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by Ingrid Hale
6 April

The Weekend Wrap-up 6 April 2020 – As the world embraces “the new normal” we take a look at some virtual and online events while taking a trip down memory lane to some of WSL’s past events. The 52 SUPER SERIES shares how they are doing their bit in the COVID-19 pandemic and the winners ar announced in the eSailing World Championships.

RORC Lockdown Live Series – Time Over Distance

This is a weekly series of live interviews with sailors from around the world, exploring epic races, top pro-techniques and more. Interactive discussions with outstanding sailors, together with videos and pictures. Time Over Distance is designed to inform and entertain any serious offshore sailor.

Time Over Distance Volume 1: Interview with Briton Brian Thompson who has broken 33 world sailing records. Featuring videos and live commentary about his astounding career which include The Vendee Globe, Rolex Fastnet Race, the Jules Verne Trophy and MOD70 campaigns in the RORC Transatlantic Race and RORC Caribbean 600.

Watch LIVE on RORC Facebook – Fridays at 1700 BST

Time Over Distance | Episode 1 – Brian Thompson

Our first episode of Time Over Distance is with Brian Thompson.We're joined by the vastly experienced and successful offshore sailor Brian Thompson, who has broken 33 world sailing records, including the Jules Verne round the world record.#RORClockdown

Posted by Royal Ocean Racing Club on Friday, 3 April 2020


eSailing World Championships March Roundup

It’s been a busy week for the eSailing community on Virtual Regatta. 7,180 eSailors took part in the first eSailGP Pop-up Qualifier which was won by Finn sailor Joan Cardona – part of the Spain SailGP Team.

Virtual Regatta Welcomed 38,000 new players on inshore while over 333,000 competitors are sailing offshore. The first arrivals of the 116,525 Great Escape offshore race fleet have landed with the rest of the fleet making their way through the last few days of sailing.

Watch the video below for the full March Round-up.

World Surf Weekly – Episode 3

Filipe Toledo answers ‘Q&A with Cote’, as he quarantines with his family in San Clemente.

Joe Turpel & the commentary crew take us through ‘Best of Bells’ – some favourite 10-point rides.

CJ Hobgood video chats with Chris Cote to discuss winning a World Title in a shortened year and what that could mean for surfers in 2020.

And Conner Coffin brings us in the kitchen for his Italian-inspired spaghetti-and-meatballs recipe in this weeks On-Hold. #WSL

The 52 SUPER SERIES does its part.

Sailors and shore crew from the wider 52 SUPER SERIES family are putting their skills – and in many cases their hardware – to good use helping support the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. In Palma, Mallorca, and in Valencia, groups and individuals are engaged in making personal protective clothing and protective masks and visors.

Many of the Palma-based sailmakers such as Phoenix’s Mathieu Cassanas, Jordi Calafat from Platoon, Martin Winter of Quantum Racing and Provezza’s Gwenael Le Guen are helping make cloth gowns and masks in an initiative coordinated by Pablo Torrado from the Maxi72 Cannonball. Others, such as Gladiator’s Feargal Finlay and Azzurra’s Ross Hunter are making full use of 3D printers to manufacture plastic protective masks and visors.

These initiatives feed into a Balearic organisation IB Salut, which collects and distributes the much needed protective equipment.

“There is a messaging system that covers the whole of Spain, which I am a member of. There are common files that we work from to manufacture the different items and put them together. On the island here our work is coordinated by a 3D printing company who maintains an inventory of who is doing what and what materials are needed. When things are picked up we receive new materials. I believe that within the islands here we have about 200 people operating 3D printers, from hobbyists and guys like myself who have a single machine that we would usually use to make replacement bits for the Gladiator, to some people may be having four or five machines,” explains Feargal Finlay, Boat Captain to Gladiator. “My machine is running 24/7 and I can make between four to eight pieces a day depending on what it is. I think now I have done 20 face shields. I believe between the 200 guys and girls on the island we have made something like 10,000 items in the two weeks we have been locked down.”6 

Read the full story here

SailGP season update

New York: Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the devastating COVID-19 pandemic, SailGP has suspended its 2020 season through to the end of June.

As a result, New York SailGP will not take place on June 12-13 as scheduled, and ticket purchasers will be automatically refunded in full by the end of June.

The USA SailGP Team, skippered by Rome Kirby sailing near the Sydney Opera House during a race condition practice session. Race 1 Season 1 SailGP event in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. 12 February 2019. Photo: Matt Knighton for SailGP. Handout image supplied by SailGP


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Tuesday: Tech and Travel Tuesdays

Wednesday: Our Weekly Watch List

Thursday: The Debrief

Friday: Podcasts by the Pro’s. 

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