09 Oct 2008




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Editorial: Come Sailing and leave the World behind

A glorious day in the Whitsundays of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia  Sail-World.com/ AUS ©
With the world reeling from monetary chaos and a dramatic economic downturn, remember that the lilting world of the waves sea and sky never never changes. Whether you have a laser at the bottom of the garden, a long range cruising yacht, or crew on a racing skiff, just come sailing!

In this week's edition of Sail-World Cruising, we have articles that range from the reflective to the alarming to the humorous - alluring ideas about cruising in the Caribbean, sound practical advice about financing your next boat, state-of-the-art information about AIS receivers, an inspiring story about the Bendigo Yacht Club that just won't say die, and a fine book review about the delights – and realities – of living on the water.

For long range cruisers, information has never been better about where in the world to cruise – and where not. Staying away from Somali waters is a good idea, but we also have a current warning from a French boat further south in Africa around the island of Mayotte. This complements warnings about Rio Dulce in Guadaloupe and the coastline of Venezuela. For a round-up of all these stories, click here .

With so much attention being paid to security in general and the high profile of Somalian pirates, it's no wonder that sixteen-year-old Zac Sunderland was alarmed when he couldn't contact an Indonesian fishing boat. The fact that the Californian sixteen year old has a gun on board and a bullet proof cockpit was also disturbing news. Let's hope he doesn't try to use that gun against anyone, or it could be a tragic end to his circumnavigation aspirations.

Great cross section of other news, both from Australia and from the world's oceans, so read on, enjoy, and remember...don't worry...

...just come sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor



Research Team Rescues Yacht in South Pacific
matangitonga.to/Sail-World,
When the team aboard the Nor Sky Research vessel, exploring the western Pacific Ocean's 'Rim of Fire' for high grade metals, heard the Mayday, they didn't hesitate. New Zealand yacht Caro Vita was stuck on Hakau Mamao Reef, in the northern area of the Tongatapu Island Group, and they went to the rescue... [more]


Book Review: Life on the Water, by Gary Cookson
Des Ryan,
Have you ever fantasized about living on the water? A yacht, houseboat, maybe even a barge? Then you'll just love the content in Gary Cookson's 'A Home Afloat'.... [more]


NSW Cat Sailors - an Unexpected Ride
Stan Gorton, Narooma News/Sail-World,
A couple of catamaran sailors got a ride that they weren't expecting when they capsized in the ocean in rough seas out from Potato Point on the New South Wales south coast this week.... [more]


Speed Meets Tradition - What's a Sailor to Think?
BW Media,
They've been together on the racing circuit for years, and one friend is now trying to push the world sailing record record over 50 knots in Namibia. However the other friend has gone full circle and is preparing a traditional lugger to sail from England to Australia. Just what does a speed sailor think when he sees his friend embarking on such a project?... [more]


Boat ownership with the right finance solution
Harbourside Media,
When considering that next boat purchase, or even if you're a first time buyer, chances are choosing the right finance solution is not high on your list of priorities. Yet it should be, as there are many more finance opportunities available than you may have thought. What's more, choosing the right finance package can potentially make a pleasure boat more pleasurable, or can help a commercial vess... [more]


Next Doyle Sails Loft seminar October 14
John Hearne, Doyle Sailmakers Australia,
Doyle Sails Loft is running a seminar on Tuesday, October 14 from 7.00pm at the Doyle Sails Loft, Neild Avenue, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney including a computers and programs talk for onboard sailing by Frank Walker.... [more]


Andrew Mwangura, Piracy Info Source, Arrested
Herald Tribune/Sail-World,
Andrew Mwangura, program coordinator for the Seafarers' Assistance Program in Kenya, and source of information for the world's press during the recent build-up of piracy activity in Somali waters, has been arrested.... [more]


Strong front catches sailors- and BOM- by surprise
Sail-World Cruising,
A strong front passing through Sydney last night caught the boating community, as well as the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), by surprise.... [more]


What Happened to Zac?
Nancy Knudsen,
Zac Sunderland is the brave 16 year old Californian who is currently on a solo world circumnavigation, with the aim of becoming the youngest circumnavigator. Last week he left Darwin, and all was well as he made his slow way across the Indian Ocean - until 'something' happened.... [more]


Sailing at 50 Knots - World Speed Record
Umit Deniz,
As I meander along in my small sailing boat, doing four knots with just the headsail up and the sun rising in a blaze of yellow, over there in Namibia in Africa someone has just sailed at a speed of over 50 knots.... [more]


The Yacht Club that Won't Say Die - Bendigo
Bendigo Advertiser/Sail-World Cruising,
IT is not exactly plain sailing, but Bendigo Yacht Club is determined to make the best of a bad situation. Just last year their yacht club burned down (See http://www.sail-world.com/CruisingAus/Electrical-Fire-Devastates-Yacht-Club/42213!Sail-World_Story!new ). Today the lake they sail in, Lake Eppalock, is at just seven percent of its capacity.... [more]


Gulf of Aden Pirate Corridor Waypoints for Sailors
Nancy Knudsen,
February is the month when most cruising sailors set out to transit the Red Sea. At this time of year the winds in the south Red Sea are favourable, and a boat will reach the Mediterranean just in time for the European Spring. However, the challenge in 2009 will be the pirate infested Gulf of Aden. For this, a security corridor has been established, and boats are advised to travel in convoys.... [more]


Grandparents & Grandkids Sailing-What a Neat Idea!
BW Media,
It's happening next July 2009, so you have plenty of time to prepare. It's happening in the Caribbean, so you have plenty to dream about. The whole family will love you for it, and you'll have the best fun you could imagine. What is it?It's a Sailing Rally for Grandparents and their grandchildren.... [more]


First Seawind 1050 Resort in Hong Kong
Media Services,
Seawind Catamarans, Australia's largest manufacturer of cruising & charter catamarans have recently commissioned a new Seawind 1050 Resort on Hong Kong Harbour for Mr Andrew Kay who plans to run a new charter operation from Kowloon Pier, a very busy tourist area in the city.... [more]


World First, VHF/DSC with integrated AIS receiver
Gwyn Morris,
Icom Australia is pleased to launch the world's first VHF/DSC with integrated AIS (Automatic Identification System) receiver.... [more]


2009 Caribbean Canter
Amy Hannon,
Dreaming of sailing in the Caribbean? Join Mariner Boating, the Australian Boating specialist, for the Caribbean Canter from 20th April - 4th May 2009.... [more]


Sail Beats Power for Matrimony: It's official!
John Boyce,
NSW Charter Vessels take Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals in first National Bridal Industry Award for Marine Wedding Receptions.... [more]



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