Chandlers sell story for £500,000...two new Australian rallies to join...Bavaria to acquire Dufour and Grand Soleil...three more countries unsafe for cruising sailors...and much more...

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 25 Nov 2010

Cruising news from around the world

Nightvision cap - just what we've been waiting for. Even has a red light option to preserve your night vision  .
The most gripping cruising news of the week continues to be the fairytale rescue of the British cruising sailor couple and how they are coping with their new found freedom and their mega-star status, which has netted them a lucrative media deal.

Then there's the desperate plight of the South African couple who haven't been heard of since they were taken from the yacht they were sailing on from Dar es Salaam to South Africa nearly two weeks ago.

When times are tough it opens opportunities for those who are quick on their feet. It appears that the well-known Bavaria brand may have 'attracted' two other well-known brands to join their fold.

News of three rallies –one is the well-known Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) which is off on its 25th crossing of the Atlantic, but the other two are in Australia. The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia has announced a 'rendezvous' rally to Tasmania in the summer season, and in Western Australia, the Fremantle Sailing Club has announced a rally to accompany a race to Bali in April next year. Yes, you still have time to get to either of them before the start.

Featured yacht this week is the Antares 44i, the catamaran, unlike many production catamarans, that really is strong enough and well designed enough to cross oceans with the greatest of ease.

There are several useful stories this week too : Twelve tips on how to look after your money while you are cruising; a very innovative product in the 'Powercap' night vision cap with built in LED lights; a way to make emergency drinking water from sea water without a watermaker; and a book of the week, (a great Christmas gift from Boat Books) the RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers - yes cruising sailors need well-trimmed sails too!

....and much more too, so browse down the stories to find what interests you, and...

Smooth sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Young Australian of the Year? - Jessica Watson sails to Queensland win
Mark Furler/ Sail-World Cruising,
Young Australian of the Year - Buderim teenager Jessica Watson is on course to become Young Australian of the Year after being named Queensland's winner. While most of the Australian of the Year nominees are either youth workers, dedicated volunteers, environmental leaders or from some other altruistic calling, Jessica Watson, stands out as someone quite different from the norm.... [more]
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Kidnapped cruising sailors sell their story for £500,000
Sail-World Cruising Round-up,
With a reputed £620,000 (approx $980,000) paid out to secure their release from Somali pirates who kept them hostage for over a year, Paul and Rachel Chandler have sold their exclusive story to a media organisation for an estimated £500,000 (approx $790,000). Their international cruising plans on their yacht Lynn Rival, which had taken them from Britain to the Seychelles, were foiled by the kidnap... [more]
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2011 Fremantle To Bali International Yacht Rally - up and running
Yachting WA,
The official launch of the Visit Indonesia Fremantle to Bali 2011 event hosted by Fremantle Sailing Club marked not only the start of a new era of 'big boat' ocean racing in Western Australia, but also heralds the beginning of a new Cruising Rally from Fremantle to Bali.... [more]
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Bavaria tipped to acquire Dufour and Grand Soleil
Sail-World Cruising,
Two of the world's best known names in yacht production, Grand Soleil and Dufour, may be soon under the control of the well-known German boatbuilder Bavaria.... [more]
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Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique now unsafe for cruising sailors
Sail-World Cruising,
East African countries bordering the west Indian Ocean are becoming alarmed about Somali piracy spreading to their waters. These rising acts of piracy on the East African coast, which last week included the kidnapping of two South African cruising sailors, has ignited fears of the United Nations declaring the region's waters a war-risk operation zone... [more]
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CYCA plans rendezvous cruising to Tasmania this summer
Sail-World Cruising,
The Cruising Group of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia have announced Hobart 2011, an informal cruising agenda for boats who would like to cruise to Tasmania at the optimum time of the year, high summer.... [more]
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Beneteau bash with panache
Vicsail Sydney,
Beneteau Yachts annual regatta blasted off strongly thanks to a blustery southerly breeze that propelled the 44 boat fleet rapidly around their respective courses on Sydney Harbour. To start the day crews were fuelled up by a convivial champagne breakfast, as joint commodores Ian and Andrea Treleaven regaled the 300 attendees.... [more]
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Featured yacht: Antares 44i, the ocean-crossing catamaran

Most production catamarans are built for vacations in protected waters, and their features are designed to attract the short term sailor. The Antares 44i is designed with the entire world in mind, and built in Argentina, instead of Canada, since 2008. Even when fully loaded for circumnavigation, the Antares 44i continues to perform well, as she was designed to do.... [more]
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Cruising sailor and money: The Twelve Tips
Cruisers Network Online/Sail-World,
Once the long range cruiser was obliged to go to very complicated systems and/or carry large quantities of cash while sailing in foreign climes. Today, with the explosion of internet-based banking and credit cards, life has become much easier, but the devil, and the would-be fraudsters, are in the detail.... [more]
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Product of the Week: the Night Vision Cap
Lee Mylchreest,
They've finally done it - a brilliant way of seeing at night on the deck, without a torch, without the old cumbersome head torch and without blinding your fellow crew! It's called a 'Powercap' Night Vision Cap, using light and long lasting LED batteries, and it's our product of the week.... [more]
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ARC 2010 Starts - 233 yachts cross the line in sunshine
World Cruising Club,
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) started in spectacular style today as 233 yachts from 26 nations sailed across the start line off Las Palmas de Gran Canaria heading for their final destination, 2,700 nautical miles away in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia.... [more]
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Product of the Week: Emergency drink, straight from seawater
Lee Mylchreest,
All sailors who pride themselves on good seamanship will want to have one of these onboard, maybe several in the grab bag, and some in a locker for when your water is contaminated or the pump doesn't work. Seapack Crew is an emergency supply of a safe, hydrating drink, straight from seawater. No power is needed, no pumping. Fresh water in as little as eight hours, straight from the sea.... [more]
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Book of the Week: RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers
Rob Tickner,
The RYA Sail Trim Handbook for Cruisers by Rob Gibson is an all-new title and is crammed with useful tips and pointers on one of the fundamentals of good seamanship: sail trim. The book focuses more on the needs of the cruising sailor as opposed to the out-and-out racer. After all, a well-trimmed cruising yacht will be better balanced, easier to handle, and will sail more comfortably.... [more]
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NSW Weekend Boating Alert: Hawkesbury River Bridge to Bridge
NSW Maritime,
NSW Maritime has granted exclusive use to a section of the Hawkesbury River to allow the Bridge to Bridge water-ski race to take place on November 20 and 21.... [more]
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Polish Solanus - from the North West Passage to the Horn
Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune/Sail-World Cruising,
She'd made her way all the from Poland, she'd conquered the Northwest Passage during the summer, one of the most dangerous sailing routes in the world, considered a watery Everest. Yet deeper trouble loomed large for the 48ft yawl when she hit the Bering Sea.... [more]
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Historic City of Adelaide to move to Adelaide
Des Ryan,
A quarter of a million Australians who can trace their history to the clipper ship the City of Adelaide will be able to rejoice in the near future when the historic ship moves to Adelaide. After campaigning for years, the non-profit organisation was recently successful in their efforts to have the ship brought to Adelaide, as declared by the Scottish culture minister.... [more]
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NSW Maritime - New handbook for NSW boaters
Penny Robins,
NSW Maritime's 2010-2011 Safe Boating Handbook is now available free throughout the State in print and online.... [more]
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B&G unveils navigation system with Broadband Radar
Sandman Public Relations,
B&G unveils navigation system with Broadband Radar - Bringing the benefits of B&G race performance to cruising sailors in an easy-to-use format, Zeus has been designed as a fully-integrated, high-performance navigation system with bright, sunlight viewable displays and features unique and dedicated sailing functions.... [more]
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Lost & Found - happy ending to yacht rescue off Qingdao
Alistair Skinner,
Last Sunday 22 November, three Flying Tigers set sail from Qingdao Olympic Marina for what should have been a nice afternoon sail off the harbour. But a wind from the north at over 30 knots appeared from out of the blue, and one of the Flying Tigers was blown out to sea.... [more]
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The Great God – Zeus from Brookes and Gatehouse
John Curnow,
At some point in boat ownership, virtually everyone has had to work his or her way through one device not talking with another. When trying to get the information feed from one instrument displayed elsewhere, it has often proven very difficult, at best. Additionally, there are lots of connectors to fail and good old-fashioned water to get into any place it can find.... [more]
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Burke Sprint Sailing Jacket
Burke Marine,
Burke Sprint Sailing Jacket - This CB10 Breathable lightweight jacket keeps you dry by transferring condensation through the fabric but is 100% waterproof, windproof and durable.... [more]
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