Alinghi returns to defend Extreme Sailing Series™ title in 2017

Thursday, 09 February 2017

Following an epic victory in 2016, Swiss sailing team Alinghi have announced its return to the Extreme Sailing Series™ in 2017 in defence of its title.

Last year’s season-long battle with arch-rivals Oman Air saw the fight go right down to the wire with the Swiss team’s season victory only confirmed in the penultimate race of the final Act, and now the team return for another slice of the action.

“The Extreme Sailing Series never fails to deliver a great circuit where there is an ever-increasingly good balance between sport and spectacle,” said Ernesto Bertarelli, Team Principal, co-skipper and co-helm of the team, which has won the America’s Cup twice.

“Being the defending champions, we know that we have our work cut out, because we have become the ones to beat, but also because – and this is what makes the Series so good – the standard of all of our competitors is so high,” added the Swiss businessman and philanthropist, whose team has now won the Extreme Sailing Series three times.

Bertarelli knows how to build championship-winning sailing teams and Arnaud Psarofaghis, who shares the responsibilities as co-skipper and co-helm, believes that there are lots of areas where the Alinghi crew can still improve. “We need to limit the damage of bad races,” commented Psarofaghis. “You need to take risks but in some positions we need to be careful not to throw everything on the table.”

Good knowledge of nutrition must be high on the agenda for catering crews to beat fatigue in seafarers-says MCTC

Crew members must be provided with nutritionally-balanced meals while onboard to avoid high levels of fatigue, says catering training provider Marine Catering Training Consultancy (MCTC) following the findings of InterManager’s recent study into tiredness levels.

InterManager, the trade association for in-house and third party ship managers, together with the Warsash Maritime Academy, recently presented the findings of its fatigue study Project MARTHA, to the International Maritime Organization (IMO).

The report highlights growing levels of fatigue among seafarers, in particular Masters. It also noted that Masters are more overweight compared to other crew members onboard.

Cyprus-based MCTC, which specialises in the training of multi-national crew all over the world on all aspects of cuisine and galley safety, believes it is important for all crew members to be educated on good nutrition so they can build it into their daily lives, both onboard and ashore.

Later this year it plans to hold a workshop for the families of seafarers to ensure good nutrition is also be practised in their home lives.

Managing Director Christian Ioannou said: “I welcome these findings by InterManager and believe it is very important that, as a shipping industry, we work together to combat high fatigue levels in crews. It is crucial that crew members develop good eating habits while they are onboard to ensure high levels of energy to help them complete their daily tasks.

“Stress levels can lead to bad eating habits, which then leads to fatigue and ultimately bad performance. It is the responsibility of the catering department to ensure that the food offered onboard is of high nutritional value and suitable for all nationalities.

“It is important that we look at the root of the problem and ensure we are not only educating the catering staff onboard in relation to healthier eating habits, but also the families of the crew, so that good eating habits continue while the seafarer is at home. We are looking forward to tackling this later this year with a workshop aimed at the families of our client’s seafarers.

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