Tight at the top of SSL City Grand Slam:
Hamburg, Germany (May 6, 2016) – Bright sunshine and an easterly breeze of 12 knots brought classic conditions to Lake Alster, Hamburg, for the 30 remaining teams vying to win the inaugural Star Sailors League (SSL) City Grand Slam. On a short course of barely 600 meters, reading the shifts and staying in clear air were the secrets to performance. In an innovative move by the SSL and NRV Race Committee, a top gate was set allowing teams to choose which top mark to round. With one more race before the knock-out rounds, the top six teams are safe from elimination, barring the results of outstanding protests.
Diego Negri and Sergio Lambertenghi (ITA) put in a stellar performance…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Tight at the top of SSL City Grand Slam, Assoc Editor
Eight Bells: Ramón Carlín:
Alicante, Spain (May 6, 2016) – Ramón Carlín, the ‘weekend sailor’ who upset the odds to become the winner of the first Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973-74, has died in Mexico City at the age of 92.
Carlín was a complete unknown in the sport when he entered the event, which later became the Volvo Ocean Race, having made his fortune manufacturing washing machines and other white goods in his native Mexico after starting his career as a door-to-door salesman selling cutlery, pots and pans and other household goods.
By 1973, he was seeking new challenges. He assembled a crew of good, but unheralded sailors, before upsetting some of the era’s leading names o…
Full Article: Scuttlebutt Sailing News – Eight Bells: Ramón Carlín, Assoc Editor