Serendipity is a one of life’s magic free gifts. And Serendipity it was in Valletta Harbour Malta yesterday.
Ian and Andrea Treleaven, owners of lovely Beneteau Cadiz, and authors of what is now an exceptional coffee table production ‘Letters from the Med’, berthed right next to our yacht Blackwattle, in Msida Marina in Malta. Two Ozzie yachts, 12,000 miles from home....
Every fortnight Sail-World publishes their delightful missives from the Med and you can read the latest below.
The Sydney International Boat Show is about to start, and by all accounts it will be the biggest and brightest ever. Sail-World will be there, so read on here for stories about some of the highlights
This week too there is a wide range of stories, from UK Halsey’s new safety video, to the amazing Loop Dyneema which can stop both noise and chafing around your deck fittings, to the sad tale of the serious pollution of the Mediterranean.
The Darwin to Kupang Rally has happened again, and the increasing popularity of this rally with the world’s cruising fraternity says much about its advantages.
We also discuss the new offerings from the highly successful Bavaria Brand, and this week’s destination is Crete, where our yacht Blackwattle has just spent a few days. From now on in Blackwattle’s passage tales, we will be including up to date cruising notes for long range cruisers.
So read on, enjoy, and…
By Nancy Knudsen
Sunsail introduces New Sailing Holiday Product By Kate Elkington, Luxury Crewed Cruises offer the opportunity to book a private cabin aboard a luxury Sunsail yacht for an unforgettable sailing getaway through the exotic waterways of the Whitsunday islands or Tahiti with a professional skipper and host.... [more]
Mediterranean Burning By Lisa Mylchreest, For the cruising sailor, there is no greater playground on earth than 'The Med'. With pristine waters, where you can often see your anchor 10 metres down, with countless protected bays, and spread with marinas, it’s a sailing heaven. Being landlocked, there’s no swell to speak of, and what there is disappears quickly with settled weather.... [more]
Loop Dyneema - New Pulley Connector By Cruising Editor, This interesting new product is a replacement for shackles and snaps to connect pulleys. It has a wide range of uses on a yacht, including the sheet traveller, toe rails, boom & spar (pole, flying jib, boom...)... [more]
Forever Crete By Nancy Knudsen, It’s no wonder that it is often said that the inhabitants of Crete are Cretan first and foremost, and then Greek.... [more]
New Bavaria Vision 44 ordered for New Zealander By Sail-World, 2006 is proving to be an exciting year for Bavaria Yachts who have increased their market share by over 15% - flying in the face of worldwide market trends - and have also launched the new Bavaria Vision range.... [more]
Darwin to Kupang Rally By Event Media, It’s a tribute to just how international the annual Darwin to Kupang Rally has become when you know that only 34 boats of the 96 entrants in this year’s rally were from Australia.... [more]
90,000+ Boats for Sale on Sail-World By Al Constable, Sail-World, the large largest sailing news network in the world has partnered with Yachtworld to bring the largest online boating inventory in the world to its audience.... [more]
UK Halsey – New Safety Video By UK Halsey/Cruising Editor, Well known sailmakers UK Halsey have just produced the third in their series of safety videos. In this one, everything DOESN’T work as it should, and is instructional for that reason.... [more]
Dates set for 2007 Dent to Dunk events By Abel Point Yacht Club, The date for the Dent to Dunk Race start for 2007 is Saturday 26th May. The format remains unchanged from May 2006, with the start at 1030. The course takes the yachts, inside the protected warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef, up to Dunk Island, then to the finish off Port Hinchinbrook, Cardwell, a distance of approximately 240 nautical miles.... [more]
Letter from the Med: Six hot days in Monastir By Ian and Andrea Treleaven, Monastir has been home in the marina for six days and has been a pleasure to stop and get to know this very special Arab town while Ian maintains ‘Cadiz’. A day in the life of cruising, as we slowly work out how to deal with the mid day heat. Up early we take the lauage to Sousse 20 miles away for a tourist visit. A lauage is a mini van that leaves from a depot going in different directions and when they are full they leave... [more]
Lord Nelson Artifacts on show at Sydney Boat Show By Media Services, Personal artifacts from Lord Horatio Nelson's captain's cabin aboard HMS Victory will make their public debut since being shipped from the England to Australia back in 1824. Nelson's telescope and personal bucket have never before been on public display but kept by a private family in Australia for over 186 years.... [more]
Sail-World's Blackwattle Onward to Crete By Nancy Knudsen, Blackwattle's in a miserable anchorage at Faros on the Island of Sifnos. The wind shoots down a mountain pass and skips over us at 30 knots without abating all night. The morning glares bright with flying white caps, and the boat yaws and tilts with the heavy gusts.... [more]
Strictly Sailing at Sydney International Boat Show By Event Media, The Sydney International Boat Show which starts next Thursday August 3rd at Darling Harbour presents a major opportunity for the Sailing sport. The overall 2006 show visitor numbers are likely to 'nudge' 100,000 of which more than 30,000 will an interest in sailing and its an important time for the sport constantly seeking to increase the participant level.... [more]
Oceantalk talks Electronics at Sydney Boat Show By Melinda Sims, Oceantalk Australia, will again be exhibiting their range of Raymarine Electronics, Tacktick Wireless and Solar powered instruments, MaxPower bow and stern thrusters, Comar AIS systems and Oceantalk Super digi TV tuner at the Sydney Boat Show.... [more]
New Hanse models at Sydney Boat Show By Media Services, Following the successful models Hanse 531 and Hanse 461 the globally operating yard now launches the Hanse 470e and Hanse 540e. The top model of this elite class is the new Hanse 630e, the first epoxy-built yacht of its size to be serially produced in Germany!... [more]
Sydney Boat Show - Stage Events for Cruisers By BIA, The 2006 Sydney International Boat Show 'Strictly Sailing' Stage Timetable includes lots of interest for sailors who are not into the very latest Kevlar or heading for the Olympics. This year's stage is proudly supported by Sail-World.com... [more]
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