14/09/2006


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News from Gibraltar

Adrian Flanagan, that polar sailor adventurer who just won’t give up on his polar circumnavigation, has finally received permission to sail over the pole through Russian waters! – but has it come too late?

At Sail-World Cruising we also want to congratulate the Tangaroa for having completed another ‘Kon Tiki’ feat, crossing the South Pacific by raft in order to try out the raft enhancements suggested by Thor Heyerdahl after his feat of 60 years ago.

Needing new wind measuring instruments? – Don’t go past Tack Tick's wireless alternative, …. And talking about new acquisitions, don’t go ahead with your boat purchase notions without reading all about the new brilliant Hanse 47E.

The Borneo International Yacht Challenge is just completed - you’ll find some great photos and the final story;… and talking of pictures, the Apes of Gibraltar are starring this week as the crew of Blackwattle did the tourist round of Gibraltar on our way to the Canary Islands to join the ARC Rally.

There’s also the unsolved mystery of the luxury schooner found drifting with a half eaten meal on the table, those Mediterranean sailors the Treleavens have another of their wonderful picture stories, and finally read of Blackwattle’s forever frustrated efforts to reach Gibraltar.

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail safe


By Nancy Knudsen



Mystery Ghost Ship Bel Amica Found Floating
By Nick Pisa/Sail-World Cruising,
A half eaten meal, charts of the Mediterranean and piles of clothes were found on board an empty US$600,000 twin masted sailing vessel discovered floating off the Italian coast. Police are investigating the mystery, which was discovered by coastguards on a routine patrol... [more]


Wireless Wind Information
By Sail-World Cruising,
Did you know you can have wind information without running cables down the mast? The system is solar powered, is wireless and has no cables at all, - it gives 300 hours of autonomy, it weighs only 230grams (about half a pound), and can be calibrated from the display.... [more]


Congratulations Tangaroa, the New Kon Tiki
By Cruising Editor,
Sail-World congratulates the crew of Tangaroa, the raft which is a replica of the Kon Tiki, on their successful arrival at their destination after 4500 miles sailing across the sea from Callao in Peru to Papeete in Tahiti.... [more]


Adrian's visa, but is it too late for the ice?
By Adrian Flangan,
'At 6.30 am Alaska time on Thursday, 7th September I received a call from Louise to say that the Russian authorities had decided to allow me an attempt on the Northern Sea Route.... [more]


Letters from the Med: Paxos -Montenegro
By Andrea Treleaven,
A day holed up in the beautiful port of Lakka at the northern end of Paxos, while a nasty front goes through. Ian and Nick spend the day helping yachts tie stern too to the rocks, so by the end of the day we have quite a collection of appreciated wine. Next morning we find our navigation down and a passing joke; 'maybe the rat ate it.'... [more]


BIYC 2006 - pictures from Borneo
By Sail World Asia,
The 3rd Borneo International Yachting Challenge 2006 is over, leaving all the competitors with memories of a quality event. There wasn't a huge amount of wind, to be sure, but Labuan and Miri are first class places to hang out with the China Sea cruising crowd.... [more]


Sail-World's Blackwattle - Still Westward in the Med
By Nancy Knudsen,
We left Algeria six days ago, headed for the Balearics, a journey of 400 miles, which should have taken about four days allowing for light night winds. Chased by thunderstorms, we have wandered the seas and are now into Day 6 of our four-day journey, and hardly half way there.... [more]


New Hanse 470e - sets new Cruising standards
By Media Services,
The new Hanse 470e is the smallest yacht in the luxury segment of the Hanse range, yet offers an exceptional amount of space for yachts of this size. The luxurious interior using high quality materials (e.g. Corian, leather, wooden surfaces), the generous and bright arrangement below deck and the exploitation of space with strategically placed cupboards and lockers actually enlarges the entire living area.... [more]


Sailing into Gibraltar, Home of Apes
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sailing through the straits of Gibraltar clearly invites a stop at the thriving British community on the Rock of Gibraltar. The Apes who inhabit this coveted strategic entry point to the Mediterranean are nearly as famous as the Rock itself. There is an old superstition that, if the Apes ever go, so will the British.... [more]




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