Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards Presented

There is no doubt about who was the boss at the America’s Cup event in Bermuda this June. It was the Team New Zealand all the way and they showed great skills and prowess to beat the Oracle USA Team. This is why there was no surprise when the Emirates Team New Zealand were handed the Executive Travel Sailor of the Year award at the Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards.

If you could recall, the Oracle Team USA were beaten easily by the Emirates Team New Zealand 7-1 in Bermuda and the Americans could not match up to the Kiwi all through the America’s Cup final event. Team New Zealand won back the America’s Cup. They received the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy. The Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards was held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and it was a great gala dinner evening. (more…)

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AkzoNobel dismissed its skipper Simeon Tienpont last week for breach of contract but the sailor contested the move. The case ended with Team AkzoNobel reinstating the disgruntled sailor just hours before the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race.

According to reports Tienpont was granted permission to lead the team on the morning of the stage 1 race. He eventually cast off from Alicante with a crew of seven members. The bulk of the experienced crew remained ashore so a shore team was put together and a sailor borrowed from another squad for the race. (more…)

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