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On our way back to Oz, well almost

Mytelini, Island of Lesvos, Greece: This Cruising Editor and her Skipper/deckhand/husband in our boat Blackwattle are finally on the move, a scheduled 18 month trip across the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Pacific back to Australia. Its been a long time we left the Pittwater in 2003.

Right now we are waiting for the wind to ease so we can set out for Crete. By the end of the summer we aim to be in the Canaries, ready for the ARC Rally.

We'll be bringing you stories of the ports we visit and sailing characters we meet, as well as the normal cruising news from around the world. If you want to read more details of our boat Blackwattle’s journey, or how two totally incompatible people can make it on a boat without one ending up overboard, see the 'Blackwattle' story at the end of the newsletter.

This week, read about the largest catamaran ever built and its launch date, and another catamaran which has been breaking all the best cruising rules.

One of Australian's Iconic yacht brands is aiming for an Asia Pacific expansion. Catch up with the new owner and discover more.

Sail-World will be following the Cruising Divisions at Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island in August.

Most of all we are interested in the passage to and from the Whitsundays. If you are planning to be at either regatta and you've not entered yet, we'd like to talk to you about your cruising plans.

Drop us a line. cruisingeditorATsail-world.com You can replace the ampersand.

Happy Cruising

By Nancy Knudsen

Letter from the Med: Amalfi to Aeolian Islands
By Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
Leaving the Tiber River or Grand Canal as they call it, we motored 60nm to the island of Ponza. No wind and steaming hot, even at sea it’s no relief. Around Ponza is a diver’s delight with many grottos, caves and ruins where the Romans dug out pools in the rock to breed fish.... [more]

Northshore Yacht aims for Asia Pacific growth
By Media Services,
Northshore yachts have been built since 1973 with over 750 Northshore Yachts sailing around the country, more than any other modern production boat, either imported or Australian made.... [more]

Not a Cruise 752 miles in a day
By Barby MacGowan/Sail-World,
While lots of cruising sailors sail 30 miles in a day, the other half live a different life. Imagine sailing 31.3 miles an hour, all day and all night. No sailboat has ever been so fast until now.... [more]

Pot of gold at end of Rainbow
By Robin Bailey, NZ Herald,
One of the most successful yachts built by Logan Brothers in Auckland was Rainbow, launched in 1898. Now, 108 years later, the lovely 50-footer is nearing the start of a new life after a complete restoration. Marine historians Robin Elliott and Harold Kidd, in The Logans, their book about New Zealand's greatest boatbuilding family, dwell at some length on Rainbow and her exploits.... [more]

Med Cruisers caught by Schengen Monster
By Cruising Editor,
The Schengen Monster is trapping unwary cruising yachties who wish to cross the Mediterranean over the European summer. Schengen creeps up on unsuspecting Yachties just when they are having a sundowner and thinking how lucky they are to have escaped the rat race and bureaucracy at home. And what an ugly expensive monster she is!... [more]

Lagoon 380sII - world's most popular catamaran
By Helen Taylor,
The Lagoon 380sII is world's most popular catamaran and 405 have been handed over to date. In fact Lagoon Catamarans have the distinction of producing the world’s top two catamarans in the Lagoon 380 and the Lagoon 410.... [more]

The Voyage of Blackwattle - leaving Turkey
By Nancy Knudsen,
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.... [more]

Near Arrest, Near Sexual Assault Charge
By Robyn Williamson,
Having your dinghy in front of your house on the water sounds like an ideal existence, but it depends on the authorities in the area...... [more]

2006 Sydney International Boat Show
Sydney 03/08/06
Sydney International Boat Show, at Sydney Exhibition Centre and on water show at Cockle Bay Marina, both at Darling Harbour, More info: (02) 9438 2077...
For more details and news for this event, go to:

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