04 April 2015

America's Cup War of Words, Volvo Ocean Race sailing videos

Things are looking up | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 -
Ian Walker and his Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing crew, getting nearer to Itajai, Brazil

Boat breaking conditions | Volvo Ocean Race 2014 -15 - see also: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: VOR Live Twitter Feed - Volvo Ocean Race and
Dashboard | Volvo Ocean Race 2014-2015

Volvo Ocean Race: A short lull in the breeze means repairs to boats and bodies and a bit of drying out before the wind builds again on the home stretch to Itajaí!

Meanwhile, the America's Cup "War of Words" continues--

(Video above published March 26) Emirates Team New ZealandEmirates Team New Zealand saddened by Luna Rossa's withdrawal April 3, 2015- "Emirates Team New Zealand are deeply saddened by the news of the withdrawal from the America’s Cup of Luna Rossa, one of the most established, respected and admired brands in the history of the event. Emirates Team New Zealand and Luna Rossa are close allies and share common values of fair play and integrity. Team CEO Grant Dalton today said, “We are quite frankly in disbelief that the continued actions of the America’s Cup Event Authority have lead to the withdrawal of our great friends Luna Rossa. It sends a clear and unmistakable message that the self-serving manoeuvring of rules within sports oldest trophy has consequences for not only the America’s Cup but also all of sailing. “ Emirates Team New Zealand have filed its case on the illegal withdrawal of Auckland as the qualifier regatta venue with the America’s Cup Arbitration Panel and will be making no further comment at this time."

Statement from Artemis Racing, BAR, ORACLE TEAM USA, Team France - 35th America's Cup: April 3, 2015: "We are disappointed to see how Team New Zealand are characterizing the rule changes that reflect the collective will of the America’s Cup teams. During discussions last month, ALL six teams, including Team new Zealand, agreed on the need to change to a smaller boat to reduce costs. While Luna Rossa supported a less dramatic change, a majority of teams agreed on what has become the America’s Cup Class, a new rule written in consultation with ALL teams, with drafts of the rule sent to ALL teams for comment and feedback. Each team that voted for this new America's Cup Class made compromises and sacrifices to get this done for the betterment of the America’s Cup. Taking these important decisions by a majority vote is something that was insisted upon by Luna Rossa and written into the rules of the event. Regrettably, abiding by the results of the majority vote appears to be something neither they, nor Team New Zealand, are willing to do... unless they are part of the majority. We hope that Team New Zealand can see a way forward, as we all have, and look forward to racing them in the Americas Cup World Series later this year. - On behalf of Ben Ainslie (BAR), Franck Cammas (Team France), Iain Percy (Artemis Racing), Jimmy Spithill (ORACLE TEAM USA)"

Man rescued from capsized sailboat two months after going missing at sea | US news | The Guardian"An American missing at sea for 66 days was rescued from his capsized boat 200 miles off the North Carolina coast, telling coastguards he survived on drinking rainwater and catching fish. Louis Jordan, 37, who was reported missing by his family in January, was spotted sitting on the overturned hull of his 35ft boat by the crew of a German tanker.... “He might sail up and down the Intercoastal Waterway, but he didn’t have the experience he needed to go out into the ocean,”... Records show Jordan sailed out of the marina in Conway on 23 January on board the sailboat Angel. Coastguard spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo said officials in Miami were notified by Jordan’s father, Frank, on 29 January that he had not been seen or heard from in a week. Alerts were issued from New Jersey to Miami to be on the lookout...As he had not filed a “float plan” - the nautical equivalent of a flight plan – giving details of his route and destination, there was not enough information to narrow down the search... "

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