Katie Spithill Wins WIM Series

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

Holiday Race Series

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

SOLAS Big Boat Challenge

It was just previous year when the Australians had their first taste of watching Wild Oats XI, Perpetual Loyal and American yacht Comanche go tête-à-tête in the SOLAS Big Challenge. The 22nd edition tomorrow will be as suspenseful when George David’s much boasted Rambler from USA takes on her bigger Aussie adversaries for the very first time.

Commencing on the Sydney Harbor, Australia, at 12.30 pm, Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s yearly stoush is a test of crew work, stamina as well as a psychological game before the main event, the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, in which all players are enrolled. There was also a guest team from PlainSailing.com – a Yacht Rental in Greece company.

SOLAS Big Challenge

George David’s yacht is 88 feet of carbon, boasting a canting keel and would be the most boosted yacht to be on the beginning line for her very first Aussie race tomorrow. And she is really fast. Her speed was evident during the practice run off yesterday.

Rambler’s CV includes wins in Les Voiles de St-Barths, line honors in RORC Caribbean 600 as well as line honors in Fort Lauderdale to Key West event. She was 2nd on line to line honors victor, Comanche, in the Transatlantic Race 2015 as well as in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, ended 2nd online once again, 4 minutes behind Comanche.

The crew of Rambler is really made of superstars, led by household name, Brad Butterworth of Whitbread and Admiral’s Cup and America’s Cup fame. Appealing and aboard to Aussie audiences are Will McCarthy and Andrew Cape along with a host of other top players.

Laser entries capped at forty

At present, there are 6 spots left in the Laser Standard Class, leaving a matter of time for the sailors to fix their position the ISAF Sailing World Cup 2015, in Melbourne. The organizers of the event are now saying that the Laser Radial Class will not outmatch the forty athlete allotment and suspect the same in Laser Standard Class. As these numbers would not be adequate to affirm a Qualifying Regatta, a Warm  Up Regatta would substitute the event mentioned earlier.

The warm-up program, earlier known as the Laser Qualifying Regatta, would now be open to all Olympic as well as Invited Class Laser sailors. Any sailors who record outside the forty available spots will now only have a scope to compete in Olympic Class if there are cancellations and invitations to fill these cancellations will be based on the results of Warm-Up Regatta. Sailors earlier registered under Laser Qualifying Regatta status have the scope to withdraw and be refunded if they choose to do so.

ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne, from 7th to 13th December, 2015, is the Oceanic Olympic qualifier for Rio Games next year and nations including Cook Islands as well as Papua New Guinea are not subject to the capped quota as ISAF guarantees them at least one spot.

The Melbourne event director Mark Turnbull told that the warm-up meet contains all the elements athletes require for a true test event before to major contest and would offer their international sailors some valuable time getting to know Port Phillips sea-state as well as typical summertime breezes before fighting it out in Sailing World Cup.