Two French sailors rescued after commandos storm sailing boat...missing yachts end in tragedy...Black Bear attacks man in marina...sailing book reviews...and much more...

18 Sep 2008                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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France to the Rescue!

Carre D'As, an Amel as pictured, was stormed by French Commandos to rescue French cruising sailors  .
You can almost hear the sailing world crowd roar with delight at the rescue of two French cruising sailors this week from Somalian waters.

President Sarkozy rightly relished the moment, as for the second time France has routed pirates, recapturing hostage sailors and arresting the Somalis for trial in France.

Both rescues would not have been without risk to the hostages, so France has shown significant world leadership with their courageous counter-attacks.

It has been – twice – a timely example for other countries, who usually simply pay the ransom for kidnapped mariners, thus setting the scene for further kidnappings in the troubled area. Congratulations France!

In sadder news, Sail-World Cruising offers sympathy to the families of three sailors this week, whose disappearance caused wide searches. A body has been found on a grounded yacht in one instance, and in the other, after 16 days missing, the search has been called off.

It's bad news for cruising sailors who want to travel internationally when yachts are used for drug running. Bureaucracy is complicated enough for roving sailors, but at least most authorities at the moment do not suspect every arriving sailor of carrying drugs! This could change there are more instances like this!

A spread of other news and articles from around the world too, the latest on rallies, boat shows and a flock of 'green' sailing vessels heading for Barcelona, three book reviews this week to keep you entertained while you AREN'T sailing; and a story about the string of hapless and quirky sailors who cost much in resources, give rescuers multiple headaches, and offer the rest of us a wry laugh.

So read on, enjoy, and....

Sail safe!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Done it Again! French Storm Pirates, free Sailors
Henry Samuel, Telegraph/Sail-World,
They've done it again! President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced that French commandos stormed the sailing boat Carre D'As to free two French sailors who were being held by heavily-armed Somali pirates.... [more]

Missing Yachts- One Found, One Search Called Off
BW Media/,
Two missing yachts, one off Cornwall and one off the east coast of Australia have had unhappy conclusions this week. In Australia, the search has been called off for yacht Blessed Be overdue since the 23rd August on a journey from Fiji to Australia. In Cornwall the body of yachtsman believed to be solo sailor Martyn Hayes has been found on board his boat Mardin, run aground near Looe yesterday... [more]

2008 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers - Waitlist only
Jeremy Wyatt/Sail-World,
World Cruising Club is justifiably proud of the international interest being shown in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), which is over-subscribed each year, and limited to 225 yachts. The entire ARC fleet departs from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on November 23rd on a 2,700 nm passage to Rodney Bay in St. Lucia.... [more]

40, but not over the Hill - Southampton Boat Show
Sail-World Cruising,
She's 40 but she's not over the hill yet. In fact, she's doing extremely well for an old girl. The PSP Southampton Boat Show 2008, in association with ITV Meridian, runs from 12-21 September at Mayflower Park in Southampton, and will be enjoyed by about 135,000 people making it the sixth biggest in the UK.... [more]

Aden Mukalla Houdieda to be New Pirate Centres
Yemen News Agency,
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Djibouti, Jordan, Somalia, Comoros, France, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Madagascar, Maldives, The Seychelle Islands, South Africa, Tanzania, Eritrea, Mozambique and Yemen will sign a memorandum of understanding to combat piracy. Three monitoring centres are to be set up in Yemeni cities of Aden Mukalla Houdieda... [more]

Captains Calamity - Not in MY Navy
Des Ryan,
There are some sailors who just can't keep out of trouble, and Stuart Hill - the Essex man who settled in the Shetland Isles of Scotland after he hit the headlines by being saved multiple times while trying to circumnavigate Britain in a rowboat - seems to be one of them. He has just been saved again.... [more]

Dozens of 'Green' Boats Sail for Barcelona
Nancy Knudsen,
In October several dozen boats will converge on the Spanish port of Barcelona in the name of marine conservation. Their destination is IUCN's World Conservation Congress (5-14 October 2008). Their message is one: we can and must protect our seas, oceans and coasts. The boats are not just ordinary sailing vessels. Each boat is living proof that something can be done to protect the extraordinary bl... [more]

Superyacht Shows-Monaco sold out, Abu Dhabi coming
BW Media Roundup,
When the Monaco Yacht Show (MYS), devoted exclusively to superyachts, opens next week, it will take on a distinct Arabian flavour with the Abu Dhabi as headline sponsor. MYS annually attracts a private clientele of the world's super rich from over 40 countries, under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. If you're anywhere close to Monaco, don't miss it.... [more]

Yacht used for Drug Import
In an incident which will have future ramifications for the easy travel of international cruising yachts, a British flagged yacht, the Ronin, has been intercepted off the coast of Cornwall after sailing from the Caribbean. The United Kingdom Border Agency carried out a search, seizing 100 kilograms of cocaine, understood to have been bound for London.... [more]

Hurricane Ike - First Pictures
Bw Media,
First pictures are in showing just some of the devastation that Hurricane Ike has brought with it. As Hurricane Ike crossed the coastline at the sailing and yachting centre of Galveston Texas, it pushed a mound of water in front probably 25 feet higher than the level of the ocean.... [more]

Rescuers Plead for Yachts to Carry Better Charts
Torres News/Sail-World Cruising,
'I was scratching my head as to why they would take that route, but knew once I saw their chart I understood'- Captain Paul Hemmings, Commanding Officer of Australian Customs vessel. Three German sailors, rescued in highly dangerous conditions near the Raine Island entrance to Australia's Great Barrier Reef, had inadequate charts of the area and admitted to knowing little about Australian waters... [more]

Reviews: Seaworthiness and the Sea of Blue Light
Nancy Knudsen,
Three very different books are covered this week - the first a vital read on choosing or building a cruising boat that will be seaworthy, the second a series of rivetting and adventurous tales by cruiser and writer Peter Muilenburg, and finally, for those in UK waters - or ever likely to be - a new Guide to North Brittany and the Channel Islands... [more]

Hurricane Ike Targets Sailing City
BW Media News Roundup,
Hurricane Ike is expected to hit the sailing and yachting centre of Galveston in the USA, Saturday morning, and forecast to be the worst since the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 that cost than 6,000 lives. Galveston Island and Galveston Bay, just a short drive from the centre of Houston, are the home of no less than 60 marinas and hundreds of boat yards... [more]

Black Bear Boards Boat in Marina to Attack Man
Sandra McCulloch, Times/Sail-World,
If you think you have complaints about your local marina, think again. They may not be so serious after all. For instance, you are probably unlikely to be attacked by a bear while boarding your boat. In a bizarre incident, a Canadian man is recovering in hospital after he was attacked by a black bear that boarded his boat in Port Renfrew Marina on Vancouver Island at 5 p.m. yesterday... [more]

Second Sail Training Vessel Sinks off France
Nancy Knudsen,
In the second sinking of a sail training vessel in UK/French waters in less than a month, Ireland's National sail-training ship and two-masted brigatine, the Asgard II, sank for unknown reasons off the French coast yesterday (Thursday 11th September). There were 20 trainees and five crew on board, but all escaped safely thanks to the French Coast Guard... [more]

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