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Middle East Yachts Stranded..UK Sailing Ahead

The United Kingdom is very active this week, with two major developments – first there are to be penalities for drunken British sailors, and secondly, in a welcome boon for the sailing fraternity, the UK has launched their first floating waste scheme, leading the way maybe for such schemes around the world.

A side effect of the tragic events in the Middle East is the stranding of many Lebanese and Israeli yachties on their summer sailing vacation.

In adventure news read how Adrian Flanagan and Margaret Williams, two super-gutsy solo sailors, are both having major problems achieving their dreams, and both caused by technical problems, not wind and weather.

If you have a surface mounted VHF, spare a thought for how you would cope with a broken mast – read an excellent account from an experienced sailor.

On our Peterson 46 yacht Blackwattle, we are making our way through the Greek Islands – the hedonistic part of our journey from Turkey to Australia - read our latest account, as well as the story from Iscisia II, on its way from Scotland to the Med.

Read on for many other stories, and
Sail safe…

By Nancy Knudsen

Lebanese and Israeli Yachts Stranded in Cyprus.
By Nancy Knudsen,
One of the side effects of the tragic conflagration between Israel and Lebanon this week is the stranding of a number of yachts on holiday from both countries cruising the Mediterranean.... [more]

False Perceptions of Piracy in Asia
By Bruce Maxwell,
Google the words 'Piracy Pleasure Boats Asia' and an astonishing 15,000 references come up on the computer screen, many of them quite recent entries. Yet there have been hardly any cases of piracy involving pleasure boats in Asia for the last decade or two. Herein lies the problem.... [more]

UK sozzled sailors may face jail
By Yuba Bessaoud,
Drunken sailors are to be forced to dry out. After more than a decade of talking about it, the government is to impose breathalysers on yachties. The scheme will bring 2.5m pleasure-boat sailors and power-boat enthusiasts into line with commercial sailors — and could mean they will be hit by a similar scale of sanctions as drink-drivers.... [more]

End to Flanagan's Arctic transit attempt?
By Adrian Flanagan,
After several days of windless conditions and heavy cloud cover during which the wind generator and solar array were not able to generate much charge, the batteries had become depleted. I decided to run the engine in neutral so the alternators could charge the battery banks.... [more]

Of Broken Masts and Emergency Antennae
By Trevor D’Alton,
One of any sailor’s recurring nightmares is the mast breaking, and how they would react. One of the results, apart from the danger to the crew and the boat, is the possible loss of communication facilities, and how to re-establish communications quickly. Trevor D’Alton of the Middle Harbour Yacht Club has some valuable advice about attaching an emergency antenna to a surface mounted VHF radio:... [more]

Kokomo launched in Auckland
By Sail-World,
Kokomo, a 52m (170ft) sloop has been launched in Auckland and is currently undergoing a final fit-out and sea trialling in Auckland. She has taken just under a year to build at Alloy Yachts International, Auckland New Zealand.... [more]

Dream on Hold for Australian Solo Sailor
By Rob Kothe,
Dr Margaret Williams quest to sail, solo around Australia is on hold again. The Sunshine Coast GP, set sail from Fremantle on June 2 in her 12m sloop Against All Odds in a bid to be the first woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around Australia.... [more]

Journey to the Med - Porto to Lisbon
By Vicki and Andi of Isicia II,
Vicki and Andi continue their journey to the Med, on this week, to Lisbon. The Portuguese trade winds have continued to blow from the north making the trip from Porto to Lisbon a pleasant sailing experience.... [more]

UK gets first floating waste scheme
By IBI Magazine,
Located off Salcombe Harbour in Devon, the new pontoon-based recycling and waste facility holds containers for recycling plastic bottles and cans, paper and cardboard, as well as a bin for general waste.... [more]

Blackwattle among the Greek Islands
By Nancy Knudsen,
After waiting out an unseasonable gale for six days in Lesvos, Blackwattle is on the way again, heading through the Mediterranean to Gibraltar and the Atlantic Ocean. Her pathway is south through the Cyclades, then on to Malta and the western Med.... [more]

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