July 2005


The Venice Lagoon

From the Istrian peninsular in Croatia, Venice is just 50 miles away. It was nearly 2,000 miles since we had left the south of France in the early summer and we now had little time left to find somewhere to leave Calypso for the winter. But after two months of reliable, settled weather and calm seas we had unexpectedly reached the northern Adriatic with Venice just an irresistible day-sail away.
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While many places in the Mediterranean lay conflicting claims as the location of the adventures of the Odyssey, there is no doubt about the position of Scylla and Charybdis. These twin perils of the Straits of Messina still exist, although the lethal force of the whirlpool of Charybdis, off the Sicily coast, has since been tamed by an 18th century earthquake. The whereabouts of the six-headed monster, on the mainland opposite, is unknown, but her home in the cliffs of Scylla remains to this day. It was here that Odysseus, in his anxiety to avoid his ship being sucked into the vortex of Charybdis, sailed instead too close to the mainland, where Scylla emerged from her cave and plucked six of his men off the deck – one in each of her jaws.
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A limited edition of Steiner’s well-proven Commander binoculars is being offered to celebrate the company’s twenty-fifth anniversary. Such is the German company’s faith in their product’s rugged construction, that they back it up with a 30 year warranty. Using two-way valve technology to prevent internal condensation, the binoculars are waterproof to a depth of 5 metres – and even float if dropped accidentally overboard. Suggested retail price, a smidge under £400.00.

It was only a matter of time before armchair sailing became a reality - although that’s not how Raymarine are marketing their new wireless controller. This remote hand-held device can control the boat from distances of up to 10 metres from a base station mounted below deck. With a high-contrast repeater displaying other boat information such as speed, course and wind direction, it’s now possible to monitor all the instruments while controlling the boat from a position of comfort. A simpler model, the S100 is also available as a dedicated unit to operate any Raymarine autopilot.

Following protests from visiting boaters, Croatia has backed down from requiring skippers of private boats to list in advance all visitors anticipated over the following year.
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Cruising World - Summer 2005 Welcome to Cruising World.

Our new magazine will cover all facets of cruising by publishing features, articles and interviews on topics ranging from the mainstream to the unexpected. Whether readers own a boat or are just thinking about it; whether their preference is for sailing, motoring or simply observing; whether they aspire to visit destinations across the world, or whether they just enjoy daydreaming, Cruising World will have something for them to enjoy. A sample of the contents appears opposite; while on the back page we show examples of future articles currently in preparation.
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