Australians Leading At International WASZP Games

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…)

Sailing World Cup Miami

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…)

M32 Battle Commences

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…)

Richards To Be The FSC Ambassador

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…)

Dilapidated yacht saved by Hartlepool RNLI

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.

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Brisbane-Gladstone race starts in favorable weather

It has been quite a clean beginning in Moreton Bay for the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race this year, with thirty yachts taking part in the event. The sixty-seventh annual event began in Moreton Bay off Shorncliffe at 11:00 am (AEST).

People on the boat were a bit philosophical regarding the weather, telling the trick might be to get as far north as fast as possible. The organizers expect that the very first yachts would come into the Gladstone Harbor earlier on Saturday afternoon, with the little boats straggling in on Monday. (more…)