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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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…)