Clipper Race: Britain stacks at Scoring Gate

The fleet of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is flying along to Whitsundays with the top runners just more than a thousand nautical miles from the end line near the Airlie Beach with Da Nang – Viet Nam keeping a short lead with just thirty nautical miles separating the top 8 squads.
Great Britain was the very first through Scoring Gate at 18:16 UTC (January 3, 2016) followed only twenty-six minutes later by LMAX Exchange, taking 3 and 2 points respectively. The final point was snatched by Derry Londonderry Doire.
Peter Thornton, the Great Britain skipper, talked about the tense fight. He told that that little race for the gate previous night was a bit acute. He thanked LMAX Exchange for his increased number of white hairs, heightened blood pressure as well as general lack of sleep. He added that the forecast wind shift in the final stages did in fact come through in the nick of time and enabled them to stay ahead which ge was delighted with, as the people were working pretty hard in some challenging helming and trimming conditions – especially at night. Continue reading “Clipper Race: Britain stacks at Scoring Gate”

World’s largest sail-assisted vessel Sailing Yacht

A drone video of Sailing Yacht A, with the towering masts now stepped, reveals the jaw-dropping scale of the largest sail-assisted yacht of the world. A 25 second video, in which the yacht passes, actually make you realize how big it is. At 143m/470ft, the vessel is around 200ft longer compared to the Cutty Sark and the Maltese Falcon.

The video footage was shot during early seatrials near Kiel as well as Nobiskrug yard creditworthy for her construction in Germany. Called as the White Pearl while it is being made, Sailing Yacht A belongs to Andrey Melnichenk, an industrialist from Russia with a net worth of around US$ 9 billion. Continue reading “World’s largest sail-assisted vessel Sailing Yacht”