Riptides can carry hapless swimmers out into the ocean very quickly – by the time a lifeguard is able swim out to rescue them, it may be too late. Using a Jet Ski to reach struggling swimmers is one option, although such watercraft can be expensive, problematic to store on-site, and difficult to launch for one person. Now, seaside municipalities can get something cheaper and easier for reaching those swimmers-in-distress: an electric remote-control motorized rescue buoy called EMILY.
The Volvo Ocean race is back in Auckland 🙂 Edwin and I spent some time looking around the race village, testing a few rides and checking out the sites. I will be spending a bit of time collecting inner views and watching the yachts getting serviced. log onto facebook for the latest updates.
In this issue:
Volvo Ocean Race – this stop Auckland,
Edwin Delaat visits the Volvo Ocean Race Village,
Introducing a new link on yachtyakka – a new online store – where you can buy online all you need to go sailing – check it out.
GROUPAMA SURVIVE POUNDING AS BATTLE FOR SECOND BOILS OVER
The six-boat fleet has taken a severe pounding over the last 24 hours with fierce head winds and strong currents combining to whip up mountainous seas on the approach to the northern tip of New Zealand.
Leg leaders Groupama sailing team gave the fleet a master class on how to deal with the hideous conditions, maintaining an average boat speed of around 13 knots despite the colossal seas.
At 1300 UTC today they held a 110 nautical mile lead on the fleet with 225 nm to sail before the finish in Auckland.
Groupama helmsman Charles Caudrelier said the French crew was exhausted from a night of sail changes and tacking in winds up to 31 knots and waves as big as eight metres, but they remained resolute to hold their lead to the finish.
“There’s tiredness for sure and pressure of course,” he said. “Pressure not to break anything, not to loose the race now. Yet there is some euphoria on board as we are quite far ahead.
“We have sailed a beautiful race but there is always the fear of losing at the last moment. We need to pass the tip (of New Zealand), where there’s lots of current and a very choppy sea state, without damaging the boat.
“Then sadly the wind won’t last and we will have to sail to the finish line in a fading wind. It looks like there isn’t very much of a risk for the others to come back from behind with a new wind, but it’s not a highway either.”
Meanwhile, the three-way battle for the remaining podium places has intensified with PUMA Ocean Racing powered by BERG, Team Telefónica and CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand all vying to secure second place.
Edwin Delaat tours the sights of the Volvo Ocean Race Village at Auckland’s Viaduct harbour
Edwin and Knut Frostad talk volvo passion
Edwin is interviewed by Sailing Reporter/Editor Will Carson
Photos and actions by Stephen C
Volvo Ocean Race Teams Racing – Auckland