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.
Bernard Stamm’s dream boat the IMOCA 60 Cheminees Poujoulat was recovered few days ago in a dilapidated condition. The yacht was literally into two pieces when the last pieces were being recovered and it was a sorry sight for all. Bernard Stamm the man behind the creation of this boat was naturally very upset when he saw the condition of the yacht. Stamm along with his crew Damien Guillou was rescued on the Christmas Eve and to look on the brighter side no one from the crew went missing. Initially there were no signs of the boat anywhere until recently some parts of it came up and that was when the recovery work started. A video was also taken at the time of the recovery and it clearly shows that the bow and the main hull were detached from each other.
The boat is beyond its repairing stage and more importantly it has been broken down into two pieces. While recovering the yacht many small parts were found and that means the boat is completely destroyed. When asked about what his reactions were when he saw the video if the recovery of IMOCA 60 Bernard Stamm said that it was really unfortunate and such things should never happen to anyone. He was glad that none of the crew members had any serious trouble. He also pointed out to the fact that the watertight bulkheads were a great help for them during the incident and it is absolutely necessary for all the yachts to have such a feature for any kind of unforeseen incidents. About the video he said that it is really sad to see such a thing when it was once a dream. He also added that it would be difficult for him to set sail again at least for the time being.
It’s again the time to felicitate the sailors who have dazzled the championships last year with their impressive sailing feats. Sail Canada Directorial Board has recently announced the fortunate recipients of Sail Canada 2013 awards.
The top female athlete (Skipper’s Plan) for 2013 award went to Isabella Bertold, whereas, John MacRoberts and Jackie Gay were felicitated with the top male athlete (Skipper’s Plan) for 2013 honor.
Evert Bastet has been awarded with the top Volunteer for 2013 award. Rob Frost won the award of the best coach of the year and Jenn Grierson has been honored as the best instructor for the year.
The Bill Burk Youth Elite Memorial award for top male sailor of 2013 went to Sandy Beatty while Corinne Peters received the honor of being the best female sailor of the year.
Eric Holden is felicitated with Gerry Roufs Trophy.
Marvin McDill Memorial Awards has been a prestigious trophy in the list of Sail Canada Awards. This year the trophy was presented to the two most deserving candidates- Jacob C Saunders and Graeme C Saunders.
The Nepean Sail Club has received the esteemed William Abbott Trophy for coming up with the best sailing training program for 2013.
The award for Best Recreation Event is one of the most awaited awards every year. This year, the Sail All event organized by Lunenburg Yachting Club has been felicitated as the most Recreational Event honor for 2013.
Kingston City Regatta 2013 award is conferred on Canadian Optimist Dinghy Championship that was organized by Royal Saint Lawrence Yachting Club.
The most awaited award of the year is surely the best sailor honor. The finalists for Rolex Sailor for 2013 are Terry McLaughlin and Royal Canadian Yachting Club Team, Al Clark, John McRoberts and Jackie Gay. The best sailor award would be revealed on 28th of February, in Toronto.
Royal Yachting Association (RYA) is actually the national organization based in United Kingdom that oversees activities such as sailing, motor cruising, windsurfing, power boating etc. RYA organizes Volunteer Awards each year to appreciate the hard work that is done by volunteers who belong to the different parts of UK.
This year the Volunteer Awards were held on the 21st of November at One Great George Street in London. Around forty-three awards in the categories like RYA Award, RYA Family Award, RYA Community Awards etc were presented to the outstanding individuals who had contributed to the world of yachting in any way possible.
The RYA Outstanding Contribution Award was presented to David Franks (sailor from Cowes) by the HRH Royal Princess Anne. David Franks received the award because of the work that he has done for the Etchells Association. He first joined the General Committee of Etchells Association in the year 2008 at a time when the UK fleet was planning to cancel all yachting events because the fleet lacked numbers. However, David undertook a campaign to strengthen the UK fleet.
Today, the racing fleet of Etchells Association does not only contain the reenergized traditional sailors but also young sailors who have become associated with sailing in an unconditional way. The credit for all this goes to David Franks.
In the year 2011, David put forward the idea of keelboats which will be fully-funded for the sailors who were under twenty-four years of age. He even organized funds single-handedly to start the Etchells RYA Youth Trials in the year 2012.
Sarah Treseder- Chief Executive of RYA said that she was very delighted that David’s enthusiasm for sailing and his absolute contribution to the sport was recognized and appreciated through the award. She thinks that all the winners are an inspiration to every person associated with sailing.
PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic is considered to be the most popular yacht race which attracts around more than 200 yachts every year for a grand start off in Auckland (Devonport Wharf). The race ends around 119 NM later in the Bay of Islands (Russell). PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic popularly known as the Coastal is the icebreaker race for a number of sailors.
Today (25th October, 2013) around 160 yachts departed from the start line in Devonport Wharf at ten in the morning. The weather condition during the start of the race was sunny and fine and with the help of the swift North-Wester winds all the yachts got a good start as they began the 119 NM race towards Russell in the spirit of healthy competition.
Team Australia and Team Vodafone were the only two sailing teams who were able to acquire a leading position in the race just about three and half hours later. Both the teams had crossed Sail Rock. But Team Vodafone was around 6 minutes ahead of Team Australia. Team Vodafone is a sailing team that is based in New Zealand. On the other hand, Team Australia had just claimed a Trans Tasman speed record just before it arrived 6 days ago in the country to participate in the Coastal Classic.
The team that was in the third position at this time was Team Giacomo, followed by Team Taeping which had acquired the fourth position at the same time. There are chances that these frontrunners will reach the finish line by around 5pm in the evening. However, it is unlikely that any Team will be able to set a new record.
Audi A1 is a feature prize of this race. Along with that marine and technological gears can be won by the teams which will be provided by the major sponsors of Coastal Classic.