V70 True North sailing in St Lucia Jan 5-7 2013

‘Awesome’ is one of the most overused adjective in any teenager’s vocabulary, but after sailing on the 70m racing yacht ‘True North’ on Jan 6th, members of the St Lucia Yacht Club Youth Sailing Program declared it was the only word to describe the experience. A team of young sailors from the IGY-sponsored programme participated in a 2 hour sail on Sunday morning and the trip was referred to as “unbelievable’ by one of the young sailors from the Gros Islet area.

Over the course of two days, Captain Alistair Moore and crew of the Volvo Open 70, which is travelling the world as part of Dubai’s promotional campaign to host World Expo 2020, treated three groups of 20 passengers to an unforgettable sail in the Martinique channel, and the buzz around the yachting community in Rodney Bay and online was frenetic. The US$5 million dollar boat hit speeds ranging from 17 to 28 knots, which in sailing terms is equivalent to 33 miles per hour (or warp speed to the uninitiated!), and some lucky passengers even took a turn at ‘driving’ in up to 4m waves.

From Jan12 Press Release to St Lucia media

 

Incredible photos by Dmitri, SLYC member