Sky’s Team Turn the Tide on Plastic is still hopeful of bettering their fortunes at the Volvo Ocean Race. The skipper Dee Carrari promised that the team would build on their experience from the first stage of the race ahead of their second sail.
The second stage is set for Cape Town, South Africa on November 5. Caffari hopes the team would at least better their seventh place finish in the first leg. Vestas 11th Hour Racing won the first leg whoch stretched from Alicante to Lisbon.
“We’ve learnt a lot and have got some good learning to take forward and I’m confident that the crew are going to make that happen,” she said.
The second leg is believed to be one of the longest and most difficult in the series of planned races for Caffari and her crew. She explained that the nice trade wind when they start off could change when they get to the tropics and then they could face no wind at all or light wind with big thunderstorms at the Doldrums. There is also the southern weather when they head south into Cape Town.
Despite all these and their poor start to the competition, Caffari remains confident that the team can still finish top in the second leg. She says they would battle it out with the other boats in the three weeks before the second stage while working on their tacticals.
Oman Air settled for the third place in the Extreme Sailing Series Act that finished in the Madeira Islands recently.
The last day saw a lot of changes, twists and turns that are characteristic of this type of extreme sailing competition. The ultimate third place finish acquired by Oman Air was an achievement they managed as they fought fickle winds that have been a persistent feature of Act 3 in Madeira Islands.
The finals saw a committed performance by the team. The double point’s race saw them cross into the second position, ahead of Alinghi and SAP team, but the scoreboard brought their final score to the third position. The start of the competition was strong for the team and there was a Funchal wind that was stable at the end, more so as compared to the kind of wind conditions they faced on previous days. That day saw a single race being held when the Oman Air was not able to add much to their tally. The third position they obtained in Act 3 in the waters of Madeira Islands has matched the results they obtained in the previous two Acts held in Qingdao and Muscat. More Link
Sail America is an important arm of the U.S. sailing industry. It is the trade association that takes in its stride all the companies that are associated with sailing related services and products.
There are over 200 members in this trade association and the companies in this group represent all kinds of sailing industry segments. The association is working hard to improve the health of sailing in America.
There has been a chance in the top brass of the Sail America. Kattie Kelly has joined the Sail America top team as the association manager and her appointment is with immediate effect. She is the face and the voice of Sail America. She will be doing everything in her might to boost the activities of the trade association and to bring in more new members to this group. She is also given the charge to promote the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show that takes place from 6th to 9th April.More Link
79-year-old Harold Medd competed in the last round of Sailing World Cup and become the oldest competitor in the championship for the year 2016.
Medd now living in Black Rock had a big passion for yachting and sailing. But, sea shore was too far from the place where he used to live. Now, when he got the chance, his age could not resist him from sailing in the championship. Medd says I was 30 years old when I came to Edinburgh, then after I started sailing. Now, I have to cover those times as well that I lost.
Medd secured the 13th potion in the all-age Sabre event comprises of 29 competitors; he was very pleased with his performance. He said “I know I am too old to compete with 20 or 40 years sailors, but I keep trying sailing in events as it gives me motivation and it all for fun. Moreover, it is the sport that has kept me fit and youthful.”More Link
Kiteboarding moves ahead in popularity in sailing races. There is a recent kite boarding race planned in Mexico, where the fleet will line up this Friday for a coastal race of 58 nm. This race would cover a race course from San Diego to Ensenada in Mexico. This is an international contest that would have PHRF racers who would be sailing with foiling kite boards.
One of the participants would be Nico Landauer, who is 34 years of age and has been participating in local events in keelboarding for some time. He has now traded his bag to become a kiteboarder at professional levels. He states that he came to California to pursue pro surfing from Uruguay. He has knowledge of sailing and surfing. More Link
East Lothian Yacht Club is hosting the UK National Championships in which over 200 boats have made an entry into the championships. The boats will run from 7th to 12th of August with competitors who would travel from across the UK to North Berwick. The commodore of the club Robbie Lawson said that the club is privileged for hosting such a great event.
He also said that it is the premier event of the UK with more than 200 junior competitors taking part. The families of the competitors would also be there in North Berwick to cheer them. The topper class will be the ground for training for several future Olympians. The event is being organized with a lot of effort put in by the volunteers of the local club in addition to committed families in and around the country. More Link
A fearless photographer has sailed to Antarctica to click the beauty and the wilderness of the remote Continent. Italian photographer Massimo Rumi clicked the snaps of penguins, icebergs as well as the remote polar landscape during a 3 week yachting expedition at the end of 2015.
Speaking to a leading English daily, he told that Antarctica completely switched off the noise in his mind and he could feel each moment with drowning intensity. The photographer fulfilled his lifelong dream by traveling Antarctica on the 9-man, fifty feet sailing yacht.
He stated that he had been to over hundred nations, but what he was really missing was a remote and unexplored experience – a place where one can explore a real isolation, a place where all the things are untouched and different from all other places. This is when he thought of Antarctica. He got engaged into some research, looking for something different than the huge cruise-ships where you can find yourself with hundreds of people and you do not have much flexibility as well as freedom of movement.
Today, in the midst of a sunny and beautiful day in Monnickendam, Netherlands, the Hakvoort shipyard introduced their biggest superyacht to date, the sixty-one meter Just J’s. Diana Yacht Design has been responsible for this naval architecture that slipped into water.
Earlier known as project Golden Age, Just J’s offers a significant point in Hakvoort’s timeline, as she is a straight result of the yard’s top expansion operations that was undertaken in the year 2012 whereby their primary shed was broadened to 65 meters. Just J’s has an interior architecture by Sinot Yacht Design.