Burling And Tuke Wins NZ Team Of The Year

The 54th Halberg Awards were given away and Blair Tuke and Pete Burling were the proud recipients of the Team of the Year Award. This is one of the most popular sporting accolades of New Zealand. This prestigious black-tie event was hosted by the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.

Tuke and Burling were pitted against fellow members of the sailing team of New Zealand Jo Aleh and Polly Powrie, the Team Sprint combination of Eddie Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell, and Sam Webster and against the rowing pair of Eric Murray and Hamish Bond. This is the fifth time that Burling and Tuke were nominated for the Halberg Awards and this happens to be the first time that the two have won the team award. (more…)

Alinghi Wins Act 5 At St Petersburg

The Extreme Sailing Series underway in Russia has offered plenty of excitement for the racers as well as the spectators. The Alinghi Swiss crew started the decided day of Act 5 in the pole position.

The Act 5 was indeed a spectacle to see as it as a close competition between Alinghi and the leader of the Extreme Sailing Series Oman Air. As the final race was in sight the crew f Morgan Larson were also on equal points with Alinghi. This meant that the Act 5 was one of the most thrilling acts of this series. (more…)

The Toughest night of the whole Seattle Pacific Challenge

Today, UNICEF is the all new race leader having confronted some tough conditions in the evening following a brand new small low pressure system shaped further south than forecast and left the squads with winds as well as a diabolical sea state. The unpredictable, unforecast conditions experienced the wind increased rapidly to forty knots, and alter direction, making a north south divide in the pack.

Plainsailing.com that it was the toughest evening of the whole circumnavigation till now, as his squad was forced to head in the other direction to Seattle so that they could find favorable westerlies in the system’s southern sector. (more…)

Sinking yacht off the Gower coast

All weather lifeboat Mumbles was joined by Horton and Port Eynon lifeboat last evening after a yacht got struck a submerged object in the Oxwich Bay and it started to sink. This smitten vessel was stranded in the bay, said the HM Coastguard.

A spokesperson told that the one person on board handled to get ashore safely. The lifeboats, along a rescue helicopter as well as an Oxwich coastguard rescue squad, were tasked at around 10.40 pm as Storm Katie assembled strength in English Channel.

The boat was blustered onto the beach at Oxwich by winds of up to forty mile per hour. Roy Barker IV, the Mumbles lifeboat, escorted Horton and Port Eynon inshore lifeboat to their boathouse before coming back to Mumbles.

James Bolter, the Deputy second coxswain told that this was one of the worst night’s weather of the year till now. They are really very happy the crew of the yacht is all safe. Thankfully they called for help immediately, if the yacht had grounded anywhere other than the beach there could have been tragic consequences.

Meanwhile, Springline Yacht Sales, based in Connecticut, is spreading out to Lake Champlain as well as Quebec with the addition of yacht broker Julie Garneau. She and others at the sailboat dealership would bring Island Packet, Blue Jacket and Elan yachts to the region.

In a statement, Springline Yacht Sales owner and president Rick Dieterich told that they are thrilled to be expanding and bringing their brands and Julie’s expertise to our Canadian clients. They look forward to seeing Julie out on Lake Champlain with happy clients at the helm of an Elan, Blue Jacket or Island Packet.