Royal Perth Yacht Club - what crisis?...Deck Hardware sale...Second teen vies for youngest round the world...Sailors Radio webcast...Bavaria and Bakers with new yachts... and more...

30 Oct 2008

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Zac  .. .
Not one teen but two -photo Julien Girardot DPPI  .. .
This week again there is a barrage of interesting and useful stories – There's a brand new 35ft Bavaria Cruiser just announced - and the story of how a rally yacht has just hit a reef to the north east of Gladstone and sunk.
Not one but TWO sixteen year olds are circumnavigating the world solo trying to be the youngest!

There's more... It's finally getting very hot for the pirates of Somalia... the Wooden Boat Festival is on again soon in Tasmania and a great evening coming up for you can enjoy on the Endeavour in Sydney Harbour with the Maritime Museum. Fancy Croatia? - read the delightful tale on cruising and hiking in Croatia. And don't forget to check out the Deck Hardware bargains on offer.....

Scroll down through all the stories, choose the ones that appeal, and click more...


Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Second Teen Vies for 'Youngest Around the World'
Nancy Knudsen,
While American teen Zac Sunderland (born November 29, 1991) tries for the title of 'Youngest sailor around the world' and follows the rolling seas across the Indian Ocean with a repaired tiller and a splinted broken boom, a second young sailor, British teen Mike Perham is about to set sail to vie for same title.... [more]

Royal Perth Yacht Club - What Crisis?,
While the world liquidity crisis has resulted in reports of slowdowns and mass sackings in many parts of the luxury yacht industry worldwide, there's one corner of the sailing world which hasn't seemed to notice.... [more]

Bavaria Yachts announce new Bavaria 35 Cruiser
Jamie Millar Bavaria Yachts Australia,
Bavaria Yachts is delighted to announce the latest model to join the Cruiser family: the Bavaria 35 Cruiser. Based on the hull and deck of the current popular Bavaria 34 Cruiser, this new model is a three cabin version. Named to reflect the true size of this yacht, the new 35 Cruiser will have the fresh interior design recently introduced with the stunning Bavaria 43.... [more]

Abu Dhabi Yacht Show Sold Out
Informa Yacht Group (IYG) announced today that 80% of Abu Dhabi Yacht Show's (ADYS) 7,000 square meters of exhibition space has already sold out.... [more]

Australian Wooden Boat Festival - a Profile
Cheryl Barnett/Sail-World,
There's nothing in modern yacht design that can replace the exquisite grace of the best of the classic sailing boats. This must be the reason that wooden boats and wooden boat festivals are so popular round the world. Whether is the famed Mediterranean Yacht Classic Series, or the local river festival with only a dozen boats, the enthusiasm is the same... [more]

The Bakers new Island Packet 485
Susan Veal,
Julian Plante from North Sails Sydney recently headed to Mackay to meet up with Brian Baker and his wife to outfit their new Spectra Gatorback sails for their Island Packet 485.... [more]

Surfwatch:'Incredibly Naive or Incredibly Stupid'
Surfwatch director Michael Brown, who flew in a helicopter over Cape Three Points when six sailors were rescued from their sinking yacht, has described the crew as 'either incredibly naive or incredibly stupid' for sailing in such bad weather this week.... [more]

Yacht in South Pacific Rally Lost on Reef
Nancy Knudsen,
An American-flagged yacht participating in the South Pacific's Port2Port Rally from Vanuatu and Noumea to Bundaberg in Australia has hit Kenn Reef, an atoll on a submerged continental block about 280 nm north east of Gladstone. After sounding a Mayday, the crew, James and Allen sailing on the 44 ft monohulled yacht Hot Ice, were taken off the floundered boat by fellow rally participants... [more]

Sailors Radio web-cast trial 8:30-10:00am Sunday,
Taste the salt and feel the wind, now you can see the Sailor Radio Rogues in action. For six years it has been Australia's only national radio sailing show: it's irreverent always and occasionally informative and possibly best of all, just audio. But now things are going from bad to much worse - there will be a video streaming trial of Sailors Radio from the 2RPH Studios in Sydney.... [more]

Francis Joyon sets off on solo Route Discovery
Event media,
French solo adventurer Francis Joyon, who circled the world in just over 57 days eight months ago, and skipper of the maxi trimaran IDEC, has left Cadiz in Spain to sail the route across the Atlantic Ocean known as the 'Discovery Route', the route taken by Christopher Columbus when he first 'discovered' the Americas - and thought it was India - in 1492... [more]

Hotting up for Pirates in Gulf of Aden
AFP/Des Ryan,
The waters of the Gulf of Aden are finally hotting up for Somali pirates. Apart from the swift action on a couple of occasions by France in freeing their French sailors and arresting pirates, months of Talkfest have so far been the only result of the United Nations edict permitting foreign nations to pursue pirates in Somali waters. But now, hopefully, it will be different.... [more]

DeckHardware Clearance Sale!
Phil Yeomans,
After nearly two years of trading DeckHardware is clearing Initial Stock along with Discontinued Lines. Over the next few months we will be updating a Clearance page on our website To order please contact DeckHardware via email alternatively you can contact us on 02 9905 9400. Sale items are only shipped within Australia.... [more]

Around the Americas - the First Circumnavigation
BW Media,
Just when I thought that every sailing first had been accomplished, the first circumnavigation of the Americas is in now the planning stages! Two non-profit organizations are cooperating and now in preparation for an epic circumnavigation of North and South America. The project is aimed at building awareness for ocean preservation, and has been generously underwritten initially by The Tiff... [more]

Saddam's Yacht for Sale - Again!
Nancy Knudsen,
It must be one very confused superyacht by now. The secret yacht with the secret escape tunnel which was launched by Saddam Hussein in 1981, is for sale - again - this time by the Iraqi Government. No doubt current Iraqi leader Nouri al-Maliki feels he could do with the US$35 million or so they are asking for it.... [more]

Fine Croatia Sailing - and take your Hiking Boots
Anna Pavord, the Independent/Sail-World,
Croatia has over 1000 islands along its shores, plenty to explore in sailing holiday after sailing holiday - but the best advice is to take your hiking boots to find the real secrets of the islands.... [more]

Branson abandons Atlantic record attempt
VAlex Mills,
An exhausted Richard Branson, speaking via satellite phone aboard Virgin Money, two days into their attempt to break the transatlantic mono-hull speed record. Has described the - night of hell - when Virgin Money was struck by a massive wave from behind – washing one of our life rafts over board. Her badly torn mainsail cannot be repaired at sea and the record attempt has had to be abandoned.... [more] - Contributors Guidelines
Richard Gladwell,,
Guidelines for sailors writing articles for publication on Our website encompasses all forms of sailing, including cruising. Whether its racing in yachts, skiffs or dinghies, regattas, twilights or ocean races, there is always a story waiting to be told Sail-World is happy to receive your articles. Be it profiles of people and boats, tuning, tactics, techniques, safety and seamans... [more]

Maritime Museum Evening on Endeavour
BW Media,
Sydney's Darling Harbour is the venue for the opportunity to step back in time for an 18th century tall ship adventure with the National Maritime Museum's 'Evening on Endeavour' from 6 pm to 8 pm on Saturday 15 November.... [more]

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