Beneteau getting cheaper, Perry yachts back in production, Bullimore coming to Hobart


Diary Dates


Of Catamarans and Arrested Sailors, Bullimore and Conner

Catamarans, constantly growing in popularity with cruising sailors, are in the news this week. This weekend is the annual Seawind Regatta, the largest 'big cat' regatta in Australia, which will take place in Pittwater; and Rob Mundle writes the good news that the Perry Catamaran is back in production.

While Sail-World's Blackwattle waits for the commencement of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) in the Canary Islands, we're fascinated by the story of the two Russian yachtsmen who ran out of fuel in stormy weather in the Red Sea. They appear to have made the mistake of docking near a closed military base. The moral of the story might be NOT to run out of fuel(there's plenty available in the area), NOT to sail the Red Sea in an off-season, and to take the very militarily sensitive countries on the coast of the Red Sea very very seriously.

In happier news, Tony Bullimore’s catamaran Doha 2006 is right now on its way to Hobart, where Tony will attempt to break Ellen MacArthur’s round world record.

Dennis Conner, revered America’s Cup Skipper, is in New York beefing up the Manhattan scene, and our Cruisers’ Profile this week is of American couple Dick and Leslie York on their boat Aragorn.

The Indian Ocean is looking more and more like a desirable cruising scene, with both India and Dubai getting excited about the future of sailing in their areas. Cochin has just hosted another successful Boat Show.

Finally, guess what - the price of a Beneteau is coming down! These stories and more, so read on, enjoy, and -

Sail safe

By Nancy Knudsen

Tony Bullimore Now on his way to Hobart
By Sail-World Cruising,
On Sunday, Team Bullimore was able to hoist sail for the first time on Tony Bullimore’s catamaran Doha 2006, resplendent in the colours of the 15th Asian Games, and it set off down the Gulf bound for Hobart, Tasmania in readiness for the start of his solo non stop record attempt around the world.... [more]

Seawind Regatta continues to grow
By Brent Vaughan,
The 8th annual Seawind Regatta is on this weekend and with 25 entries already and several late entries expected, it is looking to be another great weekend of racing, Seawind style. This makes the event the largest 'BIG CAT' regatta in Australia and one of the largest of its kind in the world.... [more]

Held Yachtsmen Released
By Cruising Editor,
Eritrean authorities have released the two-man crew of a Russian yacht detained while traveling along the Red Sea on a voyage to the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Fast East, the Russian Embassy in Asmara said Tuesday.... [more]

Cochin Grows as a Sailing Centre
By Mike Derrett IBI News/Sail-World Cruising,
The success of the recent International Boat Show in Cochin is good news for the development of sailing as a leisure sport in India – AND good news for the long-range cruising sailor. The western coast of India is becoming more yacht friendly with more attention to sailing as a sport, and more marinas opening.... [more]

Perry Catamarans back in production
By Rob Mundle,
Australia’s most highly awarded large luxury sailing catamaran, the Perry 57 Passagemaker, is making a grand return to the Australian and world markets.... [more]

Mowbray under the Southern Cross
By Tony Mowbray/Carolyn Read,
Tony is after one more person to join the Southern Ocean Leg leaving New Zealand on October 29 and sailing to Ushuaia Argentina……… takes about 35 days! This truly is a last minute deal… have about 48 hours to decide…….it will be first in best dressed. Contact details on the Mowbray website.... [more]

Sail the Med Coast of Turkey on traditional Gulet
By Trevor Joyce,
In the late (northern) spring of 2007 (before the heat and the tourist peak) Sydney based Mariner Boating Holidays will operate a one-off gulet rally between Bodrum and Gocek, following the wind and the coast for 10 days. We have a special on the 17 day trip - 7 on land and 10 on the yacht - $5,999 for bookings confirmed before December 22 a saving of $500 per person. Four gulets will join the rally so lively social interaction between the crews is certain.... [more]

Heavyweight Dennis Conner Goes for Manhattan
By Nancy Knudsen,
Heavyweight Sailing Star Dennis Conner, discussing plans with Mike Fortenbaugh, Commodore of the Manhattan Yacht Club, snapped while tucking into ‘chopped salad and fillet steak’.... [more]

Cruisers' Profile - Aragorn
By Cruising Editor,
Leslie and Dick York from Connecticut USA, are an easy going likeable couple, experienced sailors, and typical of the style of cruiser that gives cruising sailors such a good name – ever ready to help others, share experiences, and swap stories over a sundowner. Sail-World caught up with them when they had almost finished a three-year circumnavigation on their J46 yacht, Aragorn.... [more]

Beneteau Volume Up, Price Coming Down.
By IBI News/Sail-World,
In what will be a good news story for would-be Beneteau owners, the President of Groups Beneteau, Bruno Cathelinais announced yesterday that while the volume and range of Beneteaus is increasing, the prices are coming down.... [more]

Morse Code SOS triggers rescue
By UK Guardian,
Morse code, the dots-and-dashes signalling system first used at sea on the Titanic and long since consigned to the scrap heap, made a triumphant comeback this week in the rescue of a stranded fisherman.... [more]

Solitude and Sea Part 2 - Solitude and Sunrise
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]

China Goc officials visit Riviera
By Denby Browning,
A delegation of senior Government officials from China’s Shenzhen region joined Riviera China Dealer SCAS Yachts officials on a visit to the headquarters of Gold Coast luxury boatbuilder Riviera today to study marina development.... [more]

Team Mowbray headed for New Zealand
By Team Mowbray,
We had a very bumpy ride last night! Yesterday the breeze finally backed round courtesy of the High Pressure system ahead of us and started pumping out a fresh to strong Nor'easter allowing us to free the sheets & finally head to Wellington.... [more]

Mariner Boating has your next holiday covered
By Di Pearson,
With Mariner Boating holidays becoming increasingly popular and a number of repeat offenders replicating their prior holiday experiences, the company has increased its annual holiday sailing program; so come aboard and whet your appetite as you select your yachting holiday from the list of destinations for 2007.... [more]

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron Ousted
By Andrew Hamilton, Courier Mail,
A Civil war on the water has torpedoed the Sydney-to-Hobart campaigns of some of Queensland's leading yachties. The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron has been cut adrift from sailing's governing body and its members banned from competing in national events, including the Boxing Day bluewater classic, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.... [more]

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