This week finds Blackwattle in Admiralty Bay on the Island of Bequia (pronounced ‘Bekway’) in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and heading gradually south to Trinidad, where it will be Carnivale season! (By the way, the World Cricket Cup may affect sailors who intend cruising in the Caribbean in the near future, see below for the details.)
If the London Boat Show is any indication, then things are looking good for 2007 and the world of leisure boating. While attendance was down, sales were up, as many participants, including Peters Opal, have confirmed.
Sail-World Cruising received a huge response to Des Ryan's article on 'Rescuing - Part of the Sport of Sailing?' and we bring you a sample cross section of that response
In practical news, an interesting new passive water desalinator is featured this week – ideal for your ‘Abandon ship’ bag, and five yachts offer their methods of transferring gear in a high sea – how would YOU do it?
There’s also an update on Donna Lange’s solo circumnavigation (the way you do it without big sponsors’ bucks) and a nice story of a Japanese circumnavigator who has just reached Marina del Ray in Los Angeles.
Two boat reviews – the Legend 50 and Island Packet SP, and lots more news, including the small Devil our yacht Blackwattle found while in the lovely Marigot Bay!
Have a great week and
By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
Transferring Gear in a High Sea By Nancy Knudsen, You have a serious problem on your sailing boat – maybe it’s gear related, maybe it’s electronic, maybe you have lost all your water, or you need fuel urgently. There’s a high sea running, and a nearby boat that has just what you need. How do you make the transfer?... [more]
Donna Lange - South American Stopover ahead By Jane Pares and Will Barbeau, Donna is having a fantastic run across the South Pacific Ocean to Cape Horn! She left New Zealand on 21 Nov 2006 and after 42 days at sea is now (early January) at 52°52S 82°56W, less than 600 miles from the Horn, in her 28ft Southern Cross, Inspired Insanity.... [more]
Sales Up at Collins Stewart London Boat Show By Media PR, As the doors closed at the Collins Stewart London Boat Show Sunday, many exhibitors reported a fantastic ten days of business which saw a number of companies report record-breaking sales... [more]
Around the World in 4,100 Days – from Japan! By Kevin King, The Log/Sail-World Cruising, The sailing world is accustomed to solo sailors setting off to break records, sail through previously unsailed waters, and battle with each other to win solo races. Many of their adventures become sailing legend, BUT the singular thing is that most of them that have made the news have been from European backgrounds.... [more]
Huge Response to: ‘Rescuing–Part of the Sport?' By Sail-World Cruising, Sail-World Cruising received an unprecedented response to Des Ryan’s article on the increasing role rescuing seems to play in both racing and cruising sailing. Here are a cross section of the letters.... [more]
Peters Opal sales at London Boat Show By Cailah Leask, With strong sales across all six brands including Azimut, Rodman and Sealine motor yachts and Bavaria, Legend and Island Packet sailing yachts, Peters Opal is confident in their outlook for 2007. Peters Opal's new model launches, including the Azimut 47, Sealine SC38, Rodman 940 and 1250 Fisher Pro, Legend 50 and Island Packet SP Cruiser motor sailer, boosted sales interest throughout the show.... [more]
We look at the Legend 50 & Island Packet SP Cruiser By Fast Track Sailing, Peters Opal hosted no less than four press launches at the Collins Stewart London Boat Show across nearly all of its six major brands. Here we take a look at the Legend 50 UK Debut and the European Debut of the SP Cruiser motor sailer from Island Packet... [more]
New: Hi-Tech Water-Maker for your Grab Bag By Sail-World Cruising, Is there a portable water-maker in your ‘Abandon Ship’ Bag? If not – or even there is - it’s time to consider an interesting new product which is an update on the old pump systems.... [more]
The Devil in Blackwattle's Marigot Bay Heaven By Nancy Knudsen, The shouting reaches into my sleep, and there are thought flashes - it’s dark, I’m in the cabin- where’s Ted? - Marigot Bay – I remember we’re in Marigot Bay…What time is it? It’s Ted voice – ‘Nance, get up on deck, QUICKLY! NOW!’ That’s an urgent voice that he doesn’t often use, so now I leap out of the bunk in my green satin nightie and onto the darkened deck to see what on earth is the matter.... [more]
Caribbean Sailors: New Visa Alert By Sail-World Cruising, If you’re thinking of sailing in the Caribbean any time soon, be aware of special circumstances covering the World Cricket Cup. From 1st February until 15th May this year, you may need a special visa to enter the Caribbean Community (Caricom).... [more]
Did the whale say sorry? By Sail-World, A sailor, whose yacht was destroyed by a humpback whale off New Zealand, said he had got a good 'vibe' from the giant mammal and thought it was trying to say sorry, local media said on Wednesday.... [more]
High Frequency marine radio services extended By Departmental Media Services, Boat users along the Australian coastline and high seas will continue to have access to the marine weather services through a High Frequency (HF) radio service now that the Bureau of Meteorology has extended its service to at least 2010.... [more]
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