Ken Gourlay half way there...Gizo to Brisbane 'Cruise in Company'..European Yacht of the Year winners and X55 reviewed...Bullimore still held up...and more...


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Do Yachties REALLY Make Better Lovers?

Cruising Editor doing it tough in Tobago Cays   .
Life’s tough in Paradise - this week we’re in Prickly Bay, on the south coast of the most southerly island in the Windwards – Grenada.

In such a hedonistic Mecca, it was nice to learn this week that Yachties make better lovers – and it’s backed up with a serious survey!… which is a bit hedonistic in itself – what WILL they think of examining next?

There’s a seriously good ‘cruise in company’ on again this year – Brisbane to the Solomon Islands: lovely reefs on the way to anchor behind, and a superlative yet natural welcome once you get there.

It was also nice to learn that New Zealand’s richest man is not ALWAYS thinking about the next dollar; that a CRUISING boat has just broken the Taipei to Hong Kong record; and that Marine Architects are again going to THINK about the future design of yachts.

The ‘European Yachts of the Year 2006-7’ have been announced at the Dusseldorf Boat Show, with Beneteau getting a special mention. This week we feature yachts from two of the winners, Elan and X-Yachts.

Over the next few months you will be able to follow the story of Sailaway IV, a Lagoon 500 on its way from Bordeaux in France to Port Douglas in Australia - read our first instalment this week!

Tony Bullimore seems to have gotten stuck in Hobart – we ask when is he going to get going, and there’s also a story about another rudderless yacht which had to be scuttled in the Atlantic when tall ship Tenacious went to their rescue.

As for us on Blackwattle in the Windward Islands, there's an audio report by Yours Truly now that we're leaving these lovely island, we see a STAR in Bequia, and Tobago Cays lives up to its reputation – see the pictures!

Read on, have a great week, and
Sail safe!

By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Solo yachtsman Ken Gourlay passes half-way
By Ken Gourlay and his website team,
Tasmanian yachtsman Ken Gourlay has passed the half-way mark in his personal quest to sail his yacht Spirit Silver Edition solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world in an easterly direction.... [more]

European Boat Award Winners -See the Pics
By IBI News,
The winners of the 2006/07 European Yacht of the Year awards were announced on the opening night of boot Düsseldorf in Germany last week, and we have already brought the news about the success of Elan and Beneteau in those awards. Now we bring you images of all winners in the different categories.... [more]

X55, European Yacht of the Year, Reviewed by Galgani
By Vanni Galgani, Italy /Sail-World,
The X55 from X-Yachts has just won the European Yacht of the Year 2006-7, for yachts above 15 metres. Journalist, Vanni Galgani, test sailed the X-55 for the Italian magazine Fare Vela, and with permission a shortened version of his article is reprinted here . (For the full article, go to the Fare Vela Magazine.)... [more]

Elan’s prestigious new Flagship -A Preview
By Sail-World Cruising,
While it’s the Elan 340 that’s the darling of Europe at the moment, having just won ‘European Yacht of the Year 2007’ for yachts under 10 metres at the Dusseldorf Boat Show, Elan’s new flagship, the Impression 514, has just been premiered at the Genoa Boat Show – and she’s a beauty! Read the details and see the images in this Sail-World Feature:... [more]

Cruising Boat Breaks Taipei-Hong Kong Record
By Eric Frotier de Bagneux / Sail World Asia,
Ellen MacArthur passed through Hong Kong in April last year, just one call on the so-called Asian Record Circuit. B&Q wandered slowly from Japan to (eventually) Singapore with stops that included Qingdao, Shanghai, Taipei and Hong Kong.... [more]

Weather still a problem for Bullimore
By Team Bullimore,
The weather prognosis from Lee Bruce, Team Bullimore’s weather guru looks bleak for another 10 days at least. It is the American forecaster who will give Tony Bullimore the green light to set out from Hobart on his attempt to break the 70 day barrier for sailing solo non-stop around the world.... [more]

Sailaway from France to Australia on a Lagoon 500
By Sailaway Port Douglas,
The Lagoon 500 Sailaway IV has recently been launched in Bordeaux in France. Sail-World is catching up with progress so far of the sea delivery from France, across the Atlantic and will follow Sailaway IV through the Panama Canal, across the Pacific and into Port Douglas.... [more]

Sail-World's Blackwattle in Tobago Cays:
By Nancy Knudsen,
For Blackwattle in her long journey there have been a couple of outstanding tropical destinations - First there was remote Cocos Keeling in the Indian Ocean – memories of coral snorkelling, palm trees and blissful days and nights. Then there was the Red Sea, the Sudan - with its great desert gulfs of tinted sands, the wild colours of the waving coral and slithering fish. …and now, now, there’s Tobago Cays.... [more]

'The Modern Yacht' - A Conference
By David Foxwell, IBI News/Sail-World,
Like to have your say? In October 2007, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) in the UK will be holding an international conference on 'The Modern Yacht' to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of all aspects of modern yacht design, construction, operation and survey.... [more]

NZ’s Richest Man in Heroic Rescue
By Sail-World Cruising,
New Zealand’s richest man, Graeme Hart, a former tow-truck driver and panel beater who left school at 16, has been labelled a hero after rescuing three people and a dog from a burning yacht in Auckland on Tuesday, reports several New Zealand news sources.... [more]

Blackwattle in Bequia, WE SEE A STAR!
By Nancy Knudsen,
The wind is always there and always from the east, and the island string we follow runs north south for a never ending beam reach…the showers come in small passing squalls that freshen the days full of sunshine…the anchorages are all westward facing so there are no lee shores…the water is clear aqua in the anchorages and plenty of firm sand to anchor in… is this why they call the Caribbean heaven?... [more]

Yachties Make Better Lovers: Fact!
By PRNewswire,
When it comes to setting the right mood for an evening of romance, would-be lovers go to all sorts of lengths to woo their mate. But a recent survey found that if you're looking for love, the best preparation might be heading out on your boat.... [more]

Rudderless Yacht Scuttled after Tow Failed
By Antigua Sun/Sail-World,
Tall ship Tenacious, the largest wooden tall ship of her kind in the world, and operated by the Jubilee Sailing Trust, last month rescued seven French sailors from their stricken yacht, a 43 foot Sun Odyssey called the ZOUK.... [more]

Brisbane to Vanuatu Yacht Rally 2007
By Dr Alan Profke,
I am planning on sailing my yacht ‘Divinity’ to Espiritu Santo in Vanuatu leaving Brisbane on April 28th to coincide with the waxing moon (full moon 2nd May) and am looking for any other yachts who would like to join in a cruise in company.... [more]

Nancy Knudsen reports from the Caribbean
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World's cruising editor is enjoying the Caribbean. Here she reports before sailing on to Trinidad.... [more]

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