This year sees the 34th edition of Pineapple Cup set into operation. This is one of the oldest races that has been going on and sees world-class sailors coming in to participate in every edition. 2019 sees 14 teams participating this time. The race takes place around Montego Bay and it is a biennial race comprising of 811 nautical miles. This is considered one of the oldest races and the celebrated trophy has been given out from 1961. The trophy is a handcrafted treasure that is brought down from London. It has gone to several famous sailors such as Ted Turner, Robert F Johnson and John Kilroy.
The course record was set for 2 days, 24 minutes and culminates in 42 more seconds which was completed by a maxi boat designed by Reichel and Pugh. This year the edition includes a vessel design MOD70 which team Argo is sailing and they are hoping that the weather conditions would hold for them to be able to break it.
It was not the weather like it was yesterday, it was much kinder and definitely, there was an exciting race to be on today.
The wind speed was the major factor that hampered yesterday’s race and today, it has dropped to around 10 knots to 12 knots which is the most ideal condition for sailors. The wind was a little towards the southeast direction and there was a considerable gust factor in the wind though.
The beautiful weather conditions allowed two short races to be completed at the 2018 Superyacht Challenge Antigua. At the end of the day, two teams were tied on points after Spiip became overall lead after Race 3 but then Rebecca won Race 4. Elfjeis in third place for the regatta in the Corsairs Class.The 172ft Hoek designed ketch Elfje can still win on paper but the odds favour the 112ft sloop Spiipand then the 142ft ketch Rebecca.
In the Buccaneers Class, Acadia maintained its brilliant run to win two more races and continue its perfect run in the regatta. Zigzag and 2014 winner Marama follow accordingly. In Race 4, Acadia was six seconds behind the gun but all they needed was to finish the race to top the class. The 105ft sloopDanneskjold made the best start in Race 3 but they could not keep up the momentum as they finished eight seconds from the line.
The Techno293 World Championships has had athletes from 30 countries. The participants totaled over three hundred and it was recently concluded. There were four days of the championship, but the third and fourth days suffered due to lack of adequate wind. However the last two days the winds were strong and led to adequate excitement among the crowds. The event that was concluded over the last weekend had light wind conditions mostly, averaging about five or six knots. This progressed to high winds towards the final days. As a result, there were three races that were held last weekend, between Friday and Saturday, about eleven for Youth Boys category and ten for other fleets.
Ella Benbenisti was winner in the junior girl category and she led the races through the week. She stated that the races had been fun and she had enjoyed it. Among the boys there were participants from France who took the second and third position while the participant from Israel took the first position.
Though the weather conditions kept changing, the young sailors were able to keep up with the shifting winds and tailor their courses and speed accordingly. For many of the participants it was more about meeting people and having fun, but for others it was a competitive event where they had to perform well. This year it was clear that the Israeli participants were dominant. There was a windsurfing segment as well and here again the Israeli sailors performed well in the Youth Boy category. In the event of this year, having been successfully completed, it remains to be seen how the event of the next year will continue. This event continues to be a ground for young sailors to test their skills and help them get their skills and abilities recognized among other international sailing networks.
In a time of just a few days, the World Sailing Board (WSB) will assemble in Madrid, Spain. The meeting at the time with a number of important items on the agenda.
This includes Submissions reviewing we have received. At a first glance many of the meeting discussions will be around adopting 2020 IOC agenda, focusing on growing participation of women, the governance our sport and the antitrust policy issues.
The structure of event for the 2024 Olympics is also scheduled to be discussed in the meeting, focusing on mixed events, gender equity and accommodating different physiques. Hopes are also there to see the submissions on the development of youth and the continued development of the Emerging Nations Program of the World Sailing, but with many programs still ongoing.
The event structure of world sailing
The working group of World Sailing has been working on the growth and development of a Strategy document of the World Sailing Event, addressing that the present structure of the event needs improvement. Continue reading
The World Cup event that took place in Hyeres saw the Brit team having two finishes that took them to the podium.
One was by Start Bithell and Dylan Fletcher, who teamed up and gained silver in the finals. They were part of the 48er final race. This has been their third straight finish on the podium for the year, while the team of Saskia Tidey and Charlotte Dobson of Weymouth won bronze in the 49erFX category. This was also their maiden medal win after they paired up for the first time.
The venue was the French Riviera that proved perfect for the medal races on the final days. Most of the days of the series saw bright sunshine with steady breeze that averaged around 15 knots, making it possible for most sailors to put in consistent performance. Bithell and Fletcher of the 49er final were first when the races were scheduled, but their penultimate day was a disappointing one. Continue reading
There were several medals that were won in the Aon Youth Sailing Worlds Championship.
The 2016 event came to a close on 20th
December and it saw Italy being the winner in gaining the Nations Trophy. It definitely is a hallmark achievement for the sailors of the country as it denotes that the nation was the best performing one. Indeed, with tough competitors like US and Australian teams, it is a wonder that the Italian team succeeded. Pete Montgomery was the master of the ceremonies who is also known to be the voice of yachting. The event has 389 sailors participating for a total of 65 nations. The proceedings of the tournament were held at the Auckland University of Technology City Campus. Montgomery handed over the hallmark trophies which were applauded by all. Continue reading
The final race for 2016 52 Super Series is about to commence in Portugal. The team of Quantum racing seems to be ready to take on the task of winning the series and the Cascal Cup that is offered in Portugal. The team looks ready to win the overall title for the season that they lost out to Azzurra last year.
However the leader of the series is not ready to give up their title easily. They are not going to compromise in the approach they are taking in the regatta of five circuits that is part of the racing event this year. The regatta will move from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic and will become a testing venue for the feisty teams. Continue reading
Olympic sailing got its dose of adrenaline rush when the catamarans got in the water on Wednesday. Nathalie Brugger of Switzerland and Matias Bhluer competed in the mixed Nacra 17 races. It was held at the Rio Olympics on August 10th and there was a rush of adrenaline that was undeniable, both in the participants and the viewers as well. This kind of excitement can be brought to the waters only by double hulled boats that the catamarans are.
The debut that the catamarans of the Nacra 17 offered on Wednesday was a wild one. In the first race there was a breakdown as well as a capsize as the waters were unruly and unpredictable. The breeze that was coming from the Sugarloaf Mountain made the hulls blow off and crews had to hoist spinnakers with country flags to make them identifiable for the spectators who were watching from their positions on the Flamengo beach. Continue reading
Three top ORC championship meets in Denmark, Italy and Greece would offer the highlights in the year 2016. The biggest of these meets would be the yearly ORC World Championship, which is now in its eighteenth year of crowning the top in the sport of inshore as well as offshore racing in an event approved by the World Sailing.
The edition, this year, would take place from 15th to 23rd July, and is being co-arranged by Egaa Yacht Club and Royal Danish Yacht Club, drawing on the merged talent of the two clubs to establish an experienced and efficient group of ground staff, Race Officers as well as event management.
The venue harbor would be Skovshoved Harbor situated a few kms north of Copenhagen, Denmark. Skovshoved has just been flourished with close to three-hundred berths, and is one of the top equipped harbors in Denmark, including a chandlery, sailloft and boatyard. One of KDY’s 3 clubhouses is also settled at Skovshoved. Continue reading