The Sailing World Cup

The Sailing World Cup was held in Qingdao and similar to the weather conditions in Sheboygan, the weather here also made the sailors wait for day three as the first two days the weather remained unfavorable for sailing.


This was similar to the conditions that were witnessed in 2008 when the Beijing Olympic Games were held. Sailors at Quindao had to meet with tricky weather elements such as currents and cloud cover. Not only did the visiting sailors suffer, but also those who were competing as part of the host nation. They also made mistakes and lost out points.

In the Laser men category Croatia remained on top of the fleet. Tonci Stipanovic was able to hold off Coccoluto who was trying to gain above the Olympic medalist. The Cyprus team made some bad starts in the beginning, but they recovered and finished in the second as well as the fifth place. The team admitted that they made certain mistakes in the beginning. However, when the current was strong they were able to move into fifth position. The forecast was said to be similar in the coming days with light winds and strong current. However, when the sailors went out to the waters, it was not found to be so. They found favorable conditions for sailing though cloud cover kept coming about and pressure and wind shafts kept moving up and down. (more…)

Comanche’s Porto Cervo Quest

The absolute beauty of Costa Smeralda does not tell the whole tale about why the sailors come back every year to the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.

The third day threw up a dissimilar set of challenges to the first two days of contest, and this is the challenge of the unknown, how one could deal with the unexpected, which keeps these contestants coming back for more and more.
Shiftier, lighter breezes worked quite nicely for Momo, Dieter Schön’s new seventy-two-footer that won both today’s races to clutch the lead in Rolex Maxi 72 World Championships. Of the forty boats as well as five racing classes, Thomas Bscher’s hundred-and-seven footer Open Season is the one to have saved a clean sheet thus far, securing all her races in Wally Division.
Still, this is not just the newest boats that are fearing well in the blend of all conditions in Porto Cervo. New leader in Mini Maxi Racer Cruisers is Giuseppe Puttini’s vintage Swan 65 Shirlaf (of 1976), which is one of the most advanced yachts of her day and it is still gracing the world’s top regattas almost forty years later.

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