24 February 2013

RBYAC Selection Series Session 2 Racing (video)

Tight Racing in San Francisco - RBYAC Selection Series Session 2
The racing program started February 22, for the six teams in the second selection series of the Red Bull Youth America's Cup. In wind conditions that started out light and built to about 17 knots in the afternoon, a total of five races were held in the round-robin format. Three of the teams got in three races while the other three completed two races. . . . the racing was intense. The teams are evaluated on both their race results at the selection series, as well as their overall performance on and off the water, including fitness tests, training programs and professionalism.

Sailing Arabia: TU Delft team gives it the old college try
The National
"It's a sign of how wide open sailing can be as a sport," said Issa Al Isamili, the events director of the race organiser Oman Sail. "Our mission is to show everyone in the region that sailing is an accessible sport and there could be no greater ...

24-hour sailing race on Lake Pupuke next month
The North Shore's beloved OKI 24-Hour Race will this year be from 2pm Saturday March 9 until 2pm Sunday March 10. Sailors will once again be racing on Lake Pupuke with a Le Mans-style start, as they have done since the race began in 1967. There will ...

Superyacht of the week: The stunning 67 metre Vertigo
Superyacht Times
With her second launch anniversary taking place this month, the supersailing yacht Vertigo has been roaming the seas with her owners and guests since she departed the Alloy shed in 2011. But for her owners and indeed the designers and builders behind ...

Superyacht Times

Former Annapolis sailor helps set "Golden Route" record
Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating, a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, provides sailing opportunities for persons with physical and developmental disabilities as well as any individual who would not otherwise have the opportunity to sail.

Slingsby to Skipper ORACLE TEAM USA in Naples
BYM News (press release)
Over the next two months, the five-member crew will balance training on the AC45 for Naples and sailing the AC72 in preparation for the America's Cup Final in September 2013. The city of Naples hosts the grand finale of the 2012-13 America's Cup World ...

Sailing: India's Saravanan reigns supreme in Qatar
Peninsula On-line
The podium winners at Sail the Gulf, the international regatta of Qatar Sailing and Rowing Federation (QSRF) pose for a picture with officials of QSRF at Doha SailingClub yesterday. RIGHT: The Qatari pair of Abdelrahman Al Jinah and Yousef Al Baker ...

America's Cup amphitheater sails through - SFGate: "Normally, something as big and loud as a rock concert amphitheater would take months of public back and forth to win approval. That's why it's all the more amazing that the America's Cup and Live Nation landed permission for a 9,000-seat venue on San Francisco's waterfront without a single commission vote or hearing. "It's like it just fell out of the sky," said Jon Golinger, head of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers Association, whose members will be serenaded by as many as 40 outdoor shows this spring and summer. It didn't quite fall out of the sky, but it's close. America's Cup organizers originally had permission to build a 4,000-seat amphitheater on Piers 27-29 for opening and closing ceremonies and other events connected to this year's sailboat-racing competition."

America's Cup expedites overdue projects - SFGate: "The great thing about events like the America's Cup is that even if they flop, the long-term payoff for the host city can be rewarding. I refer not to the balance sheet at San Francisco's City Hall, but to civic improvements that in this case might not otherwise occur. These projects include a new cruise terminal and a more pedestrian-friendly Fisherman's Wharf. While they've been on the city's to-do list for ages, they became priorities in response to the hype surrounding a regatta that could draw hundreds of thousands of viewers for the final batch of high-profile yacht races on the bay. We'll see what happens now that only four yachts will compete in the series being held from July to September. Mayor Ed Lee's administration is scrambling to help raise $32 million so taxpayers won't be stuck with the tab for city services related to the event. But three infrastructure projects already are leaving their mark in ways that are long overdue. The cruise terminal is the most visible change, a long box of aluminum and glass that for now sits behind fences along the south edge of Pier 27. . . ."

Repairs launched to town's Sandy-battered Ye Yacht Yard - Fairfield Citizen: "The venerable Ye Yacht Yard at the mouth of Southport Harbor took a few punches from Superstorm Sandy. The late-October drubbing virtually destroyed the wooden building housing the marina's the lavatory and storage area. Town boards recently approved $65,000 in funding to rebuild the structure, but this time it will be set on a foundation. It is expected that 75 percent of the cost will be reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency."

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