Sailing Clubs can be Gay Friendly

If you have missed out the gay men’s community, you might also not noticed how this community tends to have a love for sailing. There are several gay sailing clubs and these are here to stay. These clubs are filled with members who have a wonderful love for sailing and that makes great enthusiasts in this field.

Brooklyn has several gay couples and they often have wonderful get together. One of the passions that put them together is their love for sailing. Most men or members of these clubs have sailed across several seas and have travelled with their houseboats. Many anchors by the Long Island or in New Jersey as well as being in Manhattan, where they get together on holiday seasons. One such association is the Knickerbockers Sailing Association, which is part of the New York metropolitan area and is a sailing club of the gay community. (more…)

Tiverton Yacht Club all set to rebuild

After a long wait of twelve years, Tiverton Yacht Club is entering a new building. According to reports, Members of all ages told NBC 10 News that they are very excited regarding the new facility.

One member told that there was a time when he actually believed that this day would never come, but finally it happened. In fact, the road was not very easy, following a decade-long legal battle with the neighbors, Tiverton Yacht Club is celebrating the day when they got a new clubhouse. Commodore Stephen Hughes said that this was the end of a long journey that started in the year 2003.

Tiverton Yacht Club

Racing down the Cabo San Lucas coast

Newport Harbor Yacht Club has relished a long-standing custom of arranging Newport to Cabo San Lucas Yacht Race. Since their very first race in the year 1971, sailors have relished the 800 mile race down the coastline of Baja to the warm weather as well as huge breeze of Cabo San Lucas. Over the past forty-plus years of hosting the Cabo Race, Newport Harbor Yacht Club has seen the grand evolution of yacht design as well as offshore sailing.

Yacht at full Speed
The typical entries in the 1970’s and 1980’s, the IOR boats with very unique downwind sailing features; the ultralight yachts arrived in the 80’s with Santa Cruz 50 introduced in 1981. (more…)

Sailing Arabia 2014

The 2014 Sailing Arabia Tour has been reportedly shortened due to light wind conditions. According to sources, as soon as the weather forecast predicted light winds, the race committee immediately reduced the course for Leg 3 by 10 nautical miles.

In the original format, the Leg 3 of the Sailing Arabia Tour was supposed to cover seventy nautical miles which is now restricted to sixty nautical miles. The participant squads at Leg 3 would sail right from Abu Dhabi till Dubai.

The shortening of the course due to unfavorable weather conditions is followed to assure that the fleet reaches Dubai in the right time to prep up for following leg. In case, the set starting time goes as per the plan, then the estimated TOA in Dubai would be 1800-1900.

“We have reduced the Leg 3 course by ten miles so that we can have better time span to prep up for the next leg that will start at Dubai and go to Ras Khaimah. It would permit our crews to relax and rest a bit”, stated Gilles Chiorri, the race director. “ It seems as if the breeze would be light & we would most probably motor 2-3 hours & wait for  breeze from the sea to fill up from north-eastern side before we are setting them off.”

The Team Delft, packed with spirited university students won both the in-port competitions from the EFG Bank at the Abu Dhabi session of Arabia EFG Sailing. The team faced a disqualification from line honours placement during Leg 2, after a starboard/port incident with Monaco’s EFG Bank. However, the last win has surely worked to uplift their spirits.

The team skipper Koen Smedt dsaid-“We’re disappointed with the disqualification yet it motivated us in turn to triumph at in-port races.”

Team Australia Wins The Popular Coastal Yacht Race

Considered to be the icebreaker race in the sailing world, the 2013 PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic was won by Team Australia on 25th October, 2013 at around 6:15pm in the evening which means that Team Australia reached the finish line at Russell, 8 hours and fifteen minutes after the race had begun in Auckland (Devonport Wharf). Team Australia was around thirty-seven minutes ahead of Team Vodafone.

Team Australia, under the headship of Sean Langman was able to break Team Vodafone’s winning streak. However, it was not able to break Team Vodafone’s record time of sub-six hour. Team Vodafone and Team Australia were the only sailing teams who reached Russell. Eight sailing teams had to withdraw from the race because of gear breakages. On the other hand, some other teams were still on their way to Russell.

Team Australia was defeated by Team Vodafone on 23rd October 2013. Team Australia defeated Team Vodafone in the Coastal Classic that was won by this team thrice. It seems that this race was absolutely frustrating for Team Vodafone. Team Vodafone was around 500m ahead of Team Australia at about mid afternoon. But Team Australia was able to take a lead because it found a better and new breeze. Team Vodafone was traveling at slower speeds whereas Team Australia benefitted from a good wind angle and reached Tutukaka quickly.

Matthew Flynn, spokesperson of PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic congratulated the winning team and said that Team Australia crossed the finishing line looking comfortable and relaxed. Flynn said that the perfect wind conditions provided the necessary lead to Team Australia.

Here is a list of the top ten sailing teams who finished the PIC Insurance Brokers Coastal Classic yacht race: Team Australia, Team Vodafone, Team Giacomo, Team Taeping, Team Charleston, Team Georgia, Team V5, Team Wired, Team Kia Kaha 52 and Team Dragon.