Launceston’s Ken Gourlay is about to set out on one of the most challenging sails of his career – round the world via the Southern Ocean.
Sadly, Sir Chay Blyth’s Challenge Business has gone into administration. The 225 Cruisers involved in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) which he founded, will be glad to know that this will not affect the rally, as this was purchased in a management buyout at the beginning of this year.
There are encouraging moves in the Caribbean to make it safer from crime against yachts. In personal safety issues, the Commodore of a yacht club who fell overboard and drowned was found not to be wearing a lifejacket, while a crewmember who went back to get something on a sinking yacht in the Philippines is still missing while the rest of the crew were saved.
In lighter news, read about the full moon party on the coast of Turkey, this week’s Cruiser Profile is of Blue Dawn and their very international crew, and marina owners better watch their tax returns if they don’t want to end up like one Missouri man.
Denis Glennon AO tells why he goes to sea in the first of a four part series, and our own Australian boat Blackwattle is in the Canaries with lots of other Aussies and Kiwis waiting to cross the Atlantic. We describe the very unusual destination of Graciosa Island.
Have a good week, and
By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
Solo Circumnavigator to Take Southern Route By Rob Shaw, Launceston Examiner, Launceston's Ken Gourlay will start his non-stop solo circumnavigation at the end of this month. It's been on the cards for a long time. 'I think it's a challenge for myself as a sailor.' The solo round-the-world yachtsman is surprisingly upbeat about the six months of sleeplessness, loneliness, inquisitive whales, half- submerged containers and icebergs he is about to subject himself to.... [more]
Challenge Business In Administration By IBI Magazine/Michael Verdon/S-W, The Challenge Business International Limited, a company established by Sir Chay Blyth to organise the Global Challenge round-the-world yacht race, has gone into administration. However, The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers(ARC) which Sir Chay Blyth founded, was sold by Challenge Business in early 2006 and is uninvolved and unaffected.... [more]
Caribbean to be Safer for Yachties? By Caribbean 360.com/Sail-World, At the 4th meeting of the Council of Ministers of Tourism from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) which ended at the weekend in Puerto Rico, the ministers made plans for increasing the security for yachties in the Caribbean.... [more]
Don’t Go Back! Tristar Sinks in Typhoon, 5 Rescued By AAP/Sail-World, A crewmember on the yacht Tristar is still missing after going back to get something from inside the sinking boat. While the yacht sank, the other five crewmembers jumped overboard wearing their lifejackets, and were later rescued.... [more]
Drowned Commodore had no lifejacket By Darren Devine, Western Mail/Sail-World, Even on a pleasant afternoon sail, close to home, you could be one step away from drowning if you don’t wear a life jacket and observe other well-known safety procedures. This was shown again yesterday in findings about the death by drowning of a sailor in UK waters.... [more]
Solitude and Sea: Another Place By Denis Glennon AO, Denis Glennon is one of the 70 million or so Irish diaspora scattered around the world’s oceans. In the contemplative and restless spirit of his Celtic seafaring forbearers, he takes time to ponder why he goes to sea, in his beloved 49 foot ketch, Calypso V and how the myriad moods of the sea awakens the senses.... [more]
Whoops! Marina Owners Beware! By IBI News, A US federal judge last week sentenced a former marina owner to two years and three months in prison without parole for failing to report the US$1.7 million sale of a Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri marina on his tax return.... [more]
Cruisers' Profile - Blue Dawn By Cruising Editor, Geoffrey and Geraldine Ashby have just completed an eight-year circumnavigation of the world on their 75 ft yacht Blue Dawn – and how are they celebrating? Why they are starting on their second circumnavigation! He’s English, she’s French, but together they make a very international couple.... [more]
Yachties’ Full Moon Party at Kekova Roads, Turkey By Cruising Editor, Kekova Roads, that heavenly anchorage on the southern Lycian coast of Turkey, is just following tradition with the celebration called a Full Moon Party on Saturday 7th October. Earliest traces of history show that humans always celebrated the Full Moon, sometimes joyously, sometimes ghoulishly.... [more]
Gone in Sixty Seconds By Media Services, A yacht being towed by a NSW Maritime vessel on Sydney Harbour on Saturday afternoon, October 7, was 'Gone is Sixty Seconds'. But unlike the popular movie of the same name the yacht being towed did not make a speedy getaway.... [more]
Sail-World's Blackwattle in Graciosa By Sail-World/Nancy Knudsen, Sail-World’s Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and her husband Ted Nobbs on their Peterson 46, Blackwattle, have sailed south from the Med to the Canary Islands, avoiding the winter gales to the north, in preparation for the long trip across the Atlantic Ocean. Here they describe the small volcanic island where they now find themselves.(Notes for Cruisers at end of article)... [more]
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