The Extreme Sailing Series™ is in Hamburg, Germany right now for their 5th event of the 2017 season. All teams are fighting against the tricky conditions including very light winds, lots of rain and a big current on the river Elbe. I had the chance to spent a day with the NZ Extreme Sailing Team. Thanks to skipper Chris Steele and his NZ Extreme Sailing Team especially Josh Salthouse & Rob “Salty” Salthouse for having me, see you soon.
Due to Famous Frank I had the chance to get on board of HUGU BOSS, the Open 60 from Alex Thomson Racing. Few weeks ago Alex was on a promotion tour in the Baltic sea and had a stopover on the beautiful Island of Sylt in the North Sea on his way back home to the UK. So we jumped in the car and onto the train to meet Alex in List/Sylt. It ‘s quiet incredible that these crazy guys sail non-stop around the world by themselves on a boat that size in the Vendée Globe.
#HUGO BOSS #Alex Thomson Racing #Sylt #Sailing
It still feels like a bad dream… All our hard work & effort from the last 1.5 years where destroyed after just a few minutes after the start of the Sydney – Hobart 2015. A smaller boat misjudged the situation and disrespect our right of way, unfortunately there was no way for us to go up or down, because we where in the middle of three boats, classic sandwich situation. Due to damage on our boat we couldn’t continue the race and had to retire.
It’s on – the start of the 71st Rolex Sydney – Hobart 2015 is almost on it’s way. On boxing day (26th. of December) the 107 entry fleet will leave the harbour of Sydney and head down South on the 628nm race course to Hobart in Tasmania.
The forecast got less frightened in the last day, but still we will see up to 35kn and big seas in the first 30 hrs. But on the other side these conditions are quite good for the mighty Lupa.
To follow us on the race course please check the official race tracker here: www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/tracker
It has been a while for me that I’ve been to Sydney (14 years) and back then it was just a quick stop over… but let’s start with the delivery
We left Auckland on the 30th of November and set sail for a 1300nm trip to Sydney, Australia. The first couple of days were easy motor sailing conditions but there was always this front in the Tasman sea which we tracked on the forecast. It showed us a 180° wind shift and lots of rain on the forecast. Plus you never know how long the transition will be, so we were prepared for everything.
And guess what in between 10 seconds the wind shifted 180°, it was quiet amazing to see. After that the wind built slowly as well as the sea state, in the end we ended up in big sea and 30+ knots for approx. 26 hrs.
Still nice sailing, though ;o)
In the end of our delivery we had to use the good old diesel again and arrived safe just before midnight of the 6th of December.
Saturday 15.8.2015 11:30am – Time to leave French Polynesia and go more south.
A few weeks ago we arrived in Auckland, New Zealand. It took us 10.5 days to sail the 2200nm from Papeete, Tahiti to Auckland, the City of sails. On the 21.8.2015 at 11am we sailed across the dateline and jumped a day forward, at this time we had 1000nm to go.
South Pacific Sunrise, what a beauty.
The weather and the southern ocean ment it good with us and apart of the last 30 were we got hit by a front with wind up to 30kn straight on the nose. Apart of that we had a really nice passage.
The City of sails, Auckland / New Zealand
And now we are getting right in there to get the mighty Lupa ready for the Rolex Sydney – Hobert Race in end of December.