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”

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”