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.
The Helly Hansen NOOD (National Offshore One Design) Regatta series of 2017 scheduled has been prepared.
The five-stop series will cover sailing destination of countries that are renowned.
Helly Hansen is a company providing technical apparel for sailing and has experience of more than 130 years in the field. The sailing apparel protects professionals in the water. The company has sponsored the NOOD since three years and this is the fourth time, it has come up with NOOD.
- The Series NOOD Regatta Helly Hansen Will Cover Following Destinations.
- Petersburg Yacht Club, St. Petersburg from February 17 to 19.
- Coronado Yacht Club and San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego from March 17 to 19.
- Annapolis Yacht Club, Annapolis from May 5 to7.
- Chicago Yacht Club, Chicago from June 9 to11.
- Corinthian Yacht Club, Marblehead from July 27 to30.
The Sailing World Cup was held in Qingdao and similar to the weather conditions in Sheboygan, the weather here also made the sailors wait for day three as the first two days the weather remained unfavorable for sailing.
This was similar to the conditions that were witnessed in 2008 when the Beijing Olympic Games were held. Sailors at Quindao had to meet with tricky weather elements such as currents and cloud cover. Not only did the visiting sailors suffer, but also those who were competing as part of the host nation. They also made mistakes and lost out points.
In the Laser men category Croatia remained on top of the fleet. Tonci Stipanovic was able to hold off Coccoluto who was trying to gain above the Olympic medalist. The Cyprus team made some bad starts in the beginning, but they recovered and finished in the second as well as the fifth place. The team admitted that they made certain mistakes in the beginning. However, when the current was strong they were able to move into fifth position. The forecast was said to be similar in the coming days with light winds and strong current. However, when the sailors went out to the waters, it was not found to be so. They found favorable conditions for sailing though cloud cover kept coming about and pressure and wind shafts kept moving up and down. (more…)
The absolute beauty of Costa Smeralda does not tell the whole tale about why the sailors come back every year to the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup.
The third day threw up a dissimilar set of challenges to the first two days of contest, and this is the challenge of the unknown, how one could deal with the unexpected, which keeps these contestants coming back for more and more.
Shiftier, lighter breezes worked quite nicely for Momo, Dieter Schön’s new seventy-two-footer that won both today’s races to clutch the lead in Rolex Maxi 72 World Championships. Of the forty boats as well as five racing classes, Thomas Bscher’s hundred-and-seven footer Open Season is the one to have saved a clean sheet thus far, securing all her races in Wally Division.
Still, this is not just the newest boats that are fearing well in the blend of all conditions in Porto Cervo. New leader in Mini Maxi Racer Cruisers is Giuseppe Puttini’s vintage Swan 65 Shirlaf (of 1976), which is one of the most advanced yachts of her day and it is still gracing the world’s top regattas almost forty years later.