Ian Thomson abandons non-stop attempt to circumnavigate Australia...marine hazard in the Tasman...Bounty Boat on last leg...Tasmanians in Hall of Fame...Jessica into Mooloolaba...his yacht, his helicopter gone and the millionaire swimming...and more...

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 10 Jun 2010

The hot news, the comic, the tragic and the zany...

Adrenalin: lifestyle and income all in one. All you need to do is cancel your current life  .
Sail-World doesn't read like a newspaper.

You won't find the biggest stories of the week in the largest headlines, and the frivolous news on the back page.

Mostly stories are listed chronologically, with the comic sitting beside the practical, and the tragedies reported in the same list as the great achievements.

But there's one thing you can be sure of, that here in this Sail-World Cruising news e-magazine, you can count on all the non-competitive sailing news from Australia and the World to reach you in one tidy bundle – every week!

So browse down the headlines below and see what interests you:

It's a great disappointment for Ian Thomson who was trying to beat the solo unassisted circumnavigation of Australia record. He has had to call into Sydney for repairs to his charging system - he was going so well too!

Further unfortunate news is that the Around Australia Rally scheduled to commence in 2011 has had to be rescheduled for a later date. Better announce it now than closer to departure time.

But you might raise a smile at the zany story of the very wet Scottish millionaire ex-footballer who couldn't win a trick. Read how he lost both his yacht and his helicopter in a couple of unfortunate hours and ended up having to swim for home.

While Jessica Watson is enjoying the adulation of Mooloolaba and the welcome back into her family home, Holland's Laura Dekker is waiting until next week to find out if the Children's Court will allow her to go global sailing. Down in the Indian Ocean, California's Abby Sunderland is having a tough time. The gales passing have winds gusting to 50 and 60 knots, but she's overcoming everything thrown at her.

Gutsy adventurer Don McIntyre and his three crew in the replica of Captain Bligh's Bounty Boat are on their last leg of a seven week journey from Vanuatu in the South Pacific to Kupang in Indonesia. It's not been so easy, for some familiar reasons...

Finally, read about the yacht, the income and the lifestyle ready for you in some of the most idyllic cruising water in the world, in the Whitsundays. All you need to do is be prepared to cancel your current life, and accept the adventure.

There's much more too, so read on, enjoy, and...

...Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

SOS Ocean Race - Thomson pit stops in Sydney
Sail-World last night talked to a disappointed Ian Thomson, sitting aboard in his boat in Middle Harbour in Sydney. The non stop, unassisted part of his circumnavigation has gone. 'You have to make responsible decisions in life and that is more important than a record.' he said.... [more]
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The sad story of the footballer, the yacht and the helicopter
Nancy Knudsen,
Sometimes it's just one of those days.... Imagine this: It's early morning and you slip out of bed to peer out the window of your treasured holiday house, which looks over the splendid Loch Long in Argyll in Scotland, and over your lovely yacht, moored at the bottom of the garden. ...but this morning something doesn't look quite right. The yacht is gone!... [more]
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Marine threat from abandoned Dutch yacht in South Pacific
Sail-World Cruising,
Sailors in waters off New Zealand will need to be aware of a floating dismasted yacht after two Dutch sailors were winched off their boat this week. There is an emergency beacon attached to the yacht and New Zealand authorities were tracking it. Seas were wild when the couple, who were on their way to Vanuatu, called a Pan pan after their yacht lost power and steering after being dismasted... [more]
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Jessica Watson sails into her home port
Lisa Mylchreest,
She may have already crossed her outward route and thereby completed her circumnavigation, but until teen sailor Jessica Watson sailed into her home town of Mooloolaba on Sunday, she hadn't really completed her journey.... [more]
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Bounty Boat on the last leg to Kupang
Nancy Knudsen,
The Talisker Bounty Boat, skippered by Australian adventurer Don McIntyre, is on the last big leg of their adventure to recreate the voyage in an open boat of Captain William Bligh and 18 men after his crew mutinied in Tonga.... [more]
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First exploration of sub-glacial Antarctic lake is a major step closer
British Antarctic Survey,
Scientists have located the ideal drill site for the first ever exploration of an Antarctic sub-glacial lake, a development that it likely to facilitate a revolution in climate-change research and which may lead to the discovery of life-forms cut off from the main line of evolution for millions of years.... [more]
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Sail-World.com expands in North America with U.S. Editor David Schmidt
Jeni Bone MarineBusiness-World.com,
The Sail-World network of sailing news sites worldwide continues to strengthen with the appointment of Seattle based, Sail-World USA Editor, David Schmidt.... [more]
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Sail-World talks to Meridien Marinas Berth Winner
We have been talking to the still shaking long time Sail-World Cruising reader from South East Queensland who has just been announced the winner of the Meridien Marinas Free Berthing for the next 25 years competition. A prize conservatively valued at AUD$300,000, obviously the biggest prize we've ever had on Sail-World.com Here is the story.... [more]
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United We Sail - Sailing bridges gaps of racial barriers
Smitha Ramamurthy,
For Indian student Ajay Rau, the sport of sailing has bridged the gaps of racial barriers and launched a platform for cultural harmony.... [more]
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2010 Club Yachting Life Rally in Palma de Mallorca
Merijn de Waard, Super Yacht Times,
Not all yacht rallies of cruising sailors are concentrated on the popular 35-50ft cruising boat, and here Merijn de Waard tells of her experience joining a rally of splendid Jongert sailing boats, up to 100 metres in length - the 2010 Club Yachting Life Rally in Palma de Mallorca.... [more]
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Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally- Out of Time for 2011
Bob Williams,
The Around Australia Ocean Race and Rally event has received unprecedented interest from local and international yacht owners, crew and supporters, along with a ground swell of enthusiasm from potential event hosts around Australia – including yacht clubs, local councils, port authorities, tourism and development authorities and governments.... [more]
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Indian Ocean - testing times for Abby Sunderland
Nancy Knudsen,
Californian Abby Sunderland is showing her stoic nature as the Indian Ocean proves challenging for the sixteen-year-old sailor who is out to become the youngest circumnavigator ever, sailing on her Open 40 Wild Eyes.... [more]
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Adrenalin Rush and a lifestyle you could have
Sail-World Cruising,
You never know what will happen when you throw of the docklines and go sailing. For Keith Logan, taking a year off turned into a magic lifestyle and a business to keep him doing what he loved permanently, and which he can now pass on to others.... [more]
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Jessica returns to the Gold Coast to say thank you, on to Mooloolaba
Des Ryan,
As Jessica Watson, Australia's best-known teenage sailor, called into the Gold Coast on her way up the coast heading for Mooloolaba, it was a very different picture from that of just eight months ago.... [more]
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CYCA launches Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trusts raffle 2010
The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia today announced the launch of its annual Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Trusts Raffle with the major prize being a luxury Mudgee escape that includes a two night stay at Evanslea, a five-star luxury bed and breakfast in Mudgee, with an Audi for the weekend and a private tasting and wine tour at Robert Oatley Vineyards.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Sweden's Arcona 34
Nancy Knudsen,
You want a comfortable cruising boat, but you don't want a dog. Swedish company Arcona's new product, the Arcona 340 perfectly fits that category and was nominated for 'European Yacht of the Year 2009/2010', in the class of 'performance cruiser.'... [more]
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Dutch child protection authorities move against young sailor
Nancy Knudsen,
Fourteen-year-old Dutch girl Laura Dekker may remain remain a ward of court and so unable to set out on her planned two-year solo sailing trip around the world. The Dutch child protection authorities have asked the court to extend the girl's status, which was set to end on 1 July, shortly after which Laura wanted to begin her attempt.... [more]
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Second yacht attack in three months in Colombia's Five Bays
Nancy Knudsen,
French cruising sailor Brice Lequertier, sailing on yacht Piolan has reported an attack in Bahia Guayraca, the third of five bays in the Five Bay area of the Caribbean coast of Colombia.... [more]
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Australian Solo sailor ahead of record as he rounds Tasmania
Australian solo sailor Ian Thomson is edging towards Tasmania's South East Cape and will soon be heading north again., with just 1592 nautical miles out of the total WSSRC 6542 nautical miles around the Australian coastline. Thomson is aiming to break the 68 day record for sailing around Australia, non stop unassisted. In the early hours of Day 32, the Airlie Beach sailor spoke to Sail-World... [more]
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Last Chance to win to win a PredictWind Professional subscription
Richard Gladwell,
Ten Sail-World readers will win a PredictWind Professional forecasting package for one year, valued at almost $1,000 per subscription. Enter NOW!! COMPETITION CLOSES SOON!! There are ten annual subscriptions of the just released new version of PredictWind's Professional Forecast Package top be won in Sail-World's competition.... [more]
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Tasmanians inducted into Yachting Hall of Fame
Peter Campbell,
Sailing has been an integral part of Tasmania's development. In the late 19th century sailing progressed from just an economic necessity to a recreational past time. Since then Tasmanians have excelled in their sailing pursuits both on and off the water.... [more]
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Istanbul – Culmination of the Annual Aegean Rally
Maggie Joyce,
After the completion of the 2010 annual Aegean Rally Trevor and Maggie Joyce joined the press boat to cover the departure of the Historic Seas Regatta tall ships from Istanbul. The eight ships representing countries from the UK to Oman including the Netherlands, Russia Turkey, Germany and Poland, left Istanbul on Sunday 30th May.... [more]
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World Oceans Day, June 08 - never was it more vital
Lisa Mylchreest,
June 8th is World Oceans Day, and never were our oceans more in need of a friend. With discarded plastic bags killing thousands of precious sea animals, with the world's fish stocks at record lows and the oil well damage on the shorelines of the Indian Ocean, Canada's Pacific coastline and now the Gulf of Mexico, the world that the sailor loves to inhabit is under threat like never before.... [more]
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NSW Government Budget 2010 - Safer waterways, cleaner harbour and more
NSW Government,
The Keneally Government will invest $25.9 million on new capital works, improving safety on the state's waterways, upgrading Sydney Harbour commuter wharves and the Sydney Harbour cleaning fleet.... [more]
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