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Asylum seekers arrive Lampedusa  BW Media
This week finds us in Lamedusa, an Italian island midway between Malta and Tunisia, where the Italian Coastguard has just brought in yet another load of asylum seekers from a sinking boat off Malta, who were trying to reach Italy. They will join the 10,000 or more already here.

Next time you want to buy a boat of any description, don’t forget that in conjunction with our good friends at Yachtworld, Sail-World has over 90,000 boats on offer, from tinnies to Superyachts,with lots and lots of cruising yachts, we have them all.

The Panama Canal is a fascinating network of locks, canals and lakes, a closely guarded treasure of Panama’s, which takes one quarter of the world’s shipping. But what’s it like for a yacht to transit? Not all that easy, as Peter Zappert in Charlie describes.

Read how the Mediterranean is in trouble according to experts and actvists, and about Malta, a sailing-mad island.

The strangest yachting event in the world is to take place next month again – 1000 kilometres away from water, and read some good advice about replacing your fuel tank, if you ever need to.

All this and much more, so read on…

Have a good week and

Sail safe!

By Nancy Knudsen

Malta in Pictures
By Cruising Editor,
Malta is a unique set of islands in the middle of the Mediterranean, for millennia a strategic location for surrounding countries, who vied to control it. It's also a sailing-mad community these days, with a very high boat ownership ratio.... [more]

Through Panama Canal with Charlie
By Peter Zappert/Sail-World Cruising,
‘Charlie’ is a catamaran that for the last few years has been undertaking a world circumnavigation. His description of the passage through the Panama Canal is a fascinating account of the intricacies involved for a sailing boat to get through the canal, and it's also a wealth of information for the sailor headed that way... [more]

Mediterranean…or Deaditerranean?
By Cruising Editor,
If you like to see the dolphins playing around your bow while sailing, or if you like to throw a line to catch a fish for dinner, then your time could be limited in the Mediterranean. If you think that sea-gulls and other sea birds are a natural part of sailing scene, then you could be disappointed sailing in the Med.... [more]

Leaking Fuel Tanks
By Cruising Editor,
Leaking Fuel Tank? Is yours accessible? How would you remove your fuel tank for repair or replacement if the need arose? A leak in a fuel tank can be as serious or as simple as your original boat designers decided.... [more]

World's Strangest Sailing Event
By Lisa Mylchreest,
One of the strangest annual sailing races in the world will take place again next month. Strange, because there’s no water for over 1000 kilometres – even stranger than Switzerland winning the America’s Cup!... [more]

Letter from the Med: From Valletta to Olympia
By Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
Valletta, the fortress city built by the knights of St John, after the Great Siege of 1565 on Malta, would have to hold some of the most fascinating history we have found in the Mediterranean. It was the Knights of St John who halted the advance of Islam to the west. St Paul was shipped wrecked on the island on Malta around AD 60 on his way to Rome.... [more]

Sailing-mad Malta
By Nancy Knudsen,
Many years ago, having landed in a light plane on Malta’s airstrip, and waiting for a fuel truck to arrive, I was chatting to a couple of aircraft engineers. 'and what do you produce in Malta?' I asked, making conversation. 'Malta? Huh!' was the grumpy reply; 'In Malta we produce nothing but potatoes and stones!'... [more]

Sail-World's Blackwattle in Malta
By Nancy Knudsen,
After a six night sail from Crete, we are delighted to find a long guard of honour of giant ships lined up perfectly both sides, and we’re just about to call on the VHF to say ‘You shouldn’t have gone to so much trouble’, when we realise that they are all just waiting for permission to enter the harbour. What a popular harbour – or is there a strike?... [more]

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