Bella Mente Wins Maxi 72 Worlds

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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

Blind Match Racing Sailing Event

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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

US Prepares For The Olympics

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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

Sequim Bay Yacht Club arranges hospice meet

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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.

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Inland Lake Yachting Association championship to come back

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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.

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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

Coast Guard saves captain who fell off yacht

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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

Yacht Market of China is losing steam

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The wealthiest citizens of China are not a huge fans of yachts. Unlike the mega riches of other nations, they would rather purchase luxury hotels or private planes than buying boats. Once, the Italian Trade Commission figured that just one out of every 318 high-net-worth individuals in the mainland China owns a yacht, and that figure is twenty five in Hong Kong.

Now, the yacht market of China is losing yet another business source. The Chinese firms are casting out luxury boats, as they concern the ownership of this ultimate status symbol would invite unwanted attention in the midst of President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft push.

Showing off in this environment might lead to calamitous outcomes, as luxury is now connected to depravity, a crime which has as of now dragged down over seventy thousand cadres. The market actually slowed down earlier this year, as the top firms feel it is not right to purchase boats. Continue reading