Fourth-Time Winners of Congressional Cup

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Congressional Cup came to a conclusion in the first weekend of April 2019 in Long Beach, California. It saw GAC Pinder team and Ian Williams of GBR capture the win for the fourth time. They won the final trophy over Scott Dickson of USA. The final races were concluded on 7th April which was the fifth day of the five-day series event.

Ian Williams stated that the start for the Cup was a slow one when they began on April 3rd, Wednesday. Day one did not see them in their elements and they finished in sixth place. This was also because they were sailing a monohull after a lapse of over a year. However, they were able to get through and as they completed every round the team gathered momentum. That is how the race regattas work and it helps the teams to build their finish.

The California beach conditions were congenial and GAC Pindar team started to climb up on leaderboard scores steadily. They secured the spot in semi-finals by the third day. The team members were new and had not sailed together before so it took some time for the team to gel. They showed a winning streak in the final eleven matches and that helped them to eliminate Canfield team in the semi-finals. They were also able to strike out Dickson in finals. Williams gave due credit to his team. He stated that the guys remained focused and worked on their strengths. He was also glad for Scotty who made it to the finals as well. The club’s own member, Scott Dickson definitely had the club fans going for their team. However, Williams felt that the daunting cheering of the crowd against them was expected since Dickson’s team was the local favorite. It was on them to silence the crowd and showcase their skills.

Cara Inclusion Award Goes To The Irish Sailing Team

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The second annual Waters ports Inclusion Games,organized by the Irish Sailing won the award that is Project of the Year. The program National Inclusion Awards was hosted by CARA the last night in association with the Sports Ireland.

The award’s aim is to recognize the most excellent work of the organization as well as individual who boost the participation chances for the people who are suffering from any kind of disabilities and not able to perform the Physical Activity or play the sport. Johanne Murphy is the Game Officer of Irish Sailing Waters ports Inclusion, he said: “The achievement is great and the credit goes to the wonderful committee and volunteer team for organizing this type of event and also to the participants”.

The governing bodies of three waters ports Canoeing Ireland, Irish Sailing and Rowing Ireland and the associated institutions came close to take on the Games. These games have not become the annual event and it attracting people with different types of abilities based on physical,intellectual, learning difficulty spectrums and sensory. This is a two-day-longevent and it shows both the people who have participated and their families and also the people who are engaged in organizing events of water sport that this is the opportunity for everyone to go out in the water and enjoy the sport. 2019,Water sports Inclusion Games (WIG) are scheduled to take place in Cork. You can get the complete details of this event on the website of Irish Sailing. The YouTube channel for Water sports Inclusion Games is also there and also contains the detail of this game.

Irish Sailing received the Irish Water Safety Award (IWSA) recently for its Social and Community Responsibility in recognition of the support and it has been given to the Irish Water Safety Community Work (IWSCW).

Sunny Opener For The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds

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Under shining and sunny skies and also gentle 10 knots of wind, many of the entries in the 86-boat fleet from all the 15 nations have made it out to the race areas today, just to test the waters of the North Sea in order to prepare for tomorrow’s opening round of races in The Hague Offshore Sailing Worlds 2018.

Conditions were said to be perfect so as to test not only the racers along with their inshore racing skills, but also the race committee team members that was led by Peter Anink on the basis of their skills to handle a highly-competitive fleet.
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Gale Forecast In Albay

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Albay province has been issued a gale warning for which sea bound small crafts were asked to refrain from sailing in the waters. There was a session held by the Albay provincial disaster council with regard to the gale warning. The council issued instructions to local fishermen who usually fish along the eastern seaboard of the province. They have been instructed not to go fishing or sailing in the wake of the gale warning that has come with.

 

The office of public safety and emergency management of Albay had its authorities issued directives to disaster agencies to ensure that the sailing ban has been enforced strictly. This is particularly important for small boats and fishing vessels. The big waves have a tendency to sweep off the boats into the open seas. The no sailing policy would be effective on coastal towns like Manito, Rapu-rapu, Malinao, Malilipot, Tiwi and cities like Legazpi and Tabaco. The warning was also given to large sea vessels that usually ply on routes like Tabaco to Catanduanes. There was a warning issued as the strong winds would be causing big waves. A gale warning was also issued for Catanduanes which is on the eastern coast of the province as well as for Sorsogon, Camarines regions and other areas. It is expected that there would be wind blowing at 52 to 63 kilometers per hour as a result of which the waves would be 3.5 to 4.5 meters in height.

For those who were looking forward to start off the week and have an early start will need to sit back and listen to the weather forecasts and news to know when the skies clear. This is imperative for the fishermen and to prepare for their fishing trips accordingly. Forecasts need to be accurate and ahead of time for smooth sailing.

Sailing Competition In India

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India recently saw a competitive sailing event being flagged off in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


Here the governor of the state, ESL Narasimhan inaugurated the event called Multi Class Sailing Championship. The event is being organized by two organizations jointly, the Secunderabad Sailing Club and EME Sailing Association or EMESA. The sailing event is also being organized by the Laser Class Association of India, which in turn is supported by the state sport authority.

The governor spoke on the occasion as the races were inaugurated. He stated that the government of Telangana has been given several incentives to promote the sailing sport in the state. The vast Hussain Sagar Lake between the twin cities offers a nursery for nurturing the skills of future sailors in the country. Continue reading

Ed Baird Inducted In Hall Of Fame

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If you ask Ed Baird what has been the secret to the success he has achieved in his lifelong sailing career, he has several useful insights to provide.


He was recently honored in the US National Sailing Hall of Fame. He was the 2016 batch of inductees. Here he talks about the virtues that are necessary for a successful career in sailing.

Ed states that the fundamental steps are to look at a sailing team akin to any business or sports team. The foundation has to be laid with good people who want to be better and are talented. They also need to have teamwork and willingness to help each other. When this foundation is laid, then people have to work hard and know the techniques that will help them to improve. It is not only a matter of improving skills of people, but also knowing ways to make an equipment better as well. There are always ways to improve crucial parts of a boat like the mast, shrouds, winches and spreaders. There is better equipment available in the market, but it is necessary to make an investment in a wise way. Continue reading

Medalists In Australia Day Honor List

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Tom Burton the gold medalist of Rio 2016 Sailing has been rewarded with OAM, which means the Medal of the Order of Australia during Australia Day Honors. Burton sailed the biggest race of his life to achieve a great victory on the final day. He had already won gold in Rio in Laser Class.

Since the Olympic achievement that inspired many Olympians, the champion has shown his complete dedication to visit schools, community groups and sailing clubs to share his success stories. Out of his many experiences, from chartering in Greece to competing in the Olympics, the most humbling one was when he spent a day with young cancer patients.

He also met their families in Camp Quality in the month of October. His experiences ever since he won Gold have been outstanding. He likes sharing his stories, especially with children. Burton feels great to see their excitement and they get inspired as well. He feels honored and takes pride in saying that he has received an OAM. Continue reading

Sailing Champ Paul Elvstrom Died

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The Olympic yachting, an inspiration and a pioneer sailor Denmark’s Paul Elvstrom is no more. He died peacefully at the age of 88. Elvstrom died on Wednesday.


Elvstrom has natural death and he was not suffering from any type of health issues. Elvstrom was a great sailor and he took retirement from Olympic after sailing at Seoul. At Seoul Olympic, Elvstrom was 60 years old. His records were matched by only sailing champs Briston Ben Ainslie.

Ainslie was sad to hear the death news of Elvstrom and shared his condolence on twitter. On twitter he wrote “Sad to hear the news that legendary sailor Paul Elvstrom has left us and he is no more. Elvstrom was a great sailor and he is inspiring to many. He is an inspiration to all sailors who step into the boat for the first time. The sailing capabilities of Elvstrom will never be forgotten and it will remain in the heart of people associated with sailing.” Continue reading

Sailing For The Visually Impaired

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There are several complexities that are involved in sailing such as understanding wind speed and direction, maintaining course, as well as clearing of obstacles that might come in the way. Hence, with such challenges it definitely becomes an impossible task if the sailing needs to be done without proper eyesight.

However, there are ways around the problem. Many of us are dependent on our sight so much that we cannot imagine sailing without it. However, for those who are visually impaired, they will surely disagree as they can offer their views on how they sail. That is primarily done by feeling the wind, the direction and intensity of the same.

Indeed, SailBlind is one such program that offers joys of sailing on the water and even experiencing racing at high speed even worth vision problems. One such team WBZ went on light wind sailing this Friday at Charlestown, having spent a week away last summer on Croatian yacht charters. The venue of the sailing event was the Courageous Sailing Center. Matt Chao is one of the sailors who have never seen the boat as he has been blind from birth. However, he has managed to become a champion in sailing. Continue reading

Young American Sailing Team Win

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Taking a different look at the world of sailing races apart from the upcoming Rio races, there is news about the youth team that took part in the Bermuda races. The Young American sailing team of the junior big boat category included seven members who contested on June 21st in 2016. These members were among the first to reach the finishing line at the Newport Bermuda sailing race that was the 50th version held this year.

The boat that they sailed was High Noon which was a Tripp 41 that was given out on loan by the US Merchant Marine Academy which is a sailing foundation. The sailors, in the age group of 15 to 18 won in their class category in the lighthouse division of St David’s. Continue reading