20 February 2013

Maserati Soldini breaks NY to SF Speed Record (video)

Maserati Soldini: arrivo a San Francisco

Sailboat Crew Breaks Speed Record in NY-to-SF Voyage | Playbook | Wired.com: "Famed Italian skipper Giovanni Soldini and his tireless crew of eight sailors obliterated the record for sailing the “Golden Route” from New York to San Francisco, shaving a full 10 days off the previous record around the tip of South America. . . . Forecasting technology also advanced alongside the boats in the days since Parlier set the record, providing Soldini’s crew with far more accurate data than Parlier had available. The crew relied upon laptops and a satellite antenna to download the latest weather data and images. . . The original plan had Soldini doing the Volvo Ocean Race, but it’s a much bigger undertaking, so he decided to challenge the Golden Route record. The historic route was heavily used by clippers during the gold rush of the mid and late 1800s. It is a difficult journey that takes sailors through a variety of weather conditions, including the Doldrums and the westerly gales at Cape Horn. Flying Cloud set the record at 89 days and 8 hours in 1854, a record that stood for more than 130 years until Warren Luhrs and Thursday’s Child made the journey in 80 days and 20 hours in 1989. “It’s not really the record we’re beating but the record we’re setting that counts,” said Breymaier. “It will be difficult to break later on. We’re racing whoever is coming after.”. . . ."

RORC Caribbean 600 News | blog: "Mike Slade's maxi yacht, ICAP Leopard, crossed the finish line in Antigua to take Monohull Line Honours for the 2013 RORC Caribbean 600 on Wednesday 20 February in an elapsed time of 45 hours 58 minutes and 05 seconds. . . . Mike Slade's crew on ICAP Leopard were enjoying a cold beer in the Antigua Yacht Club today and Leopard's owner, Mike Slade, was really enjoying winding down after a tough race in which ICAP Leopard took Line Honours for the second time: "That was definitely the toughest of the three races I have done, but I absolutely love this race; the course, the weather and the welcome we receive back in Antigua is just the best, anywhere. The RORC Caribbean is one of the premier yacht races worldwide and ICAP Leopard will definitely be back next year.""

Vendee Globe - Out of the final calm and into the breeze + Video
Sail World
In the Vendee Globe, less than fifty miles to the northwest of La Corruna, Spain Alessandro di Benedetto on Team Plastique is now counting down the final miles to the finish, expecting to cross the famous line off the Nouch buoy on Friday morning.

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Maserati sets sailing world record
The vessel, captained by Giovanni Soldini, negotiated the high seas from New York, traveled southward past the remainder of North and South America, transitioned from Atlantic to Pacific around Cape Horn, and sailed north again to San Francisco.

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Sailing and the Isle of Wight
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The Isle of Wight is famed for its sailing pedigree and is home to many of Britain's best sailors. Surrounded by the famously challenging waters of the Solent, the Isle of Wight has historically hosted (and continues to host) many of the world's most ...

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