SAIL GP - A wild Weekend of HIGH INTENSITY SAILING
New York Harbor provided for a breathtakingly scenic view for the awe-insirping SailGP F50 catamarans.
Plenty of spectators came out to see the newest iteration of yacht racing. These boats aren't merely boats, they're planes on the water.
Australian Skipper Tom Slingsby summed it up best when he said "I've never sailed in conditions like this in my life". With wind speeds from zero knots to 25 knots, and a very narrow race course, the main job of every team was to stay safe.
Especially after watching Great Britain capsize prior to the first race on Friday.
I spent a little time with team France prior to the race and there were concerns that they race committee would even allow the races to take place, as these boats quickly become overpowered with winds over 20 knots.
I couldn't help but laugh, because our old wooden sailboat Gitana doesn't do well in conditions UNDER 20 knots!
New York SailGP Results
1 // Japan // 49pts
2 // Australia // 45pts
3 // United States // 37pts
4 // China // 33pts
5 // France // 32pts
6 // Great Britain // 27pts
In the end, Team Japan was the big winner in NYC.
They walk away with first place and 49 points, Team Australia is not far behind in second with 45 points.
Even though NYC is done, there are two future events: August 10th and 11th the teams will race in Cowes, England and then September 20. 21 and 22 in Marseille.
SAIL GP iS ON
The Grand Prix of sailing, aka Formula One of boating - like America's Cup, on crack!
Sail GP had their first day of racing in New York waters yesterday on the Hudson River.
Today will be day 2 of high-intensity, performance, flight, and athleticism.
Yesterday, prior to the race, Great Britain capsized in the pre-race practice run. Their mainsail was torn near the head of the sail, but reports from the team is that they're back at it and we'll see them on the water today.
(Photos of the GB capsize below from Bob Finkelstein)
Yesterday there were three total races.
Australia won the first, and Japan took the second two.
Be sure to check out all the action from day two here: SailGP.com - DUBER
Photo by: Bob Finkelstein
FLEET WEEK NYC
Welcome Sailors! And thank you for your service to all military personnel this Memorial Day Weekend!
Fleet Week in NYC is a seven-day celebration to honor the members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps.
Honey Badgers Todd and Malisa hosted LtCmdr/CapC Drew Foran and some of his crew from HMCS ships Oriole and Glacé Bay for a sail around New York Harbor.
HMCS Oriole is the sail training vessel of the Royal Canadian Navy based at CFB Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is a sailing ketch, currently the oldest commissioned vessel in the Royal Canadian Navy, and also the longest serving commissioned ship.
The Commander and his Coxn had such a nice time sailing the NY Harbor that they invited Todd and Malisa on a private tour of the HMCS Oriole and Glacé Bay.
All Photos Ctsy: Todd and Malisa Neville
(Click on any of the round thumbnails to see photos larger.)