Ouzo sailors let to die... Turkey will it merge in the Med?... Florida tops for Megayachts... and more...

04 Nov 2007                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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World News from Bundaberg Australia

Entry into the Port2Port Rally was free, but this Aussie flag has just brought $400 at auction! Shown here is a 'winning bid' group of international cruisers in the Rally  BW Media
Arrival into Bundaberg in Queensland Australia has been somewhat of a culture shock – we have swapped high volcanic mountains, lush tropical jungle and aqua lagoons for wide cultivated plains, big sky, sparse vegetation and murky green seas. That's Australia of course, mostly desert and short of water.......

However, the welcome by the volunteers of the Bundaberg Cruising Yacht Club to the 55 boats in the Port2Port Rally has been nothing short of phenomenal – if hangovers are any indication....

The Turkish coast is in the news – most cruising sailors who love it DON'T want it to develop like the rest of the Mediterranean. Let's hope the Turks learn from others' mistakes. However, to see if before it changes, Mariner Boating has a great holiday on offer this week. That's one holiday on offer – the other is a berth in the biodiesel Earthrace as it sets out to break records again.

A must read this week is ''An Ear for the Whale'' – how whales are actually becoming deaf because of the noise generated by all the engines on the water.

Read how Adrian Flanagan, almost at the end of the world's first solo vertical circumnavigation, has had to make a hard decision, a Russian sailor is planning to circumnavigate Antarctica, and the delectable Treleavens are well out of the Med into the Atlantic.

Do you know how to deploy your life-raft? How would you go doing it fast in an emergency? UK-Halsey's newest safety video is well worth a watch.

These stories and more, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sail safe!

By Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Sailors Left to Die - Ouzo
By Graham Tibbetts, Telegraph,
Three experienced sailors on the 25ft sailboat Ouzo were left to die in the English Channel when their yacht was sunk by a car ferry whose watch officer simply 'crossed his fingers' and hoped for the best, a court heard yesterday. Ferry watch officer Michael Hubble: ‘turned blind eye and hoped for best’... [more]

An Ear for the Whale
By Julian Cribb,
Once prey to an industry that hunted them almost to extinction, whales today face a new threat – violent encounters with ships and pleasure craft. French biologist Michel André has pioneered a groundbreaking system to prevent collisions between whales and sea-craft. Julian Cribb reports.... [more]

Free Safety Videos Online for Safer Sailing
By Sail-World Cruising,
Sailmaker UK-Halsey is in the midst of posting a library of safety at sea videos; new segments are added every month, and they are well worth watching.... [more]

The Turkey We Love - Going Going...
By YESYM ERSOY, Dogan News Agency,
The Turkey that cruising sailors instantly fall in love with on arrival is under threat of being turned into a mini-Europe. Gocek, once a sleepy gentle village that yachties used to love, is fast turning into just one more glitzy bay hard to distinguish from the rest of the Mediterranean. Now the Turkish Government is studying Gocek to 'set the standards'... [more]

Coolest Trip on the Planet - an Earthrace Berth
By Powerboat-world.com,
Whether you’re searching for that elusive present for someone who already has everything; you need to find something really special for a friend; or if you want to take on a once-in-a-lifetime travel challenge yourself, then buying a berth on the 100% biodiesel Earthrace during her new record attempt may be the answer.... [more]

Florida the World Top for Megayachts
By www.IBINews.com,
A report released last week at the Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) says that the megayacht industry had an economic impact of US$732 million in 2006 on three counties in South Florida. The 1,500 megayachts (over 80 feet LOA) present in the waters of Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, also helped create 7,366 full-time positions.... [more]

Big decisions for Alpha Global Expedition
By Adrian Flanagan,
Today marks the second anniversary of my departure from the shores of southern England on the Alpha Global Expedition, my quest to take a 40-foot yacht on a vertical circumnavigation. At the outset I knew the challenges would be severe.... [more]

Sail Greece and Turkey with Mariner Boating
By Media services,
Enjoy a one way, escorted, hassle free sailing holiday from Marmaris to Bodrum and then on to Kusadasi via the Greek Islands of Kalimnos, Patmos, Arki and Samos.... [more]

The Great Southern Route
By OCEAN Media,
The 'GSR' as its known, is a vital reference guide for large motor and sailing yachts which intend to cruise 'down under. It guides vessels every step of the way from the Suez Canal in the west, crossing the Indian Ocean and Asia to Australia, across the Tasman to the natural wonders of New Zealand and thru the South Pacific, before reaching the Panama Canal in the east.... [more]

Australian sailor rescued from sinking boat
By Nancy Knudsen, Sail-World.com,
An Australian yacht in the Port2Port Rally from Vanuatu and Noumea to Bundaberg in Queensland Australia has hit the Cook Reef to the north of New Caledonia. At time of filing this report single crew on the yacht, which is holed and dismasted, is being evacuated by a Noumean Navy helicopter.... [more]

Konyukhov attempts Antarctica solo non-stop record
By Richard Williams,
After leaving Falmouth, UK on October 12 bound for Albany, Western Australia and the start of his record chasing attempt around Antarctica, Russian sailor Fedor Konyukhov has found the NE Trade winds and is heading south towards his next challenge – the Doldrums.... [more]

Elan’s new 450 with Twin Rudders WOWS Genoa Show
By Gael Moldan,
The new Rob Humphreys' Elan 450 Cruiser/Racer with twin rudders attracted buyers from all over Europe at the recent Genoa Boat Show. Positioned right at the front, in more ways than one, Elan premiered their latest exciting model /prototype with phenomenal positive feedback from the public. Four 450’s were sold on the spot. More encouraging offers followed... they do know how to do it!... [more]

Letter from the Med - out into the Atlantic
By Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
A dream run south to the 29th latitude, 900 miles north of the equator and where summer is 12 months a year. My first impression of the northern most Canary Islands is that they are similar to the Kornati Islands in Croatia, flat baron sand dunes, with volcano eruptions evident over the landscape. We soon find a bay, Playa Francesa, to anchor in for a few days where the water is crystal clear.... [more]

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