01 Jul 2007






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Autonomy Day in the Marquesas

The Polynesian way of celebrating Autonomy  BW Media
It's Autonomy Day here in the Marquesas, celebrating Polynesian autonomy from France. It's a gentle celebration, graceful, rhythmic, the way the Polynesians seem to live their lives – a flower and palm leaf decorated procession in the morning, then, in the evening, gentle swaying music in a vast quick-built hall garlanded with brightly coloured fabrics and intricately plaited palm leaves.

In the US, July 01 has just become 'National Boating Day' by Declaration of Congress, and with the summer holidays coming up, there's a Boating Safety Test you can take to see whether you are up to speed for using a boat safely.

In Valencia, it's not ALL just about the America's Cup – read Penny Robert's account of exploring the area, and on the other side of the Atlantic Lynn Fitzpatrick give us a crew's eye view of arriving into Newport on the Spirit of Bermuda, in the Tall Ships Festival.

There are personal accounts too by American TV presenter Mike Harker as he triple wraps his spinnaker on the way across the Pacific, and marvelous insights into the thoughts of some Ontario men who are off to cross the Atlantic for their summer 'holiday'.

Lots of other news and interesting tales from around the world, there's a white whale in Australia's Barrier Reef, action on the Somali pirate activity in the Gulf of Aden, and we on Blackwattle explore Nuku Hiva, the most populated island in the Marquesas.

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail Safe


By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Exploring the Marquesas - Sail-World's Blackwattle
By Nancy Knudsen,
The Marquesas ARE a little difficult to get to. Most sailors visit there on their way across the Pacific from East to West, sailing with the wind. You can fly from Tahiti, of course, but then those who do so are usually headed for sailing in the Tuamotus, where chartering a yacht is possible and the coral atolls fulfil many a sailor's dream of the South Pacific at its best.... [more]


Letter from Valencia: Kiwis in ValenNZia
By Penny Roberts,
Monday is an Marica's Cup lay day and we are going to get out of the city and away from sailing for the day. Our route takes us down the coast and we are able to get a good idea of the countryside. It’s very dry and dusty and the buildings echo the colour of the parched ground. We drive through the orange groves that we have seen from the air – the deep green of the foliage relieves the bland colours of the surrounding hills... [more]


Somalia Piracy - More Action Needed
By Sail-World Cruising,
All piracy issues in Somalia have a potential effect on cruising sailors passing through the Gulf of Aden on their way to the Red Sea. So it is significant that the IMO (International Maritime Organisation) Council, meeting in London, has agreed further action in response to continuing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships sailing in waters off the coast of Somalia and, in particular, ships carrying humanitarian aid to the country.... [more]


US Congress declares July01 'National Boating Day'
By IBI News,
In what may be seen as a big step forward for leisure boating in the US, both houses of the Congress have designated July 1 as National Boating Day. In respective resolutions, the US House of Representatives and Senate commended the recreational boating industry and community for their responsible stewardship of the environment and marine resources.... [more]


Pirates of the Caribbean swoop into Newport
By Lynn Fitzpatrick,
The Alabama, the Prince William, the Columbia, the Spirit of Bermuda and many more tall ships sailed into Newport Harbor yesterday for the start of Tall Ships 2007.... [more]


Caribbean Yacht in Drug Haul
By Sail-World Cruising,
With the Caribbean serving as the Silk Road between the drug suppliers in Colombia and the drug markets in the United States and countries beyond, it seems that sailing boats, found by the hundreds across the Caribbean, are being used as drug transport vehicles.... [more]


Bavaria Buy-out, But Beneteau Booming
By IBI News/Sail-World Cruising,
German boat manufacturer Bavaria has been taken over by private equity firm Bain Capital for 1.3 billion Euros at the same time as French boat manufacturer Beneteau reports that they are heading from strength to strength with anticipated annual sales of almost one billion Euros... [more]


Wanderlust 3's Triple Wrap Part 3 -Karoraina Atoll
By Mike Harker,
I moved the boat close to the reefs and moved very slowly. With the Polaroid glasses there was a very definite color difference between the very deep ocean surrounding the island and the reefs. There was a well defined line of dark blue (deep) and then various lighter blues and greens mixed with browns of the shallow reef. I had never seen such a well defined line.... [more]


How Good are you at Safety for This Summer Holiday?
By Sail-World Cruising,
It's summertime, and with the summer holidays coming up, let's hope you can find some idyllic places to enjoy the water. However, there will be more boats on the water than at any other time of the year... [more]


Non-profit Copper Sky on 4 Year Conservation Sail
By Sail-World Cruising,
Service at Sea, a non-profit that provides geo-technology to support habitat assessments and global warming monitoring, launches a four year journey on the 88ft schooner Copper Sky to deliver mapping technology to conservation groups and K-12 teachers World-Wide.... [more]


Migaloo White Whale Sighted off Australian Coast
By Martin Philip, Courier Mail/Sail-World Cruising,
While most sailors have mixed feelings about an encounter with a whale, MIGALOO the white whale has sparked a fresh whale-watching frenzy after being spotted frolicking off Australia's central Queensland coast. The elusive albino – believed to be the only pure-white humpback in the world – has been a magnet for whale watchers since his first sighting off the Tweed coast in northern New South Wales in 1991.... [more]


AIS and Radar Vital to Rescue of Swedish Sailors
By Des Ryan,
Dover Coastguard, using a combination of radar to pinpoint a sinking sailing boat and AIS to identify a ferry in the region, were able to divert the ferry quickly enough to rescue two Swedish sailors off the coast of Kent, UK. The sailing boat was listing badly and the sailors had already abandoned their boat and taken to their liferaft when help arrived.... [more]


Ontario Sailors for Atlantic Crossing 'Holiday'
By Kevin Swayze, Waterloo Record,
Icebergs, wayward cargo containers and worries about hurricanes are all part of a summer adventure planned by four sailors from Ontario in Canada. The men are about to leave on a 5,200km voyage across the Atlantic. 'Ít's kind of like our Everest', they say, the adventure of a lifetime on a 12 metre sailing boat. Story by Kevin Swayze, Waterloo Record.... [more]




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