Pollutionis one of the biggest perils for earth and human life. The effect of pollutionis evident from the increase in global warming and it had gone too far that itis resulting in the reduction of human lifespan. And one such constituent of pollution is plastic which is a non- biodegradable component and hence cannot be destroyed. Among other things sailing is an area which is very much affectedly plastic pollution as it has become a kind of hurdle in the path of sailors while sailing. Although it has affected the sailors and people related to the sailing world the cause for this pollution is the entire human community because the plastics which is thrown in the seas, rivers, and canals are nothing but the garbage which is thrown by the common people.
And to get rid of this onerous issue the sailor who discovered the accumulation of plastic in marine while carrying out experiments on “Great Pacific Patch Garbage” is in his quest of solving this problem is inviting applications for awhile-female sailing voyage besides a scientific research mission.
Emile Penn will lead from the front in this mission in which she along with her team will circumnavigate around the globe to raise awareness regarding the negative impacts of non-reusable plastics on marine life and human life as well. The crew will sail in 5 oceans and the Arctic and during this; they will search for plastics and toxins which are present in the oceans. The voyage’s duration will be 2 years and will start from October 2019 and for the same the crew will be divided into 30 legs with 10 sailors on each one of the leg. And Ms. Penn has made it clear that more than the sailing experience they are concerned about getting rid of plastic pollution.
As the Youth Sailing World Championships is round the corner, the 14 sailors from the US Sailing Team started their mission for gold medals. The 48th Annual Youth Sailing Championships was hosted by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club and race is slated at the Corpus Christi Bay. Around 382 youth sailors featured in the regatta with age groups between 16 and 19. There are about 66 nations taking part in 9 classes. As far as the US team is concerned, it has 14 sailors from 5 states and these sailors are the same who travelled to China last year. The sailors include Emma Cowles and Carmen from Larchmont, New York and both are gold medalists. Charlotte Rose from Houston, Texas achieved gold in Girls 420 Class and Girls Laser Radial Class.
Berta Puig, the skipper in 29er Class returned to Youth Worlds and Dominique Stater would race in the Girls RS X Class. Both are from Miami. The US Team has best hopes to achieve a gold medal haul. The team leader of the Team USA said that the team is excited as there are many sailors returning along with some best new talents coming up. There is a good variety as far as the sailors are concerned. Last year, the Girls 420 Class was dominated by the Cowles Sisters as they won by 26 points along with a score line featuring both 1st
place finishes. The French team of Camille Orion and Violette Dorange are back as well who were the silver medalists last year. They are all geared up to play against Cowles.
The six competing vessels of the fleet in the ongoing Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) have departed Hong Kong on Wednesday as they made their way to Auckland, New Zealand. A hard slog is expected in this leg to Auckland and it has been labelled ‘dangerous’ in some quarters.
The trip is 6100 nautical miles long and it started on a relatively calm note but things are expected to differ along the way. Team Dongfeng captain Charles Caudrelier expects this part of the race to be: “the most difficult, complicated and dangerous leg.”
Vestas 11th Hour Racing skipped this leg of the race due to damage to their yacht. The bow will need to be rebuilt in Italy and shipped to New Zealand in line with the Volvo Ocean 65 class rule. The yacht will reach Auckland ahead of the fleet as they could not complete the repairs in Hong Kong.
After four legs of the race, Vestas 11th Hour were third on the points’ log but they were forced to retire after the crash in Hong Kong. The crash saw a fisherman on a non-racing vessel die. The crash is expected to significantly ruin their chances of winning the event this campaign. They have a tough task in leg seven to leg 11.
The other six vessels will sail from Hong Kong to Taiwan, then through the Philippines, and then through Fiji on the route to Auckland. A major determining factor would be the team’s performance towards the doldrums – five degrees north and south of the equator where trade winds collide. The doldrums are expected 1500km after Philippines and 4000km from Auckland. This leg is expected to be predominantly upwind unlike the rest.
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New Zealand team has been under speculation lately because of their bad results in the previous outing at Cardiff. The team made a great comeback over a fortnight of the dismal performance in the Extreme Sailing Series in Istanbul. It was a sense of surprise for all the teams as well as the fans as Dean Barker’s crew fought hard to make amendments to their last position finish in the Cardiff. This comeback was written on the cards as the team was just at the loss of form. In the opening day of the Extreme Sailing Series the Emirates team from New Zealand found themselves tied up at the 1st position with the current defending champion of this series. It was a result which no one thought of at the start of this series. Currently the SAP Extreme Sailing team is on 2nd position followed by the Red Bull Sailing team.
Dean Baker the skipper from the New Zealand team came out speaking to the press about the joys of this performance. He agreed that in Cardiff it was a tough time for the team but today it is a delightful feeling in coming out of waters leading. He also stated that the team’s main aim is to move forward in continuing with the form and is looking forward to carry this form for the rest of the event.
Not only the team ended their day on top of the charts but they even came out in recording the fastest speed among all the other teams in the fleet. Their average speed was recorded as 16.27 Knots when sailing downwind while sailing upwind the team maintained an average speed of 11.80 knots. This racing was held in open waters at the Marmara Sea at the entrance of Bosphorus. The start was good and it will be interesting to see whether the New Zealand team will be able to hold it up throughout.
Lifeboat volunteers used a grapnel and ropes to free a yacht that had trapped on Sunday on a lobster pot buoy in the Gerrans Bay. Falmouth inshore lifeboat was afloat looking after another incident off the St Anthony Lighthouse when it was turned aside at 5 pm on 17th August to help yacht Peerless II that had become entangled 2 miles south of Gull Rock.
A Falmouth RNLI spokesperson told that the inshore lifeboat attended on scene at 5.08 pm and saw that the rope from the lobster pot was caught around the yacht’s keel. Utilizing ropes as well as a grapnel the inshore lifeboat crew were able to finally retrieve the rope and free the boat. Once, at 6 pm, it was confirmed that there was no damage to the yacht, it was able to carry on its passage to Helford.
The statement added that the boat with 2 persons on board had been on passage to Helford when its keel had become caught on the lobster pot marker. With the weight of the yacht, their crew members were unable to free the line and they asked for help from the coastguard.
Meanwhile, the Torbay RNLI lifeboat went to the help a yacht which was taking on water seventeen miles off Brixham. On Monday, it was around 9.10 am that the alarm was raised by 2 yachts that saw spotted the vessel Seahawk in difficulties.
Without any fanfare, they have come to Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge; and at Opening Ceremony, they called themselves as the most humble squad at the regatta. They told the tale regarding how they skinned together funds for their thirty six hour flight to New York by wooing donations. They were really surprised at the generous sources whose given amounts made their participation possible. Tonight at the regatta dinner, they are sponsored by a member of a local club.
In spite of all these, or probably because of it, they stay on the top of the standings after the first day. This dark horse squad is a bunch of sailors representing Royal Capt Yacht Club from South Africa. all of them have their dream about sailing in an international contest and today they are on the top with 5–2–1 finishes. Denmark’s The Royal Danish Yacht Club is in 2nd with a 4–4–2. In the 3rd, it was The Manhattan Yacht Club with a 1–9–3.
Dennis Conner passed the day seeing the races when entertaining different dignitaries. After sailing, all the squads gather ed on the 157 foot lovely yacht Arabella. The racing again starts tomorrow, but tonight is the Steak Dinner with Dennis Conner.
Meanwhile, athletes continue to take part in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to assemble money and awareness for ALS research, and LeBron James has joined in. The Cleveland Cavaliers star completed the challenge on a yacht and he nominated his two kids and US President Barack Obama.
In a much talked about manner, the sailing team from Australia located off the coast of Southern France, Darren bundock and Nina Curtis have lost upon world cup gold medal.
On Saturday, at the Hyeres the duo Australian winners won gold medals and came in fourth position. But it might have been quite a better performance. In the class of Nacra Catamaran, when the organizers altered the route of the chase puzzling the Australians were sent back on the wrong path the duo silver medalists Curtis and Bundock moved down from first to third.
Despite the last minute change of their path the duo rebuffed to blame either of them rather than themselves who had begun the sailing in November. Bundock spoke that they needed to complete within four boats of Italians or the three boats of the French. They were going their way during the race but in the meantime they edited the route and they puffed up on the whole.
Curtis told that it was shameful for them. Because of being a new group it’s nice to watch such things beforehand on so that they can never commit this type of mistake again. Tom Burton in the laser class got his second consecutive world cup gold medal. Expanding their long run of good form with less effort Mat Belcher, the world sailor and his crew partner, Will Ryan got the gold medal in the men’s 470 division.
Iain Jensen and Nathan Outeridge are the medalists in Olympic, won the bronze after a tricky week. Outeridge got hurt when he was hit by another boat on the end day of regatta, when the duo Australians started the medal races in the fifth position. They moved to third position after a splendid presentation on the last day.