This year sees the 34th edition of Pineapple Cup set into operation. This is one of the oldest races that has been going on and sees world-class sailors coming in to participate in every edition. 2019 sees 14 teams participating this time. The race takes place around Montego Bay and it is a biennial race comprising of 811 nautical miles. This is considered one of the oldest races and the celebrated trophy has been given out from 1961. The trophy is a handcrafted treasure that is brought down from London. It has gone to several famous sailors such as Ted Turner, Robert F Johnson and John Kilroy.
The course record was set for 2 days, 24 minutes and culminates in 42 more seconds which was completed by a maxi boat designed by Reichel and Pugh. This year the edition includes a vessel design MOD70 which team Argo is sailing and they are hoping that the weather conditions would hold for them to be able to break it.
It was not the weather like it was yesterday, it was much kinder and definitely, there was an exciting race to be on today.
The wind speed was the major factor that hampered yesterday’s race and today, it has dropped to around 10 knots to 12 knots which is the most ideal condition for sailors. The wind was a little towards the southeast direction and there was a considerable gust factor in the wind though.
The beautiful weather conditions allowed two short races to be completed at the 2018 Superyacht Challenge Antigua. At the end of the day, two teams were tied on points after Spiip became overall lead after Race 3 but then Rebecca won Race 4. Elfjeis in third place for the regatta in the Corsairs Class.The 172ft Hoek designed ketch Elfje can still win on paper but the odds favour the 112ft sloop Spiipand then the 142ft ketch Rebecca.
In the Buccaneers Class, Acadia maintained its brilliant run to win two more races and continue its perfect run in the regatta. Zigzag and 2014 winner Marama follow accordingly. In Race 4, Acadia was six seconds behind the gun but all they needed was to finish the race to top the class. The 105ft sloopDanneskjold made the best start in Race 3 but they could not keep up the momentum as they finished eight seconds from the line.
The Techno293 World Championships has had athletes from 30 countries. The participants totaled over three hundred and it was recently concluded. There were four days of the championship, but the third and fourth days suffered due to lack of adequate wind. However the last two days the winds were strong and led to adequate excitement among the crowds. The event that was concluded over the last weekend had light wind conditions mostly, averaging about five or six knots. This progressed to high winds towards the final days. As a result, there were three races that were held last weekend, between Friday and Saturday, about eleven for Youth Boys category and ten for other fleets.
Ella Benbenisti was winner in the junior girl category and she led the races through the week. She stated that the races had been fun and she had enjoyed it. Among the boys there were participants from France who took the second and third position while the participant from Israel took the first position.
Though the weather conditions kept changing, the young sailors were able to keep up with the shifting winds and tailor their courses and speed accordingly. For many of the participants it was more about meeting people and having fun, but for others it was a competitive event where they had to perform well. This year it was clear that the Israeli participants were dominant. There was a windsurfing segment as well and here again the Israeli sailors performed well in the Youth Boy category. In the event of this year, having been successfully completed, it remains to be seen how the event of the next year will continue. This event continues to be a ground for young sailors to test their skills and help them get their skills and abilities recognized among other international sailing networks.
Monaco is the birthplace of the superyacht, an interesting and lovely place where there are loads of money to indulge this most lenient of companies.
In recent few years, the number of berths at the Monaco Yacht Show has billowed, and the bay is compact with nautical innovation, decks as well as fittings shining in the bright autumn sunshine. Money appears to cascade down the steep hills of the dip and end up in the bay, where it is changed into the grey, white and navy superstructures of the yacht industry.
With Fort Lauderdale, MYS is the primary industry address. Tax planners stay along with naval architects as well as Antiguan tourist board, along with everyone looking for paths of muscling in.
In the pavilions one would find specialist marquetry, crockery, tender hoists, superyacht stabiliser systems and galley equipment suppliers. Everything which can be chromium-plated, is chromium-plated. A thousand glittery finished things contend against other as everyone angles to get their ‘gesamtkunst’ into the ‘werk’.
Spokesmodels are pelted into matching dresses and a hundredweight of specialist magazines and glossy brochures threaten to sink the pontoons in the harbor.
Shelves gets filled with magazines like Arabian Knight and Global Citizen, each expecting to directly speak to the elite cell of perhaps ten-thousand people who could afford to purchase and maintain one of these magnificent things. This year, the trend is not only expedition yachts and fashion boats.