Many sailors have one place in their bucket list and that is the transatlantic trade wind crossing to visit the Caribbean passing the Canary Islands. This is because they can witness endless days of sunshine and spending nights under the night sky full of stars. The trade winds can act as the driving force to sail across the Atlantic and it becomes quite obvious to choose the direction as the air over there circulates clockwise around the Azores High. It is important to find out the climatic changes that can be found at which place at first before setting out on the voyage.
The sailors must find out how much north or south they would have to go to get to the Azores High. They must also know whether any kind of low pressure is there over Africa. This will help them to determine the exact place where the strongest winds can be found. It may be beneficial for the sailors to find out the direct route at the beginning of the journey. But sometimes gains may come moving towards the west because some wind swing can be expected there. Weather and sailing largely depend on the calculations made by the sailors. They have to have thorough knowledge about the acceleration zones and wind shadows for avoiding a dead run. Read more… »
On January 28th Mark Slats, who was the second place in the Golden Globe race, faced a penalty when he sought assistance from the Dutch team members as well as breached certain rules of satellite communication.
He was facing a dilemma at that time; there was a northwesterly storm that was headed his way and he wanted to reach the finish line at Les Sables d’Olonne for which he was hoping to run ahead of the storm clouds. The storm was about to strike the Vendee coast around the same time he was supposed to reach the finish line. His other option was to wait by the Bay of Biscay till the storm has gone past. He could have also sought refuge which is allowed as per rules of the race though he could not step ashore and neither could communicate with the world outside through radio.
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Giant waves from Atlantic gale came as fortuity for the NicoPoons team ‘Charisma’, while it proved to be a misfortune for the rest, because the final race was canceled due to high waves and no wind. In such water conditions, more than normal wind is required to sail the boat. The decision to conduct race or not was made on the fact that there was no wind at all, states PRO Peter Reggio.
But the results were shocking for everyone; NicoPoons team Charisma who lost the race in initial rounds with 7-8. The new team Mirpuri Foundation was ahead enjoying the RC44 fleet; Monaco based Dutchman’s team scored the 4th position on day 2 by 2-2-6-1. Day 2 was turned out to be the unlucky day for Team Nika as their mistakes lead them to lose and boosted up Charisma. No racing for the finals procured Charisma the ‘RC44 Cascais Cup’ and made them the winner just by 3 points. Chris Bake’s Team Aqua acquired the second position followed by Lah’s team that was placed in the third position. Out of 5 events, Poons won Nico said that the competition was so intense that the victory itself gave an intense amount of satisfaction which was unparalleled with any other class or sport for that matter. He says Team Nika have sailed very well but had a lot of misfortune. During that calamity Team, Nika lost their removable bow and water started spraying inside the boat through empty holes, and their boat started to sink. The third Team on countback – Team CEEREF’s Igor Lah said that he was a bit disappointed with the season. Adding they were sailing well but might have done some mistakes, hence they need to improve and have to be much better next year.
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The sixth edition of the Atlantic Cup is set to begin on May 26 in Charleston, South Carolina. The organizers say two more teams have been added to make a total of eight. In about two months, another four teams are set to be added.
The organizers have Hyatt Place, Sea Bags Maine, United MileagePlus,North Sails, Bainbridge International, and Code-Zero as official partners. Sea Bags would be the sustainability partner while Sails would be the official sailmaker. Read more… »
For those who are unaware of the Clipper Race, this is a sailing event that is held biennially. It is a round the world yacht race, this year it started around August 20th. Thefleet comprises of twelve boats that are designed identically, named as Clipper 70s. The course will cover 40,000 nautical miles and would have thirteen individual race categories. The team that would have the best score on a cumulative level will win the Clipper Race Trophy. Every team has a professional skipper that has an amateur crew. They can sign up for one of the races, some or all of them. The race will take place across a time span of eleven months; with about seven hundred and more people taking part across forty or more nationalities, it is considered one of the largest events till date.
The third stage was recently concluded in Cape Town which comprised of a triangular course around the Table Bay. The fourth course is about to begin that would take place between forty and fifty latitudes where the sailors will experience the raw and full glory of Mother Nature. This region will see the boats facing strong easterlies. The boats will need to exercise the tactics for ocean racing and try to maintain a speed of 25 knots as they move towards Australia.
Among the present participants Greenings has won two stages in this race and they hold second point as per cumulative scores. They are presently behind the leading team, Dare to Lead. Qingdao as well as Greenings has opted for the Joker Card which means that they will be able to double their points once the final race is run and the fleet reached Fremantle. Both teams feel the pressure and are hoping to make good of the two remaining races.
The tactical experts will tell you how difficult the courses are for the sailing and rowing races. That is mainly due to the unique geography of the bay area, making it perfect to present Olympian challenges to the contestants.
David Dellenbaugh being a tactical adviser of the US team, stated that the currents and back eddies that are around the island at the mouth of the bay create challenges that are unique to those who race close to it. Again, the Sugarloaf Mountain and granite monoliths as well as the bridge nearby also create specific breeze and wind currents. Read more… »
The crew of RNLI in the Co Antrim served rescue 2 Americans after a 40 feet boat ran aground. Red Bay in Co Antrim crew were primarily called before 9 pm earlier on Wednesday night, 4th November. Coming at the scene, the saw a forty feet yacht had aground off Waterfoot Pier near Red Bay.
But, in spite of help from a fishing yacht, the crews were not able to serve as the yacht was stuck fast. With clear visibility and good conditions, the crew of the lifeboat shot the anchors off the boat to secure it and make sure that it would stay safe during the evening.
They saw that the two US crew onboard were not harmed and Coastguard kept in touch with them during night. At 5 am earlier this morning, 5th November, Thursday, came back as the tide went u and they were not able to free the yacht from the rocks.
The two men, journeying from Oban, Scotland to Howth, Dublin, were taken to a nearby mooring before they will continue on their journey. Paddy McLaughlin of Red Bay RNLI Lifeboat stated that thankfully conditions were great last night but they were really that they were due to change this morning.
The lifeboat started at 5 am when the tide had gone up and the yacht was refloated safely with no damage sustained. He added that the two men who are none the worse for their ordeal would be able to carry on on their journey to Howth this morning.