John Cook, owner of the English Cristabella boat saga, and one of the most loyal fans and participants of the MedCup Circuit, passed away in late April after a long struggle
Three crew members dead and one missing after boat apparently collides with freighter
Three crew members are dead, and another is missing, after the 37ft sailboat they were racing apparently struck a much larger vessel during a sailboat race. The collision happened either late Friday or early Saturday several miles off the coast near the border of California and Mexico.
Under the auspices of Greek National Tourism Organization and the Nautical Club of Greece, ELOUNDA S.A. in collaboration with the Yacht Club of Agios Nikolaos in Crete, organizes the Hellenic – Turkish Sailing Week under the name "ELOUNDA PENINSULA HELLENIC – TURKISH SAILING WEEK 2012"
The 2012 ICOMIA/IFBSO Congress was held in Cape Town, South Africa, between 18-21 April. The successful congress took place at Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel which is located in the centre of Cape Town
Chris Draper led his Luna Rossa crew to a thrilling win in the final fleet race in Naples, Italy, collecting 50 points for his efforts to vault up the leaderboard and win the AC World Series Naples Fleet Racing Championship.
Naples proved to be the perfect venue for the debut of 'Wind and Wings', the new exhibition created and curated by Louis Vuitton, which illustrates the story of the America's Cup.
The teeming crowds in the event Race Village meant the exhibition was widely appreciated, the Neapolitan people taking advantage of an opportunity to engage in the story of the America's Cup.
With beautiful, iconic photos and descriptions of the major milestones in the 160+ year history of the America's Cup, 'Wind and Wings' is another example of the benefit of Louis Vuitton's long partnership with the Cup. Here, lovingly told, is the story of the oldest trophy in international sport.
"Louis Vuitton has been involved with the Cup for nearly 30 years now," says Bruno Trouble, a former America's Cup skipper for France who has been a key link between Louis Vuitton and the Cup for the full length of their relationship.
"The America's Cup is always changing and since 1983 - with the very first Louis Vuitton Cup challenger selection series - it has changed hands five times, moving to different countries, evolving new rules and inspiring the creation of new boats. But Louis Vuitton has been one constant over that period of time. As such, we take our role in this partnership very seriously and feel we can provide an element of storytelling and emotion to bringing alive the rich history and tradition of the Cup to all of its fans."
The 'Wind and Wings' exhibition is unique for its format. The photos and texts are displayed on inflatable rectangular panels, which makes it easy to transport, and adaptable to a variety of venues.
"One of the challenges we had was to create something we could take to the AC World Series venues, all of which are different in size and configuration. We needed something that would work outside or inside, that could fit along a long, narrow path, or in a square, and that could be transported easily. This solution works very well," Trouble says.
And at the end of the event, it all packs down into a 20-foot shipping container, also essential for a traveling roadshow.
'Wind and Wings' can next be seen in May at the Race Village in Venice, Italy, a city that already has its own chapter in the America's Cup story. The exhibition then moves stateside to Newport, Rhode Island, in June, to another city that has countless Cup stories of its own to tell.
The latest in the MOD70 series Oman Sail was launched today Thursday, April 12 in front of a very excited, expectant team.Less than eight months from the commitment of the Sultanate of Oman to the Multi One Championship to the actual launch of their new one-design trimaran today, at the helm is Sidney Gavignet, one of the most international of French sailors! The team took ownership of OMAN SAIL, their MOD70 today, setting out on the first stage of learning and training process which over the coming weeks will lead to the inaugural event of the 2012 championship season, the KRYS OCEAN RACE, which starts in less than three months.
Behind the name, OMAN SAIL pulls together a large, comprehensive project implemented under the leadership of the Sultanate of Oman, which aims to develop tourism and to highlight and expand the historic maritime tradition.
The one-design trimaran OMAN SAIL is a key aspect of this project: taking on international competition on different seas. Complementing, this, closer to home sailing schools are emerging throughout the territory.
Sidney Gavignet, skipper of the MOD70 OMAN SAIL, comments : "The OMAN SAIL project is very close to my heart and the support itself is a real honor. The idea of the Sultanate is to create a sailing industry which works in parallel to the business of tourism to develop jobs. Within our team, there are Omani sailors who are opening up to the challenges of the maritime world. Today our story continues with the launch of OMAN SAIL and here together I see in the eyes of my teammates a whole lot of emotion. This is a first for us all, a touching, important moment in our history together."
On the sporting front, the crew of the MOD70 OMAN SAIL will use the coming weeks to train, learning how to to take control of their trimaran and at the same time to continue the selection of the crew who will participate in the KRYS OCEAN RACE. However, Sidney and his crew are not starting with a completely blank page as they have already taken the opportunity to complete two sessions of workouts aboard another MOD70, Race For Water.
Sidney Gavignet : "OMAN SAIL is undoubtedly the new kid of this fleet as it is the latest and newest boat to be launched before the KRYS OCEAN RACE. We still actually only have a little less than three months of preparation. However, we sailed in Race for Water completed a short apprenticeship, learning the ropes recent weeks. We will now continue this learning aboard OMAN SAIL. Soon we plan to be training from Port La Forêt with Foncia and Edmond de Rothschild Group in two weeks and then to follow up a training week off comprising some night sails, all the time logging crucial performance data. Certainly, other teams at the moment are more experienced but our OMAN SAIL crew are good. Our goal for this first race is to finish it and do our best to be in the best possible place. "