22 Nov 2007




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Heavy Weather Cruising

'Do you reckon we should have taken the kite down earlier Fred?'  .
Are YOU ready for heavy weather when cruising? While many books cover VERY heavy weather cruising, realistically the blow most weather-aware crusing sailors are likely to experience is rarely more than 50 knots. This week we offer the ten most vital precautions – do they tally with yours?

This week read about how on the Gold Coast the police are targeting boaters who booze, and on a lighter note, Courier Mail writer Leisa Scott tells tales of her sailing adventures and discoveries on the boat Tradewind up the Queensland coast.

Out there in the adventuring world, the Blue Water Rally has started superbly - it will visit Mackay next year, Tony Mowbray and his Aussie crew on Commitment are swimming in the Antarctic and would-be solo vertical circumnavigator Adrian Flanagan, frustrated again, has quit for the winter and will complete his journey as early as possible next year.

In the Caribbean the warnings are out about Global Warming, and in Turkey there are big plans to enhance the sailing facilities. In Amsterdam the recent Marine Equipment Trade Show has broken all records and it looks like it is the place to be to see new products in the future – keep it in mind for next year! Not such good news for the Superyacht Boom, which just might be slowing down.

Lots of other news as usual, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sail Safe!


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Perfect Start for Blue Water Round World Rally
Peter Seymour,
The 34 yachts of the Blue Water Round the World Cruising Rally 2007-9 enjoyed perfect conditions for the first leg of their voyage from Gibraltar to Lanzarote. Strong north-easterly winds and a good sea state meant fast passages and for the last two weeks yachts have been safely berthed at Puerto Calero Marina in the southeast of the island.... [more]


Fountaine Pajot- 4 New Models Next Boat Show
Kate Elkington,
Fountaine Pajot has just announced it will unveil not just one, but four brand new catamarans in an unprecedented Asia Pacific launch in 2008. EC Marine Pty Ltd, the Australian and New Zealand importers and distributors of Fountaine Pajot catamarans will showcase the brand new Highland 35 Pilot and Cumberland 46 power Trawlers, as well as the exciting new Orana 44 and Salina 48 sailing catamaran... [more]


The Ten Rules for Heavy Weather Cruising
Des Ryan,
It happens to the most cautious of us. No matter whether you always cruise in the right season and watch the weather with dedication, there will be a time when you are caught in heavy weather.... [more]


This Week's Best New Product – Waterbuoy
Sail-World Cruising,
We've been attaching corks and other flotation devices to our boat keys for years now, so we were dubious about the value of 'just another flotation device'.... but WAIT!...... [more]


Gold Coast police operation targets drinking
Bob Wonders,
Thirty-seven boaters breath tested during 'Operation Broadwater Enforcement' involving police from Southport, Runaway Bay and Gold Coast Water Police.... [more]


Aussie Yachties Swim Antarctica
Tony Mowbray/Sail-World Cruising,
Tony Mowbray, Australian sailor and adventurer and veteran of many past sailing successes, is currently skippering the expedition yacht Commitment with a group of amateurs and professional sailors on board to explore the Chilean Fjords and Patagonian Waterways. Here's his latest report - about swimming in Antarctica. And you could do it too!... [more]


What?Fuel Additive?Tradewind Tales from Hervey Bay
Leisa Scott, www.news.com.au/couriermail,
There's an additive that you put in your diesel fuel to stop a fungal growth that can clog up your fuel filter and make the motor splutter and conk out on you. Who knew? Well, quite a few trawler-men, diesel mechanics and grotty yachties, as it turns out. Just not us.... [more]


Sail-World Journalist Wins Seamanship Award
Des Ryan,
One of Sail-World's seven world-wide editors has won a coveted annual seamanship award. Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen with her husband Ted Nobbs on their yacht Blackwattle had just completed a five year circumnavigation, arriving back into Australia two weeks ago, when they learned of the award.... [more]


50 new navigation aids lift Abrolhos Is. safety
The Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, Gov. of WA PR,
A major upgrade of navigation aids around the Houtman Abrolhos will help a growing number of commercial and recreational skippers in the area.... [more]


Windjammers – More Barefoot than Cruising?
Sail-World Cruising,
Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, for more than 50 years providing tall ship holidays, is giving every indication of being in severe financial trouble. Cruises on November 10, 17, 24 and December 1 on their tall ships have been canceled, but they are saying that the December 8 departure is still going. Corporate watchers are, however, dubious.... [more]


More great products from GME/Garmin!
Sardin media,
GME and Garmin are well known for their huge range of marine entertainment and navigation products. With Christmas and the holiday season fast approaching we spoke to Matthew Heap, GME/Garmin’s Marine Product Manager, about their most popular products.... [more]


Launch of the 2008 Melbourne to Vanuatu Race
Ocean Racing Club of Victoria,
The official launch of next year’s exciting Melbourne to Vanuatu Race race to the tropics will be held at Royal Brighton Yacht Club on Tuesday evening 27th November 2007 at 7 pm.... [more]


Boat Addicts - METS is for You!
Sail-World Cruising,
If you can't stay out of the ship's Chandlers, love marine stores of any kind and spend hours at every boat show that's anywhere near you, Amsterdam is the place you should be planning to visit in 2008.... [more]


Hybrid electric/diesel motors on Lagoon catamaran
Sardin media,
The Australian launch of the new Lagoon 420 Hybrid catamaran was held at the CYCA on Thursday of last week. The event was hosted by Vicsail: the Australian importers and distributors of the Lagoon range of catamarans. Vicsail’s Nick Bedggood said that the hybrid electric motors represent a way forward for environmentally conscious boaties and those seeking to reduce their fuel costs.... [more]


Yacht Tourism ''Lags Behind'' in Turkey
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor,
After extolling the virtues of yachting in Turkey for many years now, it ruined my day to read that Turkey's ambitions are to emulate those greedily oriented, over crowded, unfriendly destinations that much of Europe has become. Yachties in the know already return year after year to the magical and (mostly) unspoilt shores of Turkey.... [more]


Polar Circumnavigator Home for Winter
Sail-World Cruising,
Adrian Flanagan, seeking to be the first person to solo circumnavigate the world 'vertically', has arrived back in the UK just over two years after his first departure in October 2005, leaving his boat Barrabas to winter over in Mehamn in Norway.... [more]


Global Warming Alarm for Caribbean Boaters
Jasmin Garraway,
The Director for Sustainable Tourism for the Association of Caribbean States has sounded an alarm on the effects of global warming and rising sea levels on boating in the Caribbean.... [more]


Is the superyacht boom slowing ?
IBI Magazine,
Rumours of a shake-out in the bullet-proof superyacht industry were mooted this week at the Global Superyacht Forum at METS.... [more]



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