News Home Video Gallery Newsletters Photo Gallery Cruising Int
Sail-World.com : Tobago to Trinidad in a 14ft Laser
Tobago to Trinidad in a 14ft Laser

'Tobago to Trinidad - 50nm in open seas by 14ft Laser'    .    Click Here to view large photo

Just when you think that all the records have been set, when everybody has conquered almost everything in the world of the cruising sailor - the oldest - the youngest - the first-ever, along comes another, because there's always some new remote first-ever that hasn't yet been done. This time it's sailing a 14ft Laser from Tobago to Trinidad in open seas off the north-east coastline of Venezuela. (See update below)

Andrew Lewis showing the Laser style he will need to cross 50 nm of open Atlantic Ocean -  .. .  
He's a very competent sailor, he competed in the Olympics no less, but this very long Laser sail is being done by Andrew Lewis to draw attention to what great places Tobago and Trinidad are for sailors. So he plans to sail from Tobago to Trinidad on Sunday 16 December 2012.

The 23 year old sailor is staging what he calls the Wind Energy Challenge, attempting to create history as the first person to make the journey in a Laser Sail boat.

Lewis sets sail from Pigeon Point, Tobago at around 9:30am and will be trailed by a team from the Trinidad & Tobago Coast Guard. He will navigate his way across the waters in hopes of reaching the shores of Maracas Bay at around 2:30pm. The entire distance is estimated to be about 50 miles.

Lewis stated 'It has always been a dream of mine to attempt this. When I accomplished my goal of qualifying for the Olympics earlier this year, my management team and I decided that we will give this ‘a go’.

Trinidad and Tobago - beautiful sailing waters -  .. .  
I am excited by the challenge, and I hope the public will be also be excited and supportive. Corporate sponsors Atlantic, Bmobile, Oasis Water, Budget Marine and Red Bull are all supporting the expedition while the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago and the Tourism Development Company have also stepped up to assist.

Lewis added, and this was the key, 'One of my main objectives is to increase the profile of sailing in Trinidad and Tobago. I believe that events such as this one will help in doing so.'

Trinadad and Tobago - Andrew Lewis wants to draw attention to the beautiful cruising grounds -  .. .   Click Here to view large photo

If you are lucky enough to be located on one of these idyllic tropical islands, you are invited to go to Pigeon Point in Tobago at 9:30 am on Sunday 16th to see Lewis set off and then at Maracas Bay in Trinidad from around 3:00 pm to welcome him in.

For updates please follow Andrew Lewis on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrew-Lewis/169566119754576?fref=ts

....................
Update:
After sailing for 11 long hours and 52 minutes, Trinidad and Tobago's Olympic Sailor Andrew Lewis finished his Wind Energy Challenge on Sunday 16 December 2012 at around 21:00, sailing from Tobago to Trinidad.

The 23-year old began the sailing challenge at 9:00 at Pigeon Point. However, it was evident from weather patterns that the day would have been dominated by very light winds.

With very light and sometimes no wind Andrew also had to battle strong currents. He was only able to average about 3-5 knots instead of the eight knots he was hoping for.

Lewis told media outlets, 'What a day I chose where there was absolutely no wind. With little wind to fill my sails, I resorted to rocking the boat and pumping my dagger board to get a forward motion. Those currents are so strong. I swore they were trying to take me back to Tobago. At many times I found myself battling against the current and lack of wind which made things extra difficult. I was determined to finish though. I needed to finish to prove to myself that I can do it and also to repay the faith of my family, friends and sponsors. I am always grateful for their support.'


by Nancy Knudsen

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=104692

9:03 PM Thu 13 Dec 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Adventure Sailing

Related News Stories:

18 Dec 2012  Chinese solo sailor caught in the Doldrums
04 Dec 2012  Shackleton re-enactment scheduled for January
02 Dec 2012  'Never give up' sailing adventurer past the equator, now for Cape Horn
27 Nov 2012  Australia’s Paul Larsen sails at 68 knots!!
12 Nov 2012  Done the Northwest Passage, off to Antarctica - South African sailor
05 Nov 2012  Jeanne Socrates, indomitable, sails again
21 Oct 2012  Lord Nelson gives his name to Britain's circumnavigating tall ship
20 Oct 2012  First ever Italian boat conquers the Northwest Passage
15 Oct 2012  Laura inspires teens to go on sailing campaign
07 Sep 2012  Scorpius breaks free of Arctic ice, heading for another record
MORE STORIES ...






Cruising USA































Estimating the diversity of life by Australian Institute of Marine Science,














Will your lifelines pass this sailing test? by Captain John Jamieson, Florida


Aventura's passage to Annapolis by Cornell Sailing,






Earth Wind Map - with typhoons by Sail-World Cruising,














Canadian shipwreck discovery solves 170-year-old mystery
British couple help stranded Syrian refugees to safety
Blue Planet Odyssey yacht completes Northwest Passage transit
World ARC fleet embarks on leg 11, across the Indian Ocean
Pantaenius and Camper & Nicholsons Marinas become strategic partners
How to make a distance scale for faster navigation
New maps of the polar regions reveal unseen world beneath the ice
Naval Commanders talk on-going piracy threat at sea
Erie, Pennsylvania - Small place, big boating
EU Naval Force frigate, ESPS Navarra aids yacht in the Gulf of Aden
Insurance, towing and safety 'provisions' reminder for snowbirds
A guide to steering without a rudder + Video - a must read and watch!!
You scratched my seagrass!
Cocos Keeling Islands - Yet another paradise for the World ARC fleet
Hurricane Odile: Two Brits missing in Mexico after yacht overturns
Sailor texts girlfriend for help after yacht sinks in Bristol Channel
Gas safety: don’t let it go off the boil
Arctic sea ice summer minimum 2014: A scientific perspective
British Virgin Islands, a taste of Caribbean cruising
The Galley Guys take on the Vancouver International Boat Show
Are you ready to enter that marina?   
Cruising the Bay of Quinte and Thousand Islands   
Ten safe and clean refueling tips for boaters   
World ARC fleet moored at Christmas Island   
Blue Planet Odyssey welcomed to Bora Bora   
Remember to properly dispose of obsolete distress beacons   
Blue Planet Odyssey - Aventura makes landfall in the US   
World ARC fleet bids farewell to Bali   
Antarctic Team discovers mechanism for massive ice shelf collapse   
Baltic 4 Nations - Next edition sets sail July 2015   
BoatUS offers 'Boater's Guide To Winterizing'   
Yachts prepare for second Atlantic Odyssey, departing this November   
Thai drama with Phuket yacht clampdown   
Sailing Rallies launch two new events at PSP Southampton Boat Show   
World ARC crews in Bali   
Could your sailing navigation use a tune-up?   
Images of marine sunsets by Tripadvisor   
Citizen science model proposed to fill fundamental ocean data gap   
Ocean Cruising Club celebrates 60th Anniversary with record gatherings   
The Boat Cookbook   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW Cru USA
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT