Let’s start with a little snippet I copybastard from Jane’s Metaverse Sailing blog, in order to moisturize your sailing taste buds:
The warning horn sounds, and your thoughts come back to the moment, the task at hand. You turn your face to the wind, glancing port and starboard at the gaggle of familiar skippers joining you from disparate points across the tiny world we all share. For this one day, this moment, you are at peace.
Your mind clears and your muscles limber as your gaze fixes on the horizon. You are a sailor. You are one with all the start line skippers from all the countries and cultures and classes that surround you now. It’s no accident, mystery, or mistake; a million years of evolution on a water-covered world has brought you to this point. Now, like so many generations of sailors before you, you realize there is only one idea, one small word that has value or meaning. That single word holds the power to unlock the future beyond the horizon, and nothing else matters. A faint, familiar gun goes off, and with pride and determination, and the steely confidence you can handle whatever happens next, you join with your fellow sailors and chant: RAISE!
Jane Fosset @2009
Oooookay … START!
November’s hot topics are …
0:46 How to fly a 32m tri – Gitana 17 explained
18:29 Southern Ocean rescue – Golden Globe drama
07:41 52 Super Series – The final showdown
06:19 World Cup Series – First taste of Enoshima
17:34 Extreme Sailing Series – Top dogs toppled in San Diego
21:09 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup
This month the biggest and most powerful offshore sailing machines in the world prepare to rise up out of the water as they take to hydrofoils for the 40th anniversary of the single-handed Route du Rhum transatlantic race. We step aboard Gitana 17 to find out how to fly a 32m trimaran, alone. The bar has been raised inshore too as a new global racing circuit for 50knot foiling cats is unveiled. We get behind the scenes with the top 52 Super Series team and take in the spectacular scenery at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Sardinia. Plus, a double rescue drama in the Southern Ocean, competition that goes down to the wire in Japan and San Diego and plenty more.