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 season of ice sailing is rapidly approaching as temperatures begin to fall in many parts of the world. Indeed, for those who are sailing enthusiasts, they need to get geared up for winter sailing that is a distinct challenge altogether. Many regions celebrate the cold winter months with ice boating. Indeed, there are several places that invite boating enthusiasts from other regions and clubs to come and join up for iceboating.
For those who are new to the concept of ice boating, it is one of the fastest ways to sail unlike sailing on water. You need to pick up the right kind of gear so that you can try out this innovative form of sailing. Williams Bay at Wisconsin offers ice boarding as part of the annual swap meet at their Skeeter Ice Boat Club. It is considered to be a mega event.
Here equipment change hands between owners as several teams and club members meet up such as Arrows, Nites, Renegades and Skeeters. Hardware manufacturers and boat builders like Trogir Yacht Charter in this specialty also put up stalls to exhibit their equipment and wares. It is the best place to find the big names in the world of iceboating as well as can help people find the right equipment for this sport.
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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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