Clean beginning for to Cuba race

In the Andrews Institute Pensacola a la Habana race 2015, only 22 boats entered and twenty-one started the race. Jeanneau 45DS of Glenn Benson might not begin because of a broken rudder endured in the oddment storm of Hurricane Patricia in the week. The 1st class to beginning went off at 8:05 am CDT, the early time to get hold of the running tide.

The smaller, slower boats in Classic Cruiser Division began first, followed by Modern Cruiser Division as well as the Multihulls. Winds were under ten kts from east. Threfore, it was a great beginning south out of the Pensacola Bay to Santa Rosa Sound. Following a short run to west in sound, the boats cut via Pensacola Pass as well as headed out into Gulf of Mexico on a beat to Habana. Read More

Before Hiring A Yacht

Is that you are out for a vacation or having a party? Are you ready for some meeting or going to have fun with friends? Is that you are about to have some sort of celebrations lined up?

Such planning or tours keep buzzing the people and even brings a hasty need of something distinct. Over here, for all such reasons you might be thinking of hiring a yacht to have fun, excitement, thrill or to visit the nearby places. Read More

Yacht owner accused of fraud

Colin and Andrea Chisholm have been put behind bars with charges of fraud as they had claimed themselves to belong to the Scottish royal family and received substantial benefits from the state.

Andrea Chisholm had already confessed of her crime, while her husband who recently appeared in court also told all about how he had claimed himself to be a Scottish lord and misled people. The couple had been living a luxurious life and on a million dollar yacht and also lived in Deep haven Mansion later.

Colin Chisholm while confessing his guilt admitted of the major economic offense committed by him. He had boasted of being a Scottish Lord and had accepted about $167,000 from the Minnesota welfare. At the same time the couple had collected benefits meant for the poor and in this way went on deceiving people, and meaning that their yacht was paid for by people who could only afford to charter a yacht themselves!?

The man while confessing his guilt said that he had taken benefits from the Hennepin County that he was not eligible for and at the same time he even collected welfare benefits in Florida and did not pay the federal taxes.

His crime of living like a rich man and deceiving poor people has been termed as offensive by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. He has been sentenced to 21 months of imprisonment for deceiving people and taking public assistance wrongfully. However the amount of $167,000, that the couple has been accused of accepting is debated to be lower by his public defenders is expected to be lower and will be discussed about in the hearing scheduled for January.

Controversy Surrounding Team Oracle’s Boat

Roger Badham (popularly known as the weather guru of team New Zealand) has recently and very bravely questioned the legitimacy of the boat that was utilized by USA team Oracle during the America’s Cup 2013.

Oracle was able to win the America’s Cup last year in spite of the good performance of team New Zealand. During the America’s Cup 2013 there were some speculations in relation to the boat utilized by team Oracle. However, team New Zealand did not pay that much attention to it.

Later on, team NZ protested against Oracle’s boat claiming that the team had used some automatic, computer-based and hydraulically powered stabilizing system that allowed the boat to be in a stable condition while gibing. But the protests were dismissed by the authorities on the basis of timing.

While giving an interview to the Australian online yachting magazine named Afloat.com.au, Badham highlighted the fact that team NZ’s Dean Barker struggled during the regatta to keep the boat stable. On the other hand, team Oracle’s captain- Jimmy Spithill was sailing his boat very conveniently.

One of the spokesmen of team Oracle stated that the article in the Australian magazine did not state any facts which were true and many incorrect assertions have been made in the article which seems to be ridiculous to a certain extent.

Concerns that were raised by Roger Badham during the interview have also been a part of the extensive review that was carried out by team New Zealand after its failure to win the 2013 America’s Cup.

Sir Stephen Tindall (director of team NZ) had hinted that a portion of the review will be released. However, it seems that the team New Zealand has decided not to make the review public as it consists of sensitive details which will turn out to be helpful for the rival team.

Yacht club devastated in fire

Two young boys have been arrested by police in link with a huge blaze that devastated a historical yacht club. According to reports, around 30 fire fighters fought through the whole evening to extinguish the fire at the Alexandra Yacht Club located in Clifton Terrace in Southend. A single chimney is all that stays as the immense fire reduced to ash.
Essex Fire and Rescue and Essex Police started a probe earlier this morning into the reason of the fire that was so fierce the house in Clifton Terrace got collapsed. In the meantime, 2 boys aged sixteen and seventeen, both from Westcliff, are presently being questioned by the police. They were caught on arson suspicion after being stopped by the police in Westcliff at around 3 am.
The hundred and thirty year old club house that has been shut down and would be torn down because of subsidence was well ablaze at around 11.45 pm previous night. Fire crews from 6 engines spent the next 2 hours eliminating the flames from the Royal Terrace with an aerial ladder when police shut down either side of the road there as well as the pavements on the Western Esplanade.
Fire officers as well as police officers have had yet to wait till day light to start an investigation into the matter as the ground is too unstable for investigating officers to be carried out in darkness. Steve Parker, the station officer and incident commander, stated that the fire started in Alexandra Yacht Club on Southend seafront just before midnight on Saturday evening. The building was derelict and was situated on the side of the cliff on stilts.

Two young boys have been arrested by police in link with a huge blaze that devastated a historical yacht club. According to reports, around 30 fire fighters fought through the whole evening to extinguish the fire at the Alexandra Yacht Club located in Clifton Terrace in Southend. A single chimney is all that stays as the immense fire reduced to ash.

Essex Fire and Rescue and Essex Police started a probe earlier this morning into the reason of the fire that was so fierce the house in Clifton Terrace got collapsed. In the meantime, 2 boys aged sixteen and seventeen, both from Westcliff, are presently being questioned by the police. They were caught on arson suspicion after being stopped by the police in Westcliff at around 3 am.

The hundred and thirty year old club house that has been shut down and would be torn down because of subsidence was well ablaze at around 11.45 pm previous night. Fire crews from 6 engines spent the next 2 hours eliminating the flames from the Royal Terrace with an aerial ladder when police shut down either side of the road there as well as the pavements on the Western Esplanade.

Fire officers as well as police officers have had yet to wait till day light to start an investigation into the matter as the ground is too unstable for investigating officers to be carried out in darkness. Steve Parker, the station officer and incident commander, stated that the fire started in Alexandra Yacht Club on Southend seafront just before midnight on Saturday evening. The building was derelict and was situated on the side of the cliff on stilts.

The solar-powered yacht race

As the excited people throng the streets of Monaco the port Hercule dresses up once more for the most fabulous yacht show of the season. The luxurious witnesses of prosperity and success adorn the harbours. But there is something special in the sir this year. The Solar 1 races and Vripack are combining the most hyped about Formula One craze and the yacht show to launch the first ever solar-powered yacht Grand Prix at the solar one race. This is set to take place from July 10 to July 12 in Monaco.

This race began in Holland eight years ago, then known as the Dong energy solar challenge. It comprised of two levels, first the hobby level cruising class and then the professional yachting class, whose cost made it almost prohibitory for most of the entrants. So after competing for three years in a row in the hobby level cruising class, Vripack decided to come up with a third level, that would judge the expertise of the skipper and not the boat builder. They would be tested on a fair and uniform platform. For this purpose they came up with the V20 series. When compared (on the plain sailing facebook page) to the Navy vessels Vripack make “there’s not that much boat” Droogsma has been quoted saying. And why not? While a fully equipped yacht may take over a year to build the 19 foot V20 takes only six weeks, because it lacks the complex on-board systems.

The boat has a molded carbon shell and as many solar panels as feasible as this is the prime source of energy for the yacht. Set to reach a maximum of 18mph. It comes for a mere 55,000 Euros where as a professional yacht can cost as much as 130,000 Euros. So a mere compromise in the top-speed seems acceptable especially when there’s no cost for fuel.

Latvia Secures Win At Yachting Russia

Latvia has reportedly emerged victorious at Yachting Russia championship this time. The regatta was held last week with j/80 International on-design sportsboats.

It was the 9th edition of the Yachting Russia championship which is hosted by Fraglia Velva Riva, one among the oldest of yachting clubs from Europe. The race is meant for Russian-speaking sailing community.

Around sixty athletes from Ukraine, Russian, Latvia, Italy, Germany and Belarus were distributed into 11 squads for the race. The championship allows each of the skippers to pick 1 crew member from all the participants & the remaining crew is decided by a lottery. Given such a selection method, each squad is somehow forced to get involved in team training, organization  & a unified team-work culture. The winner is the squad which shows up with great team work with least mistakes. It’s quite a unique and fun format leading to amazing camaraderie & fun parties among the team members as sun sets.

The initial 3 days feature an unusual ambience for Lake Garda with lighting, heavily overcast sky & variable breeze blowing from all wind direction. However, it was the harmonious and accurate operation on part of the racing committee that finally enabled the sailors to take part in forty0three matches to decide the top 4 crews. It was followed by semi-final meetings & selection of championship participants & consolation finals.

Since the very start of the championship, the participants have shown signification escalation of skill. The final day of the race featured the perfect ambience with the shining sun and nice wind. The finalists had quite an intense fight and finally it was Riga’s Sergey Pervushkin who won the honor for Latvia on Baltic Sea. Russian sailor Sergey Ezhikoy came second while it was Dmitry Zaritsky who was the second runner-up.

Changes In The Rules And Regulations In Yachting

With the 2013 season coming to a close the sailors would be welcomed to the new season with some changes in 2014. The regulatory bodies have come to a conclusion that there needs to be some change for this year and the changes are for the better sailing. One of the most important changes that will be seen is the percentage of fuel sulfur which should be 1000 ppm.

This would help to reduce the airborne particulate matter resulting in less emission of sulfur dioxide. According to the Load Line Convention the southern limit of the allover load will soon be moved by 50 miles towards the south which would give more room to the yachts and ships to pass from the allocated area. Previously this was always planned but it was not incorporated but from this year it will be taken care of and it will help the sailors a lot.

Apart from this there will be some other changes as well such as the length of the yacht can be changed and each yacht will be able to have either a shore based support or an onboard stability computer that would be having more than three vertical fire zones.

There will be changes in the fire safety systems as well and as per the changes that have been made a yacht can only have a radiotelephone apparatus that too in the two way portable mode so that it becomes easier for the firefighter’s communication. The communication will be done via radio and the radios should be intrinsically safe with explosion proof facility. In addition to this the yacht should also have some spare cylinders with a facility for onboard recharging and breathing apparatus cylinder. Changes in the noise level are also been looked into but the definite information about this has not yet been updated.

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