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Jerelyn Biehl – The Sperry Local Ambassador 2019

All those who become Sperry local ambassadors are passionate about sailing. They are keen to share their passion with others so that they can get out on the water. They also try to support the growth of sailing in this way. Sperry and US sailing have united to provide recognition to the local sailors who have made contributions in their respective communities of the sport.

Jerelyn Biehl has become the Sperry Local Ambassador for the US Junior Doublehanded Championship for Women 2019. The championship is being hosted by the San Diego Yacht Club. This year’s Women’s US Junior Doublehanded Championship has already started from 20th July and it will end on 24th July. Continue reading Jerelyn Biehl – The Sperry Local Ambassador 2019

Jean-Luc To Reach Finishing Line Of GGR

All eyes are on Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, the main contender of Golden Globe Race. He nears the end of it, ahead of all other contestants. As on January 27th, he was 204 miles away from the finish line and he is expected to reach home shores on Tuesday, January 29th at Les Sables d’Olonne where a welcome party awaits him. The Frenchman, 73 years of age, has been in the leading position in this race since the race reached Cape of Good Hope around August 23rd, 2018. He has since then been in the lead with his yacht Matmut which is of Rustler 36 design. The initial lead between him and the next contestant was of 2000 miles. However he suffered a loss when his boat capsized and his mast was damaged on November 8th, about 1900 miles off in the west direction of Cape Horn.

His rival, Mark Slats, a Dutch sailor, 41 years of age, has been catching up with another Rustler 36. Jean-Luc had to suffer an 18-hour penalty of time for his actions. His mast has remained damaged since then and he has had to continue with the same for the remaining part of the race miles.
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Now You Can Sail On Saturday Mornings

Have you ever wondered what special you can do on a winter Saturday morning? Yes, you can sail! Else, you can come and hang out with the different sailors who specialize in frostbite sailing. The volunteers for the race committee is always an open task and this can be an amazing way to gain some experience and some contacts with some of the most powerful racers on the planet.

The Club is hosting the frostbite racing in Manhattan for the third year now, and this is going stronger than ever. The dinghy docks which are meant to be an all-purpose thingy have been moved to the position. Both the volunteers and the sailors gather at the Club sharp at around 9:30 am on a Saturday morning. The boats will be rigged later on and a few races in the bitter cold will be held.
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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.

Autumn Sailing Series 2017 For Belfast Lough

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.