The Weekend Wrap-up 20 April 2020 – This week we are looking into the positivity being shared all around the globe. From seeing dolphins in False Bay, to feel-good conservation stories, to inspiration from Alex Thomson Racing to the One-World: Together at Home concert that raised over $120 Million for the WHO to aid the Covid-19 pandemic effort.
#STAYLOCAL with Brisa Hennessy and WSL
Brisa is supporting two local businesses that are dear to her heart, Malololailai Trader Market in Fiji, by purchasing goods to share with islands affected by the virus. Along with @pollosurfschool in Costa Rica, by purchasing lessons for kids when the pandemic is over.
If you’re feeling inspired to do your bit: support our local South African brands like Sealand Gear and more. Saveyourlocal has created a great platform with local brands to offer discounts and vouchers for you to support small businesses during this time.
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#STAYLOCAL @brisahennessy 🤙🧡 . Brisa is supporting two local businesses that are dear to her heart, Malololailai Trader Market in Fiji, by purchasing goods to share with islands affected by the virus. Along with @pollosurfschool in Costa Rica, by purchasing lessons for kids when the pandemic is over. . Feeling inspired? Visit the link in our bio to learn more.
Dolphins spotted in False Bay, South Africa
Ocean Pledge is a local organisation striving to enact change through their shared effort in conservation research and education. They shared this beautiful video of a pod of dolphins spotted in False Bay recently. The joy of these dolphins having the ocean all to themselves is so beautiful to see. Plus this is proof of how our oceans are recovering with limited interaction to humans.
One-world: Together at Home
This global broadcast & digital special was initiated to support frontline healthcare workers and the WHO. According to CNN some of the world’s top stars helped to raise nearly $128 million for the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic by performing in a concert broadcast globally.
Dedicated to environmentally conscious hospitality, sustainable conservation and the empowerment of local communities, Singita, meaning “place of miracles,” was founded in 1993 with a single lodge, Singita Ebony Lodge.
This unprecedented time of social distancing and country lockdowns has done a large amount of good for our environment and has highlighted the impact humans can have on their environment, good or bad. The Malilangwe Trust is a Non-profit organisation with a focus on harmonising biodiversity conservation, community development and commercial tourism.
Singita shared these comforting words and images of the Malilangwe Trust on their morning training run at Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe.
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The current global pandemic has amplified an awareness that the destruction of wilderness areas and the climate crisis are having a significant and unsustainable impact on our planet. • It is times like these that we are even more grateful for the people who spend every day protecting the wildlife and land under our care. Take a moment to watch the anti-poaching scouts from our conservation partners, the @malilangwe_trust, on their morning training run at Singita Pamushana in Zimbabwe; the energy is palpable. •⠀ Conservation on this scale doesn't stop. It is a 24/7/365 commitment to protect and preserve Africa's natural heritage and we are proud to be able to support our partners, even through the most challenging times, and fufill our vision to conserve these wild places for future generations. • Find out more about Singita's conservation projects in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Rwanda at the link in our bio. • #SingitaPamushanaLodge #SingitaPamushana #Malilangwe #MalilangweWildlifeReserve #VisitZimbabwe #Zimbabwe #LuxurySafari #WildlifeMoments #SafariMoments #WildlifePhotography #OurSingita #Singitagram #Singita_ #WildlifeConservation #SustainableTourism⠀
From our homes to yours, North Sails invites you to join them and their all-star line up for a master class in offshore sailing on Wednesday, April 22 at 2100 UTC / 1700 EST. North Sails President and industry-opinion leader, Ken Read, will host a discussion with 11th Hour Racing Team skipper Charlie Enright and offshore veterans Rob Greenhalgh and Alberto Bolzan. You can only catch this expert group in one place. Register today and tune in to this exclusive talk for insights and take away expert tips from the best in sailing.
Last week a new game was released! Pancake Sailor which is a free relaxing sailing game in the VR Regatta universe.
Sailors around the world are finding themselves quarantined at home. In response to this emerging situation the MarineVerse team decided to create something fun, relaxing and accessible to as many people as possible.
Pancake Sailor offers a relaxing exploration mode with simple keyboard controls, an Easy Race with a global leaderboard and a multiplayer mode. The multiplayer is connected to VR Regatta, so flat screen players will be able to interact with sailors using virtual reality headsets.
Vendee Globe: Alex Thomson video series Episode 2: At the Helm
British solo-skipper Alex Thomson is doing an outstanding job of sharing the work he and his support team are doing to prepare for the 2020-21 edition of the Vendee Globe single handed around the world race. Case in point is the regular series of video updates the communications team have shared with fans.
Members of the team discuss Alex and the many roles that he takes on – from skipper and team leader, to friend and mentor.
Cowes Week Limited continues to work towards its August regatta
Cowes Week 2020 is scheduled to take place from Saturday, August 8th to Saturday, August 15th. Despite the current restrictions, work is continuing from home on all of the organisational aspects of the week and the organisers remain committed to running the event if at all possible.
Laurence Mead, Regatta Director, said: “We continue to move forward with plans for the event and remain hopeful that by the time we get to mid-August – still four months’ away – the necessity to socially distance ourselves will have reduced sufficiently so that we can run some great boat racing in Cowes.
“We can react quickly to changes in the Government restrictions and guidance, switching on or off various components with the minimum of lead time, and allowing us significant leeway – perhaps until the beginning of July – before we need to make any big decisions.
“The safety of participants and the hundreds of volunteers working behind the scenes is foremost in our minds of course, but providing that we can run an event that complies with all guidance in place at the time, then we fully intend to do so. I suspect there will be a lot of sailors desperate to get boats on the water by August!”
The Notice of Regatta will be issued in the next few days on the Cowes Week website (the Advance Notice of Regatta is already online and there are no changes to that document at this time) and you can register here for email updates