Another yacht hijacked...cruising CUBA...the castaway dog who never gave up...fitting out a new cruising boat Part 3...and much more

09 Apr 2009                                      To respond to this email CLICK HERE

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Somali pirates head south-west

Three-year-old Colin Lemacon, held captive by Somali pirates.  .
Heading the news today is the story of the third yacht that has been hijacked by Somali pirates in as many weeks, making 2009 already the worst for yachts in terms of the number of yachts seized.

It is significant that the three latest hijacks, which have now resulted in 15 sailors, 10 Seychellois and five French citizens being held as hostages, including a three-year-old baby, did NOT occur in the traditional pirate-zone waters between Somalia and Yemen. Neither did the attempted hijack of the latest American ship Maersk Alabama, which was in the Indian Ocean 300 miles from the coast.

It underscores the belief that these business-minded pirates have headed south and away from the coast to avoid clashing with the navies of the many countries who now patrol the region

It is also significant that no yachts that have either sailed close to the Yemeni shore where Yemeni coastguard are in control, or used the defined and closely guarded shipping corridor have encountered pirates.

In lighter news, the Treleavens report back on their arrival and experiences in Cuba. Being Australians, there is no bar to their cruising in these waters, and many would-be Cuban cruisers of the future may find their experiences as fascinating as they do.

Peter Salisbury continues his down-to-earth article on fitting out a new cruising boat, and the product of the week is the simple hand pump, a light and easy tool to carry on a boat with a multiplicity of uses.

The most charismatic story of the week is about a spoiled and much loved family dog who fell off the family sailing boat. Despite a long frantic search, the dog was finally given up for drowned. After grieving, the family even bought another dog. But then, a few months later, a miracle happened....

Lots of other news and articles too, so read on, enjoy, and...

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Cruising Editor

2009's third yacht seized by Somalis - four sailors and child held
BW Media roundup,
Authorities in France have released details about a French yacht which has been seized by pirates in the last few days, 500 miles off the Somali coast. Five French nationals are being held including a three-year-old child. It is the third yacht hijacked so far in 2009, making this year already the worst on record.... [more]

Letter from the Indies: Cruising in CUBA
Andrea and Ian Treleaven,
The Treleavens continue with their tales of sailing the Caribbean, and have just sailed from Turks & Caicos Islands via Guantanamo Bay(see picture of guarding speedboat left) to CUBA.Our first 24 hours in Cuba, Ian feels like he has died and gone to heaven, with wonderful music, mojitos and friendly Spanish speaking people. As for me, it is full of images to keep me wide-eyed... [more]

Seychelles under pirate siege - ten sailors now hostage
Somali Marine and Coastal/Sail-World,
The remote diving and holidaying destination of the Seychelles is now under virtual siege with the threat of piracy in its waters. Ten Seychellois are now in the hands of Somali pirates.... [more]

The castaway dog who never gave up
Media Services,
When Jan Griffith's much-loved dog, Sophie Tucker, was washed overboard in stormy seas as the family were cruising on their yacht off Mackay on the east coast of Australia, she believed that her pet had drowned.... [more]

Pirate attack widow returns to UK
BW Media roundup,
The widow of a British yachtsman killed by Burmese pirates as they sailed off the coast of southern Thailand in their yacht Mr Bean will fly home to the UK. It is believed businessman Malcolm Robertson, 64, from Hastings, East Sussex, was bludgeoned to death with a hammer and thrown overboard off the Andaman coast as he sailed with his wife Linda.... [more]

This week's product: The hand pump
Blackwattle Studios,
There are always a few things that the crusty old salt with a few decades of sailing under his belt just won't go to sea without. It might be the bucket, the deck torch, the harness or the sextant, just for starters. Maybe high on the list after that is the HAND PUMP... [more]

Broadband Radar new from Navico
Jeni Bone,
Navico has released the world's first recreational marine Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radome across three of its brands – Lowrance, Northstar and Simrad for each of those diverse markets.... [more]

Fitting out a new cruising boat - Part 3, Water supply and Heating
Peter Salisbury/Sail-World Cruising,
Peter Salisbury continues with his series on fitting out a new cruising boat. This is Part 3 of a four part series. This week Peter considers the issues of water supplies, heating and cooling. Links to the first two parts are contained within the article.... [more]

Bénéteau joins the GFC
Blackwattle Studios roundup,
If ever there was to be a sign that we were on hard times following the Global Financial Crisis (GFU), the news published by French newspaper Le Figaro that Bénéteau was to lay off between 7-800 staff is it.... [more]

Product of the Week - Shrinkwrap for boats

'You want to do what?' The butcher didn't seem amused. He stared at the complex hunk of metal being pushed over the counter at him. 'I was hoping you could vacuum wrap my spare starter motor.' He kept staring at the starter motor, not speaking. 'You know, like you do to the meat. Well you see, we're going to be at sea for a long time,' I felt the pleading tone in my voice now.... [more]

Teen round world solo sailor arrives Hobart
Nancy Knudsen,
Teenager Michael Perham, left Portsmouth UK on November 15th 2008, in seeking to complete a solo journey around the world, arrived in Hobart last night (Friday 3rd April), having just completed a four week/ 7,000 mile crossing of the Indian Ocean.... [more]

Malacca Strait NOT notorious for yacht piracy
Nancy Knudsen,
Sail-World Cruising would like to point out that, in the interests of providing correct advice to sailors, and contrary to reports in the Sydney Morning Herald (see link in story), the Malacca Straits have NOT been notorious for piracy against yachts for about the last 15 years, and the area is heavily travelled by cruising yachts, both local and international.... [more]

Second yacht taken by pirates near Seychelles
BW Media round-up,
In an action that suggests that Somali pirate gangs have been forced south in their desperate bid to continue holding boats for ransom, a second yacht has been hijacked off the Seychelle Islands. The motor yacht had just dropped its tourists, but still had its crew of seven Seychellois on board when taken... [more]

Restored Beetle Cats for Sale in Newport Rhode Island

The International Yacht Restoration School in Newport Rhode Island USA is holding its End of Season Inventory Sale by selling a number of restored Beetle cats at only US$7,500... [more]

PIMEX 2010 on track
PIMEX 2010 is now in the advanced planning stages, following the successful relocation to the stunning Royal Phuket Marina and the opening of the waterside Exhibition Hall last year. Now part of the Informa Yacht Group, promoters of the world-leading Monaco and Abu Dhabi Yacht Shows, PIMEX returns in 2010 with a new look and a new format.... [more]

San Francisco sailor lost at sea is found
U.S. Coastguard,
The U.S. Coast Guard has found a 26-foot sailing vessel captained by 39-year-old San Francisco sailor Sean Haggerty, who had been reportedly lost at sea.... [more]


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