Alex Thomson has his own stories to tell as he has completed the eighth edition of the Vendee Globe tour that had a total of 29 skippers participating across the nations and four continents. Alex Thomson can be considered to be the first winner from Britain of this historic solo world race in sailing.
He recounted in the media his experiences of the day the group set sail from the Les Sables d’Olonnne on November 6th. For him the race was the fourth attempt. The atmosphere was incredible among the thousands of people who came to see the skippers off. He admits that waving goodbye to his family is the hardest thing to do, but his wife understands that it is his life’s ambition and supports him in his endeavors. Continue reading
The Etchells Worlds was held at the Cowes form 5th to the 10th September 2016. John Bertrand and his team comprising of Paul Blowers and Ben Lamb were adjudged the overall winners of the Cowes Etchells Worlds. Bertrand was over the moon after winning the Etchells and said that it has been a roller coaster ride.
Bertrand has won the Etchells Worlds for the second time in his career. What makes this win even more special is that he has won it at the age of 69. He said that he had put together this team to compete in the Worlds and was happy that the team was able to pull it out at the Cowes. The last time Bertrand won it was in 2010 when Tom Slingsby was at the bow. Now the team has Ben Lamb in place of Tom and he has had a wonderful week, according to Bertrand.
His other sailing partner Paul Blowers knows the UK waters in and out having helped set up Yacht Charter in Scotland and this helped the team to sail better on it. Winning the worlds is always special because a lot of tough teams and popular sailing teams compete in the Worlds. The sailors taking part in the Worlds are from all over the world and also from every aspect of the sailing sport. Continue reading
There are several inspirational stories behind the contestants who would be appearing in the windsurfing event in the Games of this year. For instance, there are athletes like Ricardo Santos, who would be taking part in the Games for the fifth time and is a legacy for the athletes from his country, having the Games being hosted in the native country.
There are others, such as Byron Kokkalanis who would be coming in from Greece. With Athens known to have a legendary association with the Olympics, the competitors from this country have historic relations with this event. Byron aspires to reach levels that his compatriot did, Niko Kaklamanakis who won the gold medal in 1996 in Athens as well as won the silver medal in 2004 at the same venue. He also lit the Olympic flame in the Athens 2004 event. Continue reading
Offshore yachting is really the best sport that can help you escape this Easter. Plenty of fresh air, out-of-range mobile phone, and distant horizons, out-of-range mobile phone and occasional ocean spray will certainly keep you refreshed when you rest on the edge of a sixty-six footer.
Braemar, the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines‘ ship, came to the help of a sailing yacht that had been afloat in the mid-Atlantic Ocean for around 3 days. This involves the intriguing rescue of 3 passengers from the fourteen metre Nicollet and help of material for the yacht’s members to make essential fixes.
The 929 guest Braemar was journeying from Santa Cruz, in Tenerife to Bridgetown, in Barbados, at a speed of around 16.2 knots on 27th Dec, 2015, when the officer of the watch seen the floating sailing yacht Nicollet on the radar, 10 nautical miles from the cruise.
With spectators pouring into Chestertown to see the majestic yachts and the weather harboring attractively, this year’s Downrigging Weekend went off without any problem. The annual wooden boat and tall ship fest ran on 29th October, Thursday, to 1st Nov, Sunday. It included public sails as well as open houses on the wooden ships, demonstrations, guest lectures, live music, displays, family fun, fireworks and refreshments.
Sultana Education Foundation president Drew McMullen (who also runs a firm that specialises in Yacht Charter in Croatia) said that it was a great weekend, and it was really nice not having a hurricane or any bad weather like they have had in the past. McMullen stated that he thought the public sails as well as open houses were the most popular scenes of the weekend. People went up aboard vessels like the Lady Maryland and Kalmar Nycke, and either dug into the ship or took a tour down Chester River.
He told that they took 867 people out on Chester this year and had one thousand others do the open houses. They are unique things to do; none else does them. Centerville’s Caroline Armstrong and Dagsboro’s Shirley Derrickson said that they have been to Downrigging many times. The two buddies staying to go sailing on Pride of Baltimore II.
Alexandria’s Erica Hanson said that her kids liked to see the ships that look like pirate ships. Her husband, who works in the United States Coast Guard, said that they do not sail stuff like this very often.