Challenging Southern Ocean Sailing

When it comes to the solo sailors who have reached the Southern Ocean, they have numerous challenges before them including a series of low-pressure systems. They will have to deal with for a month or more. They will sail the islands of Tristan da Cunha and Cough.

Then they will reach Cape Horn. They have to sail around 12,000 miles. And they will be sailing along the wall of ice. Without any doubt, this is one of the toughest parts of the rough Indian Ocean. Same goes for the long Pacific swell as well.

However, that’s not the end of all. They still have to cover 7,000 miles. They will head to the coast of South America first and then to the North Atlantic. Finally, they will see the South Nouch Buoy, which is the finishing line. And that summarizes the challenges faced by the Vendee Globe sailors.

What makes it most challenging is that, in the space of a less than a month, they have to deal with extreme climates. They have to deal with the icy conditions in the Antarctic. Then they have to deal with the tropical downpours. Continue reading Challenging Southern Ocean Sailing

Debris a Concern

There was much activity around the Guanabara Bay on Monday when the Rio sailing races were about to start. For instance, there had been three separate camps set up for training by the Americans at Rio. The camps were set up in the consecutive months of May to July. The camps were planned in a way that the tidal cycles would be similar at the time when the races would be on. This was done to ensure that the coaches and the teams would experience similar environment as would be when the races begin.

The media might have hyped about the garbage in the waters, but that was not much of a concern by the time the first teams hit the water on Monday. However the sailors did face the problem of natural debris. For instance Flavia Tartaglini in the windsurfing category had to clear off a branch that got in the way while she was in the middle of her race. There were ecoboats that were patrolling the waters, picking up debris and clearing the same. Continue reading Debris a Concern

Clipper Race gets ready for Western Australia

The 12-strong Clipper Round the World Yacht Race squad has started the third leg of its fourteen-race worldwide series in an industrious beginning from Cape Town in 4845 nautical mile Southern Ocean sweeping to Western Australia, called by host port Albany the ‘Wardan Whip’ – cheered by the conventional Noongar language that means ocean of southern winds.

Race Director Justin Taylor told that several sailors see this leg as one of the biggest challenges of the race. The conditions are hugely testing and people who get it right would see exactly what the Clipper Race yachts are made of, surfing at more than twenty-five knots on swells bigger than buildings.

The fleet swanked into Table Bay after a colorful departure ceremony from V&A Waterfront. There was a stiff twenty knots of breeze from south out on the start line with stronger gusts over thirty-five knots. Over the line, the first was Qingdao followed by LMAX Exchange as well as Visit Seattle in hot pursuit.

They went for inshore towards the very first mark at the Paarden Eiland before turning north towards the bay to Milnerton mark. From there, it was back out to sea as well as the decisive tactical decision on how far out to go to stave off becoming becalmed in the lee of Table Mountain.

IchorCoal captain Darren Ladd told a Yacht chartering company in Manchester that Cape Town has been really amazing. It is effectively their home port and they have loved every minute of it. It has a shame to leave really. He believes that the last race was very good preparation for Southern Ocean. They did go a long way south and they deliberately did that for the stronger winds and they got them.

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show attracts a crowd

220 feet yacht The Natita is all set to go on sale for over US$ 64.7 million. This features a club deck, a helicopter pad, a 5200 gallon pool as well as a fourteen-seat luxury cinema. The yacht is the biggest being showcased by Worth Avenue Yachts at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show later this weekend.

The Natita is docked under the sevententh Street Causeway Bridge on Intracoastal Waterway. Michael Mahan, a brker and one of the owners at Worth Avenue Yachts, said that it is expected that someone would fall in love with her.

Mahan really does not anticipate a great number of people seeing Natita over the course of the program, but he stated that he anticipates a number of great visitors whose wealth copes with the yacht’s price point.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the largest in-water boat show of the world, as per to the company which brings off the show. Around one-thousand-five hundred vessels, from yachts to fishing boats, are showcased with fishing gear, jewelry and marine art.

The total cost of all the boats and products is over US$ 4 billion, says the site of Show Management that produces and manages the event for Marine Industries Association of South Florida.

Manufacturers and brokerages with Palm Beach offices as well as a presence at the yacht show include Ferretti Group America, Princess Yachts America and Camper & Nicholsons. Mahan said that they have been established there since the year 2011 and have made a great industry for ourselves on the island. There are a lot of very wealthy, very sophisticated people there.

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