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State Of Sailing: Part 2 – Volvo OR – Two Classes A Good Idea?

The second part of the Hamilton Island Media Conference featuring several of the top sailors of the world who competed in the Hamilton Island Race Week that held recently. In the Division 1 fleet, most of the sailors have the supermaxis, TP52’s and others not so big group of international and Australian media focused on the present changes as well as challenges that the sport is facing.

The Panel has people like Iain Percy from GBR, he is the double Olympic Gold medalist as well as the skipper of the Artemis Racing at the America’s Cup Regattas that held in 2013 and 2017. Here, he was seen sailing the supermaxi, Black Jack.

The second was the Rob Greenhalgh from GBR

He is the foiling Moths, 18ft Skiffs, as well as the champion of Volvo Ocean Race. He is sailing aboard the TP52 Ichi Ban in the Race Week at Hamilton Island. WouterVerbraak from NED is the other professional sailor taking part in the racing. He is a navigator and has sailed in four Volvo Ocean Races. He has also sailed in Sydney Hobart and Admirals Cup. At the Hamilton Island Race Week (HIRW) Verbraak on Alive, the Reichel Pugh 66.

Sharon Ferris-Choat from NZL is the double Olympic representative. She also raced in Volvo Ocean Race in the year 2001 and 02 as well as in the Extreme Sailing Series GC32 skipper. She was the one who led all-female crew of 40ft racing trimaran Ave Gaitana. It sailed 1800 NM from NZ to take part in the Hamilton Island Race Week (HIRW) and will finish the return voyage two-handed.

Others who have taken part in the event are Juan Vila from ESP. He is the six time competitor of the Whitbread / Volvo OR, the winner of America’s Cup and Jules Verne Trophy. He is the offshore sailing top navigator. At Hamilton Island race Week (HIRW) Vila sailed aboard the supermaxi Wild Oats XI.

Edison Sailing Club Back On Water

After close to 8 weeks of remaining dry, the students of the Edison Sailing Club were on the water in North Fort Myers last week. One of the famous sailors named Charlie Suroski said he was quite excited to take part in sailing and could not wait to be on the water.

Suroski is a part of the club for 7 years and it’s been two and a half years that he has begun racing. He said he may not be the best, but certainly holds 4th place out of 83. When the competition took place, he along with other members was too excited to be back on their boats and meet friends.

The Edison Sailing Centre was formed by Stephanie Webb along with her husband. The last few months were a bit hard for the couple, both emotionally and financially. The greatest disappointment; however was that they rarely got an opportunity to meet the kids.

As far as Saturday’s event is concerned, it felt as though it was brand new year and the couple almost wished happy New Year to the kids as they entered. As per the Three Fishermen Seafood Restaurant’s manager Carrie Keim, it was a great feeling to see the kids sail on water. It gave her hopes and dreams and she was happier. She said that the feeling could not be expressed in words, but she was elated to see the boats and sailors out there and knowing that her kids were also a part of the big event. Due to water quality concerns, her restaurant is going through a rough phase, but she is hopeful to see a better tomorrow.

These businesses may take some time to shape up like before, but post the event, there is a ray of hope that the future will soon be bright. Keim said that things are already moving in a positive direction after the event.

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