A great opening to the 2012 420 World and Ladies World Championships with three races held for each fleet.
A PASSION FOR LES VOILES!
– Meeting of Les Voiles from 29 September to 7 October
– On the water: an exceptional line-up
– On shore: all eyes on the procession of the crews
Both on the water and on land, the 4,000 crew who set a course for Saint Tropez and its coppery, early autumn light each year, aboard over 300 modern and traditional boats, have transformed the original amicable gathering into an unmissable meeting. True to its values, the team from the Saint Tropez’ Société Nautique and its President, André Beaufils, have nevertheless managed to maintain the unique spirit of Les Voiles de Saint Tropez. And so it is, each year, with the approach of a new edition, that the passion for this event pervades Saint Tropez, its narrow streets, its port and its bay area, at the prospect of an exceptional week.
Diners At Table
Following a rescue of four young men on October 23 2011, volunteer crew members Mark Champion and Andy Williams both received an inscription of thanks from the Institution on vellum for their roles. In-shore lifeboat helmsman, Roger Jackson who was awarded a bronze medal for gallantry for the same rescue, cooked a meal for 12 RNLI volunteers to thank them. The diners ate al-fresco at the top of the launching ramp on July 26 with the surprise guest TV chefs Hairy Bikers revealing their help in the kitchen.
Two final races on Sunday deliver intense competition as teams prepare for Worlds, hosted by the New York Yacht Club in late September 2012.
Newport, RI – Congratulations to 2012 Melges 32 U.S. National Champion Jason Carroll (New York, NY) and the Argo Team comprised of tactician Cameron Appleton and crew members Peter Crawford, Scott Norris, Andy Koch, Charles Swanson and Lindsay Bartel. With this win, Carroll becomes the first owner to hold the coveted U.S. National Championship title for a second consecutive time. “This was not easy. It was light and the conditions were tricky. Cameron was scratching his head all three days,” Carroll commented just before the awards ceremony on Sunday afternoon. “It was not until the very last race, that we finally got ahead.”
Sunderland RNLI inshore lifeboat assists the young sailor ashore during the ‘mock’ rescue demonstration.
Sunderland RNLI Station has hailed their annual “Lifeboat Day” as huge success, raising just over £2,800 to go towards the charities running costs for the coming year.
For more than a third of the 2012 Pac Cup fleet, the race is over and recovery underway at the Kaneohe Yacht Club. While results are not yet official, the clear winner this year is Andy Costello’s J125 Double Trouble, finishing in 7 days, 23:42:44. The victory is particularly sweet for Costello as it’s his first-ever Pac Cup. He was stoked to reap the benefits of two+ years he’s put into optimizing his boat. Costello also hand picked a crew with the right chemistry to get the job done – fast.
Melges 32 teams take racing down to the wire in Newport at Nationals.
Newport, RI – After three more races at the 2012 Melges 32 U.S. National Championship hosted by Sail Newport, reigning North American Champion Ryan DeVos (Macatawa, MI) with tactician Ed Baird on Volpe steps into the overall lead. In second place is Gold Cup Champion Steve Howe (San Diego, CA) and tactician Morgan Larson on Warpath, tied with equal points. Jason Carroll’s (New York, NY) Argo with Cameron Appleton on tactics is third, only three points behind.
SPAIN: Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez
Saturday 28 July 2012
Australia’s Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen will be the 49er pair to beat at London 2012 but with Iker Martinez and Xabi Fernandez (ESP) back in the skiff many are wondering if they can gatecrash the Australian party.
London 2012 – The starting hooter asks if its your time?
By AY MultiMedia
Goto London 2012 Opening CeremonyJuly 29th: After recovering from the magnificent London 2012 Opening Ceremony hangover, which started at 03:45am East Asian Time, we searched for interesting and off-beat stories away from all the media hype to keep our readers amused. The highlights for TV viewers, amongst all the glitz and glamour was the Queen Elizabeth look alike pushing her way past James Bond and jumping out of the helicopter in front of him, the athletes Team arrival, a new and unique way of lighting the Olympic Cauldron and to finish off the spectacle, with a heart rendering edition of “Hey Jude” by Paul McCartney that inspired everyone to sing along and perhaps draw out a tear or two in anticipation of what’s to come.