30 Apr 2007






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Cruising the World -Someone has to do it!!

Some one has to do it - Panama to Galapagos  BW Media
While we sit at our desk’s after another busy weekend ferrying the kids, maybe a little sail on Sunday afternoon and this morning a fight with the traffic, we can only gaze in envy at how the other half are managing.

Our Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and husband Ted Nobbs have been languishing in the Doldrumsm, now they have breeze at last.

Here is an image sent just a few minutes ago by Iridium sat phone using www.mailasail.com compression technology.

Nancy is doing it tough now, as you can see but she will report from the Galapagos newt week.

The very curious tale of the three sailors who disappeared off their cruising catamaran on the Australian Great Barrier Reef does seem set to rival the Mary Celeste.

We've been following this story in detail, as you will see from this weeks Cruising newsletter and we'd welcome any fresh ideas.


By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team



Cruising from Panama to Galapagos
By Nancy Knudsen,
Our hopes were high a few days ago as we set off from Las Perlas Islands for Galapagos with a forecast of northerly winds for two days. While the ITCZ was stubbornly NOT moving north, the forecast northerly was a spillover from good winds in the Caribbean, and forty eight hours of good sailing we hoped would get us half way through the Doldrums. But the forecast wasn't right (what's new?) and the wind failed after 24 hours.... [more]


Gourlay closes on Tasmania
By Rob Kothe,
Australian Ken Gourlay is being blown home in the last week of his round the world voyage. After three quiet days, yesterday a strong north westerly gale was pushing him towards Tasmania, as he crossed the Great Australian Bight.... [more]


Waves of Migratory Pelicans
By Nancy Knudsen,
Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports by satellite phone from the Pacific on the migration of millions of Brown Pelicans.... [more]


Phuket Voted Asia’s Maritime Capital
By Elson Koh,
Phuket has been named Asia’s Maritime Capital at the 3rd Christofle Asia Boating Awards – a prestigious accolade that also acknowledges Thailand’s remarkable post-tsunami recovery.... [more]


Final challenges for solo sailor Ken Gourlay
By Julian Burgess/Ken Gourlay,
With malfunctioning auto-pilots and a boat showing the strain of 23,000 miles and 170 days of ocean sailing, Gourlay is hoping to finish his epic voyage on Sunday, May 6, to equal the record of Newcastle sailor Tony Mowbray in 2001.... [more]


Turned Turtle in the Las Perlas Islands
By Nancy Knudsen,
Gliding softly in the dinghy to shore, beach ahead smooth aqua water, painter in hand, ready to jump in to run the dinghy up the sand. But now the beach is lurching sideways, water rushing at me fast, flash of big black shadow rising behind me over me, slow motion world dissolving into white splashes crunch knees and hands hitting sand – outboard... shadow was outboard motor coming down, scramble away must get away from the motor coming down, clawing at the watery sand crawling away fast.... [more]


Piracy drops, no room for complacency, says IMB
By Powerboat-World,
The number of reported piracy attacks world-wide in the first three months of 2007 is recorded at 41 incidents compared with 61 incidents for the corresponding period in 2006, according to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).... [more]


Police give up the Ghost
By Powerboat-World.com,
It emerged yesterday that the men put out a routine radio call at 6.45pm on the Sunday night, notifying Volunteer Marine Rescue of their position at George Point, south of Bowen. The radio contact came hours after winds peaked during the early afternoon.... [more]


Turkey – Cultural Crossroads
By Charter World Yachting Holidays,
Turkey is really the meeting place of the East and West. Since the days when Istanbul was Constantinople, Turkey has been a country astride two cultures, European and Eastern. Turkey is the home of such unlikely historical and mythological companions as the city of Troy, Noah’s ark and Santa Claus. The country is a fortuitous blend of cultures, combined with a rich history that comes alive in the too-numerous-to-count archaeological sites.... [more]


Ghost Ship mystery deepens
By Rob Kothe,
Curiouser and Curiouser. Last week, the Queensland Police were telling us, that Kazz I had headed out of Airlie Beach into a storm and all three sailors had probably been washed overboard. Somehow that did not ring true, as yachties around Australia were quick to explain.... [more]


Hopes fade for Ghost ship crew
By Sail-World,
The mystery deepens but the air search for three West Australian sailors who it seems disappeared from a catamaran found drifting off the Queensland coast a week ago, has been called off, although two search vessels are continuing their sweep of the area.... [more]




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