Triple Medals Won By New Zealand

At the Rio Olympics many sailor teams like that of Brazil struggled to reach a single medal category, while other countries like New Zealand won triple medals in a single day. That was surely a great feat and achievement for the country’s sailing teams.

With the sailing regattas coming to a close New Zealand team were found to dominate. On the final day they won gold and two silvers, making it the sole country to do so. The feat was accomplished in yachting. All three medals were achieved in this category. Polly Powrie and Jo Aleh started off the proceedings. On Friday at Guanabara Bay they won silver in the 470s category for women. (more…)

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Extreme Sailing Series

If you are a fan of the extreme sailing sports, you will certainly be excited to hear this piece of news. It is about an action packed three Acts race that would be held in Wales, China and Oman as part of the Extreme Sailing Series. The season is now reaching the halfway point.

The GC32s boats that would take part in the series are now headed to Hamburg in Germany, which is said to be Gateway to the World and they would set sail from the Port of Hamburg on the last weekend of this month. (more…)

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Runway at the London City Airport ‘closed’ to let yacht through for London Boat Show

A runway of the London City Airport was “closed” for a short time to make way for the Sunseeker International’s 131 Yacht that is all set to get people mesmerized at the London Boat Show. It was reported that the airport had to shut down one of its runways to let the yeahct pass via King George V Lock on its way to Excel centre. 131 Yacht will be the largest model at this year’s show.
Still, an airport spokesperson stated that the scheduling squad arranged for boats to pass by the airport at times when there are natural breaks in scheduling. She further stated that quite a lot of boats come through for the boat show and their operations teams time it perfectly around their flight schedule, so when there are natural gaps, they allow them through.
131 Yacht will be the biggest boat ever to be showcased at the London Boat Show and would be on the place from 8th to 17th January. Sean Robertson, the Sunseeker International sales director told that the London Boat Show is always really exciting and it attracts a great international selection of clients. He is delighted that they are introducing this special new yacht, the first – and largest – of 4 new Sunseeker models set to debut next year.

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Big Boat Challenge gets new look

A modest breeze and overcast skies robbed Solas Big Boat Challenge bash of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia around Sydney Harbour from some of its drama, this season, but the yearly event always gives a look at the squads that look to contend for Rolex Sydney Hobart Race which begins on 26th December.

Today, the light winds and flat waters were made to order for elegant, slim as well as recently altered Wild Oats XI. Following a great start, Sandy and Bob’s super maxi drew away from the wider, bigger, more powerful hundred footers, Perpetual Loyal and Ragamuffin 100, on every leg of the fourteen nautical mile course, in a steady way.

Wild Oats XI
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Pensacola to Havana Race – final results

Bob Kriegel from Pensacola, FL, sailing his Pearson 424 ‘Acadia’ (monohull)and George Reiss from Panama City, FL, sailing his R&C ‘Bene Vita’ (multihull) shared the top prize in Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana Race 2015. Kreigel was top adjusted time finisher in seventeen-boat monohull band and Reiss was top adjusted time finisher of the four multihulls which began the historic renewal of yacht racing to Cuba from United States.

The race this year was five-hundred-eleven nautical miles from Pensacola to Havana. The fleet began on 31st October, with the tide at Bayou Chico Channel’s end, heads via the Pensacola Pass, leaves the sea buoy No. 1 to starboard and goes straight to Havana leaving Rebecca Shoals Light to port. The very last yacht went to Cuba on 5th November.

21 yachts from twenty-seven to fifty-seven feet long took part in 3 divisions — 4 Multihulls, 7 Classic Cruisers and 10 Modern Cruisers. Along the way 4 yachts withdrew, 2 because of damage. The crew from one of those Midnight sun II, came back to Pensacola, shifted their issues and gear onto ‘TraSea’, owned by one of her crew, and went for Cuba. Actually, the crew was awarded 3rd spot in Class B.

Topping the men’s was Malcolm Lamphere (Yale), while Juan Perdomo of Harvard was second and Enrique Arathoon of Charleston  was third. In the women’s fleet, the top spot was snatched by Haddon Hughes (of Georgetown), with Lindsey Baab (Brown) in the 2nd spot and Isabella Loosbrock (of Boston College) in the third spot.

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