Four yachts retire from Pensacola a la Habana Race

Tough conditions in the first twenty-four-hours of the Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana race 2015 have ensued in four of the twenty-two starters needing to call it a day.

‘Surf Rider’, the home-made catamaran as well as Island Packet 27 ‘Island Sun’ came back to Pensacola Bay Saturday later this afternoon. ‘Makani U’l’, a Beneteau 40, went through damage to her jib halyard as well as roller-furler system and it is going to St. Petersburg, Florida for some repairs. ‘Midnight Sun II’, a Hunter 42, was dismasted and was taken back to Pensacola Yacht Club (PYC) by 8:30 AM CST. (more…)

Fire crews meet on Auckland marina as fire engulfs yacht

Police might just stand back and look as fire destroyed a ten meter yacht south of Auckland yesterday. Fire crews from Papakura, Manurewa as well as the local Clevedon voluntary brigade were asked to be in the blaze at Wairoa River, near Clevedon – about thirty minutes from downtown Auckland – approximately at around 11.30 am.

Tony Smith, a local resident, was riding towards the region when he saw a huge smoke plume billowing from water. He told that he was amazed at how big the fire was – it was really going. It was well ablaze when he reached the spot and it might have been going for about half an hour before they got it out.

Very quickly, it was established that no one was on board and the police who came on the scene could just stand back. Mr Smith told that the firefighters, who were armed with a huge hose, stood on another vessel and attempted to doused the blaze as best they might. (more…)

Elaine Westwood Receives RYA Lifetime Award

Elaine Westwood was given the Lifetime achievement award by Royal Yachting Association on Friday, 21st November.

Westwood is a member of Chelmarsh Sailing Club. The award was given to 47 British Sailors and Westwood is one of them. The award ceremony took place in Westminster and the award was given on the basis of Commitment to the sport of sailing. Princess Royal, the president of Royal Yachting Association gave a medal and a certificate to Westwood.

Westwood said that when she got the letter that said that she has won the award, she thought that the letter might have reached her by mistake and therefore she checked the name on the envelope. After she realized that she really has won the award, she was ecstatic. She said that the sport has given her a lot. She also said that her best holiday experience was sailing in Greece. She said that people of any age group can participate in this sport. Westwood promoted the sport among the locals and this was crucial for the success of the Sailing Club.

Westwood joined the Club in the year 1986 and she supported both the Social activities and the shore activities of the club. She also does many things for the club. She administers entries, collects fees and records them; she also compiles and publishes race results etc.

The Sport Development Officer of Royal Yachting Association, Mr. Duncan Trusswell has said that there is a huge number of volunteers who are committed to the sport of sailing and its Volunteer Awards are only meant to celebrate that. Mr. Trusswell considers the Volunteers to be essential for the sport. He said that it is for them that many clubs and events manage to keep on going.

Chelmarsh Sailing Club was founded in the year 1965. The Olympic Games Legacy Fund was granted to the Sailing Club in 2012.

Tower shaped yacht has 8 decks

Designed like a tower, a concept vessel that measures more than 60 meters in height and 162 feet in length, and has more than 3500 square meters of grand interior space for invitees, is now making the headlines. Aptly called Star, this private yacht carries a central cluster of 4 lifts that offer access through 8 decks.

With plenty space for sub-marine viewing deck and viewing platform at the top and a helipad, the yacht was made for thirty six overnight invitees but can hold more than two hundred people for parties as well as other events. (more…)