New Zealand Millennium Cup Racing Yachts Listed

As the starting date of the Millennium Cup New Zealand, 2020 is nearing; excitement is being seen among the sailors. Royal Huisman has been confirmed as the newest sponsors for the sailing race. The regatta will start from January 29th to February 1st next year. Some of the yachts that are the most anticipated ones to win the race this year are as follows.

  1. Tawera 

The Tawera is a sailing yacht that is 28.1 meter high has a record of starting the regatta in a great position. It has won the Millennium Cup last year. Alloy Yachts launched her in the year 1995. The design was done by Ron Holland and was refitted in the year 2017.


Tracy Edwards and Her Maiden Journey

Tracy Edwards has made history with Maiden and even with an extensive sailing history with the boat; she continues to plan more tours and competitions with it. Edwards’s states that she wishes to man the boat with a crew comprising of all women. However, it was not an easy decision as she faced misogyny and sexism issues as a result.

However, she knows that being skipper is about having a vision and motivating her crew to see it through. She had been part of Whitbread Round the World Race. Popularly known as Volvo Ocean Race, she had been part of it in 1990. She had sold Maiden after that and the crew members, 12 in numbers, were scattered as well.

UK Sailors Need To Install Carbon Monoxide Alarms To Cruise Certain Waterways From January 2019

Carbon Monoxide alarms will become mandatory for UK sailors as they will have to fit a carbon monoxide alarm on their boat to cruise certain waterways in the UK from next year. New requirements are being consulted on by the Boat Safety Scheme under the order as new rule requires a carbon monoxide alarm to be applied in every class of boats with accommodation, affecting cruisers using Scottish Canals, The Boards, Thames, Chelmar, BWML marinas, Blackwater, Wey, Cam, Dee and Waterways run by navigation authorities like the waterways of River and canal etc. to apply BSS regulations. An MAIB spokesperson stressed on the fact that while none of the unfortunate event involving carbon monoxide pertained to any sailing boats, it is crucial that owners of sailing boats are quite attentive to the fact that the carbon monoxide is a dangerous source of many poisonous gases.

The Boards Authority has accepted BSS’s mandate of CO alarms while the UK government had rejected the same back in 2015. In a mishap dated in June 2016, Tina Wilkins and Alan Frost faced an unfortunate death due to carbon monoxide poisoning on Love for Lydia, their motor cruiser.

48th Youth Sailing World Championships Officially Open

The opening ceremony, which was held on 17th July, was hosted by the 11th Hour Racing. Craig Robinson, the Commodore of Corpus Christi Yacht Club welcomed all teams individually where each time added a jar of water of their home to communal bowl. The water would be poured later into Corpus Christi Bay. Sailors from Croatia and France sparred the national flag of their homes to convey a message that the world cup is not over as yet. Earlier in the day, Croatia was defeated by France in the FIFA World Cup Final.

Some of the special guests were Todd McGuire, the Program Director of 11th Hour Racing in the Volvo Ocean Race and the Executive Director Dr. Larry McKinney of the Harte Research Institute. The keynote address was given by Dr Sylvia Earle, the biologist, lecturer and author of the American Marine. She explained the significance of sustainability to the sailors. The Youth Worlds is a pinnacle event for competitors aged between 16 and 19. They aspire to reach to the top of the sailing championship. Luminaries like Peter Burling and Russell Coutts of New Zealand and Ben Ainslie of Great Britain have won gold medals at the Youth Worlds prior to achieving success.

Women Skippers At Volvo Ocean Race

Skippers who would be participating in the Volvo Ocean race have already started off on this penultimate sailing challenge. The race that will continue from now and end in June 2018 has started off. It is considered to be an ultimate test in this sport and the skippers who would be participating in it comprise of seven crews who will cover eleven legs and a total of 45000 nautical miles.

The teams would be departing from Alicante on Sunday, 22nd October 2017 and embark on the ultimate test. This is a race that started from the early seventies and comprises of four stopovers. The edition that would be run this year and continue till next year would have 12 stops that would span about six continents. The race will then conclude at the Dutch port at The Hague, which would be by the end of June 2018.

There have been women skippers who have taken part in this race such as Clare Francis, who was the first woman skipper to have taken part in this race and this time, forty years after her, Dee Caffari would be a Briton skipper just as Ian Walker before her. Being part of the crew of Turn the Tide on Plastic, the skipper of the boat states that it is definitely a different experience to sail with a crew when you have more pairs of hands to help out when things need to get done. Those who are around you will also be judged when you make a mistake which also keeps one on their toes. Dee Caffari would be debuting in this race as a skipper and she can’t wait for the experience. There are also a lot of sailors with little experience on the boat, but they are all enthusiastic about being part of the race.

Stream Series In SORC Islands

The Stream Series will be held in SORC islands, the 2017-18 version to start off soon.

There has been a Notice of Series announced for the winters as well, which would be tropical and warm water races. The current season would start from South Beach. It would be the Nassau Cup Race that is being hosted by Coral Reef Yacht Club and others as well as managed by SORC. It would start on Thursday, 9th November of this year. There would be match racing as well as festivities in the post race period organized by the Nassau Yacht Club.

The races in December would be the Wirth Munroe Invitational, Palm Beach race, which would be hosted by several clubs like Biscayne Bay Yacht clubs and others, SORC managing the event overall. This race would include a course starting from Miami and ending at Palm Beach. This race, as always, would be held on the first weekend of December and would include buffet dinner at the Sailfish club. (more…)

Edwards’ Yacht Maiden To Be Restored

Tracy Edwards’ is also known as the sailing heroine, yacht Maiden is to be restored.

She was found languishing. She was found in Seychelles marina 27 years, after leading the crew of first all-woman Round the World. The trip happened in 1990 on her Whitbread Round. She was found suffering by her former skipper; she was abandoned at a marina in the Indian Ocean on an island two years back.

Miss Edwards is now 58, she get on an ambitious fundraising campaign – the objective of which is believed to meet a single donor to salvage Maiden and take her back to the Britain so that, she can be restored, 27 years on.

This mission got the support from a number big personalities like Duran Duran singer, Virgin Media boss, Simon Le Bon, Richard Branson and many others. (more…)

Vision Of World Cup Series 2017

With the World Cup Series having started in Miami and ended by January 29th, it is simply the beginning of several regattas that would be held through the year, with Biograd next on the list. The main aim of the series is to help sailors prepare for the kind of competition they will face at Olympic levels.

Hence, no matter what category of sailing event one participates in, there are several events designed in this series to help expose sailors to the structure as well as quality of competition they would face at the pinnacle of all international regatta events.

The vision of this series has been fine tuned for this year. The overall goal is to match the experience that sailors get at the Olympics. Changes were found from the first leg itself, where events offered different opportunities and helped elevate different aspects of the events. (more…)

List Of Wildwind Sailing Anniversary Celebration

In 2017, Wildwind Sailing is completing its 30 years and people associated with it have big plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Wildwind Sailing Holiday.

The celebration of 30th anniversary will take place in Vassiliki, Greek island of Lefkas. A team of Wildwind has plans to celebrate every week of the anniversary and they will be doing so with some old and new guests. Moreover, the team has announced a 26th June to 2nd July as a week of official anniversary celebration. The celebration will take place alongside the festival Vassiliki.

The 30th anniversary celebration will involve live music that will be off the water and will be a live music from the David Bowie band. In addition to that there will be racing also that will be in three classes. (more…)

Southampton Boat Show To Exhibit Ultra National 18

The Southampton Boat Show will be conducted from the 16th September to 25th September by the National 18 Class Association. The main attraction of the boat show will be the all new National 18 known as an Ultra. This boat is designed by Phil Morrison.

There has been a lot of changes and development that the National18 class has undergone over the past two years. The boat was in the wilderment for two years and now is ready to test the race waters. Two full seasons of testing and developments reveal that the boat is ready to meet the requirements and the expectations of the Class members. (more…)