The latest sailing round-up from Ted Turner's CNN - Inside Sailing - comes this week from the 40th Charter Yacht Show in Antigua
This month, CNN’s Inside Sailing programme comes from the Caribbean island of Antigua, at the 40th Charter Yacht Show where the team takes a first hand look at, and a sail in, some of the world’s top boats. Chartering remains the ltimate in exclusive holidays, and this month’s show examines what it takes to make an unforgetable sailing holiday.
This sailing world lost one of its most gifted sons ealier this month. Sir Peter Blake is the only skipper to complete the Whitbread Race with victories in every leg, the first Kiwi to win the America’s Cup and the first non-American to defend the Cup successfully. After retiring from competitive sailing, Sir Peter became involved in conservation issues, as a Special Representative of the United Nations Environmental Program. He was murdered during a bungled robbery on Seamaster, his ketch, off Macapa near the mouth of the Amazon. The show takes a look back at some of the adventures in the life of Sir Peter Blake.
The Volvo Ocean Race completed its second leg, arriving in Sydney Habour. illbruck won again but it was no cakewalk and winning skipper John Kostecki talks us through illbruck’s near-sinking in the Southern Ocean.
Participants in this year’s Volvo Ocean Race are doing more than just competing in a race, they are alsocontributing to an environmental study. Each boat collects water samples and data from analysis for scientists to help them to understand better conditiions in some of the most remote locations on the planet.
Meanwhile back in Auckland, excitement is building for America’s Cup 2003. Peter Harrison’s GBR Challenge is among the syndicates already in Auckland and testing in the waters of Hauraki Gulf. Inside Sailing heads for the Viaduct Basin paddock to start handicapping the first round of the world’s oldest sporting trophy.