The Volvo Ocean Race is considered to be a penultimate sport in the category of team sailing. It starts this Sunday, 22nd October 2017 and there would be seven sailing teams that would sail around the world and start off from the starting line which is in Alicante on the Spanish coast.
The race will continue till June 2018 and the crews will embark to sailing a race course of 45000 nautical miles. There would be extremes to cover in the Southern Ocean and other challenging weather conditions. The Dongfeng race team would be skippered by Charles Caudrelier was also in the race last time and he is in a position to compare the race conditions as per last time. Dee Caffari is a woman skipper who would be debuting in this position along with a crew of young sailors in the Turn the Tide on Plastic.
The other teams are Team Sun Hung Kai which would be skippered by David Witt, who is motivated to take on this challenge and feels that it would be a great way to lose weight. Brad Jackson on the other hand, part of AkzoNobel team is a recent recruit and he looks forward to working with his under 30s team on board. Xabi Fernandez is skipper of Mapfre team and is considered to be a favorite among the followers of the race. Bouwe Bekking would be leading Team Brunel and he is one of the returning skippers on this team.
Charlie Enright would be skipper of Vestas 11th Hour Racing and has an experienced team on board. All in all, the skippers and the teams are ready and everyone looks forward to a competitive game. That is what would keep the spirits up and keep everyone working towards doing their best when out in the waters.
The 35th America’s Cup was recently concluded and there are assessments being commissioned to check the economic impact of the same on Bermuda.
One of the consultancies hired for the work is Pricewaterhouse Coopers. They are conducting a survey independently, which is targeted to be completed by the month of October as per the ministry of economic development.
The victors of this year’s legendary America’s Cup were the Emirates team New Zealand. As the Minister of Economic Development, Grant Gibbons was giving away the victory trophies he stated that, a sailing event of this magnitude has not been hosted by Bermuda before. The success of the event has put the economy of the region in a position to host international sailing events of such magnitude in the future as well. He also acknowledged the fact that the forthcoming version of the America’s Cup, 36th edition scheduled in 2021, would be held in New Zealand. The teams that participated in AC35 such as the Land Rover BAR, Team France and Emirates team New Zealand would be leaving Bermuda as July comes to an end. Continue reading
The 2017 SAP 505 World Championship will begin in the USA from 20th to 29th September in Annapolis Maryland.
There will be over 100 boats that would represent several nations to take part in the 62nd
edition. Angela Stenger from Germany would be among the fleet along with her crew member Nicola Birkner. Stenger took part in the Pre-Worlds for the first time in the year 1997 in Denmark. That was the event that made Stenger passionate about 505 World Championships. Since then she has competed in every race except San Francisco. She has rendered services to the race management in 2000 and served the International Jury in 2012.
Stenger would be the only woman team in the fleet traveling to Worlds in a usual manner. The objective is not only towards final outcomes, but also to fight and scare other fleet. It is indeed an honor when crews approach Stenger after the race to appreciate her efforts and performance. It makes her feel good and motivated to show better performance in the upcoming competitions Continue reading
There were several changes incorporated in the opening leg of the World Cup Series. Hosted in Miami between January 24th to 29th, this series had several changes this year to make the competition experience close to that of the Olympics.
It is the best series for sailors around the world to take part in till the time the Olympics come by. The format of the opening series was kept same, whether it was for the entire fleet as well as for the top ten in the Medal Races. Continue reading
Brad Kellett is going to set a record in 72nd Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
By racing in the event he will become the youngest sailor in 25 consecutive editions to compete.
“Doing 25 races is truly a milestone and I dream of achieving it when I started my sailing career as a young sailor. But, achieving this goal was easy; I had dreamt of it, but haven’t thought of doing it this way. When I started, I had targeted and it started to come up to touch the number of 25, I thought may I be will do it and now I am really happy and looking forward to do it.”
Brad said this will be a forever record and it could not be broken. Reason for the same is Brad very young when he did his first race. He was just 16 years old. Now, the criterion for racing in the event has changed, one cannot run the race before 18. Continue reading
The final act of the very popular Extreme Sailing series will be held in Sydney from 8th to the 11th of December 2016.This news was confirmed by the organizer and Extreme Sailing Series owner OC sport. The final act will be held in association with the Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron in December in Sydney.
The organizers of the Extreme Sailing Series look to have a liking on Sydney as this is the third consecutive year that Sydney will be hosting the final act of the eight Act global tours. The locals visiting the event will get to catch a glimpse of the GC32 hydro foiling catamarans for the first time this year.
The race director Phil Lawrence said that the event will be taking place in a new location in Sydney. He said that he was very happy that the event is heading to Sydney for its culmination this year, with the guys at Yacht Charter in Kastela helping to show them how it should be done. This is a very great venue to host the event and everyone knows that Sydney is a great sailing city. The organizers have decided to carry out a small change in the format of the race with the first race day course to be of longer length. Continue reading
When the collision between Alinghi and Red Bull team occurred, Alinghi’s GC32 was towed back to the dock where their shore crew began work repairing it, but they face a race against time to get it ready for the Act 6 finale tomorrow.
Alinghi was awarded redress for the incident, which sees them retain the overall lead ahead of Oman Air, Red Bull Sailing Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team. The Red Bull Sailing team was judged by the umpires to have been at fault for the incident. They have been given a penalty of fifteen seconds before they start their fourth race. However, even then they managed to retain third place between Oman Air and SAP Extreme sailing team
On the other hand Morgan Larson of Oman Air and the SAP Extreme Sailing team made the most of the misfortune that Alinghi suffered. Each team got two wins as a result. Continue reading
If you are thinking about competing in a regatta for the World Championship, there are certain challenges that one need to be prepared to take and that would need certain practice and preparation.
It is best to seek the advice from experts and hence there has been a recent forum of 24 experts whose views have been put together in order to help teams know the essentials on how to prepare for a regatta at world level. Continue reading