Treasure and Pirates in Sail-World Cruising News

20 May 2007

Diary Dates


Sail-World's cruising editor Nancy Knudsen and husband Ted are just about to leave Puerto Isabela in the Galapagos Islands, in company with a number of other world cruising boats, for the Marquesas in French Polynesia, 3,000 nautical miles away.

Nancy will be reporting en route, using's wonderful HF email compression system. She will be filing voice reports via Iridium satellite phone.

This week we have the second of the Container Boats versus the Sailing Boat series.

Round the World sailor Tony Bullimore is cruising back to New Zealand. Bruce Schwab tell an unusual tale about his visit to an Internet Café.

We have a fascinating story out of Tampa , the home town for the world's biggest treasure hunting team. It seems you will soon be able to buy Spanish gold and silver coins from a 17th century shipwreck.

Our favourite stories this week come from Nancy herself, who tells us about hitch-fliers and the Enchanted isles.

Have a great week.

Al Constable and the Sail-World team

Merchant Royal wreck yields US$500 fortune
By This is London & other sources,
Treasure hunters have recovered gold and silver worth an estimated US$500 million from a shipwreck off Cornwall, UK. Florida based Odyssey Marine Exploration has refused to confirm the wreck is the Merchant Royal, however they say ‘The artifacts recovered from the site include over 500,000 silver coins weighing more than 17 tons, hundreds of gold coins, worked gold, and other artifacts.'... [more]

Bullimore’s long cruise
By Rob Kothe,
Tony Bullimore’s Round the World record attempt, started at the Iron Pot at the mouth of Hobart’s Derwent River on May 1st and lasted just six days, before a rigging failure pulled the pin, more than 1100m nautical miles south west of New Zealand.... [more]

Container Ships and the Cruising Sailor - Part 2
By Nancy Knudsen,
It’s the worst conditions so far of our 12-month journey. We’re in the narrow Gulf of Suez, it’s dark, with about 30kts gusting 40 on the nose –the engine is helping us through the rocky waves. To starboard, there is a two way shipping lane crowded with monsters going both ways. Ahead and all round are oilrigs, grotesque silhouettes blaring white light into the night. To the left and ahead is the coast crowded with the lights of tanker wharves. Green water is coming over the dodger. We have to tack into and out of the shipping lane and between the oilrigs. The radar is on. Our radar reflector is pretty good. Would container ships see us?... [more]

See in the dark with FLIR thermal cameras
By Helen Hopcroft,
The global thermal imaging giant FLIR is developing a range of thermal cameras for marine use. Widely used by police and military, they could have serious cruising benefits.... [more]

Blackwattle's Tough Guy says Get the Birds off my Boat!
By Nancy Knudsen,
It's a few weeks ago, in a marina, as we are preparing the boat for crossing the Pacific. We're cleaning and scrubbing, ready for the long drought of our ocean crossing – water will be scarce from now on, no marinas to splash water around freely. Suddenly I hear loud expletives coming from the aft deck.... [more]

Rescued South African and Aussie Vow to Sail Again
By Henri du Plessis, Cape Argus,
The sea has left them bruised and bereaved, but they have vowed to go back. Nicholas Lawson of Australia and Carol Erasmus of Durban had hardly stepped ashore in Table Bay harbour on Monday after a nightmare ordeal at sea when they made their vow.... [more]

Blackwattle in the Enchanted Islands
By Nancy Knudsen,
Some people dream of going to Galapagos for a lifetime – for us, well, it just happens to be on our sailing way across the Pacific. So, suddenly, almost without thinking about it, we are here, and seeing the sights that have intrigued people for centuries, turned scientific thinking on its tail, and over the years brought millions to witness with amazement the unique and unafraid animals of these enchanted islands.... [more]

Pirates steal UK cargo ship
By News24,
Machete-wielding pirates boarded a British cargo ship over the weekend, forced its crew to disembark and stole the ship, the vessel's captain said on Monday. A UN helicopter saw the 3,500-ton ship being towed away and one person was arrested in connection with the incident, UN spokesperson Ben Malor said.... [more]

Sailor trapped in Internet Café
By Bruce Schwab,
American Round the World Sailor Bruce Schwab is trapped in an internet café in La Rochelle in Western France. He is there preparing for an Atlantic delivery and went to the bathroom just before closing time.... [more]

Young Aussie on adventure of a lifetime
By Ian Gill-Vallance / Dylan Gill-Vallance,
Like all of us Dylan dreamed of surfing undiscovered breaks and going where the wind blew. Unlike most of us he made it happen! He flew to the US and purchased 'Bali Hai' a 1968 Cal 34 . Then sailed up The California coast to Morro Bay, a tiny seaside town with a neat Surf culture, where he lived on a mooring for 8 months, while he totally refurbished and fitted her out for open ocean cruising.... [more]

Japanese yacht found off Tasmania
By Rob Kothe,
A week ago a rescue helicopter winched a 77-year-old Japanese sailor from the ocean off south-west Tasmania leaving his yacht Korasaa77 to the elements. Now its been recovered.... [more]

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