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

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.

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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