Melbourne is set to be a highlighted stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race that will be held this year. The race course has been revised to include Melbourne as a stopover before the fourth leg of the race commences.
It would add some extra thousand nautical miles to the race, but it would certainly be a welcome break for the sailors as they cover the major oceans of the world. The Victorian region is excited to have this opportunity and the tourism department in particular is stepping up arrangements when tourist destinations and facilities will be in high demand here during the stopover period.
They have linked up with Split Yacht Charter to offer a specialist service to would-be charterers, offering fans a Virtual Reality tour of the Croatian Coastline. Continue reading “Melbourne Stopover For Volvo Race”
Sailing is often all about the vessel that one owns or can afford.
That is especially true when it comes to regattas hosted for super yachts. However, this concept is being changed so that it does not remain limited to a small population of yacht owners who often have no racing background and need to hire professionals to steer their boats. As in other sailing competitions, there needs to be a focus on skills and experience and to find ways to overcome challenges that is unique to each regatta type and event. With super yachts as vessels to sail, there are certain challenges that are unique which form the main thrill and a selling point for such competition.
This kind of an attitude is being promoted by introducing the Corinthian Spirit Class of competitive sailing. This is an initiative that was taken up by the Super yacht association and this year would be the first time when this class will be executed in several super yacht regatta events. Continue reading “Corinthian Spirit Class Introduced”
The Vendee Globe is definitely a race that people endure in order to tell tales that can seem more fantastic than movies or books even. For instance, the fifty six year old sailor who has recently raised the white flag as his boat was damaged by a submerged object.
He is known to be a Rambo in the sailing community. Not only has he achieved much in the Vendee Globe races which are struggling for endurance, he even has stories to tell that might be difficult to believe. For instance, he suffered a cut in his tongue and had to sew it back on while he sailed alone and unassisted in the early nineties. That is how Vendee Globe races can be as they are solo expeditions for sailors who need to complete a certain number of nautical miles across the world. Continue reading “Hardest Sailing Race Is On”
In its new marketing gimmick red bull is trying to test ability of 46-foot F4 foiling catamaran yacht.
The energy drink company has chosen Jimmy Spithill, Emily Nagel and the other six members of the crew to do an adventure at sea. The crew will cover a distance of 660 nautical miles; the distance will be covered between New York City to Bermuda.
Emily Nagel, who will be part of this adventure, shared his thought about the event.
‘Sailing is integral part of my life. I started sailing at the age of 10 years. Bermuda is my place and I have grown up here as a sailor. I was really amazed when I heard America’s Cup 35th Challenger Match is going to help in my little island. My excitement gets doubles when the Red Bull team approached me for a foil offshore mission. I have sailed in one of the Red Bull’s event Youth America’s Cup Red Bull and know what a fun it is. I immediately said yes to them. Continue reading “Red Bull’s Adventures At Sea”
The forecast of 35 knots on day 2 of the Gul B14 UK National Championship held at the Porthpean Sailing Club promised a lot of action on the waters. The fleets got into the water with a little bit of hesitation, but the downwind rides were really fantastic at 15 to 25 knots.
The 2 races of the day saw close finishes for the first and second positions. It was Tobytastic Lewis/Nick Craig that won both the races, but faced stiff challenges from two different opponents. Alan Davis/Richie Bell gave them a tough fight during Race 1 and Mark watts/Chris Bishop gave the eventual winners a huge scare during race 2. It was the wing failure that occurred at the wrong time that put Mark and Chris out of the race and gave Craig and Lewis an easy path to victory.
Barnes and Jones were pushed to the 5th position after they faced a huge gust that made them round on the leeward mark. Before this incident, they were cruising in the 2nd position and also closing the gap on winners Craig and Lewis.
Nick Craig the skipper and his crew Tobytastic Lewis of Frensham Pond were at their best on a windy day and guided their boat to victory in trying circumstances. After day 2 of the B14 UK Nationals, Nick Craig and his crew are on 7 points, followed by Barnes and Jones on 11 points and Davis and Bell with 15 points.
There is still a lot to sail for on day 3 at the Porthpean Sailing Cub. If everything goes well and the winds are suitable for sailing, there is no doubt that the race can get even tougher and you could see the table topple as far the 1st to the 3rd positions are concerned.