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Waiting for the wind....

Calm waters high winds   .
Our Peterson 46 Blackwattle is to sail again. Well, we got this far, half way round the world, without killing ourselves, or each other. The second one is perhaps more of an achievement than the first. Here goes, two years later, for the second half!

But there’s a high wind in Ayvalik Marina here in Turkey at the moment – the Meltemi has been blowing for several days 25-30 knots and forecast to continue. Friends sailing up the coast are trapped in an anchorage in 35-40 knots. The flags stand straight on the boats in the marina, the wind through the rigging whines day and night, and has Blackwattle straining and bucking at her leash. She’s anxious, I think, to be gone. Fellow sailors work on their boats in the hot windy sunshine but no one leaves. We’re all waiting…

Lots of French in the magazine this time – read how there may be a couple of French sailors you wouldn’t want to share an anchorage with, but if you’re in a life raft in the Coral Sea, a French fisherman just could turn out to be your hero.

This week we tell stories of some excellent boats being launched - the new Elan 340 from Navsail and a new Radford 13.4m design for long range cruising, and then there’s the new ‘Granny Boat’.

Read about the extraordinary solo sailors who are about to be inducted into the Solo Sailors’ Hall of Fame, and about the raft Tangaroa – Kon-Tiki’s grandchild – sailing across the Pacific.

There are also some interesting ‘passage tales’ from boats up the Red Sea and around the Mediterranean…

Read on, have a good week and
Sail safe!

By Nancy Knudsen

Yachties rescued in Coral Sea by French Fishermen
AAP: TWO yachtsmen on the final leg of a journey from the United States to Australia had to abandon their vessel after it ran aground on a reef in the Coral Sea. The Australians, aged 51 and 49, were in good condition when they were rescued late this morning by a passing French fishing vessel.... [more]

Sailing the Tropics: Weather Guide
By Ken Batt and Bruce Buckley, Bureau of Meteorology,
Sailing in the tropical waters of the Australasian region, from Cocos Keeling Islands in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east, is usually a relatively tranquil experience weather-wise. None the less, the wise sailor should be aware of some weather features that can range from frustrating through to downright dangerous.... [more]

Radford 13.4 metre Performance Cruiser
By Media Services,
Serica Yachts, based just north of Brisbane, Australia are currently building the new Radford 13.4m centre cockpit performance cruiser which is being marketed as the Serica 44. Design and construction methods and standards are aimed at combining seaworthiness and speed to produce a cruiser capable of long distance short-handed cruising anywhere in the world.... [more]

Yachts that go Bump in the Night
By Nancy Knudsen,
Mooring in the Mediterranean can be full of adventure – especially if you’re trying to share an anchorage with 25 other people all of whom seem to have just chartered their first sailing boat and haven't learned that boats have no brakes. To make the adventure more manageable, Jay and Carol on the beautiful swift Gandalf have compiled a few rules from their personal experience:... [more]

Upgrade for Tassie Cruising Guide – Can YOU Help?
By Nancy Knudsen,
Do you know of a rock that’s not marked? Do you have info on a new anchorage? Have you noticed an error? Now is your chance to improve the cruising guide information for future cruisers. Sailors with experience of sailing in Tasmania are being called to assist in an upgrade of The D'Entrecasteaux Waterways Cruising Guide.... [more]

Exciting New Hi-Tech Release: Elan 340
By Media Services,
Gael Moldán and Rod Parry from Navsail in Sydney recently visited the Internautica Boat Show on the coastal town of Portoroz, Slovenia -not far from Trieste for the premiere release of the Elan 340, where they had an opportunity to sail this boat.... [more]

Very Competitive Race - North Queensland Style
By Shaila/Sail-World Cruising,
Story of a VERY COMPETITIVE RACE, FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND STYLE ('We did do some 360’s around the finish buoy just to let them know we can round some buoys') This account by Shaila, owner of a boat called 'Loose Change' and member of the Cairns Cruising Yacht Squadron, tells why we should all move to Cairns…... [more]

New Granny Boat Should be a Winner
By IBI News/Lars-Åke Redéen/Sail-World,
Want to get on the water, but Granny can't get her leg over the lifeline? Or you have someone with a disability? A new 'Granny Boat' concept is forecast to be extremely popular with an older generation. Swedish boat manufacturer Utternbåtar, part of the Brunswick Group, has introduced a new boating concept... [more]

Extraordinary Solo Sailors for Hall of Fame
By Cruising Editor,
Four extraordinary sailors have been singled out for induction into the ‘Single-Handed Sailors’ Hall or Fame in the United States next month. And they are: Dame Ellen MacArthur, 28, the fastest woman to sail around the world; Minoru Saito of Japan, 71, the oldest to complete his seventh solo non-stop circumnavigation; Jean-Luc van den Heede, five-times circumnavigator; and BOC record-breaker Bertie Reed, South Africa’s most famous ‘old salt’.... [more]

Royal Visit to launch Royal Yachting Association
By Media Services,
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) will make a royal splash on to the Australian maritime training scene when it launches its Australian training operations at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia on Thursday July 13th.... [more]

Rally from Vanuatu
By Lisa Mylchreest,
If you are going to be sailing anywhere near Vanuatu this year and heading to Australia, there’s a rally to join for the voyage! It is the 'Port2Port 2006 Fun Ocean Yacht Rally', and it travels from Vanuatu to Bundaberg in Queensland each year.... [more]

Sailing Raft Tangaroa Makes Record Speeds
By Cruising Editor,
The Raft known as Tangaroa, Kon-Tiki’s grandchild, is reported sailing at record speed towards Tuamotu atoll. It was last reported sailing toward the Tuamotu atoll of Raroia at a record speed that was faster than Thor Heyerdahl and his crew on Kon-Tiki did during their 101-day voyage nearly 60 years ago.... [more]

Macquarie Leisure to develop 178 berth marina
By Macquarie Leisure Group.,
Macquarie Leisure Trust Group (ASX:MLE) has announced plans to develop a 178 berth marina on Victoria Harbour in the heart of Melbourne’s Docklands precinct. Commenting on Macquarie Leisure’s development plans, Chairman Neil Balnaves said the project represents an important expansion of the Group’s profitable d’Albora Marina business... [more]

26/6/06 Isicia II in Spain- La Coruna to Porto
By Vicki and Andi Dunkel,
Vicki and Andi Dunkel on board Isicia II, a classic 51 foot Beneteau First yacht, are travelling from Scotland to the Mediterranean and here is the next instalment of their story, Santander to Porto:... [more]

Hanse Yachts continues rapid growth
By Media Services,
Over the last two decades Europe has been the powerhouse of production yacht building. One of the fast growing production yacht builders Hanse Yachts is expected to produce more than 800 cruising yachts in 2006 and the brand is now significant around the world.... [more]

Sundancer II – Aden to Suez Canal, 2006
By Ian and Helen Potter, Sundancer II,
Last month Australians Ian and Helen Potter reported to us as they transited the 'Pirate Zone in the Gulf of Aden. Now they have finished the journey in company with the other boats of the season, and here is their account of the journey, including some interesting current prices. The diesel prices are particularly interesting, ranging from a low 17 cents in Ismailia to a reported $1.61 in Cyprus.... [more]

Treleavens' Letters from the Med: Ponza Bound!
By Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
How quickly you can change your mode. We are still tied up to the side of the Tiber River at the ACHAB yacht club getting the yacht back together again and on our bike’s getting the groceries of marinated seafood, pasta and tomatoes full of flavour, we are settling in very nicely.... [more]

2006 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove 18/05/06
Asia-Pacific's largest on-water boat show - a huge range from Australia, NZ, USA, UK, Asia, Europe, More info phone (07)5577 6868...
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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