On Day 11 of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the fleet is in an interesting space following the crossing of the equator. The North Easterly trade winds as expected have arrived. The top three sides on the fleet remain unchanged with Qingdao still in the lead. However, Dare To Lead is following closely in second place, just two nautical miles behind.
The captain of Qingdao Chris Kobusch says they are excited that the wind is here and they get to sail at 10+ knots towards Sanya. He adds that they would have to navigate a few islands littered across the next 300 nautical miles. He says he hopes to return someday to those islands on another occasion to dive as the sights and experiences would be spectacular.
Continue reading CLIPPER RACE: TRADE WINDS FINALLY ARRIVES
Freak weather conditions deter the Autumn Sailing Series 2017 for Belfast Lough. This is a sailing tournament that is usually sponsored by Mackey Opticians. There was a sad finale that happened to this tournament yesterday as Storm Brian played spoil sport for the same. There was an initial plan to run two consecutive races as per Ruan O’Tiarnaigh who was the presiding race officer. However, only three out of the proposed six races could be concluded. This was due to the effects of Storm Ophelia, which happened on Sunday morning as well as the windless days that preceded it. However, fleet was able to make use of the 30 knots steady wind conditions that existed in between. As a result a close race was achieved in the three races that took place.
The race was ended with three races as it was decided that it is important that none of the boats get damaged. IRC handicap was applied for different sizes and classes of vessels such as the First 40 Giggle, 38 foot Indigo, 44 foot Hanse Grey Goose and so forth. These vessels competed against smaller vessels as well. Some boats were manned by young crew members, among them Stratus Sailing won in a certain class by three points.
There was a Belfast Lough Quarter Ton class as well, which had a good turnout considering the weather and water conditions. There was a Sigma class that had close racing as well. Overall, therewere quite a lot of close races as the overall race duration was reduced. However, if the weather conditions were better viewers would have had a better experience witnessing the vessels competing against each other. However, as sailing goes, it has been forever dependent on weather which remains unpredictable at best and forecasts are accurate only when the series is already finalized.
Regional Development Officer and Coordinator of Irish Sailing for the Women Gail MacAllister, on the Water Ireland (WOWI) program had a talk with Helen Cooney.
In her talk, she discussed about how the program is executed at the National Yacht Club (NYC).
The program WOWI was launched by the Irish Sailing in 2011 with an objective to create more opportunities for women to train, learn and compete on the water. After the introduction of this program, a number of women from all over the country have been introduced to sailing. And the only person who is heading this program is Helen Cooney; she is also a volunteer from the National Yacht Club (NYC).
Helen did not have any sailing background, but at the age of 14, she started sailing in a Mirror dinghy in Lough Derg Yacht Club. Form her experience only she is aware that this could be a great family sport.
Helen acted as the Junior Organiser in the NYC for many years; she worked as a physiotherapist and did a great job in bringing up the young families in the sailing. Still, she feels the need of women encouragement in the world of sailing and this made her to take the WOWI program. Continue reading Women Love For Sailing At NYC According To Gail MacAllister
The two practice sessions that have been held in the Bermuda waters in preparation for the America’s Cup 35th series have seen Artemis Racing staying in strong form.
The Great Sound of Bermuda is the venue for the event as well as the practice sessions that have been held. For the Artemis Racing team comprising of Iain Percy as skipper along with his mates on Magic Blue catamaran, have been emerging as strong contenders for America’s Cup. They hold onto the memory of their crew member, Andrew Simpson aka Bart, who is no longer with them as he was killed in a training accident that occurred about four years back.
Artemis team would be sailing with Simpson in their mind and they are currently working on sea legs that they did not develop when they took part in the regatta event of 2013. Continue reading Artemis Team In Extreme Series
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society organized the 2016th edition of Leukemia Cup Regattas with objective spread awareness about Leukemia disease and to raise funds for the cause.
At the regatta over 100 sailors represented who were among the top fundraisers.
The event held on 3rd December and participants who took part in sailing; sailed in PHRF boats that belonged to Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club and Harbor 20s. The event took place in Newport Beach, CA. As the objective of the event to spread awareness about disease, Leukemia, so participants also learned some information about it.
Wes Selby, who owned TNT, a 1D48 won the championship. Crew members of TNT were Columbia Yacht Club of Chicago John Boyle and Linda Zager, Great Lakes Yacht Club St. Clair Shores Allison Frantz and Trey Rose, Charleston Ocean Racing of Charleston, William Jones, Canyon Lake Yacht Club of Lake Canyon Ray Leubner, North Star Sailing Club of Harrison Township, Cruz Schroeder, Cleveland Yachting Club of Cleveland Tom Purdy, and Bahia Corinthian YC of Newport Beach Ted O’Connor. Continue reading 2016 Leukemia Cup Regatta Completed
The very first edition of the sail Maldives yacht rally is going to start soon. The venue is ready and the Indian Ocean is archipelago is all set to welcome participants of this rally. This will be one of the most exotic and spectacular event for participants.
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Sailing teams were not without challenges as the week of races have started for them in the Rio Olympics games. The US team in Rio de Janeiro had been preparing for months in order to get familiar with the tidal cycles and wind patterns in the Guanabara Bay. On the second day of racing the team experienced light wind that made it difficult for the races to begin. The early races in the five different categories were defined by tactical parameters that were treacherous. The races on the second day took place in the Guanabara Bay area.
Caleb Paine from San Diego
struggled in the early stages on this day, but he was able to make a good comeback on the opening race in the heavyweight Finn class for men. He stated that the race was exciting as the breeze was coming in from both directions and it would die down and build up again. He is a champion in the Sailing World Cup series
was definitely able to meet the exhilarating parameters of the race. Continue reading US Teams And Their Challenges
Hodgdon Yacht Services, the Hodgdon division that is committed to refit, repair and maintenance services of recreational yachts and boats, recently acquitted refit and repair work on 46.9 meter ketch Asolare at the facilities in Boothbay in Maine.
Started in the year 2003 by Hodgdon Yachts, Bruce King designed vessel, with interior design by Winch Design, was the largest cold-molded yacht ever made at that time. Hodgdon chief executive officer and President Timothy Hodgdon, said that as the real builders of Asolare, they are happy that they were able to complete this important repair work.
The company’s link to this yacht – combined with their technical expertise – uniquely positioned them for the execution of this project.
The work included substitute of the mizen mast, fixes to the astern cabin and deck regions, extensive sustentation to the sea water, electrical power, hydraulic as well as mechanical systems, along with a climb to the computerized sail handling checks.
Continue reading Hodgdon Yacht Refit brings in ‘new’ Sailing Yacht Asolare
Johann Buttigieg, the MEPA chief executive officer, told that this night that he could not omit the probable evolution of a yacht marina at Zonqor Point – the place identified by the MEPA for American University of Malta project – if Local Plans stays unaltered. As such, he could also not boot out that the building height might increase to a maximum of 10 stories as a result.
Mr Buttigieg was being asked in another meet of Parliamentary Environment Committee, led by PL MP Marlene Farrugia, who had earlier objected to the use of the ODZ land for this project. The CEO of MEPA also stated that the Sadeen group had not yet went for the project. No Environmental Impact Assessment had yet been executed as of now.
Mr Buttigieg was told to report why the government chose for Zonqor and Cospicua places when the report of the site selection had identified other suitable places, including a 29000 site in Tarxien. Mr Buttigieg reported that the places were assessed on archaeological as well as ecological basis. At this point this was a desktop study. After the site was chosen experts (such as the guys who specialise in Yacht Rental Greek Islands) would come in and could decide that the site was not suitable after all.
Ambjent Ahjar’s John Cauchi stated that he saw no coherent progress between the place selection as well as the final choice. He stated that Fort St Rocco could be a great candidate site, mainly when it is melded with nearby places. Dock No. 1 has less than half of the region then the Forti Saint Rocco.
Andrey Melnichenko, a Russian billionaire and businessman, likes to charge yachts which are not like anything that have ever been made before. He began with a magnificent, 390-foot yacht which was designed by the Philippe Starck and made by Blohm + Voss in Germany.
It was introduced in the year 2008, was bruited to cost roughly around US$ 300 million dollars, and is just called A. It has room for fourteen invitees and up to thirty-seven crew.
But Motor Vessel A is quite small if we compare it to Melnichenko’s newest Starck-designed statement yacht. The Sailing Yacht A was launched in Germany recently and is astonishing in its proportions as well as price tag (reportedly well more than US$400 million dollars).
It assesses 468 feet long, its 3, free standing masts are well more than three-hundred feet tall, and as you can see, this is quite a…sight. Once they set the sails, it would technically be one of the biggest sailing vessels in the world for Melnichenko as well as up to twenty guests to enjoy.
Meanwhile, a thirty foot yacht rammed on to rocks at the Waiheke Island with 2 people on board. Coastguard Operations Centre’s Johnny Clough told that the two people on board had suffered bruises and cuts in the mishap. People on board put out a mayday alert around 6.15 pm yesterday as well as 2 Coastguard vessels replied. Mr Clough told that the boat had hit rocks near Park Point. He told that the conditions were testing. It was quite an unusual place to park.