A Proud Moment For Canadian Sailing Team

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It was a great achievement for Brenda Bowskill as she made it to the top not only in education but also at her favorite sport. The Olympian and Canadian Sailing Team crew did take part in the event with a lot of enthusiasm, especially after a long gap of not sailing. She mentioned that Long Beach is an excellent spot for sailing. During the training period, the weather was a bit too hot for the sea breeze to set in and hence they had to undergo some mild light air practice as the days were nearing to the regatta. The regatta finally took place on Thursday and the sea breeze started to kick and the team had the majority of races in 14-20 knots. This was indeed a good feeling for Brenda. She positioned to the top of the leader board and was followed by CST fellow crew Sarah Douglas as she was placed 1st and 2nd overall. The Laser Radial sailors did not move from their spots and continued to keep a steady pace throughout the week of the competition. Brenda was overjoyed with her victory and said a few words.

She said it was the best training, especially after her return as she finished her degree to start racing again. She was quite fortunate that things did work well for her and in the same week her results were announced for board examination. She passed as an RN and also won the regatta. Brenda had an excellent week of victory and learning and she is all the more excited about worlds which would come up in no time.
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The 2018 Extreme Sailing Series is set to continue this yearas it has for the past 11 years. The organizers OC Sport have confirmed the 12th consecutive season as one that would feature eight major cities in three continents as part of a global tour.


The proposed continents are America, the Middle East and Europe. The first act is slated for Muscat, Oman in a month’s time. The 2018 edition would see foiling action begin on March 14-17.

Oman Sail CEO David Graham was excited to host the opening act for this campaign. He said they are happy to be the opening act for the eighth time. He was particular about their “world class stadium” that accommodates the hundreds of inbound travellers to see the “very accessible racing action.”

After the GC32 Racing Tour became recognized as a World Championship event last year, the Tour fleets and that of the second point scoring stage of the 2018 Extreme Sailing Series will combine in Lake Garda, Italy from 24 to 27 May. The next stop would be Barcelona, Spain. This is the second time for the host city. The fleet will be headed there from June 14-17 after a short rest.

The local organizers in Spain FNOB are hoping to pull more crowd than before to their end of the circuit. The fleet would then head towards Portugal from 5-8 July at yet to be named venue. The next target would be St Petersburg, Russia on 9-12 August. The venue is the iconic city centre stadium for the fourth time in the series.

As Wales celebrate the ‘Year of the Sea’ they would be the next host. As usual it would be part of the Cardiff Harbour Festival for the seventh time. Upon leaving Europe, San Diego would be the next destination of the fleet from October 18-21. The grand finale is set for Los Cabos, Mexico from November 29 to December 2.

Magic Price Drop To $1,000,000

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The motor yacht Magic (39.62 meter) has been listed for sale along with Moran Yacht & Ship. It has been given the price reduction of a $1,000,000.

The yacht was launched by Northern Marine in 2004. It is an all-GRP semi-displacement yacht featuring a stunning exterior and interior. The exterior and interior work of the yacht has been designed by Setzer Yacht Architects. The yacht has followed the extensive refit in the year 2014 and many new features were added in it. The new features added in the yacht include hardtop of carbon fiber with UV-protected skylights and a platform of hydraulic swim.

There are five rooms present in the yacht, which offer comfortable accommodation for ten guests. The five rooms include one main master suite with all the en suite facilities and four double rooms. All rooms have the facility of en-suite bathroom. The crew quarters of yacht allows seven staff to stay. The shallow draught of 2.03 meters makes the yacht a perfect choice for cruising in Caribbean island. Continue reading

Two Wins For Team NZ In Three Races

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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 Advantages

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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

Australia Home For Royal Caribbean

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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

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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