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We had stood on the edge of the Isola di Vulcano crater to admire the steam and hydrogen sulphide gas emanating from its guts but it seemed a timid volcano. From the top of the crater we had spied the much more active eruptions of Stromboli some 25 nM to the north. So after two nights at the western anchorage we heaved anchor in the early evening with the intention of sailing to and drifting off the western coast of Stromboli to see and hear Stromboli's throaty eruptions.
The fourth edition of the FAST40+ Race Circuit promises more thrilling high speed action for the owner-driver class. There will be six scoring rounds including the HYS FAST40+ National Championship and the One Ton Cup. In a change to previous championships, none of the rounds will be weighted. A total of 50 races are scheduled with six discards available for the total points score for the season.
Round One for the 2019 FAST40+ Circuit will be the RORC Vice Admiral’s Cup 10-12 May. The final Round Six will be 11-13 October, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club.
The 2018 golden jubilee edition of Malta’s most famous yachting event promises to be the biggest ever. The Rolex Middle Sea Race, which this year marks the 50th anniversary of its founding, will again start from the historic Grand Harbour, in the capital Valletta, on 20 October. Cannon fire from the Saluting Battery perched high above will launch the fleet on a 606-nautical mile adventure around some of the Mediterranean’s most beautiful yet challenging waters.
This year represents a significant milestone for Title Sponsor Rolex, marking six decades of partnership at the pinnacle of the sport. The Rolex Middle Sea Race, organized by the Royal Malta Yacht Club, has been an integral part of the Swiss watchmaker’s yachting portfolio since 2002. That year, the event welcomed a then record 43 boats. Today, it regularly attracts over 100 entrants, with 2014’s field of 122 being the mark to beat. And, with 149 yachts already registered, a record entry is in prospect if all these cross the start line.
Officially launched at a hands-on live presentation at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, eSail® Sailing Simulator teaches you how to sail a 36′ sailing yacht, explore the sea around a collection of islands and take part in challenges and races.eSail Sailing Simulator has been developed over the past three-and-a-half years by Chris Baldwin who has a background in software development, marketing and satellite imagery. He has produced an attractive and easy to use sailing simulator for PC and Apple Mac that offers training and challenges to appeal to sailors at all levels. Beginners will learn all the basics including raising the sails, tacking, gybing, reefing, mooring and anchoring, whilst the more expert sailor can use the Quick Start tutorial, then dive straight into the Challenges. Ideal for learning – “Quite simply this is the most technically accurate sailing simulator I have experienced. Excellent A*” SIM UK. eSail is the only simulator to include a ‘paper’ chart module which enables a course to be plotted using dividers and other charting tools. Unique anchoring and mooring capabilities. Attracting a young audience – a timely initiative to boost the future of sailing. An ideal Christmas present for sailing enthusiasts of all ages and abilities. Available on the Steam platform at an Early Access price of £14.99. Learn to sail – ‘virtually’ eSail Sailing Simulator has been designed to fill the gap between theory and practical training. Books, training manuals, classroom-based or online courses are all essential tools, but nothing can beat being out on the water. However, for many people, the opportunity to actually go sailing comes only once or twice a year. With the launch of eSail there is now an easy way of learning, practising and refreshing skills in a virtual environment, working hand-in-hand with shore-based and practical courses. eSail has 20 tutorials including a complete sailing course – ‘Learn Yachting with eSail’. Sailing skills such as reefing, mooring, charting and anchoring are featured together with more in-depth tutorials on sail twist and sail depth. Skills can be practised with challenges such as races, treasure hunts and steering challenges. Can be used in sailing classes by qualified instructors. Enjoy sailing, exploring + taking part in challenges In ‘Live Sailing’ mode you are subject to continually changing weather and sea conditions as you sail around the islands, finding points of interest such as the wreck of the Princess Zara. In this mode your position is always saved, so you can continue your journey over weeks or even years. Sail for an hour or two then moor up or anchor in a deserted bay. The following day listen to the weather forecast before raising your sails, or carefully reefing them! Jump out of ‘Live Sailing’ mode and enjoy one of the many challenges available including ‘Know Your Boat’, ‘Bear Island Race’, ‘Little Venice Treasure Hunt’ (sail through canals), ‘Collision Avoidance’ and ‘Passage Planning’ exercises.
System requirements – eSail V1.3
Our planet is primarily water; the seas cover 71% of the Earth. NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Centre estimates the world’s water comes to around 321,003,271 cubic miles.
That’s a huge portion of our world, so just what is lurking under the waves? Dive in with Tracerco to find out.
Dartmouth Sailing Week is one of the most enjoyable and welcoming events in Devon’s sailing calendar – an unmissable mix of fun, competitions and entertainment (not forgetting those all-important refreshments!). Its special atmosphere makes it a firm favourite with local and visiting sailors, and spectators will find a glorious floating display to watch and admire.
The week, which starts with the Senior Dinghy Regatta and then continues on to the August Bank Holiday weekend, showcases the river Dart in all its glittering summer glory, and whether you’re afloat or on land, you’ll find yourself drawn into the exciting programme of events. Among the mix are many old favourites – after all, Dartmouth Sailing Week is now in its 174th year – as well as new activities, ensuring that all the family are involved and entertained.
The annual Ladies Day returned to Lendy Cowes Week on Tuesday 7th August, this year supported by Title Sponsor Lendy, with a number of celebrations culminating in the announcement that Tracy Edwards was the winner of the Ladies Day Trophy at an exclusive evening reception held at Northwood House.
The trophy was introduced for the first time in 2006 to champion the role of women in sailing and the sheer number of female competitors racing at Lendy Cowes Week. There are some 8,000 competitors taking part in the regatta this year and around a third of them are female.
Here's your weekly Golden Globe Race update - all doing well, with a bit of dropping out. Good luck to them all as they head further South! Go Susie!
On a recent trip to Bali, Indonesia Boatshed Texas was introduced to some of the traditional fishing boats the locals call Jukung or Cadik's a open wooden outrigger canoe. The fisherman that work tirelessly each day to bring in the catch head out in the early hours of the night across the Lombok Straights to bring in the days catch. The trip out in addition to being pitch black is also to windward against the elements as the prevailing winds are easterly so they are motor sailing on the outbound trip. However at sunrise there beholds a spectacle that is nothing short of a treat as if you are an early bird as i am & after traveling half way around the planet my internal clock was still back on Lone Star time; so there i was watching the Sunrise over the ocean & was able to observe this amazing sight as a fleet of sails returned to the beach in which they set off from earlier that morning.
The rig on these fishing vessels is also unique with a Lateen type rig called a Crab Claw sail made of colored cloth (although many of the newer canoes are built in fiberglass & sport dacron sails) and the out riggers are made in part with bamboo & mahogany of which is one of the primary materials for construction here in Indonesia. After a fast pace run down wind & once close to shore they lower their rigs & fire up their outboards and motor in to the beach and get as far up into the sand as possible as the tides on Bali at least on the eastern end of the island can come in quite high. After the fisherman secure their canoes, it's off to market with the day's catch of the which more often is mackerel or a similar type fish. Sometimes they catch a Baramundi which i can tell you is delicious especially when prepared on a grill with Balinese herbs & local spices.
During our visit to Bali, we were able to take a trip out on one of these amazing outrigger canoes to watch the sunset the fisherman's name was Wayan although spoke very little English you could tell that the Ocean was in his blood and this tradition had been passed down from generations before him. To observe this was a real treat and from a time & place that remains strong in local tradition it really makes you appreciate a simpler way of life. Needless to say whether you are racing around the Globe in the GGR or out fishing for your favorite bite #LifesBetterOnaBoat where ever you maybe...
Boatshed announced this morning that it will be awarding 5000 UK pounds in cash to the fastest boat in the 2018 Golden Globe Race
The 5000 prize matches the original award that all competitors raced for 50 years ago.
The inReach Mini from Garmin is a compact satellite communicator with available two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium® satellite network. Weighing just 120g, the inReach Mini can easily be attached to your backpack, carried in your pocket or safely stored in your boat. No more worrying about unreliable coverage or being within range of a cell tower – the inReach Mini works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network. Users have access to a cloud-based website to not only plan future trips with specific waypoints and routes but to create preset messages and quick texts. In the portal, users can sync and manage their device settings, update firmware, link social media accounts and store unlimited location tracking data.
Boatshed HQ team members are on location at the race Village in Les Sables-d'Olonne for the start of the Golden Globe Race on Sunday.
Boatshed are proud to be sponsors of the GGR and have sold several boats to race competitors