Kevin Penny assists the Martin 16s sailboat course only through his breath. This is indeed amazing as he does it so perfectly. Penny met with an accident while he was bicycling as a teenager and lost all the strength in his legs and arms. He is now puffing into a tiny tube fixed to machine which lets him steer the long boat that measures 5 meters. It is a great feeling for Penny as it makes him feel empowered. This is the only time he controls where he is going apart from when he is in his wheelchair. After clearing the racing of the Clearwater Mobility Cup, he expressed his views.
Penny said this is more like a therapy as he gets to clear his head and has an opportunity to get away from the monotonous life and have some fun. Penny along with sailors with distinct types of abilities would compete out of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron taking place in Halifax. It is a type of sailboat made exclusively for competitors with disabilities. There are some skippers such as Penny who are quadriplegics while others are the ones who have suffered strokes and the rest have either lost limbs or with many scleroses.
In Los Cabos, the battle for the final Act of the Extreme Sailing Series™ has started, which is presented by SAP, the heroes in the fight for the title of 2017 dominated the podium. End of the first, Oman Air emerged as the clear leader, by finishing clearly seven points in the pole position.
SAP Extreme Sailing Team, who is the front-runner of the current season, was forced to settle for third position and behind the 2016 champion Alinghi as the Series had its debut in the Mexican venue and in the foiling conditions that is perfect for it.
The skipper of Hugo Boss Alex Thomson is an excited man. The reason why he is so excited that he will be taking part in the biennial Rolex Fastnet Race and the race is happening in his local playground. The race is in its 92nd edition and over 365 boats will be taking part in this year’s race. This is a new record for the race. The race will start from Cowes and will move around the Fastnet Rock and then come back to Plymouth.
The race will be conducted over 605 nautical miles and with such a good turnout of boats, the race is sure going to be pretty exciting. There are many new competitors and young debutantes taking part in this year’s Fastnet Race. All of these add to the excitement of the race. Alex said that it is really fantastic for the sport to see so many boats taking part in one race. Continue reading