Courtney Koos is a sailor and a former student of Bowdoin College. She is currently sailing the 58-foot renowned yacht, Maiden. It is the same vessel which was by a legendary sailor from Britain, Tracy Edwards in the year 1989 when she was the skipper of the very first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race.
Maiden has been newly restored after thirty years. It is on a voyage that will go on for almost two and a half years covering 32 destinations across 17 nations. This time it is also an all-female crew from hailing from different countries.
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) sporting calendar has been launched officially in Milan. It is the same venue where One Ocean Foundation was presented last year.
The Commodore of YCCS, Riccardo Bonadeo was the one who started the press conference addressing all attendees with thanks. He said, “The fact we are here if because of those who believe the kind of sporting activities we have and in our efforts and activities for the protection of the sea.”
After Turkey and Morocco witnessed the qualifier rounds for an exciting and entertaining freestyle kiteboarding championship, Brazil is all set to witness the historical and grand finale for the championship. The Cumbuco city of Brazil where the semi-finals took place will also conduct the finale of this championship which will witness some of the top athletes and aficionado of the freestyle kiteboarding game.
The World Kiteboarding Championship came into existence after Kiteboard Riders Association (KRA) thought of a world tour for this. The KRA came across this idea after getting a great positive response from the fans and seeing the humungous fan base, they considered a world tour for this game as the best option to establish a link between the fans and the game. The WKC is the title holders and is totally sponsored and sanctioned by the World Sailing and the GKA.
Kiwi Sailors Josh Junior and Andy Maloney are planning to make a bright future for them. After achieving the Americas Cup with the New Zealand Team last year, the two sailors have gone back to the Olympic sailing field with a mission to compete at the Games. Although both are trying, only one would be eligible to make it to Tokyo in 2020. Maloney took part in the 2016 campaign of laser class and now turned to the Finn for this year. He has put himself in direct race with Junior as you can have only one representative from each country. There may be some underlying confusion for their supports, but Junior and Maloney are very clear and know what they want.
Maloney said they have planned it well and are in agreement as far as running the campaign together is concerned. They are keen to lend support to each other to improve to give out their best performance, and regardless of who goes to the Games, but the team will have a chance to win a medal. They believe that to reach to the top, a best training partner by your side is important. The duo has earned a spot in the country at the Olympics and will give it their best shot next month at the World Championships in Denmark. The Kiwis should reach among the top 8 nations to seek a qualification spot.
With four time America Cup winner Grant Simmer announced as the new chief executive of Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing, Sir Ben Ainslie has labeled the move a “massive coup.” Simmer is the replacement for Martin Whitmarsh for the team based in Portsmouth. The former chief executive would head BAR Technologies division that is just established.
Ainslie is excited that a vast experienced man in Simmer is taking over the team. The four-time Olympic gold medalist feels Simmer would bring the much needed boost to his team. The four-time America Cup winner has featured ten times at the tournament. He was on the Australian team that broke America’s 132-year reign back in 1983. The 60-year old also won titles with Swiss side Alinghi and American side Oracle.
While the world awaits an official announcement and photo-ops, the general notion is that with Simmer’s departure from Oracle, Larry Ellison’s team will not be competing in 2021. Simmer is expected to bring some success to Ainslie’s team, who lost to New Zealand in the playoff semis in June.
“I’m really excited about it. We’ve obviously worked together a couple of time before and to be honest he was the only guy I wanted,” Ainslie said.
The race team owner added that he hoped people did not see Whitmarsh’s movement into a new role as a demotion. Whitmarsh is expected to remain an “advisor” to the team while he primarily works on commercializing the technologies developed through the team. Ainslie said Whitmarsh couldn’t commit full time to the race team and that his skill set much better aligns with the BAR Technologies and business sides.
Simmer is expected to begin work immediately, “spotting inefficiencies” and managing the budget “effectively.” He is expected to fully relocate from Australia in the new year.
The Big Lake will be the center of attraction next weekend as the oldest freshwater sailboat race is all set to kick off on the Lake Superior on August 5th, 2017.
The event is the biannual Trans Superior International Yacht Race and it is in its 25th edition. It is only fitting that the Lake Superior hosts the 25th edition of this freshwater lake race.
The member of the 2017 Trans Superior race committee Dave Johnson said that the Lake Superior is one of the biggest inland lake races to happen in the Mercian waters and the other t3o competitions are the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac and the Bayview Yacht Club Port Huron to Mackinac Island Race. He is happy that the lake race is culminating at the Lake Superior.
The George Kemp Marina is getting spruced up for the event and the boats will soon set anchor at the marina to compete in the race. Johnson said that the organizers are expecting the boats to start arriving from Wednesday to Friday. They will all be locking through at 8 am on Saturday. (more…)
In the America Trophy (the MAISA Co-Ed Spring Championships), total 18 team participated and among them sailing team of Washington College was one of them.
On the final day of the race, the team of Washington College sailing finished in 15th
position and in the Salisbury Spring Open championship they were first of five teams.
What happened in the America Trophy (MAISA Co-Ed Spring championship)?
- In A Division, Washington was 18th. And for A Division races the first two was done by Skipper Alex Smith, he sailed with crew Allison Cochran. The next four races were sailed by skipper Hannah Schmidt with crew Andrew Vernon. They also sailed together for races 8A and 10A. For races 7A and 9 A Schmidt was the skipper and he sailed with crew Griff Rodrigue. Similarly, races 11A through 14 A Smith was the skipper and he sailed with Vernon as crew. Again for 15A race and Schmidt took the responsibility of the skipper and sailed with crew Maura Matthews. In the A Division race next-to-last Vernon and Smith placed sixth.
- Matt McDermaid Skipper drove Washington to the position of 11th B Division race. He was sailing with crew Lindsey Arnstein and they remain together for the first seven races. After that for next five races Cochran was there, and final three races Charles Streitwieser took the responsibility of the skipper. In the race 4B Arnstein and McDermaid were second; on the other in race 9B Cochran and McDermaid were second.
- At the regatta, the top nine finishing teams qualified for the semifinal of ICSA Co-Ed Dinghy National competition. Teams who remain in the top nine positions were, Hobart/William Smith, Fordham, Navy, George Washington, Georgetown, St. Mary’s, Hampton, Merchant Marine and Old Dominion. Respective ranking of teams can be checked on the website.
Ireland and sailing reached a pinnacle when Annalise Murphy received a silver medal in the Olympics in August 2016. Sailing received due attention in the country and the public interest as well. The Medal race was watched with great interest by most people of the Rio Olympic event.
Annalise Murphy had been received well with garlands and national award honors as well as elevated to the status of Volvo Sailor of the Year. The awards ceremony was held in Dublin on the last Friday of January. This helped to resurface some of the attention that had initially been grabbed after Rio was completed.
The awards ceremony brought in sailing professionals from different parts of the country and helped refresh the minds of people that much talent exists in the country in competitive sailing. For instance, Annalise Murphy as well as Ewan MacMahon was awarded who was acclaimed as Youth Sailor of the Year. The shared enthusiasm among professionals in the same sport made the evening special. (more…)