Tag: Sailing

Team Aqua Grabs RC44 Victory


The final day of RC44 Sotogrande Cup competition was indeed quite an interesting race to watch as the coastline of Andalucía and Sotogrande were in perfect condition.

The team of Chris Bake had increased the lead to 5 points soon after the completion of the 1st race. Thereafter, during the 2nd race, the team was on track for consolidating their position. The team had set the spinnaker and things were going perfectly. The stern got pulled up on a wave which buried the bow, which was quite unexpected. Chris Bake got drenched and the bowsprit was broken.

Despite such a condition, the team succeeded in recovering the kite. Thereafter, they spent around half of the leg to unpick carbon pieces. However, it was unfortunate that they had no other option but to continue sailing the remainder of the leg. The A3 spinnaker was rigged to fly from the bow in the following run. Keep reading

Lipton Cup Race Report


We have some news regarding the on-going Lipton Cup. Before the event started, the forecasts predicted rough weather. Luckily, that didn’t happen as we had a nice day willed with the breeze. This is the 102nd Challenge for Lipton Cup. There are 12 teams that completed 4 races in J/105s. The teams came from Massachusetts, New York and California.

However, there had a 20 minute delay in the race. When the race 1 & race 2 began, they had to face 8 knots of wind. California Coast was at the top. Newport, San Diego and St. Francis teams walked away with the first 3 positions. In the case of the 2nd race, 3 teams tied for the first place. The Newport club took the overall lead after races 3 & 4. The score was 1 – 3, with the Yacht Charter in Dubrovnik team riding on on the heels of the leaders.

When asked about this early lead, the team official said that staying in the pressure was the main strategy followed by them. And they tried to stay away from the bad air of other teams. They focused on having clean air and a clean start. According to the official who was ready to talk to, they will follow the same strategy for all the upcoming 11 races as well. Keep reading

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.