Sexagenarian Grandmother of three, Eileen SKELLY is causing quite a stir in the media, with a full page spread in the British broadsheet the Daily Telegraph and expected coverage on national radio and TV in the coming days and weeks. Her transatlantic race on Liverpool 08 in the Clipper 05-06 Round the World Yacht Race is attracting something of a cult following with the Race Press Office inundated with messages of interest and well wishes cheering on the inspirational Eileen.
That Eileen is turning in to such a media starlet is no surprise: an ambitious and adventurous woman with bags of energy and a love for life, she does not see herself resting after this epic adventure. With dreams of climbing Mt Kilimanjaro and back-packing across New Zealand her star is certainly on the rise.
For the full 'Grandma Crashing The Ocean Waves' article from the Daily Telegraph written by Andrew BAKER CLICK HERE.
Sailors arriving in Rio are starting to enjoy the atmosphere of this great city. People dancing in the street and making every day a day to smile... Brazilian character is spreading among the Olympic family and promises emotions at the highest level at South America's first Olympics.
The Finn is one of the most physical and tactical sailboats in the world. The brutal pumping technique the sailors use downwind in breeze requires both extreme strength and incredible finesse. With a hull weight of 107kg, just moving the boat around the boat park takes a bit of effort.
Hyper competitive. The Laser Radial fleet never fail to bring the action. Like the Laser, the Laser Radial is an easy boat to sail badly. Racing the Radial at the top level requires a very high level of core fitness in order to endure the hiking and body-torque techniques essential to get the boat moving fast. Radial sailing also requires a tactical mind as championships are some of the closest on the Olympic sailing circuit, often coming down to the very last minute.
The Rio 2016 One Person Dinghy (Laser) fleet will welcome a bumper 46 boats, making it the largest fleet at the Olympic Games.
Laser sailing will see some of the closest, compact racing of any of the Olympic fleets with each sailor receiving a supplied boat, ensuring an even playing field. With races scheduled for inside and outside Guanabara Bay, it will see the best all-round sailor conquer.
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