The Warrior Sailing Program

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…)

Sardinia sees an upstart Yacht Club

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.

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Bar in Mayday to be named Northside Yacht Club

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…)