07 March 2016

RC44 Bermuda Cup Videos, Yachts Miami Beach, Miami Boat Show

RC44 Bermuda Cup - Fleet Racing Day 3 - Team Nika's day in the sun
Despite near perfect conditions for racing on Bermuda’s Great Sound, the penultimate day of the RC44 Bermuda Cup was one of snakes and ladders, the smallest mistakes having crippling consequences. With a spectator fleet out in force, once again the course created some tactical head scratching with the left frequently favoured in terms of angle, but the right better for pressure. Published on Mar 6, 2016

RC44 Bermuda Cup - Fleet Racing Day 2 - Young guns line-up on Bermuda's Great Sound - Helmed by Gustaf Lidvall, with Sweden's most successful Olympic sailor Freddy Loof calling tactics, the Artemis Racing​ young guns lined-up on Bermuda’s Great Sound. Published on Mar 5, 2016

More info: JohnTheCrowd | Sailing News: RC44 Bermuda Cup, Match Racing, Sailing Videos; see also update of 2016 WMRT Fremantle March 2-7, 2016,Twitter feed, Videos

Other Sailing NEWS--Miami International Boat Show 2016 gets "mixed" reviews:
Two different boat shows--other than Strictly Sail Miami, Miamarina at Bayside-- take place during Presidents Day weekend in Miami and Miami Beach, Florida, Yachts Miami Beach and the Miami International Boat Show.

This year Yachts Miami Beach brought in more visitors and bigger boats during its run Feb. 11-15, organizers said Wednesday, according to the Sun Sentinel. Formerly known as the Yacht & Brokerage Show, Yachts Miami Beach attracted 5 percent more boats on display, including 22 yachts over 150 feet long — double the number from last year, according to Show Management, which co-owns the show with the Florida Yacht Brokers Association. In addition, hotel room nights specifically related to the show were up 2.24 percent over last year, with the average length of stay increasing to 4.42 nights.

The Miami International Boat Show, owned by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, took place at a new location this year on Virginia Key, and the reviews w ere "mixed" (see comment below). Reportedly "whether the show will return next year [to Virginia Key] won’t be known for weeks, and perhaps months."
"This was by far the worst [Miami International] boat show I have ever been. Website with wrong pick up areas (I went to America Airlines Arena pick up area and no one was there - I was told they didn't get the permit). I can't believe they didn't even paint the auditorium. It was so ugly and dirty, full of graffiti. Embarrassing. Lines were ridiculously long to get either the water taxi or the shuttles. No one could inform where the pick up or drop off are for uber was. Cops giving directions without knowing anything. And the cherry on top: the shuttle driver I got on the way back to the Arena was talking to the "voices in her head" the entire trip... I won't be back. Next year I'll go to the yacht show in Miami Beach only."--One comment in the Miami Herald
See also on JohnTheCrowd.comMiami cuts Virginia Key Mangroves for Miami Boat Show? (video) (June 28, 2015)

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