Team New Zealand is pleased with their hand and they have laid their cards on the table.
The team after spending almost a month in hibernation in Auckland got into some racing in Bermuda recently. Till this time, only the chase boat of the team was at spar in mock match races. In Bermuda, the team had its first show after the gap, and Glenn Ashby with his crew impressed the spectators with their first performance on the water. They competed in three matches out of which they got the win three and that included the confidence-boosting win over Artemis. Artemis is the same team who sets the pace and performed well in the initial rounds of the practice racing that was official.
The appearance of Emirates Team New Zealand in the fourth round of practice racing on the final day has been just a week past when the New Zealand team launched its catamaran of the America’s Cup Class (ACC) in Bermuda.
A strong statement was made by Team NZ, dealing with the team of Sweden after their 2nd loss in 17 outings. After competing and getting the win over Artemis, the NZ team Kiwis also got the win over French team Groupama. Continue reading
Winter sailing might sound too difficult in cold weather but for those who brave the weather at this times of the year experience several thrills from such events. Some advantages that winter sailing offers are fewer boats in the waters as most people tend to stay away from this sport at such a time of year. Winds are stronger and lessons at yachting clubs and from professionals come at a discounted rate.
The waters around Bowen Island can be stated as an example. The Indian arm of this region has green fjords that have deep waters as well as waves that toss about in Howe Sound. Even in Vancouver one can find winter sailing to be popular – though not quite as popular as it is in summer in Split. Continue reading
In the world, Florida has three largest cruise ships. But, Royal Caribbean called Florida home.
The vessel of Quantum-class Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Anthem of the Sea are said they are among the best in the industry, but till date it has mainly called either the China or New York. But, now the turn has come to Australia. Seas Royal Caribbean Ovation will not make debut in Australia and will call Australia it home.
Ovation of the Seas, made its debut in April and in this week itself it made debut in Sydney. This vessel will be largest ever vessel sailed in Australia. The vessel has the capacity of holding 4,180-passenger and it has been built exclusively for market in China. It has been sailing from China, Tianjin and City of port near Beijing; it is sailing at these places since June.
Vice President of Royal Caribbean International Gavin Smith said “We arrived in Australia in 2007 and since we have arrived cruising have increased in Australia, but with the introduction of Royal Caribbean Australian cruising is breaking all its boundaries.” Continue reading
The 27th edition of the Rolex 72 World Championship and Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup has concluded and there was a steadier breeze of 10 to 12 knots on the final day to assist the sailors. Most of the division’s results were decided on the final day of the event.
The Maxi 72 World Championship title went to Hap Fauth’s Bella Mente. She had dominated right from the onset and gave another strong performance in the last day to win the title. She went on to register a third place in the final race and this was enough to get her name inscribed on the trophy for the second consecutive year. The second place went to Proteus with its owner George Sakellaris at the helm. The third place was bagged by Germany’s Momo. Continue reading
The blind match racing sailing event that was scheduled from September 21st 2016 had to be delayed for several days as the teams had to wait for the fog to clear out and the wind to pick up.
There were five teams contesting that comprised of teams from Canada, Israel, Great Britain and United States. The world championship finally starts on Friday. The British team consisted of skipper Vicki
, who was at the helm of the boat and the team emerged as an early leader as they won all the matches.
She stated that the conditions were congenial for the match. With the perfect wind strength and a little amount of disturbance in the water and waves the sailing was lovely. This dominant team practiced about three days before the contest on Friday. Vicki also credited the Blind Sailing program that offered them a glimpse of how teamwork can be achieved in a seamless manner even without proper vision. Continue reading
With Rio games round the corner, there is much excitement and preparation in the air. For those who have already been part of such events and won accolades for the same, it is time that they inspire those who are getting ready for the epic battles.
One such authority figure is Josh Adams, who is managing director of the US Olympic Sailing Association. He has recently penned an open letter to all US sailors who have qualified for the event.
He states that the sailors who would be marching up the lines as part of the country’s Olympic sailing team need to be confident that they have put into rigorous preparations in order to be competent for the event. The Olympic quadrennial that was created by team Sperry helped the sailors to experience the kind of environment they would be facing in the Rio games. Continue reading
The second week of this month will see the twenty-third Sequim Bay Yacht Club Reach for Hospice Regatta. The race will take place on Sequim Bay, on 12th Sep, Saturday, beginning at noon, with a skippers’ meeting at 10:30 am.
In this event, the Sequim Bay Yacht Club has secured over US$ 256000 for the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County. All are asked to see it from the John Wayne Marina as the sailors channelize their boats for position at beginning line and battle for the lead. Several starts for class A racing, class B cruising, as well as class C for boats twenty feet and under are programmed.
VHOCC offers care targeted at education, support and symptom management for those families and individuals facing the emotional and physical disputes of a terminal illness. Eight nurses, as well as around hundred-and-fifty volunteers, offer care and equipment at no cost to those people getting services. Anyone could serve this effort by sending a tax-deductible donation to VHOCC at 540 E. Eighth St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Mark agrees with Reach for Hospice and, if coveted, the name of a boat you are backing. The top fundraiser of SBYC for many years has been Bob McClinton with his yacht Intrepid. At the age of ninety, he races his boat throughout the year on a regular basis and is a top competitor in racing and fundraising.
The Inland Lake Yachting Association Annual Championship meet comes back to Lake Geneva this year, drawing in well known yacht racing captains and crew members from all across United States to participate in the country’s top lake sailing event of 2016.
The meet, the 2nd of a 3-year series at Lake Geneva, is prepared by the Inland Lake Yachting Association and hosted by the Lake Geneva Yacht Club (one of the oldest yacht clubs in U.S. founded in 1874), at the newly built Buddy Melges Sailing Center.
The Inland Lake Yachting Association meet last year was the very first top sailing event that took place at the new sailing center. It drew in well known and experienced sailors from New Jersey, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Florida. Continue reading
On Wednesday, the Coast Guard rescued a captain who fell off a ninety five foot yacht. The officials of the Coast Guard stated that he fell overboard from the vessel around ten miles off Nassau. Crews coming back to Miami were able to attain him after they caught a mayday call coming from the vessel named “Contessa.”
Once they found out the captain, they were able to ran him up to safety and then treat him for minor wounds. After that the captain was taken to Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau.
Meanwhile, Elisha McCallion, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, became a part of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race founder and chairman Sir Robin Knox-Johnston for the naming event of Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht entry in 2015-16 season.
The event at race’s Gosport headquarters located in Portsmouth Harbour also watched the yacht’s captain named as thirty one year old Daniel Smith from Scotland. Daniel is an experienced instructor and yachtsman he would lead the team on its forty thousand mile, eleven month ocean race series that gets underway on 30th August, from London. Continue reading