The Captain’s Sailing Links – Monday 30th January 2017

Vendee Globe 2016/17 – DESTREMAU CLOSES THE DOOR ON THE BIG SOUTH

Sébastien Destremau rounded Cape Horn at 1336hrs UTC this Sunday afternoon the final Vendée Globe skipper to exit the Big South and turn safely north into the Atlantic. The French skipper, who pit-stopped into Tasmania to check and repair the rig of his TechnoFirst FaceOcean, may have rounded in 18th place 37 days after the race winner Armel Le Cléac’h and four days and 16 hours after his closest rival, the Dutch solo skipper Pieter Heerema (No Way Back), said today he could scarcely believe what he has achieved so far on his 1998 launched Finot design which first completed the 2000-1 Vendée Globe course as Josh Hall’s Gartmore.

Read more at – http://www.vendeeglobe.org/en/news/18489/destremau-closes-the-door-on-the-big-south

Volvo Ocean Race – ‘The beginning of another adventure’

With just 268 days until the Volvo Ocean Race begins, Dongfeng Race Team are set to make the most of that preparation time having today become the first team to take delivery of their newly-refitted Volvo Ocean 65 at The Boatyard in Lisbon.  The handover marks the formal beginning of the Chinese team’s second consecutive campaign, and holds extra special significance as it is exactly two years to the day since Charles Caudrelier and Dongfeng Race Team won their 2014-15 homecoming leg into Sanya.

Read more at – http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/news/9371_-The-beginning-of-another-adventure-.html

Sailing World Cup Miami – British sailors win two golds on day one of medal racing

British sailors won two golds on the first day of medal racing at the Sailing World Cup Miami.  Dylan Fletcher-Scott and Stuart Bithell won the 49er class by finishing fifth in their final race of the regatta. Ben Saxton and Nicola Groves had earlier triumphed in the Nacra 17 class, beating compatriots Tom Phipps and Nicola Boniface into second.   Miami, the first leg of the 2017 World Cup series, is the first regatta since last year’s Rio Olympics.

Read more at – http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/sailing/38786979

Winter sailing has unexpected thrills

A full-speed sail to Bowen Island ending in lunch at a cozy pub, a cruise up Indian Arm surrounded by deep green fjords, or a brisk, wave-tossed race in Howe Sound; winter sailing has never been more popular in the waters around Vancouver. A wide variety of classes, workshops and racing opportunities mean that sailing in the off- season holds some unexpected delights.

Read more at – http://www.metronews.ca/features/vancouver/vancouvering/2017/01/29/vancouver-sailing-winter-howe-sound.html

Superyacht News – Family appeal for increase in accident awareness

Following the tragic death of bosun William Black in 2010, his family hope to highlight the importance of crew safety… The family of William Black, a bosun who died in a tragic accident in 2010, hope to use his death to encourage captains, crew and managers to look at the current safety standards for crew, as well as how the industry responds to incidents after they have occurred.  As William’s sister Rosanna explains, there was little information regarding how the accident occurred, “He was travelling in the small tender back to the main boat, S/Y Burrasca, around 10pm at night. He left the harbour – there’s CCTV footage of him leaving the harbour – and all we know is that the boat he was on crashed head on into a stationary, moored, unmanned boat.“

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