29er World Championship

The 29er world championship would be hosted in the California waters beginning the last weekend of July this year and ending on the first week of August.

There are a total of 120 teams participating from 14 countries. Known as the Zhik 29er World Championship regatta, it would be held in Long Beach and organized by Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.

This year hails the 17th annual event in this world championship where participants would arrive from countries like New Zealand, Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, British Virgin Islands, Brazil and others like Hong Kong and Argentina. About 40 teams would be participating from US. There would be a sailing clinic organized by ABYC and a 29er US Nationals race would be held from 25th to 28th of July. The 29er teams would be mostly young men sailing though all female teams and co-ed groups are expected to participate as well. The top team would receive trophies as well as the top girls’ team and the top youth team. (more…)

Kinsale Yacht Club Regatta

Often regatta events fall flat due to unfavorable wind conditions as it happened at the Kinsale Yacht Club.

There was a fleet of 29 boats that struggled with light wind conditions on the second week of Osean74 Frostbite Series. As the winds were very light off Charles Fort in the harbor area the races had to be put off last week from the Marina and Dinghy Park. As the winds picked up lightly the fleet of mixed dinghies got underway.

For all the sailors the racing conditions were challenging. The first race saw the three fleets struggle to reach the finishing line. By then there was an ebbing tide and the wind was dying down. This fleet had several newcomers, including laser radial vessels as well. Most sailors realized that patience is a virtue that is a must when you are sailing. Hence, in the afternoon when the second race commenced the wind died down and the fleet were called back to shore.


Virgin Islands Sailor Of Year Award

The Virgin Islands Sailor of the Year Award for 2016 was handed out recently and Cy Thomson was the recipient of this award. He has several accolades to his credit, such as being a two time winner in the Olympic laser category. The award was organized by the Virgin Sailing Association.

He has qualified for Rio 2016 and had even trained with top sailors for the competition. The last nine months that led to the competition saw his dedicated efforts to push his sailing skills to higher levels, putting aside business opportunities and personal life events as well. This is expected as per his lineage, Thomas being the grandson of Rudy Thomson, who was one of the first Olympic sailors from the region of US Virgin Islands. (more…)

Online Sailing Store Launches Website

America’s Cup 2017 is going to start soon and its buzz has created a lot of changes in the sailing world.

Everybody is busy in doing their best to enjoy the championship at most. It is not only the participants but sellers of sailing kit too. Taking the benefit of opportunity, a new online store that is selling premium sailing kit has launched its new website to showcase more products and sell its large customer base.

Lir Bermuda’s business development manager And Mary Geraghty said, ‘Though the Bermuda Island is at the pinnacle because of America’s Cup wave, the demand for sailing wear has increased to a great extent. The demand is high all over Bermuda and people are looking for quality gear.

Outdoor enthusiast and Keen sailor Ms Geraghty, alias MJ, said: “America’s Cup has boosted the sale of sailing related stuff. Everyone wants this adult, children, women, every one. The requirement for gear increases to great extent.” (more…)

Kilroy Leaves Behind Inspirational Story

John B Kilroy Sr was a pioneer in real estate as well as in sailing. He was considered a pioneer as well as a mentor and philanthropist. He passed away at the age of 94 years on 29th September 2016. Jim had his early days as a crew member on boats and many, such as Terry Lalonde knew him from those days.

With his passing away, many of his friends and those who knew him talk about how his life was a rag to riches story. Known as Jim among his friends, Kilroy’s story can be compared to a poor guy who rose to be a giant. He was the youngest among three children in a family that was abandoned and fatherless. The family lived in Ruby, Alaska. Jim was driven by a desire to make up for all the shortcomings that had come about their family as their father abandoned them. He wanted to demonstrate the opposite of such weakness. (more…)

Laser Sailing In Rio

Laser sailing is what will be witnessed on Monday, 8th August at the Rio Games 2016. The dinghy that is sailed by a single person has an interesting history to it. It was seen in the Atlantic Games in 1996 when the first medal in this category was won by Robert Scheidt of Brazil.

He was closely contested by Ben Ainslie. In the consequent Olympics Ainslie took his revenge at the Sydney 2000 Games. Like this there have been several contestants such as who have contested in this category and have had varying results. (more…)