Not Your Average Distance Race:
They capsized, snapped masts, got stuck in currents so strong they were pushed backwards, and faced the very real prospect of sun-stroke and dehydration sailing up to 12 hours a day. Luckily the seven teams who raced in January’s Ngalawa Cup were ready for all of it. Almost.
The week-long race kicked off on New Year’s Eve from Nungwi on the northern tip of Zanzibar. The 450 km course (243 nm) took the teams south, following the Kaskazi trade winds via a series of checkpoints on islands off the coast of Tanzania to the finish line in Kilwa.
Teams sail in Ngalawas, a traditional Tanzanian fishing boats, dug out by hand from mango trees and used for hundreds of years by local…
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New Cooperation in the Rating World:
Since 1999 there have been World Championships run for yachts handicapped under the Offshore Racing Congress’ IMS and ORCi rating systems. World Sailing maintains the standards for which a World title can be offered, and the only event on offer for rating rule racers has been the ORC World Championship.
By all accounts, the ORC World Championship had been well supported, with over 90 boats registered for the June/July 2017 event in Italy. But at World Sailing’s 2016…
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