TELL-TALES

Rod Heikell's very informal site on sailing around bits of the world and an eclectic collection of things nautical or nearly so.

A brief respite and a brief explanation

16-06-10
So we are back in London desperately catching up with work, old friends, and work. Life, or lif, such as it is, demands time spent updating books, fielding new projects, and plotting for life back on board Skylax in the Mediterranean. And by way of explanation, much of the material on the Mediterranean on this site will move to a new site, MEDITERRANEO, which I'm building sometime soon. Mediterraneo will carry the bits on the Mediterranean here and new stuff as well.

Dhow racing with TNZ in Dubai

25-11-10
And now for something really different. Team NZ take a break from racing Amercias Cup 80's and get in some dhow racing.





Chandlers released from captivity at last

14-11-10
From BBC online

A retired British couple have been released by Somali pirates after being held captive for more than a year.

Paul, 60, and Rachel Chandler, 56, from Kent, were seized from their yacht off the Seychelles in October 2009.

Mrs Chandler said: "I'm enjoying being free". The couple said they were fine, but will undergo medical checks.

On release they were taken to Adado, then Mogadishu, and have now arrived in Kenya. The BBC held off reporting the release due to an injunction.

It observed the terms of the order obtained by the Chandlers' family which was intended to stop news organisations covering their release until they were safely out of Somalia.

Mr Chandler told the BBC: "We're fine, we're rather skinny and bony but we're fine."

For more info go to the BBC



MEDITERRANEO

Rod Heikell's very informal site on sailing in the Mediterranean.

Like Tell-Tales, this site will contain an eclectic mix to do with things nautical, or nearly so, in the Mediterranean. For sailing outside the Mediterranean stay here. Eventually, but not just yet, the pages to do with sailing in the Mediterranean will be removed from this site.

ANY NEW ENTRIES ON THE MEDITERRANEAN FROM MAY 2010 WILL ONLY GO UP ON THE MEDITERRANEO SITE

There will be no new entries on the Med on this site from May 2010

There will inevitably be some duplicaton between the two sites with pages that are relevant to sailing within and without the Mediterranean on both sites. These will all have the same page name so don't worry too much.

THE SITE ON SAILING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND NEW PAGES AND ADDITIONAL INFO TO EXISTING PAGES WILL BE ADDED WHEN AND WHERE I CAN ...

MEDITERRANEO


FOR MORE INFO GO TO THE MEDITERRANEO SITE WHERE THERE WILL BE MORE RECENT ENTRIES AND ALSO ENTRIES FOR TURKEY AND GREECE. USE THE LINK ABOVE.



Supplements for Ocean Passages & Landfalls and Indian ocean Cruising Guide

04-08-2010

Supplements for Ocean Passages & Landfalls and for Indian Ocean Cruising Guide are now up on the Imray website in PDF form. Go to

IMRAY


      Ocean Passages & Landfalls supplement

Indian Ocean Cruising Guide supplement


Gocek

16-06-10

One of the perils of writing piloit books is that you have to give the official line. The official line for Gocek is that anchoring is prohibited in the bay. The photo below is from Yusuf at Yachtworks taken from the top of the mast of a Baltic 77. The point is that there are an awful lot of boats anchored here today in mid-June. Work it out for yourself and remember not everything can be...



sandwiched between the lines...


Indian Ocean Cruising Guide 2nd edition supplement June 2010

23-06-10

The supplement for the second edition of Indian Ocean Cruising Guide is up on the supplement page TEXT only. The PDF version with plans will go up on the Imray web site soon.

Ocean Passages & Landfalls supplement 2010

28-06-10
The supplement for the second edition of Ocean Passages & Landfalls is up on the supplement page TEXT only. The PDF version with plans will go up on the Imray web site soon.




Censorship in Turkey

02-07-10

On the BBC News

For some reason Tell-Tales is a banned website in Turkey... maybe a little too racey, I don't think so.

Turkey goes into battle with Google

Last month Turks found they could not access many Google services. YouTube is already banned. The BBC's Jonathan Head looks at this brewing battle between Turkey and one of the giants of the internet.Ataturk Mausoleum: Turkey bans abuse against its founding father

Sitting in an Istanbul cafe Ozan Tuzun taps away furiously on the keyboard of his laptop, trying to break the invisible walls that surround him.

"I'm going to DNS.com now to take one of their numbers...I enter it...no that didn't work. Right let's try to get a DNS from Google...no... ok we'll try Ktunnel..."

What Ozan is doing - and it takes him about 10 minutes - is something most of us can do in just seconds.

Click the BBC link above for more.


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