Australian Cruising News

27 May 2007

Diary Dates


Heading for the Marquesas

Nancy talking to the other cruising boats heading for the South Pacific.  BW Media
As you read this we are sailing west from the Galapagos Islands towards the Marquesas. Iti 3,000 miles, so we are well away from the nearest Internet Cafe.

However we have an Iridium phone and HF email software and so communication continues, albeit in a compressed form. We are not cut off, we heard the sad news on the Cutty Sark via the BBC earlier in the week.

It is warm by day and cooler at night, as you can see by my Gucci gear, as I prepare to go on watch.

Now to some of the stories of the week. We had a drama filled night before we left Isabela, not an adventure we want to repeat.

Then we went horseback riding and trekking on Isabela. The Galapagos are at risk with an ever increasing population.

In this week’s newsletter we are repeating, by popular request, part three of our series on Container Ships and the Cruising Sailor.

Then on a lighter note, we are over Bananas in Heaven.

Have a good week and with any luck, by next weekend, we will be another 1,000 miles across the Pacific.

By Nancy Knudsen

Trouble for Cruising Sailors
By Nancy Knudsen,
No premonition warns us. In company with four other boats we leave Academy Bay on the island of Santa Cruz in Galapagos headed for the Marquesas. Spirits are high.. In the party of five are two Belgian boats (Bauvier and Wakalele) and three Australian boats (Fantasy 1, Mary Constance and Blackwattle)... [more]

Bananas in Heaven
By Nancy Knudsen,
Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the Pacific – if here, between the Galapagos and the Marquesas, is sailing heaven, I am going to seriously reconsider my ambitions in relation to heaven.... [more]

Container Ships and the Cruising Sailor – Part 3
By Nancy Knudsen,
So there we were, somewhere northwest of Darwin, on our way to Ashmore Reef. Lazy day, sunshine, great visibility, wind behind us, lunchtime. ‘Ya reckon that container ship is on a collision course?’... [more]

Tortola - British Virgin Islands to Panama
By Irene Bates,
The Lagoon 500 Sailaway IV is on a delivery trip from France to Port Douglas near Cairns in Australia.... [more]

Galapagos at risk says Charles Darwin Foundation
By Nancy Knudsen,
Recently both a UNESCO Mission declared that the Galapagos is ''at risk''. So at risk that the President of Ecuador a few weeks ago described the situation as an emergency and issued a new Decree for stronger implementation of current laws.... [more]

Postcard weather draws crowds for Sanctuary Cove S
By Rob Kothe,
Wonderful Gold Coast weather for the 2007 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and today the crowded marina walkways provided an atmosphere just like Sydney’s CYCA on Boxing Day morning.... [more]

Tony Bullimore reports from onboard DOHA
By Tony Bullimore,
Here l am within 165 miles of East Cape of NZ which l have to round to get into the channel that will take me into Hauraki Gulf where l am meeting the tow vessel that will assist me in getting into the harbour. This has got to be one of the most frustrating sailing exercises l have ever been involved in... [more]

Sanctuary Cove Boat Show starts today
By Kate Duryea,
This year the marina space has been extended – if boats on water were placed end-to-end they would extend 5km. There is 16,000sqm of pavilion and open-air exhibits. Associated event the Smart State Marine Industry Breakfast is likely to interest the public. This ticketed event includes a presentation by Lindsay May who won the 2006 Sydney to Hobart yacht race aboard Love & War.... [more]

Search for a perfect yacht ends with a Marten 49
By Helen Hopcroft,
New Zealand sailor John Meadowcroft knew what he wanted; a thoroughbred cruiser/racer with sleek lines, high tech appearance and first class performance. He wanted a fast boat but also one that would be suitable for taking his wife and three daughters cruising. He eventually settled on an Australian built Marten 49, which he christened ‘Carrera’. Sail-World spoke to Meadowcroft about his search for the perfect yacht.... [more]

Elan 37 finalist in AMIF Boat of the Year Awards
By Helen Hopcroft,
Elan’s 37 Performance Cruiser is a finalist in the AMIF Boat of the Year Awards in the imported non trailerable sail category. The 37s have proved to be the top selling model for Australian importer Navsail. Gael Moldán and Rod Parry of Navsail said that they are a true ‘racer/cruiser’: a comfortable yacht for competitive people.... [more]

New Skippers for Delphia Yachts Australia-NZL
By Media Services,
Australian yachting pioneers, Bob Vinks and Geoff Pearson are the new importers and distributors in Australia and New Zealand for the luxurious and popular range of Delphia yachts built in Europe.... [more]

Isabela in the Galapagos
By Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising Editor Nancy Knudsen reports from the volcanic island of Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos group.... [more]

Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show
By Event Media,
Presented by the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach, the Oceanic Whitsunday Boat & Leisure Show 2007 will take place on the 9th & 10th June 2007. Hours - Saturday 9th June 9.00am – 5.00pm and Sunday 10th June 9.00am – 4.00pm.... [more]

The Cutty Sark Fire
By Rob Kothe,
Britain’s famous maritime treasure, the Clipper Cutty Sark, which famously plied the Australian-Britain Wool trade run suffered substantial damage yesterday after a fire engulfed the vessel and destroyed much of its deck and planking.... [more]

The Entertainer
By Taline Tateossian,
GME has been at the forefront of marine entertainment for more than twenty years, back in 1985 we pioneered the world’s first purpose built marine stereo – the GR924, an AM/FM Stereo cassette player.... [more]

The Totally Autonomous Yacht - Coming Soon?
By Triton,
Soon it seems you'll be able to cross oceans in your sailing yacht without winding a winch or touching a steering wheel. They're not on the market yet, but if an Austrian Association has its way, it won't be long.... [more]

Seawind 1000 XL launches at Sanctuary Cove
By Media Services,
Seawind Catamarans, Australia’s largest catamaran and sailboat builder is set to launch a new version of the ever popular Seawind 1000, with the new 35 ½ ft model featuring newly extended transoms for increased performance, easier boarding and a more comfortable ride.... [more]

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