Hero dog attacks pirates...Sailing stage programme at the Sydney Boat Show...Darwin to Ambon, the phoenix rally...across the Atlantic in under 6 days...and much more

17 Jul 2008

Diary Dates


Editorial: Hero Dog against Venezuelan Pirates

OOps! I thought Gremlins always hung around in sailing boats to make things go wrong just when you didn't need it, but last night some readers received a Marine Business Newsletter on a Cruising Newsletter header by mistake. Some Gremlins must have escaped out into our system. so sorry – did not mean to bore you with internal news meant for the marine business world.

Hero dog - shot and stabbed while protecting owners  .. .
Piracy is again in the news this week, with the focus shifting to the Caribbean, as a British couple were attacked and robbed on their way to Trinidad off the coast of Venezuela. It was the dog who proved the hero (pictured).

The Sydney International Boat Show is coming up, and Sail-World will be there in full strength at the sailing stage. The stage show will feature lots of personalities of the sailing world, Musto Fashion Parades, great videos and images of cruising, stories of the circumnavigators, even the two kayakers who paddles across the Tasman. I'll be there too, every day talking sailing, and I look forward to see you there. Read the programme below and put it in your diary now!

Going on a sailing holiday? Get smart with a packing guide that will have you enjoying your sailing – and your holiday buddies enjoying your company – much more.

Rallies are a great way to enjoy your cruising and have someone to share a sundowner with, not to mention the security of those daily scheds on the radio. There are two of them in the news, the Darwin to Ambon reborn rally that's gaining popularity rapidly, and Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Croatia Rally – couldn't join either? Then enjoy the stories....

In UK waters this week, there's a lot of unnecessary - and expensive - searching going on for sailors who didn't have a problem at all, one incident up Shetland way, the other in Hampshire....some interesting reading here, no matter which sea you sail. What do YOU think?

Have you, or do you know anyone who has ever collided with a whale while sailing? If so, marine scientists need your help.

Finally, Sydney-siders, Sturrock's Sale is on until July 31 - this is your chance to get a great bargain.

Lots more too, so read on, enjoy, and...

Sail safe!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Sydney International Boat Show - Sailing Stage
Each year the Sydney International Boat Show Sailing Stage hosts larger than life personalities, passionate about boating and sailing. While the morning programme concentrates mostly on the world of the powerboat, in the afternoons it's all sailing - and mostly for the cruising sailor!... [more]

Caribbean Pirate Attack and the Hero Dog
Jonathan Petre, Daily Mail,
Two British cruising sailors have told how they were attacked and robbed by armed pirates as they sailed about two miles off the coast of Venezuela heading from the Venezuelan island of Margarita to Trinidad, on a round-the-world adventure - and how their dog defended them.... [more]

Restrictions for World Youth Day on Sydney Harbour
NSW Maritime,
The NSW Government is working closely with World Youth Day (14 – 20 July) organisers and other agencies to provide the necessary support for the first Australian visit of Pope Benedict XVI.... [more]

Across the Atlantic in under Six Days - New Record
Sodeb'O website/Sail-World.com,
In thick fog, Frenchman Thomas Coville onboard his maxi trimaran Sodeb'O has crossed the Lizard Point finish line after completing his solo crossing of the North Atlantic. His new record stands at 5 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes and 20 seconds... [more]

MHYC Croatia Yacht Rally 2008
Trevor Joyce,
Middle Harbour Yacht Club members and friends enjoyed the rally format developed by Mariner Boating Holidays which combined a lot of carousing with a little racing during two weeks in Croatia this June. The race day/lay day format allows time to explore the islands and ports of this incredible coast.... [more]

Sturrock's Boatique Stocktake Sale
Boating Media Services,
For the first time since opening in 2004 Sturrock's Boatique in Mosman on the Northshore of Sydney is having a SALE! All the biggest names are on sale, including Line 7, Slam, Helly Hansen, Musto, Henri Lloyd and Marina Yachting.... [more]

Seaquest RP36 at Sydney International Boat Show
Seaquest Media,
Seaquest Yachts will be proudly displaying the latest yacht in its range for the first time at a marine expo in Australia at the Sydney International Boat Show due to open on July 31st. The Australian distributers will have the Reichel-Pugh designed Seaquest RP36 in the floating marina section of this hugely popular boating must-do event.... [more]

BIA Melbourne Boat Show exceeds expectations
AAP MediaNet,
The 48th annual BIA Melbourne Boat Show has exceeded the expectations of exhibitors which will give the industry great confidence as it moves to Sydney... [more]

Crewless or Clueless?-UK Rescuers Rush-for nothing
Julian Robinson, Southern Daily Echo/Sail-World,
Coastguards have slammed two UK sailors who used an auto-pilot system to steer their boat, remained out of sight inside their cabin, and failed to respond to radio calls. Lifeboat crews launched a £5,000 rescue operation after what looked like an unmanned yacht was spotted near the mouth of Lymington River in Hampshire.... [more]

Lost and Found - No comms causes Mayday Relay
Shetland Marine News/Sail-World Cruising,
TWO Faroese yachtsmen were found safe and well after a huge air and sea search over the weekend around the Shetland Islands off the coast of Scotland, leaving coastguard officers confused about how they evaded detection for so long. Coastguard officers are now asking why they could not be contacted.... [more]

The Dummy's Guide to Packing for a Sailing Holiday
Nancy Knudsen,
Going bare boat chartering? Taken a berth on an sail-adventure holiday? Invited to go sailing with friends on their yacht? Well, unless that yacht is a superyacht complete with uniformed crew and vases filled with fresh flowers, you'll need to pack appropriately to enjoy the sail. Here are Seven Hints to help enjoy it better:... [more]

Darwin to Ambon Rally - Growing in Strength
Nancy Knudsen,
When civil unrest grew threatening in Ambon in 1999, it stopped the Darwin to Ambon rally, the hugely popular yacht rally which attracted up to 100 participants every year. But now it's restarted!... [more]

Whale Collision Survey - You can help!
Nancy Knudsen,
YOU can help in research towards the preservation of whales and dolphins in their natural environment. www.noonsite.com!Noonsite!new, the favourite resource of the long-range cruising sailor, is cooperating with http://www.m-e-e-r.org/typo3temp/GB/7c3b85d6ca.png!MEER!new (Mammals, Encounters, Education, Research),a Berlin-based non-profit organisation, to record collisions between vessels and wh... [more]

Rescue - Going Hi-Tech
BW Media,
As sailing boats are getting more and more high tech, so are the rescue boats, with much more sophisticated capabilities every year - which should make coastal sailors more comfortable about how long a rescue might take, if ever there were need.... [more]

Cynthia Woods Fatal Capsize - the Suing Starts
Des Ryan,
'Keels don't fall off boats. They should be built so they don't fall off.' - In this seemingly innocent statement to the Houston Chronicle by the widow of the safety officer who died saving crew members of the Cape Fear yacht Cynthia Woods when it capsized during a race in the Gulf of Mexico, she has summed up the feelings of a growing number of sailors, both cruisers and racers.... [more]

Simrad expands Award-winning autopilot range
Sandman PR,
The award-winning range of Simrad autopilots is set to expand with the introduction of two new models, the AP24 and AP28.... [more]

New Mobilarm VPIRB device making waves
Mobilarm PR,
The innovative, life-saving Mobilarm V100 VPIRB Man Overboard device is starting to make an impact following its launch in May 2008. This unique new device, which uses VHF DSC and GPS to dramatically reduce the possible rescue time during a MOB incident, has been featured in many marine magazines and websites, including Sail-world.com... [more]

Quad Sailor Hilary Lister Visits Olympic Site
Cailah Leask/Sail-World Cruising,
Inspiring quadriplegic Sailor Hilary Lister, on Day 29 of her ‘Round Britain Dream' solo sail in her specially adapted Artemis 20, is currently making a stop-over at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA), venue for the 2012 Olympic sailing events, and set on the stunning Jurassic Coast, the only World Heritage Site on the UK mainland.... [more]

Canada to the Rescue - to Chase Somali Pirates
Matthew Fisher, Canada.com/Sail-World,
While kidnapped German cruising sailors wait for rescue in the mountains of lawless Somalia, Canada has taken action on the pirate crisis in the Gulf of Aden. Canada has sent three warships to help thwart swarms of modern-day Long John Silvers and Jack Sparrows who have been terrorizing maritime traffic in the area... [more]

Olin J.- 100 Years and Sailing On - A Tribute
Des Ryan,
S&S – a name associated with the best in sailing almost ever since it became a sport popular with those who had leisure and the means to obtain a boat, rather than a cargo delivery method. The firm is, of course, Sparkman & Stephens, and Olin J. Stephens, one half of the legendary duo, celebrates his 100th birthday this year.... [more]

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