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Australia via Gibraltar

This report comes to you, via satellite internet links, while Blackwattle tracks towards Gibraltar. There have been gales over the north of the Med round Corsica and we have encountered very big seas on the nose. We were also chased 'all over' by thunderstorms.

We are now moving out of the safe easterly along the Algerian coast. We want to be back in the Pacific on the way home to Australia next year and to do that we have to keep pushing now, to get to the Canaries for the start of the ARC rally.

We have some impressions from Tunisia and will bring you more next week.

Andrea and Ian Treleaven report from the Ionian Islands .. and on the practical side we talk about trailing generators. We love them, that is what's powering my computer right now.

Last week Sail-World was at Hahn Premium Race Week. While the racing crowd imagine its all about hiking on the rail, this event is actually one of the largest cruising yacht 'gatherings' in the southern hemisphere.

We have cruising news from Hamilton Island, next week we'll be talking with the Gipsy Moth team on their way to Cairns and to Simon and Julie Beaven about their wonderful Hinkley 49 cruiser Evening Star.

Sail Safe

By Nancy Knudsen

Cruising - Monastir, Tunisia
By Nancy Knudsen,
It’s obviously a real estate development – glamorously contrived white villas, each one different, but blending, clustered around the marina. You can imagine the marketing blurb … ‘Have your holiday apartment in the sun with your yacht right at the door!’... [more]

Beneteau celebrates at Hamilton Island
By Will Davies,
For the last six years, around a quarter of the entire Hahn Premium Hamilton Island race week fleet have been Beneteau yachts. Last week there were 43 Beneteau crews and more than 50 Beneteau owners enjoying what has become a key event on the annual Beneteau calendar in the Asia Pacific.... [more]

Exploring Tunisia
By Nancy Knudsen,
We drive through arid countryside, which we read was lush forests before the Roman occupation, who turned it to desert with over farming. How little we have learned in 2000 years.... [more]

Visa problems jeopardise Alpha Global expedition
By Adrian Flanagan,
I have now been in Nome, Alaska for three weeks - longer than anticipated. Barrabas is back in the water complete with new cutless bearings and a cleanly scrapped hull finished with two coats of industrial anti-foul. Her fair undersides will give me half a knot of boat speed which, over a 20 day period could save me two full days.... [more]

Lagoon 420 equipped with Electric Motors
By Media services,
A constant leader of innovation and technological development, Lagoon has produced the first production boat in the world equipped with Electric motors. The new Lagoon 420 pioneers a new generation of sailing catamarans with this clean and ecological system.... [more]

China 'Treasure' to sail again
By Jiefeng Daily,
A Sino-Malaysian joint venture starting next month will begin building a replica of China's biggest 'Treasure' ship that sailed in the 14th century. The ship will set out for its first trial voyage in April 2008 to boast the country's culture and history.... [more]

Trailing Generators – Should you have one?
By Ted Nobbs,
One of the most important issues on a sailing boat – and vexed questions – is power generation. The modern sailing boat needs power – that is, if you want electronic instruments, computers, autopilots, as well as those items of personal comfort, refrigerators, deep freezes or microwaves.... [more]

Letter from the Med: Ionian Islands - Cephalonia
By Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
Averaging only a few miles a day, we are in no hurry to leave these beautiful islands. Swimming, snorkelling and bird watching are all the guys want to do. Nick comments, 'The girls all look very different but their hair style is all the same, Brazilian !'... [more]

90,000+ Boats for Sale on Sail-World
By Al Constable,
Sail-World, the large largest cruising and racing news network in the world has partnered with Yachtworld to bring the largest online boating inventory in the world to its audience.... [more]

Cruising sailor wins Audi at Hamilton Island
By Rob Kothe,
A Queensland mining industry diesel mechanic Dave Short and his sailing mates on a Hunter 33 Pro Beat Passion had a big day on Saturday, the last day of the 23rd annual Hahn Premium Race Week.... [more]

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