Australia Wins Silver In Rio

With several eyes on Australia and New Zealand who are known for their sailing prowess, Australian teams have acquired silver in the 49er and 470 classes. You might not help but wonder whether it has something to do with the common historic link with Britain and common sea bound geographies that have made these countries have a continued focus on sailing as a recreational as well as sport.

Many say that family tradition goes much into developing the winners and sportsmen of these countries. For instance, Mathew Belcher, one of the participants found the win to be reality to a hope that he had built for years. His two young children, Amelie and Anton Belcher were there too with their father who won silver in the country in the 470 category. Continue reading “Australia Wins Silver In Rio”

Yachting New Zealand

There have been seven years spent in Yachting New Zealand trying to build a sailing facility on the beach at Takapuna. The process begins anew as an application has been made for acquiring 1000 square meters of land that is reserved.

The application is for a consent lease by the landowner which needs to be acquired from the Takapuna Devonport local boar. A portion of the land is part of the Takapuna Beach Holiday Park. The yachting company would apply for 580 square meters of the reserve land which should be cordoned by December. The land would then be handed over to Whatua waka ama club. Continue reading “Yachting New Zealand”

Still hope for Jules Verne Trophy

On 22nd November, two maxi-trimarans began their journey in an attempt to get their hands on the Jules Verne Trophy, an award for the fastest circumnavigation of the world.

The 40 meter maxi-trimaran Spindrift 2, captained by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, and Francis Joyon’s maxi-trimaran IDEC SPORT were in a surprising battle against each other as they look to beat the clock.
The present holder of the award was Loïck Peyron as well as his crew on Banque Populaire V (also called Spindrift 2), which in 2012’s January had fixed a time of forty-five days, thirteen hours, forty-two minutes and fifty-three seconds.
The primary forecast began the two maxis on record speed, but a sequence of highs and lows soon followed them. AS they both came at the Cape Horn within reach of the prize, the teams recognized on Day forty-three that their efforts would be for nothing.
It is expected that both teams would arrive at the marked start-finish line, situated between the Le Créac’h Lighthouse off the Brittany as well as Lizard Point in Cornwall, on 8th January, which was the 48th day in their journey calendar.

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Winners of the Clipper Race arrives in Sydney

LMAX Exchange has passed the end-line in Sydney, Australia, taking line honors in Race 4 of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, following 2088 nautical miles away from Albany through Southern Ocean on Elliot Brown Timekeeper Cup. It passed the line at the 1901 AEDT/0801 UTC, on 12th December.

LMAX Exchange took the level best seventeen points available by also getting to win the Ocean Sprint (an extra 2 points) as well as Scoring Gate (an extra 3 points) and will also recover their overall lead in the Clipper Race 2015-16.

LMAX Exchange yacht
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Golden Globe Race 2018

The Golden Globe Race 2018 will be voyaged under the auspices of Royal Nomuka Yacht Club in Kingdom of Tonga. Crown Prince Tupoutoa Ulukalala, His Royal Highness, has given his consent to become Patron of the Race. The Golden Globe Race conference in London was also attended by the Tongan High Commissioner in London Sione Sonata Topou.

Don McIntyre, the founder of the race, has very close links with these Pacific islands. In the year 2012, this Aussie adventurer led a four-man re-enactment of Mutiny of the Bounty sail from Tonga to the West Timor, in a same type of yacht.

Royal Nomuka Yacht Club is the youngest Royal club in the world, founded on 22nd October, this year as part of a collaborative enterprise between His Royal Highness The Crown Prince and Don McIntyre to made a sailing base, that can also be a great adventure centre, on this otherwise desolated island of Nomuka to encourage the youth of Tonga to take up sailing as a sport as well as cultural activity.

HRH the Crown Prince Tupoutoa Ulukalala said that for Nomuka and Tonga to be involved with the Golden Globe Race is exciting. Tonga was once a great sailing nation. He wish all entrants safe sailing and extend an open invitation to visit this beautiful Islands as well as the Royal Nomuka Yacht Club.

Falmouth has been confirmed as the start line and the finish line for the Golden Globe Race 2018, where Sir Robin Knox-Johnston started and finished his historic voyage back in 1968-1969.