NZ Iceberg Invasion..ARC News...Big Cat Event...English Sailors Saved


Diary Dates


Pittwater's Cat Party, ARC News, Sailors Rescued

Sail-World’s Blackwattle has just arrived in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, from where the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) will depart on 26th November. It was a great overnight sail, the stuff one dreams of yet often doesn’t happen, perfect breeze on the quarter, silver moonlight all night long.

Las Palmas is the big smoke of the Canaries – a city, complete with traffic, pollution, sirens – but the marina sings to a different tune. 18 days before the biggest event of the year, yachts are arriving every day and the word is on everyone’s lips – ARC ARC ARC! We’ll be bringing you the news as it comes, with interesting profiles of the ARC participants – this week it’s Norwegian entry Dream Catcher.

As catamarans increase their popularity every year in Australia, Brent Vaughan sums up the 8th Annual Seawind Regatta in Pittwater near Sydney last weekend with the statement ‘The Seawind Regatta isn’t all about Racing’ – Bravo Brent, we knew you’d see it our way!

Two English sailors are lucky to be alive after losing their boat in the treacherous Bay of Biscay, and the Annual IBEX Marine Innovation awards have just been announced in Miami Florida, so read about what’s new for yachts.

This week Helen Hopcroft writes of Love and Lewmar winches (not wenches) and there’s a good article on anchoring technique – check yours! Global warming is showing its presence in a way that may worry New Zealand yachties, and read about how Malaysia is heading for a yachting boom.

These stories and much more, so read on,

Enjoy, and

Sail Safe

By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Largest Big Cat event in Australia a Big success!
By Brent Vaughan,
Last weekend Seawind Catamarans, Australia’s largest catamaran manufacturer, hosted the 8th annual Seawind Regatta on Pittwater north of Sydney, which saw dozens of Seawind owners come together for a fun weekend of racing and festivities in very windy conditions.... [more]

Malaysia Headed for Sailing Boom
By Sail-World Cruising,
Malaysia’s ambitions to encourage young people to learn to sail will be good news for cruising sailors, as the infrastructure and the competency in the country increases. The Star reported recently that Malaysia’s Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman announced no less than five new sailing academies in the planning stages.... [more]

21st annual Atlantic Rally for Cruisers
By Peta Stuart Hunt,
World Cruising Club, the organisers of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (the ARC), are currently gearing up for the departure of the ARC2006 fleet from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday 26 November.... [more]

Anchoring for Smarties
By Cruising Editor,
You may have anchored a thousand times – but are you doing it as safely as you could? Do you sleep at anchor secure in the knowledge that the boat can cope with almost any eventuality? Here’s a step-by-step guide for dummies to the process of anchoring safely. Check it out against YOUR method…... [more]

Bay of Biscay Claims Another Yacht
By Hartlepool Mail/Sail-World Cruising,
The Bay of Biscay, notorious Bay on the path between Northern Europe and the warmer climes of the Mediterranean Sea and points west to the Caribbean, has claimed another yacht. English couple Darren and Vicky Hewitt told the Hartlepool Mail they were lucky to be alive after being dramatically rescued.... [more]

Will the Real Doha 2006 Please Stand Up!
By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor,
Sail-World Cruising printed a story on Saturday about Tony Bullimore’s Doha 2006 now on its way to Hobart for the commencement of Tony’s attempt on Ellen MacArthur’s solo round world record. Barry Pickthall from Team Bullimore has contacted us to let us know we showed the WRONG BOAT in the story – here’s his note, and we’re sorry to hear about the condition of the OTHER Doha 2006:... [more]

Life, love and Lewmar winches
By Helen Hopcroft,
Life is short. It should be spent sailing, eating nice food and having sex. Unfortunately, it is often wasted on defrosting home brand macaroni cheese, choking down charred leftovers and trying to talk one’s partner into a more romantic frame of mind.... [more]

Environment Award for Marine Exhaust System
By IBI News,
Miami, Florida: A catalytic converter exhaust system for gasoline marine engines, which reduces carbon gases by up to 98 per cent has won the IBEX ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD at the annual industry breakfast at International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) on 3rd November in Miami.... [more]

Legal action for last piece of Cup
By Rob Kothe,
The history of the America's Cup has had one constant over the last 155 years, the lawyers. Now the Swiss holders of the America's Cup, the Société Nautique de Geneve (SNG) say they will now launch legal action against an unidentified New Zealander in an attempt to regain the last remnant piece of the prestigious yachting trophy.... [more]

Iceberg invasion for New Zealand
By Stu Oldham,
An armada of about 100 icebergs was just a few hundred kilometres from New Zealand's Southland last night, prompting warnings for shipping and raising the remote prospect of the first iceberg sighting from the mainland in decades.... [more]

Watching the ARC - Norway's Dream Catcher
By Nancy Knudsen,
It was the chance purchase of a coffee table book that led Norwegian Fred Skaarland, who sailed as a child, and his wife Anne Grethe Naess, who had never sailed, to take a year from their careers to join the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) and sail the Atlantic Ocean on a boat whimsically named Dream Catcher.... [more]

Global piracy decreasing, hotspots remain deadly
By ICC Commercial Crime Services,
A recent study conducted by the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB), notes that reported piracy attacks world-wide are on the decline. Statistics documented in the latest edition of the Kuala Lumpur-based organization’s report 'Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships' found that the number of attacks through to the end of the 3rd quarter 2006 decreased to 174. This is 31 less attacks than the 205 that occurred in the first three quarters of 2005.... [more]

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