Clipper Race Update: Visit Seattle on South Atlantic Challenge

first_imgAbout Marek Omilian, crew member, Visit SeattleMarek Omilian, 53 from Seattle, USA, is undertaking the full 40,000 nautical mile circumnavigation on board Visit Seattle. The father of two grew up sailing centre-board boats in the Sea Scouts in his native Poland, and after immigrating to the USA in his twenties, he began sailing keelboats and has been racing in the Puget Sound since 2015. Being a Dell Ambassador was a natural fit for Omilian, who has a computing and analyst background and runs his own valuation and management consultant firm. Other than the pride of arriving in his home port of Seattle, Omilian is hoping his Clipper Race experience will challenge him both physically and mentally, and create life-long friendships with his teammates. And, of course, result in winning the coveted Clipper Race Trophy. This is the fourth in a series of blogs by Dell Ambassadors competing in the Clipper Race, a 40,000 nautical mile race around the world in 70-foot racing yachts. You can find the most recent post from Samantha Harper, and the previous post from Marek Omilian, here on Direct2Dell. For more background on Dell’s involvement, read our initial blog about this exciting race here.The South Atlantic Challenge Leg 2: Punta del Este, Uruguay to Cape Town, South Africa: 3,560 nautical miles: 14 daysTwo weeks, 7 hours, 39 minutes, and 10 seconds. What an exhilarating Leg 2 race! It was so different than the marathon of the Atlantic Trade Winds Leg 1. It was like a two-week sprint. We had no time for anything: just eat, sleep, sail, repeat.Well, we had time for some stats, strategising, and emailing our families and friends. For the last three to five days, we shared a detailed update on the position of the various boats within the fleet during our happy hour at lunchtime. We flipped the screen to use the Dell Rugged as a tablet in order to draw in the positions of the different boat. We also kept stats on speeds in order to compare them to our speed. This resulted in either a celebration or trying to figure out how to match our competitor’s speed.The last 24 hours was epic – the best sailing and ocean racing experience I have experienced so far. We were in a pack with Liverpool 2018 and Qingdao for most of the race, ever since the three of us went for the Scoring Gate in the first thousand nautical miles.“The last 24 hours was epic – the best sailing and ocean racing experience I have experienced so far.ShareFor much of the race, Liverpool 2018 was consistently in front of us. We sailed hard in the final days, steadily closing the gap, and we did it all in very strong winds of well over 30 knots. The wind started backing slowly with about 100 nautical miles to go, and our gap to Liverpool 2018 shrunk to just 3 nautical miles. We were so close we saw the boat on AIS (Automatic Identification System) and monitored its speed and direction.Suddenly, we noticed Liverpool 2018 had pulled away, and increased the lead to 6 nautical miles! We knew the team had put up the spinnaker, so we instantly matched the sail plan. I was Off-Watch but couldn’t sleep as the adrenaline was still very high.I sat in the Navigation Station and relayed information back to the helm. At some point, we thought the intercom stopped working so I started using a small poster sign to show the distance we were behind Liverpool 2018; 5.7 nautical miles, 5.6, 5.5, 5.4… then things stagnated at around 5.4 nautical miles as both boats were sailing at the same speed.I decided to take a nap. Now, my top bunk was right below (5 inches or so) the active spinnaker sheet winch. Even noise cancellation headphones would not cancel the grinding and easing noises. Even so, I managed to dose off for few minutes. The alarm clock woke me up at 17:45 UTC, and I climbed down from the bunk and went back to the Nav station. I noticed the distance to Liverpool 2018 remained the same at 5.5 nautical miles with just 30 nautical miles to go to the finish line. Suddenly, Liverpool 2018 changed direction and its speed dropped dramatically. I immediately relayed the message to the helm via intercom. We all suspected the team must have lost a spinnaker. I kept watching on AIS and we rapidly started closing. Thirty minutes later, we had passed the pink boat and pulled ahead by about 2 nautical miles.Liverpool 2018 must have righted the ship then as its speed went up. It was most certainly not flying the spinnaker, but the boat was still going fast. This meant the last 15 to 20 nautical miles were very tactical. We had to cross the TSS (Traffic Separation Area) at the right angle or radio Cape Town Port Control to get permission to cross any other way. The wind kept easing, and we dropped the spinnaker and hoisted yankee and staysail. Liverpool 2018 was on our heels, but we kept the same distance till the finish line. In the end, we crossed the South Atlantic Ocean in 14 days, 7 hours, 39 minutes, and 10 seconds. Liverpool 2018 crossed the finish line only 27 minutes later.last_img read more

Mikel Arteta sets challenge for Mesut Ozil to regain Arsenal first team place

first_imgMikel Arteta sets challenge for Mesut Ozil to regain Arsenal first team place Advertisement Advertisement Mesut Ozil has not played for Arsenal since the return of football (Picture: Visionhaus)Mikel Arteta has challenged Mesut Ozil to show he is at his best and ready to be selected, insisting the German is a ‘special player’ and can contribute for Arsenal.Ozil has not played since the resumption of football after the coronavirus crisis, with little explanation as to why he was not even on the substitutes’ bench against Manchester City in the Premier League on 17 June.Arteta insisted that was a tactical choice, which few people believed, while Ozil is now sidelined with a reported back injury.The Gunners boss expects the former Real Madrid man to be upset that he has not been on the field, but insists he can only pick players who are ready to perform.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m expecting a player that is not playing to feel hurt and disappointed,’ said Arteta ahead of Arsenal’s home clash with Norwich on Wednesday.‘I believe that he is not very happy, because he’s not playing but as well he picked up an injury the other day and we have to wait and see how he evolves.‘I want all my players at their best and to have the ability to be able to pick them to help the squad as much as possible and that’s the only intention I have.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta and Ozil played together for Arsenal in the Spaniard’s final three and the German’s first three seasons at the club, so they know each other very well.The manager knows what the 31 year old can bring to the team but there are clearly doubts over whether he can get the best out of his talents.‘Mesut has unique qualities,’ Arteta continued. ‘He is a very special player for the position he plays, how specific he is in the qualities that he has and what he can bring to the team.‘I know him really well because, as you said, I played with him. I don’t think much has changed [from when he joined Arsenal back in 2013].‘Obviously he adapted to the league and he needed some time but he started to perform pretty quickly and he established himself in this league for a long time, something that is not easy to do.’Ozil’s back injury, which kept him out of the FA Cup win over Sheffield United at the weekend, is being assessed and could feature against Norwich on Wednesday, but a start seems extremely unlikely.MORE: Saint-Etienne slam Arsenal for ‘unacceptable’ demands to keep William Saliba for French Cup finalMORE: What Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang said about Arsenal contract rebel Folarin BalogunFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 9:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link452Shares Commentlast_img read more

PowaKaddy and England Golf gift trolleys to support disabled golfers

first_img18 Nov 2014 PowaKaddy and England Golf gift trolleys to support disabled golfers England Golf and PowaKaddy have given electric trolleys to several of the country’s golf-related disability groups to help improve access to the game. England Golf presented PowaKaddy electric trolleys, which had been used by its top amateur golfers playing in some of the world’s most prestigious events, to England Deaf Golf, England and Wales Blind Golf and the Disabled Golf Association. Each group was given the freedom to determine who would be awarded each individual trolley and all used the opportunity to increase engagement with their members and promote their involvement in golf. For instance, England Deaf Golf chose to award its trolleys as prizes to the winners of the 2014 England Deaf Golf Open, while England and Wales Blind Golf Association put its allocation to use during this year’s Auld Enemies match against Scotland, from which it emerged victorious (pictured). England Golf Disability Manager Jamie Blair was delighted that the trolleys have been used to encourage participation in the sport amongst disabled golfers. He said: “I would like to thank PowaKaddy for their generous donation. England Golf is proud to recognise that it is not just non-disabled players who represent England throughout the golfing year. A number of disability golf organisations compete on national, European and world stages throughout the year.   “Disabled golfers and those with a long-term limiting condition account for 10% of those playing once a week in England and I know that the trolleys will go to good use and Powakaddy’s recognition of those playing the game, not just elite golfers, is great to see. “The disability golf organisations run tournaments and are always looking for support for events and for their players. It is the long-term ambition for England Golf to provide support for talented disabled players competing at these levels.” As official trolley supplier to England Golf, PowaKaddy presents a fleet of its state-of-the-art electric trolleys to both men’s and women’s squads ahead of the golf season each year. This year, the nation’s elite amateurs received the outstanding FW7 model, which has been met with widespread acclaim from media, retailers and the public, alike. PowaKaddy chairman John deGraft-Johnson spoke of his pride in seeing trolleys once used by the country’s rising stars help to promote and support disability golf. He said: “Everyone at PowaKaddy takes great pleasure in knowing that we are supporting amateur golf at the highest level as Official Trolley Supplier to England Golf. “We are just as delighted to know that the equipment no longer required by the national squads is being put to great use by various disability golf associations, providing a tremendous opportunity for their members to enjoy our great game.”last_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where nothing matters but the truth 9/7

first_imgHey Sport…wake up, shake off the cobwebs and stand up. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? Ready or not, it’s here!What I truly don’t understand is why Pirate Manager Clint Hurdle allows his starting pitchers to get knocked around when it’s clear they don’t have their stuff on a given night, especially since his bullpen is loaded.  Hey, who am I to question the future Manager of the Year.Enough about Redskins second year quarterback Robert Griffin III. Just let him play for goodness sake. If he gets hurt . . . he gets hurt. I know that sounds hard, but guess what?  The game is hard!Talk about reaching . . . I don’t know about you, but at no time did I link the Pirates potential 21 year losing season with Roberto Clemente number 21. No, not once. Not at all. Never . . . ever crossed my mind.The Pittsburgh – Steelers kick it off Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at home, 1:00 p.m. Should win. Need to win home opener and better win the ones this year they’re supposed to win. Nuff said!!Harlem Nights, the hottest and most exciting oldies par-tay returns for its final showcase of the season on Friday, September 27th  at 3 Lakes Golf Course. This year’s finale will, as always, feature the United Rays Corvette Club, MAD Dad’s Inc., the Dance Masters Roland and Bill Ford and their dance companies and a special salute to honor the legend Sly Jock. Doors open for line dancers early, set at 8:00 p.m., with Roland Ford spinning the jams and the par-tay goes on till 1:00.  $10 donation will benefit The Champions Toys for Tots Christmas Party and Toy Giveaway. Free parking – cash bar – cash kitchen – 50/50 – in house photographer and dancin . . . dancin . . . dancin!!! (Special note:  Please bring an unwrapped toy or new clothing item for children 5-15 years old – – – no you don’t get a discount at the door, but you’ll feel better for doing it.)~ You’ve Now Crossed the Finish Line ~last_img read more