The 2018 WIM series which started its tour at Finland from 25 July with a match… will be concluded on 2nd December, when the final event will be held which is scheduled at St. Thomas U.S. Virgin Islands. The top position in the point table of the series is secured by Normandy Elite Team, Pauline Courteous – FRA, 87 which is followed by Team Kattanakken.
In order to promote global match racing among women best sailors, the Women’s International Match Racing Association (WIMRA) was established in 1996. And subsequently, WIMRA came up with an idea of conducting the first professional sailing series for women in 2013. And to choose the best woman sailor, they choose a format of round robin and knock out matches.
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 exciting season of Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race will commence on Boxing Day and this year the organizers have received a remarkable response of 119 entries. The last time the entries crossed 100 was in 2004 when 116 boats started but only 59 of them reached the finishing line owing to the adverse weather conditions.
The winner of last year Super Maxi 100ft Wild Oats XI owned by Bob Oately is making stronger preparations this year and has roped in the prestigious German car manufacturer Audi as their sponsor. It was great news to the Oatleys as Audi announced that they would be sponsoring the Race week for another two years. A new state of the art mainsail was flung at the top of his mast that has a height of 45 meters and along with it the logo of Audi also flaunted its mast. (more…)
The team Oracle has been under speculation of many when it comes to boat. Their boat has been long under scanner from a long period of time now as it is believed by many that the team uses a system which is highly sophisticated one. It was under scanner from a long period of time but no one came out speaking against it. For the first time ever in the midst of American cup the veteran Roger Badham came out talking to the press regarding his point of view on the Oracle’s boat.
He in an interview spoke that the boat used by them in the competition is always something that is never considered as a competition. They are certainly out of league from others as it is believed that the system used is one of the most complicated one. He said that the Oracle uses a computer system hydraulic control which allows the team to have a smooth ride. This system is what throws their boat out of the class boundaries. He also claimed that if the video footage of the New Zealand team and that of the Oracle team it will come to notice that while riding in the race the New Zealanders faced tough challenge riding their boat. It was a bumpy ride for the team as holding the wheel the rider moved up and down but the Oracle rider didn’t find it difficult. It was a smooth ride for them and thus this confirms that the system used in the boat was a highly sophisticated one.
The team Oracle’s boat came into speculation regarding the system used when they made a comeback from 8-1 down to win the championship. It was that time when the talks started and the New Zealander came out speaking in the press.
Almost a year post Oracle’s dramatic triumph, Team NZ is still baffled on how the Kiwi crew lost out at the regatta even after being in the 8-1 up position. Lately Team NZ weather pundit Roger Badham has openly spoken about his speculations on the Oracle winning boat affair.
Just after the win, the rumors had it that Oracle had deployed a detailed electronic stabilizing system in the boat yet the Kiwi team did not come public with the speculation. But Badham has finally come up as the first man to publicly question the legitimacy of the winning boat in the past America’s Cup.
In one of his latest interviews, Badham remarked that according to him Oracle used some computerized stabilizing system which forced the limits of class rules.
“They’re far out the usual class rules which nobody had considered ever”, said Roger. “They used an extremely sophisticated & elaborate system which was beyond the understanding of the measurers”.
He stressed that the American team developed a high end computerized hydraulic powered auto pilot system which helped to maintain stability of the boat while gybing. Once they implemented it in full capacity, the Kiwi Team lost out on all chances.
“If you go through the TV footage of Barker steering Team NZ, you would find him with two of his hands on steering wheel moving forwards and backwards while struggling to maintain the groove. But take a glance at Jimmy Spithill (Oracle skipper) manning the machine- you will see him with just fingers on helm.”
The Kiwi teams protest measures, on the regatta eve, was completely dismissed.
Team Oracle has naturally defied all claims regarding the speculations.
“Unfortunately, this article doesn’t even get close to mirroring the reality & is making inaccurate claims that are a tad ridiculous”, said a fuming spokesman for Oracle.
A owner of a yacht have been fined after several people have been injured following a crash into CN rail bridge at Second Narrows. According to reports, the Vancouver Police Department, the Coquitlam RCMP’s marine patrol units along with the Canadian Coast Guard – all responded after 1:30 pm on Saturday afternoon as the heard a distress call over the radio. According to Coquitlam RCMP, the 58 foot long Meridian yacht was going to east through the 2nd narrows when it went off water course and went into the south concrete piling.
The hit was hard hard to knock all fifteen passengers on board off their feet. For of them were taken to the Lions Gate Hospital, said Jamie Chung, Coquitlam RCMP spokesperson. And one of the passengers had a broken arm. After the incident the movable bridge was inspected and it is now back in operation.
The owner and the captain have been fined under Canada Shipping Act, said Chung. At the time of the mishap, the yacht was on autopilot and the captain was away from the helm. A yacht specialist told that it is a sad thing to see, no one wants to see a situation like that.
Rather than controlling the yacht, the captain was reportedly talking to the guests and most of them girls in their teens, who were there to enjoy a birthday party. The extreme currents took it to the Second Narrows. The currents are so strong that they can even force huge yachts off the course.
An erstwhile captain of Royal Navy has been suspected & arrested for the wreckage of the Emsworth Sailing Club. The former captain Clifford Caughey has been accused of arson as he crashed car into the prestigious club that had just reopened post a costly 350,000 USD renovation work.
The 82 year old club member shove his Volvo V40 green Cross Country into the newly re-opened Hampshire based club on April 22, at around 6:35 a.m. Mr. Caughey was a commanding officer for HMS Fife. As the senior man crashed the car into the refurbished club, it immediately burst into raging flames.
It was the sailing Paralympic gold medalist Helena Lucas who reopened the club last May.
The 82-year old ex Navy lead has suffered minor injuries from the accident. According to the eyewitnesses, the Volvo was driven right towards the eminent sailing club with a speed of 70mph – prior to hitting on the building wall, resulting in a huge loud explosion.
Over thirty firefighters rushed to tackle the rising blaze from the club- the staggering flames destroyed the Volvo completely before claiming the club- in no time, the white walls turned into charcoal grey much to the dismay of the members.
Oliver Cliff, the franchisee of the club was residing in the club building with his family at the crash time. However, Cliff & his family have been to get out unharmed and the locals have been evacuated temporarily from their houses.
“He isn’t that kind of a person who will harm others. Thus I can assume it as some tragic accident”, said neighbor Jean Howells. “It’s very baffling and distressing. Like me, he has been one of the members of this club & I feel he enjoys it quite. I know John (Caughey) well & he is always pleasant.”
The Russian sailing sector must be in a grand mood off late- The Russian sailing team has been confirmed by the esteemed Extreme Sailing for its Stadium Racing 2014 tour. It is the first time for the Russian team to compete in such an illustrious sailing championship.
OC Sport, the organizers for Extreme Sailing allows up till ten full teams along with a couple of wildcards. The Russian team is the 11th entry in the prestigious sailing series and would be competition alongside many famous names from all over the world- ETNZ, Groupama France Team, The Wave, J.P.Morgan BAR etc.
Added to Russia, another wild card entry in Extreme Sailing this year is Team Aberdeen from Singapore which is also known for its constitution of some of the best acclaimed world-class sailors.
Russia’s selection in Extreme Sailing will introduce two of its eminent sailors into the scene of elite multihull racing. One of them is 2008 Beijing Olympic & 2012 London Olympic Laser sailor & Russian national sailing champion Mr. Igor Lisovenko. Igor has been selected as the skipper for Russian Extreme team.
“It’s both a grand opportunity and challenge to be selected as skipper & tactician for the team that would be flying the national Russian flag for the 1st time ever in such highly-competitive fleet”, remarked a naturally excited Lisovenko. “I desire to prepare & perform well for the upcoming June event at Saint Petersburg. But my team members are assuring me that even highest of expectations are completely within our very potential.”
The other eminent Russian sailor in the squad is Aleksei Kulakov, the bowman of the Russian Extreme. Kulakov is a highly seasoned dinghy sailor & one of the most renowned among the top 49 sailors of the country. He has contended with Synergy Sailing Russian team in RC44 class.
Benz Faget seems to have cashed in on his home advantage to lead the twenty-five boating fleet at Midwinter J/22 Championship.
Hosted by New Orleans based Southern Yachting Club, Benz topped Fats to every top 4 finish in the 9 race series. With crewmembers like Randall Richmond at bow and Devon Sweeney at cockpit, the local sailing squad tallied just twenty-two points. Doyle’s Jug 41 claimed the silver status with thirty-four points. Zak Fanberg’s local team Wild Tchoupitoulas came in top 3 with forty-five points.
“These lads are a fantastic squad together”, stated Faget while asked to share his opinion about the last win. The team leader was all praise for his crew at the recent feat and he took them as a great binding force for the triumph. “And there is nothing comparable to sailing around your very own backyard. Faget also mentioned about their consistency in performance all through which he felt had been a major factor behind the win. The team also displayed a strong performance at the previous J/22 World that took place at Newport last year.
Lake Pontchartrain featured light breezes yesterday, between five to six knots. It was the local contenders who were found as the most dominant for the day. Apart from Benz’s team, there was the La Jolie Vie squad of David Loeb that came up victorious in the first race yesterday.
Fast Company (Richard Heausler) came second & Faget was the 3rd. it was Wizard (Chip Carpenter) that snagged the victory in next contest and was trailed by dliii and Faget’s team. Faget closed the race with a sharp bullet as Supper Club & Fanberg followed.
The top five winners at the championship were- Faget, Chris Doyle, Zak Fanberg, Kevin Doyle & Terry Flynn.
Royal Yachting Association (RYA) held its Annual Volunteer Awards on November 21st 2013. The awards were held in London (One Great George Street) and Princess Anne was the guest of honor in the Volunteer Awards 2013. She presented the awards to around forty-three volunteers whose contribution to sailing has been commendable.
Dennis Shevelan (seventy-four year old) was one of the volunteer who was honored at the Volunteer Awards 2013. He received the Royal Yachting Association Lifetime Award from the Royal Princess Anne who is actually the President of RYA. Mr. Shevelan belongs to the Bolton Sailing Club. The members of the club nominated him for the Lifetime Award. He was awarded a certificate and commemorative medallion.
Mr. Shevelan said he was shocked when he was told that he will be receiving such a prestigious award. He has been associated with the sport ever since the mid 1980s. He joined the introductory classes to the sport with his wife and later on remained dedicated to sailing.
At the Bolton Sailing Club, Mr. Shevelan does maintenance work for three days in a week and Friday evenings he tutors young sailors. He enjoys his work and is a very humble person.
Dennis Shevelan also said that Princess Anne is a very pleasant person and he enjoyed the luncheon with her as it was really comfortable to have conversations with her. She knew a lot of things about boats and sailing so that was indeed impressive, added Mr. Shevelan.
Chief Executive of Royal Yachting Association, Sarah Treseder is of the opinion that great people like Dennis and other winners of the RYA Volunteer Awards 2013 inspire sailors and other people related to the sport in a lot of ways. She was very happy that the dedication and hard work of Dennis Shevelan was recognized by RYA.