Finn Gold Cup: Australian Sailors Leave a Mark

The Finn Gold Cup 2019 started off in style with the fleet consisting of 60 boats participating in two races on the very first day of the world championship in Melbourne, Western Australia. The championship will be on from 16th to 21st December.

The sailing squad from Australia consisting of Jake Lilley who also participated in the Rio Olympics had a good start to the second last world championships before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. He finished the racing on day one at the 12th position. He is also the top-ranked sailor from his nation. When asked about the experience, Lilley said that they had a light building yet tricky sea breeze. They woke up with pouring rain which is a common sight in Melbourne, but soon sea breeze filled in the area and it went up to 10 knots. They faced conditions that were challenging in both races on the first day of the Finn Gold Cup 2019.


New Zealand Sailors Joined Final of National Sailing League

Posted on May 6, 2019 in Uncategorized

The National Sailing League Final (NSLF) has two more teams as participants. The first one is the international team that represents the Oceania region ‘other’ sailing powerhouse – New Zealand.

The Royal Yacht Squadron New Zealand, the house of upcoming America’s Cup, is fielding the open team comprising of skipper Matt Steven on the mainsheet, Zane Gifford, Erica Dawson on a bow and Stephen Broadbent trimmer for the series April 25-28, 2019.

Broadbent and Gifford sail broadly on a Young 88 whose name is Raging Hormones and have received many national awards this includes the championship two-handed and three-handed along with Young 88 Open National Championship (Y88ONC) in the year 2016 and 2018. This pair also took part in the local sprint series Elliott 7 for four years. The pair is well versed in the popular one-design class vessel.

The crew of NZ, the other half put down the claim to uniformly solid portfolio listing the World Match Racing Tours (WMRT), America’s Cup Red Bull Youth and World Sailing Championships and World Cups. Steven was the part of winning 18-foot skiff crew of New Zealand last month in the JJ Giltinan Championship. This is the second time New Zealand earned the big trophy. Dawson on the other hand also has a good experience in sailing. She represented New Zealand in the 49er FX at numbers of world-class events. Now, she is campaigning for the Nacra 17 Olympic class.

Gifford Said, “We took the decision to take part in this regatta because we enjoyed sailing Elliott 7s. We also thought that this will give us a great experience as we are sailing out of RSYS. Now, we are looking forward to a great regatta. We are hoping to great performance here as a team.”

Premier Sailing School Is Successfully Turning Novices Into Master Sailors

For the past two decades, the Premier Sailing School (PSS) has been engaged in teaching sailing skills to young children. The institute has been teaching adults and children alike how to fall in love with sailing and how to sail in different water conditions. So far, hundreds of students have learned this sailing skill from the institute and now they are doing incredibly well in the field.

The founder of the institute is Arabella Denvir she opened this school with her husband, Phil, in the year 1998. She opened this school, to increase awareness of sailing in every age group. The school focus on the safety while training students and after the safety, the ultimate fun in the water is their top priority.

NSHOF Brews Rivalry Between Cities

The Sailing Hall of Fame sees rivalry games at play. This is a facility that has been formed to celebrate the achievements of men and women in sailing. There is a proposed plan to showcase the history of world sailing in this facility, but it is falling short of fulfillment. The site has been secured by the facility in Annapolis, MD but the money is not present for funding the project. There was hope that the local government would provide support, but that is probably not going to happen; hence Plan B is being looked at whereby traction could be gained in Newport, RI. That would definitely be a blow to the proposed site at Annapolis that many of the locals were looking forward to. If the Sailing Hall of Fame moves to its proposed venue to Newport, Rhode Island that would surely be something that the Annapolis people would not be happy about.



That is the kind of rivalry that is brewing between the two capital cities in the East Coast. Both cities are being pitted for this project. For the organization NSHOF on the other hand, there has been a struggle to gain a local identity. The hall of fame has been largely absent and that is also because the right kind of venue was being sought for long. The sailing community in Annapolis however showcases much more meaning for this venue; they have also sponsored as well as hosted several classic sailing fleets and also tried to ensure that the sailors here get a wide spectrum of sailing activities to participate in.

However the sailing community is at a loss to be able to raise the money, which is more than nine million dollars that is required for the facility to be built. On the other hand, there is a ready-made facility on the waterfront of Newport that can be the perfect solution for this problem.

Italians Win Melges 24 World Championship

The 20th edition of the popular Melges 24 Worlds was completed and there were a total of 11 races during the event.

At the end of it, the Italians came on top and took home the Melges 24 World Championship. The entire race series was a challenged of the sailors as the crew had to face varying weather conditions from light winds to heavy sea breezes.

The Italian crew with Helmsman Fracassoli, Tactician Fonda, Giovanni Ferrari, Gianluca Perego and Stefano Lagi put up a consistent performance all through the event. They only went to the 10th position once and ended the series with 35 points. They had a whopping margin victory of 23 points over the second classified crew. The Italian Team was at their sailing best at this edition of Melges 24 as they finished day 2 by winning all the races that were held. It was after a gap of five years that the tactician and the helmsman of this crew are tasting success at an event. They had won the 2012 Worlds of Torbole five years ago. (more…)

World Cup Series In Hyeres

The World Cup Series in Hyeres, France for 2017 was on from 23r to 30th April.

As part of the tournaments that is lined up for this year, it was the first significant international sailing event that was for considerable duration and comprised of several categories of races. Hence, about 500 sailors had come in from 52 nations to participate in this event. The lineup of sailors was impressive for this event that saw most competitive and well positioned sailors with great accolades being present to participate in the different categories.

The first of sailing was hard to make out how the days would proceed, but there was a steady breeze that was blowing at 8 to 11 knots and in a south easterly direction. As a result, those who were looking to perform well were able to put in consistent results. For instance, in the fleet of the Women’s Windsurfer category that comprised of 38 participants, Noga Geller from Israel was able to showcase her skills and come out with flying colors. (more…)