Starchaser heading for Rodney Bay - 245 ARC yachts are now arriving in St Lucia at the rate of about 50 a day .
Lots of news about the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers this week, as more and more of the 245 boats gradually arrive in St Lucia, including several Australian boats, led by our own Ian and Andrea Treleaven on Cape Finisterre.
This turns the dockside in Rodney Bay Marina into one big ARC festival – but the weather once again has not performed according to history, and there have been more than the usual number of incidents.
Unexpected headwinds experienced by the fleet are associated with tropical storm Olga in the north Caribbean. For all these stories, go to the END of the magazine below.
Japanese whalers are currently speeding towards Antarctica to hunt hundreds of whales including 50 humpbacks - the very whales we see every year up the east and west coasts of Australia. There's an interesting article as to just WHY they are doing it – and we're keeping tabs on developments, including Sea Shepherd's looming attempt to stop them.
Andrew Dove writes about how to get your headsail trimmed, and the product of the week is the Spade anchor – buy one of these and you may never have a sleepless night in an anchorage again.
If you're going to be anywhere near Sydney in the next six months, don't miss a visit to the Maritime Museum – a new exhibition was inspired by a young man's 1905 adventure on a tall ship... fascinating stuff....
Finally, an inspirational story about a sailor who just wouldn't be told he would never sail again, and is now completing a circumnavigation.
Lots more too, so read on, enjoy, and...
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
Sailors Deplore Japanese Whalers Peter Heller/Sail-World Cruising, Last week we published a story about New Zealander David Taylor who is setting out solo to challenge the Japanese whaling fleet on its way to the Antarctic to hunt whales. We received many letters from sailors applauding David's action and wishing him luck. In this article Peter Heller asks why the Japanese do it, and the answers may be more disturbing than the question... [more]
Headsail Trim - Getting it all together Andrew Dove, Area Manager North Sails Caribbean, You may have been cruising for years, but are you getting the best out of your sails? An extra helf knot can help make the difference between getting to shore before dark, or beating that storm that is threatening. It can also sometimes help turn a six day sail into a five day sail, expecially if you have a personal rule(as we do) not to go into strange anchorages in the dark.... [more]
New Sunsail Charter Base – in the Bahamas Sail-World Cruising, Looking for somewhere new to charter a bare boat? Sunsail has just announced that they are opening a new charter base in the Bahamas.... [more]
Renamed 'Steve Irwin' to Confront Japanese Sail-World Cruising, Operation Migaloo: With its newly renamed ship, Steve Irwin, Captain Paul Watson and his international crew have departed to the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary to defend endangered whales from the Japanese whaling ship already on its way. The ship formerly named the Robert Hunter was given its new name just prior to departure by Irwin’s widow, Terri Irwin.... [more]
A 'New Age of Eco-Sailing'? John Ira Petty, Daily News/Sail-World Cruising, Is it the sign of things to come? Out there in Texas, there's a steel 42ft cutter rigged ketch, which is going into service as a sailing cargo vessel. Why? Because its owners, Joe and Terry Butcher, are betting there is money to be made by using an environmentally friendly form of transportation that consumes little fuel.... [more]
Product of the Week – Spade Anchor Nancy Knudsen, 'The most dangerous thing in the ocean is – LAND.' It's an old saying, but a true one. Sailors who happily sail across oceans with the greatest of ease sometimes spend their most worrysome nights in an anchorage, firstly getting the anchor to set, and then, sleepless, concerned about dragging. So the anchor you choose is may be more critical than any other item for carefree sailing.... [more]
Tom Tit, World War II Hero, Now for Sale Henry Kelly/Sail-World Cruising, There are thousands of boats for sale any day of the year all round the world. But it's not often that you find a boat for sale that is a part of one of the most poignant and well remembered moments of recent history.... [more]
Mike Harker, Inspirational Sailor Nancy Knudsen, I first met Californian Mike Harker by chance in a bay in the beautiful Las Perlas Islands, off the coast of Panama. We had both just sailed from Panama and were heading across the Pacific, both bent on completing a world circumnavigation. Little did I guess then the story behind....... [more]
Tall ship adventure – a young man’s journey Australian National Maritime Museum PR, An American teenager’s 'gap year' adventure back in 1905 provides the inspiration and content for a new exhibition at the Australian National Maritime Museum... [more]
Good ARC Finish for Cape Finisterre Ian and Andrea Treleaven, Along with the first boats to finish this year's ARC, Sail-World's writing couple Andrea and Ian Treleaven have arrived St Lucia on their boat Cape Finisterre, and are very happy with their result. ''The finish line was a welcome sight at 2237 hrs local time on the 11th December. Finishing in 24th place over the line we spent 15 days 13hrs 37 mins at sea covering 2712 nms.... [more]
ARC 2007 - The Final Chapter Andrea and Ian Treleaven, Day 14. Not a very happy day as we try to find some wind. We went from trying to out run rain squalls to chasing them in a matter of 24 hours. The Eastern wave that went through during the day has caused a lot of damage to yachts and now has sucked all the air away from this area. Just our luck!... [more]
ARC 2007 - twenty-four hours of drama at sea World Cruising Club PR, Once again the ARC Net was called into action to help sailors crossing the Atlantic - twice in the last 24 hours with a casualty evacuation from yacht Avocet and a dramatic MAYDAY alert and rescue involving five ARC yachts... [more]
ARC Saves the Day again Sail-World Cruising, Once again the value of making your first ocean crossing with the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) (or crossing at the same time at least) is demonstrated by the events of the last 24 hours, as the ARC Net was called into action twice, with a casualty evacuation from yacht Avocet and a dramatic MAY-DAY alert and rescue involving five ARC yachts. The subje... [more]
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