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)”→
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.
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.
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.