The Sydney to Hobart yacht race starts today. Perhaps it gets some of you excited, but let’s face it, those Super Maxis have got nothing on these virtual spaceships which contest the America’s Cup.
This boat pictured here is set to race in next year’s event in San Francisco Bay. Its sail is bigger than the wing of a Boeing 747 and it can literally go faster than the wind. When it’s really flying, it really is, well, flying! Only the fin touches the water.
Cricket or sailing on the telly today? Both? Neither? How was Christmas? Anything else you feel like sharing?
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Ingredients for a dinky di, you beaut, true blue Aussie Olympic champion:
A dash of humility, a tough back story, a generous dollop of sunscreen on the lips, a flag around the shoulders and a victory celebration where everybody gets their clothes wet.
Sailor Tom Slingsby delivered all that in the waters off Weymouth overnight, winning Australia’s second gold of the London Olympics and edging us ever closer on the medal tally to Kazakhstan, Belarus and New Zealand.
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Ellen MacArthur became the youngest person and the fastest woman ever to sail around the world, solo, today in 1995.
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After spending five days “drifting” out to sea, lone British yachtsmen Tony Bullimore was rescued 2600 kilometres south of Perth.
According to the BBC, once lifted into the rescue boat, Bullimore then asked for a cup of tea.
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They’re calling it Star Wars on the Water. The winged keel on Australia II looks about as innovative as furry dice on a Commodore against the designs of the two most technologically-advanced yachts ever built, expected to finally start racing tonight (Australian time) in the 33rd America’s Cup.
(Update: Racing was postponed again on Wednesday due to heavy seas. Next possible start is February 12.)
The open ended design rules for the match between defender Alinghi of Switzerland and challenger BMW Oracle of the USA have produced two stunning-looking craft which look more like they should be attacking a Death Star than bobbing about on the water.
A selection of pictures which hopefully capture the huge size and outrageous design of the boats follows, along with some trivia about the event. And perhaps most fun of all, the only thing bigger in yacht racing than the boats themselves is the egos at stake.
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As teenage sailor, Jessica Watson, makes a second attempt to embark on her 27,000 nautical mile journey around the world, it’s timely to reflect upon the way in which the she, her family and the notion of the trip has been discussed in the media and society. For, there’s no doubt, that on the water or land, since Jessica and her intentions were first touted, she’s been a walking headline.
Her attempt to be the youngest solo sailor almost ended before it had begun when, on her way to Sydney to commence, she collided with a Chinese cargo ship in the early hours of the morning and limped back to port with a broken mast.
The report on the collision indicates that Jessica does not have the experience everyone initially believed, and so a once very supportive tide has begun to turn against the teenager and her family.