As we all know, the IMOCA Monhulls have started arriving at the Port Olona three weeks prior to the race. The French Sailing Federation has sent referees to the event as they are supposed to look after certain aspects of the race. A safety check is must before the fleet across the starting point. That’s how Vendee Globe ensures safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.