07 Oct 2007




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Sat phone down but they know the Rugby scores (sob)

Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and husband Ted Nobbs were tempted to have two sundowners this evening as they tracked towards Port Vila.

Their Petersen 46 Blackwattle was 125 miles to the east of the Vanuatu island chain mid-afternoon and they are pushing hard to reach the Port Vila before the Customs Officers quits for the night tomorrow..

With their satellite phone U/S, (Nancy thinks it’s been in the bilge once too often) the flow of emails has slowed, just some small ones squeaking in and out by HF radio.

However today the Southern Cross Cruising Net on HF has really only had one subject today. Rugby or at least that was the topic this morning before the fleet decided they really did not care who won the World Cup now.

In today's cruising news there is one item of particular note. The admission from the AMIF that the Australian Marine Awards for Sailing were mucked up last year.

Not a lot of consolation for some of the highly regarded cruising boats, that had won awards overseas but could not get a commendation in Oz.

Perhaps in the light of the organisers admission, they should be allowed to enter again in 2008?

The Sail-World Cruising Team


Weather forecast astray in the South Pacific
By Sail-World Cruising,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and her husband Ted are sailing their Petersen 46 from Fiji to Vanuatu - listen to Nancy's latest report.... [more]


Life on board the Kapt Danilkin
By Adrian Flanagan,
Like her master, the ‘Kapitan Danilkin’ is quite small at 30,000 tons but well maintained and packed with character. The wide expanse of the bridge crammed with all manner of electronic devices affords a grand view from six levels up.... [more]


Gold Coast Boat Show -a must for anglers
By Marine Queensland,
The Gold Coast Boat Show, scheduled for October 26, 27 and 28, is shaping up as an absolute must for all those who consider themselves ‘keen fishos.’... [more]


AMIF responds to Australian Marine Award criticism
By AMIF Media,
Sherry Donaldson, the CEO of the Australian Marine Industry Federation, responds to criticism of the Australian Marine Awards.... [more]


Mandurah Boat Show ready to break record
By Bob Wonders,
Mandurah Boat Show director Peter Woods confident of establishing new gate record. More than 600 boats on display at the 14th annual Boat Show.... [more]


Clubs throw their support behind Try Sailing Day
By BIA NSW,
From the Illawarra, across metropolitan Sydney to the mid-North Coast, yacht and sailing clubs have again thrown their support into the annual Try Sailing Day (November 4) organised by the Sailing Industry Association (SIA).... [more]


Marine training centre -Cairns step closer
By Queensland Govt media,
The establishment of a world-class international marine skills centre for Cairns is now a step closer thanks to support from the Queensland Government.... [more]


Totally Wild & Miz Behavin in Whitsundays
By Deni Linforth,
Wesley Denning, the presenter of Totally Wild, and his crew also spent a full day on board Whitsunday Rent A Yachts Seawind 1000 catamaran 'Miz Behavin' learning the ropes and finding our how easy sailing really is.... [more]


No Liferaft, No Navigation, Lucky Save
By EADT,
Three people who went to sea on a 35ft sailing boat off the coast of Essex in the UK yesterday had no life raft, and then their (lack of) navigational skills put them on a sand bank in rough seas.... [more]


Yachting NSW Combined Clubs Cruising Event
By John Keelty,
On Saturday 13th October Middle Harbour Yacht Club will be hosting the Annual Yachting NSW Combined Club Cruising Get Together at the MHYC Club House.... [more]


Noah's Ark Ready for the Flood Again
By Sail-World Cruising/Powerboat-World,
Since April this year, visitors have been able to visit Noah's Ark – well, not the original, but a one fifth version, and it wasn't built by Noah, but by Johan. He, with the doubtful support of his wife, built the Ark in just a year, and it is now even full of domestic animals.... [more]

National Maritime Festival in Newcastle 7 October
By Event media,
The National Maritime and Mattara Festivals will come together for the first time on Newcastle Foreshore on Sunday, October 7. A range of events and activities will be conducted on shore and on the water, including the National Ski Racing Classic, free tours of the working port, Viking re-enactment and wine expo. Navy, Customs and Tall Ships will be open for inspection.... [more]


The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - set for a record
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) is on course for a record entry, with 240 yachts confirmed to take part in this year's transocean cruising rally from Gran Canaria to St.Lucia in November, topping the previous maximum of 234 entrants in ARC 1999. With more yachts currently on the waiting list, the final entry figure may be higher still.... [more]


Port2Port - Rally to end Cruising Season in South Pacific
By Des Ryan,
It's like the United Nations. If the Vanuatu to Bundaberg Rally didn't already exist, someone would have to invent it. This year, more than fifty boats will line up to join this annual rally which is actually a race - not a race against other boats, but a race against time. For the Port Vila to the Port of Bundaberg Rally occurs at the very end of the South Pacific sailing season.... [more]



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