Braving 'The Rip'..Rallies in Borneo..Lose your Dinghy?
Take a moment to look at some stunning water shots of storm waters around Sydney – of course as a sailor these magnificent images by Andrea Francolini might bring dread to your heart rather than joy…
|Arriving Gibraltar - typical cloud BW Media |
We’re in Gibraltar this week, but the news is wide and varied. UK Halsey, those safety-minded British sailmakers have released yet another safety video, this time on how to manage your life raft.
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria has taken a proactive stance for ocean sailing by offering a familiarisation day for boats to transit ‘The Rip’ – that nasty piece of water off Port Phillip Bay – equally great for cruising boats!
And if you ARE headed for an ocean journey, see what Captain David Hare has to say about ACR Epirbs.
Read how 19 yachts from 12 nations participated in the ‘Borneo International Yachting Challenge’, spurred on by an amazing 500 dollar and hotel accommodation incentive to join. Guy Nowell on the scene reports how the yachts, which sailed from between Labuan and Miri, in Malaysian Borneo, had wind generators, jerry cans, surfboards on deck rather than rating certificates – sounds like a cruising kind of ‘race’ indeed!
The World ARC Rally has had an amazing response, and this year’s complement of ARC participants are on their way to the Canary Islands – but so are thousands of refugees….
The first episode of Blackwattle’s strange journey from Tunisia attempting to get to the Balearics is there, and more stories, so read on, enjoy, and
By Nancy Knudsen
South China Sea Rescue of British Sailor, But Why?
By Rich Chang/Cruising Editor,
A perplexing story was reported by Rich Chang for the Taipei Times this week Chang reported that a British man is expected to leave Kinmen today and continue a voyage to South Korea after being rescued on Friday by a Taiwanese fishing boat in waters near Kinmen.... [more]
The ORCV Rip Tour - Sunday October 15
By Al Constable,
The Ocean Racing Club of Victoria works hard to increase the participation rate in offshore sailing. It recognises that 'The Rip' the feared exit to Port Phillip Bay is a major factor in discouraging boat owners venturing outside. Taking a practical stance, they have been conducting familiarisation briefings for the boat community. Where? At the Rip, of course.... [more]
Andrea Francolini, the Sydney based yachting photographer is heading back into the northern hemisphere for a few weeks, but stopped yesterday to record the storm water views from Sydney's South Head.... [more]
Lose your Dinghy? - Yes, It Could Happen!
By Cruising Editor,
If a cruising sailor like to worry about all the catastrophes that COULD happen, he doesn't need a very active imagination. One of the minor - and sometimes maybe not so minor if you were in a remote area - possibilities is the loss of one's dinghy. Normally, a dinghy is just something for which you don't carry a spare - until, along came Porta-Bote!... [more]
ARC Rally and Refugees - All for the Canaries
By Guardian/Lisa Mylchreest,
As 225 yachts of all sizes start making their way to the Canary Islands for the start of a great adventure, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers – the now famed ARC Rally – there is another wave of boats simultaneously making for the Canaries from the opposite direction.... [more]
That ACR Epirb Could Save Your Life
By Capt. David Hare,
While cruising more than 20 years ago, thieves broke into my sail boat and stole all of my valuables. To hide their fingerprints, they took the five-gallon jug of gasoline used for my dinghy’s outboard and burned the interior of my vessel.... [more]
World ARC Draws Enthusiastic Response
By Andrew Bishop,
World Cruising Club, organisers of the largest rally in the world, the 20 year old Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, should be delighted with the response so far to their new Round World ARC, planned for January 2008. In just three months, and more than a year ahead of the start date, the Rally has a confirmed 25 entries from eight countries..... [more]
Sail-World's Blackwattle Saga from Tunisia
By Nancy Knudsen,
It begins as a simple four-day journey across an uncomplicated stretch of water, and ends as one of the strangest journeys in our combined lifetimes of racing sailing and half a world of cruising sailing. Instead of around 450 miles, we end up travelling 1035.6 miles, after a bizarre chain of circumstances has us running from thunderstorms and gales, becalmed three times, caught by an unforecast gale, and fog bound among radar-tricking fishing boats.... [more]
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