Sailor on the run may be in Oz...Yachting Australia Training...Another Seawind Award...ARC News...and much more


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Four Aussie Yachts depart in the ARC

Crews ready for the ARC Grand Parade -Australian yachts are: Mary Constance, Zulane, Steamy Windows and Blackwattle  BW Media
In four days four Australian boats will depart for the Atlantic Crossing from here in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, with just 1100 of our closest friends – they’ll be on 228 other boats, unless some get cold feet or too much of a hangover. One wonders whether all those close friends might be more of a problem than the fishing boats – or even what the fishing boats will think of such a contingent – maybe not printable! Watch this space…

There’s an ‘all points bulletin’ out for a sailor who fled Tonga a couple of months ago in a sailboat and could have headed for Australia – he’s suspected of being involved in pilot terrorist training.

Read about another award for homegrown catamaran company Seawind, and Lewmar is in the news for the same reason. There’s an ‘open to all’ Man Overboard information day at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) in Rushcutters Bay on 3rd December that Sydney sailors might be interested in, and a touching story about how whales bring out the best in people.

Tony Bullimore, now avoiding a storm in the Southern Ocean on his way to Hobart, has been put some hard questions about his disappearance from contact for several days – the questions still hover: was it a publicity stunt, or, maybe worse, is his boat organisation a shambles? Whatever the case, Tony’s done it again – world headlines for a week or more – if you didn’t know he was doing a circ. from Hobart before, you do now!

Antifouling is always a hot – if not dear – topic for sailing boat owners– a new study raises questions about the negative effects of copper on the marine environment

Lots of stories about the ARC too – there are a bunch of kids crossing the Atlantic with the ARC, and we interview one of the families – Ted and I go touring around Gran Canaria and bring you the pics, and the Opening Day of ARC preparations includes the Grand Parade of Nations.

Lots more, so read on,
Enjoy, and

Sail Safe

By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

By Sail-World Cruising,
Have you seen this man? Sailors in the Pacific will want to be aware that Wolfgang Bohringer, pictured left, is on the run in his yacht, having recently fled from Kiribati. The Australian Broadcasting Commission yesterday revealed that this tiny Pacific nation wants help to counter terrorism after US authorities uncovered a bizarre plot by Bohringer to set up a flight training school on one of its remote islands.... [more]

Another Award for Seawind - Local Recognition
By Sail-World Cruising,
Seawind has been winning International and National Awards recently, so it's nice to see that they're now recognised at their home base. In what is proving to be a wonderful year for the company, Seawind Catamarans has been named the overall 2006 Integral Energy 'Illawarra Business of the Year' plus winning the category Awards of 'Innovation' for the Seawind 1160 and 'Manufacturing Excellence'.... [more]

Yachting Australia Training Series Now Available
By Lara Watts,
Two exciting new titles have been added to the Yachting Australia Training Series. Four titles are now available including Start Sailing Right, Introductory Keelboat, Coastal Navigation and Cruising Yacht. A new On Water and Certificate Log Book has also been launched.... [more]

Hard questions for Bullimore
By Rob Kothe,
A Press conference is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Albany WA. British sailor Tony Bullimore is expected to face some hostile questioning, with some experienced sailors suggesting Bullimore is either a cynical media manipulator or a sailing incompetent or both.... [more]

ARC Week Starts with a Bang
By Nancy Knudsen,
With just seven days to go, the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) started with a bang today, as Cannons fired to signal the beginning of the ‘Preparation Week’. A Grand Parade of the 27 represented countries preceded the Ceremony.... [more]

Antifouling - Copper not so bad after all?
By IBI News/Bob Greenwood,
New scientific research has cast doubt on the widely-held belief that copper-based antifoulings are a serious risk to marine organisms. The findings of new tests carried out by UK-government agency CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture) on behalf of CEAP (the Copper Antifouling Environmental Programme which is supported by copper producers) were released on November 15 at METS... [more]

Want a Present for a $1000 Sailing Friend?
By Des Ryan,
If you have a $1,000 sailing friend who loves classic yachts, and you are looking for a Christmas or New Year present for them, we have just the idea.... [more]

Councillor Goes Sailing, Never Comes Back
By Des Ryan,
When you go sailing, do you ever think ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to just keep going? Never come back? Just send a goodbye letter? Well, that’s just what an Alabama man has just done after taking a two-month sailing break with his wife.... [more]

Man Overboard Information Day at CYCA
By John Keelty/Lisa Ratcliff,
On Sunday, December 3, prior to the running of this year’s Rolex Sydney Hobart, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia will host a Man Overboard Information Day which will be free to attend and open to all who sail.... [more]

Watching the ARC - How a Family Joined
By Nancy Knudsen,
Jarle and Heidi Bjoerkli were in a rut. They had three beautiful young children and lived in Arendal on the south coast of Norway. Jarle was successfully running two businesses, and Heidi was doing the superwoman act, with a full time job as a shop manager while managing the busy home. They had had little to do with the water, and had never sailed. That was then.... [more]

Seeing Gran Canaria - Sail-World's Blackwattle
By Nancy Knudsen,
Arriving at a new port, with unknown places to explore is one of the delights of cruising. While our principal reason for being in Las Palmas in the Canary Islands is to participate in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) - which regular readers of these missives must be tired of being reminded – the idea of exploring the island of Gran Canaria beckons. While in the foliage-challenged northern islands here, we’ve been told about the lushness and sophistication of the southern islands, and it’s too much of a temptation.... [more]

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