30 March 2020 – The Weekend Wrap-Up brings you the latest in world sailing and watersports. Since the world has taken a step back to fight the COVID-19 virus things have been quiet on the sailing front. So we’ve decided to keep the positivity flowing by looking at some of the amazing ways our community is staying active online.
British solo skipper Alex Thomson has done 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 with fans of the campaign.
This regular series of video updates has been produced by the communications over several weeks. We figure most of you have some time on your hands right now as we ride out the Covid-19 storm, so here’s a link to the first six episodes all in one place for your viewing pleasure, thanks to Yachtracing.Life
Episode 1: No Quit
A rare insight into the unpredictable and, at times, brutal world of single-handed ocean racing.
Watch episode 5-6 on Alex Thomson’s youtube channel
‘Lights over Lapland’ Virtual Tour – Aurora Vacations
Specialist aurora photography company, Lights Over Lapland, has brought together some of Europe’s best photographers and virtual reality videographers from thejetlagged.com to create three experiences for those suffering from wanderlust. Travel virtually to Northern Europe and visit ICEHOTEL, visit the local Arctic wilderness, meet local huskies and reindeer, go dog sledding and reindeer sledding and even join the hunt for the Northern Lights.
This new experience has been shared free of charge to give those that are missing out on travelling in person, or those wanting to simply fulfil a travel dream, the chance to experience travel to the region whilst confined to their homes.
- CLICK HERE for the new Arctic adventure and northern lights video
- CLICK HERE for the new dogsledding video
- CLICK HERE for the new meet the locals (huskies) video
This week’s episode covers COVID-19, a special interview with Caroline Marks, and all the best Finals from the Goldie.
Major Truzzu personally contacted the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli management team to check whether the team had some shields available or if they could possibly even manufacture them in a very short time.
With an extraordinary spirit of collaboration the team technicians got to work right away and with the materials they had available, they produced 50 face shields, which were delivered to the health professionals at local hospitals.
Max Sirena, skipper and team director: “When the Municipality called, asking us to support the local hospitals, we immediately activated our resources. We built over 50 face shields for doctors and hospital staff involved in the care and assistance to Covid-19 patients.
The whole team got to work, from the guys of the shore team who built the items, to the office staff who oversaw the logistic details. It is a message of gratitude from our team for those who every day are giving their absolute all to overcome this difficult challenge.”
Italian 52 SUPER SERIES Regattas Cancelled – Porto Cervo, Italy
(Friday 27th March 2020) – May’s Royal Cup 52 SUPER SERIES Scarlino 2020 and June’s Audi 52 SUPER SERIES Porto Cervo & TP52 20th Anniversary Invitational 2020 have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In close collaboration with the host organisations, stakeholders and team owners, the 52 SUPER SERIES has cancelled the two key regattas, which were both due to take place in Italy. Both venues remain a priority when the calendar can be rescheduled.
Agustín Zulueta, 52 SUPER SERIES CEO commented:
“While we are disappointed about having to cancel our upcoming visits to these Italian venues we love, we are in no doubt that we will be back as soon as possible. We love theses distinctive areas for the passion and enthusiasm shown by our hosts. We have worked very closely with them in coming to these decisions and we will do all we can to be there later on this year.
As we all know, Italy has been hit hard by this global pandemic and our thoughts are with everyone affected there. On our part we are determined to shoulder our wider responsibilities to do what is best for the wider world. Right now as a 52 SUPER SERIES family we are concerned that everyone stays safe and minimises the risk of infection.
Looking to the longer term, right now we are developing a series of flexible action plans designed to ensure that as soon as we are told it is safe to gather again, and go racing, we will be able to roll out a suitable programme of regattas. We are in constant dialogue with our owners, teams and venues to offer each other support and keep everyone informed.”
For the full release visit the 52 SUPER SERIES website.
Renowned yachting photographer Rick Tomlinson has gone in to his archives and dug out the most memorable stories. Sharing the back story on his FaceBook page, along with images taken on film during races like the Whitbread Around the World Yacht Race, you get a great insight into just how hard it must have been to capture these images as an OBR back in the day when photographers had to wait till they reached the next port to develop their images. “These pictures were all taken on film with a Nikon FM manual camera. You set the aperture, select the shutter speed and focus the camera. After 36 shots you have to open the camera back and change the film.
Camera settings were something you had to remember, so probably 1/500th second at f8. Nikon FM camera with a 20mm lens. Fuji RDP 100 ASA film”, says Rick. You can see more Whitbread shots in the gallery.
[The Weekend Wrap-up 30 March 2020]