Oman Sail Team Enters Final Phase

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.
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NZ FACING CHALLENGES AHEAD OF 36TH AMERICA’S CUP

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

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…)

Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

The world of luxury yachting, later this month, would descend on Florida for fifty-fifth Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show that takes place from 30th October and would go on till 3rd November, 2014.

The show exhibitors, this year, include yacht designers, yacht builders, exotic cars as well as brokerage yachts from across the world. Covering 6 places, Fort Lauderdale is the biggest boat show on the yacht calendar: Broward County Convention Center, Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina and The Sails Marina. (more…)

Oracles Boat Under Question After A Great Comeback

Yachting competitions around the globe have its own rules set for the boats taking part in the various competitions. As the technology is changing in every field but this sport has been made sure that the technology does not take away the essence of game out. All the boats that take part are not computer controlled fully and that is the reason why people find this game attractive.

Recently in the American’s Cup the Oracle team is now under one of the biggest criticism in this sport. The New Zealand team has come up claiming that the boat used by the Oracle team was much high in technicality which was decided by the cup organization. This is not the only team who came up with such allegations on the successful team but currently there is a fuss around the cup where everyone seems to be talking about the boat used by the team.

The boat used by Oracle is considered to be the one which was controlled fully by computer. The New Zealand team spokesperson Roger Badham came out saying that he believes the boat was a computer controlled hydraulic auto pilot system. He also came out speaking that if the video footage of his team and Oracle’s team will be checked then everyone will understand that the Oracle team’s rider was not having a single problem in handling his boat easily.

This was the cup where the Oracle team made a great comeback that no one has ever seen in this sport. After being 8-1 down in the cup the team made an elegant comeback to win the cup. After the result of this cup, the fuss about the boat increased and there is a belief that the boat used was surely beyond the class rules of the cup.

Series of delays bangs the new Kelowna Yacht Club

The flags to Kelowna’s new US$ 9.5 million yacht club went up on Tuesday, with some bugs — minor bugs compared to the ones which have delayed the starting of the new building. Mike Terris, the Kelowna Yacht Club Commodore, told that they have had a few difficulties in different regions. Mainly the spiral staircase had to be re-engineered to an extent. That put them back some time.
Still, they are waiting for the final hookup of the elevator. It has been a very long time coming and is not operable as of now. They have got few issues in regards to the bar. They have a very nice glass top which is going in. It has got to be cut and that has been delayed as well. Those 3 issues are quite important ones that have been setting them back a little bit.
The club was actually supposed to start its business from the beginning of this month. It appears that the building not even near its completion. These delays are costing huge losses for the club. They do not have a restaurant going at this time and they are just trying to take it a day at a time — working with their general contract to see when they can finish it up for them.
Now, it is not just new Kelowna Yacht Club which is running behind the fixed schedule. The old club was supposed to be pulled down a long time ago but now everything is on hold because of all the delays at the new club.

The flags to Kelowna’s new US$ 9.5 million yacht club went up on Tuesday, with some bugs — minor bugs compared to the ones which have delayed the starting of the new building. Mike Terris, the Kelowna Yacht Club Commodore, told that they have had a few difficulties in different regions. Mainly the spiral staircase had to be re-engineered to an extent. That put them back some time.

Still, they are waiting for the final hookup of the elevator. It has been a very long time coming and is not operable as of now. They have got few issues in regards to the bar. They have a very nice glass top which is going in. It has got to be cut and that has been delayed as well. Those 3 issues are quite important ones that have been setting them back a little bit.

The club was actually supposed to start its business from the beginning of this month. It appears that the building not even near its completion. These delays are costing huge losses for the club. They do not have a restaurant going at this time and they are just trying to take it a day at a time — working with their general contract to see when they can finish it up for them.

Now, it is not just new Kelowna Yacht Club which is running behind the fixed schedule. The old club was supposed to be pulled down a long time ago but now everything is on hold because of all the delays at the new club.

Solent sailor loses life on board boat after being hit by boom

A sailor has passed away on board a yacht on the Solent as he was hit on the head by the boom of the boat before on Monday at 1 pm. The police department has confirmed that the man, who was in his 30s, has lost his life as a mishap on board of a private yacht. He suffered head injuries and died at the spot. The incident took place off Gurnard Ledge.
The vessel was sailing near Cowes and it was sent out a mayday call just after the mishap and the Cowes Inshore Lifeboat was sent to the marine vehicle. According to reports, a statement by the Marine and Coastguard Agency read: “The police launch, Commander, the Cowes inshore lifeboat and the Solent search and rescue helicopter R104 were in attendance.”
“The helicopter’s winchman was lowered aboard and the casualty was declared deceased on the vessel by the SAR Paramedic. The casualty remained on the yacht to be taken to Trinity Landing at Cowes, where the vessel was received by a coastguard rescue team and Hampshire Police,” added the statement.
It has also been notified that the incident would not be treated as suspicious. The incident happened as the Met Office confirmed Monday was the wettest day of the year in the United Kingdom after a torrential rain.
Meanwhile, the world’s number one showcase for superyachts afloat would be the best ever, with hundred and fifteen magnificent yachts and around thirty luxury tenders as well as an extended exhibit which would arrange the most finest and renowned suppliers to the industry.

A sailor has passed away on board a yacht on the Solent as he was hit on the head by the boom of the boat before on Monday at 1 pm. The police department has confirmed that the man, who was in his 30s, has lost his life as a mishap on board of a private yacht. He suffered head injuries and died at the spot. The incident took place off Gurnard Ledge.

The vessel was sailing near Cowes and it was sent out a mayday call just after the mishap and the Cowes Inshore Lifeboat was sent to the marine vehicle. According to reports, a statement by the Marine and Coastguard Agency read: “The police launch, Commander, the Cowes inshore lifeboat and the Solent search and rescue helicopter R104 were in attendance.”

“The helicopter’s winchman was lowered aboard and the casualty was declared deceased on the vessel by the SAR Paramedic. The casualty remained on the yacht to be taken to Trinity Landing at Cowes, where the vessel was received by a coastguard rescue team and Hampshire Police,” added the statement.

It has also been notified that the incident would not be treated as suspicious. The incident happened as the Met Office confirmed Monday was the wettest day of the year in the United Kingdom after a torrential rain.

Meanwhile, the world’s number one showcase for superyachts afloat would be the best ever, with hundred and fifteen magnificent yachts and around thirty luxury tenders as well as an extended exhibit which would arrange the most finest and renowned suppliers to the industry.

Sophie Weguelin and Eilidh McIntyre bag the silver in World Cup

Talking about their good performance in the World Cup, Sophie Weguelin commented that she was quite pleased to settle for the silver medal with her partner in women’s 470 Eulidh McIntyre at the ISAF Sailing World Cup at the Hyeres in France. Despite bagging that gold was quite the possibility for them at a stage, nevertheless they are quite satisfied with the silver.  McIntyre and Weguelin the only medal for Britain at the regatta, as they sailed the 10 boat medal race, and finished successfully on the podium, at the second position with the silver.

Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh, the current Olympic and world champions bagged the game with a comfortable twelve point’s lead and hence going to the finale, which Weguelin at a stage felt that the kiwi duo could have been overtaken.

Still the second position was a fine take away for the duo, considering that McIntyre had injured her finger during a training back in February, and hence failed to take part in the season’s penultimate World Cup in Palma. Her pin was removed only a couple of days prior to the Hyeres.

Talking about the race Weguelin commented that the race was certainly tough to be a part of and the Americans had a great start, nevertheless they got well away with the race clearly and bagged the silver.

At the beginning, a few of the boats went right back, so it felt at a point that the game could have been bagged by the them, nevertheless their main focus at present was to defend their silver medal.Weguelin further commented that their boat handling was a tad too scrappy and there is a lot more that they now need to work on, but that was kind of natural. This will be first thing that they will be working on this season.