Latest pirate attacks, Madagascar and to learn to sail when you don't have time to get your feet wet...Moko the dolphin, rudder thief and whale rescuer...lots of prizes this week...and much more

26 Mar 2009

Diary Dates


Pirates strike in unexpected waters...

Pirate attacks this week off Thailand and off Madagascar  .
Two pirate attacks in different corners of the world this week have left one sailor dead, one injured and seriously traumatised, and two held captive in a small town in Somalia.

The fact that the pirates in both cases were from rogue countries – Somalia and Burma – cannot be lost on the most superficial observer.

It may be small comfort, but in spite of their notoriety, the Somalis are very business-like about their 'profession', and in all the long years of piracy in the region, there are no reports of cruising sailors losing their lives.

It is also ironic that we had just dared to say 'so far so good', celebrating the fact that half way through the season almost a hundred yachts are thought to have passed safely through the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) in the Gulf of Aden.

On a much happier note, see the pictures of Moko the dolphin that ran away with the rudder during a sailing boat regatta in New Zealand, merely consolidating his star status, as only a couple of weeks ago he had saved two disoriented whales by leading them out to sea.

Sydney sailors will also be happy to know that many local lighthouses are being heritage listed to preserve them for the future, and there's the nice success story of the Australian made Seawind catamaran, holding yet another cruising rally.

Tales from the Treleavens - the cruising life  Ian & Andrea Treleaven
The Treleavens keep us entertained with their Tales from the Indies, there are excellent prizes to be won by readers – both sailing trips and sailing gear - and some great opportunities to join a unique sailing craft which is circumnavigating Africa.

Finally, in this issue you'll find some valuable advice:
- How to learn to sail when you don't have time to get your feet wet...
- How to get the best use out of your DSC-equipped marine radio.

Read about it all, enjoy, and....

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

Somali pirates move south, attack Seychelles yacht
BW Media roundup,
Multiple reports considered to be reliable say that Somali pirates have hijacked the yacht Serenity, with Seychelles citizens Gilbert Victor and Andre Conrad on board and are holding them in an area close to Garacad in Somalia... [more]

How to learn to sail when you don't have time to get to the water
BW Media,
Need some sailing lessons but too busy to take them? Going for a charter holiday and want to prepare quickly? A long time since you've sailed and need to brush up before you get on the water? Maybe online sailing lessons with NauticED are the way to go... [more]

Moko the Dolphin whale-saver, Star of Mahia Regatta
Tim Sandall,
Moko the dolphin, a local identity at Mahia, a popular holiday town on the East Coast of the North Island in New Zealand, entertained young and old during the Wairoa Yacht Clubs annual Mahia Regatta,enabling these photos. Just weeks before, Moko had saved the lives of two whales.... [more]

Burmese 'fishermen' murder British sailor in Thailand
BW Roundup,
A British sailor who had been cruising the world for nine years has been allegedly murdered by three Burmese migrant fishermen aboard his yacht off southern Thailand. They locked his wife in a cabin. The area where he was killed is regarded as safe and usually very busy with cruising yachts. There have been no attacks on yachts in the area for at least the last fourteen years... [more]

New DIY work area at Noakes Berrys Bay
Lisa Ratcliff,
Industry leader Noakes Boat & Shipyards has responded to boat owners' needs by creating a new do-it-yourself work area at Berrys Bay, North Sydney, and has once again invested heavily to minimise the operation's environmental footprint.... [more]

Last Days to enter Line 7 Emirates Team NZ gear sweepstakes,
Enter online now to win a choice of a Line 7 Emirates Team NZ crew polo, a Line 7 Force Jacket ,or Line 7 Force Vest, a Line 7 Gulf Jacket or Line 7 Gulf pants, or a Line 7 GP Microfleece. Competition Friday night (Australian time), so enter right now!!... [more]

The wonderful world of the DSC
Ron Trossbach/Sail-World Cruising,
Do you have a DSC facility on your radio? If you are asking 'What is a DSC?' then you really need to study this article. Are you confident that you know ALL the side benefits of this technology? If not, then there is much of value to read here..... [more]

Saving Sydney's lighthouses
Sail-World Cruising,
New South Wales boaters will be glad to hear that one of Australia's oldest lighthouses is among more than 40 buildings and items which have been added to the State's Heritage Register. Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi announced the list this week.... [more]

Chance photo spells jail for fraudulent cruising sailors
Nick Britten, Telegraph/Sail-World,
A chance photo, taken by some other cruisers in an anchorage, has led to the jailing of a couple who lived from disabled benefits while sailing the world on a cruising yacht. Shashi Bacheta, 52, and Jeffrey Cole, 58, admitted a total of 20 charges connected with the elaborate fraud, which was played out over almost five years.... [more]

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
Andrea and Ian Treleaven continue with their tales of sailing in the Caribbean in their yacht Finnisterre: 'With only a day to spare to rendezvous with Mike and Di Quaife in Grand Turk, we are given permission to leave Luperon in the Dominican Republic. What a lot of bureaucratic nonsense!... [more]

Henry Lloyd now open in Chatswood Chase Sydney
BW Media,
Better known in the world of cold water sailing for their legendary wet weather gear, Henry Lloyd has opened its doors this month to their second Australian concept store. Chatswood Chase, on Sydney's thriving north shore, is a long way from any association with the sea, but it is right at home in the quality stakes to make Henry Lloyd's garments feel at home.... [more]

Yachts transit the pirate zone - so far so good
MARAD/Sail-World Cruising,
While three yacht crews were kidnapped in the last couple of years (all being eventually released), no incidents involving yachts have been reported this year. As the season(February to April) for the passage of yachts travelling north through the Red Sea is at its midpoint, two distinct methods of transiting the pirate zone in the Gulf of Aden have emerged.... [more]

Sturrocks Boatique - North Sails nautical fashion exclusive
Media Services,
The Sturrocks Boatique located in Mosman, Sydney is proud to announce the new season's collection of highly sought after Italian nautical fashion brand North Sails. March is the month that sees the famous Sturrocks's Military Road windows transform to bring this high street fashion brand to life and is the feature brand for the month.... [more]

Seawind Whitsunday Rally is on again in June
Seawind media,
Due to overwhelming demand, we are excited to announce that the third Seawind Whitsunday Rally will be held this June 20 - 27. Seawind enthusiasts are invited to join us for a week of social racing, beach parties and island resort functions in within the 74 Whitsunday Islands.... [more]

Teenagers! Win a FREE three week sailing trip in the Caribbean

If you or someone you know is a teenager, and you can create a great greeting card to the best known politician in the world, you could win a free three week sailing trip in the Caribbean. Who's the best known politician in the world? Read on and find out...... [more]

Fog to blame for yacht and cargo ship collision
Sail-World Cruising,
The value of the Automatic Identification System (AIS) has been underlined again with the collision between a yacht and a ship off the southern coast of England.... [more]

Innovative Seawind Catamarans on display at Fremantle Boat Show
Media Services,
The Award Winning Seawind 1160 ('Most Innovative Sailboat' and 'Best Cruising Multihull' of the USA in 2007)and the Seawind 1000 will be on display at the 4th Annual Fremantle Boat Show commencing on Friday March 27.... [more]

Weather triple whammy roughs up the Great Barrier Reef
GBRMPA media,
Stifling heat, heavy rainfall causing significant flooding, and destructive winds from cyclone Hamish, have all compounded to have a hard hitting impact on the Great Barrier Reef... [more]

Teen Circumnavigators Update
Lisa Mylchreest,
British teenager Michael Perham and Californian teenager Zac Sunderland, now both seventeen, are separately embarked on solo circumnavigations of the world, and both are doing well. Michael is in the Southern Indian Ocean, over half way from Captown in South Africa to Australia, and doing over 200 miles a day in his 50ft racing yacht TotallyMoney. His circumnavigation is from west to east, whi... [more]

Opportunity for young sailors seeking adventure
Sail-World Cruising,
Young aspiring sailors will have the opportunity for a memorable adventure when the round-Africa Phoenicia Expedition begins again in August this year, or you could be part of a one week adventure in May to move the boat from its current location to Aden in Yemen... [more]

Rescued four times in 12 days
Eryl Crump, Daily Post/Sail-World Cruising,
There is always someone new vying for the title of Captain Calamity it seems, this time in Wales. A sailor who sparked four sea rescues in the past 12 days in an effort to reach the Isle of Man from North Wales was last night safely moored, thanks to four rescues in 12 days, at a North Wales marina. Rescuers have now told the man, who has not been named, his ill-equipped vessel is not seaworthy.... [more]


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