10/12/2006








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Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and her husband Ted Nobbs are sailing their Petersen 46 Blackwattle in the 2006 ARC. Last night they responded to a Pan Pan. You can listen to her reports now.

Sail-World has been in Phuket for the last week and will be bringing pictures from their next week. This week we have some great pictures from the Andaman Islands too.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team




ARC Rally Blackwattle answers PAN PAN
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports that Blackwattle is going to the aid of another Australian cruiser on Day 14 of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.... [more]

ARC Rally Day 14 Report
By Sail-World,
Strong winds and cross seas are providing boat breaking conditions for the 225 boat fleet, crossing the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia.... [more]


No Taxi? What about Roller Skates?
By Cruising Editor,
Cruising sailors, like snails, carry their homes on their backs - a luxurious way to travel. However, when one gets into port and there's no car in the garage, what do you do? One of the smarter cruisers we've met carries roller skates!... [more]


Andaman Islands
By Paul Johnson,
Administered by India, the 300 or so Andaman Islands are the highest peaks of a submerged mountain range that stretches from Sumatra in the south to the Irawaddy delta in the north.... [more]

Maxi Capricorno sets a new ARC course record
By ARC Media,
Owner, Italian businessman Rinaldo Del Bono, was jubilant as the 24m Maxi crossed the finish line, the-12 strong crew cheering and waving to the assembled media and spectator boats. Much of the credit goes to American skipper, 36-year old Matthew Babcock, whose brave decision to stay north early on, paid off as their better gybe angle gave them superior speed to that of Italian rivals Fantasticaaa, during the last few days.... [more]

ARC Rally - new course record expected
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Having taken very different routes, the two leading boats in ARC 2006 - a Swan 100 Fantasticaa and the 80ft maxi yacht Capricorno, are now just a day away from the finish line, with the larger yacht ahead by a whisker - just 29 nautical miles in front of her Italian compatriots. However, the advantage is definitely with Capricorno , whose early decision to go north, has been rewarded by a much better gybe angle and higher speeds as they charge for the line.... [more]

ARC Rally report from Blackwattle
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen is having a whale of a time in the ARC Rally. Here is her latest audio report from the cockpit of the Petersen 46 Blackwattle in the middle of the the Atlantic.... [more]

Medivac successful in ARC Rally
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Following a MAYDAY alert late on Sunday 03 December, from the yacht Compromise participating in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), en route from Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay in St. Lucia, a medical evacuation took place yesterday (Monday 04 December) at approximately 19:30UTC.... [more]

ARC Rally Day 7 Report
By Rob Kothe,
ARC Rally Day 7 Report... [more]

Blackwattle standing by distressed cruiser
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen sailing the ARC with husband Ted on Blackwattle standing by distressed cruiser.... [more]


Yachting in the Shipping Lanes
By Nancy Knudsen,
Well, Hi old chap, welcome to the party. There were ten of us here, all ships together; now that you’ve arrived there are eleven. There’s quite a lot of chatter going on at this party – maybe you can join in. Often I think some of the party is quite drunk.... [more]

Head South 'til the Butter Melts
By Jeremy Wyatt,
Go South is the advice from the ARC meteorologists, and those yachts which opted for the longer southerly route are now in a position to benefit from this knowledge. A long cold front ridging from a deep depression off Ireland is running across the central Atlantic and giving an area of lighter winds on the rhumb line course to St.Lucia.... [more]

ARC Day 3 - Champagne Sailing in the Trade Winds
By Jeremy Wyatt,
Cracking along in a fine 15–20 knot NE breeze is what trade wind sailing is all. 'This is what we came for!' said Colin Hall, skipper of British Oyster 53 Boysterous. 'Champagne sailing in the Trade Winds. We’re bowling along at 8 knots on 259 degrees true, heading straight for St.Lucia.'... [more]

ARC Report from the Atlantic
By Sail-World,
Sail-World's Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the ARC, by satellite phone, courtesy of Iridium and Mailasail as the fleet heads south, crossing the Tropic of Cancer, as it edges across the Atlantic.... [more]


Donna Lange departs NZ for Cape Horn and Home
By Jane Pares and Will Barbeau,
Donna Lange, the intrepid musician, sailor, grandmother left New Zealand on Tues 21 Nov on a momentous voyage home to Rhode Island via Cape Horn, in her faithful 28ft double-ender Southern Cross sloop, Inspired Insanity.... [more]

ARC Day 2 - NE Trade Winds bring fast runs
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
After a spectacular start on Sunday, the ARC 2006 fleet is now settling into the daily routine of life of onboard after two days at sea since leaving Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. After a light first night which saw headwinds for some, conditions are now excellent, with settled Northeast trade winds expected through the remainder of the first week.... [more]

ARC Report from Blackwattle
By Sail-World,
Interactive Digital Media technology continues to enrich the online media experience and the world continues to shrink. Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the Atlantic by Iridium phone from Blackwattle.... [more]


Dubarry Sea Boots rule the waves
By Brett Filby,
Mad enough to sail a Mumm 30 in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart, yes, but not without our Dubarry Sea Boots writes Brett Filby... [more]




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