Cruising News from Sail-World Australian Cruising

30 Apr 2007

Diary Dates


Someone has to do it!!

Some one has to do it - Panama to Galapagos  BW Media
While we sit at our desk’s after another busy weekend ferrying the kids, maybe a little sail on Sunday afternoon and this morning a fight with the traffic, we can only gaze in envy at how the other half are managing.

Right now Tasmanian Ken Gourlay is now less than a week from home. A large fleet is expected to welcome him

Our Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen and husband Ted Nobbs have been languishing in the Doldrums are in breeze at last.

Here is an image sent just a few minutes ago by Iridium sat phone using compression technology.

Nancy is doing it tough now, as you can see but she will report from the Galapagos newt week.

In the meanwhile have a look at the latest Seawind Catamaran syndicate, this could be the first step on YOUR adventure.

By Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team

Cruising from Panama to Galapagos
By Nancy Knudsen,
Our hopes were high a few days ago as we set off from Las Perlas Islands for Galapagos with a forecast of northerly winds for two days. While the ITCZ was stubbornly NOT moving north, the forecast northerly was a spillover from good winds in the Caribbean, and forty eight hours of good sailing we hoped would get us half way through the Doldrums. But the forecast wasn't right (what's new?) and the wind failed after 24 hours.... [more]

Seawind hosts Syndicate Seminars
By Media Services,
Get your share of sailing with a Seawind Syndicate in the Whitsundays or Sydney/Pittwater for a fraction of the cost of a new boat! Following the popularity of the Syndicated catamaran programs that Seawind offer, a FREE 1 hour informative seminar will be hosted by Seawind Catamarans at Birkenhead Point, Sydney on Thursday May 3.... [more]

Gourlay closes on Tasmania
By Rob Kothe,
Australian Ken Gourlay is being blown home in the last week of his round the world voyage. After three quiet days, yesterday a strong north westerly gale was pushing him towards Tasmania, as he crossed the Great Australian Bight.... [more]

Charter World completes 21st season in Australia

In 1985 after two seasons operating charter fleets in Greece and Turkey, Brook Felsenthal returned to Melbourne to establish Australia’s first specialist Yacht Charter booking agency. 21 years later Charter World continues to offer a highly specialised service, offering expert knowledge on virtually all holidays afloat except the mass cruise market.... [more]

Final challenges for solo sailor Ken Gourlay
By Julian Burgess/Ken Gourlay,
With malfunctioning auto-pilots and a boat showing the strain of 23,000 miles and 170 days of ocean sailing, Gourlay is hoping to finish his epic voyage on Sunday, May 6, to equal the record of Newcastle sailor Tony Mowbray in 2001.... [more]

Turned Turtle in the Las Perlas Islands
By Nancy Knudsen,
Gliding softly in the dinghy to shore, beach ahead smooth aqua water, painter in hand, ready to jump in to run the dinghy up the sand. But now the beach is lurching sideways, water rushing at me fast, flash of big black shadow rising behind me over me, slow motion world dissolving into white splashes crunch knees and hands hitting sand – outboard... shadow was outboard motor coming down, scramble away must get away from the motor coming down, clawing at the watery sand crawling away fast.... [more]

Piracy drops, no room for complacency, says IMB
By Powerboat-World,
The number of reported piracy attacks world-wide in the first three months of 2007 is recorded at 41 incidents compared with 61 incidents for the corresponding period in 2006, according to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).... [more]

Police give up the Ghost
It emerged yesterday that the men put out a routine radio call at 6.45pm on the Sunday night, notifying Volunteer Marine Rescue of their position at George Point, south of Bowen. The radio contact came hours after winds peaked during the early afternoon.... [more]

Endeavour marks anniversary of Botany Bay landing
By Shirani Aththas,
The replica of Cook’s famous vessel of discovery, the HM Bark Endeavour, will travel to Kurnell to mark the anniversary of Lt. James Cook’s historic landing at Botany Bay on Sunday, 29 April.... [more]

Turkey – Cultural Crossroads
By Charter World Yachting Holidays,
Turkey is really the meeting place of the East and West. Since the days when Istanbul was Constantinople, Turkey has been a country astride two cultures, European and Eastern. Turkey is the home of such unlikely historical and mythological companions as the city of Troy, Noah’s ark and Santa Claus. The country is a fortuitous blend of cultures, combined with a rich history that comes alive in the too-numerous-to-count archaeological sites.... [more]

Ghost Ship mystery deepens
By Rob Kothe,
Curiouser and Curiouser. Last week, the Queensland Police were telling us, that Kazz I had headed out of Airlie Beach into a storm and all three sailors had probably been washed overboard. Somehow that did not ring true, as yachties around Australia were quick to explain.... [more]

Quality production drives Bavaria’s success
By Helen Hopcroft,
North South Yachting is the sole Australian importer of the popular German built Bavaria Yachts and the highly regarded Danish built X-yachts. This year the Bavaria 33 Cruiser and the X 35 are finalists in the 2007 Australian Marine Awards.... [more]

Croatia: Catamarans and Motor Boats

A new Lagoon 500 is arriving in Split in June and will be the largest bareboat available in the Mediterranean. With a 28’ beam this vessel is an amazing addition to the bareboat fleet and substantially larger then the Lagoon 44 which is currently available and popular with our clients.... [more]

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