Traditional Canoe Sailing

In today’s modern day of motorized yachts and catamarans that lead to fast paced racing, canoe style sailing still exists in certain local areas of the world. For instance the native islanders in Papua of New Guinea gather to celebrate their culture, tradition through canoe style sailing. This happens every year at the Kenu and Kundu festival.

You will find Kula canoes that have sails made from pandanus leaves. The festival also has traditional dances and other rituals. The festival begins with conch shells that below and drums that are beaten early at dawn. Many visitors in the region are welcome to watch the proceedings from their boats, with Split Yachting sending over 16 yachts. There are about a dozen canoes that sail out in the morning air.

The canoes make their entry at the Kenu and Kundu festival that is held in Alotau. It is a town that lies in Milne Bay in Papua. Most wear their traditional attire that is warrior like, complete with shell armbands, headdresses of feather and grass skirts. Every boat taunts each other with hecklers who stand at the outriggers and blow their conch shells. Many start off slinging limes across to each other in order to show that the competition has begun. Continue reading “Traditional Canoe Sailing”

Difficult Going For Xu

If you look at Olympics Rio 2016 games where the sailing races are on, there have been several upsets and surprise results that have occurred. That adds to the unpredictability of the weather conditions as the rowers are being delayed in their races for the second day due to high winds.

One of the surprising results was Xu, who lost out in the Laser Radial lead. She has been a favorite as she was the defending champion from the 2012 Olympic Games. However, with a surprise turn of events Xu lost out the top spot that she gained in the Laser Radial category. Continue reading “Difficult Going For Xu”

Etchells World Championships Kicks Off

Racing in the forty-seventh Etchells World Championships started earlier this morning, with Kevin Wilson, Principal Race Officer, selecting to start racing on schedule, with the signal boat situated just off the north west of Ninepins. 43 Etchells began this year’s World Championships in 10-12 kts of true north, on a flat 1.8 nm course. Swiss entry No Dramas as well as Australian entry Highlander, were both over at the start, but came back and cleared the line.

After a twenty-three minute beat, Steve Benjamin’s Scimitar was the very first of an equally split fleet to go the windward mark, before of Phan, Jezebel and Aretas. With freighters and fishing boats adding a little local color, the group went on to use the whole expanse of the race course on the 1st run, dividing equally around the port and starboard gate marks with Scimitar holding onto her spot. Continue reading “Etchells World Championships Kicks Off”

Super Yachts on display in Florida

If you are interested in the super yacht market, then you might take a trip to Florida. There would be $4 billion worth of floating asset on showcase at annual Fort Lauderdale Boat Show that started on Thursday. Around 1500 yachts as well as 100000 people would assemble in South Florida for the event that is thought by many to be the boat shows’ Super Bowl.

When some of the top as well as most expensive super yachts will be a part of the show, the sale is not just limited to highly priced yachts.  The event also features a lot of toys for the super rich to play with when they are out there at sea, including a luxury submarine and a mega yacht-friendly chopper.

The only thing which is better than making a hole-in-one at a gold field is dealing with a mega yacht, which is 200-foot long. Duane Hagadone, the newspaper magnate, golf aficionado and real estate developer, is selling his custom-built yacht that he said comes with a lot of sizzle.

The most interesting feature for golf lovers is an automatic tee arrangement on the top deck. This is partnered floating holes which could be left into the water to make an 18-hole wet golf field. Named after the wife of Hagadone, the Lady Lola includes four guest rooms as well as an owner’s suite which takes up an entire three-thousand-square-foot deck. There is also a plunging pool, a soundproof office and a grand piano.