America’s cup tries to reinvent itself every year. The participants are always in this uncertainty till the opening day comes, the curtain is raised, and the boats are splashed into the waters. March 31st of this year was supposed to be the date for the 36th edition of America’s cup. But it was delayed as the boat was not build up according to the imaginations of the designers. It left them to wonder whether ever they will be able to come to this utopian place.
Aaron Young is the
vice-commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. He is talking about the
AC75, the monohull from Emirates Team from New Zealand. He also feels that it
is really going to be a dangerous situation for it in America’s cup. It is known
that the monohull is made in such a way that it will be able to half sail and
half fly for winning the race. If all things are according to the plans, then
36th edition of America’s Cup will come in the month of March
in the year 2021.
A sailing program for students in sixth grade through twelve has stated for this season in Boothbay Harbor. Chris Liberti, the Director is the teacher of STEM education in Boothbay Region High School. He takes up this work when he isn’t spending time with the kids in the water.
According to him, the sailing program is quite competitive but not inside a school or in the sense of Interscholastic Sailing. There are going to be regattas. Students will be able to band together along with the other students in different programs and then compete as the ad hoc team at the varsity level. Also, less experienced or young sailors will be able to compete in the level of junior varsity for honing their skills.
Pay on demand sailing has taken a new shape as sailing clubs in the United Kingdom have shown compulsions to work for webinars on the topic of sailing in which the pay is on demand. This was supposed to be a part of efforts initiated to enable more people to be a part of it and invite them to the sport. Can this prove to be effective?
On 7th November 2018, The RYA is going to host a live webinar where sailing clubs that are already familiar with “pay and play” function will share their detailed and examined view on the success and challenges of their initiatives. It follows an in-depth analysis that is going to be commissioned by British Marine on the future of sailing that was carried out in 2017.
The ‘Admirals Cup’ eighth edition Sailing Regatta concluded on Thursday, 07 at a glittering closing ceremony at Marakkar Watermanship Training Centre (MWTC) which is located at the banks of the picturesque Kavvayi backwaters at the Indian Naval Academy (INA).
The winner of the regatta was the team of the United States of America, which was represented by Midshipman Brittney Slook and Midshipman Peter Hogan. Lieutenant Sarah Bull was leading the team won the Admiral’s Cup with their performance that was consistent across all races.
Line honors were in order for Rambler 88 vessel that stole the spotlight in the 38th edition of the Rolex Middle Sea Race that was held last weekend by the Royal Malta Yacht Club in Malta. This boat was an American Maxi owned by George David. He was able to reach the finishing line on Monday around nine at night to be eligible for the Monohull Line Honors.
The race comprised a circumnavigation of the Sicily coastline, which comprised a total of 606 nautical miles. There were several islands that lay in the race course as well and this boat traversed the distance in a time span of two days and 9 hours approximately. The course record was set by a similar vessel in 2007 when the race course had been completed in a little less than two days. The crew comprised of several members aboard this vessel. The crew faced several challenges such as gale like winds that affected them the morning of the last day. The yachts that were part of the race also experienced high gusts of wins at 30 knots when they were in the northern part of the coastline.
The club monitored the activities of the fleet to ensure that no boat ran into trouble; about nineteen boats retired while the Rambler 88 sustained and went across the northern coast to finish off by late night on Monday morning. Rambler 88 has taken this award before as well, this being its third year in a series. The time records have varied as the wind and water conditions, present new challenges every year. The record that was set ten years back still holds good as the latest race results showcase. It remains a challenge every year for the participants who can look forward to trying hard to beat the set record in the coming years.
After savoring the success in the M32 Chicago Regatta, Alec Cutler in the multihull racing, could not have asked for a better debut.
The skipper of Royal Bermuda Yacht Club won the two-day regatta along with his Hedgehog crew, that include Mustafa Ingham Team BDA sailor, by nine points over Convexity to register a stunning debut in the M32 catamaran one-design.
Cutler said, “Other than luck of the beginner, we learnt quickly and become better each single day in niches of sailing conditions.”
“We got the start down, which are 90 per cent of these races. About a third of the starts, we won and we never secured below fourth position at the first reach mark, and that gave us more options downwind.
He added “I did this for the first time and sometimes doing something for the first time keep you focused a bit more. It could be possible that if I do it next time, I won’t be as good.” Continue reading
The Extreme Sailing Series has been in the minds of most sailing fans as they have been following the event since it started on 28th April at Qingdao in China.
The third day of the series saw some exciting performances from the teams on the waters around the Fushan Bay. The British team from the Land Rover BAR Academy was the ones that showed a change in their performance and stole the limelight. They were in the last position after the first day of opening races, but they moved to the second place by showcasing consistent performance on the penultimate day of the series. The skipper of the team, Rob Bunce commanded a talented team of sailors under 24 years of age who enjoyed the outing and competing in the races.
This British team is the youth wing of the Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup version. They went into action to take their disappointing results several notches up on the leader board. They performed with style and excelled even though the weather conditions proved to be shifty. Continue reading
The championship of Vendee Globe is going on and according to the latest report because of high pressure and the lighter wind area Alex Thomson shortage from Armel Le Cléac’h has grown much and it is continuing day after day
All the participants are facing tough weather condition in sea and are hoping to get normal weather conditions in the coming days. Le Cléach said “By today night or tomorrow the weather conditions should get to ease tonight and it will be going to nice for all participants after such witnessing such challenging conditions. In Southern Ocean it was hardly any day when we have sailed in below twenty knots conditions.” Continue reading
Katie Spithill, the one of the most experienced skippers in the world, has been part of Busan Cup International Match Race ever since they inaugurated the event in 2008. That’s not completely as she stayed away for one year when she had to deliver her daughter. Even though she has been part of it for years, she has won the series for the first time in 2016. She defeated Britain’s Macgregor, who is a 2-time champion.
After winning the series, she told the reporters she’s very happy with the win as she has been attending it regularly for the past 8 years. And that makes it a very sweet victory for her. Continue reading
The latest Holiday Race Series took place at the Clacton Sailing Club in a windy weather. This was quite challenging for the fleet of dinghies and catamarans. The winner was declared only after calculating the handicap times.
Derek Cheek the race officer did the required evaluations as a commodore. Rob Mitchell on his Dart 16 sailed single handed for more than an hour and finally achieved victory. He was only 40 seconds ahead of the other boat. The weather remained windy and fluky. Continue reading