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
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…)
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…)
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.
Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show is being arranged at the Jones Park in Gulfport, this weekend. Well, the daily schedule for the Gulf Coast Yacht and Boat Show goes like this – Today: 10 am to 7 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm and Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm.
The boat and yacht show is considered the biggest boat show in Gulf South Region as well as 1 of the top in the country. Tickets, priced at $10, are now available online. While it is $12 at the gate, and children under twelve years of age can enter the place free.
More than fifty brokers and dealers, 25 boat builders, makers and more than seventy five individual vendors as well as suppliers would be exhibited. Fishing tackle, generators, electronics, water toys, docks and lifts, towing equipment would be among the things on display by the vendors.
The officials of the tournament told that they are not really bothered by the forecast of heavy rain expected across the Coast, looking for a strong crowd. Gulfcoast Yacht and Boat Show, arranged by the Island View Casino and Resorts, started many years ago in Orange Beach and it finally wound up in Gulfport. (more…)
The Wynward Yacht Club of Australia was awarded for its brilliant achievements at the Tasmanian Yachting Awards, 2014 in Hobart. This club had been declared joint winners along with the Sandy Bay Yacht Club.
This award came just after a month after the Coastal club had been declared the Australian Yacht Club of the Year by Yachting Australia and also a week after it had been declared as one of the winners in the Medibank Active Tasmania Awards. Neal Rodwell, who is a commodore at the Wynward Yacht Club is elated at the club’s achievement and says that they definitely did not work to win awards but their aim was to involve people and solve certain concerns. He even said that it felt good to be awarded for the work they did. (more…)