10 Nov 2007




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Hello Bundaberg

Wide plains of growing sugar cane - so different from the rainforests and volcanic mountains of the South Pacific  BW Media
This week's cruising news magazine comes to you from the sugar town of Bundaberg in Queensland where some of the local cane farmers are now planting vegetables instead of cane to make a living.

We've finished our five year circumnavigation, and will soon be heading down the east coast and bringing stories on the way.

Huge variety of reports this week from many parts of the world: Giant and growing electronics company Navico (Eagle, Lowrance, Simrad, Navman and Northstar) will from now on be headquartered in Sydney

You can't help feeling sorry for the Hervey Bay man who fell foul of the seller of a tri-maran which lost its steering, and its engine, and then sank, on its first sail!

Then there's everything from how the International Sailing Federation has inducted its first six members of their new Hall of Fame to the damage being done to the shells of oysters and mussels by global warming, to the new spectacular results of Beneteau, who just can't seem to get their business model wrong.

We can always learn from others' mistakes, and there are two tales - one with tragic outcomes - of ''things gone wrong'' in this week's issue, as well as several sailing tales, some funny, some impressive.

Croatia is featured as a destination, along with some good advice as to when to go and how to deal with the winds there.

...and much more, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sail Safe!


By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



ISAF's New Hall of Fame - First Awards
By Sail-World Cruising,
What do Paul Elvstrom, Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, Ellen MacArthur, Olin Stephens, Barbara Kendall and Eric Tabarly have in common – apart from the fact that they are all allied in sailing?... [more]

The Boat that Sank on its First Sail
By Brisbane Times/Sail-World Cruising,
They say you should always step UPWARD to get into a liferaft (something which seems to have been forgotten by many modern sailors), but you never anticipate you will have to do this on your first sail of a new boat.... [more]


'Mistakes' Cause Three Sailors' Deaths
By Sail-World Cruising,
Three sailors tragically died last week in lake waters off Chicago because of two mistakes, according to local Coastguard officers. First, they sent a man onto the foredeck without a harness, and secondly they took their sails down, when the sails could have made the difference in keeping them off the breakwall which destroyed the boat.... [more]


Oysters/Mussels under Threat - Dissolving Shells
By Richard Gray/Sail-World Cruising,
Boaters beware, (or get active!) here is yet another way in which your beloved seas are under threat. Oysters and mussels, along with other sea life that depends on them, are now being threatened by rising levels of carbon dioxide.... [more]


'Frostbite' Sailors - Sailing into Winter
By Charles Zusman/Sail-World Cruising,
In the Northern Hemisphere the water is getting colder and colder and the wind is getting fresher and friskier. Most sailors have hung up their harnesses for the year and put their boats into hibernation. But sailors in US State New Jersey are made of tougher stuff.... [more]


Groupe Bénéteau on the Up and Up
By www.IBINews.com/Sail-World Cruising,
Bénéteau's business strategy of producing elegant, brilliantly designed boats, ideal for the major markets of weekend sailors, continues to pay off with their most recent results stronger than ever... and of course if you are a shareholder, you will be mightily pleased as well.... [more]


Lord Howe Island Race or cruise there
By Helen Hopcroft,
The Hempel Gosford to Lord Howe Island race is over for another year and the fleet will shortly return to mainland Australia with tall tales and spectacular photographs of the world heritage listed island. For many competitors the first time they see the island is when they arrive on their boats. This year former Lord Howe resident Craig Wilson was on hand to help guide the fleet to safe anchorage... [more]


Croatia Rising - for the Cruising Sailor
By Christopher LONGMORE, Global Yachts/Sail-World Cru,
One of the destinations only recently on the lips of all cruising sailors with an eye for an exotic holiday is Croatia, Croatia, Croatia. Returning holiday-makers and long range cruising sailors are forever full of praise for this most recent of popular Mediterranean bareboat charter destinations.... [more]


'Clueless' Lost Sailor Found
By Frank Urquhart,Scotsman.com/Sail-World,
In some parts of the world, authorities are already demanding a minimum standard of seaworthiness before allowing departure, and this could turn into a future trend. The latest story, from Scotland, is different from many because it involves the proactive involvement of rescue organisations before a problem developed.... [more]


Letter from the Atlantic: Lanzarote Island
By Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
Slowly we are recovering from gastroenteritis a souvenir from Morocco. Ian ending up in emergency, waking one morning saying 'are you poisoning me?' We first of all took Imodium and then antibiotics we had onboard only to be told that this is now ‘old hat’. With a special diet for a week (no grog) to starve the bug and a gastric drug he will survive.... [more]


Making a splash for special kids
By Ben Sandman,
The inaugural Variety Splash, to be held from February 28 to March 1, is a leisurely three-day / two-night boat rally circling Port Philip Bay, interspersed with social events and a good dose of irreverent fun.... [more]


Blackwattle's First Arrival into Oz
By Nancy Knudsen,
So what is it like as an (almost)ex-pat, returning to Australia after five years absence? It's extraordinary, but we've had the greatest sail of the five year adventure ON THE LAST LEG. During the seven day sail, we never average less than 150 miles a day... [more]


Caribbean 1500 Cruising 2007
By Cruising Rally Association,
The Caribbean 1500, 'Fun Race and Cruise', sails every year from Hampton in Virginia to hospitable Village Cay Marina on Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands. From Nana Maria we hear, 'After few hours we ran into some big fish or manatee or some other large ocean animal. We heard the bump as we sailed by. It was probably as startling to us as it was to him.... [more]


Ironie's Voyage of a Lifetime
By Catherine Fahy, I&M,
Josh Witte, who set out to circumnavigate the globe without knowing exactly where the winds would take him, recently returned to Nantucket after seven years with tales of adventure in distant lands. Pirates, nor’easters and a solo passage across the Atlantic all figure in the tale.... [more]


Sea Tale: The Talking Head
By Captain John Fisher, SV Silkie,
The following tale is true although a few details are changed to protect the reputations of the parties involved. Whereas most sea stories recount terrible encounters with monsters, storms and or mermaids, our tale centres on a Talking Head. To be specific it is the tale of the head in the port hull of a certain yacht, the personal throne of our erstwhile mate... [more]


New headquarters for Navico
By Ben Sandman,
The Australian division of global marine electronics giant Navico has centralised its regional distribution following the purchase of a further three brands earlier this year. Navico Australia’s director of sales and marketing Damien Weber said the shift was necessary to consolidate company operations and to better serve its extensive dealer network.... [more]


Nigel Holman sails his final race
By Peter Campbell,
Nigel Holman, who skippered his Lyons 40 Micropay Cuckoos Nest to an IMS victory in the tough 1993 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, has died in Sydney’s North Shore Hospital 12 months after being diagnosed with cancer.... [more]



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