12 teams in the barn in the Clipper Race


After a grueling twenty-seventy day race of survival from Airlie Beach in Australia, in which the crew of Clipper Round the World Yacht Race confronted various range of weather conditions. Derry Londonderry Doire came as victorious to a huge crowd of awaiting watchers as well as media in Da Nang, Vietnam today, observing the finish of Race 7 – Da Nang New Discovery of Asia Race.
The victory marks Northern Irish entry’s highly awaited first win of the fourteen stage Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, the one and only race of this type that stays for amateur sailors. Garmin hit the second position, also recording its top finish till now, and Great Britain came 3rd, with the rest of the twelve strong Clipper Race pack also coming into the Vietnam throughout the rest of the day.
Coming off the yacht at the Han River Port to a special arrival ceremony that included lines of drummers, special Vietnamese wreaths and flag bearers, all conducted in front of a grand scrum of national media. Daniel Smith, the captain, stated that this feels really great to finally be standing on the top of the podium, and this has been a great victory. It was a really demanding race, both physically and mentally.

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Melges 20 Miami Winter Series


The first ever Melges 20 Miami Winter Series regatta is complete and after a really great days of racing with epic conditions, the speedsters are headed home for coming holidays with satisfactory smiles. All of them were happy after having an awesome sailing experience.

From the great hosts at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, to the almost perfect sailing conditions on the Biscayne Bay as well as camaraderie contained within this fleet, the regatta was very much over the top event with the fleet totally primed for greater racing to come in the coming year.

Coconut Grove Sailing Club

With just 1 point break between overnight leader Liam Kilroy on Wildman as well as veteran Jim Wilson’s yachtOleander, the stage was all fixed for a battle on Sunday in squally, big-breeze conditions. Just behind Jim was a strong line of experienced teams including World Championship runner up Cesar Gomes Neto on Portobello, Drew Freides’ Pacific Yankee, along with the always relentless, two-time World Champion John Kilroy Jr. on his yacht Samba Pa Ti.

Blake Middleton told Yacht Rental Croatia that the conditions were under class utmosts of sustained twenty-three knots along with gusts to twenty-five, the fleet went to south portion of Biscayne Bay for the final 2 races. Shedding a tough beginning near the pin, the elder Kilroy saw his mojo upwind, cutting his way up the 1st beat to hold the lead. He did not look back for a single time.

Covering with a tidy squall on the 2nd upwind beat which spun in some new pressure, the pack handled it in step by step. Charging very hard along the race was Paul Reilly, a longtime Melges sailor, and his Red Sky Team ending 2nd, the blazing Brazilian Gomes Neto took 3rd spot.

Lake Havasu Yacht Club Hits 45


Lake Havasu Yacht Club, as well as their members, has literally grown with Lake Havasu City since its early days. Well, now, the club is celebrating its forty-fifth year of boating and being a part of the community this month.

Peggy Lawler, the Lake Havasu Yacht Club Commodore, stated that the club has had good fortune for all these years, and it is still going quite strong with around two-hundred members. The club was chartered in 1969 and was incorporated in the year 1970, and it has a great historic value in Havasu. It arranged sailing races in their early stages and also drew in 408 boats to Lake Havasu for their 1975 sailing event. According to club members, it was the largest inland meet held in the world that time.

In the year 1986, the club saw their official home on London Bridge Road and that the building has worked as the clubhouse since that time. There were several ways that the club has given back to the community – starting from volunteerism at boating programs to handing scholarships to local students.

Peggy Lawler, who joined the club in the year 2006, said that they could continue to contribute to the community’s youth. He said that in addition to the club’s accomplishments, what makes it strong and special are the people. The club members are like an extended family. The times we do get together, it is just constant laughter. They really do enjoy themselves.

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