Robert Holden wishes to pay back to the sailing community that saved him when he was on the verge to break into the sport. Being a young man from South Africa, he had no access to the sailing sport until he became 25 years old. Since then, he has been working closely for sailors from different countries with no sailing resources or history to keep them going even after completion of the sailing competition. Holden was leading the Emerging Nations Clinic for World Sailing in Corpus Christi last week. There were close to 20 sailors from across the world that approached him to get their craft ready in preparation for the Youth Sailing World Championships this week.
The sailors reached Corpus Christi last week and had to undergo training for 4 days. The sailors are well versed with the basics of sailing since the clinic provides an opportunity to groom their skills further and learn from the world championship competition. Thad Lettsome, the 16 year old sailor from British Virgin Islands took part in China’s Youth World sailing Championships in 2017. Lettsome said the clinic gave him a chance to get accustomed to Corpus Christi. There is no point in learning too much prior to the competition as all you need to do is a bit of fine tuning and get used to sail using big fleets of boats.
Continue reading World Sailing Emerging Nations Clinic Now In Corpus Christi
In the last 24 hours, there has not been a change in the standings at the Clipper 2017/18 Round the World Yacht Race. This is because there has been no change in the weather conditions since yesterday’s gear shift. It has been almost two weeks of steady plain sailing for the competing teams.
PSP Logistics are maintaining their lead for the second straight day. Within the last half a day, they have sailed further 118 nautical miles towards Sanya. The captain of the team Matt Mitchell is pleased with the team’s progress so far. He said the wind is stable and its direction has been very consistent.
Continue reading CLIPPER 17/18 RACE: PSP LOGISTICS MAINTAIN LEAD
Several large families in Saudi Arabia are looking for luxury yacht tours, mainly during short vacations, costing somewhere between SR1500 as well as SR4000. Abdulrahman Abed, who arranges the tours, stated that luxury yachts are comfortable and spacious for several families.
They also offer meals as well as the scope to fish or swim, as per a report in a local publication on Friday. Continue reading Yacht vacations popular in Saudi
The fight for gold in ISAF Sailing World Cup Final 2015 is turning into a classic competition of concentration and skill in Abu Dhabi, with the sport’s top players turning on a magnificent showcase in almost perfect conditions.
The 2nd day of Sailing World Cup grand finale brought offshore breezes of 9 to 13 knots at Abu Dhabi Sailing and Yacht Club, and the cream of the Olympic sailing classes were in their component. It was really another great day for Bryony Shaw of Great Britain, who works closely with Croatia Yacht Charters, who followed up her 2nd spot in the first of the 3 races with win in the past to hold a 2-point overall lead from Flavia Tartaglini of Italy, the second race winner.
Shaw said that it was about keeping all the things simple and also minimizing mistakes, as she made a few today. They might have a different breeze tomorrow. Therefore, she would be racing smart and keeping her energy levels as good as they could be.
This is appearing to be one of the most competitory of the 8 Olympic sailing classes being contended in the UAE capital’s World Cup meet that is sponsored by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and ADS Securities. Patricia Freitas of Brazil is another with her espies still on World Cup gold following a win in the starting race served her to 3rd at the end of the day.
Racing is in motion for BVI Sailing Festival with Round Tortola Race for Nanny Cay Cup. The White horses stippled Sir Francis Drake Channel as the ardent trade winds gave magnificent conditions for the thirty five participating yachts.
At the beginning off Nanny Cay, the yachts catered to windward, bringing the lifts from southern shore before checking sheets at Beef Island. Adjusting downwind sails for the long reach with the magnificent northern shore the fleet got a taste of Atlantic; dwelling on ocean waves, and making it Plain Sailing. Continue reading Spookie snatches Round Tortola Race
The newest entry level yacht of Gulf Craft, Majesty 48 has made its debut and arrived in Thailand. This happened just when Thailand is all set to host one of its grand and majestic boating events, the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show, which is scheduled to be held from the 27th to 30th of November, 2014.
The Majesty 48 contains all the remarkable features and also has a unique appearance. In fact its interior design is fresh and modern and there is also a cock pit area along with a fly bridge that is highly spacious. This is user friendly and can be conveniently owner managed. It has been designed with a purpose to attract first time yacht buyers. Continue reading Majesty 48 makes its debut
St Annes Beach situated in England was considered to be the spiritual home of the sport-sand yachting. But due to the unfortunate death of Carole Cruz who was hit by a sand yacht in the year 2002 at the beach, sand yachting was banned in this Lancashire beach.
However, the authorities are planning to remove the ban on the sport and reintroduce it in the area. On the 18th and 19th of October, 2014 test trial of sand yachting is going to be carried out and the sport will make its comeback after around twelve years if the officials of the Flyde Council are happy with all the basic arrangements.
Business leaders and traders belonging to the region are of the opinion that the return of sand yachting will give the necessary boost to not only the Flyde coast but also the tourism industry in Lancashire.
According to John Moxham (member of the St Annes Chamber of Trade) sand yachting’s initial impact would be considerably small but its impact would grow slowly and slowly. He thinks that sand yachting will take sometime to reach its fullest potentials. Moxham hopes that one day sand yachting at St Annes Beach would become an international event and people from all over the world would come to participate in it.
Trax Windsports’s owner- Eddie Sloane said that sand yachting will obviously have a positive impact as young people will get an opportunity to be involved in the sport. But he thinks sand yachting should be made sustainable and safe so that each and every person can get a chance to enjoy the beach and its beauty in the best possible way.
The sand yachting demonstration event that is going to take place in the month of October, 2014 is going to be organized by the York Landyacht Club.
In the past eleven times, the Morgan Cup Invitational Team Race was either won by Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club or host New York Yacht Club. Now, the Newport Harbor Yacht Club ensured that it would not happen in this year and New York Yacht Club got the Morgan Cup in a great manner.
The website of the New York Yacht Club boasted NHYC’s feat saying: “Newport Harbor Wins 2014 Morgan Cup: It’s a Cinderella Story.” A pinch to the regatta format got another life into the prospects of the Newport Harbor Yacht Club winning Morgan Cup at Harbour Court on Sunday, in Newport, R.I. It was retweeted by hundreds, not least the PlainSailing.com twitter account.
Then, the whole team took full advantage of the scope, fighting through a handful of win-or-get-out games to claim one of team racing’s coveted honors. In doing that, the Newport Harbor became the 3rd yacht club to win Morgan Cup, as Seawanhaka Corinthian and New York had won it since the year 2003.
In a press release, Newport Harbor Yacht Club captain Brian Bissell said: “We hold [the Morgan Cup] as probably the toughest event on the [yacht club team racing] circuit,”
“There’s a reason only two teams have ever won it; it’s because those two teams are really good. We’re happy to be the first non-New York or Seawanhaka team to win it.”
He added that they started off a bit slow, they lost their first 3 races of the event and they ended the 1st day below .500. On Saturday, they thought that they were eliminated. However, the next day with all boats being organized on the starting line, they timed it right and came in with a full head of steam in the light air races. The starts were very important.
Without any fanfare, they have come to Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge; and at Opening Ceremony, they called themselves as the most humble squad at the regatta. They told the tale regarding how they skinned together funds for their thirty six hour flight to New York by wooing donations. They were really surprised at the generous sources whose given amounts made their participation possible. Tonight at the regatta dinner, they are sponsored by a member of a local club.
In spite of all these, or probably because of it, they stay on the top of the standings after the first day. This dark horse squad is a bunch of sailors representing Royal Capt Yacht Club from South Africa. all of them have their dream about sailing in an international contest and today they are on the top with 5–2–1 finishes. Denmark’s The Royal Danish Yacht Club is in 2nd with a 4–4–2. In the 3rd, it was The Manhattan Yacht Club with a 1–9–3.
Dennis Conner passed the day seeing the races when entertaining different dignitaries. After sailing, all the squads gather ed on the 157 foot lovely yacht Arabella. The racing again starts tomorrow, but tonight is the Steak Dinner with Dennis Conner.
Meanwhile, athletes continue to take part in the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to assemble money and awareness for ALS research, and LeBron James has joined in. The Cleveland Cavaliers star completed the challenge on a yacht and he nominated his two kids and US President Barack Obama.
The New Zealand sailing team recently finished the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres, in France successfully with 4 medals in their kitty, which included 2 gold medals, 2 silver medals, while two ace sailors finished just behind the 4th position in the competition. The overall race went quite well for them, which the victories for the kiwis came from Jo Aleh, Blair Tuke(49er), Polly Powrie (Women’s 470) and Peter Burling, who were medalists in the London Olympics for New Zealand. Both Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh have bagged gold medals back to back at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma during early april, followed by Hyeres. Powrie commented that as a team they have put up a great show and she is much happy that they are heading home after this.
The Silver medal was bagged by Andy Maloney in the Laser, post quite a close race for the medal with Australian Tom Burton. The other Kiwi crew who won the silver in Hyeres is Alexandra Maloney in the 49erFX class. Tuke and Burling were quite dominant throughout the week in the competition, a rounded off the race quite spectacularly is an emphatic way with 3 great races in the finale, including an opening gun. Strikingly, out of the top ten ones to finish in Hyeres, eight were from team New Zealand. This was another feather in the cap for the New Zealand sailing team.
Since the ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma Regatta, in April 2014, this year’s race was quite an improvement, since in the previous race the NZL Team hauled only 2 gold medals (49er and Women’s 470) while only 5 finished in the top 10. These spectacular results have made the New Zealand sailing team one of the top performers at the regatta, as they bagged the equal number of Medals as Poland and Australia.
The much awaited news for the award for best luxury yacht has been declared. The proud winner for this award has gone to Contest 42CS. Each year the European Yacht of the Year Awards are held in some of the most prestigious places in the world and this time it was held at Dusseldorf. The winner was decided by the Yachting World and the whole team of Contest 42CS was beaming with joy after getting the award. A boat show also followed just after the award ceremony. The boats that were shortlisted for this category were all quality boats and each one of them could have won the award.
The family sized cruiser looks like it is ever shining and it will be available to the teams in a very short time. The cost is very much approachable. The credit to create this magnificent boat goes to the Dutch and it has the best seaworthy design and top quality. When it comes to performance in the mainstream events this boat is guaranteed to be in the top rank. This model unlike the previous models has more number of custom boats attached and for the benefit of the people the custom boats have been made larger than what they normally should be. The overall performance of the Contest 42CS is far superior than any other boat in the same category. The protected cockpit layout is another reason why this boat was chosen as the winner for the award. It is a new innovation that was seen first in this boat. Watzels & Brown is responsible for the interior decoration of this masterpiece and the space provided in the interior would also help the helmsman. The capacity of the boat is also big enough to fit quite a number of people. So it would serve both the cruising and the racing purpose.