Robbie Naish: Becoming an icon:
As part of the 2017 induction class for the National Sailing Hall of Fame, Robbie Naish tells a story of how in the early years of windsurfing, prizes for winning championships were airline tickets.
So at 13 years old, he started winning, eventually getting a free flight to the 1976 Windsurfing World Championship in Nassau, Bahamas. And when he won that Worlds, his first, it sent him on a wave that has yet to hit the beach.
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Volvo Ocean Race: East to north:
(April 23, 2018; Day 1) – The beginning of Leg 8 for the Volvo Ocean Race fleet fulfilled the forecast by delivering a tricky opening night of unpredictable weather. There was little chance for the sailors to acclimatize slowly as constant variations in wind direction and strength meant numerous sail changes.
“It’s very unstable – the wind is up and down by ten knots, and 30 degrees left to right,” said team AkzoNobel skipper Simeon Tienpont. “We’ve got plenty going on on deck, that’s for sure.”
MAPFRE were the early leaders in the opening hours but Xabi Fernandez’s crew were reeled in after they got caught out by a cloud.
While the course from Itaja…
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