Nagel Excited To Be Part Of AkzoNobel Team

Emily Nagel dream was to compete in the Volvo Ocean Race, after being selected for the race; she is delighted that her childhood dream of taking part in the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race (VOC) has been finally fulfilled.


She has been after being selected for in the Team AkzoNobel as the crew member.

The Bermudian girl was given the opportunity yesterday after going through the two months of trials with the syndicate of Dutch racing, led by two-times Simeon Tienpont, the winner of America Cup. During the trial, Nagel sailed several thousand miles and also participated in the Volvo Ocean Race “Leg Zero” all four legs of the qualifier series; this includes the classic Rolex Fastnet Race as well. Read more… “Nagel Excited To Be Part Of AkzoNobel Team”

Melbourne Added To Volvo Ocean Race Route

The Volvo Ocean Race fans in Melbourne will be getting a Christmas gift in 2017 as the city has been added to the route of this popular racing event.


The Volvo Ocean Race is set to kick start in October and the new change in the 2017-18 race route means that Australia will be part of this racing route for the 8th time. This also happens to be Australia’s first appearance in this popular racing event for over a decade.

Melbourne seems to fit between Cape Town and Hong Kong and you will see a compressed stopover in this wonderful city. It will be the ending point of the first Southern Volvo Ocean race leg and will complete the 45,000 nautical mile route. This is the first time the teams will be making three times more miles in the Southern Ocean when compared to the previous race editions. Read more… “Melbourne Added To Volvo Ocean Race Route”

The Last Vendee Globe Boat

The Vendee Globe Race Village was opened on October 18 at Les Sables d’Olonne. They allocated space for 29 IMOCAs. But only 28 turned up. They allocated space on the Port Olonna race dock. Which was the missing boat? Well, we are referring TechnoFirst-face Ocean, owned by Sebastien Destremau. For Destremau, the last few weeks have been very demanding. The boat was dismasted on 31st August.

Well, after the entire struggle, the boat has finally arrived this morning at 1000 hrs. With that, all the 29 IMOCAs have been lined up for the 8th Vendee Globe. The event is scheduled to start on 6th November, Sunday.

For Destremau, it was a huge setback, when the boat was dismasted just 2 months prior to the Vendee Globe. They dismasted it during measurement checks. But for Destremau, he has always been positive about his chances of taking part. One has to say that his faith has paid off eventually, especially given at one stage he was said to have booked a Yacht Charter in Trogir.

He was given special dispensation until 2300 hrs this Morning evening. The good thing is that the boat is finally here in good condition. Read more… “The Last Vendee Globe Boat”

Boating at The Olympics

When it comes to qualifying for the Olympics there are many elements that need to come together. Besides skill being important there are other critical components that need to be considered as well. For instance the equipments that are used are critical and need to be checked carefully before such epic events.

For instance, the boats need to be ready for the battle in the waters. It is necessary to check that every part is inspected and ensured that they are in perfect working condition. It is important to ensure that the rigging is efficient as much as possible. The hull as well as the blades needs to be fair and well shaped and the sail should be in perfect condition.

Those who are experienced in being in the Olympic Games often needs to tackle equipment that is new. There are measurers who visit the manufacturers before the games begin in order to ensure that the equipments fall within the tolerance levels as announced for the Games, with any not in standard being sent off to companies like Croatia Yacht Charters to use recreationally. Read more… “Boating at The Olympics”

Sailing Yacht Research Foundation to go through a leadership change

The Sailing Yacht Research Foundation stated that their Myles Cornwell, Executive Director, would be stepping down from his post to go back to his work as a naval architect. Earlier, the SYRF Board of Directors has appointed Research Analyst McKenzie Wilson as Cornwell’s successor as an interim basis, who has been with SYRF since the year 2015’s September.
Under Cornwell’s guidance, SYRF has got great impulse in its aim to include science in sailing, most notably by helping in the culmination of the landmark Wide-Light Project which researched the precision of CFD codes in modeling sailboat works of modern hull designs, making the SYRF online Library of published research, as well as other important SYRF backed programs.
Before becoming a part of the Sailing Yacht Research Foundation, Wilson was a cloud software consultant at Oracle, where she partnered with corporate clients to improve analysis and data access. Wilson is a Stanford University graduate, and he was a member of Academic All-American at the university sailing team. He is still very much actively involved in high performance handicap sailing across the United States and internationally, contending in pack and match racing, very recently having won the ISAF Nations Cup 2015 in Vladivostok in Russia. Wilson would bring both racing as well as analytical experience to the place.

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Grcic designs racing yacht for Hugo Boss

Konstanin Grcic, the German designer, has partnered with British sailor Alex Thomson to blueprint a black racing yacht for world renowned fashion brand Hugo Boss that will take part in a round-the-world race.

The Hugo Boss yacht features a honeycomb-patterned deck as well as carbon-fibre surfaces, and the seams on the sails represent Hugo Boss’ tailoring. Alex, who has the 2 world records for sailing as well as is the youngest captain ever to become victorious in a round the world race, would use Grcic’s yacht to take part in the Vendée Globe, a solo, non-stop round-the-world race which will begin in November 2016.

Konstanin Grcic stated that tools for sport were mainly about efficiency and precision, which translates directly into beauty and elegance. Therefore, being involved in the design of the HB6 racing yacht with Hugo Boss and Alex Thomson was a dream come true for him.
It has been twelve years that Hugo Boss has sponsored Alex Thomson. Their branding features on the sails and the hull.

The German designer closely worked with Alex to blueprint the aesthetic elements of the yacht, and the navigation as well as sleeping areas onboard, where the sailor would spend the most of his time during the 3-month voyage.

Alex said that it required to be a practical space, but still offered a comfortable sleeping environment. Grcic praised Alex and said that it is really incredible to see Alex at work and listen to him talking about the new boat ideas.