For the volunteers of Swanage RNLI, it’s been a busy few days.
of August the fourth call was received by the team out in four days. At this time the all weather lifeboat (ALB) was given the task to assist a 38’ yacht, it was the yacht that had suffered failure of steering failure off St Albans Head. The yacht broadcasted a ‘Mayday’ and by the passing vessels, it was taken in tow. To take the yacht to the place of safety, extra help was needed; therefore the request was made for the lifeboats to take over the tow.
The lifeboats were launched and it met up with the two vessels at east of Durlston Head. A crew member of the yacht was put aboard and released the towline. The towing vessel was thanked and it began its passage. The crew member of the lifeboat who was on the yacht requested for help from another crew member and the equipments of first aid as one of the crew members of the yacht was complaining shortness of breath and chest pains. (more…)
Under perfect conditions, in the Pen Bay League the Rockland Community Sailing team of The Apprenticeshop won the season’s first regatta on April 23.
Twenty-four sailors participated in the event from different clubs and schools that took place on April 23. The teams were Boothbay Region Sailing Club (BRSC), Isleboro/Big Tree Boating, Camden Hills Regional High School (CHRHS) and Rockland Community Sailing. And the venue of the event was the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club.
The Isleboro/Big Tree Boating coach Mike Horn said about the event that “In the league, this was the best sailing yet and the league is for this only”.
This is the first Pen Bay League (PBL) event of the year 2017 and it will be followed on May 6. On May 6 at the annual Hospice Regatta there will be a team race and the race is hosted by The Apprenticeshop. (more…)
Vendee Globe is a tournament that takes place around the world and the solo skipper participants have recently rounded the Cape Horn stage of the race. Every skipper faces several challenges in this sailing competition round the world. Conrad Colman for instance, was happy to have finished the south bound course. He is known as the crazy kiwi when he started the race in the 17th position of the solo race on November 20th.
He has been able to hold onto good speed during this course of the race and covered a total of 3600 miles. Hence, another milestone of the race has been completed by him. He stated that his mother used to use a metaphor when he was small and felt intimidated by homework. She told him that it was akin to eating an elephant and you needed to do it bit by bit. Colman
is also known to be the only vegetarian skipper in this race. He has also participated in round the world sailing trips before. (more…)
Penny Whiting, the sailing queen of New Zealand, has completed 50 years of sailing. She started sailing when she was 19 years old and she set to sail on the Waitemata Harbor for the very first time. She has taught the art of sailing to over 33,000 people over the 50 year old sailing career. This is a remarkable achievement by this woman and she has decided to celebrate this achievement in a big way.
Penny will be celebrating the 50th birthday of her sailing school at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron on 19th October 2016 from 3 pm. She has asked as many students as possible to make it to the grand celebrations, and to make the event a huge success. She certainly deserves all the adulations and the support she is getting from her students and her well wishers. (more…)
The Warrior Sailing Program is a novel, sailing program where it helps veterans and military personnel to learn the sport where they come in with varying disabilities.
The program includes a basic competition, which is being organized along with the San Diego Yacht Club. There would be a training camp that would be intense and for three days. Here the skills of sailing are taught where the competitive spirit is harnessed along with teamwork and a sense of camaraderie. The program was organized at the Malinnham Sailing Center of SDYC. Here there were practical as well as classroom sessions held with J/22 category of sailboats
The program has the ultimate aim of developing a team unit that will have an experienced coach. With the high coaching levels, it is expected that the graduates will showcase outstanding performance at the end of the program. Warrior Sailing was formed by the director of the USMMA Sailing Foundation who has also been a veteran in the America’s Cup, Ralf as well as his partner Jen French who has been a Paralympic silver medalist. They formed this program to be able to give back to service members who are wounded and to help them find a vocation that is therapeutically healing. (more…)
Shirley Robertson has much to be proud of. She became the first woman who was British and had won about two Olympic gold medals. She was part of two games that she won gold at, the Athens 2004 and Sydney 2000.
She would also be part of Rio Games but more as a pundit in this field than an active participant. She would be part of the BBC team that would provide news about the sailing competitions back to England. She has also been focused upon as many commentators want to know her experiences and what comments she has to say about the upcoming Games. (more…)
Two old clubs saved the top of global yachting world in the year 1983 – the Royal Yacht Squadron and the New York Yacht Club, on England’s Isle of Wight. The stone bases of the clubhouses on the opposite sides of Atlantic matched mini-forts fighting for their traditions from modern world. New York was also battling for something equally precious – the America’s Cup.
Therefore, the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, established in the year 1967 by the Aga Khan, lifted more than a few eyebrows when they stationed sent a challenger to the Newport, Rhode Island, for the 1983 America’s Cup series, a red diamond prevailing its burgee as well as young and spirited Italian sailors on board. But the squad put on a strong showing and went on to act on their Azzura race campaigns into the modern Grand Prix sailing world.
Meanwhile, the America’s Cup affair is just a blip, however, in the history of the club, which is considerably much shorter than that of the most important American and European yacht firms, all established between the middle of 1800s and early 1900s. In its little existence, Yacht Club Costa Smeralda has tempted not just the type of racing which members of the venerable clubs as well as other sailors in the yacht establishment love, but also the level of service as well as hospitality on shore that is now standard at all large yachting events.
The Annapolis Yacht Club is all set to operate out of the Harbor Grill restaurant at City Dock at this point of time. According to a memorandum of understanding earlier on Wednesday the club will operate till its new building is reconstructed.
The memorandum among the business owners as well as the city’s planning and zoning department drafts the temporary use of the location as well as carry-over of liquor licenses. The yacht club’s original location suffered more than US$ 9 million in damage during a fire on 12th Dec. Investigators stated that the fire was triggered by an electrical misfunction in an stilted Christmas tree. (more…)
Volvo Ocean Race yachts are all set to come in Newport on Thursday or Friday, the 7th leg of the round-the-world sailing presentation which started on 11th October, 2014 in Alicante, Spain, and would make its path toward Gothenburg in Sweden and the end line in June.
7, sixty-five foot boats set sail, but one ran aground in Indian Ocean and had to give up. The racers will hit Newport for around ten days. Non-profit Sail Newport’s Executive Director Brad Read, who is also a member of the host committee which arranged the Newport stop-over, told that they get to welcome them, just like sailors and people here have done since the 1600’s, we’re welcoming people from the ocean.
A virtual village is being made at the Fort Adams, Newport, including marquees for each of the teams as well as their corporate sponsors, with around sixty thousand travelers anticipated in ten days. Sailing writer and spokesperson for the race Sean McNeill told that they anticipate a huge crowd they are really looking forward to this. He added that it would be over the course of 2 weekends here in town, and the re-start will take place on 17th May, and they are expecting big crowds. (more…)
Toledo Yacht Club is engulfed in history. This is one of the oldest yacht clubs located in North America. It was established back to 1865 when 2 rowing clubs merged and started to concentrate on sailing. These day, the club honors their history in a lot of ways.
In the stately building that sits off North Summit Street on a side of Maumee River, the entrance path is adorned with snapshots of past commodores, some of them are very—Craig, DeVilbiss, Gunckel, Potter, McKesson, Luedke and Miniger. (more…)
The bar in the Mayday space in the Northside has a new name as well as a theme – Northside Yacht Club. Well, two Wellmann’s Brands oldtimers are behind the venture. In the past, Jon Weiner was the general manager at Japp’s Since 1879; and Stuart MacKenzie still does events and marketing for the Wellmann’s Brands bars that also include The Old Kentucky Bourbon Bar, Myrtle’s Punch House and The Famous Neon’s Unplugged. They expect to start the construction soon and be open in June.
MacKenzie told that he and Weiner came up with the theme as they were reading a book regarding Northside which showed the mansion at Spring Grove Ave., then the Northside Electric Company, during the flood of 1937. He told that the water was up to the 3rd floor of the building and one could literally boat up to it.
They decided to make on that piece of history as well as hug the nautical theme and the laid-back distinctive emotional aura which the yacht club implies, said MacKenzie. The decor would be breathed in by maritime bars in Scotland, the place where MacKenzie went to school, as well as on the East and West Coasts: There is a rope design above the bar and elusive wood trim all over the space. (more…)