Sail-World expands - again...rallies rallies rallies...Jessica Watson - so which record?...collision at sea, the unthinkable - final article...Australian sailing fatalities...and much more...

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More Canadian news and readers with new strategic alliance

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Sail-World, already the largest online marine news network in the world, continues to expand at a rapid rate, and this week we welcome more Canadian readers and news with a new strategic alliance.

In the wake of tragic tsunamis in the Pacific in the last couple of weeks, 18 Indian Ocean countries yesterday tested their tsunami warning systems. The message for sailors in port when a tsunami strikes is clear. When the water drops, get out, get out now, and get out fast.

16-year-old Australian Jessica Watson is in the last days of preparation to depart from Sydney on her non-stop unassisted round-world journey that will take her into the frigid windy waters of the Southern Ocean and Cape Horn. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau's preliminary report on her collision with a ship on her first night at sea has been delayed until 20th October, and she's not likely to wait for it. There's also a puzzle on exactly which record she is trying to beat. She won't be recognised by the World Speed Sailing Record Council (WSSRC) who has discontinued such recognition since Jesse Martin's circumnavigation. Watch Sail-World Cruising for new stories on Jessica as they break....

Rallies, rallies, rallies. This is the era of the rally. Cruising sailors are showing how much they love rallies by the number that are springing up all over the world. A rally seems to perfectly combine the comaraderie of shared experiences with the glorious freedom that most sailors love. This week you can read about them in the Pacific, in the Med, in Asia, in the Caribbean and also one that goes round the world. Wherever you are, there's a rally within reach.

Here's also the final article on 'Collision at sea - the unthinkable', and you can go back and read the earlier articles with easy links from the story. It's information that all sailors who leave the dock should have.

Then there are the sailing tales – breezy days with Balvenie in the Med and a comically harrowing tale of Ocean Watch caught going the wrong way in a Gulf Stream gale – they're headed for the Horn too.

There's something for everyone, so browse through the stories and choose what interests you

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

New Asia yacht rallies announced for 2010
Allan Riches, Rally organiser,
Two new yacht rallies will be drawcards for yachts in the South East Asia region in 2010. The rallies will follow the 'Sail Indonesia' rally which most circumnavigating yachts use for departure from Darwin for Indonesia, but these rallies are also ideal adventuring for yachts already in the area.... [more]
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100 yachts in 8th Blue Water World Rally
Blackwattle Studios,
Over 100 courageous individuals signed up for the eighth bi-annual Blue Water World Rally which will set sail from Gibraltar on 25 October in what is forecast as an ‘El NiƱo' year. Over the next two years 21 yachts will sail with Blue Water Rallies from Gibraltar to the Caribbean, 32 yachts will cross the pacific to Australia, where more southern hemisphere yachts will join for the “Oz-Med” Rally... [more]
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Port2Port Rally in Tsunami scare
BW Media,
About 50 boats anchored in Vanuatu in preparation for the 10th Annual Port2Port Rally to Bundaberg on Australia's east coast were given a scare yesterday morning when yet another earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean, this time closer to Vanuatu.... [more]
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Croatia Yacht Rally goes One Design in 2009
Trevor Joyce,
It has taken a long time for any yacht builder to realize that a good cruising yacht does not have to be a sailing slow coach but the Dufour 44 Performance has done the job admirably.... [more]
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New Series of Fun Rallies on Chartered Yachts
Trevor Joyce,
On line yacht charter company Boat Bookings introduce a series of yacht rallies for clients seeking to add an extra dimension their sailing holiday. Operated by Australian rally specialist Mariner Boating Holidays the events are billed as the only yacht rallies in the world where there are more lay days than races.... [more]
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Final Incident No. 13 - Steering Seizure - and try your hand at all 13
MAIB/Sail-World Cruising,
The best mistakes to learn by are other people's. This is especially so with sailing. In this anecdote, the 13th and last in the series, we present a real sailing situation which was investigated by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), and THREE lessons deduced. Can you identify the lessons? (Find answers at the end of the story, and links to the other 12 Incidents)... [more]
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Collision at sea - the unthinkable, Part IV
Sail-World Cruising,
In this article, Part IV of a four part series, we discuss the situation of yachts and ships in enclosed waters, a ship's ‘close proximity' effects on a yacht, how to tell you're on a collision course, the meaning of horn blasts from a ship, how you don't have right-of-way, and suggest a great gadget that may help.... [more]
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Ocean Watch - going the wrong way in a Gulf Stream gale
Herb McCormick and Mark Schrader/Sail-World,
There's nothing like sitting in a warm room reading about someone else's experience in a bad ocean with a contrary gale. Last May Ocean Watch, expedition ship of the Around the Americas Expedition, set out from Seattle to circumnavigation the Americas. Having completed the North West Passage they are on their way to the Horn, but read here their tales of sailing for Cape Hatteras... [more]
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Turkey: A curious blend of old and new, simplicity and sophistication
Sunsail Promotions,
Diversity is the word for this dazzling destination where the ruins of ancient civilisations mix with vibrant nightlife, cosmopolitan shopping and modern marinas. And now holidaymakers looking for the ultimate Turkish experience can discover towns untouched by tourism and beautiful bays still only accessible by boat as part of a Sunsail sailing flotilla.... [more]
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New Marine Protected Area for Nova Scotia closer to becoming a reality
Marketwire Incorporated,
The Government of Canada took at step toward its commitment to protecting Canada's oceans by announcing three areas of interest (AOIs) as candidates for the establishment of Nova Scotia's next marine protected area (MPA). These candidates are all offshore areas off the coast of Nova Scotia: Middle Bank, St. Anns Bank, and Misaine Bank and the Eastern Shoal.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie - Croatia to Italy
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in the Mediterranean on their 47ft fractional rigged, centre cockpit sloop, Balvenie. This week they sail from Croatia to Italy: The anchorage at the head of Zaton Bay just north of Dubrovnik is large, shallow and protected from all but westerly winds.... [more]
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Superyacht success to be harnessed for Asia
Sail-World Cruising,
While the marine industry is littered by casualties of the Global Financial Crisis, the superyacht sector, where some yachts can cost upwards of $100 million with owners spending 10% of that per annum on upkeep, was one of the least affected and continues to surge ahead unabated in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean... [more]
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Silent Sound fresh from North West Passage, arrives Halifax
BW Media,
The skipper of another yacht, of the few who made the famed North West Passage crossing this season, here tells their unique tale. It is the story of Silent Sound, whose skipper and crew set out to use the written word, video and photos to tell the story of how climate change is affecting Arctic communities.... [more]
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UNESCO Member States in Indian Ocean to test tsunami warning system
Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission,
Eighteen countries* around the Indian Ocean Rim will participate in an ocean-wide tsunami exercise on 14 October to coincide with World Disaster Reduction Day.... [more]
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Australia's Flinders Island Race Tragedy –waiting for official enquiry,
The Australian sailing community is numb today and will stay that way for a long while. More because the conditions just before 3am on Saturday morning amongst the Five Islands off Port Kembla were so unlike those of Bass Strait 1998... [more]
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Product of the Week: Potable Water Scale Remover
BW Media,
How long since you paid any attention to the water in the water tanks in your boat? How much residue is being left there by mineral deposits? Here's a product that will remove the scales inside pipes and tanks, and it's ecologically safe. It's called PSW, standing for Potable Water Scale Remover.... [more]
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Sail-World expands in North America with marine magazine alliance
Jeni Bone,,
The largest online marine news network in the world, Australia's TetraMedia Marine Group, publishers of, and has announced a strategic alliance with a major North American magazine publisher.... [more]
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