Practicing your storm sail skills...learn to sail via CDROM...sailing in Tonga, Tahiti...rescues raise questions... and more

05 Aug 2007




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World Cruising News from Taravana Yacht Club

Taravana Yacht Club  BW Media
On Blackwattle, we've taken a mooring at Taravana Yacht Club on the Island of Taha'a in French Polynesia where the seabed is 35 metres down. It's really a restaurant masquerading as a yacht club, but the deal is good – while it's $20 a night for the mooring, if you drink at their bar, the mooring is free. I can see the crew of Blackwattle steadily drinking our way through the weeks......

Lots of hi-jinks on the high seas this week, and a couple of interesting rescues. One of a solo sailor who hit Elizabeth Reef between New Zealand and Australia and the other of a dismasted catamaran in the Indian Ocean – both stories have unusual twists, and raise VERY interesting issues.

The top megayacht finalists for 2007 are listed, and one megayacht tells the story of their own refugee drama, with the difficult decisions they had to make.

On the practical side, we talk about practicing with your storm sails – well do you? - and there's a new online resource for finding that product to solve your maintenance problem that your local chandlery just doesn't carry.

Mariner Boating tells how you can sail Tonga this year, and from Blackwattle, our idyllic – and surprising - stay in Moorea.

Lots more too, so read on, enjoy, and..

Sail Safe!


By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Adventure Sailing - No 'Land Ahoy!' for 1000 Days
By Sail-World Cruising/Adam Nichols, Daily News,
Two sailors set out 100 days ago from New York on a unusual mission – they plan to stay at sea and out of sight of land for 1000 days – in my language, that's just about two years and nine months. They've so far been doodling around in the Atlantic, but their intention to sail around Cape Horn (without sighting it) against wind and current is a laudable and brave one, so theirs will be an interesting adventure to watch. However, they'd better keep a better watch keeping system, as Adam Nichols' story for the www.nydailynews.com!Daily_News!new , recounted here, demonstrates:... [more]


New International Piracy Hotline
By Sail-World Cruising,
The International Maritime Bureau – Piracy Reporting Centre, which is physically located in Kuala Lumpur, but which has worldwide responsibilities under a UN resolution, has newly launched a dedicated hotline for seafarers and all concerned parties to report any information that they may have / seen / heard / known etc relating to maritime crime and security... [more]


Dismasted Cat Crew Rescued - Off to Japan
By Cruising Editor,
After previous reports of authorities refusing to assist, a merchant Russian ship has rescued four men on board the catamaran Clandara yacht adrift in the Indian Ocean. The catamaran has sunk.... [more]


Rescued Sailor Knew of Inaccuracy of Charts
By Nancy Knudsen,
A British lone sailor who was rescued by the Australian Navy after hitting Elizabeth Reef north of Lord Howe Island, had already hit one reef earlier in the journey, and noted in his Blog that reefs were not always in their stated position according to charts.... [more]


Learn to Sail via CDROM
By Sail-World Cruising,
If you are a beginning sailor, an aspiring sailor, a would-be sailor, or you have a friend who is any of these, learning some sailing jargon and the principles behind why wind in the sail makes the boat move - before you get on board a sailing boat for the first time - can be a very rewarding exercise.... [more]


Sailing away on a Tahitian Boating Holiday
By Media Services,
A holiday on a boat is a great way to unwind. A holiday cruising a boat around tropical islands is even better. The next level up: a tropical, cruising holiday on a luxury boat with great company. And finally things are pretty much perfect when you’re on a luxurious yacht, cruising beautiful islands, with fun people and enjoying a delightful combination of racing, socialising, island hopping and lazing about in the sun. Sounds good? Mariner Boating has the ideal holiday for you!... [more]


Blackwattle in Moorea - No More Smoke
By Nancy Knudsen,
Smoke is a big problem on our cruising boat Blackwattle. We have smoke from the engine when its injectors are not happy, smoke from the outboard when the carburetor is playing up, smoke from the toast because French baguettes do not toast very well, and the worst one of all, smoke from the ears of the Skipper and Chief Toastmaker about any of the above.... [more]


Online Boating Product Search Engine
By Sail-World Cruising,
If you just can't find the answer you need for your boat's latest challenge, here's an online way of searching for boating products:... [more]


Megayacht in Refugee Drama
By Lucy Chabot Reed, The Triton/Sail-World Cruising,
What would YOU do if you were out sailing and discovered a boat which possibly contained would-be illegal immigrants? They are thirsty, hungry and desperate. On the megayacht M/Y Argyll, Captain Robert Corcoran recently had to make some hard decisions...... [more]


St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta online
By Event media,
Organizers of the yearly St.Maarten-St.Martin Classic Yacht Regatta announced today that the 'on line' yacht registration in the www.ClassicRegatta.com web site is open as from now... [more]


Top Superyachts for 2007 - the Finalists
By Cruising Editor,
The International Superyacht Society has released its lists of finalists for the 2007 International Design Awards. The yachts are chosen as the very finest in naval architecture, design, interiors, engineering and their build from the preceding calendar year... [more]


Practicing Your Storm Sail Skills
By Cruising Editor/U.K.Halsey,
The last thing any cruising sailor looks forward to is being in conditions where one has to put up either storm jib or storm trysail. However, there's no use carrying these sails if you don't know how to use them. British Sailmakers U.K.Halsey have brought out yet another useful 'Safety at Sea' video, this time on the use of storm sails.... [more]


1st sails from Doyle’s China loft pass Osaka test
By Helen Hopcroft,
South Australian shipwright Tom Crabb had always dreamed of entering the Melbourne Osaka yacht race, but life kept getting in the way. The 5,500 nautical mile race is considered to be one of the toughest short handed races in the world. It requires a significant commitment in terms of time, boat preparation and funding. In March of this year he finally lined his Adams 11.9 ‘Southern Light’ up at the Melbourne start. Observers may have noticed that Southern Light was sporting an expensive looking set of brand new headsails, and the story of how they got on his boat is worth relating.... [more]




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