On the 16th of March 2003, between the Ides of March and St Patrick ’s Day Nancy Knudsen and Ted Nobbs sailed their Peterson 46 Blackwattle from the Royal Prince Alfred docks in Pittwater, Sydney Australia, heading out on a world circumnavigation.
On the 11th of May that same year they sailed past Bundaberg on the Queensland Coast their way to Pancake Creek and then north round the top of Australia across to the Red Sea up into the Med to Turkey. After an extended stay there they left in June 2006 heading across the Med, they crossed the Atlantic with the ARC fleet wandered down to Panama and then did the Coconut Milk Run across to Vanuatu.
Early this week they set sail for Bundaberg as part of the 55 boat Port to Port Rally fleet.
This afternoon Nancy reports the best sailing conditions of their voyage have continued for the last four days, perfect trade wind sailing. Just 550 nautical miles out.
By Wednesday night, 1st November 2007 they will sail into Bundaberg having completed their circumnavigation along with lots of other Australian boats.
Customs Clearance awaits them, and then there will be a party and another and another.
The Sail-World Team
Port to Port Report from Sail-world Cruising By Sail-World Cruising, Perfect trade wind sailing for the 55 boats in the 2007 Port to Port Rally from Vanuatu to Bundaberg. Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and husband Ted are sailing their Peterson 46 Blackwattle are in the fleet. Here is the latest Iridium satellite phone report from Nancy.... [more]
The 11th annual Akuna Bay Boat Festival By Bob Wonders, While the Akuna Bay Boat Festival may well be boating oriented, there's little doubt that the headline act will be 'Descendance', the spectacular Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance theatre.... [more]
Gold Coast Boat Show opens today By Bob Wonders, An innovative local design for family boating enthusiasts, the Southbeach Vacationer, offering the performance and sea-keeping of a small cruiser with the space and versatility of a pop-up caravan, will be one of the stars at the Gold Coast Boat Show opening today.... [more]
On certain full moons each year, it gets sexy By Elizabeth Pennisi ScienceNOW Daily News, Marine biologist James Guest of Newcastle University in the U.K. says the findings may aid coral reef conservation. 'Sexual reproduction is possibly the most important process in the recovery of degraded reefs,' he says, 'so understanding the mechanisms underlying reproductive timing is very important'... [more]
Ultimate comfort - X-Yacht all new cruising range By X-Yachts Australia, At the X-Yacht production development facility in Haderslev Denmark, work is fully underway; the 5 axis milling machine is busy making plugs for the hull, deck, inner liners, keel and rudder for the new Xc-45.... [more]
Pirates in Indonesia caught in two separate raids By Rob Kothe, During the raid of his home, Abdul Gani resisted arrest and was subsequently shot and wounded before police rushed him to a local hospital in Cirebon, West Java. Abdul Gani claimed he only attacked fishing boats and sent the loot to GAM (LM: Jakarta Post, Antara News).... [more]
Bunbury Waterfront concept community input needed! By PR, The latest plan for Bunbury's Waterfront was released for community input today. Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the community was encouraged to provide feedback on the Bunbury Waterfront concept plan at an open day at the Bunbury Power Boat Club on Sunday, November 18.... [more]
Faces of Vanuatu – Michoutouchkine and Others By Nancy Knudsen, Waiting, waiting, waiting for the weather to cross from Vanuatu to Bundaberg in Australia, the crew of Blackwattle start to meet many memorable people – educated, uneducated, simple, sophisticated, always gentle – a cultural diversity which is both inspiring and heartwarming. Here are just a few of them, and these experiences are some of the rewards of becoming a cruising sailor... [more]
Coral reefs on brink of disaster By ScienceDaily, The world has a narrow window of opportunity to save coral reefs from the destruction caused by extreme climate change, according to a unanimous statement issued today by leading Australian scientists. The call for action is the outcome of a National Forum on Coral Reef Futures, held at the Australian Academy of Sciences, in Canberra.... [more]
Two Boaters Killed by Tugboat Towline By Newsday/Sail-World Cruising, New York: At 10.45pm last Saturday evening, in Ambrose Channel, off the coast of south Brooklyn, two men were killed when their 24 foot pleasure boat collided with the towline of a tugboat. QUESTION: In the dark, how do you tell that a vessel is towing another vessel? (Answer at the end of the article)... [more]
Yachties Honoured for Saving Fishermen By Des Ryan, Such are the tales of piracy on the high seas that even the sight of a small ''fishing'' boat will have many a yachtie scurrying for the engine and extra sails to get away as fast as possible - that's if they don't reach for the gun as well....... [more]
Blackwattle's Final Circumnavigation Leg By Nancy Knudsen, Sail-World's Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and her husband Ted Nobbs on their yacht Blackwattle, are in Vanuatu, about to join the Port2Port Rally on the last leg of their five year circumnavigation. While joining other Rally participants... [more]
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