The Captain’s Sailing Links – Tuesday 31st January 2017

Vendee Globe 2016/17 – KEEPING A GOOD LOOKOUT

Conrad Colman on Foresight Natural Energy crossed the Equator back into the northern hemisphere this morning at 0845hrs UTC in tenth place in the Vendée Globe solo round the world race. This is another important milestone for the Kiwi-American skipper as he also negotiates the Doldrums. Colman looks like he is being blessed with a relatively straightforward passage of the ITCZ, the Doldrums, racing slightly east of north without too many squally clouds around. The weather models suggest he should hold on to mainly E’ly winds until he emerges into the NE’ly trade winds.

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Alex Thomson: In Pursuit of Sailing History

The eighth edition of the Vendee Globe attracted 29 IMOCA 60 skippers, representing four continents and ten nations, to take on the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance. Amid the field was Alex Thomson who sought to be the first British winner, who now upon his finish, shares in The Telegraph his remarkable attempt for sailing history… Day 1: November 6th – Setting sail from Les Sables D’Olonne  Sailed out of Les Sables D’Olonne today to begin what I consider to be the toughest sporting event left in the world: the Vendée Globe.

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Why You Should Take Ferries In These Three Popular Sailing Spots

Whether you don’t know how to sail, aren’t friends with someone who does, or don’t like sleeping in the claustrophobic hull of a tall ship, eschewing a private boat doesn’t preclude you from enjoying these three popular sailing destinations. Excellent ferry networks give visitors a taste of the soggy dollar life without the cost, responsibility, or effort of doing it themselves.

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Blast reaching under an asymmetrical spinnaker can be, well a blast, but walking the line between control and a wipeout can sometimes prove difficult.  Blast reaching under an asymmetrical spinnaker can be, well a blast, but can also take a turn for the worst fast if you broach or otherwise wipeout. With much racing time these days spent sailing windward leeward courses, the art of sailing on a windy tight reach at the edge of control has almost become a lost art. It is a particularly useful skill in point to point and distance races. So how do you keep on the hairy edge while avoiding the wipeout?  Here are Dave’s 4 quick tips for maintaining control when tight reaching with the kite up.

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Optimised to win: how Peter Morton’s Carkeek 40 Girls on Film won the highly competitive Fast 40+ class

Rupert Holmes takes a closer look at Peter Morton’s Carkeek 40 Girls on Film – an object lesson in how to get an edge and hold it consistently in a race series. The Carkeek 40 is a proven design that originally dates from 2012. Girls on Film, winner of four of the five class events this year to take the overall Fast40+ season title, is a Mark 3 version, and benefits from numerous small modifications. While many of these offer a saving of only a few seconds in certain conditions, in a fleet that’s renowned for incredibly close racing – the podium is routinely filled by boats less than 60 seconds apart – the collective effect of these makes a big difference to series results.

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