Mutiny yacht found drifting...French blockade English yachts...US Boaters your action needed... and much more

29 May 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Tall Tales and Ridiculous

Another Trafalgar developing?  .
Tall Tales and all true from the world's oceans and coastlines this week, and if some of them weren't so potentially serious, you'd have to fall off your cockpit seat laughing.

USA sailors are being asked to lobby their political representatives urgently so that leisure boaters will allowed to continue to let falling rainwater run off their boats into the sea. Yes, you read it correctly.

Across the Atlantic, the coast of Normandy - the scene of many a French and English battle in the past - is in the news. French fishermen have been blockading British sailors who have come across to sample the wine and enjoy the baguettes. Instead of this (or maybe as well) they have been hatching escape plans, unsheathing their swords, and making runs at the barricades.

In the Eastern Mediterranean, yacht Midnight Sun, having just survived pirate waters and rough passages to get there from Asia, is having a much harder time surviving the bureaucracy of Europe, and there's a lesson or two here. As for bureaucracy, nothing can beat the Egyptians who virtually destroyed this year's Med Red Rally from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea with THEIR bureaucracy.

Down in the Antipodes, a yacht that was abandoned after a novice crew mutinied against their experienced Skipper two months ago, has been found, mast intact, still drifting.

Ah, but you can escape from it all with idyllic tales from the Treleavens in the Caribbean, from an Aussie Rally in the Aegean, and you can't miss the engaging account of Henry Geerken's terrifying adventures as he and his crew go for a bigger boat and a bigger lake to sail on.

One British solo adventurer arrives home, another Malaysian plans to leave – it seems there's always a new Guinness Record to create. Read on, read it all, have a great week, and....

Sail Safe!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Mutiny Yacht Still Sailing after Two Months
NZ Herald/TV3/Sail-World Cruising,
The Skipper thought the yacht was sound. The three inexperienced crew thought they were in danger, so they mutineed and let off the boat's emergency beacon, which set in train events that led to the abandonment of the boat and the rescue of all four. When reported to the world, controversy raged as to who was right. NOW, two months later, the yacht has been found.... [more]

Was it War? French Fishermen trap British Yachties
Nancy Knudsen,
This week over sixty British yachties were trapped in Cherbourg for a week, and attempts to flee were met with a barrage of flares and missiles from French fishermen who were protesting over the spiralling costs of diesel. In true British heroic style, escapes were planned.... [more]

U.S. Boaters need to act NOW!
With the Memorial Day traditional start of the recreational boating season now passed, you'd think the owners of the USA's 18 million boats would be in good spirits. However, there's the threat of a new, onerous and potentially costly EPA permit program to be in place by September 30 of this year..... [more]

Midnight Sun out of Limbo – eventually
Jim Ellis,
Last week we had a story (6,000 Adventurous Miles to Limbo) about what happens when the delivery turns to custard and the bureaucratic walls come down. Happily, Jim Ellis and his crew are now out of the woods. Here's the tale... [more]

Flanagan Finishes in Fine Form
World Records Academy/Sail-World,
Adrian Flanagan, solo sailor and now first vertical circumnavigator, arrived back into British port Hamble this week, broke, but but happy to have completed a dream he's had since childhood.... [more]

MYR1,000,000 needed for Fin's circumnavigation
Hilary Sebastian,,
Ariffin Abdul Aziz has a big dream - to walk in the footsteps of Datuk Azhar Mansor and become the second Malaysian to sail solo around the world. The 44-year-old has the boat to do it, but has hit a snag. He needs sponsorship of about RM1 million more to realise the goal.... [more]

Cat helps Coastal Cruiser become Blue Water Sailor
Rob Kothe/Sail-World Cruising,
How a strictly coastal cruiser became a blue water sailor – with a lot of help from her cat. Ann Waring strikes you as a gutsy sort of woman, good fun, take anything on – but blue water sailing wasn't one of the things she took on easily. She met with Sail-World's Rob Kothe last week, and told the story of her conversion.... [more]

First 'Big' Water - Sailing with Henry
Henry Geerken,
There comes a time in every lake sailor's life when wherever he is sailing becomes too small. Our 14' Rhodes Bantam had been a good boat to learn how to sail on because it wasn't very “forgiving.” If you let your mind wander you could get into trouble fast. We never won a race nor were we ever a contender for any award but I did stay married to my crew. (Diane).... [more]

Picturesque start to RPAYC Aegean Rally
Lauren White,
The 2008 RPAYC Aegean Yacht Rally has begun. On the 8th May, twenty eight of us set off for Istanbul for an eight day tour 'The Terrific Turkey Trot' organized by Mariner Boating Holidays.... [more]

New Zealand Yachts completes refit on Douce France
Damon Jones, New Zealand Yachts,
New Zealand Yachts completes year long refit on world's largest sailing CAT Douce France. Seen here sailing out of Whangarei Harbor on May 20 leaving for the Pacific Islands where she will continue to charter. Every imaginable component on a sailing yacht was overhauled and brought back to near new standards.... [more]

Boating Term Dictionary - Can you find the errors?
an anonymous contributor,
Here is a dictionary of boating terms, some of which maybe have been written by the accountant - can you find why? Top prize goes to the reader who can identify the most errors... [more]

Egypt blamed for 'ruining' Med-Red Rally
Event Media,
Eleven yachts set sail from Tel Aviv on 11 May as part of the Med-Red Rally sailing event, during which they were meant to pass through Egypt's Suez Canal. However, Egyptian authorities delayed the yachts for over a week at Port Said... [more]

Treleavens in Caribbean - End of Sailing Season
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Whales, Dorado fish, turtles, turquoise bays, everything Caribbean, we are having the perfect sail south with Pip and Geoff Lavis on board. Grenada is 350 miles away with 14 or more islands to anchor. From island to island, bay hopping, swimming, eating and drinking are all very relaxing as we cruise back where we have been before.... [more]

‘Sunny' Safe and Sound in Subic
Guy Nowell, Sail World Asia,
‘Sunny', the rowing boat that was to have been the first to be rowed across the China Sea from the Philippines to Hong Kong – but instead got involved in two major tropical storms, and weathered them both without her crew – has been found in “good and seaworthy” condition and is now back at Subic, right where she started.... [more]

Major Drama for Earthrace
Scott Fratcher/Allison Thompson,
The team is in full scramble mode attempting to ship a high pressure fuel injection line to the Marshall Islands. The 30,000 psi line burst earlier today forcing the crew to shut down one engine, slowing her speed significantly.<... [more]

New Cruising Destination - Korea?
Nancy Knudsen,
If northerly climes are your thing and you're thinking of circumnavigating the Pacific instead of taking the pirate prone route to the Med, there's a new cruising possibility in the offing - Korea. With the development that's in the pipeline, maybe even a bareboat charter along these as yet unspoiled shores would be an exotic alternative... [more]

Australian Customs and Guns - it's a NO NO!
BW Media,
The arrest and charging of a cruiser by Australian Customs this week raises the question of whether cruisers should carry weapons when cruising far from home and in remote areas. Customs investigators arrested and charged the cruiser after seizing a handgun and ammunition from onboard his vessel.... [more]

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