Security Preparations For America’s Cup

As there are about 25 days left in the 35th America’s Cup to start off, preparations are on at full hilt and contingencies as well as plans are being fine tuned.

There had been an emergency operation held on 1st of April as Exercise Joint Venture. There was also a comprehensive meeting that went on all day on April 28th. These meetings were to ensure that all security and safety protocols were in place for the America’s Cup 35th edition to commence. The meeting that was held recently had members of the Ministry of National Security as well as the Joint Agency Command Center.

Government agencies and departments were also represented at the meeting such as the Bermuda Police Service, ACEA, Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service, ACBDA, Government House, Department of Health, US Consulate and others who had a relevant part in the forthcoming events and planning of the same. Continue reading Security Preparations For America’s Cup

Alen’s great new yacht 55

A challenge which is as simple as keeping a boat afloat could lead to an all new host of restrictions and requirements – ticking all the boxes when creating a product which is also esthetically pleasing calls for same level of care as well as expertise as building on an particularly tricky site on dry land.

Therefore, when a remarkable boat conception makes an appearance, none can help but take a notice of it.
The Alen 55, a 16.80 meter long yacht, is the heir of the Turkey based firm’s previous model – 42. Flexible ad light, the new 55 was made by the company’s in-house creative squad and it does not need the presence of a crew so that it can be taken for a little spin. This multifunctional nautical delight makes sure that sailing is more than safe for both adults and children, fastening the upper deck with trench bulwarks that roll around its body.
Top Features include an ample alfresco kitchen unit, companioned by an 8 seater extending table as well as a ‘walk-around aft sunbed’. The sea is always ‘present’ and it is accessible with ease from the yacht’s neighboring hydraulic gangway as well as swim platform.

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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.