December 21st heralded the winter solstice, deemed the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere when the sun declines most towards the south. It also marks a period when the weather is unsettling but it was fine for the race course marked for the Golden Globe race fleet.
On December 19th Uku Randmaa, third placed, covered the Cape Horn bend; the Estonian, 55 years of age, has been here before when he was circumnavigating in 2011 but it was a sighting that was emotional for him. He texted that he saw the horn and was thankful to the gods for such a sighting and for the good tidings he hopes it brings to his vessel. He also thanked St Mawes for the fruitcake that was presented to each skipper to the Horn by the St Mawes Sailing Club at Cornwall.
There is much to expect at the World Sailing Championships in Denmark, from celebrity sailors to Olympic qualifying events. For instance, Jena Mai Hansen, who is a bronze medalist of the 49erFX category from Rio Olympics 2016, states that it is a dream that has come true to be able to participate in this event. She states that Denmark has been preparing for this event for a long time and it’s a city of the sailors. The event makes it ideal as it showcases the sailing spirit and enthusiasm in the community here.
This is where future meets with the past since illustrious winners of the Olympics and other veteran sailors participate while youngsters and upcoming talents also vie here for a place for themselves. This is evident in the scene here in Aarhus. Olympic champions from Rio who are missing from this event are Blair Tuke and Peter Burling of New Zealand, part of the 49er crew and Giles Scott of Great Britain along with Sime Fantela of Croatia. The rest is present to chase victories and positions on the podium; there would be rising stars as well as others who would want to get their countries qualified and win a national spot in the Olympics.
For those who have big dreams of making it in the Olympic Games in 2020 which would be held in Tokyo, they can start preparing for the first lap of contests at the world level that the Sailing World Championships provide.
This championship event is organized every four years, similar to the Olympics and comes in between two consecutive Olympic Games. The design and purpose of this event is to give sailors a taste of world level competition that also prepares them for being nationally placed for participating in the forthcoming Olympic Games.
This year a new category has been introduced, kite surfing, probably as this would also be a category to be included in the Olympic Games in the future. The start of this championship series would be on August 2018. The last one had been in 2014 where the venue had been Santander in Spain. This year the championship series would unfold along the Bay of Aarhus in Denmark. (more…)
Lucy Macgregor looks like she is a pro when it comes to Women’s Match Racing World Championship.
She has won the title for the second time in her career and she did it in style in Helsinki in Finland. The first time she won the coveted Women’s Match Racing World Championship was in 2010 in Newport, Rhode Island.
The British skipper had Charlotte Lawrence, Silja Frost, Imogen Stanley and Rosie Watkins support her in Team Mac. Lucy was happy to have won the championship for the 2nd time in her career. She is extra thrilled to claim the title because her Team Mac consists of new team members. They helped her to bits and enjoyed her guidance throughout the event in Helsinki.
Lucy is very happy for each one of the members of her team. All of them were brilliant during the event. She said that each and every crew member of Team Mac did their job to perfection and ten times more than can do for the whole week. She cannot hide her emotions and praises for her team members. (more…)
The 50th anniversary of the Yacht Club Coast Smeralda (YCCS) will be celebrated all year long and to kick start this celebration the club is looking to host three international regattas in March. The YCCS Virgin Gorda team is burning the midnight oil to give final touches to the renewed and reconstructed Clubhouse and the Marina so that the event can be conducted in a grand manner. There will be three international regattas to take place in the first half of March this year.
The three regattas are The Rolex Cup Caribbean from 1st to 5th March, the YCCS 50th Anniversary Regatta on 7th March and the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous from 10th to 13th March. (more…)
A festival of Sails 2017 was recently concluded which was running from 21st to 26th January as part of Australia Day celebrations.
Royal Geelong Yacht Club organized the program called Discover Sailing which was one of the highlighted events in this festival. This year the festival was held with much enthusiasm along with a Come and Try day included which was hosted on January 25th.
This event included several of the beach activities that brought several Geelong sailors to try different boats. For instance the new foiling boat Waszp was on display and for the trial and use during this event. It was a vessel that promised fast and furious movements through the water. Boats like this were made part of the event which promises to be show-stoppers as they are the latest designs in the market. (more…)
2016 Australian Institute of Sports award distribution event is going to take place on the 15 of December and teams and athletes from all 15 sports have been finalized by the jury member.
The name award winners will be announced on December 15 at hotel The Star in Sydney. The event will be followed by a gala dinner. This year, three awards are going to sail in different categories
AIS is the agency of Australia’s high performance sports and it is responsible for all the movement of sporting in the country. It is also responsible for recognition of sports stars in the country and also the uplift of different types of sports.
Acting Australian Sports Commission Chief Executive Officer Matt Favier said “It is really good to see so many athletes and sports team has been nominated for AIS award and it is the reflection how talent in Australia is widespread and not confined to only limited sports. The award ceremony will bring all the sports on a single platform and celebrate achievement of each other.” (more…)
The Sonar sailing team from Britain is pretty confident of getting a podium finish at the 2016 Rio Paralympic regatta event. They have won the World Championship in December 2015 and feels that they are in good shape to win a medal for the country in the Paralympics event that starts from 12th September.
The Sonar team is looking to make up for the off-the-water penalty that they received during the 2012 London Paralympics and want to at least grab the silverware. The team comprises of Hannah Stodel, Steve Thomas and John Robertson. They will be taking part in their straight fourth games together and hence they know each other’s tactics and play very well. They can work well as a unit to test the Rio waters. (more…)
A huge cleanup operation is now underway at Port Orchard Yacht Club following a weekend fire that tore part of the marina. A Coast Guard helicopter flew past the Sinclair Inlet earlier on Monday to ensure oil splattered during the fire has not propelled out of the place. According to reports, the Department of Ecology is awaiting to see what the snapshots reveal, but officials believe that the lack of current and wind is serving to contain the spill.
There were heavy fuels on hundreds of feet of boom that spilled in the marina on Sunday morning. Six boathouses were destroyed in fire. One of the witnesses said that it was very scary. He went around and served everyone out with their fire hoses. He had my boat started and ready to pull out because they were worried about it jumping across the waterway. (more…)
A huge cleaning operation is now afoot at the Port Orchard Yacht Club as a fire incident tore through a part of the marina after a weekend. On Monday, a Coast Guard helicopter passed over Sinclair Inlet to ensure oil spilled during the incident has not spread through the area. The Department of Ecology is awaiting to see what the snapshots show, but officials believe that the lack of current and wind is serving to contain the spill.
Booms, (as long as hundred feet) that had heavy fuels spilled into the marina on Sunday morning. Six yachts were up in flames and five of them went destroyed. Rich McCormick, one of the witnesses, told that it was really scary. He went around and helped everyone with fire hoses; and he had his boat started and all set to pull out as they were really worried regarding this jumping across the waterway.
On Monday, the crew from department of ecology worked hard on removing the charred, wet rubble from the water. Department of Ecology’s Robert Walls told that the whole issue that they were dealing with at this point of time that they have to clear part of the damaged, burned as well as destroyed boat houses to reach out to three of vessels.
Divers are attempting to figure out just how much diesel the sunken yachts’ fuel tanks are holding so it could be safely removed. Walls added that they have a way, they call it scrimming tanks, to actually access the tank without releasing any product whatsoever. This is primarily a vacuum cleaner, it basically sucks it right out.