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The Finn Gold Cup 2019 to Begin

Christmas will come early for Oisin McClelland as he will be representing Ireland in the Finn Gold Cup 2019 to be held in Melbourne in Australia. This competition is considered to be one of the most prestigious out of all and everyone wants to get hold of the famous trophies that are given out there for sailing. Oisin from Donaghadee has been targeting the Finn Gold Cup since 2016. He is well known as the Tokyo Olympic campaigner.

62 strong fleets across 23 nations are ready to take up the challenge against each other at the competition after going through training sessions and preparing for some weeks. The practice sessions were being held at Port Phillip. The conditions that were required for the training was perfect till now and predictions are that it will be even better the event starts. The weather in Melbourne will become warmer and sunnier and there will be sea breezes that are excellent and reliable for sailing.

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SailGP Announces An Excellent Lead By Outteridge For Japan

SailGP is a global sports league established in 2018 by Larry Ellison and Russell Coutts, presenting bold, cutting-edge technology and spectacular athleticism. The inshore racing, taking place in iconic harbors offers the winner a sum of $1 million. The race traditionally takes place between identical supercharged F50 catamarans exceeding 50 knots.

This time Japan is on the move with a promising team lead by highly experienced Nathan Outteridge as the Chief Executive Officer. The Japanese members who represented Japan in London Olympics, rowing champ in the national levels, Yuki Kasatani and the newest sailor in the game, Leo Takahashi will accompany Outteridge, the mix setting a standard for the upcoming generation of aspiring Japanese sailors. The Sailing team of Japan is expected to pull out a splendid exhibition of talent in the championship of the first season uplifting Japan into developing a substantial legacy of international sailing. Iain Jensen, Outteridge’s title victory, a teammate will also enter the team. The team is said to have highly skilled technicians and skilled sailors to tame the highly advanced F50s during the extremely intense competition.

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Two Chinese teams are still leading the race to Sanya at the 2018 Round the World Yacht Race. Qingdao is still leading and unfazed on the road towards the Elliot Brown Ocean Sprint. Despite the shifting winds the home teams are keen on maintaining their lead to the end.

Qingdao captain Chris Kobusch confirmed that the winds have shifted to the north and is happy that they are sailing at their preferred 45 degrees upwind. He is fine with their sailing speed, adding that on-deck sailing is fun for them.

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Cruise Ship Turn Into Escape Mission

A cruise traveling in the Caribbean turned into an escape mission. Cruise Line of Norwegian docked the boat in Miami and cut the trip short.

The passengers could not leave the city, therefore, now they are on the boat again sailing away from the storm.

Jake Zwerdlinger, a native of Coloradan, is a one of the passengers on the ship. Family of Zwerdlinger runs a plumbing business there. Zwerdlinger planned a vacation with his friends to see the tropical climates, but then the weather took a turn.

Zwerdlinger said “I am accustomed to blizzards, though not with hurricanes. I cannot move out of the way of a hurricane.”

However, that is what the cruise liner is going to do: move out of the way.

Zwerdlinger said, we were completely unaware where we are heading, and the ship used to charge for the 15 free minutes of Wi-Fi service it used to provide to the passengers. Zwerdlinger says he spent nearly $125 to get in touch with his family over the internet.

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NZ Team In Bermuda Practices

The Bermuda waters see team New Zealand make considerable progress last weekend.

They had a winning start and the team was pleased with the kind of conditions they had for sailing. The team has been in Auckland for a long time and they were indulging in mock match races till now. Hence, after a long time they were able to get some real racing done in Bermuda.

The crew captained by Glenn Ashby was impressed with the performance they did on water, which helped them get two wins along with the matchups they had done previously. This has definitely boosted their confidence over Artemis, who set the pace of the races in the early rounds when official practices commenced. The Emirates team of New Zealand put in their appearance in the final day when the fourth practice round was scheduled. This was a week after they had launched their catamaran of the America’s Cup class in the waters of Bermuda. The team made their presence felt and they dealt with the Swedish team admirably.

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Plas Heli Wins Welsh Award

Plas Heli the Welsh National Sailing Academy and event center received the glorious award for its outstanding work. Plas Heli was in stiff competition with others in nomination, but it successfully beats off the competitors and emerged as winner, now it will go to the next level, it will represent Wales at the award ceremony of UK-wide RTPI Planning.

The RTPI Panel judges the nominee felt that the Plas Heli has got a number of crucial advantages like for the local context, it has provided a building that is well-designed and it perfectly solve the purpose, it has strengthened the town center link. Moreover, it has created strong links the local economy, community. It has also established the supply chain between the education sector and sailing.

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