27/07/2006












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Not the Iron Headsail

Blackwattle in the Med today   .
This newsletter finds your Sail-World Cruising Editor drifting between Crete and Malta - drifting, because we have around 5 knots of wind on the nose and a boat speed of under 3 kts.- and the forecast is for more of the same.

But apart from turning on the iron headsail, which just wouldn't be sporting (or enjoyable), all we can do is say: 'That's Cruising!'

The image here is of Blackwattle less than an hour ago, brought to you by Sat phone and Mailasail.

Its been a great week of feature articles and stories.

Piracy is back in the news with not everyone agreeing with the Piracy Reporting Centre in Malaysia, as you can read here on Sail-World Cruising. There will more on this next week.

On a similar vein read about Le Boat Jacking, its seems boat theft to order in the new game.

Ken Batt talks about thunderstorms. Richard Gladwell has reviewed Andrea Treleavens Letters from the Med.

We've been working hard this week to make Sail-World Cruising even more user friendly, now we can sense the down load speed and that means fast loading and bigger pictures.

Next week we will bring you the Darwin Kupang Rally, some wonderful poetry (no skipper Ted did NOT write it and our images from Crete, during this long passage, I've had plenty of time to prepare them for you.

Happy sailing,


By Nancy Knudsen



Thunderstorms at Sea- How They Form and What to Do
By Ken Batt, Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney,
I still remember very vividly a situation that occurred whilst racing on Wild Oats during the 1993 Southern Cross Cup Series. It went like this- we were racing in the Manly Circle when an ugly, green-tinged thunderstorm moved towards us from the west. The call went up to prepare the boat/crew for severe wind gusts. This we did but…..... [more]


Letters from the Med Review
By Richard Gladwell Sail-World NZL,
'Letter from the Med' started out as a series of emails written by Andrea to friends. Sail-World.com asked could it publish them online and the regular 'Treleavens Tales' ran for a number of years. At the urging of friends the material which comprises of reports of their cruises around the Med, superb photos and recipes from the localities, was spliced together into a book, published by New Holland... [more]

No engine but Adrian Flanagan pushes on
By Event media,
'This is a tricky area I am in, positioned over the Aleutian Trench which runs east-west south of the Aleutian Island chain, plunging to depths of 9,000 meters and rising to shoal depths around the islands themselves in the space of less than 60 miles. With the waters driven by winds from the south-west towards the islands but with nowhere to go, the potential for massive seas is an ever present danger.... [more]

Record Charter Fleet for Sunsail Whitsundays
By Kate Elkington,
Sunsail’s Australian operation on Hamilton Island has just been boosted with the addition of seven new yachts and catamarans, bringing the company’s charter fleet to a record size of 43.... [more]

Sail-World’s Cruising Editor cruises on
By Sail-World/Nancy Knudsen,
Blackwattle heads west, leaving Greece for Xania in Crete, then Gibraltar, the Canaries, Bermuda, Panama and across the Pacific to Australia. Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports by satellite phone from the Peterson 46 Blackwattle.... [more]


Yachts not Piracy target say Asian sailors
By Rob Kothe,
While international cruising sailors have sailed with some trepidation through the Malacca Straits between Indonesia and Malaysia for the last 20 years, the Asian Marine industry says Pirates have been targeting commercial shipping and that leisure vessels are in no danger.... [more]

Ambassadors buys Bellingham Marine
By Ambassadors International,
Ambassadors International, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMIE) announced today that it has acquired Bellingham Marine Industries ('Bellingham Marine'), a leader in the marine industry, through the acquisition of Nishida Tekko America Corporation ('NTAC'), the 100% owner of Bellingham Marine.... [more]


Le Boat Jacking
By Henry Samuel UK Daily Telegraph,
Boat theft on the French Riviera has become big business. Highly organised gangs of thieves from eastern Europe are becoming ever more daring as they steal luxury yachts to order.... [more]


Making our website more cruising friendly
By Richard Gladwell & Nancy Knudsen,
You may notice a difference in the stories, or rather images, on Sail-World this week. When you click on a Sail-World story, it may look different depending on your Internet connection speed.... [more]


3500 Year Old Sailboat Sails Again
By Nancy Knudsen,
When you go for a sail on Sunday, remember that the tradition you are following is one of the oldest known to civilised man. The earliest known European civilisation, the Minoan civilisation, was known to have sailing boats, and now, there's a 'new' one.... [more]


Panda swims English Channel
By Edward Rowe,
At around 10.15 am on last Friday, (21 July 2006), a Panda slipped into the sea at Folkestone, Kent, not merely with the idea of enjoying a refreshing swim, but with the specific intention of reaching the French coast and then travelling all the way home to Italy!... [more]




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