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The around the world Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) leg 3 was like hell for the sailors. The big waves and cold water make sailing quite dramatic. The sailing boats went close to 90 degrees as the teams tried to manoeuvre the waves. As the waves were rattling them, the water was gushing onto the deck and it was very cold. The wipeout was terrifying for the men on the Volvo Ocean 65 racing boats.

In the Leg 3, wipeouts were constant due to the very strong winds the team faced in the seemingly mountainous seas. The water was salty and everywhere, on the deck, pouring onto them, their eyes, everywhere.

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Many feel that sailing is losing its variety, there can be danger, and frustration in the sport as well as it can be expensive, painful. However, one should not forget that they are doing it for fun and for the spirit behind the sport that drives every enthusiast and professional. For those who race small boats, they usually equate fun with wins. But that can be a high bar to set, especially when a single boat takes the crown in any regatta. Some fleets make good of competitive sailing event and some are balanced so that everyone gets to have fun when they finish a race. However, the main spirit of fun is often ignored, of how we have fun when we spend time on the boats with family and friends as well as enjoy the waters and the surrounding conditions.


There was a race held in this spirit by Severn Sailing Association. Described as the distance race, the principle of the race was set such that different sailing vessels of diverse classes such as J/22s, Lasers, Daysailors, Laser Radials, Sunfish and others started to race at different times and the intent of the race was that every vessel will reach back at the same time. The course was set along the Severn River in a northwesterly direction. There was a solid breeze that provided positive effects, though it was a bit too strong for the lighter vessels. While the sailors sailed in the wonderful weather, the supporters on the beach kept up the hot dogs and hamburgers on the grills so that the sailors could have a hearty meal after they reached back. Many had pot luck dishes while there was a buffet laid out as well with several side dishes and dessert items. The event surely gave a feeling of joy to everyone.

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Anna Burnett and John Gimson lead in the Nacra 17 World Championships right after the American duo, Louisa Chafee and Riley Gibbs, were objected and penalized for a measurement infringement.

To answer the question now whether the younger generation can make leave an impression at these first ever event of foiling Nacra World Championships, 49er racer Gibbs and foiling kiteboarder, 21, combined with Rio Olympian Chafee, 25, had opened with two first places and an opening second from their group of 24 strong Blue fleets were credited with the interim early lead of the championship.

However, they were penalized for sailing along with bushes of rubber at the top of the foils removed, in contrast to the interpretation of International Jury measurement rules. The Americans, the training partners of Helena Scutt and Bora Gulari reported they had already trained with the removed bushes to save the maximum power in the head area instead of going for the performance gain where it to let the foil to drop lower. Continue reading Burnett And Gimson Got The Lead In Nacra 17 Worlds

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The practice sessions have taken place recently of America’s Cup where the six teams have come together for the first time.

It is not the first time that practice racing took place on Bermuda waters in preparation for America’s Cup Class races. However the recent practice round saw all six teams participating for the first time, covering the race course that would be used in the main races.

The last team to arrive was Emirates Team New Zealand who had their ACC boat re commissioned to get out on the clear waters of Bermuda and commence practice. The first bout of unofficial practice took place on Friday, 28th April when the Groupama Team of France and Artemis Racing lined up and the Kiwis gained an advantageous position against the Swedish team. However, Artemis Racing started about 24 seconds after the Kiwis which made a difference in the winning margin. Continue reading Practice Sessions America’s Cup

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The Grosse Pointe Sail Club beneath the headship of Commodore Andrea Solak successfully completed the season of sailing and activities.

This is one of the most successful events of club in history of 68 years. Sail club organized sailboat racing on the Great Lakes and the event became spectator-friendly. This was the 55th   season of racing that held at Windmill Pointe Park. The racing was kept in the theme that was spectator-friendly, at the time club also did the inauguration of a new race course that will used for the club’s 64th annual regatta. The regatta will held in August 2017.

The races organized by the club were good not only for watching, but it was an adventure for sailors as well. The club again ran Operation Shanghai on night series, in these people who are coming for the first time to Lake St. Clair racing was invited to sail on boat of club member. The participants of any experience level were allowed to join the race either the first-timer or up. Continue reading Grosse Pointe Sail Club’s Successful Season

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Auckland offered yet another stunning sunny day for day 2 of Oceanbridge Sail Auckland 2016 with an arriving sea wind making through the day letting all scheduled groups to get afoot and complete lot of racing on the second day. Sam Meech extends to top the men’s Olympic single-handed Laser class featuring twenty boats including a firm contingent of international travelers. He leads, by one point, from Colin Cheng of Singapore.
Meech, after racing, told that he had a superb day, they had two light wind races and after that the wind picked up, the sea wind filled in and they had two slightly stronger races, therefore, it was a great day for him. He found this a bit tricky in the first two when it was a little larger, but when the breeze got up, he felt really good and was going quite fast so he is really happy.
Meech, a NZL Sailing Team member, speaks about his approach for the next few days; they are just half way through, so a lot could alter, obviously. He would just keep trying to have great starts and racing how he had been. This is really great to sail on their home waters in New Zealand – he is just loving it.

Continue reading Meech performs great on the second day of Sail Auckland

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