06 Dec 2007




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Four Australians on Missing Schooner

Alvei dockside earlier this year  .
This schooner is missing with four Australians, three US citizens, one New Zealander, and one Englishman on board. Early investigations indicate that the boat is registered in Port Vila, but operated by New Zealanders who look for crew to ''share expenses''. Read the full story below.

A treasure trove of news this week – some dramatic true stories of near disasters, two in Queensland waters, and including the incredible story of two on a raft in the Indian Ocean for nine days - something to learn from them all.

Out on the world's oceans there's a lot happening - firstly a new sailing speed record (can you believe 667 miles in a day?), Francis Joyon is attempting to best Ellen MacArthur's round world record, and a brave New Zealander is out to sail his boat to the Southern Ocean to challenge the Japanese whaling fleet - which is set to kill 50 hump back whales, as well as hundreds of others this season.

Talking of learning, boat builder Laurence Burgin gives some candid advice on how to prepare a boat for heavy weather, using a Bavaria as the example. Check his 'to do' list and see if you agree...

Copernicus is Coming! Read and see lots about this new boat gracing Sydney Harbour!

The ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) continues its drama filled way across the Atlantic, and most of the boats are about half way – there have been great sailing conditions, but now the wind has died... Reports are here on the incidents, and the Treleavens' personal experiences on Cape Finisterre.

Oxford Analytica has published a comprehensive report on the changing location and style of piracy in Somalian waters – the good news being that it's mostly commercial shipping that is lately targeted.

On Blackwattle, home after five years cruising the world's waters, we tell about some of our reactions to sailing down the Queensland coastline on some VERY thin water.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sail safe


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Giant Search for 6 Aussies in Missing Schooner
Sail-World Cruising,
An aerial search covering 1,100 kilometres of the South Pacific from Auckland to Norfolk Island failed Wednesday to find any trace of a large schooner with nine people on board which is overdue. A New Zealand rescue team is continuing its search for a missing yacht carrying nine people, including four Australians... [more]


Lone New Zealand Sailor to Dare Japanese Whalers
Vicki Waterhouse, Bay of Plenty Times,
A New Zealander is about to sail solo to the Southern Ocean to take on the might of the Japanese whaling fleet in a risky David versus Goliath battle over the slaughter of the endangered humpback and other species.... [more]


Pt Macquarie Sailors Wrecked on Maiden Voyage
Jessica Johnston, Townsville Bulletin,
Three sailors spent a harrowing nine hours at sea after their vessel ran aground at Cape Bowling Green near Townsville on their maiden voyage. But the three Port Macquarie men plan to push on with their homeward journey, despite the bad luck that struck almost as soon as they left Townsville.... [more]


Blackwattle- Discovering the Australian East Coast
Nancy Knudsen,
Blackwattle is back from the Bottom Beautician. We can feel her sighing with pleasure as she is lowered back into her beloved water. But her pleasure is short-lived. As we depart Bundaberg, heading across the vast Harvey Bay to the inside of Fraser Island, the wind is on the nose, and, along with Blackwattle, we are not a little miffed by having to beat to windward.... [more]


It could have been my Last Mistake- Survival Story
Robert Barnett,
It’s not the first mistake I’ve ever made and it probably won’t be the last but I think it nearly was. In July 99 I had a triple bypass operation and in mid August, Dene suggested that a couple of days away on the yacht was the way to chase away my boredom blues. I didn’t need a lot of coaxing and with Dene convincing his mother that he would be doing all of the work... [more]


Holed and Engineless, but He's a Circumnavigator
Bliss Barber, Cape Times/Sail-World,
It's triumph over disaster for a Cape Town sailor this week. After limping through the Indian Ocean with a leaking boat and a missing engine, Petr Muzik, 69, returned to Cape Town on Monday after a three-year circumnavigation of the world, leaving 32 countries and 29 500 miles of ocean in his wake.... [more]


Preparing a Yacht: Bass Strait or Round the Horn
Laurence Burgin/Sail-World,
What changes would YOU make for heavy weather sailing? Whether you are merely going on four day sail to somewhere close, braving the notorious Bass Strait or setting out for the Antarctic, there is always the possibility of encountering heavy weather...... [more]


Indian Ocean: Nine Days on Raft after Losing Keel
Avirama Golan, www.haaretz.com/Sail-World,
After her yacht lost its keel, for nine days Libi Belozerzki was swept along by the currents of the Indian Ocean on a small life raft, without food or means of communication, and with only small rations of water, until she was spotted by the crew of a tugboat, who took her aboard. Read her amazing and detailed story of heroism and perseverance... [more]


'Copernicus' is coming
Helen Hopcroft,
The next Radford 12m due for launch at the end of the year, will certainly turn a few heads on the water this summer. The first Radford 12m, a cat rig cruiser/racer will shortly be joined by another - same hull; same keel; different rig. 'Copernicus' will sail from Manly Yacht Club - the same club as designer Graham Radford's cat-rigged 'San Toy'.... [more]


Lowrance’s new sonar optimiser technology
Lowrance Media Releae,
Lowrance has raised the bar in fish-finding technology with its next-generation sonar ‘optimiser’. Based on the high-speed Lowrance Ethernet network, the new Broadband Sounder-1 delivers peerless echo clarity and the highest underwater definition ever achieved – in both freshwater and saltwater, from shallow water through to extreme sea depths... [more]


Now for a Flying Yacht
Gizwatch/Sail-World,
Is it a bird? Is is a plane? No it's a yacht – well sort of..... Appearing recently in the International Yacht Show, it’s the Focus 21 from France and it can not only sail the seven seas, it can fly over them as well.... [more]

Mackay Family Escapes from Sinking Yacht
Daily Mercury,
A MAST protruding from beneath about four metres of ocean, with jutting rocks in the background, painted a grim picture of what a family of four, including two young children, faced on Tuesday night.... [more]


Piracy Plagues Somali Waters
Oxford Analytica/Sail-World,
While piracy is at its worst ever in Somalian waters, it is notable that the reported attacks are concentrated against commercial shipping and not against yachts. This article is valuable for cruising sailors intending to sail through the Red Sea on their way to Europe, however, because it identifies the current areas most affected by piracy, which has changed in the last few years from waters i... [more]

Raimon Land and the Phuket King's Cup Regatta
Nigel Cornick,
Raimon Land CEO, Nigel Cornick, writes about their involvement in the Phuket King's Cup Regatta and the Phuket Property Market... [more]


Frenchman - good start to beat Ellen's Solo Record
Sail-World Cruising,
Last week Frenchman Francis Joyon set off in a purpose built sailing boat in an attempt to beat Ellen MacArthur's current world record for a single handed circumnavigation. He is attempting to reclaim his record as the fastest single handed circumnavigation which he lost to Ellen MacArthur in February 2005, when she bested Joyon's record by 1 day, 8 hours, 35 minutes and 49 seconds.... [more]


mouldCAM's technology judged truly world class
Jane Mussared,
The moulds for Nahema, a 35m catamaran, have been built by a Brisbane company, mouldCAM. mouldCAM is helping realise the vision of a French customer, who requires Nahema to have luxury inclusions and to 'go like the wind'.... [more]


Expeditions, Adventures and Racing for everyone
Claire Kennard,
Global Yacht Training now offer exciting sailing adventures and expeditions. Atlantic passages, Antarctic expeditions, Exploring Patagonia, Caribbean cruising and Australian Adventures.... [more]


Voller Energy’s Emerald Fuel Cell yacht on ARC
Fast Track,
Voller Energy’s crew onboard Emerald are progressing well on their ARC adventure. The Emerald yacht has Voller Energy’s new ‘Emerald Fuel Cell System’ installed for the crossing. This will be the first yacht in the World to cross the Atlantic with a fuel cell system running off LPG, Propane or Calor Gas... [more]


Atlantic Rally Day of Drama
World Cruising Club,
On Day four of ARC 2007, event organisers World Cruising Club’s well rehearsed emergency plan was called into action following a serious accident onboard the Russian crewed Volvo 60 – AAG Big One. In a further incident, two ARC yachts assisted with the rescue of migrants they encountered late yesterday (29/11/07).... [more]


ARC Yacht in Deep Sea rescue
Jeremy Wyatt,
At approximately 12:30UTC today (Saturday 1 December) at position 18.59N 32.25W, GiGi picked up a Mayday call from yacht Barbary Duck (not participating in the ARC), advising that the crew were in a liferaft. GiGi, competing in the RORC IRC Racing Division, immediately stopped racing to alter course and assist the crew of the British Westerly Corsair, approximately half a nautical mile from them (... [more]


Letter from the ARC 2007 - Mid Atlantic
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Ian calls this ‘Champagne Sailing’ but I wouldn’t go that far! With beautiful down hill sailing during the day, we have had our moments with unpredictable squalls going through in the evenings. We can see from ARC reports that we are doing quite well but its still early days and a no wind area is ahead of us.... [more]


Letter from the Atlantic:ARC - Point of No Return
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Time to destination is getting longer as very little wind is around,after nine days of down hill sailing. Having adapted to balancing to the yachtsmotion, we now find ourselves almost becalmed with flat seas, stuck between twoweather systems. Still no sign of another racing yacht but as 230 boats cometogether it will be very interesting.... [more]



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