The interest upcoming 2225-mile Transpac race 50th biennial edition, which is going to take place in July from and between Los Angeles to Honolulu has created a new record. Till date, the race has got 82 entries. The last record of the race was 80 entries. This race started 40 years ago and was first sailed in the year 1906.
Tom Hogan, who is the TPYC Commodore said “We had the belief that the 50th edition of this race will become popular and now when we have seen the entry number we are really pleased. I have never seen such number of teams entering in the cycle so early. At the one end we are excited to see the response and on the other hand, we are also happy that early entry will help us to plan things better. We will try to provide the highest standard of planning for everyone who is participating in the race.”
500 sailors as well as competitors across the world got an opportunity to see the team Corpus Christi taking part in the competition. Craig Henderson, the commodore of Corpus Christi Yacht Club said that the team is ready to show its best performance. The opening ceremony of 2018 World Youth Sailing Championship took place at the American Bank Center on Sunday. The world will see young sailors representing their home countries in the championship that made a comeback to the U.S after more than 2 decades. The champions made their entry during the week and started off with their practice sessions on the bay. The opening ceremony that was held on Sunday was indeed an interesting one as competitors began to pour water from the home nations into a common bowl.
Ana Clare Sole, the Team USA was quite happy as she said that she has friends all over the world and this is the time to meet different people with a common passion and goals. The Team Egypt Sponsor Jennifer Rock said that it’s good to see people with so much enthusiasm and they have a lot of positive spirits out there. The maximum excitement was seen from France, especially after they saw their own Soccer team winning the World Cup. The team said they wish to do the same thing and are quite hopeful about winning like their soccer team. The sailing competition is in association with the Olympic Development Program.
Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) are stepping up their TP52 preparation and training programme ahead of the America’s Cup. This year, they will be competing in the 52 SUPER SERIES, as per reports. This season BAR is joining up with Tony Langley’s Gladiator team so the late 2016 launched Botín Partners design would be employed.
The design showed its merits when it tied in second place with Azzurra at the last regatta in Mallorca last year. BAR and Gladiator are expected to join up and discuss the finer points for the fleet. There was training set in the UK but the team could not engage due to poor weather conditions. There are plans for warm weather pre-season preparations at the San Diego yacht club though.
Ben Ainslie said the 52 SUPER SERIES is “a great opportunity” to have the sailing team on the water as there were no Cup racing this year.
“With no Cup racing this year of any kind, the 52 SUPER SERIES is the most competitive racing there is. It is not foiling, but it is a key chance to have the team out there building the relationships in the core sailing team and performing at the highest level,” Ainslie said.
He added that it is good also considering the budget for America’s Cup as they are saving. BAR is expected to bring his core team that featured at the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda and join them with the Gladiator team. BAR will rotate the sailors while Gladiator will have the trimmers, grinder and who will eventually run the boat. Langley and Ainslie will be the tacticians. Giles Scott will play strategist, Andy McLean will navigate while Matt Cornwell will be on the bow.
Day 4 at the Etchells Worlds was held under tough wind conditions. The race saw many teams experience gear issues. There was a big breeze on Day 4 at the Etchells World Championships at 25 knots along with squalls that felt as if the wind sped was over 30 knots.
The race 6 of the regatta event was completed in trying circumstances and this meant that there was a series guaranteed for the regatta. There was only one race that took place and it was won by American Argyle Campbell from the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. The reigning Etchells Worlds champion Skip Dieball from USA completed the race in the 3rd
position and the second place was grabbed by British sailor Andy Beadsworth. (more…)
The Rio de Janeiro airport for inland flights will close down for several hours a day during Olympic Games’ sailing events next year in the adjacent bay, said Brazil’s military on Wednesday. Flight ways to Santos Dumont Airport in Rio de Janeiro’s heart come low over the Guanabara Bay where sailors at the Games will compete on 8th to 18th August, needing confinements of four to 5 hours daily, said Air Force spokesman Andre Ferreira Grandis.
Speaking to Plain Sailing, Andre Ferreira said that they are talking about this, a particular timetable so that when the sailing competitions take place they do not have this problem. Santos Dumont will not shut all day, but for a period.
In fact, Grandis added that the measure was not related to security but for the event not to be affected. Sailors have quetched that the low-flying flights might disrupt races, but another major reason for the flight bans is the need to clear airspace for helicopters filming the Olympics.
Grandis told that the passengers coming to Rio would not have problems with all the traffic restrictions. Earlier in August, Brazilian Airlines Association complained regarding the aforethought closures, warning they would paralyze air travel and impact on over 150000 passengers, airlines. The band stated that it was looking at the industrial action during the Olympic Games.
The 5-mast Wind Surf cruise yacht is all set to dock at the Dun Laoghaire Harbour on Saturday, July 12, at 7 am. It would remain docked at south Dubllin Bay port till 6.30 pm when it would depart to the Isle of Man. Also, it visited Dublin Bay earlier on Wednesday issuing from Dublin Port under sail.
In Windstar Cruises fleet, Wind Surf is the biggest ship and is popular as for their luxurious conveniences carrying three hundred and twelve guests as well as one hundred and ninety one international staff (according to the charter yacht UK website). The Wind Surf, one part sailing yacht as well as one part upscale cruise ship, has 7 triangular, self-furling, computer operated sails. (more…)
In a positive initiative of global awareness, the second start of the Volvo Ocean Race, last evening in the Cape Town Harbour, saw South African children singing a choir from Vestas to bring an end to several global issues like climate change, water concerns and poverty.
This was a striking sight indeed. The company’s team named Team Vistas Wind, participated in the competition, there was a total of more than 12 boats that made the skipper of Vesta’s wind, Chris Nicholson as the crew set sail for Abu Dhabi. It was at this point that this remarkable performance was staged in one of the boats by more than 100 children around the Cape Town region. (more…)
The ISAF 49erFX sailing event champions of 2013- Alexandra Maloney and Molly Meech are going to be back to defend their title this year as well. The duo had recently participated in the Olympic test regatta that was held in Rio de Janeiro and their performance had been extremely impressive.
Both of them decided to take a break and spend a few days in their respective home after the Olympic Rio test, before they would be competing in the 49erFX sailing event next week that is going to take place in Spain.
According to Molly Meech, the break was fundamental for both of them. Meech said that Alex and she are great friends and the understanding that they both share is really unique and special. But some time apart from each other is necessary so that they both can value and respect each other more.
The decision to take a break was a mutual one and Meech thought the opportunity to rest in New Zealand and coming back refreshed to start competing again is something that was essential.
In the opinion of Meech, the International Sailing Federation Sailing World Championships has improved tremendously because all the teams are putting in a lot of effort and helping the racing event to become more thrilling and intense. She is happy to witness the improvement of the different countries participating in the 49erFX class.
The ISAF Sailing World Championships 2014 is going to take place in Spain (Santander) from the 12th of September, 2014 to the 21st of September, 2014. The 49erFX class competition is going to take place on the 15th of September, 2014 (Monday). Those who perform well in the ISAF Sailing World Cup are going to get qualified for the sailing competition of the 2016 Olympics. Around eighty nations are going to attend the championship.
A wrangle broke out among fishermen at the well known Montauk Yacht Club the Oban Yacht Charter website reported. It happened as the seafarers were contending in the Montauk Canyon Challenge became ineligible. After pulling in a winning 343 pound swordfish, the Fish On members — guided by Pete Brancaleone of Shark Hunters, became ineligible when he as well as one of his crew member went wrong in a polygraph and misses out on a chunk of US$ 200000 prize.
David O’Halloran, the tournament organizer, was knocked and tackled by a one of the family members of one of Brancaleone’s crew, and police were asked to interfere when it became a full on brawl. Speaking about the late July incident, David O’Halloran told that there were a lot of shoving and pushing. It was like a schoolyard scene with everybody flailing. He added that that day people had too much of drink and when they announced the winners some felt they were wronged. One man knocked him down and the police threatened to use a Taser. Two men were arrested. He was unable to realize that fishing contests are this dangerous – well, in general, they do not think much about lines and hooks. (more…)