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
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
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