The 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships (YSWC) is approaching it schedule date fast and athletes have begun to arrive in Sanya, China. The anticipation for the competition that lies ahead is structuring as the sailors are weighing up their rivals.

Over 380 sailors are taking part in the event and they will represent 62 nations, and now when only five days have been left for the event to start, the pressure is beginning to build. Sailors will their hopes high to make a name in the sport, following the pathway of some of the best sailors, those who have participated and have competed at the event.
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On February 17, the third Irish Sailing Cruising Conference (ISCC) 2018 returns to Dublin at the Clayton Hotel in Leopardstown, just off the M50 in South County Dublin.

In the sailing calendar, the conference is a popular event for cruising sailors to exchange stories as well as to catch new ideas ahead of their move to their destinations for the summer and beyond.

Some important part of the talk we have carefully picked, here is the glimpse of it

As previously by Afloat reported ‘The Adventures of Rogue Trader with sailors Claire McCluskey’ and Nick Russel sharing their tourney of buying, registering and restoring a 56 ft wooden ketch and then endeavor off sailing west in the Autumn in the ARC and returning the following year.

A Taisce will be speaking about their program of Clean Coasts and we take a look at what the sailors can do from their hand to make a difference.

The Wooden Boat Project (WBP) with Evie Conway and her single woman restoration of Saoirse, her much-loved 26ft mahogany folk boat

The Irish Marine Weather Buoy Network (IMWBN) will be narrated and how the Marine Institute fulfills the requirement of mariners, researchers and forecasters with the Research Vessel Manager, Marine Institute, Aodhan FitzGerald.

Alex Blackwell demonstrated managing offshore storms. He is an experienced offshore sailor as well as an author

Infrastructure new developments were presented with navigator Norman Kean of ICC Publications

To give a chance for small group discussions, discussion stations and workshop are organized with the professional speakers and marine experts, while Teas and Coffees are served.

‘Thanks to Union Chandlery Sponsors and Cruising Association of Ireland support we managed to keep our entry fee down to a reasonable rate.  It is €25 for Irish Sailing Members and €30 for Non Members includes a Carvery Lunch at the Clayton, at the end the Irish Sailing’s Gail McAllister told Afloat.

After spending the summer full of rest, internships and coaching, the college sailors from all across the country return to their schools and look to the water.


The 2017 ICSA Fall Season is set to start with regattas taking place in early September and will conclude in the mid-November, straddling from coast to coast. During the fall of 2017, the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is about to sanction hundreds of regattas.

So, in the coming weeks, number of regattas are about to take place and this includes match-racing and single handed national championship. In addition this season, all three national championships will take place in SAISA. The ICSA Match Racing National Championship (MRNC) will take place at the College of Charleston, in South Carolina, whereas the singlehanded nationals of women’s and men’s will take place in Florida, St. Petersburg. All these events will help to make the season full of fun and excitement concluding in both the Coed Atlantic Coast Championship in New York at the SUNY Maritime College and the Atlantic Coast Championship of Women hosted by Connecticut College. (more…)

Sixteen sailors out of which eight were visitors went head-to-head and saw sailor Ted Pepper in the opening race take an early lead.


Kirk overtook him and forced Pepper to settle for second place Kirk clinched the win. And the visitor sailor Seb Grotto finished in the third position.

Win of Kirk in the second race of the event was straightforward; the youngster lead from the beginning and held off the challenge of Seb and Ted to seal the win.

In the third race, Kirk clinched his win hat-trick a battle which Ted was seen hit by capsize, that allowed guest James Denney to claim the third place. And Grotto finished in the second position.

Until the first race, though Grotto waited to claim his first win, taking Kirk overdrive at the midway point.

Ted again capsized and James took benefit of this to finish in the third position. (more…)

The sailors in Australia were recognized for their achievements and contributions during the annual Australia day honors


Tom Burton, the sailing Gold Medalist of Rio Olympics 2016, has been recognized with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2017 Australia Day Honors List. Burton bagged Gold in the Laser category in Rio inspiring hundreds of future sailors.

After his victory, he shared his success story with the aspiring young Olympians by visiting many schools, community groups, sailing clubs. He even spent a day with the young cancer patients and their families at Camp Quality.

Burton said that he is extremely happy to share his story, especially with kids, as they get very excited and inspire his story. Burton said that he feels extremely proud and honored for being recognized with the Medal of The Order.

The Paralympic Gold Medalists in the Sonar class in the country were also honored with OAM. Jonathan Harris, Colin Harrison, and Russell Boaden had a stunning victory in Rio securing them with a gold medal. They join the SKUD 18 Gold Medal winners Daniel Fitzgibbon OAM and Liesl Tesch AM who received the honors in 2014. (more…)

The official name of the Race is Bitter End Yacht Club’s Annual Pro Am Regatta (30th). However, it looked more like “The Taylor Canfield Show” right from the opening whistle. They sailed in IC24s. They easily won the opening fleet race. They comfortable win made it rather easy for them.

There were 7 professional skippers participating in the race. And they kept rotating crews as well. As you know, BEYC guests were made to be the crew. Guests came here only for that as they love rub shoulders with the elite skippers. But ‘Canfield’ was in top form and other skippers had no clue how to catch up with Canfield. (more…)

Wild conditions did not deter a sailing pair from Singapore to make a dream debut. This is with reference to the mixed 407 event that took place on Wednesday at the Rio Games. Among the less likely winners were Denise Lim and Justin Liu from Singapore. They won second place in the first race that surprised even them.

The race happened in tough weather conditions as well. The pair made a dream debut when the conditions were wild, wet and windy. When they came back to shore with the results they could not hide their delight. (more…)

With only a few days remaining for the beginning of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, some of the best athletes in the world have already begun to arrive in Brazil. Sailors need ample time to learn all about the tides, currents, waves and winds before the watery sports begins.

Sailors across the world are plying the Guanabara Bay waves for the last two years by getting trained and well versed with the waters surrounding Rio. Olympic champions from Australia, Netherlands, Germany and Denmark are based in Urca which is a neighborhood area situated near the Sugarloaf Mountain. The competitors from USA, Switzerland and Poland are into water testing from training areas on the other side of the bay. (more…)

One of top female solo sailors in Europe has included her name to the list of Class40 pack for The Transat’s 2016 edition. Isabelle Joschke, the Franco-German sailor, aged 39, would be racing Class40, Generali Mixite, in the 4-yearly three-thousand mile classic that sets sail from Plymouth to New York on 2nd May.
Joschke, who is a veteran of 7 Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro races, would be the 3rd female captain on the start of The Transat, all of whom are taking part in the greatly competitive Class40 monohull pack.
Isabelle Joschke had campaigned for a long time for gender equality in the world of sport. She told that she has dreamt for years about sailing a Class40, a large boat which suits her style. She had set herself a racing program that suits her sailing characteristics and she would like to thank Generali for giving her this scope.
Joschke, who ended the Solitaire Bompard – Le Figaro 2015 as top female captain in seventeenth position overall, would now embark on an intensive training program in March as well as April including completing the mandatory one-thousand mile qualifier for the race.

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Are you ready to experience some sub-aquatic cruise adventure? This is the exact question that comes with Crystal Cruises’ new Crystal Esprit luxury yacht that will start sailing in Seychelles, located near Madagascar next week. The 62-passenger vessel, far cozier than Crystal’s 1000-passenger cruise ships. Among other things, it has 2-person submarine.

Crystal Esprit luxury yacht

The submarine is made by U-Boat Worx, a ten-year-old Dutch firm which specializes in tourist subs. Crystal has a C Explorer 2 model that is rated to a depth of hundred meters. A big acrylic bubble offers 180 degree visibility when a 21.6 Kilowatt hour lithium ion battery gives the power.

Prices for U-Boat Worx submarines range from approximately $360000 for a one person model to upwards of US$ 1 million for a five-seater.

On Crystal, excursions would cost US$ 599 per person for a thirty minute ride. For those, who are on a budget, Crystal Esprit’s other water toys include a wake board, water skis, two types of ocean kayaks, Zodiac-style boats, jet skis and fishing and snorkeling gear — all these complimentary. For a look at all of Crystal Cruises’ new, forthcoming additions, you can go through their site.

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