Storm Brian On Irish Coast

Dun Laoghaire was hit by Storm Brian this weekend and the sailing cruisers as well as dinghies that were on the waters ended up against the harbor walls. There were strong winds blowing in the northwesterly direction when Storm Brian started. The gusts were over 40 knots. There was a training group of sailors and a cruiser which got caught in the storm and was up against the wall by lunch time.

 

Those who witnessed the stormy conditions in this harbor area stated that there were four dinghies of the Optimist group that were found abandoned when the squall came by in the East Pier. The junior sailors who had been aboard these boats for training purposes had already come on safe ground. A sailing cruiser was also found on West Pier with a ground tackle that was broken. A launch was sent out to attend to this sailing cruiser which was founded by the West Pier wall. There were considerable activities noted on the turbulent waters here due to the storm. The Irish National Sailing and Powerboat School chief instructor issued a statement regarding these incidents. He informed that the weather forecast for Saturday had been adverse for which most water activities were cancelled for the weekend. There had been a small group of brightly colored crafts that were out on the waters for a short period of time on Saturday. There were also some power boats operating in the sheltered area of the inner harbor on Saturday morning. It was known that the weather conditions would change by late morning and hence, all personnel and staff were informed from before to stay alert.

He also emphasized that the crafts that were found to have been caught in the storm were not from this school, and hence they did not have any responsibility towards these vessels.

More Funds For Team New Zealand

Team New Zealand received a fund amount of five million so that they can boost their skills as well as infrastructure they need to defend the win, they gained in the recent America’s Cup event held in Bermuda waters.


The team’s win over Oracle Team USA was definitely a significant feather or achievement they have made.

The oldest trophy event in international sailing was obtained by the Emirates team New Zealand. They claimed a win of a score of 7-1 against the US trophy defenders in the waters of Bermuda’s Great Sound. The achievements were several of the team, including the fact that Peter Burling, the team’s youngest helmsman also secured the biggest prize. The win was definitely a stunning one that was welcomed by the officials who were behind the organization of the New Zealand team. It was a feel good, boost for them that came in their election year. Hence, the economic benefits that will flow in would also be significant, similar to the filming of the series Lord of the Rings. Continue reading “More Funds For Team New Zealand”

Sailing Rivals Become Partners

It is often said that when a problem is shared it becomes halved.


However, it might seem strange if not impossible that two rival teams who are part of the 52 Super Series would put their heads together to come up with the right strategies to win in such a contest. One of the shared visions is that the problems on waters affect all boats and understanding how obstacles can be overcome can be beneficial for all.

Quantum Racing and Platoon are two professional teams that have been topping this category for some time. However, as Ed Reynolds, president of Quantum Sails pointed out, he said that things had to be looked at differently. If one could look at other teams as partners, then one could work together to understand the challenges that exist and prevent teams from reaching success beyond a point. Continue reading “Sailing Rivals Become Partners”

Noumea Race Back To CYCA Calendar

Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) has announced the introduction of the Sydney Noumea Race in 2018.


The race has been reintroduced in the CYCA after the long break of 20 years. Information about the event is now available website of the club and it can be downloaded from there.

The race will be conducted and organized by CYCA in association with Cercle Nautique Caledonien (CNC). It will be a 1064 nautical mile race and will get started from Sydney Harbor on 2 June, 2018. The race is open to yachts of monohull that measures between 9 and 30.48 meters. It will also hold a cruising boat rally on the occasion. In addition to CYCA, Auckland, Melbourne and Brisbane sailing clubs are also taking part in races to Noumea in tandem along with the Noumea Race of Sydney. Continue reading “Noumea Race Back To CYCA Calendar”

Man praises rescue crew after dramatic sea rescue

A man, who was swept away from his yacht, by a huge wave has praised the crew of Shoreham lifeboat and rescue who saved his life. The sailor named Cornelis van Rietschoten was sailing 6 nautical miles off the Shoreham coast earlier on Saturday when he was slung into the freezing water.
The fifty-six year old man, who is an experienced sailor who ties up his boat at the Sussex Yacht Club in Southwick, immediately drifted hundred and fifty meters from his boat, leaving his buddy Spencer Neal onboard and fighting to keep control of the boat.
In the meantime, Cornelis started to realize that he was in deep trouble. He was not panicked, but he quickly realized that he was in very serious trouble. He was getting very cold and the wind was very visibly picking up.
Spencer was not able to reach him in the boat, as the sails had got clung, so he was pressured to call for help through the digital selective calling (DSC) function on his radio. It alarmed the coastguard service that they were in distress and sent them their exact location.

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