Winter Storm Delays Cruise Sailing Impacted Many

New York City is tattered by Winter Storm Grayson, it seems almost predictable that at least few of the ships which are set to sail this weekend would be impacted by this. Now talk about the Norwegian Breakaway will be sailed from the midtown Manhattan pier will also see its schedule thrown out of whack by the storm a bit.

How storm will change things?

An alert has been given to travel professionals that the winter storm would result in the return of Breakaway to Manhattan being delayed with the ripple effect impacting the sailing of cruise as well.

The 14 days Breakaway sailing will now reduce to 13-day sailing due to weather condition.

“Due to winter storm Grayson,” according to the notification, “The Norwegian Breakaway will have a postponed arrival in New York on 5th January. Because of this, 14-day cruise of Norwegian Breakaway that was scheduled originally to depart on 5th of January will now start its journey on the 6th of January at 3 p.m. And because of the late arrival of ship on Friday and the continuing weather situation, go on board guests are requested to arrive to the pier in the morning on Saturday morning; all the go on board guests must be on board by 1pm on the same day. This is standard practice followed that Norwegian want all its guests be aboard a minimum of two hours before the ship is set to sail.

This change could prove difficult for guests who would make plans on the supposition that they would be sailing on Friday as originally slated “The guests who are unable to adjust their travel plans can continue to missive Norwegian are welcome to board on the evening of Friday between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.”

Sister Duo Makes Bronze

The sailing sister duo from New Zealand became bronze medalists for the second time in the Aon Youth Sailing Worlds Championship.

The sisters, Greta and Kate Stewart claimed second position in the 29er girls’ class category. They were sailing in home waters of the Hauraki Gulf in Auckland, New Zealand. Indeed, this sailing competition for under 19 sailors took place amidst much global attention as it has become a world class regatta that promotes youth sailors across the world. It is a highly competitive event that has seen several Olympic level sailors emerges from this event.

The pair was awarded the second bronze medal when the prizes were given away and they were happy to have made this achievement at an event that is considered the pinnacle among all events that promote youth sailing. The event was held off the coast of Torbay. The achievements of all sailors were marked and recognized after the five day regatta event came to an end. There were over 380 competitors from different countries as well as supporters and visitors. Continue reading “Sister Duo Makes Bronze”

Successful Conclusion Of Rio Regatta

In the 470 Men sailing race the top three teams that emerged during the initial races were certain to win the medals, but what color was to be decided in the final days. For instance, Igor Marenic and Sime Fantela from Croatia emerged winners from this year’s event and won gold, the first in the country. The race was won by them by keeping a close look at their rivals who were the Britain team of Pavlos and Panagiotis as well as Will Ryan and Mat Belcher of Australia.

With the Croatian team winning the gold, the other two teams were up for the race for silver. The race for silver was initially dominated by Will and Belcher till they slipped and lost time to recover. However, they did make it for silver and the Austrian team had to settle for bronze. Continue reading “Successful Conclusion Of Rio Regatta”

AI For Sailing

Artificial intelligence is no longer part of science-fiction as it is making inroads into technological advancement in different spheres. One such sphere where it is being utilized is in the making of faster boats. A group of engineers in Land Rover unit is working as the British Land Rover team who are working on a faster boat model that would make winning a sailing competition like the America’s Cup  a piece of the pie for the sailors.

With the use of AI the engineers have been working to incorporate the performance data of a boat into its engine system and to understand patterns of the same, so that the replication of the patterns can be done in a boat in order to make it move faster through the waters. Till date the team has been second in the World Series rankings of America’s Cup. They had a podium finish recently in a race that was concluded in Chicago recently. The next competition that is coming up as part of the tournament is in Portsmouth that is an island city. This would be on the forthcoming weekend when the team will try and close the gap in points that exists between them and the New Zealand team of Emirates that is the current leader.

The skipper and principal member of the Land Rover BAR team stated that the AI would give the differential that the team needs in order to win the Cup for the first time for the country. The expertise of machine learning as well as processing of big-data is being used to help co-engineers develop the expertise they need to have the fastest boat for this tournament. The testing revealed that data that is received from the boat sensors was about 16 GB that would fill the memory of an iPhone presently.