The Sailing World Cup

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…)

Comanche’s Porto Cervo Quest

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.


Yacht parking places goes for US$ 3 million

If you believe that you have a whole lot to park your car, so attempt to look for a place for your yacht. Well, as if the boats were not really expensive enough, but Harbour 26, a new “dockominium” in Fort Lauderdale in Florida, is charging up to US$ 3 million for yacht parking spots, said to Battle Plan Capital, an Alabama-based investment group behind the development.

The twenty six totally covered, hurricane-rated boat slips each come with a 2-story storage adeptness along with an enwrapped garage as well as additional car parking. The harbor that is around 5 minutes from Fort Lauderdale airport, is also set to have a full club house on the place, with a pool, entertainment and fitness centers, barbeque as well as twenty four hour security, in case owners are bored aboard their very own yachts. (more…)

Phuket Yacht event could not materialize

Following a lot of skepticism regarding the very first Phuket Yacht Show would happen, it has been declared that the 1st edition of the program has been called off for now because of circumstances that are beyond their control.

It had been scheduled to happen from 12th 15th February, at Phuket Yacht Haven Marina that is being remade to become grandest superyacht marina in Asia. The owner of marina and the show organizers tell that the present conditions mean it would be preferred for the show to be at a later date. No particular alternative dates have so far been declared.

Apparently, the postponement has been the final result of a push from the officials of the Thailand government to have this later in the year. Industry experts have also proposed the organizers of the show to increase the number of superyachts hitting the Thailand waters from Mediterranean for winter season.

Organizer 3L Events managing director Andy Treadwell stated that both his team and the Yacht Haven Marina team have all worked really hard to get the show off the ground this year. This is a hug project, and a highly significant one for yachting in Asia, but they all agree that it would be better to delay until conditions are perfect.

He further added that what is most important is the great interest the events start had triggered in this industry. They believe that this would be a great event as well as a great catalyst for the development of the yachting industry there. And the primary point was the center on charter, so it is also very exciting to have had a positive reaction from Thai government  this might offer a great boost to the industry across the world.

Greek Olympian Looking Forward To Encourage Sailing In UAE Children

Greek sailor hero Sofia Bekatorou is looking forward to encourage sailing in UAE children. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist spent a few days with Abu Dhabi school kids recently with the aim to interest them in sailing the very similar way she herself got hooked to the sport as a sprightly teenager.

The interesting part is that it was 1976 Olympic first female 10/10 gymnast champ Nadia Comaneci who nudged Bekatorou towards sailing.

“I was hugely inspired by her poster”, she remarked. “While I was heading to my gym, I kept on looking at my poster& started pondering, ‘Someday I would be just like her’. I feel at some phase, when you are a child, some people do impact you. It’s kind of like they alter your life.

Being top athletes, we posed our own stories to younger genre…here at Abu Dhabi”, she continued.”I do believe in it that we are able to inspire and motivate other nations, it’s an absolutely great idea.

“If I could have some contribution in making these children head to sailing clubs & try out the sport, then I would actually feel successful. It’s the ultimate theme. I did share my medal with the children as I wanted the younger ones to see & feel it. I feel this would able to inspire them, the very way I got inspired. I’m hopeful that I could be a major reason for some to get into sea & sail.”

The Greek sailing lady is at UAE for Abu Dhabi’s inaugural ISAF World Finals which started at Corniche this November.

The top twenty sailors in ten disciplines would compete for the championship titles. The season would culminate with rounds at China’s Qingado, Australia’s Melbourne, Miami, Spain’s Mallorca & France’s Hyeres.