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News from the World's Oceans

News from all the world’s oceans today –

Read how some owners are so pleased with their previous yacht they just go and buy the new version – now that’s a satisfied customer!

Good crew work has saved a tall ship from an on-board fire in the North Sea, but there’s still no word of the crew of Tristar, missing since the Philippines’ latest typhoon.

As for the solo adventurers out there, read how veteran adventurer and would-be polar circumnavigator Adrian Flanagan has put his boat to bed until next summer in the Arctic, Donna Lange’s yacht Inspired Insanity is afloat again in New Zealand, and new adventurer Ozkan Gulkaynak in a 7.9 metre boat with no GPS is just about to cross the Atlantic.

In the US, there’s a story of praise about weather forecasters WRI, and news of the upcoming ‘Strictly Sail’ Boat Show in Florida.

Sadly, the Treleavens’ fantastic Tales from the Med are coming to the end as the Mediterranean sailing season finishes. Finally, there’s Blackwattle’s account of its confused sail into the Atlantic.

Lots of other stories too, so read on
Have a good week and
Sail Safe!

By Nancy Knudsen

Yacht missing in Typhoon Milenyo
By Jeamma Sabate, Jeffrey Damicog,
The Philippine Coast guard (PCG) reported a yacht with seven crew members was missing in Manila Bay while heading to the Manila Yacht Club from a nearby port. The yacht, Tristar was reported missing while it was en route from Baseco to the Manila Yacht Club.... [more]

Weather-beaten in US Waters? Not with WRI!
By Capt. David Hare,
While sitting in Portsmouth, Va., awaiting a weather window, Dave Cannon of Weather Routing Inc. contacted me twice a day with emphatic 'do not go' messages. He was forecasting seas over 12 feet.... [more]

Lifeboat called to Blazing Tall Ship
By BBC News/Sail-World,
The importance of good emergency training on any sized sailing boat was underlined again yesterday when Tenacious, a tall ship with 39 people on board, off the Devon coast in the UK, was forced to call for assistance when the ship caught fire. It is now heading for port in Dorset, after crew, following emergency drill, put the fire out themselves.... [more]

‘Fill ‘er up!’ – ‘Sure that’ll be $270,000’
By James Bedding, Courier Mail/Sail-World,
If you're Roman Abramovich, the Russian oil billionaire and owner of Chelsea Football Club, pottering around in a boat means cruising around on a 100m motor yacht, complete with two helicopters, bullet-proof glass, missile detection system and a submarine – useful for looking for limpet mines.... [more]

Strictly Sail Boat Show in Florida - On Again
By Cruising Editor,
It’s on again. Sailors throughout the southeast of the USA are looking forward to it, and if you happen to be anywhere near Florida at the beginning of November, try not to miss the 2006 Strictly Sail St. Petersburg Boat Show.... [more]

Letter from the Med: End of season Vis - Biograd
By Ian and Andrea Treleaven,
The Island of Vis is 25 nms from Hvar Island and only 70 nautical miles from the coast of Italy. Vis port is very cute and if you have the time while cruising, it is well worth a visit but be sure to check the weather forecast.... [more]

Cruiser's Profile - 7.9m Kayitsiz and no GPS
By Cruising Editor,
He’s Turkish, maybe in his thirties, unaffectedly charismatic, and he doesn't own a GPS. He is setting off to sail around the world single handed, in a boat that he built himself, which measures just 7.9 metres. His scraggy dark hair gives him the mischievous look of a naughty small child, but underneath... [more]

Donna Lange re-launches Inspired Insanity
By Jane Pares,
After five months in the yard courtesy of Milford Cruising Club, on Auckland’s North Shore, Inspired Insanity was floated at the high tide on Sunday afternoon. She was gently lowered into the water on a steel cradle by a crew of five club members... [more]

Vertical Solo Circumnavigation on target
By Louise Flanagan,
Flanagan put into Nome on Alaska's west coast last month and will wait until next July (2007) to attempt the second and final phase of the Alpha Global Expedition, a transit of Russia's Arctic coast.... [more]

Successful Kiwi racing sailor upgrades his Bavaria
By Jane Pares, International Marine Brokers,
Quintin Fowler so loved his Bavaria Yacht that when it came to be time for a new boat, he went straight back to the Bavaria agents and upgraded to the newest model on the market – the Vision 44. This will be the second Vision 44 to be ordered through International Marine Brokers for New Zealand waters.... [more]

Motor Problems, No Wind Force Rescue Call
By Susan Scott,
A well found sailing boat operates on the principle of redundancy - if this system breaks down, there's another to take its place. It's when it all goes wrong at together that a rescue emerges as the only option. Susan Scott relates:... [more]

Marten Yachts seventh Marten 49 for Sydney client
By Azzura Marine Services/Sail-World,
Australian based Marten Yachts, a brand of Azzura Marine, continues to gain momentum with the recent sale of the seventh Marten 49 cruising yacht to an Australian client.... [more]

Sail-World's Blackwattle to Madeira - Not.
By Nancy Knudsen,
Goodbye Gibraltar, Goodbye Mediterranean - our leaving is minutely timed to catch the tides. Just after daylight, engines whispering and anchor chains making soft growling noises, we slip out of the anchorage, three boats together.... [more]

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