Should I carry a Gun? Sail-World asks a Pirate Survivor


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Hi Cruising Sailors
On the high seas this week there are several good stories – a new rally to Gizo in the Solomons, and one already coming down the Red Sea. Eight brave Indian women take to the Arabian sea and travel 450km in their 21ft open dinghies.
There are some interesting opinions from some pirate survivors (‘We’re not survivors – we won!’), about whether to carry a gun on your sailboat, and the new list of the Ten Largest Yachts in the world has just been published again.
An Australian Catamaran manufacturer is making the big-time, and there are sensible suggestions about how to make a boat partnership work from people with experience.
Have a good week, and..
Sail Safe!

Nancy Knudsen
Cruising Editor

Should I Carry a Gun? – We ask a Pirate Survivor
By Sail-World,
When traveling to far-off places in a small sailing boat, is it wise to carry a gun? Would NZ Yachting hero Peter Blake be alive now if he hadn’t possessed a gun? Should the boats heading for the Red Sea now, in the migratory season, have a gun on board? Whoever you ask, you get a different answer, so we decided to ask some people who have been there – some piracy survivors, one year after an attack that could have cost their lives.... [more]

All Go Go at Seawind Catamarans
By Rob Kothe,
Not only did they win the ‘Sailboat of the Year’ in the Australian Marine Awards 2005 for their Seawind 1160, but now exports are expanding rapidly up for this southern hemisphere catamaran company. With strong demand in Italy, Canada, Hong Kong and the U.S., the successful catamaran company looks set to make it in the world cat scene.... [more]

World's Ten Largest Yachts and Who Owns Them
By Sail-World Cruising,
When you’re wondering whether and how to upgrade either from nothing to your first yacht or from your current yacht to the next stage, spare a thought for the 10 largest yacht owners in the world.... [more]

Solomon Islands Awake
By Sail-World,
After bloody violence and an ugly civil war between 2000 and 2002, the Solomon Islands disappeared from the cruising sailor’s radar screens. This year, a re-activated Solomons Yacht Club is going to change all that with a ‘cruising in company’ event from Brisbane on the east coast of Australia to these now peaceful Melanesian Islands.... [more]

Images from Gizo
By Sail-World,
Here are a selection of images from the last Brisbane to Gizo race.... [more]

Vasco da Gama sails the Suez Canal
By Cruising Editor,
My history teacher told me that Vasco da Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope, so why are 30 or so Dutch cruising sailors, who are having the time of their lives sailing down the Red Sea, calling themselves ‘The Vasco da Gama Rally’?... [more]

Partnerships:Busy Person’s Key to Carefree sailing
By Julie Sharpe,
Not enough time spare to make boat ownership worthwhile? The sailing boat you really want it a mite too expensive? North South Yachting discuss with Sail-World the benefits of sharing and how it CAN work.... [more]

Eight Indian Women - 450km in open dinghies
By Sail-World,
The boats have no navigation gear, no ancillary engine, no cabin, no head, and when loaded have a bare 12 inches of freeboard. Yet the eight women hailed it as a great experience after taking 6 days to sail from Mumbai to Goa across the open ocean waters of the Arabian Sea in two of these open boats.... [more]

In Brief
By Sail-World,
How long they take to decompose in the sea... 4 Killed in yachting accident....58 containers lost off container ship.....Queensland boating boom... [more]

2006 Melbourne Stopover
Volvo Ocean Race 2005 / 06, the world's premier ocean race, features nine offshore legs, starting in Vigo, Spain in November 2005 and finishing in Gothenburg -
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Piracy and the Cruising sailor

What does the cruising sailor do about the issues of Piracy? Where are the worst areas? Should one carry arms? How does that complicate arrivals into foreign countries?...
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Weather for cruisers

A quick uncomplicated summary of the many different aspects of weather information available, most now from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology....
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