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…)
Long Beach is gearing up for a sensational yacht race that will take place here. This event is an iconic one, as this is the annual Congressional Cup, and this year, this will be the 50th event. So truly, this is going to be a spectacular event, and hundreds are anticipated to come and see this race. As it is, the streets of Long Beach are going to be cleared up for the Grand Prix event that will be held here, but the waterfront too is going to be milling with many yachting enthusiasts, and many notable names will be taking part in the 50th Congressional Cup.
When it comes to match racing, there is no other event of equal splendour than the Congressional Cup, and there are many who have shined at this event. Take for example, Ted Turner, who in 1977, won the Crimson Blazer, which is the highest honour given here at the Cup. He was the winning skipper at the event that year, and in the same year, he went on to win the America’s Cup. Another big name in yachting is that of Jimmy Spithill, who, although did not win at the Congressional Cup, outshined everyone else at the America’s Cup. But he was the runner-up at the Congressional Cup, both in 2001 and 2003, which is actually quite a gargantuan feat, and needs proper appreciation.
This is one of the best races of the world, and in yachting circles; anyone who even thinks of competing here is highly acclaimed. There are a total of 60 sailors, who come to race, and there are 10 identical sailboats which are used, and the race starts off from within feet of Belmont Pier. Teams come from all over, as far away as Australia and even local teams, such as the team from Long Beach Yacht Club, also participate.
Thousand kilos of heroine were found inside the sacks of cement which was hidden in the place on a small sailing boat in the Indian Ocean. The value of the heroine was almost near £160 million.
The crew of an Australian warship revealed that the heroine was packed in 46 separate bags by capturing the 27 nautical miles east of the Kenyan port city of Mombasa. This was a mutual operation among 30 countries to fight piracy, smuggling and militancy in the east side of Africa in water. The abduction is the highest ever in the world history of the combined maritime forces.
According to the Australia’s defense department the frigate HMAS Darwin captured the vessel and seized 1023 kg of heroine on Wednesday night. As per the online statement the drugs were damaged. The ship commanding officer, Terry Morison uttered that this seizure was the important one as it has detached the main basis of money from the criminal terrorist set-up.
The areas where the joint operation visited were the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, red sea, gulf of Oman and also included the Somalia’s horn of Africa which have been destroyed by piracy and also hijacking of various British yatches. Heroine is basically routed through the district identified for its permeable borders and feeble maritime observation on its way to Europe from Pakistan and Iran.
In the first five months of 2013 more unlawful narcotics were seized in Africa. Last year a Canadian warship captured 500 kg of drugs and this month 130 kg of heroine from a dhow 100 nautical miles located to the east of Tanzanians autonomous archipelago was captured by the Canadian warship who was touring the Indian Ocean. The human traffickers and also the southwestern Indian Ocean and the gulf of Eden were used by the group of brigand from Somalia.
The award for the best family cruiser for the year 2012/13 has been won by Beneteau Oceanis 38. The name was recently published on the 18th of January 2014when the European Yacht of the Year awards took place at Dusseldorf. It was a proud moment for the whole team who made this dream possible. The award was announced by Yachting World, one of the judges for this event. There were many other nominations for this award but the Oceanis 38 was the most deserving amongst them all.
The decision to make this boat the winner came because of various reasons out of which the first reason was the overall concept and the radical look it had. When the performance of this boat was considered it was found that the overall performance was far more superior than any other boat in the nomination list. The modest sail on the boat makes it perform better and on top of that the boat can be managed very easily. The boat has solid feet because of the twin rudders that have been added to this model. This was a drawback for the other models and this one has been a rectified one. For the cockpit the design has been made simple enough so that the helmsman can keep it under control and more importantly for the shorthand sailing it will be the best. According to the number of people on the yacht the accommodation area can be increased or decreased. In fact the interiors of the boat can also be changed as per the wish of the helmsman. According to the reports the boat will be available in three different options which are “Weekender”, “Cruising” and “Daysailer”. It is being said that by far this boat has been the best innovations yet in the field of yachting.
The 2nd day of A-Class Worlds initiated with an unexpected terrible windy ambience, with breeze averaging 13 knots & puffs touching to 20 knots. The result was no less than a carnage.
ETNZ squad commenced the day with an ideal start, delivering a clear sweep right from 1st to 4th– Ashby (1), Burling (2), Tuke (3) & Davies (4).
The challenging situation led to a number of retirements and withdrawals at the championship. There were many breakages as well, some terrible crashes & according to some participants the situations were simply too rough.
The most notable incident was that of Glenn Ashby who broke down bolts to secure the starboard radar on top mark that in turn forced him to withdraw. The ETNZ is surely planning to alter all bolts to secure both the radars for 3rd day of the race.
Nathan Outteridge also faced severe breakage with his yacht courtesy the bad uncontrollable windy environ. He several significant aspects of his boat all through the day. Nathan commenced with a tough start in 1st race with issues regarding outhaul & the cleat was unable to jam. During the 2nd race, the trapeze wear had a breakdown & Outteridge voluntarily stacked his yacht to retrieve broken wire that in turn pushed him to the 17th position. However, he still managed to put up a bold effort that catapulted him right to the 6th place but this time he ended up breaking dagger-board case while crossing the final line.
“I just broke everything”, said Nathan while asked to speak a few words post his valiant finish.
The 1st boat in the 2nd day of the race was that of Mischa Heemskerk, the erstwhile world champ from Netherlands. He was followed by leading Aussie sailors Andrew Landenberger & Adam Beattie in 2nd and 3rd places respectively.
This was the Golden Jubilee year of the New Zealand Yachting Awards where 3 Tauranga Sailors were awarded with honors because of their extra-ordinary performances in the field of yachting. Awards were presented to sailors like Jason Saunders Peter Burling and Molly Meech. The presentation ceremony was followed by an international season. M. Meech grabbed the award for youth performance award.
It happened for the first time in the history of yachting that the New Zealand sailors are facilitated for their outstanding performances. Only one award is left to be presented on the 29th of November this year and that is the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy. This trophy will be presented to the deserving performers at the 2013 Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards held in the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in Auckland. Long back in the year of 1963, this award was presented to the designer of the iconic P-Class yacht. The other categories of awards that will be revealed on 29th November are the Volvo Young Sailor of the year, Orbit Corporate Travel sailor of the Year, B&G Coach/ Official of the year and the President’s awards. Another category of award that has been included this year is the Partridge Jewelers Diamond Anniversary Prize that marks the celebration of the 50th year.
The judges panel had to spend a tough time to choose the winners because according to the rules in both service and performance sections no more than 10 winners can be presented with the awards. Ten performance awards, seven youth performance awards nine service awards and also the winner of the 2013 Emerging Talent Awards had been announced yesterday.
Some of the names of the performers who received the 2013 YNZ performance awards are Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie who were the 2013 Women’s 470 World Champions. Molly Meech and Alexandra Maloney were also awarded for the 2013 49ex FX World Championship.
Among the youth performance award winners, two of them were Zak Merton and Sam Barnett who came fifth in the Men’s 420 at the ISAF Youth 2013 World Championships.
World’s biggest racing trimaran, Spindrift 2 & its fourteen strong crew are finally able to foresee a bright weather window that could allow them to head on with their mission to beat up the record created between Cadiz & San Salvador. The grand trimaran had been on the standby mode since October 7th this year, in Portmao, south Portugal. It was aspiring to contend for the record created by Groupama maxi trimaran in 2007.
Spindrift 2 is led by Yann Guichard & Dona Bertarelli. The huge black & white racing trimaran is hopeful to cross over the starting line in Cadiz Bay on October 29, 2013, closely at 12:00 GMT.
The 3-week standby was in part due to significant downfall of Azores highly-pressure system & continuous series of low-pressure systems striking on western side of Iberian Peninsula. As per the reports, the high-pressure system is now gathering strength & coming up with sustained North-Easterly windy ambience perfect for the initial stage of crossing towards Canary Islands. “It implies that trade winds picking up once again”, remarked Meteo France’s Richard Silvani. Silvani is the weather analysis & routing partner for Spindrift 2 as she eyes to set on for record-breaking grand transatlantic challenge. “Azores highly-pressure system seems to be shifting into the most compatible place for the trimaran”.
Yann and Dona must be waiting to make the maximum of this great opportunity to embark on & would continue to pick out the precise time for setting off across Cadiz’s virtual starting line. “The window seems pretty decent with sustained trade-winds prevailing for maximum stretch of this course”, Si8lvani explained. “At the initial stage they would have to shift away from Spanish coastline & areas sans wind to make the maximum out of northern breeze that would be fluctuating between 25-30 knots.”