SheSails Initiatives for this Year

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.

The initiative is being taken up by She Sails which is the brand for promoting female participation in sailing. The program is designed to recognize all female contributors who are dedicated to the sport. There would be promotional and branding toolkits given out to different clubs for this program.

At Home Royal Cork Yacht Club Regatta 2018

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.

Besides, the dinghies on Curlane Bank began to sail and it was great to see many younger players taking part in the sailing competition. It was their actual race for the first time after completion of sailing courses which they learned during summer vacations. The National 18s began to sail their own course on the bank, which indeed provide a vibrant sight. This was all about Saturday, but Sunday did turn out a bit grey with some strong winds. The wind was quite strong and a huge log collided with the keelboat fleet. There were some young sailors on the dinghy course, who were brought out through the Committee boat so as to ensure that they could watch the Fevas, RS 200s and other classes at best speed along with the capsize as well.

Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards Presented

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.


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.

According to reports Tienpont was granted permission to lead the team on the morning of the stage 1 race. He eventually cast off from Alicante with a crew of seven members. The bulk of the experienced crew remained ashore so a shore team was put together and a sailor borrowed from another squad for the race. (more…)