Category Archives: Sailing

Azzurro Claims Overall Win At Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race

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The 2017 Land Rover Sydney Gold Coast Yacht Race is a very popular event and this time the overall victory was claimed by none other than Komatsu Azzurro.


This is the second time that Azzurro of Shane Kearns has won the overall title in three years at this prestigious event. He finished with a corrected time of 3 days 1 hour 40 min and 25 seconds. The second position was grabbed by Ian Creak’s Beneteau 47.7 Ausreo who finished 2 hours 36 min and 23 seconds behind Azzurro.

The Monday night wind shifts blew in favor of Azzurro and it moved from northerly to southerly. This change meant that the faster boats were able to get better results than the other boats. His team of six strong crew members had the wind advantage on their side and this helped them to steer the boat ahead of the competition and enjoy a comfortable lead. Continue reading

Newport To Ensenada Race All Set To Go

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The Newport to Ensenada International Yacht Race (NTEIRC) 70th edition is all set to start. For the contest of its type, it has attracted 187 entries.


Here one can see sailors of all types, the serious one, recreational cruisers and weekend racers, all competing for over 45 trophies.

The starting point of the race is Newport Beach, CA Balboa Pier and the finish point is 125 nm later off Ensenada, Baja Mexico. This is for most of the fleet participating in the race. To fulfill the requirements of Transpac Race, a longer course is there which will extend 176 nm. The starting of the course is San Clemente Island and the finish point is Ensenada.

Before the beginning of the race, the forecast has been made. According to the forecast, the conditions on the day will be unstable during the early hours. However, this has no impact on the confidence and morale of all the participating teams. Continue reading

Alex Thomson And Vendee Globe

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Alex Thomson has his own stories to tell as he has completed the eighth edition of the Vendee Globe tour that had a total of 29 skippers participating across the nations and four continents. Alex Thomson can be considered to be the first winner from Britain of this historic solo world race in sailing.

He recounted in the media his experiences of the day the group set sail from the Les Sables d’Olonnne on November 6th. For him the race was the fourth attempt. The atmosphere was incredible among the thousands of people who came to see the skippers off. He admits that waving goodbye to his family is the hardest thing to do, but his wife understands that it is his life’s ambition and supports him in his endeavors. Continue reading

Seychellois Sailor Wins Gold & Silver

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Allan Julie the sailor from Seychellois won gold medal in the African championship under the laser standard category. The event took place in Maputo in Mozambique.


After winning the championship Julie shared his thought and said, “The championship was tough and I was competing with sailors that were much younger to me, I am very happy with the result and my performance too. Now I am feeling motivated, I think at this age, I have potential to win the tournament then I think I have lots more to give.,” He further added that “All the participants of the category in which I was competing had come back from recently held Olympic Games and in this entire year, in this category; I have not completed any championship. Thus, the championship was challenging to me and I had to put all my efforts to the best to win,” Talking about the preparation made for this event Julie said, “I did not do any extra thing except focusing on fitness and skill. But yes, I participated in various regional sailing competitions in August to stay motivated and brush my skills.” Continue reading

Bertrand Very Happy To Win Etchells Worlds

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The Etchells Worlds was held at the Cowes form 5th to the 10th September 2016. John Bertrand and his team comprising of Paul Blowers and Ben Lamb were adjudged the overall winners of the Cowes Etchells Worlds. Bertrand was over the moon after winning the Etchells and said that it has been a roller coaster ride.

Bertrand has won the Etchells Worlds for the second time in his career. What makes this win even more special is that he has won it at the age of 69. He said that he had put together this team to compete in the Worlds and was happy that the team was able to pull it out at the Cowes. The last time Bertrand won it was in 2010 when Tom Slingsby was at the bow. Now the team has Ben Lamb in place of Tom and he has had a wonderful week, according to Bertrand.

His other sailing partner Paul Blowers knows the UK waters in and out having helped set up Yacht Charter in Scotland and this helped the team to sail better on it. Winning the worlds is always special because a lot of tough teams and popular sailing teams compete in the Worlds. The sailors taking part in the Worlds are from all over the world and also from every aspect of the sailing sport. Continue reading

Extreme Sailing Series Update

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The Extreme Sailing Series that is going on at the Madeira Islands saw a lot of conflicts coming up, especially on the penultimate day.


It was Act 6 when there was a collision between the Red Bull Sailing team and Alinghi team. The result was the Alinghi team lost their mast. Both teams have been pushing hard at each other from the beginning of the Act, especially the first two days. On the third day the drama went up another notch. On this day the Austrian Red Bull Sailing team came across the starting line at high speed and they got too close to their opposing team Alinghi. The result was that the front of the Swiss boat got clipped as a result.

The two boats being GC32 catamarans, the impact was high between the two super fast boats. A crucial part of the rigging of Alinghi snapped and their 16.5 carbon fiber mast as well as sails fell into the water. The safety team of the series came along to be by the boat and to ensure that the sailors remained safe and that no more damage was sustained. As the sailors had buoyancy aids as well as helmets along with their guests there was no injury experienced by anyone. Continue reading

Sailing Champions

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There are several inspirational stories behind the contestants who would be appearing in the windsurfing event in the Games of this year. For instance, there are athletes like Ricardo Santos, who would be taking part in the Games for the fifth time and is a legacy for the athletes from his country, having the Games being hosted in the native country.

There are others, such as Byron Kokkalanis who would be coming in from Greece. With Athens known to have a legendary association with the Olympics, the competitors from this country have historic relations with this event. Byron aspires to reach levels that his compatriot did, Niko Kaklamanakis who won the gold medal in 1996 in Athens as well as won the silver medal in 2004 at the same venue. He also lit the Olympic flame in the Athens 2004 event. Continue reading

Entries open for Three Peaks Yacht Race entries open

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The thirty-ninth season of the well known Three Peaks sailing and hill-running race is now set open to old-hands as well as first-times alike, and it is you who would be taking part. The Three Peaks race to take place on 11th June, next year, is now open for registration.

It is one of the oldest as well as multi-sport survival races in the world. This is a unique event blending running, sailing as well as a little cycling, with the kinky feature that rowing is allowed in moments of calm. It takes contestants in some of the highly prominent scenery in United Kingdom and it really challenges both sailors’ as well as runners’ navigational expertise.

One does not have to be a tough yacht racer to participate, or even a fit fell runner. The race attracts contestants from a great variety of sporting backgrounds as well as sailing experience, with a lot cruising sailors joining their very first race. Private crews, military, sailing clubs, university, charity teams and corporate all enter the race and battle it out on equal terms. Continue reading

Cruise liner engages in mid-Atlantic yacht rescue

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Braemar, the Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines‘ ship, came to the help of a sailing yacht that had been afloat in the mid-Atlantic Ocean for around 3 days. This involves the intriguing rescue of 3 passengers from the fourteen metre Nicollet and help of material for the yacht’s members to make essential fixes.

The 929 guest Braemar was journeying from Santa Cruz, in Tenerife to Bridgetown, in Barbados, at a speed of around 16.2 knots on 27th Dec, 2015, when the officer of the watch seen the floating sailing yacht Nicollet on the radar, 10 nautical miles from the cruise.

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