Governor’s Cup Semi-Finals all Set to Start

Following 4 days of racing, the leaderboard of the fifty-third Governor’s Cup for International Youth Match Racing Championship had finally sorted itself and the matches for semi-final stared. However, it was not without any high drama.

The championship’s double round-robin stage where every team sailed against each other twice had been completed by the middle of the afternoon on 19th of July in the conditions that were typical of Southern California with the southwest breeze at a speed of 6-9 knots.


Cruise from India to Dhaka through Sunderbans Started Sailing

The cruise line between Kolkata (India) to Dhaka (Bangladesh) has become a reality now. Recently, the cruise started sailing from a city dock.

The Vice President of company Vinit Arora shared news about the same and said,” The name of this vessel RV Bengal Ganga and it from group Exotic Heritage. The vessel will start sailing this morning and it will be on the 10-day trip having 19 passengers taken to Dhaka.”

Sail Sydney Saw Traditional Breeze On The Second Day Of Race

The summer sea breeze at Sydney is a normal thing and now it has arrived and impacted the third day of Sail Sydney race which is the three-day long race. The Olympic classes morning session took place in easterly breezes north to the north with the speed of 12-14 knots and the session of the afternoon had 16 knots and it was gusting up to 22 on the course of Nacra 17, out of the north ‘east.

The sailing team of Australia Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse tore the mainsail of Nacra 17 horizontally on the second-day race to make a fast move to their course area to the Yacht Club Middle Harbor in the boat of coach to retain the spare.

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.


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.