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
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
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
Regarded by many as one of the hardest features of the circumnavigation, the fleet left Qingdao for The Seattle Pacific Challenge from China to Seattle, United States, on Sunday. This is a month-long 5400 nautical mile challenge – the lengthiest race of the series.
This is really a challenging race in the mighty Pacific and there are times when the closest humans to the participating teams are those who stay on the International Space Station. Pacific, known for being the deepest ocean, is also known for huge rolling waves, cold temperatures and storms, suggesting that the racing crew may have to seal with ice and show. Continue reading
Florida Yacht Brokers Association is all set to arrange a media event with the United States Rep. Lois Frankel at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show to modify the brokerage community on attempts to get rid of federal laws halting the sale of foreign-flagged yachts to the citizens of the United States while in domestic waters. This event will happen on 9th Nov, from 2 pm to 2:30 pm in the Yachting Tent, Booth 559-560. Continue reading