Vendée Globe: Complex Descent Favors Experience:
(November 10, 2016; Day 5) – It might be early days in the Vendée Globe, but 2004-5 race winner Vincent Riou already sees the writing on the wall.
While Riou has craftily moved PRB up to second position in the shifty north winds of 10-12 knots, his IMOCA is configured with classic, straight daggerboards – not the foil boards – and he expects to soon be at a disadvantage.
“In these conditions we can make the difference,” observed Riou. “But in the coming days, it’s going to be for the foilers.”
Riou sees the ‘foilers’ – such as Banque Populaire VIII (Armel Le Cléac’h), Safran (Morgan Lagraviere) and Edmond de Rothschild (Sébastien Josse) – will be quic…
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ORC Reports Growth in 2016:
Barcelona, Spain (November 10, 2016) – The 48th meeting of the Offshore Racing Congress was held along with the Annual Conference of World Sailing in Barcelona, and capped yet another growth year for the organization. The number of boats using ORC International, ORC Club or ORC Superyacht certificates increased in 2016 from previous years, two of three ORC championships reached record numbers of participants and countries, and three new countries have joined the ORC family to issue certificates in 45 countries around the world. Full report.
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The fun does not end with the setting of the sun in Lisbon. There are plenty of options to keep the night owls busy. A large number of bars, discotheques, cinemas, fado houses, live music centers, theaters and concert halls dot the city and offer the choicest entertainment programs to suit all tastes. Bar hopping, dancing, partying and music continue into the early hours of the next day more especially on weekends.
Bars and Discotheques
Café da Palha (Discotheque)
Serving as a bar and restaurant during the day, Café da Palha comes alive with pop music and dance at night. Thursdays provide additional joy with D.J.
Op Art Café (Bar)
The bar is designed in a unique glass and wood architecture and is located in Doca de Santo Amaro, immediately at the feet of 24 April Bridge. You can let your hair down in the entertaining dance parties that start from 12.00 am.
There are several cinema houses scattered all over the city where you can enjoy the latest and classic movies. Some of the popular cinema halls are Ávila, Cine-Estúdio 222, Cinemateca Portuguesa, Fonte Nova, King, Londres, Lusomundo Amoreiras, Millenium Alvaláxia, Monumental, Sldanha Residence, Nimas, Quarteto, S. Jorge, Turim, UCI Cinemas, Warner-Lusomundo Colombo, Warner-Lusomundo Olivaishopping and Warner-Lusomundo Vasco da Gama.
Fado is almost the national music form of Portugal. Fado music portrays the sad aspects of life including love, separation, nostalgia, homesickness and similar moods. Fado is presented in several Lisbon cafes and fado houses. In fact, Lisbon is the only city in Portugal where fado tradition has flourished the most since the ancient times.
Faia is probably the most popular fado house in Lisbon. It has been providing fado along with rich and varied Portuguese food for the past half a century. The original owners of Faia, Lucília do Carmo or Carlos do Carmo, were themselves famous fado singers.
Adega do Machado
Adega do Machado is the oldest fado house in Lisbon. Though it has become more commercial, it still seems alive to the presence of the souls of the old fado poets that sang here.
Café Luso is situated in the old coach houses and cellars of the S. Roque Palace. It is one of the lucky buildings in Lisbon that survived the 1775 devastating earthquake. You can see the original 17th centurial vaults in the café. Café Luso also presents theatrical performances along with fado. It was here that the famous fado singers such as Amália Rodrigues and Tony de Matos began their singing career.
Live Music Theatres
Lisbon offers some of the best live music theatres representing the European and African music traditions. Some of the popular theatres are B. Leza, Bugix, Catacumbas Jazz Bar, Doca de Santo, Hard Rock Café, Hot Clube de Portugal, Paradise Garage and Speakeasy.
If you are a woman, be careful to accompany your boyfriend as you may be invited to dance especially at B. Leza.
Bugis started the tradition of dancing on the tables. It also offers esplanade during the hot summer evenings.
Salovani-travellingtolisbon is a Portuguese familiar owned company. Their apartments are located in the heart of the old Lisbon centre, some of them with stunning panoramic views of the castle and city. The main tourist sights are within easy walking distance.