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Hamilton Island Race Week: “My One Of The Favorite Sailing Events In The World” Says Yachting Great

As the fleet for Hamilton Island Race Week 2018 is climbing towards 200 and more beyond it, one of the world’s most prominent of all Olympics, America’s Cup and offshore sailors, Gavin Brady, has been delivering a more resounding endorsement for the tropical series.

He exclaimed “Hamilton Island Race Week is one of my favorite sailing events in the world.”
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Volvo Ocean Race Commences 22nd October

The Volvo Ocean Race is considered to be a penultimate sport in the category of team sailing. It starts this Sunday, 22nd October 2017 and there would be seven sailing teams that would sail around the world and start off from the starting line which is in Alicante on the Spanish coast.

The race will continue till June 2018 and the crews will embark to sailing a race course of 45000 nautical miles. There would be extremes to cover in the Southern Ocean and other challenging weather conditions. The Dongfeng race team would be skippered by Charles Caudrelier was also in the race last time and he is in a position to compare the race conditions as per last time. Dee Caffari is a woman skipper who would be debuting in this position along with a crew of young sailors in the Turn the Tide on Plastic.

The other teams are Team Sun Hung Kai which would be skippered by David Witt, who is motivated to take on this challenge and feels that it would be a great way to lose weight. Brad Jackson on the other hand, part of AkzoNobel team is a recent recruit and he looks forward to working with his under 30s team on board. Xabi Fernandez is skipper of Mapfre team and is considered to be a favorite among the followers of the race. Bouwe Bekking would be leading Team Brunel and he is one of the returning skippers on this team.

Charlie Enright would be skipper of Vestas 11th Hour Racing and has an experienced team on board.  All in all, the skippers and the teams are ready and everyone looks forward to a competitive game. That is what would keep the spirits up and keep everyone working towards doing their best when out in the waters.

35th America’s Cup Conclusion

The 35th America’s Cup was recently concluded and there are assessments being commissioned to check the economic impact of the same on Bermuda.


One of the consultancies hired for the work is Pricewaterhouse Coopers. They are conducting a survey independently, which is targeted to be completed by the month of October as per the ministry of economic development.

The victors of this year’s legendary America’s Cup were the Emirates team New Zealand. As the Minister of Economic Development, Grant Gibbons was giving away the victory trophies he stated that, a sailing event of this magnitude has not been hosted by Bermuda before. The success of the event has put the economy of the region in a position to host international sailing events of such magnitude in the future as well. He also acknowledged the fact that the forthcoming version of the America’s Cup, 36th edition scheduled in 2021, would be held in New Zealand. The teams that participated in AC35 such as the Land Rover BAR, Team France and Emirates team New Zealand would be leaving Bermuda as July comes to an end. Continue reading

Stenger Embraces 505 World Championship

The 2017 SAP 505 World Championship will begin in the USA from 20th to 29th September in Annapolis Maryland.


There will be over 100 boats that would represent several nations to take part in the 62nd edition. Angela Stenger from Germany would be among the fleet along with her crew member Nicola Birkner. Stenger took part in the Pre-Worlds for the first time in the year 1997 in Denmark. That was the event that made Stenger passionate about 505 World Championships. Since then she has competed in every race except San Francisco. She has rendered services to the race management in 2000 and served the International Jury in 2012.

Stenger would be the only woman team in the fleet traveling to Worlds in a usual manner. The objective is not only towards final outcomes, but also to fight and scare other fleet. It is indeed an honor when crews approach Stenger after the race to appreciate her efforts and performance. It makes her feel good and motivated to show better performance in the upcoming competitions Continue reading

Brad Created An Unbeatable Record

Brad Kellett is going to set a record in 72nd Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.


By racing in the event he will become the youngest sailor in 25 consecutive editions to compete.

“Doing 25 races is truly a milestone and I dream of achieving it when I started my sailing career as a young sailor. But, achieving this goal was easy; I had dreamt of it, but haven’t thought of doing it this way. When I started, I had targeted and it started to come up to touch the number of 25, I thought may I be will do it and now I am really happy and looking forward to do it.”

Brad said this will be a forever record and it could not be broken. Reason for the same is Brad very young when he did his first race. He was just 16 years old. Now, the criterion for racing in the event has changed, one cannot run the race before 18. Continue reading

Alinghi And Red Bull Upset

When the collision between Alinghi and Red Bull team occurred, Alinghi’s GC32 was towed back to the dock where their shore crew began work repairing it, but they face a race against time to get it ready for the Act 6 finale tomorrow.


Alinghi was awarded redress for the incident, which sees them retain the overall lead ahead of Oman Air, Red Bull Sailing Team and SAP Extreme Sailing Team. The Red Bull Sailing team was judged by the umpires to have been at fault for the incident. They have been given a penalty of fifteen seconds before they start their fourth race. However, even then they managed to retain third place between Oman Air and SAP Extreme sailing team.

On the other hand Morgan Larson of Oman Air and the SAP Extreme Sailing team made the most of the misfortune that Alinghi suffered. Each team got two wins as a result. Continue reading

Senseless arson attack is the newest setback for remaking Christchurch yacht club

The premises of the Pleasant Point Yacht Club suffered smoke and fire damage from a surmised arson at the South New Brighton Park container storage facility. Christchurch’s Pleasant Point Yacht Club’s old facilities at the Rat Island, located next to South New Brighton Bridge, were demolished in Canterbury’s earthquakes, around 5 years ago.
It made temporary facilities at the South New Brighton Park around 3 years back, utilizing 5 shipping containers for rescue boat and dinghy storage. Alastair Burgess, the club commodore, told that a suspicious fire earlier on Tuesday had induced between $10000 and $15000 of damage, and it happened as the club was attempting to save money for a brand new facility.
Burgess added that he believed that this is a pretty low-down thing to do for a community sports club who is attempting to establish a little bit of brightness and a bit of sparkle in the eastern suburbs. They have been working for the past 5 years to get them to the stage where they could make a new purpose-built yacht club in South New Brighton to back the local community as well as reinvest the funds which their club has gathered over the past ninety-five years actually in the area.

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Seaman on dredger sentenced following Felixstowe yacht collision

A primary mate on a five-thousand-ton dredger has been handed a suspended sentence after his boat hit a boat on which a woman drowned. Fifty-seven year old Bernadine Ingram was encountered in the water a day after the event near Felixstowe in Suffolk earlier in June.

At the Ipswich Crown Court in Gerardus Chapel, from Netherlands, accepted failing to drop off all his responsibilities in a proper as officer of the watch. The thirty-seven year old was sentenced to 6 months jail and he was suspended for 18 months.

Chapel was on the Shoreway went it clashed with the yacht, named Orca, about 5 miles (i.e.8 kilometers) off the coast. In fact, he was also fines £ 6000 and ordered to pay costs of £ 4800. Butley’s Mrs Ingram was on board the Orca with a man as well as 2 dogs.

The boat sank and when the man and a dog were rescued by the yacht crew of the dredger, she was not alive. According to reports, Peter Ingram told that nothing could bring back his wife Bernie. She is sorely missed by him as well as several other people. Continue reading