The 26-strong fleet has reached the Mediterranean after completing races around the Channel as well as the Atlantic coasts of France. The team is here for 6 days to compete in back to back races which will decide the fate of the event. The Sailing Arabia led by Oman Sail squad Thierry Douillard, Mathieu Richard, Stevie Morrison and Abdurrahman Al Mashari are in 5th position on the leader board possessing 396 points, team Reseau Ixio is in 4th place and Lorina Mojito Golfe du Morbihan in 3rd place. Morrison during his travel to the venue said they are very close to where they want to be and working hard to get to the top. He said they have missed quite a few opportunities due to windy weather conditions and feels that the card is yet to fall in the right direction. However, he is highly positive as there are 6 more days left.
The British Olympian said Ali did an excellent job despite facing an accident as he carried on for around 2 hours to fight for his team. It is quite strenuous for the team to lose their bowmen and as a result Abdul has to sail daily now which is quite stressful for him. Abdul has been training with the team for close to one year and has a crucial role to play to make the team achieve victory.
New Zealand is facing some issues ahead of the next America’s Cup, according to reports. They exploited a loophole ahead of the 2013 edition to better their boat’s performance. Their foiling design breakthrough changed the sport till date.
Ahead of the next Cup, the captain Glenn Ashby says it would be difficult to sail any other thing following the advancementswith the boats. There are reports that the Kiwis would have to compromise if their Challenger of Record tries to force their hand. That would be tricky being the hosts.
New Zealand has done well to win the Cup and get more time in the spotlight. Majority of fans reside far from NZ so there are huge financial implications. With the population in NZ, there would be a big hit to spectator sailing – a thing that has become a norm since 2002/03.
From the $20 million spent in Auckland 2002/03, expenses have reached over $200 million when Valencia hosted and around $100 million when Bermuda hosted. For NZ, it would cost a lot to host the show now, in the buildup and in the Cup year. Now hosting the Cup as defending champs is extra load.
They would need to tour, say Asia and Europeto show off the trophy while making money ahead of the Cup itself. A tour like this would mean big monohulls are out. Rather multihulls would be preferable but it would also depend on racing conditions. The perfect sailing conditions of say 30 knots and waves should help extend the raceshows for more financial rewards. NZ would need to sort out all these issues if they want to successful defend and host the oldest international sailing tournament
Three days into the International WASZP Games and Australians are looking a tough nut to crack. The event, hosted by the Campione Univela Sailing Club is reaching its peak as far as competition is concerned. The teams are given a tough fight with each other and everyone is enjoying their stint at Campione.
The Day 3 at the WASZP Games had the perfect sailing conditions with the organizing team trying out new racing formats like drag racing and short Sialom Course in the morning. The lighter sailors were able to extract the most out of the light winds as they were the quickest to get onto the foils. The young Swiss sailors Max Wallenberg and Guillaume Rol gave the professionals are real run for their money. (more…)
One can see the solar boat sailing slowly and smoothly along the river Aguarico, one can hardly hear the sound of two electric motors attached to it.
This is the boat that has been launched on the tributary of Amazon last month in Ecuador. The boat is handover to Achuar country, and it has been named Tapia Tapia “The electric Fish”. However, it is not like it has given this name. The name has been given to the boat, because of all reasons.
Inside the boat, there are operational things present in addition to the solar panel. The name has been given to this is Kara Solar. “Kara is the word taken from Achuar which means premonition. Now the dream has become a reality,” This comment came from Milton Calliera, a representative of the community of Achuar in Jivaro.
The first passenger of the boat, come from the Central America or Amazon region, confirmed that there was the need of river transport present in the region. Presently, the transport mediums are there, but all of them are dependent on fossil fuel. (more…)
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…)