The last boat we saw 11 days ago Mary Constance and sunset BW Media
Another Sail-World cruising newsletter while our 3,000 nautical mile passage from the Galapagos to the Marquesas in the South Pacific continues.
We are headed for Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas, now around 1,200 nautical miles away.
We have had 20-25 knots behind us for some days but the weather has eased now. Blackwattle has had a reefed main with handkerchiefs flying for headsails and she still managed 7-8 knots over the ground. If we keep going at this rate we will be there in a week from now, but it's hard on the gear. Weather has eased now but another 11 days should see us in Nuku Hiva.
The Southern Cross Net boats are all having much the same wind, some minor damage recorded, but as this ocean is so much kinder than the Atlantic, nothing major at the moment.
I am going to be very appreciative of any weather we are given from here on – read about Huey’s Vengeance.
Another interesting mix of stories this week.
The US Coast Guard is looking for feedback on the HF services it provides - it is likely to down scale services if there is not enough reaction. While mobile phones, sat phones are all very well, we long distance cruisers really value HF weather services - so you’d better put in your dimes worth. We rely on our HF Mailasail email system and HF Weatherfax and Iridium sat phone while we are at sea.
17 tons of Silver now in the USA from a mystery European wreck and Viking Longships – both fascinating stories, we will hear more to be sure.
The Canadian's are discovering there are a lot of variations in US state laws, that can trap cruising sailors.
Discover Tonga with Charter World – it’s a long way to cruise there – but nothing goes to windward like a Boeing and it is a great yachting holiday destination.
Blackwattle's skipper Ted Nobbs has provided some practical advice about stopping dinghy theft (ours is pretty safe out here right now) but in the cruising ports the theft rates can be huge.
We have been seeing snippets about the America’s Cup. We do not have the band width to look at Sail-World's great coverage and because we are part of the Sail-World team we are not allowed to enter the competition to win Bob Fisher’s two volume set, An Absorbing Interest, but I definitely have the time to read it while cruising. YOU can enter- look on the top right hand corner of any Sail-World page.
Gotta go, I am needed on deck.
By Nancy Knudsen
Shipwreck 17 tons of Silver stirs claims By Russell Ray, The enormous sunken treasure recently retrieved by a Tampa-based deep-sea exploration and salvage company may belong to Great Britain; although Odyssey Marine Exploration thinks its claim is solid.... [more]
Do you want HF Marine Weather to continue? By US Coast Guard, Aging equipment means the 24 HF transmitter delivering the US Coast Guard's HF transmitted marine weather must either be replaced or scrapped. Before seeking funds for this undertaking, the Coast Guard must gather evidence relating to how frequently, and under what circumstances, the maritime community uses the various types of HF radio weather broadcasts.... [more]
Viking Longship to set sail for Ireland By Henrik Kastoft, Soon the Sea Stallion and the Viking Ship Museum together will make history as the first in almost a thousand years to sail one of the Viking’s famous and notorious war ships from Denmark to Ireland. And in this fashion help the scientists – and all of us – to better understand the Vikings and the significance of their longships in society back then.... [more]
Is it a Robin or a Seagull? By Nancy Knudsen, It's now eleven days since we saw a vessel – any kind of vessel – all those horizon searches every ten minutes for no result. Neither have we been able to hear the BBC, so we don't have any idea what's happened in Israel, or Turkey, or whether there's some new world concern that requires our opinion. So the conversation, which is never hurried, there being so much time available, gets to be strange sometimes -... [more]
Discover Tonga with Charter World By Brook Felsenthal, The tiny kingdom of Tonga is centrally placed in the South Pacific and is romantically described as the place where time begins. Late last year the introduction of a direct Sydney/Tongatapu flight has made chartering in Tonga much more accessible. Charter World’s Brook Felsenthal advises clients to get there sooner rather than later, as direct flights while a great convenience will effect the destination with greater tourist numbers driving the change.... [more]
The Vengeance of the Weather God By Nancy Knudsen, Hughie, as you probably know, is the weather god, and this is a warning to those who go sailing: Beware of Hughie. Several days ago, I cast aspersions on the perfection of the weather where we are sailing, between the Galapagos and the Marquesas, and Hughie has been wreaking his vengeance ever since. My mistake was intimating that the perfect weather we had was – dare I say it? ... b – o – r – i – n – g.... [more]
Win Bob Fisher’s book - An Absorbing Interest By Media Services, Enter the Sail-World online competition to win a copy of Bob Fisher's An Absorbing Interest. The definitive history of the America's Cup. Its two volumes covers the drama, boat design, personalities and sheer fascination of the America’s Cup.... [more]
US Regulations for Foreign Yachts vary By Noonsite.com Editor, The international Cruising site Noonsite.com advises of two incidents which indicate that foreign yachts visiting the US must be aware of how different officials in different states may interpret the rules as well as state-specific regulations that can impact on your stay!... [more]
New Generation Bavarias launched in 2007 By Jane Pares, IMB, Bavaria Yachts have a policy of continuously upgrading and refining their models and 2007 is no exception. In the performance cruiser range they have replaced the Bavaria 30 by the Bavaria 31 and the Bavaria 33 by the Bavaria 34.... [more]
The 2007 Southern Cross Cruiser net By Nancy Knudsen, Twenty boats making the journey from Panama to the South Pacific are reporting to the Southern Cross Cruiser Net twice daily. Sail-World's Cruising Editor explains how this practical and social network was born.... [more]
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with The Green Blue By Peta Stuart-Hunt, The Green Directory expands to become the portal to a whole new series of environmental initiatives - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – all targeting the yachting and motor boating fraternity and the marine industry in general.... [more]
Nightmare Cruise over for Bullimore By Rob Kothe, British yachtsman Tony Bullimore has finally reached Auckland aboard his 102 foot catamaran Doha, formerly Sir Peter Blake’ ENZA. Bullimore, who was forced to abandon his latest solo circumnavigation attempt 1150 nautical miles south east of New Zealand after suffering rigging problem, took a nightmarish two weeks to climb back upwind.... [more]
Stopping Dinghy theft - The four basic rules By Nancy Knudsen, Where you are boating in the world determines how vulnerable you will be to dinghy theft. In La Ligna anchorage near Gibraltar theft is so rampant that it has turned into a business operated by scouts with mobile phones.... [more]
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