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July 21, 2018 / by index / Uncategorized / No Comments

Kiwi Sailors Aim To Reach The Top At Youth Worlds

This week, we can see some of the country’s most talented sailors compete in the United States at the youth sailing world championships. The competition is the pinnacle event for sailors of New Zealand since the first event that took place in 1971 has already won them 51 medals out of which 16 are gold, 18 are silver and 17 are bronze.

Some of the top sailors of New Zealand in the past have achieved titles at the same level and some of the names include Tom Ashley, Dean Barker, Russell Coutts and Chris Dickson. In addition, over 50 percent of the existing New Zealand Sailing Team has already been former medal achievers at the Youth Worlds. Sam Meech won gold medal in the Laser event in 2009 and won silver in 2008. Josh Junior won silver medal in 2007, Alex Maloney won silver in 2010 and Blair Tuke won silver in 2007.
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June 26, 2018 / by index / Uncategorized / No Comments

ESS San Diego Ends

For those who have been following the Extreme Sailing Series that was on in San Diego would have seen the close finishes that the teams had which was concluded this week. The SAP Extreme Sailing team one to put in a great performance which brought the lead of Alinghi to dwindle when the seventh act was underway at the extreme sailing series.

 

There were six races in total that the fleet of world class standards took part in. The crowd got to see the exciting foiling action up closes as well as nosedives that were hair rising. The Danish team puts in four “bullet like performances” to climb to the second spot. The SAP team later stated that the sailing had been fantastic and there had been a lot of breeze that helped to make the races exhilarating. The team sharpened up after the first day of the race and the rest of the day there were perfect maneuvers that they made.

Alinghi reached the podium four times in the six races and had a win, which has given them an overnight lead though the margin is a narrow one. The Team Extreme San Diego had Morgan Larson as the skipper who had also been a champion in a former series. He reminded the fleet that he could give them an epic finish that was a close race. The second place finish that they obtained was a delight to watch as well. He admits that the bottom positions that they started with had caused some disappointments, but they did work on their techniques that resulted in them gaining a better position. Larson stated that the event and the venue were great as well and the crowd cheering for the local boat also made a big difference. The extreme series stood up to the features that it is known for in this chapter even.

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June 26, 2018 / by index / Uncategorized / No Comments

Oman Air At ESS San Diego

In the ESS San Diego chapter Oman Air has been able to keep their place on the podium. The series chapter that is ongoing in San Diego saw the team Oman Air hold onto their positions after the third day which was a challenging one. The conditions for sailing were changing due to the unpredicted breeze direction. As a result the races were tightly contested. The harbor course for the race led to several opportunities that led to bigger gains and often bigger losses for certain vessels of the fleet each of which were GC32 catamarans of high speed foiling nature.

 

There were solid results that were the outcome of the races. There were two second positions, but the Oman Air was ahead of Red Bull team by four points. The penultimate day ended with BAR having 11 points behind the team Oman Air as per the leader board positions.

Among those who fared better was the SAP Extreme Sailing team. They were able to take four wins and gained two positions among the seven races that they sailed as on the third day in the competition that took place in southern California. The winners were Alinghi in the San Diego chapter where the Danish boat finished with an advantage of 14 points that gave them an edge over the leaders. As the San Diego chapter comes to a close, there is one more day to go and then the finale will come up in Mexico next month. Those who are followers of the Extreme Sailing Series will look forward to seeing the next chapter resume.

Al Mashari who is bowman aboard Oman Air stated that the team found it crucial to maintain a position on the podium. That would help them resume the final chapter, which would be held in Los Cabos, Mexico and it keeps chances open of taking the title as well.

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