Although we may be in lockdown, there is still lots going on in the sailing world, and we are spoilt for choice with what to watch! Here are 2 of the most exciting competitions going on at the moment, both available to watch for free on Youtube:
The America's Cup
The America’s Cup first took place in 1851, making it the oldest trophy in international sport. This year’s cup takes place in New Zealand, who are the current defenders of the trophy. They get to decide the boats used, and the venue.
Racing is in Auckland, New Zealand, and the boats that have been decided are a radical change from past America’s Cups. The ‘AC75’s' are 75 foot long, hydro foiling monohulls.
These have 2 lifting foils - the leeward one provides lift and makes the boat fly, and the windward foil is raised out of the water providing righting moment to keep the boat from capsizing. This crazy design allows the boats to reach speeds above 50 knots whilst also keeping the racing close and exhilarating.
The America’s Cup is a match race, which means that the racing is one vs. one, with lots of boat on boat tactics and aggressive and exciting manoeuvres. Only the challengers Luna Rossa (Team Italy), American Magic, and INEOS Team UK compete in the Prada Cup and the winner will be the one to challenge the Defender, Team New Zealand, in the America's Cup.
The Prada Cup semi finals was completed on 30th January, with American Magic eliminated. The final will be between INEOS Team UK and Luna Rossa, taking place on 13th to 22nd of February, and all the live events as well as race highlights can be watched for free on Youtube.
or you can follow all the news on the offical America's Cup website:
Race analysis from Mozzy Sails: https://www.youtube.com/user/656mozzy
We hope that Ben Ainslie and INEOS Team UK can beat Luna Rossa in the Prada Cup and be in with a chance of bringing the America’s Cup back to the UK for the first time in 170 years!
The America’s Cup will take place on 6th to 15th of March, between the Challenger (winner of Prada Cup) and Defender (Team New Zealand).
The Vendée Globe
The Vendée Globe is a single-handed non-stop round the world yacht race which takes place every four years. The sailors are away for around 3 months, travelling 25,000 miles whilst not receiving any outside help. This race features many boats with hydro foils, allowing them to sail with the front of the boat out of the water, reaching speeds above 30 knots!
This year has seen the closest finish in history, with the top 5 finishing within 24 hours of each other. This was made even closer with Yannick Bestaven, Boris Herrmann and Jean Le Cam all receiving time compensations after helping rescue Kevin Escoffier after his boat sunk! This made Yannick Bestaven the first winner not to cross the finish line first. It also meant that Jean Le Cam was bumped up to 4th after a fantastic race in an old boat.
Boris Herrmann, the first German to finish the race, had a collision with a fishing boat only 90 miles from the finish, going down from 3rd to 5th overall. He has uploaded Youtube videos every day of the race (all in English!), and you can get an incredible insight into the challenging nature of the race!
Although some have now finished, there are many competitors still racing, so make sure to check the online tracker to see how they are getting on:
Pip Hare is currently the first British sailor, after Alex Thomson and Samantha Davies both retired from gear failure. This is Pip’s first Vendée, and she has just passed the equator, with 3000 miles left to go. She continues to upload inspiring video updates to Youtube.
You can also follow the sailing, and check out other videos, on the official Vendée Globe website:
For other news on sailing around the world, including this year's Jules Verne record attempt (have you seen the size of those trimarans?), check out https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/ and World on Water - YouTube