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Hamilton Island Race Week: “My One Of The Favorite Sailing Events In The World” Says Yachting Great

As the fleet for Hamilton Island Race Week 2018 is climbing towards 200 and more beyond it, one of the world’s most prominent of all Olympics, America’s Cup and offshore sailors, Gavin Brady, has been delivering a more resounding endorsement for the tropical series.

He exclaimed “Hamilton Island Race Week is one of my favorite sailing events in the world.”
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Volvo Ocean Race Commences 22nd October

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.

David Thomas passes away

David Thomas, the influential yacht designer of United Kingdom, has passed away. At the beginning of this year, Royal Southern Yacht Club arranged their 1st David Thomas meet in celebration of this yacht designer, who had been a club member for forty five years.

The primary speaker was Peter Poland, the PBO contributor, a long standing buddy of David Thomas’, who made several of his designs as of Hunter Boats’ co-owner. He stated that Thomas has an natural understanding of what sailors look for – he has been Pied Piper of yacht architects, that is his secret. Continue reading