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Argo Trade Inc. in Greece enriched their products list with Wind Generators, Solar Panels, Inverters, Diesel & Benzine Gensets, "Flojet" pumps, "Racor" Diesel & Benzine Filters, Marine Batteries, 2v Cell Batteries, Marine Paints & A/F, Anodes(Zinc Alloys), DL Sails and a lot more. Click HERE to read more.

Crews affected by tsunami. Hundreds of yacht crews were cruising in Thailand and Indonesia when the tsunami struck, and there are many reports of damage. Those at anchor seem to have been largely unaffected, but marinas at Telaga and Rebak in Langkawi are reported to have been destroyed. Some 25% of yachts here are said to have been damaged, but at present there are no organised  lists of casualties among  crews. However, a detailed list of yachts that were at Rebak and Telaga, their names and status has been diligently compiled by Richard Donaldson-Alves, the net controller for the South East Asia Maritime Mobile Net. His list is here

Privilège Becomes Third French Cat to Offer STI Drive. A third French catamaran manufacturer has joined the list of OEM builders now offering STI electric power drive systems. Alliaura Marine, builder of prestigious Privilège luxury cats, will begin construction this Fall of its first STI-electric vessel - a Privilège 395. Click HERE to read more.

France: La Route du Rhum la Banque Postale. New 60-footer IMOCA designs under close watch. The Route du Rhum transat is the inevitable stepping-stone for skippers claiming an entry in the next Vendee Globe (2007). Three newborn 60-footer moored in St Malo (PRB, Delta Dore and Temenos) are undergoing the scrutiny of the offshore solo-sailing connaisseurs (amateurs as well as professionals). Bruce Farr (NZ) and Owen/Clark (UK), designers, are lining up respectively 3 and 2 boats (the newest ones) in this class. Anglo-saxon designers are conceiving more and more vessels, gaining the favours of the French skippers. Click HERE to read more.

Velux 5 Oceans: Mike Golding making 17-19 knots under full spinnaker. “Every mile is precious.” Mike Golding reiterated again today as he ate a few miles into the substantial lead of Bernard Stamm. After his unexpected stop in La Coruna to make repairs, Mike was pleased this morning to have gained a seemingly tiny four miles into the substantial lead of the Swiss Breton who won the last edition of the race. Click HERE to read more.

Solomon Announces New Solar Charge Converter Products. Solomon Technologies, Inc. the industry leader in design and manufacture of fully integrated electric power drive systems and transmission components announced today two new products that will allow the use of solar panels and wind generators for charging high voltage battery banks. Click HERE to read more.

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