16 Australians Participate in World Yacht Race


Sixteen from Australia participated in the Clipper round fourth stage at the World Yacht Race and for that, they went from Fremantle to the Whitsundays which includes Donna Von Trunk who hails from Melbourne, Qingdao circumnavigator, Philip Siddle of Kiels Mountain in Queensland, and Portland’s’  Jacqui Webb, Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay circumnavigator. The atmosphere reached a height only in 24 hours because Leg 4 of the race had been a thrilling competition with the crews battling against each other amidst different conditions for the race at approximately 3415nm.

The first boat that crossed the line of honors at the Whitsundays was HaLong Bay in VietNam including five Australians aboard. The arrival of the boat happened recently at the Queensland town after spending more than 19 days at the sea for the race. For completing a circumnavigation of 41165nm, the crew requires almost eleven months. But for this competition, they had to choose either sailing across the world or participate in one or more than one stage out of eight individual ones with the same global route.
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Winners Declared at Hempel Youth Sailing Championship

The Hempel Youth World Championships came to an end after tough competitions between the participants. The Championship commenced on 15th of July and went on till 19th July. This year’s edition of the Hempel Youth Sailing Championship was held in Gdynia, a port city in Poland. The closing ceremony witnessed the crowing of nine world champions after rigorously competing with each other. All the sailors participated in the championships to become the winner, but the best of the lot triumphed to win the competition.

The events in which the sailors participated were 420 for both girls and boys, 29er for girls and boys, RS:X for both boys and girls, Nacra 15 mixed, and Laser Radial for girls and boys. North America was declared as the top finisher at the Youth Sailing competition as most of the winners were from Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Continue reading Winners Declared at Hempel Youth Sailing Championship

Sailing in Desert with the Rise of the River

If you are an enthusiastic boater, you will know that a lake without water is just like a pub without beer. Quite surprisingly, Lake Eyre Yacht Club’s members are used to this kind of dry spells. At times, it might turn two years in between their outings but there isn’t anything like the strong flood of north Queensland to put wind to the dusty sails.

In Marree, the outback town, the yacht club has a headquarter. Here, the ice cold tinnies are opened up and huge floating tinnies are put into action for toasting the swelling rivers in the thirsty desert of South Australia.
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Couple Accused Of Yacht Theft Of ‘Spiritual Lifestyle Experience’

A pair of accused of stealing a yacht from a Scottish harbor has appeared in court to refuse the charge. Richard Gould and Vivienne Duke told a court that they were on a spiritual lifestyle experience. Prosecutors claim the couple stole the boat from the Arbroath marina on Saturday and spent more than 40 hours at Osprey – in the North Sea.

They were arrested Monday and earlier appeared at the Forfar Sheriff Court. Defense Attorney Billy Rennie, representing both, said the case had an “unusual” background. He told the court that the couple had traveled the last two years from northern England and followed a shamanic lifestyle experience and that they “live with nature”.
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A Fresh Chapter Written In Sailing Rivalry In Burton-Wearn

Besides playing second fiddle to Olympic Laser Champion (OLC) the Australian sailor Tom Burton, who is now 22-years, believes that for him time is nearing to prove he has all the capability to close out regattas.

In sailing the element is fate will always be there dictated by the weather, as scene was on the fourth Day at Sail Melbourne when rough seas and powerful winds spelt a premature end to Olympic class competition (PCC), which left Wearn just a point behind gold medalist Burton.
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Winner Of 2018 Young Sailor Of The Year Award

This is one award category that is highlighted every year whereby new and upcoming talent is awarded. This year Fastnet helmsman 2018 Young Sailor of the Year award has been won by a seventeen year old.

Being a Haringey schoolboy, Montel Fagan-Jordan won the YJA Young Sailor of the Year award. This seventeen year old was selected among other outstanding sailors of the teen category. He took part in the Fastnet, which was organized by Greig City Academy on a vintage yacht Scaramouche. This trophy had several contestants and has seen several celebrity sailors like Hannah Mills and Ben Ainslie having come up with winning this award in the past. Those who manage the Greig Academy state that many are aware of the project and how students in the project are committed to learn more in the arena of competitive sailing.

Those who were nominated for the award have all worked hard to deserve the trophy. However, this year the 17 year old lad has been able to charm the sponsors, has sailed three thousand miles and more such as doing masses at school for helping towards Project Scaramouche. Hence, the award was given to him for the effort and commitment he had put in. Greig Academy sailing program has had project Scaramouche on in the borough of Haringey. The academy sponsors several pupils who come of varied communities and background. About 73 percent of the pupils who are sponsored by the program are of the disadvantaged category. The sailing program focuses on teaching pupils not only as a one off experience, but also to help them develop their sailing skills. Hence, the award program is more than a mere recognition of talent in young sailors, but commits in developing sailing skills in schoolchildren.

World Direct Shipping Adds Another Florida-Mexico Sailing

Ocean carrier World Direct Shipping (OCWDS) said it will now add a weekly sailing service between Manatee, Florida, and Mexico port in the new service that it has launched recently.

The newly introduced service will work between Port Manatee, which is located near the mouth of Tampa Bay, and the Tuxpan, which is in the Veracruz state north central part of Mexico. The existing service of World Direct operates between the Manatee port and Coatzacoalcos, in the southern Veracruz. From Tuxpan the first sailing is scheduled for 12th of Jan.

The director of Palmetto, Carlos Diaz, the, Florida-based World Shipping company said the location of Tuxpan near the Mexican paper processors will offer an opportunity for export of paper from Port Manatee including US imports of Mexican fruits, juices and vegetables.

World Shipping is planning to relocate its 672-TEU Queen B from the Coatzacoalcos service to the Tuxpan service and on the Coatzacoalcos route use the 440-TEU Pafilia. For Friday, the schedule calls departures from Tuxpan, and will reach at Port Manatee on Monday, whereas sailings from Coatzacoalcos will be continue on Saturdays, and will arrive at Port Manatee on Tuesday. Continue reading World Direct Shipping Adds Another Florida-Mexico Sailing

Lisa Blair Resumes Antarctic Circumnavigation

The 32-year-old sailor and adventurer Lisa Blair from Australia has recommenced her Antarctica circumnavigation journey.

She departed from the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town on 11th June 2017 last Sunday. She left at 11 am CAT.

Lisa is looking to create a new record of sorts by becoming the solo woman sailor to circumnavigate Antarctica all by herself. She is sailing without any crew or assistance. Lisa had to abandon her sail on 4 April 2017 when the port shroud of the Climate Action Now vessel broke. She was 895nm south of Cape Town and had issued a PAN then. She had to brave through winds up to the speed of 40 knots and 7m. It swelled her yacht.

Lisa was able to somehow safely bring her yacht to Cape Town to carry out the repairs. She got her boat fuelled on April 7 from the M.V. Eastern Mercury and safely moved on to Cape Town using a motor and jury rig. She reached Cape Town on April 12, 2017. Continue reading Lisa Blair Resumes Antarctic Circumnavigation

2017 Moth Worlds Entries

There is more focus now on the 2017 Moth Worlds regatta event that has six months remaining, more or less same as the America’s Cup event.

Indeed, summer months promise a lot of action for sailing fans and this year will be no different. A record fleet has registered for the Moth Worlds event which is all news now in the sailing world. The entrants are a record number for this year’s event. The entries for early bird category closed for this event on the last day of January. There were 190 competitors recorded who come from 25 countries. The event is scheduled to be held from July 21st to 30th at Lake Garda in Italy, a usual venue for the event. However the record lineup is what is interesting as top sailors would be part of the fleet.

Among the list of top sailors is Paul Goodison from GBR who has several world records to his name. He would also be facing other stalwarts of the racing world such as Tom Slingsby from Australia who would be paired up with Tom Burton. All such names have several accolades attached, some of Olympic and others from reputed international regatta events. Continue reading 2017 Moth Worlds Entries

De’Longhi Wins Race Two Of Australian Championship

The race 2 of the 18 Footers Australian Championship was a hard fought one and at the end, it was Niall Kinch, Simon Nearn and Grant Rollerson on De’Longhi who won the race held on Sunday.

The race started early as the fleet reached the lineup early and was eager to go. De’Longhi looked solid right from the start and at the end of the first of the three windward/leewards; the boat had a very good lead over its competitors.

De’Longhi did not give any space for the Yandoo (John Winning) and Smeg (Lee Knapton) to get beyond it. It ran a faultless race for the most part of the Day 2 of the Australian championship and had a solid lead over Yandoo and Smeg right for the word go/ The minor places saw a see-saw battle and there were four boats competing here. They were Triple M (James Ward), Coopers 62 Rag & Famish (Jack Macartney), Thurlow Fisher Lawyers (Michael Coxon) and Compass Markets (Keagan York). They were mixing the positions at the front of the race. Continue reading De’Longhi Wins Race Two Of Australian Championship