Vision for 2020 by Kinsale Yacht Club


The commodore baton of the Kinsale Yacht Club has been passed over to Michael Walsh from David O’Sullivan in the month of December in 2019. Currently, the new commodore is gathering his troops to make the year 2020 the busiest for all of them. One of the busiest members of the committee will be Matthias Hellstern who has moved to the position as the Vice Commodore of the yacht club with the sailing responsibility. There are lots of sailing this season at the Kinsale Yacht Club in spite of not being the year for the Sovereign’s Cup.

The strong sailors will be testing the waters next month for the traditional arrangement of Frostbites along with the cruisers getting powdered down and going for the race in the month of March for the League of Frank Godsell. In the month of April, the much-awaited Spring Cruiser Series where high levels of competition can be witnessed. The launch of the Dragons will also take place in the same month somewhat earlier than the usual time. A weekend has been planned for the training session with Martin Payne, coach and international sailor.
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Teams Ready For Sailing Champions League Finals

The Sailing Champions League finals are here and about 32 clubs from the 12 nations participating are ready for the challenge in St Moritz. The second semi final was recently concluded in St Petersburg, Russia. This was after four days of racing in the waters when Verein won the Norddeutscher Regatta.

The race was a close one with Norddeutscher Regatta Verein winning over Deutscher Touring Yacht Club’s German team with a close point difference of 2.8. The navigator sailing team of Russia gained third position overall. With the big finals of Sailing Champions League are coming up from 30th August to 2nd September, the big finals would see 32 clubs participating from 12 nations at St Moritz.
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Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Started With A Number Of Surprises

Racing started at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup (MYRC) and Rolex Maxi 72 World Championship recently in Porto Cervo.

This is the annual event, which is organized jointly by the Costa Smeralda Yacht Club, this year in the celebration of its 50th anniversary along with the International Maxi Association. The body is sanctioned by the World Sailing to represent the Maxi classes.

And the day was full of surprises for the competing seven classes. Initially, there were the conditions eight knots as declared in the forecast, but later it increased to the gusts of 15+ knots, although patchy.

Toni Cacace got delighted with the performance of his team who also turned out as winner of the Wally Class, owner of the Wally 94 Magic Blue. Despite being the only boat in the 11-strong class participating in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup for the first time. The start of the race was stressful and the building breeze favored the boats of smaller size with these sailing giants. Continue reading Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Started With A Number Of Surprises

Macbeth Happy With BAR Rotation Policy

The Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing team is looking pretty solid.

The manager of the Land Rover BAR team is happy for the team to be taking part in the Great Sound in Bermuda. Jono Macbeth the team manager is having a good time with the crew of the BAR team. He is happy to be part of the team that is taking part against the Emirates Team New Zealand and the French team.

The experience that Macbeth has in the America’s Cup racing will be of great help to the Land Rover BAR team. They are relying on him to guide them through the race at the Great Sound and to help them lift the Auld Cup. The 44-year-old Macbeth has won three America’s Cup in his career so far, and therefore his inputs will be like gold to the BAR team. This is why he is included in the team to sail against France and New Zealand. Continue reading Macbeth Happy With BAR Rotation Policy

Conflict Over Super Yacht Release

The super yacht S/Y a having been seized by the Bay of Gibraltar has brought much interest and intrigue in the sailing world. Indeed, the fact that the shipbuilding yard released the vessel only to get it seized and arrested does raise questions.

This is also sounded in the words of the owner that have been released in public media through his representative. These words show surprise in the way the shipbuilder has acted, especially a company that has a standing and reputation like Nobiskrug. The arrest of this sailing yacht is being viewed with disappointment by the customer. Continue reading Conflict Over Super Yacht Release

Queen’s Student Muru At YSWC

When most of the school students were sleeping in during the break of winter, another student of Queen’s Matti Muru was busy in achieving his dreams.

On Dec 4 2016, Muru travelled to Auckland to participate in the (YSWC) Youth Sailing World Championships. Though, Muru finished at 25 out of 60 but has gained a lot of experience.

The young sailor started practicing the sport at the age of 9 and by the time he turned 14, he started his training to get into YSWC. After spending countless hours in the water and gym to get the perfect fitness and skills for sports, Muru became one of the best sailors in the country and after that he got the opportunity to participate in Youth Sailing World Championship.

Sharing his experience of YSWC, Muru said, “Though, I have competed in many tournaments, but sailing with so many experienced sailors was completely a different experience for me. I was nervous, but made it sure in my mind that I don’t have to commit any mistake.” Continue reading Queen’s Student Muru At YSWC

Team Japan Set Sail

With Team Japan is one of the surprise entrants in the America’s Cup World Series, there was much highlight of this team as well who are being viewed as an upcoming contestant from Asia. The America’s Cup World Series was held in the Fukuoka bay area of Japan this weekend. It is a world class sailing event; there was much focus on the teams that were competing in this event. It represented the final regatta of the nine events that comprised this tournament.

The Softbank Team Japan were not only part of this event, they have also tested themselves for the America’s Cup that is coming up next year. However, there was a frightening moment for them while the test races were on. A section of the wing of the boat broke off suddenly when they were sailing in Lefkas. The syndicate was trying to sail against the defending champions, the Oracle Team USA. They had reached the wind limit akin to the AC45. Continue reading Team Japan Set Sail

South Lake’s Student Sailing Star

The difference between admirers and die-hard followers is admirer, just praising the moves of their heroes on the other hand follower take lessons from these moves and implement in their real life.

Example of this has been shown by secondary students of south lake school. Following their heroes of Olympic sailing, these students from south lake followed their heroes and created the national squads.

Alfie Cogger and Pierce Harris both have created the GB national sailing squad. Some members of the squad will get a chance to go to Europe to participate in various championships. The youngsters have now qualified for northern sailing squads and United Kingdom national championship. They have qualified for their RS Feva and RS Tera dinghies that are very small size yacht. To form the squad students went through tough competition and qualification process and it is their dedication towards sailing that gave them a chance to create the squad. Continue reading South Lake’s Student Sailing Star