RS300 Nationals Commences

There are a lot of eyes laid on the Volvo Noble Marine RS300 Nationals sailing event held at the Ex Sailing Club where the best will be taking part. The forecast for the event is changing on a daily basis and day one started with brilliant sunshine and no sign of wind. As the day progressed, the winds picked up and turned gusty by mid day.

As the race one of the event progressed, the weather played its trick. The breeze was varying up and down and also moved left and right. Boats by Martin Harrison, Harry McVicar, Ian Clark and Richard LeMare were able to master the winds and were miles apart from the rest just at the first beat. After experiencing compression during the middle and towards the end of the race, the first one was won by Steve Bolland. Read more “RS300 Nationals Commences”

Boat Artistry In Modern Times

Richard Swaney is one of the experienced boat artists of the modern day and age.


He is known to bring perfection to any boat that lies in his hands for working up. Working at Melges Boat Works he is a known employee who is a regular at the workshops of the company that is located in a metal and weathered building. He came to this building in 1980 looking for a job when he did not know about sailboats or about fiberglass. However, today he is one of the experienced hands, which works on every boat that comes out of the workshop of the company.

The hull of every boat that comes out from that workshop is shining that reflects the workmanship of this dedicated boat artist. Swaney at 57 is one of the employees who have been around in this company for more than three decades. He works in a corner of the factory that is dust caked and he makes every boat in that corner shine. Read more “Boat Artistry In Modern Times”

Kirkman Sails Into Elite Club

Trish Kirkman did not have a sailing family background, but there was a keen interest shown in this specific sport as a kid.

However, when she was in the state of Michigan, she decided to take part in the sailing club and that’s when the love affair started. As Kirkman competed in the Mackinac race for the 25th time with 6 victories, she said that it was just one of the sports that most appealed to her and compelled to join. Read more “Kirkman Sails Into Elite Club”

NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Cup to see old rivals again

The finals of the NESPRESSO Youth International Match Racing Cup will be fought between the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia for second year in a row. George Anyon, the RNZYS YTP skipper, was the first to make it t the finals just losing one race this day after a crew member fell overboard.
Murray Jones CYCA only lost 1 battle today but, he had to wait on the finding of the International Jury for the past flight results. Protest brushed off and this third win stands, Jones would face Anyon the next day.
The quarter finals began the day off on a huge note with toped ranked captain Murray Jones, CYCA selecting to race RPAYC’s Clare Costanzo as well as winning in three straight battles. 2nd spot RPNYC’s William Eastman, picked out CNC Tom Picot with RNZYS YTP captain George Anyon going for CNC’s Cryil Fortin both Anyon and Eastman won in three straight battles. Will Dargaville of RPAYC sailed RNZYS YTP captain Matthew Hughes. Will won 4-1.

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Dorade finishes historic campaign

Defying people who told that it could not be done, Dorade has finished a 4-year campaign to repeat all of the top ocean races she became victorious in 1930s, ending up on the podium at Rolex Fastnet Race 2015, where she became 2nd in the IRC Class 4 and 7th overall out of 356 boats.

A 52’ wooden yawl made in the 1930 by Olin and Rod Stephens; the Dorade was the oldest boat to finish in this year’s Fastnet as well as took home 3 of the event’s most prestigious honors: the Sparkman & Stephens Trophy, the Coates Schofield Trophy and the Iolaire Block.

Sparkman Stephens
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Family rescued from yacht mishap

Six family members were rescued from a yacht that became adrift in rough weather as well as ran across off the Pembrokeshire coast. Last Friday, Angle RNLI lifeboat crew introduced following a Mayday call from the eleven meter yacht.

At his time of arrival at the scene at the Lindsway Bay, the crew of the lifeboat saw the yacht aground with their anchor out, in the surf line along with 6 people on board. All Weather Lifebat was ineffective to get quite close because of the shallow water so the Y Boat was introduced and maneuvered along with the yacht in up to 2.4 meter long breaking swell to void the 2 adults and 4 children on board.

Following many attempts, and often being flooded by the waves, the Y Boat made 4 successful transfers of the emergencies onto the ALB. The casualties, who were cold, wet and shaken by the event, were taken to the Milford Haven Port Authority Jetty where they were served by awaiting coastguards. Read more “Family rescued from yacht mishap”

Yacht Racing Forum declares new format and concept

Yacht Racing Forum declared an all new format and concept for their 2015 edition and it is all set to take place over 7th and 8th December.

Now composed of different conference streams, this annual event would deliver great concepts and ideas in 3 important places that affect all in the yacht racing industry: the whole Business, planning and organizational aspects of the sport; the grandness of Design & Technology to drive innovation and, for the very first time, the role Risk Management engages in the construction of the sport. Read more “Yacht Racing Forum declares new format and concept”