Volvo Ocean Race is considered to be the most popular yacht race that takes place in different parts of the world. Previously known as Whitbread Round the World Race, the Volvo Ocean Race is immensely thrilling as long nautical miles are covered and the teams generally have to face extremes of conditions in order to survive in the race.
The 2014-2015 Volvo Ocean Race is going to start on the 4th of October, 2014 (Alicante) and is going to end on the 27th of June, 2015 (Gothenburg). The race distance that Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 is going to cover is about 38,739 nautical miles which is the longest race distance ever covered in the history of this yacht race.
The director of Volvo Ocean Race- Knut Frostad has expressed great satisfaction in relation to the participation of seven sailing teams in the upcoming edition of the yacht race. According to Frostad, the seven teams have strong characters. Along with that, the teams have a perfect mixture of youth and experience. In the 2011-2012 edition of Volvo Ocean Race, six teams had participated.
Frostad even said that he wanted around eight teams to be a part of this yacht race. But due to shortage of time, the organizers decided to allow only seven teams to compete this time. However, he hopes that more teams will get associated with the Volvo Ocean Race in the future editions.
The seven teams are going to have around 8 sailing members and one multimedia reporter (non sailing member). The all-female sailing team has been given the opportunity to recruit 11 sailing members along with the one multimedia reporter.
Name of the teams participating in the Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015 are: Team Vestas Wind, Team Campos, Team Alvimedica, Team Brunel, Dongfeng Race Team, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing and Team SCA.
A French yachtsman has been reclaimed after his yacht burst into flames North East coast. The thirty six foot long vessel caught fire at around 05:45 BST off Seaham in County Durham. According to reports, the RNLI rescuers stated that thick plumes of smoke were seen by the yacht crews in the region and a whole lot of others went to help the sailor in danger.
The man dealt to get into a life raft. Eventually, the yacht sank and he was pulled to refuge by an RAF rescue helicopter and taken to the hospital. The RNLI stated that he was shaken but was unharmed. As per the organization, the yacht was the home of the sailor and he was sailing from Iceland to Holland.
Robbie Maiden, the Hartlepool RNLI cox, stated that fortunately the sailor was uninjured but it was very sad to see his yacht burn and then sink so quickly. They understand the boat was his home and it looks like he has lost nearly everything. He appears to have done all the right things in what must have been a very frightening situation.
He added that he launched the life raft in proper fashion and he had everything he required to keep safe, including water, a lifejacket and flares. He is now being looked after by Coastguard and they expect him well for his journey home. Humber Coastguard statd that they got several calls from the public and the boats are in this region.
Elling is a renowned boat building company, and is trusted by many sailors from around the world. They are known for their amazing quality and acumen in making boats, and have many dedicated customers from different parts of the word. So, the boat building company grabbed headlines in a major way recently, when the CEO of Elling, Anton van den Bos, demonstrated the safety of his new product, by deliberately capsizing the boat, while he was still inside!
The new Elling E4 is supposed to be one of the strongest and most durable of all boats, and is said to be resistant to four metres of sea, and it has been said that it can withstand Force 8 winds as well. So just to prove a point, and no doubt, draw in prospective buyers, Bos stayed inside the yacht, while it was capsized deliberately, and made to rotate a full 360 degrees. The only modification that was made for this stunt was that, a few floor hatches were removed and taken off the yacht. And the fact that the stunt had been a success became clear when Bos, after the feat, started the engine and motored away – and it was all plain sailing from there on!
The Elling E4 is a standard yacht, which has a diesel engine, and the engine can churn out 425 horsepower at the drop of a hat. The fit out of the yacht is a regular one, with heating capabilities, electric toilets, dishwasher, a generator, television features and it is fully furnished as well.
And Bos is a CEO who stands out from the rest, by dint of his other feats, which are designed to get the yacht enthusiasts to buy his goods. Earlier also, he had crossed the Atlantic with three of his 50 feet long E4s, which is a distance of 2600nautical miles, and the journey was a non-stop one!
The NZL Sailing Squad looks set for an end to ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres going away into the concluding day of the regatta lying second in two more and leading in the three events.
Peter Burling and Blair Tuke still got a massive lead in the 49er regardless of some drama. Josh Porebski and Maracas Hansen have moved down behind them in the second place.
Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh have expanded their lead in the women’s 470 as they have an exceptional day. Alexendra Maloney and Molly Meech preserved their second position in the 49er fx while laser sailor Andy Maloney is leading the leader board.
The opener not going according to the plan for Burling and Tuke, the 49er gold fleet finished only two races in Hyeres. Tuke said they bounced back well to make a comfortable win in the second race.
Due to thunder storm, the third race of the day was abandoned. They were looking onward to complete off well in the three medal races the next day. In both the 49er and 49er FX the concluding day comprises three medal races for the top ten positioned crews, while in other fleet the best ten will sail just single double point medal race.
Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech were out of problem on the second to last day and were into the 49er FX medal race just in second after Martine Soffiati Grael and Kahena Kunze of Brazil who have 18 points. The new Zealanders were 4th, 10th and 2nd position in the three races.
With a great performance on the water, Natalia Kosinska mounts back in the top ten position. Kosinska lying seventh will begin the womens RS X medal race that embodies the Takapuna boating club.
The new regional developmental officer for the Royal Yachting Association has been selected and it is none other than the Runswick Bay sailor himself, Sam Usher. Sam was on cloud nine when he got the news and said that he is both ecstatic and excited at the same time on getting this job. Yachting was the sport that actually made him what he is today and he says that he will always be indebted to this. Moreover when he was working in Dubai and Indonesia it was not the work he liked and that is why he is so happy to get this job. In a public interview Sam shared how he started his career as a crew and at that time the only thing he could do was see other people cruising and he could only help them and nothing else. His turning point in his life was when he got the opportunity to run the Laser in the Sailing Club and Runswick Bay Beach. After that he also sailed in other boats and his mother kept a watchful eye on him every time he went sailing. David Staniforth the chairman of Royal Yachting Association was delighted on having Sam as the regional development officer.
The chairman in an interview said that he is very happy with the decision and hopes to see Sam working with the rest of the team pretty soon. He also announced that there will be some developmental changes in due time that would help both the management and also the sailors. He is quite confident about the team he has and is sure that the changes would help them in their future challenges. Sam is also quite confident about the changes and says that he sees it as an opportunity for the members to work together and implement their plans.
Hamilton Island Yacht Club has challenged the Golden Gate Yacht Club in the upcoming 35th edition of America’s Cup. As a result of which Team Australia was looking for an opportunity to attract the stars of the America’s Cup. However, recently the new CEO of Team Australia, Iain Murray announced that new young talent will be given a chance to participate in the regatta as a part of Team Australia and the team is not anymore interested in getting hold of experienced players who have participated in the 34th edition of America’s Cup.
Glenn Ashby (multihull specialist) and Tom Slingsby (young strategist) are the two Australians who have decided against joining Team Australia. Ashby will be a part of Team New Zealand. On the other hand, Slingsby will remain associated with Team Oracle USA. Most probably, Jimmy Spithill (Australian skipper) is also going to represent Team Oracle and defend the Auld Mug.
Iain Murray seems very happy about his decision of creating a young crew so that Team Australia can make a superb comeback in the upcoming regatta. He thinks that there is no need of spending huge amounts of money on the superstars of America’s Cup. Murray is of the opinion that many youngsters have not got a chance to showcase their talent. Therefore, if Team Australia allows them to be a part of such a prestigious sailing event then with appropriate training these youngsters will obviously do a good job.
Murray is interested in the following sailors: Mat Belcher (Olympic 470 Gold Medalist), Seve Jarvin (18-foot Skiff Specialist), Scott Babbage (Former World Moth Champion) and David Glimour (Peter Glimour’s Son).
Along with making efforts to secure good sailors, Murray is trying to get hold of reliable shore crew and designers. Plus rules of the upcoming regatta are also being negotiated between Team New Zealand and Team Oracle.
Peter Seidenberg, the 76 year old American who has been a regular at the Laser Masters Champions ever since it was launched in the year 1980 has been able to put a ghost to rest as he defeated his old nemesis Britain’s Keith Wilkins for the very first time, taking home the Radial Great Grand Masters of 2013.
As the sun started to set on the sixth day of the light airs racing, Seidenberg confirmed his victory by coming in second in the Race 10 but he decided to continue since the weather conditions in Mussanah were good in the late afternoon and reached around 10 knots.
Talking to the media after his victory, Seidenberg said that though this was his ninth championship victory, it was particularly sweet because he was finally able to beat Keith Wilkins. He said that he and Wilkins said together in the Grand Masters division but Wilkins always got the better of him. He later moved up to the Great Grand Masters but soon Wilkins joined in as well; the game was over for him so beating Wilkins was like taking his revenge. Seidenberg had undergone a special fitness program so that he would be in top health for the race.
Australia’s Mark Bethwaite took the honors in Standard Great Grand Masters fleet with a spectacular score line of nine out of ten wins.
Greg Adams, also from Australia, was crowned the Standard Grand Master of 2013 following his reign over the fleet throughout the week. In the final race he secured the second position after Britain’s Terry Scutcher but his overall lead over Scutcher was of a resounding nine points.
Ian Jones of Britain was absent from the final day of the race after winning the Radial Apprentice Class on Friday. He enjoyed his day relaxing by the pool as the final races were completed.
Amazing news for the Shanghai boating aficionados eagerly waiting to rejoice their Yachting Days down Huangpu River- Shanghai has reportedly got generous with speed knots on the river- enhancing the usual optimum speed of eight knots to 18 for the recent Yachting Day.
Around sixteen yachts participated in the latest Yachting Day in Shanghai on October 22, 2013, sailing across a beautiful stretch from Bund till Xupu Bridge, in between 2 & 4 pm. The Yachting Day even was initially held in the month of September this year & is now considered a much celebrated monthly affair.
As per the reports from Huangpu Dist. Maritime Safety Administration, dates for Yachting Days are to be varied each month to stay in tune with compatible river conditions. The yacht owners interested in participating in Yachting Days would be able to avoid the routine procedures & paperwork, shared one of the officials. The notifications regarding the Yachting Days would be declared by the officials in advance and reservations are allowed.
The boat builders in Shanghai have warmly embraced the initiative, stating that the Yachting Days have provided a more convenient avenue for them to showcase their launches to the prospective customers. “Yachting Day would be able to aid our business hugely”, remarked Ni Dacheng, the manager official from leading Shanghai boating company Yihong Yacht. Yihong had two of its yachts participating in the latest Yachting Day this October, with the prospective clients on board sailing along Huangpu.
The vessels aspiring to participate in the Yachting Days aren’t required to fulfill some of the passengers’ documents that have made it smoother to take up would-be clients out on Huangpu, stressed Ni. “Customers are more prone to purchase if they have yachted in the vessel themselves”, added in the manager official.
The Yachting Day is Shanghai is an endeavor to make the maximum use of Huangpu river resource, contribute to Bund tourism & provide an additional boost to Shanghai yachting scene.