Racing is an extremely fascinating sport. Especially in large regattas are huge interests at stake for the skipper, owner and designer of the boat, all experienced during the game excitement, our ship is fastest? In the offshore races it is usually also very sophisticated and expensive ships sponsored by well-known industry name. But it is not always good, even in a small fast boat can experience a sensation!
Different types of racing boats
Before we go to the sailors we first look at the two different types of racing boats on the waterways.
Smaller racing boats
There are many small fast race boats such as Laser, 470, Clipper or image Musto Skiff, an incredibly quick little boat with too much sail! More than sailing boat and that it does, of course, very spectacular, the boat has a huge acceleration at the slightest gust and the feeling of flying above the waves in high wind gives a big boost, not a boat for beginners! The Clipper is a very fast race boat and is basically a scaled-down performance polyester and is derived from the famous Flying Dutchman and is sailed by two male or female. The ship is more than five metres long and, like the Musto Skiff heavy conviction means that the high proportion of carrying too much sail to their size. Amusing detail: the single ten centimeter depth as indicated by the manufacturer, you can therefore imagine that in hard wind is really flown just about! However, we should not confuse this with the larger boat, the Clippers are seaworthy and which we discuss later in this article. To make the confusion: the Clippers are also large goods or passenger boats with three or four master who sailed the seas in the 19th century.
Too many sailing makes it exciting
We see now as first smallest Clipper. Because the boat too much sail on board is very fast and therefore classification matches is often one of the first classes that appear on the start line for the very fast and more famous 470 class. A Clipper has many features that distinguish it from other race sailboats.
Because of the luftkamrarna in the boat, it has become possible to carry out the rear-view mirror as an open rear view mirror which ensures that the boat-After the sometimes onvermijdelijke-turn off all incoming water almost instantly discharge through the open back so that we can immediately pass without having to drain the boat to scoop. On the front there is a storage area for spinnaker where large sailing neatly folded waiting if necessary, to buried extremely quickly. The headsail is designed as a tarpaulin so that it also can revas quickly as the spinnaker is buried on the downwind reaches. Another striking detail: abundance of the mainsail is in the middle of the boat which improve efficiency greatly. Of course, the vessel is equipped with a trapeze, which is sorely needed.
All the steerage is required
Also very good are the sword cabinet construction and sword adjustability this boat, which can be controlled exactly. It is a ship that is spectacular especially at higher wind speed, the plan itself than on the water, and thanks to the large sail area, which was lifted out of the water. The boat requires that all driving the Commander’s, in an off-the upwind leg that helps the spinnaker and Trapeze fokkenist hanging boat has a tendency to be “off the helm” to run and can store literally head over heels! Spectacular to see when this happens only once, the mayhem on board the vessel when it has established the weather is often so great that it takes effort to reach the port on its own machine.But it is an extraordinary experience to be in such a fast boat to sail like this, is it guaranteed to deliver very sensational moment!
Skûtsjes and Tjalken
Racing to a whole new level of sailing with antique sailing ship which skûtsjesilen is best known.Skûtsjesilen in Friesland is an annual event that always can count on a great deal of interest from both at home and abroad. A special part of these games is that many Frisian towns and villages have their own skûtsje thus so that say, towns and villages compete against each other. There are many well known and famous champions such as: including Gerben van Manen, Ulbe Zwaga, Jeen Zwaga, Louis meeter, Siete meeter, Tjitte Brouwer and Klaas van der Meulen. The skûtsjes were originally his old sailing vessels of between 30 and 40 tonnes. From the mid-19th century, hard regattas on the Frisian Lakes for the first organized by the cafes and clubs, sailing, of course, through the bars due to the extra sales and boat clubs in the sport. And sport that it is, fought fiercely for the victory, and especially when you round the buoys, there is a lot of yelling and shot it seems as if they are all at the same time wanting to go and collisions are the rule rather than the exception causing many protests lodged in connection with security guards.
Especially when the hard blows in such games is quite a rush on the ship to move to the extreme performance, and even sometimes a boat turns and you still have to do something that, given the weight and dimensions of the ship! This traditional competition is very popular in Friesland and in the end of the day when the contest is over, always exuberant celebrated with the winning skipper and his crew as heroes are revered.
Cargo ships on the Zuiderzee
Skûtsjes and Tjalken are flat-bottomed boats which was originally built as a freighter for all navigation on the canals, lakes, Mudflats and the former Zuiderzee, now the IJsselmeer. Usually perform these ships in shallow water, therefore, the proposal may not be too large in order to prevent interference. By holding the bottom of the ship, and relatively flat on both sides to achieve a moving sword resulted in a receptacle that can be applied very versatile. This type of ship was a hundred years ago the first built of wood. In the 19th century, they began to manufacture this type of vessels are also made of steel, while volume increased significantly and thus the payload. Of the original type of ship built of wood, no iron or steel sails there still a lot around, mostly as a Charter on the Ijsselmeer and the Wadden Sea. The term barge sometimes meant a whole group of ships. Why some vessels and some do not belong to this group, however, is not clear.
The skûtsje also called Frisian Tjalk but this is not correct. And to make it complicated: it belongs to the large family of barges, but it’s a different kind of ships. The word means skûtsje in Frisian ships or freighters and skûtsje was designed to transport goods and people over the Frisian Lakes, the Wadden Sea and the Zuider zee. The skûtsjes can be seen as a beautiful piece of industrial heritage of Friesland where the owners are rightly proud and wary of. Although originally built of wood, almost all remaining ships of steel.
Seaworthy racing boats and offshore races
One of the most zeezeilraces is the Volvo Ocean Race. This race around the world have the reputation of being the toughest race in the world and given the history that we may well say that this is the case, have been killed in this race. Before this race was called the Whitbread Race, named after the rich Colonel Whitbread, owner of the famous English brewery. Along with Admiral Otto Steiner of the British Royal Naval Sailing Association, Colonel organized the first race in 1973.
They took their inspiration from the adventurous tale of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first man in 1969 solo and nonstop sailed around the world. More than 26 years later, Robin Knox-Johnston founded the company Clipper Ventures for amateur sailors to offer the same experience of ocean racing. He bought the racing boats and equipment, professional skipper and began the Clipper training to prepare their crews of the difficult conditions during the race. The Clippers where we are dealing with is so ships of a different caliber than the small dinghies which we talked about earlier.
Clipper Round the World Race, race for long-distance sailors
The most famous contest for amateurs is today the Clipper Round the World Race. This event is an important contributor to the awareness of this branch of sailing. The teams are sponsored by large companies from around the world and the crew consists of amateur sailors of all types. Participants must submit a considerable amount of money, but they also get a lot back in the form of an unforgettable experience. In order to participate, candidates are given the first extensive interview with the Organization in order to assess whether they are suitable to participate in the competition.Experience plays a major role, perseverance, stamina and mentality but. The candidate is deemed appropriate then monitor the training of a total duration of six weeks. It passed candidates three courses: Big Boat Sailing, Big Boat Racing Sail and strategy. In addition, attention safety rules on board a sailing vessel at sea and first-aid knowledge and skills. Also deals with life-saving communications apparatus that VHF radio is extensive discussions.
Volvo Ocean Race, sailing high-tech racing machines
This breed, however, cannot be compared with the professional Volvo Ocean Race, the ships in the Volvo Ocean Race join over developed into high-tech racing machinery, state-of-the-art Volvo Open 70 years.It is the fastest racing yacht in the world, says the record with a speed of 24 knots, transformed almost 45 km/h!
For the industry, these vessels is the platform where they try out their latest inventions. They are very expensive boats and was in the first few years in particular, there was a contest for the adventurous is the Volvo Ocean Race now, today, an event of world famous where very professional sailor at the helm of the highly sophisticated vessels.
Weather conditions that is sailed is very diverse, from tropical to Arctic. Also mentions other living conditions are Spartan, the provisions on Board consists of dried food. Remember that the course more than eight months and it is at this time that sought to limit for passengers.
Learned young, made the old
Every sailor and participants in races have learned to ever sail. In and of itself, it is not difficult to learn to sail, it actually playful if we start with a gentle summer breeze and vattenabsorptionen with a stable boat and a good instructor or instructor. Since it is a fun and enjoyable activity that appeals to many young children. Soon realizes how they should deal with the helm and whether they have made their first jibe, they shout with pride: I can do it! Many professional sailors are therefore at an early age began in a small boat, swim vest on and go! Eventually makes one experience and try to also share strong and gusty wind that can fully put to the test, and then once the big day comes, we as a professional sailor, big sea!
More spectacular sports
More spectacular forms of sport as we deal with Extreme, buzzword of the 21st century, where we watch the extreme paddling as a death-defying plunges metre high waterfall, there are also recognized for extreme camping, which means that we are, to a large extent, steep cliffs hanging spend the night and we’ll take a look into the bizarre world of the latest thrill sport : extreme ironing! A lot of fun!