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.”