Ocean’s Queen Come to Port Anniversary of Hamburg

4 splendidly large ships are going to come to Hamburg for the eight hundred and thirtieth anniversary which is to be held from 10th to 12th of May. The four ships are Kruzenshtern, Mir, Alexander von Humboldt II, and Sedov.

The Queen is going to take part in the grand departure and arrival parades at the center of the city. The grand arrival will be on Friday, while the departure will be on Sunday. During this time, the visitors are going to be invited to take a look around.

Apart from these tall ships, the anniversary of Hamburg Port is going to be the meeting place for about 300 vessels of different kinds. This will include the different sailing vessels which will be open to the visitors.

At present, Alexander von Humboldt is the largest operating training ship of Germany that is 66 meters in length. It has a 3 masted barque and had been launched in the year 2011 at Bremen as Alexander von Humboldt’s successor. It belongs to the Deutsche Stiftung Sail Training, the non-profit foundation.

Having a regular crew of 21 and offering places for about 55 training that will pay for the trip and will get to know about the basic skill to sail. Starting from helmsman to trainees is going to be under the command of the first female captain of Germany of a tall ship.

For the first time in 2003, Maren Reif had been a trainee on Deutsche Stiftung Sail Training. This was a life-altering experience for her. The trip through the Bay of Biscay from Travemünde to Lisbon had been really exciting and this is the reason he planned to give up his job of communication designer to take up nautical studies. After she was done with her studies, she became a part of the Hamburg shipping company, secured her license, and today, she works the maritime inspector.

The Lesson About Inflated Protection Devices

Glenn McCarthy had more than 10 years’ experience at the US Sailing Safety at Sea Committee, exploring the amount of knowledge that the members had. He was present in the room where everyone gathered to get Floatation devices that had been inflated (PDFs) and is approved by the Coast Guard of the United States.  The arguments were made against PFDs, making some points as following- (1.) They remain unused. (2.) They are very heated on the hot summer days and boating is summer activity. (3.) Women don’t wear them because they don’t look attractive on them. The Australian boat went to the U.S. and they had to buy only those devices that had been approved by the authority. The “All Women’s Aussie sailboat went to Hawaii for the race and they took the foam that had been approved by the Coast Guard, PDFs which they wore on the way back home. For keeping the weight low, they kept the approved foam PDFs placed over the floor and left inflatable on the shore in order to create savings in weight. The devices ran due to some problem and lost one of them had been lost due to the drowning issue. The U.S. Coast Guard established construction standards and approval process for inflatable PFDs.

  • Auto
  • Pull tab

These three are options available on an automatic inflatable to inflate. According to this, only a stable person who is confident in water can use it. A person who does not swim should not use any inflatable PFD.
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Updates Of Star Sailors League Final Full 11 Qualifier (SSLFFQ)

After another three races on Montagu Bay of Nassau, Bahamas, the Star Sailors League Final full 11 Qualifier race were completed to check which ten out of 25 teams would progress and make it to the final rounds, when the prize pot of US$ 200,000 will be distributed.

In the first race there was an upset when another of the newbies Star won, beating the old hands of the former Olympic keelboat class. Ben Saxton British Nacra 17 World Champion is sailing with Steve Mitchell, former Star World Champion, managed to secure the position of lead after winning the pin at the beginning and then fending off a persistent challenge from Mark Mendelblatt and Brian Fatih, the USA’s overall leaders.
Read more… “Updates Of Star Sailors League Final Full 11 Qualifier (SSLFFQ)”

Blair Tuke Face Toughest Condition During VOR

It is going slow for Blair Tuke and his MAPFRE crew as they are moving towards Hong Kong on leg four of the Volvo Ocean Race (VOR).

The boats have made their way almost out of an extended ‘Doldrums’ passage which has seen them fighting the condition of total lack of wind as well as intense heat. The boat is still some seven-to-eight days away from arrival in the south-east Asia.

Tuke, a member of the America’s Cup victorious, winning Team, New Zealand, said the event’s last week has been eye opening – we encountered some of the career’s most challenging days during the event.

In an interview Tuke said, “Soon after we reached the Solomon Island we got stuck for two-and-a-half days. It was super-hot downstairs and this made it almost impossible for us to take sleep for three-odd days.

“At the time, it was quite hard going and we were sailing at an average about 2 knot speeds over that period but thankfully, things have improved somewhat since.

“It was certainly being a big and tough challenge that is for sure.”

During the interview, Tuke said that the crew feels like they have sailed all through the worst of it – and they believe that the excitement levels of sailing will boost up when the boats will hit the ‘trade’ winds, and it is likely to happen by Friday evening (NZT).

“Now, we are almost out of these conditions – we will now wait and watch, but this has seemed like a super long leg after traveling around in the slow winds.”

“Once we will get into the trade winds, it will become surely the more about boat speed as we move towards the Philippines – the sailing will be much nicer.

Yachts in Hong Kong turns into unlicensed hotel rooms

In Hong Kong, some yacht owners have turned their yachts into superb hotel rooms for just HK$700 a night in violation of city ordinances. At least ten advertisements have been given by local yacht owners on the Airbnb website, an online marketplace for travel accommodation, Headline Daily reported on Friday.

The yachts on offer as hotel are parked at Sai Kung, Lantau Island and Sham Wan with prices ranging from HK$700 to more than HK$3,000 per night. The advertisements had pictures as well as detailed descriptions of the boats as well as their facilities, transportation and tourist spots nearby, check-in and check-out time, along with all the do’s and don’ts like smoking is allowed only on the deck.

Yacht on Airbnb

An English owner told a UK Yacht Charter Company that he has 2 yachts parked in Sham Wan that could be rented at around HK$1,100 per room per night. In the testimonials, those who stayed there sent compliments regarding the installations on board and the convenience of renting a bedroom on a yacht. But another said that the boat was not properly maintained and it also had rats on the deck. Another complained regarding the inconvenience of riding on a skiff to get to the yacht.

Reports suggests that Marine Department told that at this point of time there are just 4 licensed dwelling vessels in Hong Kong and all other yachts could not be used as hotel rooms. As per Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) Regulation, yachts can be utilized for entertainment purpose only.