Tag: Sailing

Virgin Gorda Hosts Three International Regattas

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…)

Port Orchard Yacht Club fire

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.