Australian Team Roster For SailGP

With the SailGP event to be held in Sydney this year in the month of February, preparations are already on the way. There are six nations participating in this race and the home team is also stepping up its preparations to participate and challenge the other national teams. The crew that would be manning the foiling vessel would include several sailors, some of whom have been Olympic champions as well. There are also vectors of America’s Cup and world title holders in the youth racing category.

The star-studded crew is being talked about much these days, especially since Tom Slingsby, Olympic gold medalist, and winner of America’s Cup would be skipper of the boat. He would be aided by several other able sailors such as Kyle Langford who was also a former team member in America’s Cup race. While he trims the wings there would be Sam Newton and Ky Hurst joining him as former teammates from last America’s Cup tournament that was held in Bermuda. Indeed, it is a continuation of their team efforts and world sailing experiences. They would also be joined by Jason Waterhouse who is also an Olympian in his own right and a youth World Champion as well.

While the home team is a well-selected one with Olympic level champions on board, the other national teams would also include sailors with similar credentials. The France team is already at the Sydney Harbor, setting up their latest F50 vessel which is one of the latest designs and flaunts the best of the sailing capabilities in this category. The race course area of the Sydney Harbor would be around Shark Island. The race would flag off in the afternoon of 15th February and complete in the evening hours of Saturday, 16th February.

Pacific Games Change Its Venue For Va’a And Sailing Competitions

It has been reported that the famous Va’a and sailing championships at Pacific Games of 2019 in Samoa has changed its event venue. From what was decided earlier, the competition will now take place in Mulifanua. Mulifanua is located from an hour’s distance of its capital named Apia. Apia is located on the tip of Upolu at its north-western Tip. The competition was earlier being held in Mulinuu and Vaiusu until notification in a change of venue came out.

 The reason of the change in plans has not been discussed in detail, however, it was reported that the initial venue of the event in Mulinuu peninsula’s Vaiusu Bay was associated with multiple obstacles that could not be avoided.  The source of this news is the Pacific Games Office itself. Before this, Mulifanua back in 2007 has hosted the Pacific Games of the South when it came to Va’a and sailing championships. This provides a sense of security when it comes to hosting the championship here again due to the experience gained.

The Games Sports Committee of the Pacific Games of 2019 believes that the championship is going to go smoothly taking into consideration the venue that has been decided at present. This is because Mulifanua’s Bay has flat water, favorable conditions and the best of views of Samoa and all of this just adds up to making Mulifanua an ideal event for the competition. The same view is shared by the Samoa Outrigger Canoe Association.

Further, it has been declared that the Pacific Games Samoa 2019 will be held at the stretch of two weeks. The competition is scheduled to start on July 7, 2019, whereas the Va’a and Sailing Programs and championships will commence from July 9, 2019.

We hope that the venue decided now is obstacle free.