Sail Melbourne Competitors Face Many Challenging Situations


As the wind limits were just at the edge, the first day of the 2020 Sail Melbourne provided some of the competitors with harsh weather conditions accompanied by wild winds at the Port Phillip Bay. The race began with approximately 20 to 22 knots, but with the winds gusting into the higher side of the twenties as the afternoon progressed, the course of the race was shortened after several sailing classes reached out of their wind limits. All classes except the Tasar managed to get into one race with only the windsurfers and kiteboarders completing their usual schedule of the race.

Jake Lilley the 2016 Rio Olympian in the Finn class said that Melbourne always has something for the sailors each time. He has spent more than 10 years here and has not faced such a situation before in this competition. Lilley participated in the Finn Gold Cup in December 2019 that was also held in Melbourne and finished at the fifth position overall. He won the medal race for the top ten participants on the last day of the competition. He also managed to secure the quota spot for Australia in Finn class for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It will be the last Olympic Games to include Finn class in the sailing competition.
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Equipment Bids Required For Olympic Windsurfing

Windsurfing is a relatively new category introduced in Olympic Sailing and now there are reviews being done for the equipment to be used in this particular sailing category in the forthcoming Olympics event in 2024. In Qingdao 2008 Mistral One Design class was introduced in place of RS: X class as windsurfing equipment. This has then been used in summer games for three consecutive Olympics. Now the windsurfing event that would be in Tokyo 2020 Olympics is under review.

For this World, a Sailing organization has invited equipment manufacturers and class associations to submit tenders for windsurfing equipment that would be used by men and women for the 2024 Olympics to be held in Paris. Invitation for submitting tender includes a re-evaluation policy of the World Sailing Olympic guidelines as were approved in the 2017 annual conference that was held in Mexico.
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Sibling Duo At Sailing World Championships

Family partnerships are not uncommon in sailing and one such famous partnership is found in Hempel Sailing World Championships in Aarhus, Denmark. The Outteridge team of Australia is one of the famous family partnerships in sailing. This team offers a domestic scene that is played out as Nathan Outteridge being a gold medalist of the Olympics, sails with his younger sister Haylee Outteridge who is also an Olympic class sailor. The chosen boat that they are sailing in is Nacra 17. This is a foiling boat of the 17th category and widely used, though one of the toughest to maneuver as well.

Haylee, who is 27 years of age, stated that it is cool that her big brother is helping out since they have not sailed together since when she was five years of age. Her brother, 32 years of age who won gold medal in London Olympics as well as silver in Rio, is here to help out. Haylee states that he acts as her mentor and she feels lucky that he is with her. Their mother often worries about the dangers involved here, but she sent her a text stating that they were both safe. Safety is relative, however and this time Haylee has the challenge of being part of the crew. Nathan stated that she is picking up the skills well compared to him who finds crewing more difficult. There have been rough water and weather conditions that they had to face, but Haylee says that it is important to understand each other’s skills and take advantage of them and that is what helps them to go along. Nathan has also worked on the Artemis team as part of the America’s Cup and has experience in handling big foiling boats.
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Spithill’s Surprising Plans

It is interesting to note that Jimmy Spithill, being a New Zealand national, was skipper of Oracle Team USA this year when the team lost against Team New Zealand America’s Cup.

The tournament was held in Bermuda in the month of June. This kind of summarizes the versatile career of Jimmy and how he is driven to try different things. Even though his quest to defend the Auld Mug was an unsuccessful one in this tournament he has now decided to be part of the national team in the PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic race that would cover a course from Devonport Wharf in Auckland to Russell that lies in the Bay of Islands. The race starts on October 20th and he would be on board the Orma 60 trimaran.

This is an interesting choice of him as the boat known as Frank Racing had been able to break a race record that had been set for 119 nautical miles, a drag race that lasted five hours 13 minutes. This particular race would feature about 150 starters. Continue reading “Spithill’s Surprising Plans”

NI Sailors Preparing Well For Tokyo 2020

The sailors of Northern Ireland have only one goal in their mind and that it to make it really big at the 2020 Tokyo campaign.

They have started their preparations and racing for the prestigious event. The NI sailors are taking part in plenty of events to get more and more racing exposure so that they get fully prepared for the hard road ahead in Tokyo. They are all determined to bring home medals for the country and to make the country proud.

The Strangford Lough Yacht Club’s Robbie Gilmore and Matt McGovern of the Ballyholme Yacht Club joined together for the very first time to take part in the men’s 49er class in Holland’s Delta Lloyd Regatta and finished in the 16htv position. This is a very good showing by the new pair in their first outing as a team. Richard Honeyford, the RYANI’s COO, feels that the duo has made very good progress in the event. They narrowly missed finishing in the 10th spot after a difficult day of racing. Continue reading “NI Sailors Preparing Well For Tokyo 2020”

Leukemia Cup Regatta

There are several regatta events that are held in order to raise funds or create awareness about different cancer conditions. One such regatta event that has been organized last year as well as planned this year is the Leukemia Cup Regatta event.

It promises to include several sailing events where not only will sail enthusiasts be able to enjoy the pleasures of boating, but also help raise money for cancer research and treatments. The Leukemia Cup Regatta has been helping to raise millions of dollars from the time it was conceived. The funds go towards research as well as helping patients in bringing hope to their lives as well as for their families.

This regatta event is held in association with several yacht clubs across the northern part of America, as well as – specialists in Bareboat Yacht Charter Croatia. Skippers need to register their boats and they can bring in a crew of colleagues, family members and friends who are encouraged to contribute and help raise funds. Crew members are encouraged to spread the word about the event so that donations can be raised from different places. There are several national as well as local event and companies that sponsor Leukemia Cup Regatta. Continue reading “Leukemia Cup Regatta”

Top Sailors In Moth World 2017

The list of entrants is impressive for Moth World 2017.

This event has been getting media attention due to top publishers and sailing related organizations like Sailing World and Foiling Week. The latter is one of the main organizations pushing the highlights for this regatta event as foiling technology would take center stage in this event.

As the event will take place in Lake Garda in Italy there would be a large contingent of British sailors taking part in the event while about thirty sailors would travel from Australia to this country to take part. There are several countries that have signed up for participating this year for the first time in this event. The names include Finland, Ireland and Argentina. Fleets from countries like Poland, Greece, Slovenia, Croatia, Canada, Norway and Bermuda. Continue reading “Top Sailors In Moth World 2017”

Laser Racers Meet Again

Tim Burton has never really hid the fact that his animosity with his rival sailor Stipanovic is not limited to the waters alone. He freely admits that both of them are competitive even off the waters and they cannot really term each other as friends.

Both sailors being part of the Laser competitive race, they have faced each other time and again. In the recently concluded Rio Olympics both the sailors were found competing for the gold and Stipanovic had to admit defeat as he was forced to make a penalty turn due to a clever move by Burton. They had previously competed in Kos, Alicante and Stockholm. Continue reading “Laser Racers Meet Again”

Annual Meeting Of Sailing In The US

Sarasota is continuously attracting events in place; either it is related to cultural activity or sports.

With regards to continues sports event, Sarasota is attracting sports event of various niches. Recently it has attracted 2018 World Sailing Annual Conference that is going to take place in 2018. The conference will take place in the United States for the first time.

It is not like this is the only sailing event that Sarasota is holding. In addition to Annual conference of World Sailing, the central point of tourism is also holding congress of offshore racing and forum of yacht racing. Both the events will be conducted at the same time. Continue reading “Annual Meeting Of Sailing In The US”