Kiwi Olympians Tangled in Flag Vote:
In late 2015, New Zealanders were invited to vote on the question “If the New Zealand flag changes, which flag would you prefer?” From five alternative flag designs, one new design advanced, and now the country will be asked from March 3 to 24 if they want it for their nation’s flag.
The flag that receives the most votes will be the official flag of New Zealand. But for New Zealand’s Olympic sailors, the timing of this vote has complicated their plans for the Rio Games.
At the Olympics the 49er, 49erFX, Men’s and Women’s 470 and the Nacra 17 are required to carry their nation’s current flag on the spinnaker. As a result, members of the sailing team had to pre-order…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Kiwi Olympians Tangled in Flag Vote, Editor
Clipper Race: Obstacle Course to Qingdao:
(March 7, 2016; Day 9) – Wind holes, thick fog, and enormous fishing fleets are making for very stressful racing for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race teams as they make slow progress towards Qingdao on Day 9 of The Sailing City • Qingdao Cup to China. Full report.
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Clipper Race: Obstacle Course to Qingdao, Editor