Golden Globe Race Update

Last year in July 2018 about 17 skippers set out on the single-handed race that spanned 30,000 miles. The Golden Globe race, as it is known, is for sailors to go around the world and the recent edition started last year. This edition is the 50th anniversary of the original version; hence, the same boat designs have been used as well as without the use of navigational aids as are used in modern vessels. The race has proven to be as tough as it was in the original edition which was back in 1968.

The initial start was a slow one in 2018 since the conditions were tough. Soon after the race started the participants went into bad weather and many boats suffered severe damage for which many retired as well. Three were even forced to abandon boats mid water.

However, there were those who finished the course and landed back. The first participant to have reached land was Jean-Luc Van Den Heede. He spent a total of 211 days in water and he fought hard to stay ahead of the game for a total of 24 weeks. As of date, he and second in line have arrived home while others are yet to reach back. Jean arrived back victorious but second in line, Mark Slats did run in trouble with the weather as well as with the authorities just before he could reach the finishing line.

Today Jean is considered even more a sailing legend, 73 years of age and he shares his trip details and experiences with fans and the sailing community at large. The discussion between him and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has been an interesting one and has been published for sailing community readers and enthusiasts. The last edition of Golden Globe was one of a kind and it remains to be seen how this year’s race would be designed.

$3.5 Million Luxury Yacht Build By Wisconsin Company Building For Lexus

As per the designer’s hope, a luxury yacht that could revolutionize the boating industry has been constructed in Wisconsin. The yacht name is Lexus LY 650 and it is a partnership between Pulaski which is the manufacturer of Marquis-Larson Boat Group and international auto company Lexus. The process to construct the hull of the boat hull will start at the beginning of this month.

The workers at Marquis-Larson at the present time are manufacturing the Lexus luxury yacht for the first time, which is a prototype. They have set the goal to complete the building of this vessel finished by 2019. Marquis-Larson’s Vice President of Design & Engineering, Josh Delforge said the company is hoping to produce a yacht having the distinction luxury, and it should also be high-powered. Thus, the boat will be powered by two, 900-horsepower engines.
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In the last edition, Oracle Team USA did an incredible comeback – one of the greatest in sporting history – to defeat New Zealand 9-8 from 8-1 standing. This time as the results went against the American team, there were hopes of another comeback. However, the Emirates Team New Zealand ensured nothing of such fairy tale comeback as they persisted till they sealed their victory 7-1 in the First-To-Seven series.

The Emirates team sealed their victory in style as they claim the 35th America’s Cup in en emphatic manner in Bermuda. There was still hope in the American team even as the going got tough but overnight they were 6-1 down.

New Zealand then powered on to win their third Auld Mug in the nation’s history by winning the last race. The Kiwis didn’t just stumble to victory; they dominated their way through the final series and in the final race.

For America, they did not just lose the Cup, they would have to bend to their major rivals who would dictate the new protocols and the next format. The Kiwis hold the key to the future of the sport. Already they have confirmed Italian side Luna Rossa as the Challenger of Record in the next event.

Larry Ellison would have had sleepless night over the possibility of New Zealand changing things. The Oracle owner would still have expected the team to do something not the largely, one-sided and anti-climactic final. Despite the USA winning the round robin qualifiers, the New Zealand side hit them repeatedly on their way to victory.

The hero is NZ’s Peter Burling – being the youngest helmsman to win the Cup at 26 – who constantly outmanoeuvered Australian Jimmy Spithill, who skippered the American boat. Their new radical design featured four grinders on static bikes gave them extra hydraulic pressure edge over their competitors.