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Planet Sail Episode 16: Punching South

by Matt Sheahan 1 Feb 09:04 PST
OnCourse Episode 16 © PlanetSail

We kick off this episode with a double helping from down under as Sydney plays host two two big crowd pullers.

First up was SailGP, the penultimate stage in the second season where there was plenty of drama as the pressure built ahead of the million dollar finale in March.

Next was the Rolex Sydney Hobart, an offshore classic. After the global pandemic forced organisers to cancel last year's event, there was a keen appetite this year among sailors and spectators alike for the Boxing Day special. According to the competitors, this year's 600 mile race to Tasmania turned out to be one of the toughest ever. But the history books will mark this race as special for another reason, that of the spectacular achievement of one man and his crew in particular.

We visit the 50+ knot club in Namibia as the speed sailing season delivers some outrageous performances in the windsurfing world, as well as seeing what happens when it all goes to rats.

For 50 years the Youth Sailing World Championships has played host to what have become some of the biggest names in sailing. This time it was the turn of Oman to host the event where oodles of talent was clearly on tap. If you'd like to know what the future holds, this event had plenty of answers.

Plus, we bring you up to speed with an update on the America's Cup and preview of the new AC40 in build and talk to the man at the top in World Sailing about the paralympic plan.

Episode 16 Contents:

00:39 Double helping down under - SailGP Sydney 01:34 Rolex Sydney Hobart Race 07:25 America's Cup Update & AC40 in build 11:14 Docktalk Part 1 14:22 Luderitz Speed Challenge 18:08 Docktalk Part 2 20:54 Youth Sailing World Championships 28:06 Paralympic Plan

Extra features:

Sam Ross interview

Emerging Nations Programme

Al Balushi interview

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