Australian Sailor's shooting death in's largest yacht - will it ever be finished...8 tips for sailing in coral waters...letter from the Indies...and much more

29 Jan 2009

Diary Dates


2009 - NOT the same as 2008

Drew Gollan  .
The tragic news of the shooting death of Australian Drew Gollan, old Kings boy and would-be future resident of Hervey Bay in Queensland, shocked the sailing world of Antigua, and appalled and grieved his sailing community back home. If there's any good news at all, it's that yachts are deserting Antigua in droves as a result of the incident.

In more positive news, sailors concerned about Australia's reefs, coastlines and the world's oceans will be delighted with the new appointmen to the leadership of the very august NOAA. The hope is that Dr Jane Lubchenko's proven commitment to the rescue of the oceans will have a significant influence in her new role.

The global meltdown is also affecting our sailing environment dramatically, with plummeting boat sales and many marine closures. This can be good news for the new cruising sailor who may find the acquisition of a sailing boat not as expensive as it was this time last year. Even impoverished billionaire Roman Abromovich, that compulsive yacht purchaser, seems to have a problem or two.

The only people not greatly affected by political economic changes are those lucky people already out there sailing and little touched by the cares of the landed world.
Forget it all and come sailing!  .. .
The globe-sailing Australians/New Zealanders Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue their sailing adventures around the British Virgin Islands, and the round-world Blue Water Rally is finding that things are looking up in Galle in Sri Lanka.

Thinking of sailing in and around the Barrier Reef or other coral waters? Read our tips this week to make the journey safer – and if you already have good experience in such waters, do you have any more tips to share?

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

Forget all else and come sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Australian's Death Triggers Antigua Outrage
Antigua Sun/Sail-World Cruising,
In the midst of preparation for the 42nd Antigua Sailing Week, the largest and most spectacular regatta of the Caribbean, the island is in uproar and yachts are leaving in droves, as the yachting community grieves in anger about the shooting death of 38-year-old Australian yacht skipper Drew Gollan.... [more]

New NOAA leader a win for all sailors

For sailors who are environmentally aware not only in Australia but around the world, there's a clear win with the recent appointment the new head of NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmosphere Administration). A member of Sailors for the Sea's advisory board, Dr Jane Lubchenco, has just been announced as the new head... [more]

Charles Darwin - Voyages and ideas that shook the world exhibit
Bill Richards,
We all know travel broadens our vision and stimulates our thinking... but what sort of voyage was it that inspired Charles Darwin to construct his theory of evolution that shook the 19th century world's beliefs to their core?... [more]

'We don't want calls to landfill sites!' Rescue Authorities
BW Media,
Maritime agencies are warning sailors to dispose of their 121.5MHz transmitters, which become redundant on February 01, responsibly so that rescuers will not be called to false alarms in landfill sites.... [more]

Eight tips for negotiating coral or rocky waters
Nancy Knudsen,
Poking around in new coves, exploring off-the-beaten-track bays and roaming through coral atolls are some of the joys of cruising. But colliding with coral is not particularly good for the paintwork, and sinking the boat or wrecking it on a reef is apt to spoil any good holiday cruise:... [more]

World's largest yacht - will it ever be finished?
Lisa Mylchreest,
If you are feeling bad about your losses in the world's financial collapse, spare a tear for the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, that yacht owner extraodinaire who is currently building the world's largest yacht. Abramovich is reputed to have lost $12 billion of his $15 billion fortune, raising the question of whether his newest yacht, cheekily called 'Eclipse', will ever be finished.... [more]

Anatomy of a rescue
Capt. Corinna M. Jones/Sail-World,
A recent search in the remote waters off Madagascar has been called off after a three day operation. The operation was successful in saving the life of one sailor, found tied to the hull of their upturned catamaran off the coast of Madagascar, but frustrated and grieved by the loss of two others. What background organisation goes into such a search? How does it work and who is involved?... [more]

Nine on Yacht rescued from Lion Island
NSW Police Media Release/Sail-World,
The violent southerly that hit the eastern coast of New South Wales yesterday (Saturday) caused more than just a sigh of relief from the overheated population. Water Police rescued nine people including a baby from a yacht which ran aground in the strong winds off Lion Island at Broken Bay just north of Sydney... [more]

Australian Wooden Boat Festival - there's still time!
Nancy Knudsen,
There's still time to make plans to be on the docks in Hobart for the Australian Wooden Boat Festival to be held on 6th-9th February Since the first event, held in 1994 – the result of a passion led by Andy Gamlin for wooden boats and the maritime history of Hobart, the Festival has grown into an event of international standing.... [more]

Indian Ocean gears up for cruisers - now there's Galle,
The Indian Ocean is becoming cruiser friendly! With India's Kochi building yacht facilities at a furious rate, and Sri Lanka's Galle port sprucing itself up with a new yacht marina, the long neglected Indian Ocean is set to take on a new look. 42 yachts in the round-world Blue Water Rally arrived in Galle this week and applauded the upgrade.... [more]

Letter from the Indies: British Virgin Islands
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue their tales of sailing in the Caribbean: An area of 60 islands, the British Virgin Islands is a sailor's fantasy; with a constant wind of 15-25 knots, we can go where it takes us. Pirates once ruled these islands, hiding in the secluded bays and burying their treasure ashore... [more]

Yacht mystery deepens as police call for help
ABC/Sail-World Cruising,
Fears grow for the safety of a missing Hobart sailor, and police are appealing for information about the missing yachtsman after they were called to the 16-metre ketch as it was sinking off Sandy Bay... [more]

Two Missing from Capsized Cat off Madagascar
BW Media Roundup,
An experienced round-world cruising sailor with many thousands of sea miles under his belt and one of his crew, a doctor of environmental studies, are missing feared drowned in the Indian Ocean. Quen Cultra and Joe Ttrykowski are missing after their catamaran capsized off Madagascar.... [more]

Australian Skipper Shot Dead in Caribbean
BW Media Roundup,
The sailing community of one of the Caribbean's most famous anchorages and resorts has been shocked by the shooting death of a professional yacht skipper. Australian Drew Gollan, Captain of the 163 ft Perini Navi yacht Perseus has been shot dead by would-be robbers.... [more]

Sail Cuba - Coming at last for American sailors?
Nancy Knudsen,
News that the Obama Administration may lift travel restrictions relating to Cuba could mean that American cruising sailors in the Caribbean would have a whole new sailing ground opened up. It might also mean that wrecked sailors would no longer end up in jail in Cuba, as happened recently to two hapless American sailors from Florida... [more]

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