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…)

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…)