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Dreaming of halcyon days

Sandy Spit in the Virgin Islands - wouldn't you like to be here?  Ian & Andrea Treleaven
While there's news of winter storms that charge through Europe with their usual fervour, and the economic storms continue to strangle the global economy, there's good news for some.

This week we tell of the joy of ice sailors on the Hudson River in New York as they flock to enjoy the eight inches of ice build-up, and there are several other tales of halcyon days enjoying the warm weather in the Aegean and the Caribbean.

Even the deathly silence from the Somali waters about pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden signals good news for cruising sailors who want to make it from Asia to the Red Sea. Finally it seems the many nations who have sent naval forces there seem to be having a deterrent effect on the hostage taking.

Thinking of buying a new yacht while the prices are low? You can't make a choice without at least considering the range of yachts that won 'European Yacht of the Year', profiled in this issue.

If you don't yet know how to make fun of a sailor, you'll find all the pointers if you read on, courtesy of one San Francisco sailor; and there's news as widely varied as how to make your evenings on the water more romantic to the new technology that will make boat generators quieter.

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

Sail happy


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



European Yachts of the Year - judged on fitness for purpose
Des Ryan,
Thinking of embarking on a yacht purchase? Sail-World Cruising brings you the European Yachts of the Year for 2009. They were judged by a panel of journalists from some of Europe's leading sailing magazines, and not just on length, but on fitness for their purpose.... [more]


Letter from the Indies: Farewell to the British Virgins
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue their tales of sailing in the West Indies. This week it is farewell to the British Virgin Islands: Regrettably we leave the BVI's after another week cruising in her waters. I wrote in an earlier letter, on our arrival, that the BVI's are the most asked about cruising ground in the world and now in our opinion, we would have to agree.... [more]


Nemo won't be coming home as the world's oceans acidify
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies,
Nemo, the lovable clownfish of movie fame, may be unable to find his way home as the world's oceans acidify due to human carbon emissions. Now, say the researchers, every time we start a car or turn on the lights, a third or more of the carbon dioxide we emit ends up in the ocean, turning its waters imperceptibly but inevitably more acidic.... [more]


How to make fun of a sailor
Edward Killeen, www.examiner.com,
Sailors take themselves pretty seriously. The more pretentious out there call it 'yachting'; some even wear 'yachting' gear when not on the boat. In short, as a subculture, sailors are ripe to be made fun of. But you have to pick your moments, you need to know when they're doing something that even their own compatriots will laugh at. Here's a short list.... [more]


Once-in-ten-years ice on the Hudson - time for a sail!
Blackwattle Studios,
It only happens when it happens. While traditional sailing is in recess for winter, conditions on the Hudson River in New York State in the USA are perfect right now for ice sailing, and enthusiasts claim that conditions as good as this come only about once in every ten years... [more]


Marina of the week: Marsden Cove in New Zealand

Located on the north island of New Zealand, half way between the cruising grounds of the Bay of Islands and the capital of Auckland, is Whangarei Harbour, and here you will find New Zealand's new port of entry, located in the new and luxurious Marsden Cove Marina.... [more]


Traditions of the sea - the names and times of sea watches
Bob Wonders(with some help from Peter Edmonds),
Sailors of today still adhere to shipboard traditions dating back centuries. The sea and its sailors boast a remarkable history over hundreds of years and many traditions followed by the men of Horatio Nelson, John Paul Jones and Christopher Columbus are still practiced on the ships of the 21st century.... [more]


Quieter generators - coming our way with Next G

There's only one thing worse than the generator thrumming - the engine chugging, and the crew of every sailing boat with a generator wishes they were quieter. Designers and manufacturers have now produced the next G. Maybe it starts at the superyacht end of the spectrum, but Northern Lights promise all generators will soon have the technology, as their press release states:... [more]


Add romance to evenings on the water - with candles!
Lisa Mylchreest,
Do I hear you say 'Never!'? Flames on a sailing boat - or any kind of boat - are a no no! Too dangerous, no matter how careful you are...Ah, but that was until 'Ambiance' came along.... [more]


Pass Me Another Rice Pudding OR The Aegean Rally
John Brooks,
Okay, so it's not like winning the Sydney Hobart Race, but winning the first race of the Aegean Yacht Rally in our chartered Jeanneau 49DS is a brief moment of glory for us ageing playboy yachties. Brief, because it's also a huge mistake. Our handicap is savaged after that first result and now the other skippers are gunning for us. Any fool knows you should only win the last race!... [more]


Captain Calamity of the Antipodes
BW Media roundup,
Who said all New Zealanders were good sailors? A yacht bought on Thursday in Napier New Zealand was on the rocks early the next morning after its inexperienced new skipper came aground at Clifton Beach on his way to Nelson.... [more]


Yachtie's nav mark Fort becomes a brewery - beware the French!
Cowesonline/Sail-World Cruising,
Spitbank Fort is one of the best navigation marks for yachts in the UK's famed waterway between the Isle of Wight and the mainland, the Solent. In 1859 Lord Palmerston wanted to build the Fort because he thought that France was about to invade the England. Obviously today's Brits don't think that the French are going to invade any time soon, because they plan to turn it into a brewery.... [more]


Vertical Yachts - What will they think of next?
Business 247, Reena Amos Dyes/Sail-World,
'I wish I could gladwrap it when I am not using it,' cracked an old friend jovially, talking about the yacht at the bottom of the garden,'Most of the deterioration happens when we're NOT using it, and THAT'S what costs the money.' Gathered friends laughed, but now he can at least dream about a solution.... [more]


Portuguese coastline claims yachts
BW Media,
There's nothing more salutary to the yacht owner than seeing a yacht where it shouldn't be - on a beach, or worse, on the rocks. Wild winter weather across Europe has been wreaking havoc on yachts on the Portuguese coastline.... [more]


Peter and Norman Islands - British Virgins
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
With islands only a few miles apart and the headsail pulled out we are meandering from island to island. Let me take you on a day in the BVI's. Waking in Great Harbour, Peter Island, in crystal clear water, a swim before breakfast is out of the question. The day before when we anchored a big fish looking like a shark came to greet us, taking up residence under the yacht and peering at me every... [more]




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