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