Chinese team Dongfeng has taken the early lead at the opening day of the Volvo Ocean race 2017.
The seven teams on ground started the opening scene from Alicante to Lisbon, which measured 700 nautical miles.
The second leg is slated for November 5 from Lisbon to Cape Town and it would be ten times the distance of the first leg. The third leg is set for Cape Town to Melbourne, measuring around 6500 nautical miles. The planed eleven stages would continue until mid-next yearas the teams slug it out.
A yacht owned by a Kiwi shipwrecked in Fiji on a reef says his charts of nautical told him that the reef was at the distance of about 5km when the boat hit it. The name of the yacht is Jungle and it has four sailors from New Zealand when it ran aground, stranding them on a remote atoll.
The four people who were aboard were Geoff Marsland, he is the founder of iconic Havana Coffee of Wellington, and Roger Young the co-owner of Fidel Cafe were aboard and both were accompanied by the Peter McLean the yacht owner and his son. The yacht was bound for Tonga and it left Picton on June 15. The tack was changed by the crew for Fiji when the backstay of the boat got broke.
World Sailing, the federation of International Federation received a news that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made the confirmation of proposed ten sailing events in Tokyo in the year 2020, but it has reduced the quota of athlete for sailing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Now, it has been reduced by 30 athletes from 380. This decision was made on the 9th of June. The decision was taken in Lausanne by the Board of IOC Executive following a Program Commission IOC recommendation.
On the announcement of the IOC, the President of World Sailing, Kim Andersen said, “IOC Executive Board has taken the decision to confirm the 10 medal events of ours for Tokyo 2020; on the other hand it has reduced the quota of sailing by 30 sailors. This news is disappointing for all of us. The sailors number reduction will impact our capability to drive the in-line development of the sport with the 2020 Olympic Agenda objectives and now we will need to review the 2020’s quotas and any its impact on our program for the event. In the coming days, we will discuss this concern with the IOC.
“The quote that we have proposed to IOC would have delivered equity of gender at a sport level in 2020, it is supported by the suggested development program for female sailors in the Laser Radial and RSX, aimed at enhancing the number of nations with the programs of women who would have had an opportunity that is realistic to qualify for Olympic Games entry.
“World Sailing has the history of sustainable evolution and innovation of sport, delivering successfully against the IOC’s increasing gender equity, requirements of universality and staging events that have increasing appeal to non-sailing fans as well as young sailing fans.”
“World Sailing has worked hard to influence and justify to the IOC the sports development and innovation plans and we are pleased that the Foiling Nacra 17 has been approved for inclusion at Tokyo 2020 by the IOC Executive Board, together with a number of event format innovations to make the sailing competition more easily understandable and exciting for both sailing and non-sailing fans.