Ngalawa Cup July 2016 - The Training

The Ngalawa Cup July edition is about to begin. Follow the teams as they meet the boats and venture out into the ocean as they test their sailing mettle with a hollowed out tree and an oversized hanky. 

Here's the latest on the training as they gear up to race day: Thursday 7th July.  

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It's all heating up now:

A race for 5th position on training day 3

A race for 5th position on training day 3

It's a race within a race for Yacht Club Americano and Usain Boat.


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Team Unsinkable 2 took a wee tow across the reef but it looks like it's going to be plain sailing towards Rukyira without any more gybing shenanigans. 


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Make that two sunken ships and this is just the training:

Heaven help them when they hit open ocean.


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The Fakawi (South African) team sailed too close on the windward side of mangroves.

They almost capsized but saved it with heroic diving off the boat and hanging onto the outriggers.
— Dylan, Race Chief

A close shave boys, hang on in there.


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Olof and Martin's skills with the Ngalawa have so impressed our local captain consultant Mfaume, he's taken to calling them 'albino Tanzanians'. 


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Kayak Team 1 are leading the fleet to Rukyira.

Kayak Team 1 are leading the fleet to Rukyira.

Captain Mfaume, our local man, afloat has pegged them his favourites to win.


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Today went well. We’re stuck inside the bay to give teams more time to get the basics right before throwing them into the big rolling swells. Tonight, we’re going to eat goat and have a party.

Tomorrow morning, we’ll do the Man Over Board drill.
— Dylan, Race Chief

Man-over-board drill the morning after a stonking party? Sounds like an excellent formula.


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It's going well according so far. Apart from the weather:

The teams are getting to grips with their Ngalawa. Some are cooly confident, some cocky, and some downright terrified.

The breeze is building so there is hope for more excitement. We’re sticking in the flat water in the bay today but we can see the surf lifting and breaking on the reef as a reminder of what’s in store tomorrow.
— Simon, Race Crew

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Oh dear. The wind isn't didn't get the itinerary and has scuppered the days training plans. The teams are anchoring the boats back at the harbour and heading our early tomorrow to Rukyira Bay. 


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What a difference an hour makes. Here's 3 Amigos ready to go and fresh from training on the left. The right is er... an hour later. 

This is what the training days were invented for. 


Sailor meets boats and boats meet sailors.  Alas it all looks rather easy on land. 

Boat prep going well #ngalawacup #sail #adventure #sailing #kilwa #tanzania #theadventurist

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Veteran of the Pioneer edition, Eben Stolz returned to join our crew for the January Edition. He's quite a good chap to ask for his impressions of the race to come:

“The coastline is beautiful, the water is beautiful... I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants a real adventure. See what it’s like to let your survival instinct take over.”
— Eben
 
 

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What are they attempting? Well, this is the video from last July:

"They are not really designed to be pushed as hard as we're pushing them." A comforting sentiment. 


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