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Brits Save Drowning Africans

Boat Refugees   .
With so many asylum seekers setting out in leaky boats across the Med to reach Europe from troubled Africa, it was bound to happen. Read about how a British family on a sailing holiday has ended up with a dozen or so desperate Africans on board.

What’s the Grab Bag like on the ocean yacht you sail on? Some reminders this week about the importance of this very critical safety item – and if you’re anywhere near the Gulf of Mexico, read why there are so many uncharted hazards.

Lots of news about new sailing vessels on the market – the Hanse 630e and two new cats from Fountaine Pujot are featured, along with a story about a Bavaria preview. Last but not least, the Seawind 1160 has been nominated for Yacht of the Year.

Donna Lange that musician-grandmother-solo circumnavigator has finally left New Zealand, and our Cruisers’ Profile this week is of Ozzie yacht Fantasy 1.

There’s some advice for would-be Marina Managers, and lots more, so

Read on, enjoy, and

Sail Safe!

By Nancy Knudsen

British Sailors Rescue Drowning Africans
By Evening Standard,
A British family has been credited with saving the lives of a boatload of African immigrants after plucking them from their sinking vessel during a Mediterranean cruise. Photo by [more]

Volvo 70's for Kochi India - but How?
By Lisa Mylchreest,
The yesterday announced that Cochin (now called Kochi) in India is short listed as a possible stopover point for the Volvo Ocean Race in 2008. All cruising sailboats who have passed through that lovely port will be wondering just how the Port of Kochi will cope with the Volvo 70’s, which have a draft of 4.5 metres.... [more]

New Ocean Hazard - Houses at Sea?
By Sail-World Cruising,
Basil Diethelm has had a number of yachts since he set out as an adventurous young man to cruise the world in the late 1960’s. He has plenty of tales to tell, but this tale of meeting a house mid-ocean must be one of the tallest. He assures us that it is TRUE!... [more]

Hanse 630e - new Cruising flagship
By Media Services,
The new Hanse 630e, the largest production series sailing yacht ever built in Germany, has just hit the water for the first time. The clean hull lines and neat and tidy deck with halyards, control lines and sheets hidden, hydraulic-electric jib furler and the self-tacking jib embedded in the bow, are the most obvious features of the luxurious Hanse 630e that takes it’s place in the premium yacht segment of the market.... [more]

Grab Bag – What is in Yours?
By Jo Fielding,
What’s in your Grab Bag? (If you said ‘What’s a Grab Bag?’, then you really need to read this article!) If you crew on someone else’s yacht, do you know what’s in THEIR Grab Bag? Do you know where it is? Do they even have one?... [more]

What's on, this week - four new videos
Now showing on are: More spectacular Tornado video; Square Rig Sailing Experience; Brett Bakewell-White 52 Launch... [more]

Sale of America's Cup pieces stirs controversy
By Sail-World,
Top New Zealand radio station, Newstalk ZB ( has been running reports over the past two days over the controversial New Zealand idea to sell a remnant of the original America's Cup to raise money for a charitable venture.... [more]

Fountaine Pajot's New Sailing Cats
By IBI News,
Fountaine Pajot has revealed it will launch two new boats at the longer end of its sailing catamaran range next year the Salina 48 and the Orana 44.... [more]

Cruisers' Profile - Fantasy 1
By Cruising Editor,
Working with refugees in Thailand, great experiences in Turkey, terrible sailing in the Med and the horror of being hit by lightning are just some of the experiences of Karl and Sandi on Fantasy 1... [more]

Want to Manage a Marina? – Do the Course!
By Lisa Mylchreest,
Love your weekends out sailing? Like to spend your life with and around boats? Work in a marina already but like to take it more seriously? Then it's time to think about taking a course to make yourself into a Marina Managing Professional... [more]

Gulf of Mexico – Uncharted Hazards after Katrina
By Veto F. Roley, Mississippi Press,
While much land cleanup is done, a year after Katrina the Gulf of Mexico floor remains covered with uncharted debris. While the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the federal agency in charge of maintaining shipping charts along the United States coast, is currently surveying the Gulf floor to map debris and water depth, NOAA officials urge boaters to be careful and slow down as they enjoy boating along the Coast.... [more]

Seawind 1160 nominated for USA Boat of the Year
By Media Services,
The Australian designed and built Seawind 1160 catamaran has been nominated for U.S. A. Boat of the Year for the Cruising World Magazine, and also SAIL magazine's Top Boats for the year. Cruising World and SAIL magazine are America's highest selling yachting magazines who dedicate many expert sailing journalists to provide a thorough evaluation of the new boats available for the season, before nominating and finally awarding the best boats for 2007.... [more]

Donna Lange leaves Auckland for Whangarei
By Jane Pares,
Jane Pares, of International Marine Brokers, reports on solo circumnavigator Donna Lange's departure from Auckland, and her future plans:... [more]

Owner gets preview of his Bavaria Vision 44
By Jane Pares, International Marine Brokers,
It’s a very unique happening when an owner gets to go below on his new boat before it leaves the factory – when it’s a production boat - due to the nature of the process. But Neil Stanley and his partner Alison Verazoni were rapt to be shown aboard their new boat at the Bavaria factory in Southern Germany last week.... [more]

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