Annapolis Yacht Club to operate from City Dock

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.

Annapolis Yacht Club

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…)

Round the world yacht race in Newport

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…)

150 years of Toledo Yacht Club

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…)

Wild Oats XI ties up with Audi

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…)

Extreme Sailing Confirms Russian Team

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.

Faget Leads Fleet

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.