Young Sailors Welcomed By Optimist National Championships

Hal Smith, the Pensacola Yacht Club Fleet Captain talks on what makes the Pensacola Bay and the PYC unique as far as the Junior Olympic Festival is concerned. Around 300 young sailors from all around the world added thrill to the historic grounds of the PYC this week as all teams were preparing for the international sailing race. Pensacola is hosting the USODOA Optimist Nationals, Optimist Team Race National Championship and the Girls Optimist National Championship. Racing has already begun and the check-ins and measurements took place on Friday and Saturday.

It is quite exciting to see sailors as they make their journey from Denmark, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and the United Arab Emirates to achieve the title in the Gulf area of Mexico. The grand opening ceremony was made for the National Championship at Saenger Theater at Pensacola on Saturday. American Magic from Americas Cup was also featured in the event. The mayor of Pensacola Ashton Hayward and the commodore of Pensacola Yacht Club Jim Reeves did honor the guests and the sailors thoroughly enjoyed the opening event. They had to represent their countries with the help of flags in addition to other tokens. As the Optimist Championship is scheduled to be contested from 15th July, it will be concluded in 18th July. The Optimist Girls National Championship will be contested in 19th July. Similarly, the Optimist Team Race National Championship would take place from 20th July.
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BEIJAFLORE TO CLOSE TO WINNING EFG SAILING ARABIA

French sailing team Bejaflore are a stage away from winning the EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour trophy. Team Beijaflore is a venue and two scoring points away from becoming the new champs of EFG Sailing Arabia. They are the clear favourites to usurp EFG Bank Monaco as Tour champs with their ten point lead.

 

There are one coastal raid and stadium race day events to claim the crown. Podium finishes aside coastal raids win in Salalah, stadium racing victory in Duqm and Sur coastal raids ensured Beijaflore are the side to beat. For EFG to retain their title they would need to emerge winners in both races while Beijaflore finish last – a thing that is very unlikely.

“Despite our lead we aren’t thinking about the overall result. We will just treat the last part of the regatta like we have treated all the others. Our goal is always to sail fast and to beat the other teams. The rest will come,”Beijaflorecaptain ValentinBellet said.

EFG Bank Monaco have better chances fighting off the competition from Steve Morrison-led Averda. The two time Olympian won in the Sur stadium racing series and had other good results to go two points of EFG Bank Monaco.

LorinaGolfe du Morbihanare fourth in the standings and nine points behind Averda. Vivacar.fr comes next before ChemineesPoujoulat in sixth, two points off LorinaGolfe du Morbihan. Renaissance and DB Schenker make up the top eight on the log so far on 2018 EFG Sailing Arabia – The Tour.

The Tour finale will begin with a coastal raid from Bandar Al Rowdha to an old town Muttrah in Muscat on the 16th before a closing day stadium race on February 17. There would be a prize giving ceremony on the evening of the 17th at the Muscat’s National Museum of Oman.

Coral Expeditions Offers 2017 Sydney To Hobart Race Sail

The annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is one of the most looked forward to events by many of the locals as well as foreign tourists.


This is a celebration week as the event is held just after Christmas day and will go on to usher in the New Year. This year the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a platform that Coral Expeditions is looking to make use of to usher in tourists to take cruise rides when the event is on.

The Coral Expeditions will offer its guests a sail along with the Sydney to Hobart Yacht race to explore the waterways of Australia. The cruise on the Coral Discoverer will start off from where the yacht race starts and will come down to Hobart just when the winner celebrations of the race are set to begin in Hobart. John Longley, a veteran of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, will be on board the cruise to give details about the race to the guests. He has taken part in many of other prestigious races and getting a first-hand view of the yacht race from him is one that everyone will enjoy and cherish. Continue reading “Coral Expeditions Offers 2017 Sydney To Hobart Race Sail”

At Masters Games, Para-Sailors Turning Ahead

The green machine of Chris Sharp is becoming popular on the course of sailing at the World Masters Games, this is because it is giving tough competition to most of its rivals and finishing ahead.


You must be thinking what is extraordinary in it. So, the thing that makes it extraordinary is Sharp is a paraplegic. Seven years back, he had a motorbike accident. He is now 59 years old and competed in the tournament with a great zeal. Among the 30 competitors, Sharp finished in eighth Weta class single-handed. The racing happened for two days, where Sharp gave tough competition to other players and in the race, he also defeated some of the top players.  Weta class after two days of racing, where he is against a number of former top-level sailors.

Though, the game of Sharp was an extraordinary, but it is not like he is alone in the event who has turned heads. Continue reading “At Masters Games, Para-Sailors Turning Ahead”

Figaro 3 Transformed For Foil

Groupe Beneteau is all set to produce first series-built monohull with foils in newly launched new Figaro 3.


The initiative of Beneteau is a strong message and it’s going to have a knock-on effect for sure to yacht production and for racing.

Those who think whether foiling will ever come into mainstream sailing, the initiative of Beneteau to produce Figaro 3 fleet with foils is an answer to them. It is a radical new one-design brought by Beneteau.

Beneteau declared the transformation of Figaro 3, on Boat show of Paris in December. VPLP the leading design firm of French has drawn race boat with contemporary looking. Continue reading “Figaro 3 Transformed For Foil”

Paralympic ISAF World Cup

In the Paralympic ISAF World Cup the Australian and British crew took away the golds.


Classes at the Paralympic ISAF Sailing World Cup, Portland and Weymouth finished as finals were held for the three classes. Sailors of Great Britain took several medals that included two golds while the Australian crew took gold in the Sonar category.

SKUD18 category saw the gold medal being won by Niki Birrell and Alexandra Rickham. They finished in style on the final day. On the final day the duo from Britain were tied in terms of points along with Italy’s team, but the Britons were able to triumph in their home waters. Another set of sailors from the same country took the third and second place and obtained the bronze medal as a result.

In the 2.4 m race Helena Lucas of Great Britain was able to make a clean sweep. As a result, she won with six wins in all the six races. She was able to stay in control through the week. Continue reading “Paralympic ISAF World Cup”

Sunseeker showcases the first pictures of new 95 yacht

The Sunseeker International has unveiled the very first CGI images of the brand new 95 Yacht that is presently under construction in Dorset, United Kingdom. The luxury performance boat is all set for launch in Spring next year, emphasizing the commitment of the brand to bringing more and more new products to market in the year ahead.
The 3rd new model to be declared this summer, the 95 Yacht illustrates the newest in Sunseeker’s design as well as builds processes. After the design of its forerunner, 28 Metre Yacht, 95 Yacht blends a superyacht feel long with the pragmatic advantages of a yacht in a small size category.
The standout feature of the 95 Yacht is its main deck layout along with a special master compartment triplex form for greater flexibility as well as freedom onboard. With the grand stateroom berth on the primary deck, a forward staircase guides to a mid-level dressing place and en-suite.
The pilothouse offers much greater flexibility and it also kicks into the more expansive main deck layout. Above the deck, the flybridge is fitted with bar, plenty of seating for guests as well as an optional hot tub.
As with all the Sunseeker’s brand new wave of models, the 95 yacht is established on the classic deep V hull, allowing it to sail at up to twenty-four knots or accelerate up to 28 knots. However, that depends on the engine option.

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Yachting: Trio serves in sailing’s new wave

A trio of coaches has encouraged sailing numbers at Tauranga Yacht and Power Boat Club – Jean Montigny (France), Greg Dawson (England) and Maria Ferrario (Argentina) spent the summer days dealing with the next generation of sailors to follow the likes of Molly Meech, Peter Burling, Thomas Saunders, Cole Rippey, Trent Rippey and Jason Saunders.

They organized the centerboard sailing division at club with an telling roll-call of stars. Twenty four year old Dawson from Southend-on-Sea in Essex, came from Australia, the place where he got his sailing qualifications.

He has not heard of any well known alumni of the club before coming here. This was all new to him. He had no idea of the monster that he was walking into in terms of the yacht club. He found out about the job from two people he worked with in Spain who ran the centre here last year. Continue reading “Yachting: Trio serves in sailing’s new wave”

UAE strengthens it place position as top international yacht manufacturing place

UAE is all set to construct on its place as a top international yacht manufacturing spots as local makers expanded their operations, international makers relocate as well as the maritime industry goes with coastline developments, as per to industry experts.

The UAE currently ranks ninth in the world for superyacht manufacturing, with 15 projects under development, according to the 2015 ShowBoats International Global Order Book. International and local makers are all set to declare a slew of brand new programs for the UAE at 23rd Dubai International Boat Show that will run from 3rd to 7th March at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

It would have yachts on display worth US$ 272.2 million (i.e. Dh1 billion), as per the organizers. Dubai International Marine Club Board vice chairman Dr Khalid Al Zahed said that this years Dubai International Boat Show would reaffirm Dubais status as a leisure marine hub. As the water-based lifestyle becomes increasingly popular in Dubai, they would see this sector continue to expand and develop in the future. Dubais commitment to excellence in all the things it does would drive the marine industry to achieve new heights and bring more visitors to the city. Continue reading “UAE strengthens it place position as top international yacht manufacturing place”

Sir Robin finishes 3rd in Route Rhum challenge

Great news for Sir Knox-Johnston fans- the sailing legend from Hampshire has achieved an honorary 3rd place at the elite Route Rhum Transatlantic solo challenge.

The sailing hero crossed the finishing mark on Open Grey Power 60 at Guadeloupe, post 20 days, seven hours , fifty-two minutes & twenty-two seconds at the sea.

Sir Robin is the first ever person who sailed solo, completely non-stop all around the globe in the year 1968. The oldest of participants at the Route Rhum challenge remarked that he is simply ecstatic to conclude at the 3rd place in this intense fight for final podium position.

“I am just on top of the world & feeling really ecstatic to reach up to the 3rd position”, stated Sir Robin.

“I did not expect to come up on the coveted podium while I marched on. I was pretty up against solid competition with more modern lighter boats in comparison to that of mine- which are way simpler to manage.”, he continued.

“My own one is quite a hard one. The elite international solo sailing competitors were racing & it was really tough.

I relished it thoroughly. It was just fantastic. There’re 3 of us vying for the 2md & 3rd place. I got really competitive & that was very tiring. It got down to the boat speed. My boat is quite a fast one. I somehow managed to maintain my lead yet was unable to go past Andrea Mura.”

Mura took over the 2nd place in the challenge.

“I was overtaken by two extremely good people. My heartiest congratulations to Anne & Andrea”

The Hampshire sailing champ thanked his family, friends & public for immense support all through the challenge.

“It has been quite fantastic as it nudged me harder than what I might have done otherwise.”