28/03/2007




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Australian Cruising News from Panama

Entering the first lock  BW Media
Well the crew of Blackwattle have just been through the Panama Canal – on another boat for practice! It was a great experience, if a little scary in the beginning. Our turn will be in a few days, so more on that next week.

Lots of news from around the world this week, as well as articles about YOUR sailing life:

Passage tales and adventure sailing stories come from a range of Ozzies around the world: from Sailaway IV, the Lagoon 500 which is currently transiting the Caribbean; from intrepid solo sailor Ken Gourlay who is into his last 5000 miles, and from the Mowbray Team who are almost at the end of their Antarctic adventure.

Two fatal dismastings on commercial sailing catamarans in the last four months in Hawaii leads Sail-World to ask why - read about the latest tragic incident.

Greenpeace’s Flagship has been involved in a pirate incident in the Gulf of Aden, but the French Navy came to the rescue; meanwhile in the Med, carrying a Personal Locator Beacon in the pocket probably saved the lives of three Englishmen; and in the Caribbean a heart-warming story about a group of sailing students who saved some ship-wrecked fishermen.

Dufour cruising yachts, now in Australia, are reviewed this week and do well in comparison to others, and read about Sanctuary Cove’s coming Boat Show, which will be the place to see this and an exciting range of new offerings.

Do YOU have a ‘Cruisers’ Net’ in your bay or anchorage? If not, learn how to set one up – everyone wins! There’s also yet another innovative development for making passage making easier, but they want YOUR feedback.

Sail-World is launching another web-based weekly magazine, and if you are into powerboats, you’ll want to read the story!

Finally, read the very interesting readers’ letters from last week’s Magazine.

Read on, enjoy, and..

Sail safe!


By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Why ARE the Masts Snapping on Hawaiian Cats?
By Sail-World Cruising/Rod Ohira, Honolulu Advertiser,
For the second time in less than four months, a commercial catamaran has snapped a mast in Hawaii, both times with fatal results. Further, it turns out that, according to Coast Guard record, one of the catamarans, owned by Hyatt Regency Maui, has had three mast failures since 1991... [more]


Sailaway IV - Antigua to Tortola
By Irene Bates, crew on Sailaway IV,
Sail-World continues following the delivery voyage of Sailaway IV, a Lagoon 500 Catamaran on its way from France to Port Douglas in Australia. In Port Douglas it will be used for sailing trips by Sailaway Port Douglas.... [more]


Fastfind PLB 'in the pocket' Saves Crew
By Sail-World Cruising,
When you're out in the middle of the ocean, your yacht's on fire and the life raft you have just jumped into starts to sink, you've gotta reckon it's going to be one of THOSE DAYS.... [more]


Your Feedback Needed on New Concept:
By Smartcom Software,
ALIS is a new service concept designed to provide yachtsmen with useful services – chart corrections, sailing instructions, weather forecasts and other services - and important safety information based on your location....and they need your help!... [more]


Gourlay has fingers crossed during final leg
By Julian Burgess,
Tasmanian solo yachtsman Ken Gourlay has entered the final stretch of his epic round-the-world voyage and is desperately hoping that his rigging and sails hold together for the final 5000 nautical miles.... [more]


Sailing Students Save Sinking Fishermen
By Don Jordan,Palm Beach Post,
T.J. Qualls, 16, had only 10 minutes left in his shift on the deck of the S/V Denis Sullivan when he caught sight of two signal flares burning skyward in the distance. Over the next few hours late Wednesday and early Thursday, 16 students from the Riviera Beach Maritime Academy in Florida USA would experience firsthand what many had only simulated in classrooms. Below the flares, a fishing boat carrying three men was slowly sinking.... [more]


Powerboat-World.com names Founding Editor
By Al Constable,
Bob Wonders, one of Australia's best-known boating journalists, has been appointed founding editor of Powerboat-World.com, the new marine news site, launched by TetraMedia, who run the highly successful Sail-World.com site... [more]


VHF and HF Cruisers Nets
By Nancy Knudsen,
Do you have a VHF Cruisers’ Net in your bay, anchorage or area? If you answer yes, then check the following out to see how they match. If you say no, or ‘What’s a VHF Cruisers’ Net? Then read on, because these can greatly enhance the value for both cruisers, weekend visitors, live-aboards and commercial activities around the anchorage. As itinerant cruisers, we have found them invaluable when arriving in a new port... [more]


2007 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
By Kate Duryea,
The 2007 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show will be the venue for 18 world launches and dozens of Australian releases. The upcoming 19th annual Australian show from May 24 to May 27 has also attracted international attention with delegations from Taiwan and China.... [more]


Team Mowbray reaches last anchorage on voyage
By Team Mowbray,
Well here we are!! Our last anchorage for this wonderful five and a half month expedition. Half an hour ago we meandered up an inlet called 'Estero Chauqui' on the 'Island of Guar'..'Commitment' is gently tugging at her anchor chain.... [more]


Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior in Pirate Threat
By Sail-World Cruising,
Intending long range cruisers planning to sail through the Red Sea will be happy to note that the rare recent stories about piracy all seem to revolve around a threat, a Mayday and then a withdrawal by the aggressors.... [more]


Dufour - Bloody good sailing boats
By Helen Hopcroft,
In 2001 French boat builder Dufour formed a partnership with the highly regarded Italian boatyard Cantiere Del Pardo, who build the luxurious Grand Soleil Yachts. Dufour's Australian distributor is Antill Marine.Jason Antill says that the new Dufour range stands out because of its strong sailing characteristics, intelligent design and quality build and finish. 'They're just bloody good sailing boats'... [more]


Ho Ho and away we go - cruising to Southport
By Rob Kothe,
It seems there is no identity crisis on this out and out cruiser; they sailed out of Sydney Heads in the 2007 Audi Sydney Southport race with their big blue bimini firmly in place.... [more]


This Week's Letters from Readers
By Cruising Editor,
Readers Letters: 'From Bare Poles to Paradise (But Why?) 'Bugs on Boats - The Seven Quick Rules' 'Loop Keels? - Not Loopy at all...'... [more]




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