more]
Salvage Tugs arriving to shift Pasha Bulker By NSW Maritime, A salvage tug has arrived in Newcastle from Sydney to assist in the salvage operations of the grounded bulk carrier, Pasha Bulker.... [more]
Jane Fonda and the Gremlins By Nancy Knudsen, This - the leg from Galapagos to the Marquesas - is meant to be one of those magic sailing downwind runs – three thousand miles of trouble-free sailing with a steady south east wind. And largely that's true - they've been calm seas, easy seas, not like the Atlantic or the Red Sea, or even the Mediterranean. So I am currently searching our boat for the Gremlins, I am sure it must be Gremlins. What else could cause us so much excitement in one trip?... [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]
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