Sailing ‘as tough as the NFL’:
Jimmy Spithill, skipper of Oracle Team USA, says the America’s Cup has moved on to such a degree that his 14-strong sailing team are bigger and better than ever.
“Where we are today, it’s a real athletic game,” said the Australian. “The physical load and limits that the athletes take is like nothing else we’ve seen in this sport and it now rivals NFL, basketball and a lot of those physical sports.”
Spithill and his crew have spent months in the gym bulking up and getting in shape for the rigours of the hugely physical, foiling catamarans, which are 15 metres in length and capable of reaching speeds approaching 54 knots
And the speed as well as the physic…
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Dodging Ships in the Bay of Biscay:
(February 21, 2017; Day 108) – Conrad Colman (NZL/USA) is determined to finish his first Vendée Globe. Dismasted on February 10 with 739 nm remaining, he has since managed to set a jury rig to stay in the race. Running low on food and power with 278 nm to go, Colman reports from the north side of Spain.
You would think that with the boom repaired, sails sorted, and food rationed out, I could just kick back and relax on Foresight Natural Energy to watch the miles (slowly) count down. Sadly no! I am back in busy European coastal waters and there are few spare moments …
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