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Volvo Ocean Race: Some great shots from this morning! As the fleet cleared East Cape they got into some breeze generated from cyclone Pam..

Posted in 2015 with tags , , , , , on March 19, 2015 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI



Photo by Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is the world’s toughest sailing event, where the elite of the sailing profession battle it out on the most treacherous oceans. It is a nine-month marathon on the seas, passing through four oceans and five continents .

The race is an exceptional test of sailing prowess and human endeavor where the athletes push themselves to the limit of endurance in what is commonly referred to as the ‘Everest of Sailing’.

Over the duration of the race, the crews experience life at the extreme: no fresh food is taken on board so they live off freeze-dried food; they experience temperature variations from -15 to +40 degrees Celsius and only take one change of clothes with them on board. They trust their lives to the skipper and each other and experience hunger and severe sleep deprivation.

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Magnificent historical vessels set off along south coast for London in annual Tall Ships Regatta

Posted in 2014 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2014 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI

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With their towering sails billowing in the wind, this could have been a fleet from centuries past.

But these tall ships were yesterday making their way towards the start point for the race from Falmouth to Greenwich, south-east London, in the annual Tall Ships Regatta.

Forty-six vessels from throughout the world, including 11 magnificent square-sail ships, left Cornwall yesterday after four days of festivities.

More than 100,000 people flocked to the Cornish coast to wave off the vessels taking part in the event. About 1,000 pleasure craft allowed fans a close-up view. It is the fifth time Falmouth has hosted the tall ships since they first visited the town in 1966.

Ships comes from around the globe to take part the event, with vessels taking part in this year’s race travelling from Spain, Holland, Portugal, Poland and Russia.

Van MacFadyen says he was shocked by absence of sea life during his 37,000km voyage between Australia and Japan

Posted in 2013 with tags , , , , , , , , on October 22, 2013 by MARIE EMMANUELLE QUILICHINI


Yachtsman describes horror at ‘dead’, rubbish strewn Pacific Ocean

An Australian sailor has described parts of the Pacific Ocean as “dead” because of severe overfishing, with his vessel having to repeatedly swerve debris for thousands of kilometres on a journey from Australia to Japan.

Ivan MacFadyen told of his horror at the severe lack of marine life and copious amounts of rubbish witnessed on a yacht race between Melbourne and Osaka. He recently returned from the trip, which he previously completed 10 years ago.

“In 2003, I caught a fish every day,” he told Guardian Australia. “Ten years later to the day, sailing almost exactly the same course, I caught nothing. It started to strike me the closer we got to Japan that the ocean was dead.

“Normally when you are sailing a yacht, there are one or two pods of dolphins playing by the boat, or sharks, or turtles or whales. There are usually birds feeding by the boat. But there was none of that. I’ve been sailing for 35 years and it’s only when these things aren’t there that you notice them.



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