Sail-World Cruising in the Altlantic Rally for Cruisers


Diary Dates


Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and her husband Ted Nobbs are sailing their Petersen 46 Blackwattle in the 2006 ARC. Last night the Pittwater sailors went to aid of another RPAYC family sailing in the same race.

Listen to Nancy’s reports from the Rally.

Rob Kothe & the Sail-World team.

ARC Rally Blackwattle answers PAN PAN
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports that Blackwattle is going to the aid of another Australian cruiser on Day 14 of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.... [more]

Record visitors and first-day sales at PIMEX
By Image Asia,
Phuket’s international boatshow (PIMEX), now in its fourth year, recorded 2,500 visitors – a record for the show – during its first two days. The show runs until Sunday, December 10. 'We believe that the PIMEX Bangkok Preview in October, our strong media campaign aimed at Phuket expatriates and the increasing international recognition for the show have combined to push up the number of visitors,' said PIMEX organiser Andy Dowden.... [more]

Phuket booming
By Rob Kothe,
Two years after the Asian Tsunami, Phuket is booming. The 2004 December 26th Asian Tsunami caused significant damage in the region, but the recovery was rapid.... [more]

ARC Rally Day 14 Report
By Sail-World,
Strong winds and cross seas are providing boat breaking conditions for the 225 boat fleet, crossing the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia.... [more]

No Taxi? What about Roller Skates?
By Cruising Editor,
Cruising sailors, like snails, carry their homes on their backs - a luxurious way to travel. However, when one gets into port and there's no car in the garage, what do you do? One of the smarter cruisers we've met carries roller skates!... [more]

Andaman Islands
By Paul Johnson,
Administered by India, the 300 or so Andaman Islands are the highest peaks of a submerged mountain range that stretches from Sumatra in the south to the Irawaddy delta in the north.... [more]

Australian Marine Industry steams into 2007
By AIMEX Media,
The Australian International Marine Export Group (AIMEX) plans a strong marketing push into world markets with a presence at PIMEX in 2006, Phuket’s fourth international boatshow opening today (December 7). The peak body for the Australian marine export industry represents 78 leading Australian marine companies. Several Australian companies will be at PIMEX under the AIMEX banner.... [more]

Maxi Capricorno sets a new ARC course record
By ARC Media,
Owner, Italian businessman Rinaldo Del Bono, was jubilant as the 24m Maxi crossed the finish line, the-12 strong crew cheering and waving to the assembled media and spectator boats. Much of the credit goes to American skipper, 36-year old Matthew Babcock, whose brave decision to stay north early on, paid off as their better gybe angle gave them superior speed to that of Italian rivals Fantasticaaa, during the last few days.... [more]

Medivac successful in ARC Rally
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
Following a MAYDAY alert late on Sunday 03 December, from the yacht Compromise participating in the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers), en route from Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay in St. Lucia, a medical evacuation took place yesterday (Monday 04 December) at approximately 19:30UTC.... [more]

Blackwattle standing by distressed cruiser
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen sailing the ARC with husband Ted on Blackwattle standing by distressed cruiser.... [more]

Port Airlie Starts
By Marina Industries Association of Australia,
Gladstone-based civil construction company Golding is providing infrastructure for the 28-hectare Meridien Group project, which will include a 240-plus leasehold wet-berth marina, 365 apartments, 15 beachfront homes, a 140-room five-star hotel and a mix of restaurants and shops. Golding's primary task is to build a land mass that will project into Muddy Bay.... [more]

Satellite services for stranded Seaphone customers
By Media Services,
Thousands of mariners will be left high and dry when their long-established communication lifeline is switched off. The recent announcement that the Seaphone service will be closed down from 1st December 2006, poses a very real concern to the boating, fishing and marine community.... [more]

Yachting in the Shipping Lanes
By Nancy Knudsen,
Well, Hi old chap, welcome to the party. There were ten of us here, all ships together; now that you’ve arrived there are eleven. There’s quite a lot of chatter going on at this party – maybe you can join in. Often I think some of the party is quite drunk.... [more]

ARC Day 3 - Champagne Sailing in the Trade Winds
By Jeremy Wyatt,
Cracking along in a fine 15–20 knot NE breeze is what trade wind sailing is all. 'This is what we came for!' said Colin Hall, skipper of British Oyster 53 Boysterous. 'Champagne sailing in the Trade Winds. We’re bowling along at 8 knots on 259 degrees true, heading straight for St.Lucia.'... [more]

World's largest sailing catamaran in NZ for refit
By Damon Jones,
Douce France the world’s largest sailing catamaran is currently at New Zealand Yachts in Whangarei for a major refit. New Zealand Yachts was chosen because of their expertise and capability in large multihull sailing and motor yachts. She is due for completion in mid April 2007.... [more]

ARC Day 2 - NE Trade Winds bring fast runs
By Peta Stuart-Hunt,
After a spectacular start on Sunday, the ARC 2006 fleet is now settling into the daily routine of life of onboard after two days at sea since leaving Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. After a light first night which saw headwinds for some, conditions are now excellent, with settled Northeast trade winds expected through the remainder of the first week.... [more]

ARC Report from Blackwattle
By Sail-World,
Interactive Digital Media technology continues to enrich the online media experience and the world continues to shrink. Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the Atlantic by Iridium phone from Blackwattle.... [more]

Donna Lange leaves NZ for Cape Horn and Home
By Jane Pares,
Donna Lange, the intrepid musician, sailor, grandmother left New Zealand on Tues 21 Nov on a momentous voyage home to Rhode Island via Cape Horn, in her faithful 28ft double-ender Southern Cross sloop, Inspired Insanity.... [more]

Chatti – Ozzies on an Atlantic Crossing
By Cruising Editor,
Peter and Chris had no idea what an adventure they were starting when Peter had a stray thought to 'build a boat'. Every year, among the hundreds of yachts that make their way across the Atlantic Ocean, there are a sprinkling of Australian yachts, and each week Sail-World Cruising will be profile one of these when we find them.... [more]

Australian Sailor rescued after three weeks adrift
By Bangkok Post & assorted sources,
Thailand's marine police have rescued a 52-years-old Australian yachtsman who spent three weeks adrift at sea on a voyage from Australia to Phuket. Rocky Donald's yacht, Moonstar, had drifted aimlessly after losing its engine on the last leg of his journey from the Cocos Islands, which he left on October 17.... [more]

Dubarry Sea Boots rule the waves
By Brett Filby,
Mad enough to sail a Mumm 30 in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart, yes, but not without our Dubarry Sea Boots writes Brett Filby... [more]

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