The 38th Rolex Middle sea race had been on last weekend and it was organized by Royal Malta Yacht Club. The fleet that took part in the race comprised of 110 boats that were from different countries. The race started on Saturday, 21st Oct 2017. It was expected that the fleet will face light winds as the race began and there was a northwesterly wind that expected to affect the fleet by the third day.
The fleet would continue to sail into the next week when the weather forecast stated that there would be an easterly breeze of moderate proportions. While the fleet enjoyed light winds through the weekend, by the time Monday arrived strong winds are forecasted and will affect the race course for about 48 hours.
Among the different teams participating in this race are fourteen teams from a single country, Russia. Many were already at the race destination since before, getting acclimatized to the waters and ensuring that the boat’s provisions were procured in time for the race. The race course would have differing geographies and wind conditions, especially around the volcanic region. Many are already experienced sailors who have sailed the race course before such as Ross Applebey. He states that he had raced Scarlet Oyster in the year 2014 in this race course. At that time there had been full blown gale that caused the rudder of the boat to snap and they had to retire from participating in the race. Mistral or the northwesterly wind in this region usually rises from the Rhone valley. Once the weather settles the Alps region bring about a change of winds where the cool winds drive out in high speed when they reach the warm waters of the sea. All such conditions need to be understood and prepared for by the sailors.
If you are the future king of Denmark, then it is only befitting you to borrow and race in one of the thoroughbred yachts.
The Crown Prince Frederik is going to take part in the forthcoming Race Week regatta and he has opted to race in the popular Wild Oats yacht.
The Prince will be using the Wild Oats 66 yacht owned by billionaire Sandy Oatley and will be competing in the event along with his sailing mates from Europe. He will also be choosing some of the popular local sailors into his team. The Crown Prince has signed Ian Murray, the American Cup legend, as the tactician to ride along with him on his borrowed yacht.
The Royal Danish crew will also feature the son-in-law of Sandy Oatley, Troy Tindill. He is the veteran sailor of the Sydney to Hobart Race. There is no clarity on whether Princess Mary will be joining Prince Fred in the Coral Sea race. The race will be coinciding with the school commitments of the four children of the Prince and the Princess and this is why Princess Mary’s participation is in doubt. (more…)
The yachtsman of HOBART proved that he is one of the most skilled and dynamic sailors of Tasmania.
Rob Gough won the challenging SB20 one design sport boat class. It was the Shoreline Crown Series Bellerive Regatta on Banjo. Gough achieved 3rd
place last month and also achieved victory in the Masters division on the River Derwent of the Australian Moth championship. Well, the sailor already has the title of World’s Master and he is quite popular for his sailing talent.
Gough steered the SB 20 this weekend. The crew members of the boat were Laula Grafton, Jules Salter and Stewart Gray. There are 6 distinct boats which achieved all the 6 races and Difficult Woman finished first with 21.5 points. Nick Rogers, the classy veteran in Karabos achieved 2nd position with 1 net 24 points and won the race. The talented sailor Elliott Noye did win the final race to take 3rd position overall with a total of 28 points. (more…)
The ninth Yacht Racing Forum concluded amid great euphoria.
It was attended by Who’s who of the sailing industry. The event took place at Valletta the Maltese, Mediterranean. The event was hosted by Yachting Malta in association with Yachting Events at hotel Grand Excelsior.
The ninth forum was successful and has more participants than last year. The forum had over 270 attendees coming from all corners of the World. Among the 270 attendees, many were the who’s who of sailing industry from sailors to trainees. The forum is growing its strength every single passing year and attracting more and more sponsors and participants. The latest one joining the forum is Zhic, OC sports, Star Sailor League. Both have joined the brand like World Sailing, Clipper Ventures, World Match Racing Tour and Volvo Ocean Race. The list has more names to add on in coming days.
On the occasion Schopfer said “The endorsement and support we achieve a form (IYRC) International Yacht Racing Community is extraordinary and immense. We are growing every year. Presence of European is more in the forum, but the participation of the United States, Asia, New Zealand and Australia has also increased.” (more…)
With a fun format introduced many sailing organizations are finding novel ways to increase participation. Indeed, sailing is a recreational sport. It cannot get too serious or else the base on which the sport develops might be lost.
There are many organizations such as a Hamburg based German club that is introducing changes in sail racing in order to keep the fun element up. This club was established by Gunter Ahlers in 1990. The Hamburger Segel Club with 750 members has had a format introduced in it which has been inspired by Australian sailing. (more…)
The east coast regatta week is coming on and the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club that is Bridlington based is looking forward to the same. The racing calendar of the club for the year had three months of activities all laid out for the club, but these were deterred due to cold downpours as well as high winds that disrupted the sailing schedule.
As the past weeks have led to warmer weather the visitors and members of the club can look forward to the annual regatta event, 159th which would be a week of racing and the bay area is ideal for the same, being the east coast in totality. (more…)
Today at the /22 Midwinter Championship, when the winds piped up to 16 to 24 knots, Mike Marshall’s Bad News rose to the top of the twenty-six boat fleet to get the title. With crew Matt Schubert and Mike Nicoletti, the Newport, RI-based helmsman got the win with a 2,1,2 in Sunday’s blusterous 3 races to total twenty net points.
Of the 3 yachts within 1 point of 1st place going into today, Marshall not one of them but the team showed in the conditions in spite of being about seventy pounds under Class crew weight limit. Terry Flynn’s Tejas got the 2nd spot with twenty-two points, and Jeff Todd’s Hot Toddy took 3rd with twenty-four. (more…)
Yachts Miami Beach attracted more yacht enthusiasts and larger vessels during their run from 11th to 15th February, said the organizers on Wednesday.
The show, earlier known as Yacht & Brokerage Show, drew in 5% more vessels on showcase, including twenty-two yachts over hundred-fifty feet long. The number is double compared to previous year, as per Show Management that co-owns the event with Florida Yacht Brokers Association.
In a press release, Show Management chief operating officer and senior vice president Dave Graziana stated that the combination of strong demand for huge yachts as well as the presence of international buyers who love coming to the Miami Beach to shop for boats made this the biggest event ever.
Hotel room nights specifically related to the show were up 2.24 percent over last year, according to the show’s official travel partner, BoatShowHotels.com. The average length of stay increased slightly to 4.42 nights.
After a great and successful launch of the Bullitt GC32 Racing Tour last month at the Marseille One Design, the organizers of the circuit have been looking ahead of the coming year. Now they can say that a minimum of 6 squads would be taking part, with more because to sign up to the foiling vessel one design circuit in the months of winter.
With a season starting from May till the middle of October, the GC32 Racing Tour 2016 will exclusively take place at the southern Europe places which offer optimum wind burst in order for ultra-high speed vessels to spend as the maximum time foiling. The next year will be a year of ‘Sun, speed and spectacle’, with teams able to bid a VIP experience to their invitees in the most beautiful places.