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Sailing-Four Ocean Race boats tipped over in Southern Ocean 'mayhem'

ALICANTE, Spain, March 24 (Reuters) – Four boats in the Volvo Ocean Race fleet keeled over in the Southern Ocean on Tuesday as the fleet experienced its roughest conditions since the event started last October.

The all-women’s crew of Team SCA (Sweden), Dongfeng Race Team (China) and MAPFRE (Spain) all suffered ‘Chinese gybes’ – with the boats briefly tipped on their sides – during 12 hours of drama as they headed towards Cape Horn.

Another competitor, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing, also endured a drama-filled night, reporting “a massive wipe-out”, although it was not pitched on its side in the same way as the other three.

No injuries from any of the crews were reported although the boats were assessing how much damage had been done in the incidents after they were returned upright.

“Due to a big wave, our boat was completely lying on its side,” MAPFRE’s onboard reporter Francisco Vignale wrote in a message to shore.

“We were on deck and it was I who was closest to the water. Xabi (Fernandez) grabbed my jacket and helped me get out of this terrible situation.”

Charles Caudrelier, the French skipper of Dongfeng, also gave a graphic description of the toppling of his boat.

“This will be a great and amusing story to share over a beer or to my grandchildren in a few years’ time — but last night it was hell,” he wrote.

A Volvo Ocean Race spokesman said: “For a while, it was real mayhem but fortunately, none of the sailors was hurt. All four boats were later able to return to sailing through the most treacherous waves encountered since the six-strong fleet set off in Alicante last October.”

They have now covered more than 2,000 nautical miles (nm) of the 6,776nm fifth leg. Team Brunel (Netherlands), which avoided any major problems, led at 1255 GMT by 11.1nm from overall race leaders, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing.

Team Alvimedica (Turkey/U.S.), another boat to stay upright throughout, were third, 28.8nm adrift of Brunel, with MAPFRE, Dongfeng Race Team and Team SCA trailing them.

The boats are still expected to arrive in their leg five destination, Itajaí, Brazil, around April 4, having left Auckland, New Zealand, on March 18.

In all, they will cover 38,739nm, visiting 11 ports and every continent. There are nine legs in all. (Editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Sailing – Water won't be clean, but sailing will go ahead

On the eve of Tuesday’s events to mark the 500-day countdown to the starting gun in August 2016, Paes admitted the Guanabara Bay will not be as clean as authorities had promised.

“I think it is a lost opportunity, yes,” he told Sportv in an interview. “Not for the Olympics but for Rio, it’s important to Rio. De-polluting the Guanabara Bay is something we should have done.”

“It’s a shame that the Olympics were not the reason or the motive, as in Sydney, to resolve the issue once and for all.”

However, Paes said he did not believe the dirty waters would pose a risk for sailors.

The sailing events will take place in a relatively clean part of the bay and as it is the dry season, there will be less water flowing into the bay from the five rivers that surround it, he said.

In addition, staff will be employed to keep flotsam and jetsam away from the boats.

“You have people there collecting solid waste so it doesn’t affect the Olympics,” Paes said.

“So I don’t see it as a problem for the Olympics. It wasn’t for the test event we held last year.”

The cleaning of Guanabara Bay was a key part of Rio’s bid pledge and has long been a goal of successive local governments.

Hundreds of millions of dollars have already been spent but the water remains fetid, with Olympic sailors who visited the city for test events complaining of floating sofas and animal carcasses in the water.

When it bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro said it would cut the amount of raw sewage flowing into the bay by 80 percent but has since admitted that is unlikely.

Biologists last year said rivers leading into the bay contained a superbacteria that is resistant to antibiotics and can urinary, gastrointestinal and pulmonary infections.

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Annapolis sailboat show returns in April


Annapolis sailboat show returns in April


Annapolis sailboat show returns in April

The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show will be held April 24-26 with nearly 80 new and brokerage sailboats for sale, including catamarans, monohulls, racing boats, family cruisers, daysailers and yachts.

The show will feature boats in the water and on land, as well as equipment, electronics, clothing, inflatables and boating accessories.

“This isn’t just any boat show,” president and general manager Paul Jacobs said in a statement. “The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is a multifaceted maritime experience. There are boat tours, sailboat rides, sailing lessons, historic tours, Naval Academy tours, Maryland crab cakes, blue crabs, raw bars, craft beers, painkillers and breathtaking views.”

Activities on land and on sailboats include:

  • Free sailing crewed by Annapolis Community Boating; no experience is necessary and all ages are welcome.
  • On-Board Sailing Workshop designed for beginners and sponsored by the American Sailing Association and Beneteau. Instructors will be provided by Sailtime. The workshop takes place on a Beneteau First 22 sailboat and includes 30 minutes of dockside sailing basics and 90 minutes of on-water sailing instruction.
  • Cruisers University, a cruising educational program, offers one- to four-day tuition packages covering cruising destinations, boat systems, navigation and procedures.
  • The Annapolis Junior Keelboat Regatta, a high school regatta, will race in Annapolis Harbor and conclude at the docks of the sailboat show. Sailing teams will use the J-World Annapolis fleet of J/80s and represent six regional high schools. They will compete for a traveling cup designed by Weems Plath.
  • Annapolis Sailing Cruises will take visitors aboard the 74-foot schooner Woodwind.
  • A free opening-day networking celebration includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres catered by Paladar Latin Kitchen, live entertainment, a cash bar and a Foulest Foulies contest, sponsored by SpinSheet.
  • Throughout the sailboat show Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar will provide free food and rum drink tastings in Susan Campbell Park.
  • Capital SUP will perform daily dockside stand-up paddleboard demos.

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Thom Conboy Joins Heesen Yachts Sales Team

Mr. Conboy started his career in yachting in the Eighties and has a very diverse background in the marine industry. His expertise spans from new construction to repairs and refits of large yachts. Having worked both for shipyards and brokerage houses his knowledge of the sales process and yacht construction is comprehensive.

Having previously helping build on the international success of the Dutch yacht builder, Conboy’s understanding of the Heesen product and brand values is very deep. “I am thrilled to be back at Heesen and to have the chance to represent this highly respected brand in this territory. I am excited to share with the team my deep knowledge of a very specific market and work together to reach a whole new level of success!”

Mark Cavendish, Director Sales and Marketing at Heesen Yachts comments: “Thom Conboy has enjoyed much success with Heesen in the past and we hope to repeat this in the future!
Heesen’s commercial strategy is currently focused on strengthening our presence in four regions (South East Asia, Russia, UAE and now North America) where we have developed partnerships with local representatives who market and promote our brand in their areas.

We are delighted to have such a knowledgeable veteran of the superyacht industry in our team; I am confident that we will soon see great results thanks to Mr. Conboy’s extensive technical knowledge of our yachts and great understanding of the American market.”

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All fishing boats to have VHF equipment

The State government has launched a major initiative to provide very high frequency (VHF) wireless communication devices for fishing boats.

It would be a boon to fishermen, who could avail themselves of these communication devices at 90 per cent subsidy, official sources in the Department of Fisheries told
The Hindu
here on Monday.

It would help fishermen at sea to exchange communication. More importantly, any fishermen in distress at sea or with a stranded boat could use the VHF system to communicate with fellow fishermen sailing in other boats to get them rescued.

They could also seek emergency help either from Coastal Security Group or Indian Coast Guard personnel through helpline at times of distress.

The project is implemented through Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihoods (FIMSUL) and applications are being issued for availing the device.

After conducting a survey, sites for installation of towers had been selected at two locations along the coast at Keela Vaipar and Kayalpattinam to ensure uninterrupted coverage, the sources said.

Communication through this system could reach up to 25 nautical miles from the shore, they added.

Though the VHF system is equipped in all mechanised fishing boats, they are absent in country craft, which is relied on by traditional fishermen.

Hailing the initiative, S. Xavier Vas, president, Tuticorin Mechanised Boat Owners’ Association, said that it would also help them in avoiding conflicts arising over fishing nets at sea. With exchange of communication, fishermen on board vessels could be asked to avoid damaging the nets.

Around 400 mechanised boats over 4, 500 country boats are engaged in fishing in the district.

Commandant A. Athinarayanan, Commanding Officer, ICG, Tuticorin Station, said fishermen at sea could also pass information about any suspicious movement of boats or ships through such devices to act against them swiftly.

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