This weekend saw the start of the 38th Rolex Middle Sea Race which is taking part in the Mediterranean waters. The start was a loud one with the artillery pieces, giving a blasting signal for the fleet to get into action. The fleet comprised of different kinds of yachts and many faced confusion as the races started, some getting underway before and having to restart while others get caught out in the beginning. However the start was a good one as the weather conditions were favorable and there was a breeze blowing at ten knots.
The fleet got off well and sailors settled in with the end destination being Capo Passero. The race is being managed by Royal Malta Yacht Club who would be ensuring that the teams sail safe on the waters and that every boat would be accounted for till the end of the race. The fleet moves over Mediterranean waters to the southeastern point along the coast of Sicily. After the race started it was found that the custom built yacht Rambler 88 was already in a leading position. Tricky currents as well as fickle winds were a problem on the first night, which was created by Mount Etna, which comes by on the course and has unique weather conditions of its own. The fleet can expect smooth sailing by Messina Strait. The club that monitors and organizes the race, the Royal Malta Yacht Club was founded in the year 1835. This Malta yacht club organizes different kinds of social activities and races through the year. It is located by Ta’ Xbiex Marina where it has a club like facilities on offer to the members with a marine and waterfront facilities. The club is a great base for local and other yachtsmen who come here and wish to sail in the surrounding waters.
The first marina in the world to win the 5 Gold Anchor Platinum accreditation is Port Montenegro.
This honor has been bestowed on the superyacht marina for offer great facilities for the superyachts. This Platinum accreditation is the brainchild of the Marina Industries Association (MIA) and the Yacht Harbor Association (TYHA). This award has been constituted to recognize and reward small marinas that meet the needs of the superyacht market. This is a great honor for a very small marina in Porto Montenegro.
Some of the important things that are needed by a marina to qualify for the new Platinum accreditation are best quality food and beverages, attractive landscapes and luxury facilities at the marina. These things are in abundance at the Port Montenegro and this is why it was chosen for this first ever award.
Jon White, the manager of TYHA said that the marina must also be offering world class and high-end customer service through dedicated and experienced concierge service to meet the needs of every captain, crew, guest and the owner. Continue reading
Sailing Yacht A owned by Andrey Melnichenko has come under the spotlight after it was seized by port authorities over a dispute between pending payments to the shipbuilder.
It might be a reason for which the vessel has come under the spotlight and most people cannot help admiring the dimensions and features of this super yacht. The vessel looks like a sailing tank as per the kind of buildup it has. The vessel is 143 meters long. It had started to sail to be tested out in the open waters by the shores of Spain. The boat definitely has a sturdy design, akin to a floating fortress that can probably withstand a bomb blast if required.
It definitely has a futuristic design, though the looks and built are not akin to what a leisure super yacht would look like. However, one should not be disappointed with the bland appearance on the exterior as it is equipped to accommodate 54 crew members and has luxurious accommodations for about twenty guests. Continue reading
Most sailing clubs have innovative events planned to start off the New Year. The Ripon Sailing Club started off the New Year in style with an annual prize giving ceremony followed by dinner. This is an annual event and this year it was held on 28th January, Saturday with the Annual General Meeting taking place on 29th. It also happens to be the 60th anniversary year for the club. Hence, there are several other events lined up that have had a promising start with this dinner and awards ceremony.
The dinner was a chance for the club to showcase talent of the different members, both young and old. There had been several series races and trophies won in 2016 for which awards were handed out at this event. Many even won armfuls of trophies. Several had engraved glasses as well as silver trophies to take home, handed to them by honorary members like Christ Wright and Commodore Bernard Clark of the club. Continue reading
New York City (NYC) is expected to become home to cruise ship which is biggest in the World.
The Norwegian Escape is going to be shifted to NYC from Midtown Manhattan in April 2018. The cruise line revealed on Wednesday that the giant cruise Norwegian Escape of 4,200-passenger capacity will start sailing from Midtown Manhattan. Presently the ship is located in Miami.
Norwegian said as if now it according to plan; the cruise will re-positioned to NYC and from here it will take seven-night voyages and it will end at Bermuda. This will take place in September 2018. After that ship will take another seven-night voyage and will sail from New York to first Bahamas and then to Florida. In addition to that longer voyages of cruise are also on the list it will be too early to speak about it. Continue reading
The Cape Crow Cup provides all the thrills and spills that you would expect in any sailing event and most of it was reserved for the final day. There were strong winds to the tune of 15 to 20 knots blowing from the south and to go along with it there was also a strong current along the southeast of Ockero Island. This made the final day’s race a very interesting one.
Swedish Nicklas Dackhammar and his Essiq Racing Team played the final day’s race perfectly and started and finished the round robin with great momentum. But, he did not have enough points to topple Australian David Gilmour in the final tally. The two sailors were in a league of their own at the WMRT Cape Crow Cup. Continue reading
The RC44 Cascais Cup that has been going on in Portugal is definitely providing several challenges to the crews as well as to the officials. The crews had to wait for the right winds on the water.
That is because the initial light breeze took time to build and hold a steady pace. That is required if a single race has to take place. Some of the management members saw that the Marina de Cascais had better wind conditions. Hence the course was alternatively laid in this area and the second and final race was made into a shoehorn. That helped to make it easy for the teams who raced under wind conditions of eight knots.
The seven boats on top had about five points separating them. Hence the leader board was bound to be upset by the end of the day. Peninsula Petroleum was leader of the regatta but the two top scorers upset this boat’s lead by the end of the day. Continue reading
With the Rio Games on board there is much focus on laser sailing and what it involves. This particular one person dinghy sailing includes several thrills in the races as upsets are part of the package as well as close competitions and rivalry.
There are certain aspects of the one person dinghy that makes it popular among several nations who compete in this category. Laser is a typical low cost sailing boat as compared to speedy catamarans and yachts. As a result, several nations compete in this sailing class in the Olympics. Continue reading
Trimaran superyacht, the revolutionary sixty meter Trimaran yacht made by Blue Coast Yachts is making some headlines. This vessel was first announced in the year 2014 as a 2015 model from yacht specialists Based in France.
Coste Design & Partners were licensed to take care of both the naval architect and the interior design, the final result was a long range cruising yacht along with a futuristic blueprint showcasing twenty-five years of creativeness from the Blue Coasts Yachts. Continue reading