Regatta Sailing

On the first day on Upper Klamath Lake this Saturday, the winds were quite steady for the 42nd annual Firecracker Regatta. There were around 22 sailboats divided across 4 classes of boats that participated in the event so as to get in 5 races with a positive hope for something more to take place on Sunday.

There were skippers from Ashland, Medford, Northern California and Eugene to thoroughly enjoy the weather on the lake in the mid 80s. Besides, there was a strong breeze of around 10 to 16 mph.

As far as the forecast for Sunday is concerned, there were 9 catamaran boats and multihull for colorful sailing and fast sails. In addition, there were small razor boats that accommodated only one man, which is for the Performance Handicap Racing fleet, 20 foot Santana 20s and 21 feet San Juan Class that popped up bright shaded Spinnakers during sailing downwind. Read More

Quinn And Rogers Star Of RSC

In the result of the combined Youth National and ISA Pathway Championships that took place on Belfast Lough, the classes of sailing were spoiled for choice in a number of stand-out performances.


The Yacht Club Ballyholme and its strong army of 70 volunteers, delivered event with a lot of space for three course areas, and interestingly, it was between medium to very-light winds.

The under-19 year olds line-up Crowning, Ewan McMahon the world Silver medalist of the Howth Yacht club had the finest show of consistency. The Laser Radial class was won by him.

ISA development & youth manager Rory Fitzpatrick said on the occasion. “He is like the iceman – though he doesn’t win races in number, but he can be seen always at the front,”

However, for Fitzpatrick, the Laser Radials for him the big stand-out was Aaron Rodgers and Conor Quinn of Rush Sailing Club who secured the second and the third position. Read More

UK Increased Funding For Sailing

Rio Olympic has just finished and medal takers countries have started their preparation for the next Olympic Games session.


The countries are investing more on sports to make it outperforming incoming event. In the series United Kingdom has announced that it will increase the fund for Olympic and Paralympic 2020. Amount of £345m will be spent on sports persons who are going to take part in Olympic Games and Paralympic Games; the amount will be spent on 31 players.

According to reports the out of £345m fund given for preparation of Olympic and Paralympic Games, £26,231,379 will for sailing Olympic events. For Rio 2016 Olympic Sailing team of UK received the fund of £25,504,055 for preparation. So, there is increased in the fund for 2020 Olympic preparation. Out of all the games in which fund amount will be distributed, only athletics and rowing will get more than Sailing. Read More

Sydney Noumea Race Returns In 2018

After a hiatus for over 20 years, the Sydney Noumea Race is all set to return to the sailing calendar. The race will return in 2018 and this was announced by the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia. The CYCA along with the Cercle Nautique Caledonien will be organizing and conducting this race in 2018. It will be held on June 2, 2018.

The 2018 Sydney Noumea Race is open to monohull yachts that measure between 9 to 30.48 meters. In tandem with the Sydney Noumea Race, Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane clubs will also be ongoing races. The Sailing manager of CYCA, Justine Kirkjian, who also manages a Croatia Yacht Charter company, is a very proud and happy man. He is excited to bring back the Cat 1 race to Noumea. He is hoping that the race will be attracting a lot of Blue Water competitors and many of the racers who have not yet had the opportunity to race in this event before. Read More

Rickham And Birrell Carry British Medal Hopes

Alexander Rickham and Niki Birrell are all set to compete in the two-person SKUD Paralympic at the Rio Paralympics. The team won the bronze medal at the 2012 London Games and wants to upgrade it at the Rio Paralympics. They are clear favorites to end up with a podium finish as they have won all the four World titles held between Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

This will be the third straight Paralympics that Rickham and Birell will be taking part in. They are in pretty good form at the moment and have 5 World titles to show off in their trophy cabinet. Rickham said that the passion to make it big at 2016 Rio is more as they were not able to make it big at the 2012 home games. Read More

Sailing As A Profession

If you look at the sailing industry in the eighties, many learnt to sail only when they started to work in sailing companies or related ventures.


Today there is a distinct profession for sailing and many can look forward to earning well if they can get into competitive circles. Greg Fisher was a model professional in this field in the mid eighties. He started off with races and helped his customers at his company Shore Sails to learn the techniques and compete in regattas. His sails were used for fast sailing and he developed a reputation in the area.

For those who were similar to Greg Fisher, many developed their careers in a similar manner. Many have started off being sailed makers after which they developed their skills of sailing. Many then started to steer and sail their own boats in competitions. It is a profession where one can tour several areas and meet people. One can also manage to have decent living off their passion with sailing. Indeed, there were not many who were in this industry and could hope to be able to make it as a profession as well as explore their love for the waters and the sport.

There has been much change in this industry, especially for those who are professionals and compete in sailing events. There are many who are outstanding and have made it in this profession, but for many it has become much associated with a certain prestige and reputation that makes the sport a costly one for others. Indeed, if you look at sailing as a sport, there are several investments to consider. One needs to get a boat or a sponsor for the same as well as having a crew and a coach. With so many services that need to be paid for, it has definitely become a costly sport for pros today.

Rossi Takes Over

Tom Rossi has been named as Hall Spars and Rigging and Hall Composites’ president as well as CEO of the company which has come into effect from the end of June 2016. Rossi would handle all Hall operations in the regions like New Zealand, Holland and US.

He succeeds Eric Hall, who remains as the chairman as he is the founder of the company. Known for the building of riggings and spas that are high performance, the company has been in operations since 1980.

The company is known to be associated with different yachts that they have designed and repaired over the ages. Currently there is a single mastered super yacht that is moored in Auckland, called M5, and the masts of this vessel make the other standard crafts look like mere matchsticks by its side. Read More

Britain wins in America’s Cup in Oman

When Brit yachting fans relished their morning tea and fans in New Zealand getting ready to go to bed, Brit and Kiwi teams were battling it out at the America’s Cup World Series in Muscat, Oman. After Ben Ainslie as well as his British team registered a 3-1-1 yesterday to get the top spot on the list, they hold the standard today to closely win the 4th event of ACWS circuit. But with 3 double point races, nothing was very certain till the Britain team made an epic return in the final race.
Conditions were similar like it was yesterday, with non-foiling winds of 7-8 knots keeping yacht speed at 10-12 knots upwind as well as 13-14 knots downwind. Same 4 leg course – which is a short reach after the beginning, then a L-W-L to a downwind finish – offered races between fifteen and eighteen minutes long.
The main difference from earlier ACWS tournaments was what came to be less number of spectators. Unlike earlier events in Bermuda, where a crowd of private boats
Biggest difference from previous ACWS events was what appeared to be a lack of spectators. Unlike the previous event in Bermuda where a mob of private boats conflicted on the race course, there were no on-looker boats in Oman, this time. On the land, the cameras hardly looked that way. In earlier events, when the crowds are huge.

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