One of the points of focus for Australian sailing authorities is to take up programs that encourage the participation of more people in sailing. One of their forthcoming initiatives is to encourage women’s participation and that would be launched on March 8th, International Women’s Day.
It was a great sight when the lovely southwesterly breeze added to the success of the opening day of Royal Cork last weekend for “At Home” which was sponsored by none other than Mater Private. Kieran O’Connell, the RCYC Real Admiral did the honors by representing himself as a race officer for Cruiser division. Forming a windward mark towards the Cork Harbor’s entrance and utilizing navigation buoys for leeward and gybes marks, in addition to beginning with the white sail fleet notified that every fleet was in close proximity to one another.
There is no doubt about who was the boss at the America’s Cup event in Bermuda this June. It was the Team New Zealand all the way and they showed great skills and prowess to beat the Oracle USA Team. This is why there was no surprise when the Emirates Team New Zealand were handed the Executive Travel Sailor of the Year award at the Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards.
If you could recall, the Oracle Team USA were beaten easily by the Emirates Team New Zealand 7-1 in Bermuda and the Americans could not match up to the Kiwi all through the America’s Cup final event. Team New Zealand won back the America’s Cup. They received the Sir Bernard Fergusson Trophy. The Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards was held at the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and it was a great gala dinner evening. (more…)
AkzoNobel dismissed its skipper Simeon Tienpont last week for breach of contract but the sailor contested the move. The case ended with Team AkzoNobel reinstating the disgruntled sailor just hours before the 2017/18 Volvo Ocean Race.