Of dismastings, Syd, OUR pavilion at Sanctuary Cove and more
Sailors racing in the fully crewed, around-the-world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) have been enjoying glorious sailing for the past few days as the fleet painlessly crossed the doldrums and has long-since patched into the Caribbean trade winds. Teams have been reeling off 500-mile days, and the pressure at the top of the fleet remains painfully acute as Puma Ocean Racing's Mar Mostro leads the Leg Six charge from Itajai, Brazil into Miami, followed by Emirates Team New Zealand's (ENTZ) Camper and Telefonica just a mile or two astern of their Kiwi-flagged rival.
Antigua Sailing Week is wrapping after a fairly windy contest that tested each team's ability to handle their steeds in a blow. And there is a certain old Aussie sailor grabbing some headlines.
'It's a long flight to get here from Australia but I have to say it has been worth it, great conditions similar to Hawaii when I used to compete there in the Kenwood Cup,' said sailing great Syd Fischer (85), a 40-time participant in the fabled Sydney-Hobart Race and a five-time America's Cup veteran. 'This is my first visit to Antigua but I have enjoyed the sailing so far and it was great to get a win today.'
Construction of the main pavilion at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, one of the most important boat shows in the Asia-Pacific is now well underway, just 19 days out from the start of the show, 24-27 May. Branded MarineBusiness-World.com for the second year running, this landmark will house 130 exhibitors and is already booked out.
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show General Manager Sue Thomson said the MarineBusiness-World.com pavilion will be once again one of the largest temporary structures at an event in Australia,
'Visitors to the 2012 Show can expect to see a wide range of exhibitors. The MarineBusiness-World.com pavilion already has a range of companies showcasing marine clothing, navigational gear, electronics, recreational craft and marine business services.'
Naturally you will find the Sail-World Team within the MarineBusiness-World.com pavilion. Please stop and say hello.
And yes we are proud.
A major announcement expected from one of the most prominent Asia Pacific boat manufacturers overnight. Check back with us tomorrow.
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