The first day that sailing races began in the Guanabara Bay it was a spectacular day. There were several events happening simultaneously on the first day. Charline Picon of France competed in the RS: X race for women while US champion Paige Railey was part of the Laser Radial race for women at the Olympics.
There were other celebrated champions as well who touched the waters on the same day. For instance, Tom Burton from Australia competed in the Laser races for men. On this day sailing was in full focus and not what debris was floating on the bay waters as the media had predicted much in advance. Continue reading Exhilarating Experience For Windsurfers
One week from this day, the brand new appearance from Murrays Bay Sailing Club would come alive with the first day of racing at Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta 2016.
The North Shore club that officially started the operation of their new club house back in September in 2015, is playing host to New Zealand’s premier Olympic as well as Invited classes meet. Racing goes on for more than 4 days from 25th to 28th February.
The entry list carries few of the NZL Sailing Team’s rock stars like Gemma Jones, who constitutes the hosting Murrays Bay Sailing Club, as well as her Nacra 17 multihull sailing partner Jason Saunders from Tauranga Yacht & Powerboat Club clean from World Champs competition in Clearwater, Florida. They would sail against the Aon Fast Track Squad pair Olivia Mackay as well as Micah Wilkinson who was the top under-23 crew in Clearwater.
At the Sailing World Cup Miami in January, there were 4 Kiwi sailors in Laser medal race making it tough for live commentators to distinguish that New Zealander they were seeing in a race where no other country had over one sailor. Out of the two top New Zealand Sailing Team’s Laser campaigners – Sam Meech and Andy Maloney – are set to go head to head at the Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2016, with a lot more New Zealand Laser sailors taking this scope to battle against their elite group of compatriots.
Oceanbridge Sail Auckland’s Laser fleet attracts international sailors regularly and in 2016, is not an exception with entrants from Australia, Finland, Korea, China, Singapore as well as the Cook Islands in town as well as around to get a taste of the kiwi contest and the Hauraki Gulf track.
Today, the World Match Racing Tour unveiled the left over 4 ‘Tour Card’ captains who will be a part of the World Championship 2016. They are France’s Yann Guichard, Sweden’s Mattias Rahm, Denmark’s Nicolai Sehested and United States’ Sally Barkow, the leader of the first ever all-female Tour Card team.
These appointments complete the skipper lineup for World Championship 2016. Sally Barkow, born in the United States, is a former sailor as well as 2-time US Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year. She has received her racing stripes both offshore and inshore, and recently on board all-female Team SCA in Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15.
Making his very first appearance on World Match Racing Tour, Yann Guichard, the former Olympic sailor from France, is known to the multihull world after several campaigns including the Multi One Championship and Rolex Fastnet Race. In the year 2011, Guichard co-founded the Spindrift Racing with partner Donatella Bertarelli and a UK Yacht Charter company. At present the team is trying to break Jules Verne Trophy for fastest non-stop travel of the world on board the maxi trimaran Spindrift 2.
Yann told that he has always been down to match racing. The World Match Racing Tour now offers a unique scope to combine both these aspects. The World Tour will constitute a grand sporting goal for Spindrift racing in the coming year.
Mattias Rahm has recently turned his skills to multihull racing by winning the M32 Scandinavian Series in the year 2013, and coming as runner up in the following years. On the other hand, Denmark’s Nicolai Sehested said that they are happy to be a part of the World Match Racing Tour with TREFOR Match Racing.
The 5th day of Transat Jacques Vabre has got new leaders in IMOCA class as well as the Ultimes. There is no doubting that Erwan Tabarly and Armel Le Cléac’h have powered to the front of IMOCA fleet with new ‘foiling’ Banque Populaire VIII, this afternoon at twenty miles ahead of older PRB, course winners in the year 2011.
The top band of 4 IMOCAs have broken away and they are reaching fast as they follow the rotation of the brand new Azores high to make few useful westing. They possess a more conventional, classic routing towards south. But the leaders if the race on the five-thousand-four-hundred miles distance from Le Havre to Itajaí – the giant Ultime pair Macif and Sodebo Ultim’ – now see themselves working due west, passing the rhumb line, direct path at right angles to it, as they look to get west suddenly for what looks to be a disputing Doldrums crossing.
The whole course is only getting ready for the long term gain through the best and narrowest route. Meanwhile, their match is forgotten. However, for the record, Macif are calculated to be ahead of Sodebo Ultim for the very first time this race.
Class 40 has had a lot. They almost always engage in this. Today, but with 30-40kts upwind as well as tight achieving as they fight to escape the last of what must be the last depression of the north hemisphere.