24 Jul 2008




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Editorial: German Sailors - A Month as Hostages

The German sailors kidnapped a month ago and held for ransom in the mountains of Somalia have been contacted by a German magazine through an unusual intermediary, and our lead news item this week is a round-up of the conflicting reports from all sources on the political intrigue that surrounds the case. It's a horrifying and heartbreaking account, and the stuff of nightmares for all long range cruisers. Sail-World will keep fires burning on the story in the hope that these cruising sailors will not be forgotten.

In lighter news, read about the revamped Sailors Radio Show, now on each Sunday morning at 0830, and how you can have your say on all sailing subjects you feel strongly about.

Sail-World writer Lisa Mylchreest had a flight of fancy when reading a press release about the English coastguard saving a French yacht. The result, particularly from the real-life Coastguard after the Chief Officer read the story, is hilarious. Vive les English – they always have had a fine sense of comedy, and are very good at laughing at themselves.

Lovely tales from Melbourne sailors Ley and Neil Langford on Crystal Blues, cruising in Borneo, and a real lesson in 'How to Sail your Dream but Keep your Career' from an accountant in the UK who is SAILING to Australia to take up a job.

On a practical note, if you have kids who spend time on your boat, consider a 'Nettlenet' which, apart from keeping away the things that go 'sting' in the water, may be a good way to keep the kids in check while swimming.

Then there's the online tutorial for DSC VHF radios – do you know someone who needs it?

And so many more stories, from the bizarre to the useful, to the intriguing.

Read on, enjoy, and...

Sail safe!


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Somali Soldiers Search for Kidnapped Sailors
Sail-World Cruising News Roundup,
Conflicting reports are still coming in about the fate of the German sailing family who have now been in the hands of Somali pirates for a month. Here is a round-up of the latest news: Der Spiegel magazine has been in touch by mobile telephone with the two German cruising sailors who were kidnapped on 23rd June from their yacht when they were trying to reach Thailand from the Red Sea.... [more]


The Port Hacking Sailor who can't take a trick
BW Media,
Barry Waugh, it seems just can't take a trick when it comes to sailing boats. Just two years ago, the Port Hacking sailor's yacht was burnt out when a fire on the motor cruiser berthed next door spread to his yacht. Now he has lost a second yacht in even more bizarre circumstances.... [more]


Oceans Death? Answer Should be Blowing in the Wind
Media Services,
Russ George is the founder and current President of Planktos Science, a privately held San Francisco-based eco-restoration and ocean eco-technology company, whose mission is the restoration of damaged habitats. Here he offers a lucid and alarming account of the real problem for the survival of the world's oceans as we know them, and, literally blowing in the wind, an approach to a solution:... [more]


Sydney International Boat Show - Sailing Stage
Sail-World,
Each year the Sydney International Boat Show Sailing Stage hosts larger than life personalities, passionate about boating and sailing. While the morning programme concentrates mostly on the world of the powerboat, in the afternoons it's all sailing - and mostly for the cruising sailor!... [more]


Rewriting History: The Phoenician Expedition
Business Wire,
In H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, history is altered by a scientist who seeks his own epic adventure, traveling through time. Similarly, a group of present-day adventurers are seeking to rewrite history through their own amazing journey. The Phoenicia Expedition will circumnavigate Africa in an attempt to prove that the Phoenicians were the first people to conquer such a feat.... [more]


How to Sail your Dream but Keep Your Career
Southern Daily Echo/Sail-World Cruising,
Almost every day there's another cruising yacht setting off for the sail of a lifetime - some cruisers, mostly couples, just stay in their own ocean, some circumnavigate their own country, and a few circle the world. Many give up promising careers or save for years for the 'big one'. However, not all cruising yachties have had to give up their careers, as this story demonstrates:... [more]

Sailors Radio Show- Sunday am 0830
Max Trim,
For the past six years, Australia's only sailing show to grace the airwaves has been broadcast around Australia from the Sydney station 107.3FM. The new show will be broadcast on SUNDAYS, between 8:30 and 10am and if you are in Sydney you will need to tune your radio to 1224 on the AM band... [more]


Crystal Blues - Tales from Borneo
Neil and Ley,
Crystal Blues is anchored on the Tulai River, near Bintangor in Sarawak, and onboard cruising couple Ley and Neil tell stories of their life with the local people. Seven weeks have passed since our arrival on the Tulai River. The first few weeks were frantic, including a wedding here at longhouse Rumah Lidam plus the Gawai Dayak celebrations.... [more]


A Nettlenet Pool- also Keep the Kids Corralled?
BW Media,
Could this be useful for you? While it won't keep away sharks, these easy to use boat pools can be used to keep away stinging sea nettles or jellyfish, and also keep your young swimmers corralled, so they can't float away from the boat.... [more]

UK Coastguard Intercepts French Radio Broadcast
Lisa Mylchreest,
A quiet moment in the Solent Coastguard radio room. 'Hey quick listen to this!' 'What? What? I'm drinking my tea - I'm on a break!' 'It's on the emergency channel, but they are speaking French!' 'French? In British waters?'... [more]


Radio Techniques - Free Online Tutorial
BW Media,
How are your radio techniques? Are you sure that you are handling your VHF radio like a professional? How long ago did you do your radio course, and have the procedures changed?... [more]


Sturrocks Boatique sale finishing soon
Sturrocks Boutique,
Sturrocks Boatique first ever sale is in its final days. Get in early to grab some fantastic bargains, with some items being up to 50% off recommended retail prices. Mention this ad to receive an additional 5% off your purchase.... [more]


Advance to the Past: Fishermen Start to use Sails
Jaspar Copping, Telegraph/Sail-World,
Commercial fishermen in the UK are reverting to wind power in response to soaring fuel prices, as skippers rig their boats with auxiliary sails to cut the amount of diesel they use. The move comes as a new generation of vessels is being developed that will rely almost exclusively on sails.... [more]


Marine Electronics Singapore sales-service centre
Bob Maxwell,
Oceantalk, a leading Asia Pacific marine electronics distributor has opened a one stop marine electronics sales and service center in Singapore. Conveniently located in Sim Lim Square on Rochor Canal Road in central Singapore the new centre not only has full servicing capability but also a wide range of stock and brands.... [more]


Is is a Sub?Is is a Warship?No,it's 'A' Superyacht
Russia Today,
Some lucky spectators in the German city of Kiel on the Baltic Sea have seen rather strange vessel cutting waves in the harbour. You'd be forgiven for thinking it was a freshly launched destroyer painted white just to intensify its stealth qualities, or a type of submarine. But the ship is, in fact, a new toy of reclusive Russian billionaire, 36-year-old Andrey Melnichenko, simply known as “A”.... [more]



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