Last weekend of March 2019 saw the Akarana series held by Royal yacht club of the region. When the M-class was racing, it was the final day and it was clear that Menace was in leading position. Second, in line was Matara. It was evident that both boats would fight out in the final races.
On 31st March, Sunday Marksman was a boat that was also due to race but they called it off since they felt that the forecasts, as well as race course conditions, were not favorable. The racing happened even then. There were initial winds blowing at 28 knots through the breeze settled later at 20 knots which made it comfortable for the boats to race.
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
There were several changes incorporated in the opening leg of the World Cup Series. Hosted in Miami between January 24th to 29th, this series had several changes this year to make the competition experience close to that of the Olympics.
It is the best series for sailors around the world to take part in till the time the Olympics come by. The format of the opening series was kept same, whether it was for the entire fleet as well as for the top ten in the Medal Races. Continue reading
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
Yesterday, the start of the 3rd leg of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race from Cape Town (South Africa) to Albany (Western Australia) saw tough south-east winds of twenty knots and gusts of thirty-five knots on the start line, before some of the fleet contended with lighter, shifting winds in the shadow of Table Bay.
Still, the firmest weather was felt overnight with gusting wind overnight of forty-five knots as well as waves of three to four meters in places. The fleet is baffling upwind with few teams suggesting wind of up to fifty knots and big swells as a low moves quickly along the coast. The teams have taken different courses to ride out the storm; with few vessels heaving to while others were looking for shelter in False Bay. Continue reading
Ian McDowall of Earlswood lakes Sailing Club was the recipient of RYA Outstanding contribution Award on Friday, 21st November.
The award was given solely on the basis of commitment and contribution to the sport of sailing. There were altogether 47 winners and McDowall was one of them.
Princess Royal who is also the president of Royal Yachting Association gave McDowall a certificate and a medal. The awards ceremony took place at One Great George Street in Westminster. Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne and other guests praised the volunteers for their contribution to the sport. Princess Royal said that in order to continue, a sport has to be entertaining for everyone involved in it and she also expressed her gratitude to the volunteers for still retaining the entertainment aspect of the sport. She also praised the volunteers for their professionalism and quality of their duty.
Royal Yachting Association’s Sport Development Manager, Mr. Duncan Trusswell said that the award is meant to celebrate the contribution of a huge number of volunteers. He said that Volunteers are an integral part of the sport of Sailing and further added that it is only because of them that many Yachting Clubs and events still manage to continue. He also said that it is only because of the volunteers of sailing that the others get to sail. Trusswell said that the event is meant to express the gratitude for the volunteers due to whom individuals manage to get in the water every week. He also praised the Volunteers for their dedication to the sport.
Alan Salerman of Arden Sailing club was also honored by Princess royal for his contribution to the sport. Salerman was given the Royal Yachting Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Her Royal Highness also presented Salerman with a medal and a certificate.
The Royal Yachting association was established in the year 1875 and is Britain’s national governing body for all kinds of boating sports.
David Thomas, the influential yacht designer of United Kingdom, has passed away. At the beginning of this year, Royal Southern Yacht Club arranged their 1st David Thomas meet in celebration of this yacht designer, who had been a club member for forty five years.
The primary speaker was Peter Poland, the PBO contributor, a long standing buddy of David Thomas’, who made several of his designs as of Hunter Boats’ co-owner. He stated that Thomas has an natural understanding of what sailors look for – he has been Pied Piper of yacht architects, that is his secret. Continue reading