Sailing the Optimist dinghy

Today I came across a nice picture that shows the parts of the Optimist dinghy.

Optimist parts

I’ve never knew the English terminology, and I pretty much forgot most of the terminology in Russian as well.  But it’s a nice reminder of my childhood.  I’ve spent years sailing this boat when I was a kid.  Here are the a couple of pictures of me doing just that.

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Sailing

Fun times!

Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image

From the about page:

The ‘Mirabaud Yacht Racing Image’ is a yearly photographic contest and exhibition. It seeks to recognise the very best yacht racing image taken during the year, and that which best represents the essence and excitement of yacht racing as a sport.

Regardless of whether or not you are into sailing, photography, or sports – you will be amazed by some of the images in that contest.  It’s not one of those Flickr photo groups where you’d just scroll through.  This one will pause you, will make you look closely, and enjoy.

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Amerigo Vespucchi

As mentioned earlier, I got a chance to see a beautiful ship Amerigo Vespucci docked in Limassol port last weekend.  I’ve taken a few pictures, which, unfortunately, don’t do the ship any justice.  The real thing is quite something.

Update: I’ve also uploaded these pictures to Flickr.

Amerigo Vespucci to dock in Limassol

Cyprus Mail reports that a beautiful Italian ship “Amerigo Vespucci” will dock in Limassol for four days, starting this Friday.

THE ITALIAN navy training ship “Amerigo Vespucci” will dock in Limassol on Friday for four days during which it will be open to the public Friday, Saturday and Sunday .

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The Amerigo Vespucci has 26 sails and can reach a speed of 12 knots and often takes part in Tall Ship races.  The vessel usually carries around 450 people during training voyages.

 

Coach

I met my yachting coach today.

I don’t remember if I blogged about it, so I’ll mention it here. I used to do a lot of sailing back when I was a kid. I never got up to a professional level, but never-the-less I got good enough to participate in a few competitions here and there.

I almost forgot (until today that is) that yachting was a big part of my life a few years ago. There were summers when I spent entire days in the club.

It was fun. It was a perfect mix of physical training, water sports, and social life. And, of course, the good part of it all being fun was due to my coach.

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