Umpires For Sailing Races

With the world sailing techniques and equipment, evolving rapidly, it is definitely a challenge for those who umpire sailing events. For them it is becoming a game that has become faster than what it used to be before. The GC32s that use foiling technology as in Extreme Sailing Series are testing the skills of sailing umpires in ways that they have never had to before.

The boats are built to blast along the water and move at 35 knots. Direction as well as speed can be changed on the spur of the moment in these superior boats and hence, decisions need to be made instantly depending on the foiling techniques and whether the movements or the methods used are as per the rules of a tournament. Continue reading “Umpires For Sailing Races”

Etchells NA Championship preview

Etchells Long Island Sound Championship finished on Labor Day at the Larchmont Yacht Club. Now, Etchells North American Championship will come about in the same waters beginning this Thursday, 9th Sep. The show will end on Saturday, 12th September. And, a practice race will take place on Wednesday.
The Top-3 finishers in Long Island Sound Championship – Steve Benjamin (Seawanhaka Corinthian YC); Jim Cunningham (San Francisco/ New York YC); and Peter Duncan (American YC) – will be taking part in the North Americans. A clutch of thirty-seven boats from the United States as well as Canada have registered for the race as of now.
Fifty years earlier, the IYRU declared a contest for the design of a 3-man boat to substitute the Dragon as Olympic keelboat. Skip Etchells, who was an American Yacht Club member at the time, took up the competition, which took to the design of Etchells as well as eventual formation of Class in Western Long Island Sound. American Yacht Club Commodore Peter Duncan, and their members, as well as staff, are happy to arrange this very important regatta in the waters where Etchells Fleet 1 turned into a reality.

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Mal Lennon presumed to be dead

Yachtsman Mal Lennon, 62, who fell from a boat off the coast Port Stephens, is thought to be dead. Mark Hutchings, the Marine Area Command Superintendent, stated that the search efforts for the 62-year-old went on till early hours of Thursday, but they could not find him.

Port Stephens

Two helicopters along with marine rescue personnel looked out the area but they did not find the veteral sailor whose yacht, the Amante, had been swept off Broughton Island on Wednesday. Continue reading “Mal Lennon presumed to be dead”

Great Kills Yacht Club honors Commodore

For the 108th year, on Saturday evening, the members of the Great Kills Yacht Club lionized their annual Commodore’s Ball at their clubhouse located on Great Kills marina.

Over hundred and sixty guests, that is comprised of G.K.Y.C. members along with members of various other yacht clubs and their wives, relished an open bar with a dinner to pay respect to their retiring Commodore Paul Heyne and also welcoming Donald Heap, their incoming commodore.

Great Kills YC

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Magnetic Island Race to see classic yachts

The call has revealed for entrants to be a part of the newly introduced Classic Yacht Class for ninth annual SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week. Vessels with time on their part and made for racing in an earlier time are advocated to join the meet that has a friendly and relaxed style. Often these boats are seen to be great examples of craftsmanship and tradition, whether they are old or belong to this modern age.

Denis Thompson said that there are no hard and fast regulations regarding qualification for Classic Yachts Class for the meet this year. A classic yacht is one which has probably been built and designed in a different time utilizing traditional construction materials.

Thompson stated that they believe that there are quite a few around including in Townsville and throughout North Queensland. They are attempting to encourage some of the older yachts which are there to enter. Those located as far a-field as Brisbane are also possible entrants. Continue reading “Magnetic Island Race to see classic yachts”

New York caps off sales tax on yachts to go one on one with Florida

New York is cresting its sales tax on yachts in a bid to lure back business from Florida and other locales that charge less. But the yacht brokers of Florida said that they are not really worried that the move would cost Sunshine State much.

This is because Florida has a grand lead over New York in yacht sales, as well as many New Yorkers bring their boats to Florida for the winter. So, even if New York picks up some extra sales, those owners probably will spend money at Florida’s marinas, repair yards and other services.

Jeff Erdmann, the chairman of Florida Yacht Brokers Association that pushed Florida’s tax cut on yacht sales in the year 2010, told that they would not lose many sales to New York in the grand scheme. They still have the better weather. Continue reading “New York caps off sales tax on yachts to go one on one with Florida”

Superyacht The Serene bypasses Nelson

A US$ 431 million super-yacht named The Serene, owned by exiled Russian vodka tycoon has docked in Wellington. As it went through Marlborough Sounds at weekend, a designed visit to Abel Tasman National Park coast and Port Nelson has evidently been cancelled.

At 134 metre long, the yacht is longer compared to New Zealand’s 2 navy frigates as well as multi-role ship named HMNZS Canterbury. Reports suggest that it feature an internal pool that carries seawater, 2 helicopter platforms as well as a helicopter hangar. It also has a mini submarine aboard as well as a spot called the ‘Nemo room’ – a glass paneled bulkhead for looking at the beneath of the ocean.

The Serene was docked at Queens Wharf yesterday. Charles Smith, the CentrePort marine services, told that non-disclosure documents suggest that he might not show how long the ship would stay in Wellington. Continue reading “Superyacht The Serene bypasses Nelson”