Holy snapping duckshit, these past few months have been a rollorcoster ride. From the stuff dreams are made of, to the depths of Nelson’s locker.
Winter racing on Outrageous Fortune and Promise in the 2 handed series with good results on both boats, rolled straight into the Gold Cup Series and the annual Coastal Classic dash to Russell. The highlight for sure, has been welcoming and sailing with Laura Dekker.
A few weeks ago Laura Dekker arrived in New Zealand to start a new life. Edwin and I were at Marsden Cove to welcome her and invite her to come sailing. Her first race with Edwin on Edwin’s Farr 727 racing yacht, Crac-A-Jac, proved a test of hard fast sailing to Cape Brett, then drifting conditions to finish just before the time limit. An exhausting adventure. I sailed back with them, enjoying a fabulous spinnaker ride from Cape Brett to Kawau Island and then onto Westpark Marina the next day.
I have sailed with Edwin for the last 3-4 years. A focused sailor with total dedication. Laura is his twin; her ease with the sea and an eye of experience, she is the perfect sailing partner anyone could ever wish for.
Born on a boat in the port of Whangarei New Zealand, from a young age Laura Dekker has dreamed of sailing. But Laura is more a doer than a dreamer. When she was six she sailed her Optimist dinghy across the lake where she lived. As she grew older, she wanted to go further. – too far for some. She had already sailed her previous boat Guppy twice to Friesland, when on a six week holiday only 10 years old, and so she decided to pursue her dream far beyond local mudflats and waters. She wants to circumnavigate the globe – a massive aspiration for a 14 year old.
She too, is a focused, dedicated sailor.
Sailing Crac-A-Jac with these 2 sailors was a fantastic experience, I look forward to following their sailing adventures.
but wait there is more.
A call came through that Mike Perham was in town too. Mike is the youngest male to sail around the world solo – what a week. Now he is driving around the world in a toyota campervan.
Photos by me
Latest Sailing Sponsorship Update.
Companies around the world are finalising their sponsorship budgets in the next two months. With the Olympics out of the way, and cycling having a hard time, brands may be looking for new places to spend their sponsorship dollars and that might be to sailing’s advantage.
Companies in the news in this update include: Sunsail, Nord-Stream, RTFX & Cathay Pacific.
Nord-Stream Uses Sailing to Bring Pipeline Partners Together.
The Nord Stream Race for Swan 60 yachts is a concept that features the Swan 60 class. Ulrich Lissek, Communications Director of Nord Stream AG explains:
“Nord Stream Race is a new and interesting event in the Baltic Sea. We are honoured that the Yacht Club of Saint-Petersburg suggested to call this professional team racing endeavour across the Baltic Sea “Nord Stream’ and to follow the route of our pipeline bridging Russia and Europe. We take it as recognition of the Nord Stream pipeline’s dimension, trans-boundary character and active public engagement. We are proud to support one of the competing sailing teams, Team Europe. It comprises professionals from different European countries and reflects Nord Stream’s philosophy and values: high competence, international character, pioneering spirit, excellence and cooperation.”
Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton talks to Tony Veitch about Oracle’s AC72 catamaran capsizing. here
America’s Cup commentator Peter Lester talks to Tony Veitch about the latest concerns surrounding the AC-72 boats after Oracle suffered major damage to their boat. here