While cold weather and rain are keeping many sailors indoors in the southern states of Australia at the moment, it's maybe time to dream about sailing in northern climes – like perhaps the Whitsundays, or even further north into the northern hemisphere where the summer sailing season is in full swing.
In this edition there's plenty to fantasize about – the members of Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club from Sydney's Pittwater finish their Aegean Rally at Turkey's Marmaris, the remoter sailing seas of South East Asia are featured, or what about a sailing holiday in the Black Sea?
...and talking of fantasizing, classic yachts are easy to dream about, but nothing can beat a classic yacht whose decks have been trodden by the rich and famous – read about John F Kennedy's yacht, up for sale right now.
Lots of other news – there's a tale of two tough cruising sailors who just didn't want to be rescued, setting a great example of seamanship; and the story of a sillier crew who depended only on the flaky signal from a mobile phone to save them from disaster.... and whatever happened to Kay Cottee? - it's just 20 years since she became the first female round world non-stop solo sailor.
On a practical note, read how you need to be careful if you use Yanmar's approved Biodiesel, spread the word to your friends that cruising sailors DO need a visa for the USA, and there's a tribute to the value of using a Trailing Generator to boost your power at sea.
Read on, enjoy, and....
Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor
Lively RPAYC Aegean Rally Ends in Marmaris Lauren White, The Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club (RPAYC) Rally in the Aegean is too fast drawing to a close, and we continue the story. Race five from Datca to Sogut and the following lay day, ensured we had time to enjoy secluded bays and crystal clear water of the Aegean. Colours range from a deep blue to a beautiful turquoise and this encouraged us to jump in at any opportunity.... [more]
Trailing Generator - What a Beauty! Nancy Knudsen, Power generation is always a vexed question on a yacht – how much do you need? How will you generate that need? The modern sailing boat needs power – that is, if you want electronic instruments, computers, autopilots, as well as those items of personal comfort, refrigerators, deep freezes or microwaves. The trailing generator is a great power boost for the cruising sailor.... [more]
Affordable luxury for Whitsunday winter holidays Tracey Johnstone, Making the decision of where to spend your next winter holiday is easy when you start to dream of sailing the warm waters of the Whitsundays. The Whitsundays is unquestionably the most stunning place in the world for a well-deserved holiday. There are 74 islands to visit, pretty bays to anchor in, crystal-clear blue water for swimming, snorkeling and diving, pleasant bush walks, special resorts... [more]
US Visa Waiver - except for the Cruising Sailor Sail-World Cruising, Recent difficulties experienced by anonymous and embarrassed sailors have underlined the necessity for cruising sailors entering the USA to obtain a visa BEFOREHAND. The visa waiver for citizens of many countries does NOT apply to cruising sailors (or cruising aviators, or anyone not arriving by conventional modes of transport like airlines or cruise ships.)... [more]
Manitou, Classic Yawl and Remnant of History Des Ryan, If you have a couple of million US Dollars to spare, one of the world's most prestigious classic yachts could be yours. Aristotle Onassis tried to buy her twice, but the original owner bought her back. For a time she was the USA's 'Floating White House', and the world's most vital secrets of the day were whispered in her salon. She's Manitou, John F Kennedy's Presidential yacht.... [more]
Kay Cottee - Where is she now? Nancy Knudsen, Where is she now? It's just 20 years since Sydney born Kay Cottee was the first woman to circle the globe by sailing solo non stop and unassisted. The thing I remember most about her triumphant arrival back in Sydney Harbour, was that, after 187 days at sea, she had to wait off Sydney Heads for two days in miserable weather just so she could appease her sponsor and arrive home on a Sunday.... [more]
'Almost unintelligible' Cell Saves Dismasted Yacht Fred Caygill/Sail-world, A 'near miss' SOS from an almost unintelligible mobile phone 'illustrates only too well the value of being properly equipped and checking radios, before and during a passage.' according to the Coastguard that saved four people on a yacht off the UK coast. 'If they had drifted another mile or two offshore there would have been no communications at all and the outcome could have been different.'... [more]
Escape the Cold and Rain - Go Whale Watching BW Media, Watching these giant mammals frolicking in the warm Whitsunday waters while sailing in the right season will be a magical moment you'll never forget. So escape to the Whitsundays for some whale watching this winter and stay longer for free, thanks to Sunsail. That's becaue they are offering holidaymakers additional nights sailing for free during July to take advantage of this amazing experience... [more]
Cold weather boating safety campaign NSW Maritime Media, NSW Maritime Boating Officers are out on State waters for the remainder of June raising awareness of the risks involved in cold-weather boating... [more]
Seawind Whitsunday Rally ready to sail Brent Vaughan, A 17 strong fleet of Seawind catamarans are arriving in Shute Harbour in preparation for the 2nd Seawind Whitsunday Rally which begins this weekend. With 17 Seawind cats entered with 75 crew members, the fleet will sail from one end to the other of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands, starting from the Whitsunday Rent A Yacht base in Shute Harbour on Sunday.... [more]
It's Greece, no maybe Turkey, or is it France? BW Media, It's Greece, no maybe Turkey, or is it France? - none of these, this chic looking marina 'Marina Dinevi' is in Bulgaria! It's the biggest in Bulgaria at the moment, but it is only the sign of things to come, so next time you're wondering about a new cruising ground, think of Bulgaria and the Black Sea..... [more]
CGC Chase assists Tough Sailing Couple Sail-World Cruising, With the world's oceans full of stories of sailors who have to be saved from tropical storms while leaving their boats adrift for the next yacht to worry about, the recent tale of a 'would-be' rescue by the US Coast Guard on Thursday off Central American coast was a breath of fresh galewind.... [more]
ChargeMaster - Charges 3 batteries simultaneously BW Media, Mastervolt's range of battery chargers for the marine market is strengthened with the introduction of their brand new generation of chargers the ”ChargeMaster”. The range consists of six robust and reliable chargers, especially developed for all battery systems onboard medium-sized yachts. These compact chargers can charge three battery sets simultaneously with a charge efficiency of over 90%.... [more]
Retracing the Route of Operation Jaywick 1943 Sarah Cann, The re-enactment of the Voyage of the Krait, a 36 week, 40,000km secret mission Operation Jaywick 1943, will arrive in Southport Yacht Club's Marina on Sunday 15th June at 3:30pm, as the Sydney to Singapore route is retraced.... [more]
Yanmar:YES to B5 Biodiesel but BE CAREFUL! BW Media, Yanmar Marine has approved B5 Biodiesel fuel for use across most of its recreational marine engines, as part of the company's continuing efforts to encourage environmentally friendly boating.However, Yanmar Marine warns boat builders and other customers that biodiesel blends can adversely affect certain metal, rubber and plastic components of engine fuel supply and return systems... [more]
Australia's Porous Borders: the Yacht Option Des Ryan, It has all the ingredients of a thrilling crime novel, except that it's true, and we're just finding out about it years later. Gangland VIP in hiding needs to escape from Australia, money no object. They figure the easiest way to do it is by buying a yacht, installing a secret cabin, and smuggling him across the oceans to end up in Greece. Good plan.... [more]
Another Circumnavigation, another Dream Completed BW Media, Almost every day there are cruising sailors setting out for parts as yet unknown. They set out from Sweden, or maybe Turkey, from Australia, or maybe Florida. Some are on modest journeys, some just don't know how far they will get, some start determined to sail the world or around it.... and almost every day, there is a sailor who finishes.... [more]
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