The Youth Sailing World Championships were recently concluded. It comprised of 13 member team from the US.
They were able to secure three medals at this premier regatta for the youth. They secured gold in the category of 420 in the boy’s team as well as silver in the category of the Nacra 15 of the open multihull category. They also won bronze in the Laser Radial category for boys. The performance for the country as a whole was commendable. The youth regatta was held in Auckland, New Zealand and it is felt that the wins were due to several factors having been done right. For instance, the whole sailing community put in their effort to support the athletes. The Olympic development program helped every athlete to improve their skills. The goal is building a foundation on which the future of the US sailing team lies. Malcolm Page is the new sailing chief of the US Olympic division for sailing. He ensured that the right support was given to the youngsters who prepared for the regatta. (more…)
Sailing World Cup Miami was concluded shortly and it definitely tested different teams and partnerships. One such instance was seen amongst the US teams. Two teams formed partnerships in a short time span. There were a total of 450 competitors who were part of the different races of the event. The regatta consisted of ten different Olympic classes for the teams to compete in.
Usually teams are formed from before as a partnership needs to be formed and worked out well before participating in any regatta race. However, this regatta saw an exception when two partnerships were formed in a hurried manner among US teams. They were able to prove their compatibility by Saturday when they achieved good positions as they finished the medal races. This particular race was not without hurdles as the afternoon had shifty and light breezes, making it difficult for the sailors and testing their skills in the Biscayne Bay area of Miami. (more…)
The Battle of Stockholm for the M32 series has started with light winds. The event is held from 8th to the 10th of September 2016 on Riddarfjarden. The leader of the series is GAC Pinder and is in the fine sailing form of late. Even though the 2nd placed team Essiq Racing had a winning start to the Battle of Stockholm, GAC Pinder was able to maintain a 5 point lead over its arch rival after day one. The tables can turn at the end of the M32 series and Essiq racing is a real contender for the title.
The Swedish team, Essiq racing, could not make it count in the 2nd race of the day as they finished in the last position. There was another young Swedish team that proved its mettle and pushed the peddle at the right time to win the 2nd race – see full details here. That team was the Artemis Youth Racing.
Ian Williams on the GAC Pinder looks very confident and comfortable in the Stockholm race and finished as the runner up in the first two races of day one. But, they did not have to wait long to get to winning ways once again. Pinder got the better of Essiq racing in the third race of the day and it was a neck to neck contest. The fourth race was comfortably won by Pinder and Ian Williams. (more…)
The southern Yacht club was able to gain top spot in the Resolute Cup of 2016.
The competition had been for the 2016 Resolute Cup. This championship did not last long till the end as the team that participated from Southern Yacht Club dominated the regatta. The final races that were run did not have to be run by this club as they had a dominant position from the very beginning. The team comprised of Andrew Eagan and Marcus along with another member, Jackson Benvenutti. The championship was sponsored by Melges Performance Sailboats, Helly Hansen and Porsche Cars North America
There were two key honors that the race offered, which consisted of a qualifying spot in the Rolex New York Yacht Club in 2017 and being part of the Silver Fleet. The competitions for these positions were tight to say the least. The Balboa Yacht Club gained second position while the Bay view Yacht Club gained first place in Silver Fleet. For the Southern Yacht Club it was a great win that they could take back home. (more…)
The skipper of Wild Oats XI Mark Richards has come to terms to be the Ambassador for 2017 International 420 World Championships for Fremantle Sailing Club. The sailor has been closely associated with the 420 Class.
The player contributed towards the victory of Wild Oats in 2015 in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht competition for the 8th time and made the records. He was in an FSC to distribute the prizes and trophies to sailors in the World 420 Class Nation Championship. (more…)
Lee Parkhill of RCYC was selected as recipient of Rolex Sailor of the Year of the season – Canada’s prestigious annual sailing award. The man from Oakville was distinguished for his prominent achievements at Pan American Games 2015 as well as the Olympic Test Event this year.
Parkhill assured the bronze in the highly competitory laser fleet at the TO2015, marking the 2nd Laser medal ever for Canada at any Major Games. In the next month, in August, Lee placed fifth overall and won the medal at Rio Olympic Test tournament.
Lee grew up on the sea, sailing with his family members on their very first yacht – a Mirage 24. He raced each Wednesday and Thursday evenings with his father at Oakville Yacht Squadron. He started sailing lessons at the Oakville Yacht Squadron at the age of eight, sailing in an Optimist yacht. His summers were spent running through the CYA Learn to Sail levels.
In the year 2003, at the age of thirteen, Lee sailed in a competitive manner, racing Laser Radials as a member of OYS team. In the year 2006, Parkhill joined the high performance team of Royal Canadian Yacht Club followed by qualification for National team in the year 2009.
A dilapidated yacht has been brought back to safety by volunteers from the Hartlepool RNLI. The thirty-one-foot vessel had endured a power failure on Wednesday afternoon 6 miles from the Hartlepool, off Horden.
The crew members replied to a call from the HM Coastguard, at 5.14 pm, and they launched the station’s the station’s entire weather lifeboat Betty Huntbatch after 7 minutes. They were on the spot at 5.50 pm.
The boat, with 2 male adults on board, had sustained a battery failure, and it was unable to run the engines. Well, she had been there on the passage from River Tyne to Hartlepool and was pulled along to the safety of Kafiga Landings on the Hartlepool Fish Quay.