Palm Island yachts

Fernandez Is MAPFRE’s Skipper For Volvo Ocean Race

Xabi Fernandez, the former Olympic gold medalist from Spain, has been named as the skipper of the MAPFRE for the Volvo Ocean Race for 2017-18. He won the Olympics gold in Athens in 2004 and followed it with a silver performance in the 2008 Olympics event.

Fernandez along with his partner in crime during both the Olympic triumphs, Iker Martinez, has had the experience of skippering the MAPFRE 2014-15 campaign. This time Iker will not be there to partner Fernandez as he will be focused on other professional projects. (more…)

New Framework For America’s Cup

A new framework of America’s Cup has been designed and accepted by the teams.

The new framework the trophy aims to make the things easy like meeting cost hi-tech boats that goes multi-million dollars, give clarity for sailors, broadcasters and fans and raise sponsorship.

Till date five out of six competitors those are participating in the America’s Cup taking place in Bermuda have agreed to the changes made. The only one who has not signed and agreed to the plan is New Zealand team Emirates.

Glenn Ashby skipper of ETNZ said, we got information about the changes in July, and that time it was only the proposal, however, we are still concerned about the restrictions that this change will impose on the team.

On this move of Team Emirates Of New Zealand, Land Rover BAR CEO Martin Whitmarsh said that, the managing team is hopeful that ETNZ will soon be the part of this move as the changes are good for the stakeholders of the championship. (more…)

SA Will Do Sailing Transformation

South Africa is all set to redefine sailing in the country.

It has taken a significant step in the direction and has appointed a full time CEO and transformation councilor to do the task. The CEO is Greg Smith and the councilor is Golden Mgedeza. Both were appointed on 1 November and are being given the responsibility of transforming sailing sport incontinent.

The objective behind appointment this personality is to get regains the interest of players in the sport and makes strong participation in coming Olympic game. Speaking about appointment South Africa Sailing president Philip Baum said “It is extremely crucial that this sport should reach to a large number of people in the country. Only then the country will get talented players. The ultimate goal of promoting sailing in South Africa is to get success in all international level events. However, we also want to grow this sport in the country and want participation by a large number of people”. (more…)

Pica’s Grand Show At Sandbanks

The Sandbanks is a popular venue for fleet race and this year too it has attracted sailors and crew from far and wide. The 18 ft Skiff fleet is making its sixth appearance at Sandbanks and the event here is held from 1st to 4th September 2016. The European crew is also making a visit to Sandbanks and this makes it even more special race event.

Three races were held on the first day and the breeze started to pick up after each race. The newer crews at Sandbanks were able to settle into the thick of things in the first race, because of the light breeze. It was Pica, who won the first race and had to rig off tough challenges from Be Light, Chameleonl and Original Chia. (more…)

Royal Southern Yacht Club to lionize Start of Season day

With a great quality line up of regattas, championships as well as hosted events that would cement their position as one of the top Yacht Clubs in the Northern Europe in the year 2016, the Royal Southern Yacht Club, based in Hamble, has just thrown open their doors to members as well as non-members to relish the Start of Season day.

The Royal Southern is the biggest club on river Hamble bearing an ever expanding program of racing events to people of all ages – starting from youngsters in Optimists through to little keelboat as well as offshore racers. Visiting teams and members are habitual to relishing the best standards of racing as well as shoreside facilities in the world and this year would be no exception. (more…)

Barclay coming back as sailing director

The officers and Search Committee declared that Charles Barclay is all set to come back to the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club as adult sailing director as well as a high school sailing coach starting the week of 11th April, and carrying on till October, 2016. He would be creditworthy for teaching BHYC on the water adult events including the United States Sailing Keelboat course, individual/group lessons, as well as racing and sailing seminars for their members. He would also work as the club’s pro for few events.

His inclusion as high school sailing coach offers Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club a nationally famous coach in this significant role, a program for local youth that is sponsored, operated and organized by Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club as a community service.

In 2015, Charles was Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club junior program director. Barclay is qualified uniquely to assume both of these obligations, since he is a lifelong racing sailor as well as coach. Very recently, he was head coach of the Mid-Pacific Institute’s sailing squad, with 2 assistant coaches as well as 18 student athletes. He has an US Sailing certificate as an instructor (Level 1 & 2) as well as race coach (Level 3) along with certifications as United States Sailing Club judge as well as race officer.

As an ex bridge officer of Hawaii Yacht Club, he has participated in over hundred meets as well as other sailing events including PHRF and Americap handicap, 1 design dinghy and keelboat, as well as junior events. As a professional, he has worked at national, international, club, regional events.