Mary Constance in the Pacific setting sun BW Media
Six months ago, in the middle of an Atlantic Ocean crossing, Australian boat Mary Constance broke first one lower shroud, then the other. Fortuitously, within a hundred miles of them, were two yachts who were able to assist – Meitli, a Swiss yacht, who were able to offer fuel, and ourselves, Blackwattle, who happened to have a spare shroud on board. None of the three yachts were acquainted with each other at the time.
Two weeks ago, crossing the Pacific, Blackwattle found herself on emergency power generation, but without enough petrol to power us for the balance of the journey. There were just two boats within VHF range at the time. Incredibly, they were, you guessed it, Mary Constance and Meitli. After some 2000 miles of sailing independently towards the Marquesas, and having left on different days, Mary Constance was able to rendezvous to transfer petrol to us, with Meitli standing by in case we dropped the jerry cans in the process.
We all then went our separate ways, reporting many goose bumps at the coincidence.
It's the window of opportunity for cruising sailors to make the Pacific Crossing. We all have to make it out of the cyclone belt before the cyclone season. This week several stories from those crossing – the challenges for American Wanderlust who seems to have her sails in a pickle, and for Bali Hai who is stuck in Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas with a serious engine problem. Coincidentally they are just a boat length or two from Blackwattle. We are also waiting for repairs to allow us to continue on to the Tuomotos and then Tahiti.
Several solo adventurers also in the news this week – Dee Caffari deserves her MBE, Tony Bullimore is again looking for sponsors, and great news for Adrian Flanagan, the would-be north south solo circumnavigator, who had to leave his yacht last year in Alaska for the winter.
Lots of sage advice from some US authorities too – the Top Ten Tips for boating safety, and all the best advice from an insurer about preparing for hurricanes. No matter how many years you've been sailing and caring for boats, there just might be one tip that's useful!
And plenty of other news, new innovations and entertaining tales from many corners of the world
So read on, enjoy, and
By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
Blackwattle in Nuku Hiva - with a little help By Nancy Knudsen, As we approach Nuku Hiva, with no working engine, no pole to turn our yankee into a viable downwind sail, and about 5 knots of wind, we hear from yacht Chatti, whom we first met in Gibraltar many months ago, on the VHF.... [more]
South Pacific: Triple Wrap, Part 1 By Mike Harker, A 'wrap' on a sail boat can mean three different things according to what is being wrapped. The foresail, either the Jib, Genoa, Staysail or even a Spinnaker, can wrap itself around a shroud or even its own lines or sheets. That can be difficult to undo but it happens a lot in racing, especially when the foresail is up and the boat changes direction from downwind to upwind.... [more]
Save the sail - South Pacific: Triple Wrap Part 2 By Mike Harker, On the plotting chart I had put three waypoint marks near small atolls and islands that were near my route. I wanted to know exactly how close they would be when I passed them following my route from Nuku Hiva to Suwarrow and then Samoa.... [more]
Environment Friendly Fuel Cell - Sailing Trials By Cruising Editor, Just when we on Blackwattle have decided that the best idea is to go Simple Simple Simple.... Just when we have decided we don't want any more problems in remote areas where you can't get complicated systems fixed...... Just when we have come to the conclusion that even in sophisticated sailing areas of the world the level of installation expertise out there is suspect........ [more]
Metmarine launches English language marine forecast By Special Services, Metmarine launches free English language marine weather forecasts for popular European sailing areas. This service provides concise marine forecasts, in English. There are no charges for viewing the forecasts.... [more]
Highlights of a Week in New England By Lynn Fitzpatrick, I returned to my roots, New England, last week. On the way to a Broadway show, we stopped by the Manhattan station of the New York Yacht Club. The America’s Cup was housed for decades in a building in midtown Manhattan, blocks from the waterfront.... [more]
Win America's Cup History - 2 volume set 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]
Tahiti Nui Cup October 14 – 26 By Media Services, The Tahiti Nui Cup October 14 – 26. This famous event is still open – but only just, so if you want to sail among the stunning Leeward Islands of Tahiti, enjoy an island hopping festival of traditional food and entertainment and when the parties are over cruise the turquoise waters of the most beautiful lagoons in the world contact Mariner Boating Holidays now.... [more]
Superyacht Regatta confirmed for Hamilton Island By Rob Mundle, Bob Oatley, the owner of the supermaxi Wild Oats XI, has confirmed that he is to establish an annual international superyacht regatta at Hamilton Island, on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.... [more]
Dylan and Jim's Surfventure still stalled By Dylan Gill-Vallance, I am now anchored in Taiohae bay on the island of Nuka Hiva in the Polynesian Islands. I have been here for around three weeks now, and am destined to stay at least another two weeks due to engine problems. Only a couple of days after pulling into port I got a hole in the head of my engine, the only welder on the island is out of gas and has to send his bottle to Australia to be filled.... [more]
Preparing your Boat for a Storm By Sail-World Cruising, Seaworthy Magazine, a publication of BoatUS Marine Insurance, has just published the latest advice, based on actual experiences, for securing a boat in preparation for a storm.... [more]
Flanagan to resume circumnavigation of the globe By Media Services, Flanagan, 46, set sail on the Alpha Global Expedition on 28th October 2005 and covered 26,000 miles going west around Cape Horn to Nome, Alaska where his 40ft stainless steel sloop, ‘Barrabas’ has spent the Arctic winter.... [more]
Halyard Marine Wins Award for Engine Silencer By Powerboat-world, If you're like many boaters and hate the sound of your boat's engine, there's good news around the corner. Halyard Marine Ltd, a UK manufacturer of marine exhaust systems, has won the Spirit of Innovation Award for its new Resonator Silencer at this year's Seawork exhibition in Southampton.... [more]
The not-Knot that Raised the Alarm By Cruising Editor, How good is YOUR knotting ability? The owners of yacht Eos were presumably having a good time, enjoying life in a bed and breakfast at Fishguard in the UK. Little did they know that a RAF rescue helicopter, a Fishguard lifeboat and shore based rescue teams were all involved in a desperate search to save their lives.... [more]
Boating Safety: The Top Ten Tips By Carla Ferrara, ACE INA Communications, Recreational boating activity soars during warm weather months, and so do boating incidents and injuries. According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s 'Boating Statistics 2004,' the most recent year available, there are almost 13 million registered recreational boats in the United States.... [more]
Dee Caffari is made an MBE By Media, Record-breaking Hampshire solo sailor Dee Caffari was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. She became the first woman to sail solo non-stop around the world against prevailing winds and currents in 2006... [more]
Rally Portugal - sailing and sightseeing By World Cruising Club, Over the past few days the Rally Portugal crews have been busy sailing and seeing the sights along the coast of Portugal. Over the past few days the Rally Portugal crews have been busy sailing and seeing the sights along the coast of Portugal.... [more]
Dangers of the Dinghy trip back to your boat By Rob Kothe, We published our Cruising Editor's Nancy's Knudsen's article about the danger of the trip by dinghy from the shore back to your boat in a strong offshore breeze last week. It struck a chord with our readers.... [more]
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