While Golden Globe race is defined by the stringent
restrictions on sailing requirements and crew, the opposite of that is the
Jules Verne trophy based race. This prize is awarded to anyone who can complete
the fastest circle around the world. This circumnavigation race can be done by
any yacht type and there is no restriction on the crew size, simply that the
start and finish lines at the tip of Brittany at Le Créac’h Lighthouse and
Lizard Point, Cornwall respectively.
This year the attempt was launched on January 16th. It was led by a 40-meter trimaran that was skippered by Yann Guichard and with a crew of 12 members. The boat, called Spindrift 2, is on its way and it will attempt to cross the finishing line by February 26th. The attempt will lie in re-crossing the line and break the existing record of 40 days 23 hrs 30 min and 30 seconds that was achieved by Francis Joyon in 2017 who had a similar but smaller designed trimaran and a crew of five members.
As of day 10, sailors aboard the Spindrift 2 have been
able to get 97 nautical miles ahead of the previous record. This was a decrease
from the previous day when they had obtained a higher lead compared to
previously when they were sailing towards St Helena High. Meanwhile, their
contender, Alex Alley of GBR team was able to pass the mark of 5000 miles as he
sailed solo in his 40-foot yacht called the Pixel Flyer. His attempt is for a
different record, that of the solo nonstop around the world record. He has been
flying his boat at 17.6 knots that is impressive and he already has been able
to complete a major part of the mileage out of the total 27000 miles journey.
The breeze brought everyone back to shore and race got canceled on day one of ‘A Cat Worlds’. The weather forecast and the briefing till morning 9 AM claimed that there would be no weather obstructions around the sea and the shore. Hence, the race was declared to be held at 12 noon. Initially, they decided to race both the series using the same course, which later changed by ‘The Race Committee and decided to race on 2 different courses one for Foiling division or Open division, and the other for Classic division.
As the time of race came near all the participants started their final check, with 2 sets of officers, mark layers and officials on 2 separate courses. When ‘On Station’ flag was hoisted competitors were ready and came to heel. And the wind was flowing at the rate of 14 knots, and since the open course was nearer to the beach launch area, they had 2 min. to start sequence. But then suddenly the wind speed increased from 14kts to 26kts, and by that time the official media boat was in the middle of the course. Classics didn’t even hoist their ‘On Station’ flag by the time breeze hit the sea and shore. Immediately, as the wind hit, the race officials hoisted ‘AP’ flag to warn everyone and send them back to the Station. The officers in official media boat ahead of everyone at the center of the course and missed few radio calls. Later, they realized that the ‘Go Home Fast’ order was passed on and everyone was heading back to the Station. Where everyone was battling to reach the shore, Andrew Landenberger seemed in control.
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On Day 7 of The 2017/2018 Round the world Yacht Race, Garmin in technically in the lead as the fleet prepares to cross the equator. After racing for a full week, the fleet has begun to spread out. Up to 167 nautical miles now separate the first and eleventh on the log.
The leading teams are still close to each other as the fleet is set to head back to the northern hemisphere. On course from Australia to China, Garmin is technically the lead after a tough sailing night. However, PSP Logistics and Sanya Serenity Coast are very close. The duo, in second and third place respectively, have been drag racing for about a week.
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Among the several sailing yacht sales that are conducted, Caroline 1, an alloy sailing yacht, of 35 meters in length, had been put up for sale at Iconovista by Simon Turner. This has been recently purchased via Sea Alliance. The yacht has several unique features on offer. It has a lightweight aluminum body which is the fourth vessel designed by Dubois. The boat was launched by Alloy Yachts in 1994 and built by them. There was a major refit that was done in 2013. The interiors are airy and maple and the boat have a good performance in sailing as well as a versatile deck layout. The interiors, as done by Redman Whiteley Dixon, sports four cabins that can accommodate about eight guests. There are two twin rooms, a VIP suite, a master suite and an en-suite shower with all facilities.
The interiors are wonderful to check out. There is an upper saloon with sliding doors that operate by compressed air. Here one will find a guest bar with a sink, ice maker, fridge and a coffee machine. On the starboard is the seating and dining area where eight guests can sit and enjoy uninterrupted views of the water. The lower saloon has a luxury lounging area where there are seating areas with great views as well as a video library and a multimedia television screen.
The cockpit has two seating areas along with a dining space that can accommodate eight guests. The cockpit can be open or close as per external weather conditions. The yacht is powered by a diesel engine of 540 horsepower and of the Lugger variety. The yacht will surely be a great asset to the person who will own it and it is a luxury vessel that will provide pleasurable sailing.
There was much concern about what was floating in the bay waters of Guanabara Bay. The concerns were increasing as the Olympics approached and finally on Monday the games began. When the sailors got to Marina da Gloria there was much worry about how difficult the job would be and how dirty the waters would be.
Many experienced Olympians like Juan Ignacio Maegli told Scottish bareboat charters that the place has several challenges and that did not stay restricted to the dirty waters. Juan hailing from Guatemala and part of the laser event for men stated that the course also had its challenges. The course on Monday for the laser event had been in the bay. With the high mountains and currents the breeze is a challenge as well.
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The Brisbane River draws in a lot of people looking for alternate city living. And none more than Andrew Bird, who is on to his 7th year on the CBD’s water after selecting a boat over an apartment. Now, Bird spends his time adrift in his home: Safe Sailing.
Speaking about his life on the river, Bird told that it could be very hard work – but it is really worth it for the freedom that he has.
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One of the world’s top luxury ship makers has showed the newest of their luxury concept boats – Symmetry. The grand and stunning super yacht that was exhibited at Monaco Yacht Show 2015 is made stand at a grand five-hundred and ninety feet in length and sport 6 decks worth of perfection.
Sander J. Sinot, the Netherlands-born and based custom-designer of super yacht concepts designed the yacht. The grand concept yacht has space for thirty-four guests as well as boasts features that include an infinity pool, a home cinema and a private spa.
Each of the 6 decks have a particular character and function – The Beach Deck has a mid-ship beach lounge showcasing a seawater pool as well as float in tender bay and Guest Deck has a outstanding mid-ship pool along with a glass bottom, several spacious VIP rooms along with en-suite lounges and balconies.
Hotel Deck caries several guest facilities like lounges, dining areas, bars, gym, garden as well as an exterior pool whereas The Wheelhouse Deck has double steering placements to conciliate bi-directional manoeuvrability. Other decks include an office, a kids’ playroom, library, sky lounge as well as an exterior deck along with lounge seats.
As a whole, Symmetry will have around 1000 square meters of exterior deck space. Sander J. Sinot, the designer, told that the yacht’s layout is made by symmetrically building up from the centre, instead of using the traditional linear set up.